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Elite Quiz Club at Chirayinkeezhu nurtures quizzing enthusiasts

Members of Elite Quizzing Club get together for an informal round

Members of Elite Quizzing Club get together for an informal round   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Located on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the Club buzzes with quiz aficionados

Chirayinkeezhu, located some 30 km from the city, is, perhaps, more known for being the birth place of yesteryear cine star Prem Nazir. The coir industry that once thrived here too put this sleepy taluk near Varkala on the map of the State. However, recently, a quiet ‘knowledge revolution’ has been brewing at this scenic suburb, cutting across socio-economic barriers.

Every evening, but for Sundays, a large group of quiz aficionados gathers at a rented quarters at a serene corner in Chirayinkeezhu to engage in a battle of knowledge under the banner of Elite Quiz Club. In fact, there are no tables or benches as the motley group prefers to sit in a circle on the floor.

Aravind BS

Aravind BS   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

“It all started around 2005 when some of us from Chirayinkeezhu and Attingal used to take the train to get to work or study in the city. In order to kill time, we would conduct quizzes during the journey,” says Aravind BS, co-founder of the Club. As the number of quiz enthusiasts grew, they began conducting sessions at a nondescript room that in essence started functioning as an “informal office” of the club that currently has over 100 active members, both the young and the elderly. The two-hour sessions commence around 6.30 in the evening.

Regular sessions

Each session is led by a designated quiz master, chosen on a rotational basis, who draws up 100-150 questions for the day. “The questions can be from anything under the sun. Usually, regular quizzers with experience are selected as quiz masters,” says Aravind, a Secretariat employee, adding that the turnout of school students are more during vacations. The format is framed in such a manner as to explore a topic rather than going for a mere question-and-answer or choose-from-the-options style.

Anubhesh Sudhakaran, president of the club, says “the crowd-puller” event is the biennial Elite Cup Quiz, held at the local panchayat hall, which attracts quizzers from across the State. The recent edition of the contest, held on October 13, saw the participation of over 200 teams. “The cup was first organised in 2009. We used to invite applicants via newspaper advertisements. During our inaugural edition, we were surprised to see close to 300 teams from across the State show an interest in the event,” says Anubhesh.

The events are arranged with the help of sponsorship from local businessmen and a “corpus fund” of donations from active members. A nominal amount of ₹100 a month is collected from daily participants to cover rental charges. Apart from quizzes, the club organises sessions on personality development, career guidance and so on.

Shivakumar CR, a regular quizzer, says the initiative has helped many from Chirayinkeezhu and adjoining areas crack competitive examinations. “Some of our members have got into government services and other sectors after clearing recruitment tests, thanks to the training that has become a part of life here,” he says, adding that several young quizzers are now civil services aspirants too. Knowledge is indeed power, no question about that.

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