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BRAIN GAME G. Ramanathan (left) of TCS gives away the first prize to Arvind Ramaiah and Chandan Mohanty

BRAIN GAME G. Ramanathan (left) of TCS gives away the first prize to Arvind Ramaiah and Chandan Mohanty  

The Tata Crucible quiz saw the best brains clash

At times, quizzing reminds you of contact sport. Pumping fists, quicksilver jabs, the adrenaline rush, high stakes and a charged audience. The beauty of the experience is that all this action happens at a more gentlemanly level. No broken teeth, no rattled bones, just a few bruised egos.

The regional finals of the Tata Crucible business quiz had its fair share of thrills and spills in an entertaining evening that lived up to the show's selling line `Battleground for the sharpest minds'.

The quizzing was organised in two tracks - one for the employees of the Tata Group and the other aimed at the corporate world at large. The show got rolling with the Tata quizzers squaring up against each other.

Up until the fifth round, it looked like Raghuram Sunkara and Biju Lukachan of Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) had the results wrapped up. But, as they say, it ain't over until it's all over. A second TCS team, Biswajit Das and Ramachandra Rao trailing the leaders by about 30 points when the final round opened, took the contest to the wire with a volley of amazing answers on the buzzer. In a dramatic climax, Biswajit and Ramachandra squeezed ahead with a single point to take the winner's cheque of Rs 60,000.

The second session featured quizzers from other corporate houses. Though low on drama, the quizzing this time was high on substance. Bhilai Steel, Infosys and HCL were the top contenders and wrestled the lead from each other time and again. Finally, HCL boys Aravindh Ramaiah and Chandan Mohanty romped home, with Infosys narrowly missing the crown.

K. SACHIDANAND MENON

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