An occasion for brain-teasing

Conducting the show

Conducting the show  

A DAY of excitement and brain-racking session it was for the kids who had assembled at the CIT Auditorium on Saturday to participate in The Hindu Young World Quiz - 2002.

The competition was tough, but it was worth all the sweat for there were several exciting prizes for every lucky participant who gave the right answers. What's more there were prizes and a host of gift hampers for audience who got their answers right.

The atmosphere was electrifying, as V.V Ramanan took the mike, while Ganesh kept the score ticking and enthralled the audience during the intermission with a tough round of questions sprinkled with a generous dose of humour. The response was very enthusiastic and organisers had their hands full, what with participants numbering nearly 1270 having a go at the contest. The competition also seemed to be wholly representative in nature, with nearly 30 per cent of the participants hailing from places like Erode, Salem, Udhagamandalam and Udumalpet.

The first session was a preliminary elimination round to select six teams, one of which would represent Coimbatore in the national-level round. Though, at times, the kids seemed restless, the M.C. kept the show going with witty interludes from time to time. Comprehending that the kids might have to deal with hunger pangs in mid-session, refreshments were served prior to the commencement of the programme.

The atmosphere was electrifying with lights, visual presentations, surround systems and foot-tapping music being dished out to the crowd. The competition did not merely comprise a series of quick-fire questions but also had a round of visuals for the preliminaries. The participants were given forms with 25 questions on them. After nearly half-an-hour, the organisers finally zoomed in on the teams. The teams included Kendriya Vidyalaya (Kanjikode), S.B.O.A (Coimbatore), Lisieux (Coimbatore), Sainik School (Amarvathi Nagar), Lisieux (Coimbatore) and Ladelaw Mmemorial, Ketty.

Though the answers at times swung between the tough and easy, it was nevertheless an enthralling time for the audience, what with several lucky emerging with a host of prizes.

Every correct answer to a question was met with a loud round of applause. The kids walked away with the prizes, as the parents and teachers watched the proceedings with bated breath from the balcony. After the break, the teams were called on to the stage by the quiz master who then proceeded to the next round of questions. When the teams failed to give the correct answer, it was the audience's turn.

And the lucky few walked with several gift coupons, including a silver coin. At the end of the first round of tough quizzing, five of the six teams were tied at 15 points each.

Engrossed with the goings-on.

Engrossed with the goings-on.  

The exotic names that were given to the rounds were Be Choosy, Gallery, Matrix, Topsy Turvy, Mera Bharath Mahan and Shoot Out. Some of the questions that the students had to answer were: What is the collective noun of dolphins, the last Ms. World from India, the Roman equivalent of Lord Karthikeya and so on.

The participants were showered with gifts, thanks to the sponsors. Adding to the credit were the event managers In fact, this Coimbatore zone had the largest number of sponsors among those held so far.

The national sponsors were: Eveready, Hercules Cycles, Dash (Titan), The Fourth R, Britannia and Coca Cola. The regional sponsors were: Annalakshmi Foods, CBR Masala, Manoj Prakashan, Sri Krishna Sweets, Cross Roads, Ruchi, Cauvery Timber Corporation (CTC), Nissin, Suvai Ice Creams, Avathar Jewellers, Woodys Creamy Wafers and Solo.

The students who bagged the first, second and third prizes were M. Abhishek & V. Anoj, ( SBOA Matriculation HSS), Rohit. G. Jayaraman & Sooraj Menon (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Palakkad) and Shreyas Krishna & S. Raghavendran (Lisieux Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore), resepectively.

The dignified crowd displaying extremely high maturity in spite of not being controlled by the parents or the teachers was a plus point. There weren't any screams, booing or catcalls. There was decorum throughout obviously reflecting the cultural ambience of the city.

By Vidyashree Amaresh

Photo: K.Ananthan

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