The real young world

Renuka Shenoy and Abhishek Krishnan, winners of The Hindu Young World Quiz 2003, posing with cricketer Javagal Srinath.

Renuka Shenoy and Abhishek Krishnan, winners of The Hindu Young World Quiz 2003, posing with cricketer Javagal Srinath.  

The Hindu

Young World

IT WAS a real "young world" at the city's Chowdiah Memorial Hall, venue of The Hindu Young World Quiz 2003 on Tuesday. Children in their teeming hundreds thronged the venue as the whiz kids battled it out to grab one of the most coveted quiz titles in this part of the world.

There were 666 participants in all, making the regional round second only to the Chennai edition in student turnout.

Answering puzzling queries, googlies and more, the young ones proved a class apart from the ordinary crowd. At the end of it all, Renuka Shenoy and Abhishek Krishnan from Frank Anthony Public School were crowned regional round winners. Cricketer Javagal Srinath distributed the prizes.

The winners will now fly to Hyderabad representing the State at the all-India competition there. "It is a surprise moment for me,'' Renuka exclaimed. Mukund Kaimal and Anirban Dattagupta from National Public School, Indiranagar, came second, and Srikant S. Rao and Sarayu Pani from the Army Public School stood third.

After submitting their answers for the 25 preliminary round questions, the participants thronged the auditorium and a screen outside to check out if they were right. An anxious parent said, "My child along with a friend have come all the way from Bagalkot. They have answered the questions well, I hope that they get selected.'' Six teams were selected for the next round. Though it was easy for five teams, there was a tie for the sixth team between the Army Public School and MES College. It was the answer on "the venue of the recent WTO summit'' that helped Army Public School occupy the podium.

The eight rounds of quizzing by V.V. Ramanan, quizmaster, had several interesting features. One of the rounds was "Anagramania''. Here each of the participants was given crossword puzzles. It was in "Hercules Galaxy'' that googlies were bowled at the young ones. A self-portrait of a leading artist was displayed with his name and a question was posed on the creator of the portrait. It was the Frank Anthony's who came out with the correct answer.

There were questions related to the country in "Mera Bharat Mahan''. In the "topsy-turvy'' round, participants had to frame questions from the answers displayed on the screen. The contest also featured a magic show by Karuna Krishna.

The event was sponsored by Eveready, Britannia, Hercules, Titan, Competition Success Review, NIIT, Sify i-Way, Hansaplast, Liberty, Panasonic, Camel and Coca-Cola, while Prism Books, Ganjam Jewellers, Gangaram Books, Atria Hotel, Karnataka Travels, Indo-Nissin Foods were the regional sponsors. Quizwalahs managed the show.

By Raghava M

Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

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