Participants enjoy every bit of it

Staff Reporter

Carvan of The Hindu Young World Quiz – 2007 descends on the city

Chess sensation Koneru Humpy chief guest

Nalanda Vidya Niketan students winners

VIJAYAWADA: It was time to get quizzical and so the caravan of The Hindu Young World Quiz – 2007 descended on the city on Monday to spot wizards among the wise.

The disquiet with which most of the children had come to the venue, Fr. Devaiah auditorium on the campus of Andhra Loyola College, began to fade when they saw the place bursting at its seams with peers experiencing similar uncertainty. In a last-minute attempt, parents and teachers escorting the 335 teams of two members each from 240 schools in the region helped them brush up their memory of the loads of information they were equipped with.

It, indeed, helped them in the preliminary round consisting of 25 questions. Several hands went up when quizmaster V.V. Ramanan asked simple questions like ‘Which Goddess blesses this city from atop Indrakeeladri Hill?’ Pat came the answer: “Goddess Kanakadurga.” That Madri was the mother of the youngest two Pandavas in Mahabharata was an easy guess and so was the query on the year in which Indira Gandhi was born.

Tough nuts

But a few tough nuts had even the shrewdest speculating. Questions such as “What sensing technique do bats use to get around?” or “What is the medical term for elbow bone?” triggered a wild guess game, setting in motion a series of weird responses. Some enthusiasts trying a stroke of luck said ‘sound waves’, ‘hearing’ or even ‘reflections’, which were anything but correct. ‘Sonar’ was the answer that eluded the participants until the quizmaster himself spelt it out. The speculation for the medical term for elbow bone went as far as ‘brain’ or even ‘marrow’, while the answer was ‘ulna’.

The presence of chess sensation Koneru Humpy, the chief guest on the occasion, came as an icing on the cake for the children who mobbed her for autographs. “After attending this quiz, I realised that I have missed a lot in my childhood,” she said, urging the students to work with determination to achieve their goals.

K.R.C. Prasad and D. Siddhartha from Nalanda Vidya Niketan emerged winners of the event. P. Praveen and K. Seshagiri Rao of Central Public School, Guntur were the runners, while K. Sai Krishna and A. Saratchandra of N.S.M. Public School stood third. K. Venkata Pavan and A. Sravani of Nirmala High School, M. Sai Anurag and D. Sai Bhargav of D.A.V. Public School and A.V. Ratnakar Reddy and I.V.S.N. Gupta of Viswa Bharati English Medium School, Gudivada, were other finalists in the regional round.

Amity University was the title sponsor of the event, while Lotte Boopro Liquid Filled Bubble Gum and Tara Talcum Power were associate sponsors. The national sponsors included Reynolds, Vizag Steel Plant, State Bank of Travancore, Cycle Brand Agarbathis, Penguin, Encyclopaedia Britanica, Malaysia Tourism – Visit Malaysia and Dabur – Real fruit juice was the beverage sponsor while Quizwalahs managed the event.

Sponsors at the regional-level were the Andhra Loyola College, Ashok Book Centre, Bandhan, Bookionics, Brooks, Chandana Brothers, DB Fashions, Elegantt Car Shoppe, Emesco Books, Ghar Sansar, Lepakshi Handicrafts, Maaraj, Maruti Interiors, Modern Super Market, Mumbai Cycle Company, Padmavathi Furnishing Thondepu, Panasonic Home Appliances, Shanti Arts, Slim ‘n’ style beauty clinic, Spice Inn, Standard Medicals and Fancy Stores, Sweet Magic, Vijaya Enterprises and Vilan.

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