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Thursday, January 29, 2004


And while on the topic, let me tell you about a unique exercise we undertook at IIML this week. As our time in IIML draws to a close, all us quizzers wanted to have a special "Final Quiz". All of us were sitting together after a quiz one day and wondering what we should do. I don't remember who came up with the idea of a "Quizzing Nite", but it was an instant hit.

The basic idea was to quiz through the whole night, something like what the Savai Gandharva Mahotsav is to Indian classical music afficionados (of course stupid rules by the government have now made it a day affair). So we decided that -

*We would meet at 10:30 pm to start quizzing
*Each person would have to get at least 50 questions. If you don't get 50 questions, then you can't participate in the quiz. Just be a spectator.

I was sceptical about whether we would get enough good questions to last us the night. Even if we did, I had serious doubts about the "quizzing stamina" of all IIML quizzers (who number around 12).

However I am delighted to report that my doubts were unfounded on both counts. 10 of us turned up, each of us getting between 30-50 questions. All questions were good questions, painstakingly thought up, not just "copy-pastes" from quiznet or some such site. We started the quiz at 11:30, because of a slight mishap with the college FTP server. And the "quizzing night" went right up to 6:30 a.m.!!! We had a snack break in between at 2 a.m. in the night mess. There were about 450 questions and we had FUN with a capital F.

The "quizzing nite" is a brilliant concept and should be emulated by keen quizzing fraternities all over. I am going to push for it at the Boat Club when I go to Pune.