Friday, September 25, 2009
And... The BiG Q for the year 2009 is... (drumroll) - Annie! Here are the rest of the top finishers:
Open winner - Aniruddha Sen Gupta (84)
College winner - Vivek Krishnan (68)
School winner - Julian D'Costa (26)
The top ten scores overall:
1st: Aniruddha Sen Gupta (84)
2nd: Vivek Krishnan (68)
3rd: Chirag Mutgi, Anand Shankar (48)
5th: Vidyadhar Gadgil (47)
6th: Abhishek Jha (42)
7th: Srikant Subramaniam (40)
8th: Dhruv Usgaonkar (37)
9th: Joseph De Souza, Adish Talwadker, Rajesh Panicker (36)
Find the complete scores here.
Find the questions & answers to The BiG Q at these links - Section I, Section II.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The poster promised "an action-packed afternoon of all manner of madness and mayhem revolving around the amazing worlds that exist in books". And that's exactly what the Great Big Book Fun Day, held at the Clube Tennis de Gaspar Dias in Miramar, Panjim on September 5, delivered.
The afternoon consisted of three events. The first, called Mixed Mysteries, was for children from classes 1 to 4. It was an uproarious affair, with kids rushing from clue station to clue station to put together book covers, which were given to them as puzzle pieces. "Our attempt," explained Sujata Noronha, one of the organisers of the event, "was to bring in various aspects of learning that a kid could use. So there was a challenge that required them to come up with synonyms for words, while another one used visual clues for them to work out."
The Mixed Mysteries compelled kids to think, deduce and act upon their deductions, a combination loved by the participants and appreciated by their parents too. Said one parent, who had accompanied her child from Vasco for the event, "I am glad I came all this way -- the Bookworm events get the kids to use their brains while enjoying themselves, which is such a rare feature of their lives."
Next came the Bookwise Quiz, an audiovisual quiz on books and comics, open to all students up to class 12. "The quiz was great," said Saloni Sardessai, one of the finalists. "The questions weren't very difficult, but they really required us to rack our brains. I enjoyed it like anything!"
Smoothly conducted by Rajiv D'Silva, the Bookwise quiz was won by the team of Julian D'Costa, Ari Pereira and Shridhar Shirolkar, which stayed a step ahead in each round, but surged ahead in the final Rapid Fire round, with Julian answering all four of his questions on 'Tom Sawyer' correctly. The team of Aishwarya Shridhar, Chitra Mekoth and Jemimah Gomes came second.
The grand finale was an innovative quiz-based board game with the theme of 'Around the World in 80 Minutes'. Conducted by Savio Figueiredo, this component was for students of classes 5 to 8. The game required participating teams to travel around the world on a fixed route, answering questions based on the literature of the country that they landed on to go ahead. An element of luck was added through the throw of a die and other chance elements on the 'board', which was a route map projected onto the wall. "It was well-conceived, an interesting idea," said Yvonne Sequeira, whose son Alexander was a member of one of the six finalist teams.
Pritha Sardessai, whose daughter Saloni was part of the runner-up team in the 'Around the World' event, was all praise for the idea too. "It set the books in the geographic location from which they originate or in which they are based," she said. "This makes it more real for the kids, and gets them more interested in reading." Her son Shaunak, she feels, has got a tremendous headstart since she enrolled him at Bookworm, because of "the knowledge of books and love of reading it has given him".
The 'Around the World' event, too, was won by the team of Julian D'Costa, Ari Pereira and Shridhar Shirolkar, with the team of Sahil Prabhudesai, Saloni Sardessai and Sapna Nayak coming in second. The winning team's double feat was particularly impressive considering they were competing against far more senior teams. If there had been a 'Player of the Day' award, Julian D'Costa would have won it hands down.
The Great Big Book Fun Day was organised by the Panjim-based not-for-profit Bookworm library, whose aim is to foster a love of reading among children. The quiz and game content for the senior events was developed by the Sunday Evening Quiz Club, Goa's fledgling but very active quiz club. The Reading Habit, the much-loved Panjim bookstore, and stationery producers A.W. Faber Castell sponsored prizes for all participants. The women's wing of the YMCA had set up a snacks stall at the venue.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Date: 20th September 2009
Time: 10.30 am (Please report at 10.00 AM)
Content set by: Rajiv D'Silva
Format: The BiG Q is a solo, written quiz event. Participants will be asked to answer 120 questions within 90 minutes.
Venue: The quiz will be held simultaneously in Panaji, Margao & Vasco. Exact venues will be finalized soon.
Participation: Open to all. Prizes will be awarded in three categories - Best School Quizzer, Best College Quizzer, and Best Quizzer in the Open category. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating which centre you would like to participate from. Also please mention your phone number and the category you are taking part in. Call 9890141715 or 9823362217 for details and clarifications. Last date for registration is 18th September 2009. Spot entries will be accepted, but since we will only print a limited amount of the question sheets based on the numbers that register, these will run the the risk of not being able to participate.
Prizes: We're working on it, but there almost certainly will be some.
Sachin Chatte's maiden quiz had some of us chanting "Sa-chiiin, Saa-chin!" and I don't think his more famous namesake would have minded had he been there. Here are the results.
QM: Sachin Chatte
1st: Amit Shet, Anil Rodrigues, Aniruddha Sen Gupta, Mariette Correa, Pratamesh Naik – 160
2nd: Jayant Karn, Kanchan Desai, Rajiv D'Silva, Sunil Sardessai, Tulna Patel – 90
3rd: [Neville Monteiro, Noella Fernandes, Paola Mambro, Reuben Rodrigues, Vivek Krishnan] & [Ashray Adappa, Nikhil Arolkar, Pranab Mukherjee, Tallulah D'Silva, Vidyadhar Gadgil] – 80
5th: [Adish Talwadker, C. G. Niyati, Gaurav Kenkre, Mahesh Prabhu, Sneha Puri, Vibhas Prabhudesai] & [Anjali Sen Gupta, Conrad Fernandes, Jatan Rodrigues, Julian Fernandes, Navin Pai, Shaila De Souza] – 60
The next monthly quiz will be held on the 4th of October, to be hosted by Vivek Krishnan.
Here are the results of the two quizzes held at The Great Big Book Fun Day on the 5th of September. Both quizzes were won by the same team! A remarkable feat considering both were for different age-groups. The team led by little Julian D'Costa even scored a mind-boggling 20/20 in the written preliminaries of the Around the World in Eighty Minutes quiz! Phew!
Bookwise – The Books & Comics Quiz
QM: Rajiv D'Silva
1st: Ari Pereira, Julian D'Costa, Shridhar Shirolkar – 110
2nd: Aishwarya Shridhar, Chitra Mekoth, Jemimah Gomes – 75
3rd: Gauri Kenkre, Royston Braganza, Shaswat Salgaonkar – 70
4th: Kirit Ayya, Shantanu Kulkarni, Suyash Kamat – 60
5th: [Sahil Prabhudesai, Saloni Sardessai, Sapna Nayak] & [Agastya Keni, Managalam Tiwari, Pranav Khadpe] – 50
Around the World in Eighty Minutes
QM: Savio Figueiredo (Content by Aniruddha Sen Gupta)
1st: Ari Pereira, Julian D'Costa, Shridhar Shirolkar – 31
2nd: Sahil Prabhudesai, Saloni Sardessai, Sapna Nayak – 19
3rd: Agastya Keni, Managalam Tiwari, Pranav Khadpe – 17
4th: Bryan D'Souza, Nikhil Arolkar, Reuben Rodrigues – 15
5th: Aksay Rege, Eeshan Vernekar, Nitish Fatarpekar – 9
6th: Alexander, Rebecca, Solomon - 7