Do you know John Adrian Shepherd, the guy who is credited for the invention of ATM born in Meghalaya? I just learned it on Saturday in Bustle 2009 – the annual corporate quiz organized by MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai. I think it’s important that I should do the review for this quiz, because i am still remembered for the most infamous review of last year’s quiz. “Hey, you are the guy who wrote the review right, hell of a quiz man” was usual. Let’s forget it, because hats off MOP Organizing team, Lalitha Balakrishnan in particular for choosing Mitesh Agarwal to do the quiz this time. Yehi hai right choice ….
This was the second quiz of Mitesh’s I am attending, first was Hindu Business Line quiz. The difference shows when a quizzer turned quiz master doing the quiz in comparison to a non-quizzer. His simple, straight to the point without any nonsensical extra fittings is #awesomeness. The Prelim was little bit on the tougher side but at this level of Business Quizzing in the country, it is needed. The highest score was 25 (I think) and the cut off was 20 in 35 Question prelim. Most of the teams were hovering around 15-17 ( including us) and it was wonderful to see the 6 best teams on stage.Ramkumar (kabala) and Prashanth topped the prelim.
Now comes the most wonderful part of the quiz. The first part of the quiz was totally based on Indian Business and there were 35 questions – one question each for 28 States and 7 Union territories ( including National Capital Territory of Delhi) and mind you all the questions were based on the state. Usually in Business Quizzes, the quiz masters tend to international business houses if they want to make the quiz tough. Mitesh showed that the Indian Business have even more interesting things to say than the International Business houses. You deserve a standing ovation, Mitesh. It was fantabulous. There were 2 more rounds with combination of Indian and International businesses. All the rounds were in Buzzer.
The finals saw one of the greatest come backs you could see in Business Quiz, the famous team of JK and Gopal Kidao pulled of an wonderful comeback from being the last but one team to be the winners of the quiz. Wow, guys its a pleasure to watch you answering those questions.I just could not understand how they got the first two people to be killed by Industrial Robots and then said to myself, “Syl, you are seeing one of the best team in India”. Oh if you think that it was a comfortable win, it was definitely not the case. Rajen Prabhu ( Sumo) and Swami were in hunt till the last question of the quiz. They even took the guess for the last question and it was wonderful to see a sportive fight. Another team I should mention is the team all the way from Mumbai – Pradeep (Unilever) and Francis (Asian Paints) – they were in hunt for the title till the last round. It was a triple headed fight and the audience savored it. The other two teams were Vinod Ganesh & Anil (Irevna) and Yaggy & Karthik ( Infosys) and they did a good job as well. I think Yaggy is getting back to his best 😉
As a whole it was one of the best quizzes i attended in the recent past. I think the organisers from MOP understood the trick of the trade. Get the best quiz master, who can give you the best for the best quizzers in India. It’s easy to say but tough to do…they know it better I believe. If my last year’s critical review for the same quiz done by Sumant.C.Raman, hurt anyone in the organising team, I apologise for it. I think there is no better way than giving you appreciation through this review….
And last but not the least, the Emcee for the day from MOP was so categorical in saying “after the most successful Bustle 2008” – We know how successful it was. Don’t worry, we got the joke ( ahem ahem)…Didn’t you guys?
P.S: I have uploaded the prelim questions with pictures in Scribd (attached below) – Sorry for the bad language in some of the questions and some pictures may not be the same picture shown in the quiz. I just got through google searches