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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

"Goldukku Hallmark, Wineukku TASMAC, Quizukku Landmark"

Kolkata might be the quizzing capital of India, but Chennai does have an active quizzing circuit which could one day stake a strong claim to be the new quizzing capital. The Landmark quiz has grown in strength and it is a common sight to see participants waiting outside the venue (Music Academy) to take the quiz. I have been to few of these quizzes (as an audience and also as a participant). During one such quiz I was surprised to see actress Kasthuri (she has acted in Aathma, Chinnavar and Enga Mudhalali) as a finalist. Later on I came to know that she is a regular in the Chennai quizzing circuit. Ace quizzer Ramanan seems to have had a field day. Rajiv Rai (one of the members of the winning team) is also a seasoned quizzer. He was a Chennai regional winner and a national finalist in the Brand Equity Quiz few years ago.

Getting to know the names of the various teams in itself is a very enjoyable thing. There is a prize for the most creative team name as well. Some of the names, which teams came up with this year, are Nawabs of Mahabs & Intel Inside Mental Outside.

I also attended a Business Line Ad Club Business Quiz and ThayirSaadham was my partner in crime. The fact that the participants got a complimentary breakfast at Taj Connemara was one of the attractions of the Ad Club Quiz. My only claim to fame in the Brand Equity Quiz was when I got a Levi’s T-shirt as an audience prize.

It was surprising to note that Dr. Navin Jayakumar (of Sankara Nethralaya) was not the quizmaster this time. Derek O’Brien donned the role of the quizmaster. With more corporate sponsors, the quizzing scene is definitely looking up. This year saw the introduction of the Tata Crucible Quiz. The Brand Equity Quiz is also getting bigger and better every year. KBC 2 also seems to be wooing the TV audience. Lot of quizzers seem to have a presence in the Blog world as well.


  • i believe KBC2 has increased the spirits of the genral public to attend Quiz..

    i have seen some Quiz programs being hosted by Kasthuri
    in our channels.

    By Blogger Rajesh, at 6:24 PM  

  • very unusual title from you. :P

    btw, http://vijaytv.blogspot.com, a former colleague of mine is an avid quizzer as well.

    By Blogger Chakra Sampath, at 8:29 PM  

  • yeah kasthuri is a regular in the quizzing circuit.i have seen her a few times too...

    By Blogger sen, at 8:47 PM  

  • kasturi had even made it to mastermind india..dunno if tht adds to her street cred..

    By Anonymous ir, at 8:58 PM  

  • Kasturiku arivu irukku. adhanaaladhaan azhagu ille ;-D LOL!!

    Dei Kaps, thanks for the mention daa. Those nice banking days in chennai....still so memorable!what say u?

    By Blogger Thayirsaadham, at 9:41 PM  

  • titbit nandraga irundhadhu (no-pun intended ;) )

    By Blogger Arvind, at 10:18 PM  

  • @Rajesh,
    When I tried to refresh my memory, I could recollect that Kasthuri did host quiz shows on Vijay TV (?)

    I have been to VijayTV's blog. The credit for the topic goes to Hindu as I picked it directly from there

    Thanks for the info.

    I also heard about Kasthuri's participation in Mastermind india. One of my prof's (Prof. Rajeev Gowda) was runner-up in the national finals of mastermind India.

    How can we forget our first job? it's been ages since we met....but thanks to technology we are just a click away.


    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:24 PM  

  • yes I remember Kasturi too - she was my senior in college - Ethiraj - gosh, is she still around on any circuit?! and Madras has always been big on quizzing...

    By Anonymous Charu, at 10:44 PM  

  • Kasthuri had come even in Siddhartha basu's quiz show

    By Anonymous vasanthi, at 10:45 PM  

  • Kasthuri, was also one of the south india finalists in the BBCs' Mastermind India,[Yup, the Siddharth Basu one]

    another popular example wud be -- she acted in Indian as Kamal's daughter.

    By Blogger Vijay Ramamurthi, at 1:29 AM  

  • I do not know who Kasthuri is --- so cannot comment on her :-(

    But had a question for you how is derek in conducting the Live Quiz.. I loved him in Britania Quiz but how was your expereicne ?


    By Blogger @mit, at 5:27 AM  

  • you guys remember Sidhartha Basu's "Quiz summit" program ? That was the last program of his, where he asked questions i was able to answer. After that on, its alll greek and latin. :(

    I've seen Kasthuri answering in Mastermind India. There was one guy from SVCE college (think his name is Krishnamoorthy) winning the University challenge in style. There was an article about him in Ananda Vikatan. This guy seem to win a lot of quiz shows.

    By Blogger keerthi, at 8:35 AM  

  • Nice post Kaps, didn't know about all this happening in my mother land.! Chennai.! I am so happy to read good things about Chennai / India.!

    Out here, TRIVIA competitions are held on a regular basis in restaurants on Weekends.

    I've not heard anything in schools.! atleast not so far.!

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 9:14 AM  

  • hey kaps, do u know of any quizzes or trivia meets happening in SG?? that's one thing from school days and culturals I've not been able to find an equivalent for here :(

    By Blogger mitokondrion, at 9:28 AM  

  • Title super-a irukku.

    By Anonymous b a l a j i, at 1:01 PM  

  • Nawabs of Mahabs is an old one. If I'm correct that was a team of the now quizmaster Ramanan or his pals in a Madras Quiz held in 1989 to commemorate 350 of Madras. Another quiz team was Jee String. No points for guessing where they were from!
    Triva for SambharMafia: Ms Kasturi was also associated with the quiz conducted by the marketing club AMA-Niche (that is now MASH?)IIMB in 98-99.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:50 PM  

  • @Charu,
    I guess she is active in the quizzing circuit. I think she was there in the IITM quiz as well.

    Thanks for the info...i guess u r referring to Mastermind india

    Thanks for reminding me about India. Dunno how I forgot it.

    I have seen Derek O Brien live during the Brand Equity Quiz in Chennai. He was quite late for the quiz show and blamed the heavy lunch (@Ponnusamy, a popular Non-veg restaurant in Chennai) for it. He is quite a delight to watch.

    I don't remember quiz Summit. was it on DD?

    There is lotsa action back home. we are the ones missing it.

    I haven't heard of any such events here.....looks like a good reason to start such a thing there.

    Credit should go to Hindi. Debit to me :-)))

    AMA-Niche was called MASH when I passed out in 2002....dunno whether the name has undergone a change now. Nawabs of Mahabs is Ramanan's team.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 12:43 AM  

  • hullo people, thanks for all the interest- charu, you are right, i am really not active on any circuit ( except the european tourist circuit), considering i have been living out of india for the past six years- but its nice to know I am remembered . LOL.

    As for thayir-sucks at wisecracks-saadam, I would like to know your parameters of " azhagu". maybe its time you posted YOUR mugshot on your blog for OTHERS to judge, instead of tomtomming your own narcissism. On second thoughts, never mind. The blog is hideous as it is.

    By Anonymous kasthuri, at 11:58 PM  

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