In 2006, Anucheth and I had the privilege of hosting a quiz to select the best team in college. It’s called ‘Funda-mental.’
Any fact, which was appreciated, would just be acknowledged as ‘fundae’ with a generous clap. Being a part of RV QuizCorp and its rich tradition was only one of my dreams. It did come true.
Ask any quizzer when he sets the questions; all he wants is his questions to be appreciated, never mind it being cracked by the junta. And he must be able to keep the audience involved.
My favourite topic was Sports, Entertainment (remove some rock music) and India. I didn’t mind myself being binged with facts that came my way. There was enthusiasm to know more in the avenues, which I was good at. Along the way, this also became a great way to burgeon my quest for learning more facts across the world.
When I was conducting a quiz, all I wanted in return was a clap from the junta and appreciated the questions or so-called ‘fundas.’ This was the ultimate reward not just for me but also for all my fellow quizzers.
To come back to the history of QuizCorp, I don’t have much to say. Many legends from India have come and competed in the quizzes hosted by RV College because we made quizzing look more exciting and enjoyable. (http://www.rvquizcorp.com/)
In 2004, I participated in my first fundamental. I, Viren, and Keith, after a 16 round marathon quizzing, finished second overall. (It was a surprise; big occasions always brought the best in me). It was indeed a big thing as there were many good quizzers around us. At times, I always felt it was in me to step up or step down in company with my teammates. I was never good at solo quizzing except for sports.
Team spirit brings the best in me in terms of cracking the fundas.
The tradition was: The winners of fundamental get to host the next edition. Sadly, for two years after 2004, it never happened.
So, I thought, maybe I will start this thing again. Anu was more than happy about this. To me, he is the best quizzer I have seen. I have seen many seniors who come close to him or probably are ahead of him in some respects, but in what I have seen, I have never witnessed the sheer ruthlessness he exhibits when it comes to solo quizzing and any quiz, for that matter. (He used to crib about Sports and India at times, but most times he got it right whenever required)
Coming back to the pivotal point – Since a kid, bikes fascinated me, and I was cloyed with bike shows that came on TV. One happens to be Street Hawk starring Rex Smith.
It started in 1985, but my memory points to late 1992 until 1993 when I watched this show on Doordarshan. It was on Saturdays @ 930 pm, no matter what, I never missed this show.
Sadly, this show ran for 13 episodes only. One of the reasons can be pointed to David Hasselhoff’s convoluted machine called ‘Knight Rider,’ the one that could talk.
That show never appealed to me, and for me, Street Hawk is way above Knight Rider.
While setting any quiz, I make sure I dedicate my favourites in some way or the other. I wanted a question on Street Hawk for this edition of funda-mental. I had the photos of the bike designs, but I knew deep down this would be ‘arbit’ (too vague to crack).
One of the highlights of Street Hawk was its intro, which always stayed in mind. There it was, one I wanted to put it.
I played this to Anucheth; he was like, Man, where did you get this.
There you go, I knew this question would be a hit. More importantly, I wanted to bring back the lost memories of this great show among the junta.
Very few cracked, but all appreciated this question.
Appropriately, this Quiz was titled ‘Dedications’ – Dedication to all the Quiz Corpers.
That day (12th Sep 2006), Anucheth started downloading this show. It was seven and a half GB. He tried for a year until his computer gave up last month when he had to change his entire system.
I know, he wanted to present the entire show as my birthday gift; at least that’s what he claims. Never mind, I am going to buy this DVD, and this will be placed in my collectibles.
To end, check out the video and of course, the theme for this, which continues to be my track when I want to get ready for more significant and greater challenges ahead.
The theme is by Tangerine Dream.