Little इंडिका in Singapore

Little इंडिका in Singapore

Little इंडिका is an India Quiz to be conducted in Singapore on the 22nd of October 2017. What is unique about this quiz is that the team is to be comprised of two persons, of which at least one should be below the age of 15. Thus it is an opportunity to for grandmother-grandson, father-daughter, siblings and cousins and neighbours to learn about India in a fun way!

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Rock 'n' Hop, Skiffle 'n' Pop: SparQ on British Pop Music

Rock 'n' Hop, Skiffle 'n' Pop: SparQ on British Pop Music

2017 is the UK-India year of culture. So how about exploring the amazing history of British Popular Music? We'll riff through the ages on rock and roll, go crazy with punk, warmly settle down with Coldplay and perhaps even bring out the Shape of You. We'll also point the mike at some Indo-UK music collaborations that you may not have heard of.

Get ready to turn it to eleven with this special SparQ session.

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Indikya 2017: A Report

Indikya 2017: A Report

The College of Engineering, Pune is amongst the most prestigious colleges in India. Every year they have a grand fest called Mindspark. 2017 was the 10th anniversary of this fest and hence they envisioned to conduct a national-level quiz to celebrate the same. This was Indikya: an India quiz which was conducted in multiple cities with a Grand Finals in Pune.

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Mystified by how quizzers solve questions? Here's how.

If you are new to quizzing, especially to higher and competitive grades of college and 'open' quizzing in India, you may have struggled with solving trivia questions. In this Slideshare presentation, Ramanand gives you a glimpse of how you can tackle these questions using what you know, finding clues, and taking informed guesses.

20 Years later...

20 Years later...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published on the 26th of June 1997. A new universe full of magic, murder, mystery, Dobby, Draco and dragons burst forth and strongly captivated audiences and mesmerized millions. The universe continues to do so 20 years on. 26th June 2017 marks this anniversary of a global phenomenon with celebrations all over the world.

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This is a serious meeting. No, really, it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rumours - sigh, they are true. 

Yes, we do start some of our work meetings with a quiz. Nothing like questions to get the mental gears in motion. They are often accompanied by puns. Some really bad. Nothing like that to oil those gears. 

By the time it's time to discuss business, our brains are in business.

But not, we don't start ALL our meetings with a quiz. 

Pity. We really should.

#usedtothinq edition XXII: Internet Slang

This was a topic true to the quirky traditions of #usedtothinq. It was conducted on the 12th of Feb and saw a large participation and banter. Finally people could apply their accumulated knowledge learnt on the net! Impatience was evident and excitement palpable.  

 

In case you missed out the quiz, you can have a go here:

If you have any suggestions for future topics and want to show off how much you got, comment away!

#usedtothinq Edition XXI: Music in Films

The 21st #usedtothinq edition was dedicated to the hidden power in all the films. Lurking in the background or sometimes being the catalyst or even the protagonist of any movie: its music. Dedicated fans of composers, scores and music answered questions with the panache and flourish of a music conductor. In case you missed it, you can take it here:  

 

In case you have any suggestions for future themes, comment away! Also tell us how many you got!

#usedtothinq Edition XX: Ridiculous Hairstyles

The 20th edition of the #usedtothinq Twitter quiz was conducted on the 29th of January 2017. The topic was Ridiculous Hairstyles and the questions were wonderfully ridiculous, so were the attempts made the handles and it was ridiculous fun all-in-all. In case you missed it, you can give it a go here:

Party trick (questions)

I turned 32 years old in December. To celebrate, I decided to do something crazy. No, not sky diving, but close. I called my friends home, divided them into teams of three and then threw a whole bunch of quiz questions at them. I don’t think anyone knew exactly what to expect out of this social experiment (myself included) but what happened was actually pretty fun to watch. In no time they were yelling out answers, high-fiving team members, trash-talking opponents, heckling at the tough questions (there were some doozies and I’ll admit it was for my own sadistic pleasure) and acting like bratty kids in general. Of course no rules were followed; this was an unruly but excitable mob. Participants answered out of turn, the audience (basically those who didn’t clear the written round) heckled the quizmaster (so much for it being my birthday) and maybe there was some googling? But it turned out to be a great ice-breaker and the best part of it was that I could do something like this—something I’m personally passionate about—with the people I love. This was the first time friends from different parts of my life had come together in one place. If not for the quiz, they would have barely interacted with people outside their respective ‘cliques,’ barring small talk. It certainly was the most exciting part of my birthday party for me and even trumped the biryani, which was delicious.

It was no rager, I’ll give you that, but it *was* a raging success (don’t let my friends tell you any differentthey’re just upset they didn’t know all the answers).

 

Yooti Bhansali

#usedtothinq Edition XIX: Most Painful Deaths

On the 22nd of Jan we brought out the worst in the Twitterati: their hidden schadenfreude and manic evil. People made puns and cracked jokes as bones cracked and answers were burnt at the stake. The edition dedicated to Most Painful Deaths had people gather around and try to win prizes by condemning questions. Like medieval Europe. In case you missed the fun (apprehensive stares) you can take the quiz here. How Guy Fawkes' terror gets converted to modern humour:

 

(Press) "Happy, Quirky Birthday" - how we added quizzing to make birthdays special

As part of our quizzing brand Thinq2Win, we have created and delivered custom 'party quizzes' for occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Cast your mind back to the last big party you went to: chances are it was about cliques of people in their corners. All that brings together people in the room is the cutting of the cake!

In contrast, our clever party quiz formats are designed to get everyone celebrate the people at the middle of the occasion in a fun and non-embarrassing (!) way. That too, irrespective of their age or station in life.

Pune Mirror covered us as part of an article on how birthdays can be quirky. Check it out online or here's the relevant part:

 

Want to invigorate your parties with a touch of smarts? Get in touch with us.

How I learnt to avoid the worst question ever: ‘What else?’

According to an article I read recently, the topics people usually end up talking about in most social settings are work, maids, children etc. I guess that’s because these are the things they have in common (or think they do).

The easiest way to connect with people and converse with them *is* to find commonality, no doubt about it. Think of any group you enjoy being part of – there is some commonality that binds the group and conversations are fun because everyone ‘gets’ the jokes. Learning more about the interests of your friends – what they like, what they hate – helps in finding more topics of commonality and helps you connect better. This is where quizzing has helped me a lot – to connect with strangers as well as friends and relatives! If I’m sitting in a pub and someone answers a question on House M.D. or Sherlock, there is an unconscious connection made (though Sherlock would find it difficult to connect with them. Humans, that is).

Quizzing helps you in avoiding that worse case scenario when it comes to conversations: What else? It is all pretty much downhill from there. The best friends I have are the ones I found through the world of quizzing. I have many friends that I first met outside of the world of quizzing, but the best conversations that I have had with them have happened courtesy quizzing. Quizzing or the game of Q&A (whether you’re asking or answering) is after all, a manifestation of the most innate qualities that defines us as human beings – curiosity. You’re not just a passive consumer but are alive to the conversation. We owe it to ourselves and our friends to have better conversations!

To give you an example: Luigi Galvani had once proposed the idea of animal electricity based on the twitching of a dead frog’s leg. Allesandro Volta later found that it just proved there was no such thing as animal electricity; the frog’s leg was simply a conductor of electricity. Now, a Galvanic reaction is also the principle used in primary batteries to generate electrical voltage. I studied metallurgy, hence this is of added significance to me. A few years ago, I had an accident on a two-wheeler as I lost my balance while trying to avoid crushing a frog that was crossing the road. Luckily I didn’t hurt myself too badly. Couple of days later, I was recounting this story to two of my friends and one of them quips,”Oh! You had a Galvanic reaction!” Now that you know the background, I’m sure my friend’s response to my accident makes lot of sense and explains why I enjoyed it so much and remember it 13 years later.

It’s simple. The interesting conversations stay with you, the boring / mediocre ones don’t. Isn’t it time we skewed the ratio?

What else?


 Harish is co-founder, Choose To Thinq and Thinq2Win

#usedtothinq Edition XVIII: Animals of Bollywood

The 18th #usedtothinq quiz took place on the 15th of January, Sunday. We new that such a quirky and funny topic would be immensely popular but the sheer number of handles that turned up and took part amazed us. With monkeys, horses, dogs and CGI parrots making an appearance, neighs and growls were heard as handles fought tooth and nail to be the first ones to answer. In case you missed the quiz, you can take it here:

And yes, it did leave a lasting impression:

 

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