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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EPL at the BCL: SparQs Fly!

3rd of December, 2016, saw Choose To Thinq conduct a SparQ session at the British Council Library. It was themed on the English Premier League. A SparQ session involves discussion, retelling of experiences and learning new things about the subject through a quiz. With a knowledgeable fan base to entertain itself, share opinions and argue statistics, the session was charged with EPL-mania. Our veteran host for the evening, Pranav 'Floyd' Joshi captained the team well with interesting questions and facts. In the spirit of the session, he showed yellow and red cards for foul play. The person who answered the most number of correct answers even got a whistle.

Lasting about an hour, the gathered spectators' only grumble was the lack of overtime.  And as always, our true satisfaction lied in facilitating this interaction and learning a few new things ourselves

Some Questions. Can you answer them?

  1. This club’s nickname doesn’t derive from the current name of the Football Club as believed by many. It infact derives from the club’s earlier name which was ‘Thames Ironworks’.

What nickname, that also features on the club’s crest, is being talked about?

  1. “When the fixtures come out I usually look for three games – City, Liverpool and Everton. This time I checked the Sunderland game. If there is one team that I want to beat this season it will be Sunderland.” Which player said this ahead of his team’s 2012 fixture against Sunderland and why?
  1. What connects this exhaustive list?

Begovic - Stoke v Southampton, 2013. Howard - Everton v Bolton, 2012. Robinson - Tottenham v Watford, 2007. Friedel - Blackburn v Charlton, 2004. Schmeichel - Aston Villa v Everton, 2001

Comment your answers below. Also suggest interesting topics for us to conduct more sessions on!

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In the post-match press reports:

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Magic SparQs

On the 1st of October, 2016, Choose To Thinq conducted a SparQ session on Harry Potter. This was conducted at Pagdandi Books Chai Cafe in Baner, Pune. A SparQ session involves discussion, retelling of experiences and learning new things about the subject through a quiz. We had a full house, with more than 70 people attending! The small and cozy venue was bursting with Potterheads, all eager to participate. What surprised us (or didn't actually!) was the difference between the age limits of the wizards and witches. While the youngest were around 5 and 6 years, the eldest crossed the 50s mark.

Lasting about an hour, the enthusiasm never fell till the end. Then the children and adults alike became quizmasters, showing off and learning new Harry Potter and J K Rowling facts. Our true satisfaction lied in facilitating this and learning a few new things ourselves ;)

Some Questions:

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Suggest interesting topics for us to conduct more sessions on!

Comment below :)

Join us for our next SparQue session on Bond. James Bond.

James Bond SparQue Session event In the past we have explored Invictus, Harry Potter, Agatha Christie and BBC Sherlock in our unique 'SpareQue' sessions. Next up, it is James Bond.

A “SparQue” session is a quiz based on a popular topic that lets you learn about a books and movies and also lets you express yourself to like-minded people. The session will be participative and you don’t have to have read or watched the series in question. In the process, we will also explore interesting ideas from the series. We promise, you will go home having learnt something fun and new!

Why should I attend: – if you are interested or want to get interested in these books/films/series – if you like mentally stimulating, fun activities – if you have a point of view on the book/ film/ character/ series

This edition of SparQue will cover the movies, the stories, the legends, the unknown tales as well as bits of information that are connected to the topic.

Entry is free for all, including non-members. Feel free to get your friends along!

To know more, visit the event page here.

Warm up with our James Bond quizzes:

Spot the Bond movie title

The Shaken Not Stirred Quiz

 

The Agatha Christie Quiz at the 2015 Pune International Literary Festival

Agatha Christie Quiz at Pune International Literary Festival We are collaborating with the British Council, Pune to bring a special edition of our SparQue series to the 2015 Pune International Literary Festival. This will feature a re-run of our quiz on Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime and one of the most popular writers of all time!

Event Details (also see the details on this FB event):

      Date: Sat, 5 Sept 2015
      Time: 4:40 pm to 5:40 pm
      Venue: Session Hall - 2, YASHADA, Baner Road, Pune
      Entry into the premises for the festival requires prior registration. Register here

A festival like this often has last minute schedule & venue changes. Keep an eye out for the schedule here.

Warm up for this quiz by playing a little teaser quiz on Agatha Christie with us here!

SparQue - Harry Potter!

Harry Potter - SparQue session "Accio!"

Summoning all Potter fans to a special SparQue session on, you guessed it, the World of Harry Potter.

A "SparQue" session is a quiz based on a popular topic that lets you learn about a books & movies and also lets you express yourself to like-minded people. The session will be participative and you don't have to have read or watched the series in question. In the process, we will also explore interesting ideas from the series.

Why should I attend: - if you are interested or want to get interested in such books/films/series - if you like mentally stimulating, fun activities - if you have a point of view on the book/film/series

This edition of SparQue will cover the entire spectrum of the Potter universe, from the books to the movies to the characters. We'll try to send a Confundo charm your way, so bring your wand!

Entry is free for all, including non-members. Feel free to get your friends along!

To know more, visit the event page here.