Shining Stars at Doolally

Doolally All-Stars

This year, along with Doolally, Choose To Thinq under its brand Thinq2Win decided to end the year with a novel idea. After brainstorming, we came up with a way to reward the consistent and the best, the All-Stars of the pub-quizzes we conduct every Wednesday at the Doolally tap-rooms. We also included the best of #doolallyq: The on-line Twitter quiz we conduct for Doolally every Friday. 30 contestants were selected who divided themselves into 15 teams. Big Honour, Bragging Rights, Beer and Interesting Fun was up for grabs.

Conducted at 8 PM on the 15th of December 2016, Thursday, the elimination round were a written round. Top 4 teams qualified into the finals face-off. All the teams were excellent with a close-cut off where teams were just 1/2 points behind each other.

The points were called pints, an you guessed it; that's exactly what they won! For the entire of 2017, these lucky winners will be entitled to these many pints of beer:

Aditya Gadre & Nikhila Makker: 51 Harun T & Monish: 50 Febin Mathew and Lakshman Parsuram: 50 (Lost on tie-breaks) Aditya M and Bharat: 27



At Thinq2Win we always strive to do something different in everything we do. And we took ample opportunity to try something new this time since this was an inaugural edition. This time we introduced a round called 'Clunacy'. In this round, answers were themed around words which mean 'mad'. All the three answers of a set contained a word that means 'mad'. Can you attempt this set?

1.Uzi and Mongoose are types of these in cricket 2. Logo of the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world 3. Flying mammals

The quiz was conducted by the immensely experienced B V Harish Kumar. He was ably assisted by Deven Deshpande. The audience was enthusiastic too and supported the teams throughout by staying till the end. The organization of logistics by Doolally was top-notch and they even gave us T-Shirts :D

Overall a successful wrap once again!

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:


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 :)

Ammunition, Nappies, Research Papers and a position in the Pune Municipal Corporation

Are you wondering what could have brought ammunition, nappies, research papers and a position in the Pune Municipal Corporation together in one sentence? Well, it all started last Thursday, when I got a call from K S Prakash, the MD of IDeaS (a SAS company) if we could host a quiz at the awards function for the 12th AJM Corporate Cricket tournament. The conversation was interesting :

Prakash: But are you comfortable with cricket as a topic?

Me : of course, I’m a fan!

Prakash : Right! I know that’s like asking someone ‘is the sky blue’ but just wanted to confirm :-)


We put together a fun and interesting set of questions that would appeal to the cricketers and the arm-chair fans alike and to top it all, Dilip Vengsarkar was the Chief Guest and gave away the awards.

Well, we had to ask a question about Mumbai batsmen and the Lord's honour board :

Before Ajinkya Rahane in 2014, who was the last Mumbai batsman to score a Test hundred at Lord’s?


The quiz was fun – with umpires being quizzed on their syllabus :

Which fielding position in cricket, beside deep cover on the boundary, shares its name with a defensive position in football, in which the defender is traditionally required to clear the ball off the goal line? It could also be someone employed by PMC.


The winning captain from TCS was asked about famous sledges



The most enthusiastic cricketer from Tech M was asked about Ammunition and cars :

And a 9 year-old was grilled on matches played between India and Pakistan in World Cups (he was spot on with his knowledge of matches played well before he even born).

This question on a research paper in Operational Research was fittingly cracked by Navin :

The writers published this paper in the Journal of the Operational Research Society in Mar 1998 and one of the two authors used to edit the newsletter of Royal Society of Statisticians. Who are these people?


And we ended the quiz with this question


Some thoughts that stayed with me :

  • Dilip Vengsarkar talked about grabbing an opportunity when it presents itself  - he did that with his famous knock in the Irani Trophy against the best Indian bowlers. He spoke about the importance of grabbing your chances again when talking about his stint as the Chairman of Selectors.
  • The whole genesis of the Ankur Joglekar Memorial corp. cricket tournament really struck a chord. He was a young man - passionate about cricket, whose real-life innings was tragically cut short in a road accident. Since then, the family, friends and more importantly, his employer IDeaS have put in lot of efforts to keep his spirit and the fire going.  IDeaS has been organizing the tournament every year – this was the 12th edition and by all accounts, it has now developed into a well-organized,  much sought-after annual feature of the corporate cricket calendar in Pune.
  • Dilip Vengsarkar told a story about Javed Miandad which was another great example of why he was called street-smart (and a great business lesson for me) I’m not sure if I should recount it here but at the end of it, when Vengsarkar said,”Well that’s Javed for you” – even those who heard this story for the first time, nodded knowingly!!!
  • While we have asked about the century Vengsarkar missed while playing at Sialkot in 1984 when the match was abandoned, I learned that day that he almost got timed out in Australia once when he was scheduled to come in at No. 3 after Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan.

It was a great evening with some very knowledgeable cricket fans and excellent amateur players – all getting together to have some fun. The biggest learning for me, though, was – when the prizes for the quiz are as good as a bat autographed by the Lord of the Lord’s, I should ask the organizers to reserve one prize for myself.

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