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

Celebrating a birthday with a quiz!

A few months ago we had a request that was right up our alley.
A friend had planned a 60th birthday party for her father-in-law. The invitees were fixed, the venue was chosen, the food all planned. But she wanted something more to liven up the evening.
Her father-in-law was a doctor with a wide range of interests and a strong friend circle which had remained intact from school and college days. Why not a quiz that sort of connects the journey from them to now - she thought. She approached us. We did a small interaction with her to know her father-in-law's interests, background, work, his friends, his past -  and using this info we made a custom-made quiz for the occasion.
The birthday "boy" walked into the venue with a large display of a newspaper frontpage from the day he was born. Keeping with our theme of always posing questions that are highly interesting, we took the audience on a journey that had them on the edge of their seats - realising that answers to our quiz questions were connecting them to places, events, people, moments and interests that had united them in the past.
Needless to say we were inundated with questions later on about "would we do it" for this occasion and that - and of course, we said, yes, we would. We had a whale of a time but what was most satisfying was to see the atmosphere of the room change from the regular banter to something special - we had provided them with triggers down memory lane - and that kept the warmth lit for a long while later.
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