On a quiet Saturday afternoon at the historic city of Lucknow, corporate teams gathered at the Taj Vivanta for an afternoon of absorbing quizzing. Starting with an interesting mix of 20 questions, the seasoned quizmaster Pickbrain set the tone for what was to be an entertaining afternoon of quizzing. The finalists were:
Aircel: Prashanth and Saurabh
TCS: Shubham and Pankaj
Tata Motors: Himanshu and Rahul Seth
Tata Motors: Lokesh and Saud Usmani
NTPC: Sanjit Dutta and ChandanShahi
Tata Motors: Sandeep and Anshuman
The final started with teams from TCS, Tata Motors, NTPC and Aircel getting off the blocks soon but as the quiz moved into the second phase it looked like the NTPC team would script a famous win. The Tata Motors duo of Lokesh and Saud Usmani in the meantime kept pace with NTPC but were still trailing them.
The NTPC team did answer brilliantly but one negative and a couple of good strikes by the Tata Motors duo and the scales titled in favour of the auto major. In the next round it was NTPC’s turn to get ahead again and the battle went down to the final few questions.
A couple of half chances and brave answers from Tata Motors saw them put the pressure back on NTPC and that forced errors from the power giants who had to settle for the runner up title as the young Tata Motors team marched into the northern zonal.
The guest of honour Dr. Rajshekar (IAS), District Magistrate, Lucknow appreciated the teams for a great quiz and spoke eloquently about the opportunities in a state like UP that was abundant for corporates before handing over the cheques to the champions.