Strong winds accompanied by rains marked the launch of the 2015 edition of Tata Crucible at Visakhapatnam. Into year 12, the popularity of the quiz has grown immensely, with a packed hall despite the downpour.
Pickbrain started proceedings and went about his task very professionally, keeping clear sight on time. The prelim, as described by a former champion, was 'tricky' and it led to the following finalists.
Naval Science and Technological Labs: Chandrashekar and Kushal Bhattacharya
Vizag Steel: Rahul and AGK Murthy
Vizag Steel: Sudhanshu and Bira Sudhakar
Vizag Steel: Sabyasachi Pani and Santanu Dey
E2P Enterprises: Susanth Mohapatra and Sayan Ganguly
Vizag Steel: Ravi Chand and Rahul Kumar
The final was a display of the collective might of the Vizag Steel plant teams spare the two scientists and budding entrepreneurs on stage. With two former national champions in Rahul and AGK Murthy along with Sabyasachi and Santanu Dey, the battle was always going to be an absorbing one.
It was a four way battle as the quiz quickly went past the half way mark. In the lead were AGK Murthy and Rahul but it was too close a margin for any comfort. The questions that followed saw the duo of Sabyasachi and Santanu move ahead with some truly brilliant answers that powered them to the top spot. The duo of AGK Murthy and Rahul had to settle for a narrow second place with Ravi Chand and Rahul Kumar finishing a very credible third.
The guest of honour Mr. Amit Garg (IPS), Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam expressed his happiness at being part of the event and said "We sometimes get stuck in our own worlds and I am happy to have been here. Such programs also give us an insight into how corporates think and work and help us plan accordingly". Mr. Souvik Bhattacharya, GM Taj Gateway was also present on the occasion.
WINNER: Vizag Steel: Sabyasachi Pani and Santanu Dey
RUNNER UP: Vizag Steel: Rahul and AGK Murthy
Winners, Vizag Steel : Sabyasachi Pani and Santanu Dey