Ask, and you shall receive!

What I miss the most about my earlier stint with one of the leading Indian IT services firm is the amazing and very active quiz club, IQCIRCLE. I remember how my sudden decision to pack up my bags and leave did not deter the setup and the stage was set within a week for me to conduct a quiz.

While sifting through old e-mails today, I happened to chance upon the last email I had written to IQCIRCLE.


Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2007 2:37 PM
To: IQCAftiList
Subject: Daly Times, <  > edition

I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”
We do not know if 42 is the answer to life, universe and everything but what we, quizzing enthusiasts, intend to do is to conduct quizzes-junta (read volunteers) comes up with quizzes either by email or on-stage quizzes.

If you want to contribute by way of quizzes – either live or by mail – send in the same.

We even have a webpage: Sparsh->Leisure->Clubs->IQCIRCLE.

It’s needless to say that like any other club we run on people’s ideas. So keep contributing.

The kind of quizzing that we do is based on problem solving and not knowledge. The idea behind a question is to give facts and clues so that the quizzers can work out the answers.

Quizzing ultimately is a great way to get to know the world a little deeper, in our humble opinion. 🙂

->Ask, and you shall receive!

Answers, aur kya! We are looking at the participants to voluntary come up as quizmasters.

We welcome all the first-timers, veterans to come forth with ideas for quizzes and their willingness to anchor the same.

->Veni, Vidi, Vici!

Increasingly, more and more external quizzes are getting held and we always end up with a short-notice window of having to select a team [in case, there is a bar on the number of teams.] For this purpose we wanted a list of volunteers who would be interested in setting up/participating in quizzes. If there is a topical preference / constraint, do indicate the same.

This would be useful – also – at times when we have internal fests or external fests when we need a quiz or two to host or for that matter even external quizzes in national B-school fests and other external quizzes like Landmark/Brand Equity/Crucible/KQA/BCQC et al. At these times, we want to have people around who have done live quizzes – and the preview earlier does help in short-listing and gives everyone a fairer chance. Otherwise it ends up being a “small” group of individuals where this activity keeps rotating.

And then there are internal quiz events/fests as well like Dhun (in Bangalore), Quizophrenia (in Mysore) and I vividly remember authorities in Hyd were keen at doing a big one by bringing in other companies and educational institutions in the vicinity.

Even Trivandrum has had one such event.

We even have moderators at DC-level now to moderate things.

Get in touch with them and get started!

Send in your ideas, mails, questions et al to


PS: And this was my swan song!

I have pulled up my socks and decided to move on but I leave Infosys with fond memories of IQCIRCLE.

It’s been a joyride working for and with IQCIRCLE. I wish members of IQCIRCLE success in many external quizzes.


From Maggi Quiz and Bournvita Quiz in school to Literary Council in college to IQCIRCLE…participating in Crucible, Brand Equity and CRY Quiz when in Hyd..winning the Asha Quiz at ISB..setting up prelims for the ISB Quiz…stirring up the almost-defunct PGP Quiz Club(very ironically they called it ‘Day Quizzers’ in 2007) at IIMB, my romance with quizzing has come a long way.

So when I tell people that I’m going to a quiz or just returning from one and they groan, “Isn’t it boring?”, I feel like picking up the nearest object and throwing at them and screaming, “It’s not boring! You’re boring! Boo!”

Unfortunately, for most quizzing is about how much you know and that questions like, ‘What is the currency of Timbuctu?’ , ‘Who is that lesser-known brother of Emily Bronte?’ form the substance of quizzes. Quizzing, the kind I enjoy, is not about knowing stuff but about working out stuff, it’s about “lateral thinking” and “problem solving.” A good question is framed in such a way that even if you don’t know the answer, you have a chance of guessing what it is. Typically, the question itself will have some clues. And that process is great fun, especially the ‘Aha’ moment when you crack a question, or even hear the answer.

And that’s why a good quiz can be so much fun: if it contains 60 questions, that’s 60 problem-solving exercises for you, often in collaboration with one or two or three other people. You also get to see the way other teams solve these problems, and even if you don’t win, the intellectual stimulation it provides is worth the few hours you spend at a quiz.

I vividly remember how we wanted to re-christen our weekly quiz event at Hyd, ‘Thursdays@6′ to some other name(and move it to another day as well) because it clashed with the Toastmasters’ Club event and they had samosas on offer which is used to pull away all the volunteers(read audience) from our quiz event.

Quiz tip of the day:

The quiz question should not be too long and definitely should not be a string of factoids. Any question which takes more than 30-45 seconds to tell is probably too long. Any more and it reflects either of two things:

a) the quizmaster is lazy not to frame the question properly and thus rattles a huge set of facts.

b) the quizmaster hasn’t been able to prioritise properly and thus presents all the facts.

A history on the quizzing scene in India from the now-defunct:


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