Muscat: Times of Oman Open Quiz Contest is here again. As all the 'inquizzitive' minds get ready to press the buzzer button, quizmaster Giri 'Pickbrain' Balasubramaniam is ready with his volley of questions. Speaking to the Times of Oman, Giri promises that there will be a "distinct difference" in the contest this time. The Times of Oman Open Quiz Contest is scheduled for December 7 at the City Amphitheatre.
What is going to be different this time?
There is so much that has happened across the world in the last year, it seems as if we could have a series of quizzes only on the year gone by! The quiz this time is going to be just an open final with no specific school round, so the available time would be dedicated to the open teams which gives my team a lot of room to experiment. My team and I are certainly looking at creating a distinct difference between the open quiz format and research and the exclusive school quiz which will follow in April. Also this year with slightly greater control on time that we would have, I commit to far more audience questions (read prizes to be won).
Will you miss the school teams this time around?
Not at all. Mark my words and you will find school kids on stage even this time around. While the decision by the Times of Oman to create an exclusive school quiz is wonderful and welcome, it does not in any way prevent school kids from taking part in the open quiz. Given the talent in Oman, I am sure school kids/teams will excel. Infact, they might be in greater demand with typical open teams looking for young sharper minds to join their teams and boost their chances.
What is different about conducting quizzes in Muscat?
With the quizzes being part of an annual calendar, it does help both my team and contestants to plan better and keep their eyes and ears more open to happenings around the world as the quiz approaches. The stature, the tension and the audience has only increased with each year reflecting on the passion for knowledge that Muscat has. The good thing about quizzing in Oman is that the habit seems to stay with the kids even when they move out for higher studies. I get to meet so many kids across India and even London who walk up to me and say "We used to attend your quiz in Muscat."