Our journey of the Hindu Business Line Cerebration 2019, presented by Union Bank of India, began in the grand old city of Hyderabad, renowned for its quizzing tradition. Thus, it was no surprise to us when upwards of eighty teams contested in what was a prelim decided on very fine margins. Our homeboy Miraj Vora was as enthralling as ever, entertaining the audience with quick witted humour and kept them on the edge of their seats with an exceptional twenty questions prelims. Out of the frying pan and into the fire went our six finalists, Adieu ED, Sai Mitra Constructions, Univariety, Deloitte, Ekincare and Infosys. The finals were contested in four rounds: a general round of six questions, two audio-visual rounds of six questions each, and a buzzer round of six questions. The finals were a gruelling extravaganza of questions ranging for Les Horribles Cernettes (The CERN band consisting of physicists) to the Prada Marfa (an installed sculpture which has no sales). The competition was close between Ekincare and Infosys, but the employee health management start-up bested the tech giant, and in a testament to the growing fraternity of quizzing in India, took home the first spot in the Grand Finale, not to mention a neat cash prize and a winners’ trophy.
Quizmaster Miraj C Vora hosting the Prelims in Hyderabad
Next, we moved on to our hometown of Bangalore, where a team from Bizongo, a B2B packaging company, won the Bengaluru edition. The finalists were –Mu Sigma, Red Scarab, Cloudtail India, Strand Life Sciences, and Amazon India. Our next stop was Chennai, the spiritual home of The Hindu Group.
In a nail-biter, IIT-Madras edged out Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to emerge winners of the Chennai round. The top six teams who made it to the four-round finals were TCS, IIT-Madras, Cognizant, Freshworks, Ford and Samsung with questions pertaining to the world of business in text, visual, audio and video formats.
Chennai Winners IIT Madras with the Prize
We next moved on to the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Kochi, Team Capgemini, emerged the winner of the Kochi round. The top six teams were Capgemini, SMS Cusat, Suguna Holdings, University College, Malayalam Manorama, and St Thomas College.
Our next pit stop was the capital city, New Delhi. LNMIIT, in one of the major upsets of this decade, edged out the pros of Delhi. The nail-biter went to a tie-breaker round after a Mexican standoff at the end of the buzzer round. The first prize was clenched by two engineering students of the LNM Institute of Information Technology in Jaipur. Teams from Barclays and Ernst & Young finished as runners-up and second runners-up respectively.
Finally we came to the financial capital of the country, Mumbai for the final regional round and as expected we received a huge turnout for the event. In the finals we had the team of Network 18, besting the likes of IIT Bombay, SIMSR, Discovery India, HDFC Life and SAIL Bhilai.
Finally, after 35 days, 1500+ participants and 308 questions, we came down to our six national finalists who competed for the crown of India’s Biz Quiz Champion. In the grand showdown, we witnessed one of the most nail-biting finishes in Cerebration’s history, as IIT Madras piled up point after point on the buzzer, but had to pay the price for taking up too many negatives in the earlier stages. Capgemini maintained their acquired lead well into the finals and picked up the winner’s cheque and trophy. We would like to thank and commend the Hindu Group for their enormous hardwork and painstaking labor for bringing this year’s Cerebration to a resounding success. Through their continuous efforts, Cerebration has indeed become the mega event for quizzing aficionados throughout the country. Finally, to conclude, we would also like to commend the hard work put in by our venue partners, ICBM School of Business Excellence, Christ College, Hotel Savera, Rajagiri Business School, Fortune Institute of International Business and Hotel Sahara Star; and production/event managers, Woot Factor, who left no stone unturned to provide us with a seamless experience.
- This musical was the longest running production on Broadway, from 1982 to 2000. Winner of seven Tony Awards, the musical is set to hit the big screen in 2019. Which musical is being described here?
- Nitish Roy is an Indian film art director, production designer, and costume designer in Hindi cinema and a Bengali Film Director, who is also known for his work with art cinema directors. What is his most famous contribution to the Hyderabad city?
- In the late 1980s, dedicating the brand of X (meaning daughter) to his daughters, Dr. Ravichandar revamped his entrepreneurial spirit with new dreams. It has specialised in curating, patenting and serving delicious Andhra delicacies such as Chicken Kshatriya, Sholay Kebab, Bamboo Chicken, Carrot 65 and more. With 15 branches, X holds the legacy of being one of the pioneers in introducing Andhra Cuisine to Bangalore.
- How are Boyan Slat Taylor Wilson Vitalik Buterin and Ritesh Agarwal connected?
- It was a noted Indian film production company and studio based in Mumbai most known for stunt, fantasy and mythological films, including Hunterwali. The company’s logo has a ship, honouring their family legacy as their ancestors came from the shipbuilding family. Name the production house.
- This is a three-act opéra comique with music by Edmond Audran and words by Alfred Duru and Henri Chivot. The story concerns a farm girl who is a “_______”: someone with the mystic power to bring good luck to all around her, so long as she remains a virgin. Which English word and business concept came into being because of this opera?