“Toh finally CodeWars jaayenge ki nahi?”
“Pata nahi. 11 December ko tayyar rahiyo”
“Nahi. Us din meri FITJEE ki class hai. Par 11 December ko tayyar rahiyo. Us din mein ekdum free hoon.”
Mridul of ecstatic and obsessed with going to TCS IT Wiz, on 11 December. Last time, I was in Manali, and missed CodeWars as well as TCS IT Wiz. Mrittunjoy and Mridul went together, were coming first, and then lost out due to their overcautious mentality. This time, Mridul wanted no mistake whatsoever. He wanted to win it this time.
So he told me to be ready. 11 December was the big day. Shikhar and Arpit were going together; the latter went only to see IIT, which was the venue. TCS was to be held a long time ago (usually at Siri Fort), but the venue was changed to IIT, Dogra Hall. Mrittunjoy was going with another kid, whose name I wouldn’t reveal. He is the trump card in Montfort quizzing.
On the 10th of December, Mridul and me were preparing furiously for TCS IT Wiz. I paid extra attention at all Apple-related stuff. Especially watching the older Mac ads. Finally, tomorrow comes, contrary to the popular belief of our teachers.
“Tomorrow never comes”
Mridul and I have already circulated the Halloween Documents, which is a secret 5 MB PDF consisting of trivia and quiz questions. I have it stored in my mobile, ready to access it anytime. I knew reading Babel was useless, as no acronyms would be asked anyway.
Until last year, I had never been to a big quiz like this. In 2009, TCS IT Wiz the third one, the former two being Jack Kilby TI Quiz (to which I have a certain fondness, as I own a TI modem), and the Aqua Regia T.I.M.E Quiz. Both were Science quizzes. And both were tough.
But this time, it was different. I knew I stood a chance of qualifying, and winning. Because of Montfort’s impressive form at all tech quizzes, where we won at least something.
We reach the place, which is packed. The event starts off schedule, as there are answer sheets being distributed. Finally, it begins, and Giri “Pickbrain” makes a dramatic appearance. After the traditional hi-hello-welcome, we come to know about the delay in the programme. An unprecedented number – 650 teams have turned up, and IIT Dogra Hall has run out of seats – people are sitting on the floor. LOL! New answer sheet photocopies have to be made, and more refreshments are ordered.
The prelims are officially underway.
1] Name the general purpose very-high level programming language designed by Rossum. [Hint: It is dangerous.]
“Kya ho sakta hai?
“Its dangerous… Python?”
2] It was created by James Gosling, and is alternatively known as the Oak Project.
“Obvious hai yaar. Java hai. Maine ye answer class 6 mein diya tha.”
9] Which product led Cisco to file a lawsuit on trademark infringement against Apple Inc.?
“Mridul, sure hai na?”
“Of course. iPhone Cisco ka modem hai.”
10] The acquisition of which company by Google Inc. marked their entry into the world of mobile device software?
“Arre yaar Mridul. Lifehacker par padh padh ke bore ho gaya hoon.”
11] Photorealistic Renderman or PR Man is the product owned by which company? [Hint: It is owned by a company which makes many animation films.]
“Pixar. Pakka Mridul. Meine iCon mein padha tha. Hint ki zaroorat hi nahi thi”
19] Which service do all Apple Inc. devices, such as the Macbook, the iMac, the iPhone and the iPod Touch, use to synchronize data?
“Hmm. Pata nahi yaar. I don’t remember reading this.”
And those were a few prelim questions. Download the entire prelims archive here.
Then answers. We got about 15 correct. Then refreshments time. Which means its time to meet up with the others. Just before we go out, Mridul has to go to the loo. I meet V.S Karthik there.
“Last wale question ka kya answer tha?”
“You didn’t get Kingston?”
C’mon, it was the easiest question in the quiz!
Now, we meet Prashanth Kanduri, who is looking confident.
“Prashanth? Game ka kya likha?”
“It was Gears of War.”
“You wrote it?”
“No. But I’m sure its Gears of War.”
Shikhar, former X360 owner, who heard this conversation, had the following words to express:
“Jab Prashanth ne Gears of War kaha, itna gussa aa raha tha! Gears of War mein when you’re hit, there’s a hand which appears in the centre, when you have low health. Then you recover.”
Whoa. When Shikhar takes interest in something, he learns about it in perfection. Like GoW, and the entire Adobe suite. He is an expert in working with After Effects and Photoshop, and even knows their CS3 and CS4 codenames, which most quizzers might not know. Most includes me.
Finally, we are back. Now for the results.
Giri- “Before I announce the qualifiers, a special mention on certain teams who missed out. Coming eighth, Vivek Nair and Karthick from DPS Vasant Kunj!”
I was clapping really hard. So hard that my hands and the nearby listener’s ears turn red. Such was the case with Shikhar.
“Itni zor se kya mar raha hai?”
“They deserve it. They really do.”
Mridul- “Did you know, last time Ramit Singhal came seventh.”
Me- “Unlucky chap, to have missed out like that.”
Giri- “And coming seventh, is a team which comprises of a young quizzer from 9th…”
Me- “Can’t be us!”
“… and a quizzer from 12th…”
“… Mridul Kapoor and Aditya, from Montfort School, who lost out by just 1 mark!”
We go up in silence, and collect a pair of Philips headphones each, and a dinner for two at Trident hotel in Gurgaon, which we haven’t used till date.
This is too much man. We lose out just by one mark! Unbelievable stuff. Kalka, DPS RKP, DPS Noida, Springdales are amongst some who qualified.
I saw the entire quiz. Mridul and me know almost all of the answers. One was even repeated.
“A Microsoft codec was reverse-engineered to form another codec. Name it”
It was XviD. But the quiz finals were great. Some questions were really good. DPS Noida (who won in WarP) were winning, but DPS RKP fought. Fought hard. And they stole the quiz in the connect round. I think they got nearly 30 points there.
In the last round, Springdales gave a charge and threatened to displace DPS Noida from 2nd spot, but the latter prevailed. DPS RKP won a lappie each, and dinner at Shangri-La. Very bad.
We went home in gloom. I hope I win it this time.