KNOWLEDGE IS ‘SEQC’
It is perhaps the busiest time of the year for the members of Sunday Evening Quiz Club (SEQC) but hardly anyone is complaining. ‘Brain of SEQC’, based on the classic radio show, ‘Brain of Britain’ that is currently underway is the second of the series quizzes in the 2017-18 year. A solo competition, born out of a suggestion by SEQC’s new recruit, Dubai-based dermatologist Chandrashekhar Rao, Brain of SEQC was customised into SEQC’s own version by Rajiv D’Silva, who also volunteered to host the series.
Rajiv D’Silva, one of the key members of SEQC, says, “Brain of SEQC is old school - it doesn’t have audio/video and other bells and whistles that modern quizzes have, but participants have enjoyed it, from what I can tell.” The response for Brian of SEQC has been excellent thus far. The first round of eight matches featuring 32 participants has been completed, and the 16 quarter-finalists identified. They will face-off on April 29, with the semis and finals scheduled for a Sunday in May, probably May 20, 2018. Brain of SEQC is just one of the many activities that SEQC hosts on a regular basis. The Sunday Evening Quiz Club has had an interesting run for the last ten years, after being incepted out of sheer love for quizzing. Rajiv D’Silva and Harshvardhan Bhatkuly, who have brought top-level business quizzing laurels to Goa, and 15 other like-minded individuals started getting together in a Panjim flat and indulge in the activity. It seemed only natural then for the team to get together and form a quiz club, without an idea where it was going to go. Thus, SEQC was born. While moving from one house to another, the club started swelling in size thereby making the team move to bigger spaces. After a couple of years of being nomadic, the club moved to International Centre Goa in Dona Paula, which continues to host most of the quizzes now. SEQC has grown since its inception and from having 15-odd participants for its first quiz, currently, the monthlies see a participation of at least 35-40 members each time, with a circulating population of close to 200. Aniruddh Sengupta, one of the key members of SEQC, fondly known as Annie, says, “Within our club, we do of course see good people leave - young kids graduate and head out of state for higher studies or for work; some people move to other countries; some just find other vocations or preoccupations that take up their time on Sundays. But we also see a steady influx of new enthusiasts all the time. And there’s a delight in suddenly having an unknown quality quizzer join the group, like discovering a Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent.” On a parting note, Annie says, “I think if there’s one thing that we at SEQC are proud about, it’s that we’ve brought about something of a quizzing revolution in Goa. In particular, there’s now a lot more quizzing at the school level, with several yearly fixtures that are eagerly looked forward to.”
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