Revels’17 – Ergo
By Adhiraj Ghosh
The Debate Tournament of Revels’17 followed the British Parliamentary format. Here, four teams of two members each were divided into the proposing and opposing governments. Shortened due to a lack of participants, the event started off with an adjudicator test on the first day. The debate began on the second day of the fest and saw, as Anirban Paul (Chair of the Tournament) put it, “Average to below-average” discussions.
Judged solely on quality of argument and not on diction and wit, the four finalists were picked. On the day of the finals, the debate saw a team taking the technical and legal stance while breaking most of the rules of a Parliamentary Debate. Asked to narrate his experience of the debate, Nikhil Pathyil (a first year student from MIT) said, “It was well organized and there was participation from many first-timers, which was nice to see. I’d like to see a greater turnout at future events.” Healthy debate is meant to sharpen your thoughts and force you to think; the Debate Tournament did just that.
By Mrigakshi Sharma
Ergo’s Sports and Entertainment (SpEnt) Quiz was conducted on the first day of Revels’17. Eight teams entered the finals which comprised various written and oral rounds. Lokesh Kaza and Balaji Subramanian held the floor in the capacity of Quiz Masters. Frequent cries of amazement were consistently followed by spontaneous applause. The highlight of the quiz was the segment on plagiarized music that left everyone perplexed. Worthy contenders, charismatic QMs, and a phenomenally crafted set of questions tended more than adequately to the fervor of the participants. The question set was claimed to be one of the best by some of the more experienced quizzers. Though the odds were bent firmly in favor of the winning team, a raging fight was put up for the second place. The event exceeded expectations on every plane and truly delivered.
By Pranav Iyer
The General Quiz was hosted by Major Chandrakant Nair, a renowned quiz-master in India. The room was packed with over fifty participating teams showing up for the preliminary rounds. Organizers were left scrambling for extra chairs and tables to accommodate the teams. The written prelims had questions on everything ranging from Tamil Songs to Swiss Cheese. The top eight teams were selected for the finals to be conducted on the same day. Out-of-the-box questions in the prelims led to many of the teams, who had failed to qualify, to stay and watch the finals. The Major did not disappoint as most of the questions left the audience as well as the participants applauding at the cleverly hidden clues. The quiz was fiercly contested, with three teams competing for the first place. With its zealous participants and a dedicated audience, the event was quite a hit.
By Pranav Iyer
The Lone Wolf Quiz, as the name suggests, allowed quizzers to show off their vast knowledge and deductive ability without worrying about finding the right teammates. Conducted by Ajay Srikanth of NIT Trichy, the quiz witnessed an approximate of fifty participants turn up for the prelims. The top eight contestants moved on to the finals.The finals began after a significant delay in correcting the answer sheets. The quiz was a long one and had three ‘clockwise’ rounds, three ‘anti-clockwise’ rounds, and four written rounds. The written rounds were well received by the participants. The finals went on for about two hours and even saw one of the finalists leave midway. However, a faithful audience stayed throughout the quiz, cheering their friends on and applauding the clever questions.
By Adhiraj Ghosh
Ergo’s India Quiz served as the ideal platform for quizzers to showcase their knowledge of the Motherland. The only quiz in Revels’17 to be conducted by a student of MIT, Krittibas Majumdar was the quiz-master for the day. Quizzers from all over South India, including VIT and NIT-K, participated and made the event a grand success. The preliminary round comprised twenty-five questions. From the political structure of the Dalai Lama government to how Tamil became the second official language of Haryana, the quiz steered away from the typical Indian clichés. Nine teams moved to the finals along with another team that qualified due to an evaluation error in the prelims. With the beautifully structured questions and cleverly devised rounds, the quizzers were always on their toes. Extremely satisfied with the quiz, Rohit Satish Nair (a first year student and participant) said “I personally loved the questions. It was a great experience participating in this quiz.”