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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Nostalgia and 10 rules

Today three of our Band of Four met. This is one of my two closest group of friends (the other was formed later). We are all quizzers. Some of us are bloggers. None of us cynics, though we have tendencies. We have made promises to each other, but aren't lovers yet.

In our youth (I say it in jest, as I am still quite young!), we met while quizzing and then as we worked out answers together, we kept on getting closer.

Amongst our greatest achievements are polishing off eleven pizzas in a Pizza Hut all you can eat contest and finishing all the laddoos in multiple sweet shops, with and without prior substance abuse. We have also fought with a king's attendant at Wankaner (more of that later) as well as travelled down Ancient Indian History together. We have taken on Ganga at 10 o'clock in the night. We have tried to climb faster than mules on our way to Valley of Flowers and failed. We have bought each other T-shirts. Plus, we have won a lot of quizzes.

However, I don't mean to get emotional about friendship here. All I wanted to write about is the Ten Commandments in Quizzing. These are rules that every quizzer used to follow. These were our values. In the glory days of Delhi Quizzing.

Anand, who came up with them with Marcus, will find the sheet of paper where he has this written down, and post it one day. I don't even remember half of them clearly as it has been a while since we had committed to them. However, three-four of them are clearly etched in my mind.

No. 4: If thy is thou art faced with a choice of a good quiz in a girl's college and a great quiz somewhere else, thy shall thou shalt unhesitatingly choose the girl's college. (Sim, will stick to girl's college, in a way it was!)
No. 6: Thou shalt never refuse free food.
No. 7: Thou shalt find a sucker to pay for thy refreshments, and thou shalt resist all attempts to become the sucker thyself, unless there's a pretty quizzer with long eyelashes asking thy thee to become sucker.
No. 10: Thou shalt share and care, in a quiz as long as thy win thou winst.

We had committed to these in the first year of our college. Since then we grew up, have met a few pretty people with long eyelashes (unlikely though that may sound) and have started valuing great quizzes rather than silly ones. However, our gory past can't be denied.

I got reminded of past when I read this. It's similar to the 10 commandments the two boys had come up with one day.

P.S. if you are a quizzer, or a quizzer-lover(!), read this. Some of the quizzing spirit is captured well, though I can't relate to winning a quiz at any costs anymore. Or so I think.

Update: I have been tutored in Olde English. I was told and I changed.


Blogger neha vish said...

You just rekindled DU memories for me. Considering I was the receiving end of the "Good Quiz" rule.

We all - we all are in perpetual debt to each other - for being so young and so wonderful.

Saturday, June 10, 2006 9:41:00 AM

Blogger ~*sim*~ said...

sorry, but as an english major i'm going to have to be the external nitpicky factor here -- quizzing is, after all, often a tool to setting the record straight!!

No. 4: If thy is faced with a choice of a good quiz in a girl's college and a great quiz somewhere else, thy shall unhesitatingly choose the girl's college.

"if thou art faced"
"thou shalt"
and... ummmm... besides the matter of the wayward apostrophe -- girls' school, women's college, please???

No. 7: ... asking thy to become sucker.

"asking thee..."

No. 10: ... as long as thy win.

"thou winst"

-- yours in a fuss about details :P

Saturday, June 10, 2006 10:58:00 AM

Anonymous confused said...


The number 10 should be the the number 1. :)

Saturday, June 10, 2006 1:16:00 PM

Blogger ~*sim*~ said...

ahh, a man after my own heart. smart, quick to action, and (now) fluent in middle english too! :D

Saturday, June 10, 2006 9:32:00 PM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Neha, yes, those days are still piping hot in my mind.

~*sim*~, thanks. Thou shalt be rewarded.

Confused, depends on the objective of quizzing I guess. We used to quiz more often for the company and the food.

Sunday, June 11, 2006 10:02:00 AM

Blogger Mr. D said...

Pizza hut has some father's day contest this week, where one has to eat maximum pizzas..... saw a poster somewhere

Monday, June 12, 2006 3:31:00 AM

Blogger Anand said...

hmmm... as far as the first two went, they were -
1) Thous shalt never refuse free food.
2) If free food is not avaiable to thee, thou shalt find sucker to pay for it.

As I slowly unpack my house, the rest shall, inshallah, be found....

Friday, June 16, 2006 4:00:00 AM


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