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
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
No. 10: Thou shalt share and care, in a quiz as long as
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.