Friday, November 21, 2008

Think About IT

As a quizzer, I had 2 dreams : 

  • Climb onto the stage where the Grand Finale of the prestigious TCS Rural IT quiz happening in Palace grounds on the occasion of BangaloreIT.biz
  • Be the state winner of TCS IT quiz. 


As a team, Ashrith and I had put enough efforts to win the event in 2004. A small, unexpected mistake from our side put us in the runners-up position at Udupi Zone in 2003. The winners eventually won the STATE level quiz also. I was very well aware that the same team would come back in 2004 and it will be a tough game again. So we had spared no effort to ensure our victory. 

But man proposes, God disposes.. The 2004 zonal finals was indeed a battle of nerves. When we lost to the same team again,  140 to 135 (the other 4 teams on stage had scored 10, 10, 5 and zero!). When the quiz master announced that in the other 5 zones, the highest by any team had been 105, I could just keep myself from crying.

For the first time in my life, I felt like a loser. All my dreams were shattered as we were in our 12th Grade and that year was our 2nd and final chance.. 


When my mom consoled me that my efforts will never be a waste, I was not convinced, yet I believed her. It came out to be true. 

The pain of failure urged me to THINK OUT OF the Box, discard every convention and author India's 2nd ever IT quiz book, Blitz - The IT quiz book. Unless I am very much mistaken, I am India's youngest author of a commercial IT quiz book till date.  Failure indeed makes you learn more than what you could have with Success..

 

Mr Giri Balasubramaniam, the renowned Quiz Master of Tata Crucibles and TCS IT wiz fame identified my interest and talent for IT quiz and took me in his (Greycaps) technical quiz research team. 

The happiest day was when I was invited (along with a couple of other budding quizzers) to join the research team of Giri Balasubramaniam and Lloyd Saldanha to compile a book, "Think About IT - 3rd Edition". 



To add to this joy, I was felicitated by Mr Aravind Limbavali (Higher Education Minister, Government of Karnataka) and Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri (primary and secondary minister) on the occasion of Grand Finale of Rural IT quiz 2008 in Palace grounds on 7th November. 



All the finalists of this year had read my book. They thanked me for writing Blitz and Think About IT and really appreciated my efforts. What more does an author need?

On my way home, I thought, my first dream (climbing onto the stage finals stage) had been fulfilled! More royally than I had ever expected! 

And as far as winning is concerned, I will see myself winning every year when the young  quiz champions of TCS IT Wiz and Rural IT quiz come down to me and say, "Your book really helped us. Thanks for writing Blitz" . 

I haven't won it yet. But one thing is sure, I am not a loser anymore. I have got another chance. My latest attempt has been the strongest....

14 comments:

Devrath N D said...

Indeed you have done a great job. I too read your book and was very helpful. BTW when is BLITZ Revisited being released.

Raveesh Mayya said...

@Devrath, Thanks a lot for your words of appreciation...

Jan or Feb at the latest Blitz Revisited will be released..

Raveesh Mayya said...

@ All - Devrath is the 1st runners up of state level TCS IT quiz this year. He missed the top slot by whiskers..

TechnoHolics said...

Thanks again Raveesh for writing the book

Ashwin Rao said...

Do U have the no of books that are printed? I think its huge because it is very popular.

Raveesh Mayya said...

@ Technoholics (Prashanth) Thanks buddy. I am glad you liked too.

@ All : Prashanth is the State Champion of TCS Rural IT quiz..

@ Ashwin : I am definitely sure its not a 5 digit number. ;-) As a student I need more support and suggestions from the student fraternity..

Rajath V S Moodithaya said...

Hey!!!
Congrats!!
Keep up the good work.
WE are all counting on it.

Vivek said...

hai my name is vivek i am studing in 10th in bangalore even i have read your book ...it is fantastic.....but only one thing i want to know how will tcs it wiz and rural it quiz. prepare questions please reply me ....i have participated in rural it wiz 2009..but i think it was too though...the bishops took over prize please i request you give me suggestions that will help me to prepare for tcs rural it 2009...i kindly request you if you have any idea or information that you have print in your book or you have gone through it........thanking you our faith fully.......vivek (note:please reply immediately because this fellow is crazy in quizes)

tiss said...

Hi Raveesh,
Congratulations on your grit and perseverance in transforming your failure into a "stepping stone" to greater success!Can you please guide me as to where I can buy the book "Think About IT"? Don't worry, your book is already on its way.

Thanks,
Dr. Nidhi Mathew

Raveesh Mayya said...

@Rajath, great words coming from 2007 Champion's mouth.. I'm really happy.

@Vivek, sorry for a delayed reply. I was busy transforming from a student to a corporate citizen. Mail me @ raveeshworldwide[AT]gmail[DOT]com. We will speak

@ Dr. Nidhi Mathew, thanks a lot. I am really glad to read your words of appreciation and encouragement. The book "Think about IT" is a non-commercial book distributed free of cost to every participant of Rural IT quiz. I have a copy and can give it to you if you wish.

@All, thanks :)

pavithra lakshmanan said...

Good job fella!
proud of u!
Keep doin stuff like this.. dont ever stop

tiss said...

Thanks Raveesh. That's really very kind of you. How do we go about it?

Regards,
Dr. Nidhi Mathew

MAYA!!!! said...

hey Raveesh, Do you remember how we were introduced??? :D when Arpit n sharath said, "meet our friend raveesh" , I was like ," The Raveesh Mayya"?? :D LOL.. i REMEMBER the lOOK on ur Face ... So happy u were .... Its coz u went after your dream... Kudos dude... Be the same :)

Pratyush Ranjan said...

HEY RAVEESH SIR I AM A TCS IT WIZ 2015 ASPIRANT LIKE U...... AND THIS IS MY LAST YR OF THE TCS IT WIZ...... I WANT TO PREPARE WELL THIS TIME..... BUT THE PROBLEM IS UR BOOKS BLITZ AND PROBABLY KRYPTONITE AS WELL HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED FROM ONLINE AND OTHER STORES...... MOST OF THEM SHOW PERMANENTLY DISCONTINUED OR OUT OF STOCK FOR BLITZ..... I REALLY NEED THESE TWO BOOKS FOR MY PREPARATION..... CAN U TELL ME WHERE I CAN BUY THESE BOOKS OR SEND ME AN ONLINE EBOOK IF POSSIBLE..... I DESPERATELY NEED THEM FOR REFERENCE....... PLS HELP ME..... WILL BE OBLIGED TO U AND I LIKE YOUR BOOKS...... I HAD SEEN BLITZ AND READ A FEW PGS AT A FRIENDS HOUSE.......
HERES MY EMAIL pratyush11.05@gmail.com

waiting for ur reply............