A Mumbaiker has made India proud after winning an international quizzing title.
Vikram Joshi, an engineer, has won the World Quizzing Championship. He has the distinction of being the first non-Englishman to win the title since the tournament’s inception in 2003.
Vikram achieved his feat by scoring 176 points out of a possible 210 including a full house in the History category. USA's Steve Perry took the second spot with a score of 174. The current World/European number 1, England's Kevin Ashman was in third place with 170 points.
There are five other Indians in the top 100 -- Rahul Kottalgi (rank 38, score 129), Shouvik Guha (rank 57, 123), Arul Mani (rank 59, score 123) and S Bhattacharrya (rank 81, score 119).
Vikram is an avid quizzer who began quizzing while at school 30-odd years ago. He was even a participant in one of the early Bournvita Quiz Championships when it was still hosted by Ameen Sayani on radio.
During his engineering college days in Mumbai, he quizzed in the Bombay college quizzing circles. He then moved to the USA to join the University of Virginia and then stayed on to work as an engineer in Boston.
His interest in quizzing was revived when he moved back to Mumbai and discovered the Bombay Quiz Club and their weekly quizzing sessions and a great group of people to bounce questions off, to host quizzes for and to partner with.
He has since then been a Landmark National Quiz champion (along with his teammates), won Mahaquizzer of India one year and won Mindsweep internationally.
He has also hosted several quizzes as part of the Mumbai Quiz Festival every year.
At the WQC, he started slowly with a rank in the mid 100's, but moved up to number 9 last year and number 1 this year.
The World Quizzing Championship is an individual quiz contest organised by the International Quizzing Association (the umbrella organisation of various quizzing organisations from more than 25 countries around the world). The competition has been staged annually since 2003 (since 2004 in more than one country simultaneously) with an increasing number of contestants from an increasing number of nations.