PODCAST EPISODE

E21: Quizzes, quiz-setting and television quiz shows with Kushan Patel

The Write Creed

25-09-2021 • 25 mins


Eisha's former student, Kushan Patel, is now a sought-after quizmaster who conducts quizzes for IITs, IIMs and other top institutes and quiz clubs in India. He has been quizzing for 25 years and been a quizmaster for over a decade. In this episode of The Write Creed, Kushan talks about how he got interested in quizzing at an early age, the shift of format of quizzes from information gathering and quick recollection to puzzle-solving thanks to the democratization of the internet, how Covid has allowed people from different countries to quiz together, the challenges of making a quiz both entertaining and competitive, how game shows on television have evolved and why there has been no popular music quiz show on Indian television after Annu Kapoor's Antakshari. Eisha wonders if quizzing dates back to ancient Greece. Kushan thinks it had to come up after the advent of the Gutenberg printing press in 1440. They end the conversation with a mention of the patron saint of the internet, a certain John Paul II or Saint Isidore of Seville circa 600 AD, who came up with an etymological encyclopedia and also invented the period (full stop), comma and colon.  #quizzes #quizmaster #bqc #bournvitaquizcontest #kbc #kaunbanegacrorepati #antakshari #quizzesinindia #quizshows #iit #iim #pubquizes #karnataka #pune #bombay #ahmedabad #seville #annukapoor #amitabhbachchan #zeetv #popularculture #travel #food #socialmedia #contests #internet #media #covid #zoom #thewritecreed #kushanpatel #podcast #patronsaintofinternet