Quiz time with Uncle Pai

- July 16, 2021

By Reena Puri The halls were packed and the competing children formed serpentine queues for a chance to be asked a question by their favourite Uncle Pai! The hall would be abuzz with excitement. The chatter of 2000 children would drown out the last-minute instructions on stage which Lalita Pai would be giving the ever-patient Jubel D’Cruz, who ensured that everything that was needed was in place. As for Uncle Pai, he would be as excited as the children, jumping from one side of the stage to the other while his team arranged the children in neat long queues on two sides of the hall. There was a highly electric atmosphere at the beginning of every ACK quiz show. Waiting in eager anticipation for the visual clue to be flashed on the screen. There would be so much energy and crackling anticipation as each child clutched the number the team would have handed over and stood in a constantly fidgety line waiting for her or his turn to answer Uncle Pai’s question. The questions came in a never-ending stream. On h...

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