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On a winning spree

P. Sujatha Varma meets the mind-boggling Master Minds.


EVEN IF you are caught in a hectic schedule, you still can take time off to let down your hair, swig mugs of hot coffee and chill out by simply putting your feet up and watch the glorious sunsets.

Taking time off your hectic schedule to have a ball is, after all, not something impossible. All you need to learn is time management. Oh ! C'mon galz and guys, stop losing your sleep over how to manage your time well. Taking cue from the all-time favourite Beatles number, "Eight days a week I love you..,'' young ones have begun to complain that 24 hours are too short a period for a day. It was no roller coaster ride. Nor was it a disco nite meant to pep up their moods. But children came in hoardes thronging the Kanur campus of the Kennedy High School, last week. They got up early, dressed themselves in their smartest pairs, put on their thinking caps and marched towards the school campus.

It was the exciting City Master Mind Contest, organised by the Kennedy School management which drew good number of students from different schools in the city to participate in the unique online rapid analytical test. The participants did it in a jiffy, quite literally, answering 75 questions in 20 minutes. They were here to activate their intellect lest they may become mentally stunted. Most of them had taken several tests in the past.


But, this was a different ball game as it was refreshingly new. "The new concept of online test prompted me to sit up and recharge my energies to get ready for the fresh challenge'' said thirteen-year-old Abdul Kalam of Geeta Public School. He was here to put his computer skills to test and found the question paper quite easy. There were some 700 students divided into three different categories and made to write the test in different batches. Five different sets of question papers were prepared and the school staff was deployed to make sure that the uninitiated did not goof up while pitching for success.

The parents too were highly impressed for they felt that the online concept provided a `win-win' situation for the kids. "We live in a computer age and such events will hone the skills of our children,'' opined G. Narsimha Rao, a New India Assurance employee whose son, Venkatesh, was among the sub-juniors' group.Suresh Babu of St. Ann's High School, Pavan of Vignan Vihar, Bhargav Teja of Bhashyam Public School, N. Kalpana of Nalanda and K. Charita of Nirmala, all in the sub-junior group, dubbed their experience as `thrilling' and finished their test within 8 to 12 minutes. Great going, eh ?

B. Fatima, S.Shakira, Qubra, Tahseen, Fatima Jabeen and A. Kausar, all from the Darsgah Islamic High School, clad in their traditional burqua, experience a different kind of `high' for they believed that it would help them gain confidence. Those who have managed to achieve their goals in life say it is all about keeping one's eyes on the road and planning well in advance.

That is what the young K. Sneha, J Sanihita, P. Askhara and V. Keerthi of the senior group were doing. Learning to fill their lives full of fun and happiness, they'r the `masters' in the making. The parents were the most delighted ones for they returned wondering that once the `feel good' factor sets in, can the `student shining' slogan far behind?

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