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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the results of my imagination or have been used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


3. The Last Try

Finally the much awaited day of the Quiz Competition arrived. Vikram was good at academics so memorizing dates, people, events etc. wasn’t a problem for him. He performed well in the first and second rounds. His parents looked very happy. The next round was that of Sports, there was a lot of negative marking in this round. Vikram had little interest or knowledge about sports, so the score of his team came down. He saw the expression on his father’s face. The bad performance of the other members of his team was no one’s concern. Vikram, the brilliant student wasn’t doing well in a Quiz Competition. Everyone was disappointed. This made him nervous. He summoned all the courage that his week body had and concentrated hard. After the sports round, he performed well in all the other rounds that followed. His team was leading. In the last round, he gave two consecutive wrong replies and his team lost 20 points. There was a tie. When Vikram’s father realized the gravity of the blunder that his imperfect son had committed, he almost fell off his chair. Vikram noticed this. The opponents convincingly answered the tie-breaker question. When the question was put to Vikram’s team, he knew the answer, but didn’t answer. He looked at his father and collapsed…………..

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