29th May 2012..It was a usual day and now owing to my recent leg injury, I was very well familiar with TV soaps, thanks to wikipedia for that. Then came the voice of legend of Indian cinema Mr Amitabh Bachachan asking some stupid question for applying to 6th version of the popular show Kaun Banega Crorepati. My friend Suman was very excited about the show and she made me send the answer response. Done with the task and forgot about that.
Then it was 8th June 2012 , I was driving back to home from office, the usual routine and I got a call from a number with STD code 022 , I assumed it to be from one of my friend in SP Jain Mumbai. Being a good citizen, I did not pick the call while driving. One hour later, I again got the call from same number, this time I did pick it up. On the other side of line there was one guy wtih Bihari accent and asked me my name and told I was selected for the 1st round of KBC and I needed to provide him certain personal details. I took it to be a cranck call and deliberately provided him with my Lucknow address, the he redirected me to some recorded voice message where 3 questions were asked. The first two were quite easy and had options too and the third one, I was stumped. The area of Lakshadweep in sq km and to add to it no options were provided. I guessed this one as 22 while actual is 32 sq km. Nonetheless I was happy that at least I got the call that too in just one go.
My mother and siblings were there with me as they happened to visit Delhi and I took them to Haridwar- Rishikesh. While on way to Haridwar , the same number displayed on my mobile screen and that was something crazy. I picked up the phone and surprise , I was selected for the second round to be held on 26th June 2012 in Lucknow.
In first place I decided I will not go , the luck thing is not my cup of tea but on 14th I decided lets take a chance. I booked my train to Lucknow but the return ticket was not confirm. As 26th June happens to be my sister’s birthday, my dad thought I had come for the occasion. Such things do not appeal him much.
The D- day. The morning marathon begins. I reached the centre at 6:30 Am and was amazed to see around 300 people already queued up. I was one among late comers, though technically 7 Am was the reporting time. The management was very poor, we kept on standing in the queue for 2 long hours before we could enter the premises. I had formed a group over there in that time but never bothered knowing names. We were registered in same order so the group carried on. One coincidence I would point, the girl I was talking to , her name was also Swati. There was a 72 pages form given to us much on the lines of IIFT CV form and pages 15 to 72 required signature on each page. I was half done when at sharp 11 AM , Mr Bachchan appears on screen ( not in real) and says aur kaisa lag raha hai. Then there was a questionnaire comprising of 10 general knowledge questions and answer sheets were collected back. Now we were back to the forms. Then there was announcement that now auditions will start in 4 rooms with 1 room specifically to Idea Pass , the privileged ones.
The day proceeded, very slow progress on audition side, by 2 PM they had hardly finished up with 30 people and my number was 211. The girl with me had her flight at 8pm , so she asked for consideration and was given the slot at 4 PM. I also had train at 8:45PM but I was very optimistic that things would finish by 7PM. I was wrong, at 4 PM observing the efficiency, I told the coordinators about my train and showed them the sms from IRCTC, they gave me 7:30 pm slot.
7:30Pm , I reached the audition room , the producer seemed more concerned than I was. They fixed the mic and I had to start with tell me about yourself , the typical interview question. Then they just jumped to monetary aspect my salary, my dad’s income, his time to retirement, any loan etc. I could not prove myself needy How would KBC help me achieve my goals , why did I want to come to the show then the cameraman reports chip has no more memory they need to replace it. I was constantly looking at my watch and it was already quarter to 8. The only quick job they did was getting the chip , I continued with the auditioned, done and I just rushed to railway station, no going back home.
It was 8:40 when I reached the platform the train was there and was about to move. I just got in. I had 5 waiting and I thought it must have cleared by the time. I checked at railway helpline no 139 and got to know that it was not confirmed. I have very small experience of travelling in train so I did not know what it meant. The first person I thot of consulting was the TC. I told him the case and he informed me that I was now technically without ticket and told to get down but it was too late. The train had already started. I asked him to give me the ticket if some unoccupied seat is there and charge me fare and penalty. By the time I could actually get a seat , I found 3-4 people in my situation but they had window ticket , so they were not with out ticket like me. At around 1 AM , the TC provided me a seat with fare 564 and penalty of 250. Another shocker of the day, when I reached out to my walet I had just 350rs in it. I asked the TC if he would accept cheque , he was ridiculed. Then I asked one of the guys to lend me 500 and I would get down at Ghaziabad with them and return the money. They somehow agreed to help me but all the time I was busy thinking that Ghaziabad does not get missed and I don’t reach Delhi. Finally at Ghaziabad, a friend of mine came to rescue, I paid my dues and dat was the day.
It was a great experience and contrary to my nature , I managed well to form a group twice in a day.
Awaiting the results !!!