Thursday, April 1, 2010


Look at me getting all bossy and poking my nose into other peoples business!

Schools get responsive and responsible

Principals ban students from participating in reality shows after quizmaster's letter

By Rashmi Menon

Quizmaster Derek O'Brien has been writing to schools around the city expressing his concern over students' participation in reality shows. He says that some of US's biggest reality shows like Survivor, American Idol and Big Brother have a specified age limit. In fact, the minimum age to enter American Idol is 16 years, he says.

After Sunday MiD DAY reported (SMD, July 6) quizmaster Derek O'Brien's plan to send letters to city-based schools requesting them to discourage students from participating in reality shows, around 345 schools have received the letters. They include Champion school, Maneckji Cooper Education Trust, Utpal Shanghvi, Bombay Scottish and The Cathedral and John Cannon School in Mumbai. And O'Brien has received responses from many, with some banning student participation in such shows outright.

So is the government going look into this issue? Leena Mehendale, member secretary of the state Child Rights Protection Commission, says that once the commission members are appointed, perhaps it will look into forming some guidelines. "The 'I must win' spirit is good but it should not be made as a life and death situation," says Mehendale.

Meanwhile, this is the copy of the letter sent to various city-based schools.

Oh yeah I'm the biggest boss in the world!!

Viva la general knowledge!


  1. Dear sir:

    I am very concerned with the content of this blog. It is of the utmost rubbish I have ever read on the Interwebs. I will be contacting the authorities to have it taken down as soon as possible.

    You, sir, are a charlatan. I am the true quizmaster, king of awesome, master of the universe, font of all knowledge.

    I will be forced to bring the full weight of the law upon you if this site is not taken down by the end of business today, April 1.


    Mr. A. Trebek.

  2. Font of all knowledge eh?!? Would you care to prove that?!?

    British Prime Minister_________ also authored the book "Painting as a Pastime". During his reign he refused to grant India independence.

    Answer that! my dear sir and if you are a real gentleman you will I am sure take no assistance from the interwebs!

  3. I believe the correct response (phrased in the form of a question) is Who is Churchill?

    And he didn't reign.

    Only her majesty reigns. Which you should know, being one of her loyal subjects under the Commonwealth.


    AT (yes, I am Canadian)