A 33-year-old Kiwi Indian pharmacist based in Auckland has won the third edition of Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

Dhairesh Patel came across the competition earlier in 2020 posted on High Commission of India’s Facebook page and decided to participate in the annual competition.

Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz was first started in 2015-16 in order to strengthen the engagement with young overseas Indians and encourage them to know more about their country of origin. The third edition was held virtually between September 30 and December 28, 2020.

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The winners of the competition were announced during Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention online and will be invited for an India Tour (Bharat Ko Janiye Darshan) after Covid.

Dhairesh being avid reader himself was persuaded by his sisters-in-law to participate in the quiz being the winners of the BKJ Quiz themselves in 2019.

As a part of the competition, the participants are supplied with modules which are over 200 pages, and the quiz is held in three-round and a finale.

The quiz comprised of 20 sections that ranged from topics such as arts, cinemas, drama, economy, famous personalities, history, freedom fighters and movement, language, literature, geography, science, mythology, culture, miscellaneous and more.

The first round held between 1-30 November had 30 questions, round 2 (qualifying) between 7-13 December with 60 questions, third round (semi-final) between 14-20 December and the grand finale on December 28 where the quiz was held over a zoom conference call.

Dhairesh was one of 15 winners of participants from all around the globe, and was ranked fourth overall and was in top five in the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) category.

“I enjoy reading about Indian history, geography, culture, arts and crafts and growing up I was exposed to Indian cinema. Furthermore, when visiting India in the past with my family, I enjoyed visiting historic sites and learned about local crafts, foods, and natural habitat.

“With this knowledge background and reading material provided by the MEA went a long way to helping me in the BKJ quiz,” Dhairesh said.

Dhairesh’s parents are of Indian origin but he was born in Taranaki and educated in Christchurch, New Zealand and is currently working as a pharmacist at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

Dhairesh commends his wife and her sisters in helping him prepare for the final round that ultimately won him his name in the top 15.