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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Wing Cdr Mulky - R.I. P

Forwarding a very sad mail.

Wing Commander G.R. Mulky, 'Wingco' to all Bangalore quizzers, passed away early this morning. He was 82.

He had had a bad fall in December, suffering several rib-fractures. Complications brought on by his age kept him bedridden for the last few weeks, a cruel restriction for someone of his energy and independence. He slipped into a coma earlier this week and was granted rest today.

Those familiar with the quizzing scene in Bangalore will remember that Wingco had founded the Karnataka Quiz Association in 1983 in partnership with other enthusiasts and ran its affairs with great determination till the year 2000. He was similarly involved with the founding of Sursagar, a society devoted to promoting Indian Classical Music. Wingco was also actively involved in counselling activities for the old in association with the voluntary organisation Vishwas.

Wingco gave quizzing in this city the character that defines it to this day. We will miss him in more ways than are possible to name. When Ochintya and I visited him last, he managed enough lucidity in the midst of terrible pain to utter the words "Wherever we are, we
will be together." That moment, as well as several others, go today into the making of an evergreen memory.

Wingco's funeral will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. The quizzes announced for tomorrow will be held as originally scheduled. The first question will be asked at 10 a.m -- we can think
of no tribute more fitting.

Arul Mani


Blogger Hiren said...

He seems to have been a whiz at Quiz. Condolensces.

8:43 PM  
Blogger amr said...

As someone who went to many KQA school quizzes while growing up in Bangalore, I have fond memories of Wing Cdr Mulky. Apart from his considerable skills as a quiz master, he was a thoughtful, gentle and understated human being. He weaved these elements into his quizzes making them a pleasure to participate in. May he rest in peace.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Satya Simha said...

May he rest in peace. I am sure when Chitragupta meets him, the questioner will be Wingco.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Sujatha said...

He was one of a kind. My dad worked with him initially to set up the KQA and I'd seen Wg. Cmdr. Mulky in action since the late eighties as a high school kid and a college fresher. He was always kind, very encouraging of our quizzing efforts and generous with his time. He was one of the first people I called to get back in touch with when I came back to India. He had that kind of a presence, and the interest to follow what was going on in people's lives.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

All -Thanks for your comments.

What a tragic loss. He will be missed. I have fond memories of him helping me prepare for quizzes. He was tireless in his pursuit of well prepared quizzes. Once I gave him the onerous task of preparing 30-40 slides for visuals - culled from various magazines, books and newspapers. He diligently got them done. He was humble, kind and very very knowledgeable.

More importantly, he was very progressive. He put audio clues of rock etc which he didn't listen to, but knew that the young members of quizzing teams would appreciate it. Since he didn't know much about that genre, he would get help from teenagers.

Amazing man.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Shruthi said...

Mr Mulky passed away? :(( I did not know he was a quizzer, but I just knew him through Sursagar... I have always admired his elegance. I used to meet him walking or jogging on the roads all the time - and to think he was that old, and still so healthy!
Sad indeed - difficult to forget such a man.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Rajagopal said...

Last weekend there was a small tribute to him during the pen quiz. There were a few photos from past KQA events shown. A few ppl. shared some memories of the man with junta (Arul Mani, Hiranyappa, Movin Miranda and Rajeev Gowda). Nice tribute.
I did not know him and have seen him only once, at a KQA open quiz in Malleswaram a few months. I am sad at the loss.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Sib said...

Really sad to hear of Wing Cmdr Mulky having passed away...he was always the stalwart at the KQA quizzes that I used to attend right from school days to college to the open quizzing level...he used to be present at all levels of quizzing either participating, conducting or even encouraging people on...and his quizzes were a delight to attend and hard to crack simple 'cos of the vast array of information/trivia present in them...may his soul rest in peace.

12:39 PM  

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