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Patna's favourite KBC coach teaches aspirants how to make theirs the fastest finger and stay cool on the hot seat.
Garvita Yadav twice attempted to clear the audition for Kaun Banega Crorepati. When she failed, the 20-year old political science graduate from Patna Women's College decided to seek help. She is now among the many hopefuls who flock to Anil Kumar Sinha's KBC coaching classes in Patna.
Sinha, who won Rs 1 crore in the fifth season of the reality show a year ago, is fast becoming Patna's favourite KBC coach. He isn't just a general knowledge whiz, his tips are all about cracking the KBC code. How do you position your finger to hit the fastest finger fast enough? How do you make sure you don't lose your cool on the hot seat? How do you make optimal use of lifelines?
"I have been watching KBC since I was a child and am now aspiring to reach there. I saw Anil sir's round and was deeply influenced by his replies, his manner and the way he handled tension. He gives me tips on how to control tension and excitement on the hot seat, " says Yadav, whose parents are backing her KBC mission.
At 34, Sinha, a bank employee, is making sure he built on his KBC capital instead of blowing it all up as many are tempted to. He has to his credit the guide ABC of KBC, which is also the textbook for his classes. His next book Kaise Banein Crorepati with hot tips for success is due for relase. And now he has set up an institute to coach candidates who are not sure they can pull it off on their own. His own jackpot came after 11 years of labouring.
At his bustling Anisabad institute, Sinha's three phones never stop ringing but he patiently answers every query. He had started off giving free guidance but plans to charge minimally at his upcoming institute. He is still on the rolls of the Kolkata bank he was working for but is on leave.
"After I won the KBC prize, I was flooded with phone calls, mail and Facebook messages from those who wanted my guidance on how to get to the show and win it. I decided to help the aspirants as well as I could, " says Sinha.
Here is a sample of the kind of pleas he deals with on his Facebook wall. "sir. . . i am from khagaul patna. . . . . . i want to help about kbc . . . . my brother and papa selected for jodi special and single also. . . . the r going to audition to lakhnaw . . . on 3 nov. . . so if u give some guide line . . . . " Bihar sends a large number of candidates to KBC, Sushil Kumar and Sinha being the obvious catalysts for this surge of interest.
Sinha claims that three of his students - Deepika, Anshu and Vineet - have won prizes at KBC. Sinha says that his book is all a candidate needs to successfully get past the stumbling blocks in the quiz show. His books, he points out, feature interviews with every single KBC crorepati.
Sinha has a mantra for the aspirants - "3D: determination, dedication and devotion" apart from hard labour and positive thinking, he adds.
"KBC is one way to improve your life but it is not the final destination. I want people to strengthen their knowledge base, " says Sinha who is also preparing to host a mega quiz programme in December and January for students are three levels - junior, senior and advanced.
Vineet Kumar, a 33-year old businessman who belongs to Patna but lives in Coimbatore, is thankful to Sinha for his tips. Kumar rode to the hot seat in the current session of the KBC and won Rs 6. 5 lakh. "When I was called I had only 11 days and I had absolutely no idea how to tackle the situation. Then I came to know about Sinha through FB and contacted him. He was very helpful and gracious, " says Kumar.
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