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Shubham Prakhar is India's Child Genius

November 15, 2004 19:52 IST

Shubham Prakhar, 12, of Muzaffarpur is India's Child Genius.

Star World's Britannia India's Child Genius concluded on November 14, Children's Day, with the all-India finals in the search for the smartest kid. The finale witnessed the toughest level of questions for 12 young geniuses.

Shachit Shankaran Iyer, 12 of Navi Mumbai, came second and Ashwath Rabindranath, 12, of Chennai was third.

Shubham secured excellent remarks in his project report on models of cube and cylinder with paper. His dream for India is to see feelings of nationalism defeat individualism. 'I have the wisdom to make a difference between the things which I can change or can't,' he said and added that failure never disheartens him.

Shubham took home a prize money of Rs 1 million.

Shachit received the best student award from a news magazine. He stood first in the All India National Science Olympiad and was the number one rank holder in the National Talent Search Contest.

Ashwath admires Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot for his inimitable ingenious way of solving the most baffling crimes. He loves reading books by P G Woodhouse. President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam inspires him the most. He said the invention of the Internet has been the greatest and most spectacular.

The other participants were G Siddharth (New Delhi), Jesika Hasmukh Haria (Mumbai), A Rinitha (Tuticorin), Sanjith Gopalakrishnan (Chennai), Mayank Muralidhara Kowshik (Bangalore), Shubham Sanjay Kumar (Akhnoor), Anubhav Panigrahy (Bhubhaneshwar), Namita Porwal (Jaipur) and Ronak Rajendra Nagori (Mumbai).

Siddhartha Basu hosted the show.

A correspondent