M161 INDIA ABROAD, JUNE 2013
For his emphatic
dominion on the
map of the
world; for his
cultures and for
When Rahul Nagvekar went into the National Geographic Bee last year, he was the dark horse.
More than the competition, he says he was drawn to Geography itself, an interest that began when he was 3 or 4 years old.
COURTES Y: THE NAGVEKARS
The Globe Spinner
While some pride and a sense of accomplishment are natural in most winners, Rahul Nagvek- ar, then 14, who won the 2012 National Geographic Bee, does
not appear to be one of them.
It was an educated guess that won Rahul the
grand prize — coming when he guessed the
right answer to the Bavarian city on the banks
of the Danube that was the legislative capital of
the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806.
Unlike in the National Spelling Bee, where
contestants can dodge a bullet if someone else
gets the question they themselves cannot
answer, here both Rahul and Vansh Jain — the
finalists in the contest — had to write down the
answer, giving them the chance of both being
The journey that began when Rahul Nagvekar’s parents
gifted him a globe pinnacled at the Geography Bee last year.
right and thus keep fighting.
In this case, Rahul hazarded Regensburg,
while Vansh, the remaining standing contestant, went for Passau.
As guesses, both were reasonable.
Both Regensberg and Passau happen to be in
Bavaria and on the banks of the Danube.
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