Tharoor, who founded the Quiz Club at his alma mater St. Stephen's College in Delhi in 1974, will be asking one question everyday for almost two months in the first online quiz show held by a tourism board in India.
"It was the first college Quiz Club in the country and is still in existence, a model for others," said Tharoor, a Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, referring to the St. Stephen's College Quiz Club.
Tharoor will ask questions on the nature, geography and culture of God's Own Country on the quiz show, whose virtual platform is the Kerala Tourism website (www.keralatourism.org).
The quiz show, announced last month, has already received a huge response with thousands of people registering themselves for the event. The participation in the quiz show is done through a registration on the Kerala Tourism website.
A large number of the registered participants are from outside Kerala, including many from abroad. Interestingly, the strong and well spread-out Malayali diaspora accounts for only about 10 per cent of the registered participants so far, showing a huge enthusiasm for Kerala among the people from other states and nationalities.
The registration is open during the entire course of the quiz show.
The participants will get 24 hours to answer the questions posed by Tharoor everyday. The answers could be posted online, on the Kerala Tourism website. The quiz show runs up to July 8.
As many as 6,200 gifts will be up for grabs in the show. The gifts will be presented on a daily and weekly basis during the show.
"We are overwhelmed by the tremendous response from across India and also abroad to the online quiz show hosted by the honourable Minister, Dr Shashi Tharoor," said Kerala Tourism Secretary Shri Suman Billa. "This is a unique event combining the best of everything: the much-loved and revered state of Kerala, which is known around the world as a top global tourist destination, the much-admired and popular Dr Shashi Tharoor, the hugely enthusiastic global participants and the benefits of technology," he added.
Tharoor is a former United Nations Under-Secretary General. The quiz master will be aided by visual clips for his questions.
"It is going to be a great contest online, testing the knowledge of the participants about the many facets of Kerala even as it will be providing an exciting time to all those waiting for the show to begin," said Kerala Tourism Director Smt. Rani George.
"All of us in the Kerala Tourism wish each and every contestant a successful participation."
Kerala Tourism is a pioneer in the innovative use of technology to promote destination around the world. Recently, the department released two e-books on Kerala's Ayurveda to help further increase the awareness about the millennia-old science of wellness and healing across the world.