In an unprecedented incident, the parents of 20-year-old Sakshi encouraged their daughter’s addiction to WhatsApp messenger after discovering that she typed texts at lightning speeds. Sakshi’s parents identified her potential and sent her to Kaun Banega Crorepati—where she won the Fastest Fingers First round convincingly—to occupy Hot Seat opposite the game show host Amitabh Bachchan.
Sakshi started using WhatsApp in her father’s phone at age 16, after which there was no looking back. By the time she turned 18, she had a phone of her own where she would use WhatsApp for nearly 20 hours a day.
In a span of four years, she groomed herself to become the most active member in all the WhatsApp groups she is a part of. “Before I could reply to her text, she would drop other ten,” said Sakshi’s friend, who was all praise for her text-typing speed.
Sakshi outplayed her fellow contestants who participated in the Fastest Fingers First round by beating them by a huge margin of time. Also skilled at sending voice notes on WhatsApp, Sakshi would answer the questions even before the host, Amitabh Bachchan, could finish reading them. “She was terrific. There came a question on Panama Papers which I wanted to flip but before I could even read the question, she answered ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ and won the prize money,” said Amitabh Bachchan, who found it difficult to recollect the question while speaking to us.
Sakshi remained unavailable for comments while exiting the KBC studio after winning the prize money. However, she asked our reporter to contact her on WhatsApp. Our reporter’s phone has, ever since, been buzzing with Sakshi’s messages on WhatsApp, which has resulted in malfunctioning of the phone.