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“The Memories and Friendships Will Last Forever” – An Interview with The Amazing Race 10’s Arti & Vipulby Jenn Brasler -- 09/20/2006
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RealityNewsOnline: I was sad to see you two eliminated so soon. I enjoyed watching you for the brief amount of time we got to. How do you feel about being the race’s first Indian-American team?
Arti & Vipul: We were very excited and proud to be the first team to represent the Indian community.
RNO: How did you prepare yourselves for the race?
Arti & Vipul: We went to the gym more often and started eating healthy. Also, we went to libraries and bookstores to familiarize ourselves with maps and different cultures.
RNO: Was there any team you really connected with?
Arti & Vipul: We really connected with the Cho brothers and the cheerleaders. The Cho brothers stopped and helped us at the detour. The cheerleaders were always spirited and fun.
RNO: How long did you wind up spending in the cab from the Detour to the Pit Stop?
Arti & Vipul: The actual trip was suppose to be about a 90-minute drive, but due to the driver overcharging us, we had to stop at a hotel to change cabs once we translated his reasoning for overcharging us. And that entire ordeal took up an extra hour.
RNO: Do you know how far you were behind the other teams?
Arti & Vipul: We had an idea that we were last, but we were not sure how far behind. As soon as we approached the wall, team Kentucky had just climbed over.
RNO: Was there any team you saw that you thought would be the one to beat?
Arti & Vipul: The Cho brothers, because they are very intelligent as well as athletic. And they were very nice enough to help others.
RNO: What did you see as your strengths and weaknesses both as a team and as individuals?
Arti & Vipul: Our team strengths were strong communication, good teamwork, and being from a different culture. Our team weaknesses were lack of aggressiveness.
Vipul: My strength was being very competitive and my weakness was that I lost focus.
Arti: My strength was being calm in stressful situations and being friendly. My weakness was not being assertive enough.
RNO: What countries do you wish you’d been able to travel to?
Arti & Vipul: Australia and New Zealand.
RNO: Vipul, I have to ask, what did the fish eyes taste like?
Vipul: Like spicy rotten eggs marinated in expired milk.
RNO: Your downfall seemed to be bad luck, but is there anything you wish you’d done differently?
Arti & Vipul: We should have asked the cab driver what the fare would be before we decided to get in his cab.
RNO: Is there anything else you want to say to our readers?
Arti & Vipul: This was an experience of a lifetime. Although short-lived, we wouldn’t trade it in for a million bucks. The memories and friendships will last forever.
RNO: Thank you! I hope you enjoyed yourselves even though you had to leave so soon.
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Jenn Brasler is an Assistant Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, Virginia. By day she works for a court reporting firm, and by night she’s a spy for a covert branch of the CIA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She’s sure that towards the end of the season when other teams are getting on her nerves, she’ll really wish Arti & Vipul were around.
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