LITERATI – QUIZ IN THE
TIME OF CHAPAATI
Atharva in association with Pro-Lit_Cult
Researched by : Surbhi Verma & Vishwas Anand
• It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were
• It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in
possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
• Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not
care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of
those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and
keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
• If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll
probably want to know is where I was born, and what my
lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were
occupied and all before they had me, and all that David
Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if
you want to know the truth.
• In 1928, Cecil B. DeMille charged X with writing a script
for what would become the film Skyscraper. The original
story, by Dudley Murphy, was about two construction
workers involved in building a New York skyscraper who
are rivals for a woman's love. X rewrote the
story, transforming the professions of the rivals .The film
would have ended with the protagonist throwing back his
head in victory, standing atop the completed skyscraper.
In the end DeMille rejected X's script, and the actual film
followed Murphy's original idea, but X's version contained
elements she would later use in Y.
• Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel X
anonymously from Robert Bloch for only US$9,000. He
then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could
to keep the ending a secret. Which novel?
• He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship
• His blue-backed speller books taught five generations of
American children how to spell and read, secularizing
• According to Ellis (1979) he gave Americans "a secular
catechism to the nation-state".
• His name became synonymous with "dictionary" in the
United States, which was first published in 1828 as An
American Dictionary of the English Language.
• Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and
psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives
him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the
more he delves into the young model's complex world, the
darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible
danger . . .
• A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of
London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the
backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - ‗X'
is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is
the acclaimed first crime novel by Y recently found out to
• 1 In Edgar Allan Poe‘s 1838 story , three ship wreck
survivors kill and eat the fourth man.
• 2. In 1884 , three real life survivors conspire and kill the
• 3. In Ang Lee‘s 2012 movie, a tiger and a teenager are the
only survivors of a ship wreck. The tiger tries to kill and
eat but the boy survives.
• Three stories and a common link.
• It is a specific 2 –word link.
• Born In Motihari , Bihar (m/) in 1903.
• He adopted the nom de plume X because, as he told
Eleanor Jacques, "It is a good round English name.―
• X's work continues to influence popular and political
culture, and the term X is — descriptive of totalitarian or
authoritarian social practices — has entered the language
together with several of his neologisms, including Cold
War, thought police, Room 101, doublethink, and thought
• X‘s first novel, Y is set mostly in Bombay in the 70s and
80s, and sets out to tell the city's secret history, when
opium gave way to new cheap heroin.
• X has said he wrote the novel, ―to create a kind of
memorial, to inscribe certain names in stone. As one of
the characters Y says, it is only by repeating the names of
the dead that we honour them. I wanted to honour the
people I knew in the opium dens, the marginalised, the
addicted and deranged, people who are routinely called
the lowest of the low; and I wanted to make some record
of a world that no longer exists, except within the pages of
• Although X originally wrote this book mostly for his
followers, it grew in popularity. From the royalties, X was
able to afford a Mercedes automobile while still
imprisoned. Moreover, he accumulated a tax debt of
405,500 Reich mark (about US$ 8 million today, or €6
million) from the sale of about 240,000 copies by 1933.
• The book was in high demand in libraries and often
reviewed and quoted in other publications.
• The book was given free to every newlywed couple and
every soldier fighting at the front.
• By the end of the war, about 10 million copies of the book
had been sold or distributed in Germany
21. Starry Thoughts
The first Nebulas were given in 1966. The idea for such an
award, funded by the sales of anthologies collecting the
winning works, was proposed by SFWA secretary-treasurer
Lloyd Biggle, Jr. in 1965. The idea was based on the Edgar
Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America, and
hosting a ceremony to present them at was prompted by
the Edgar and Hugo Awards. What specific genre does this
23. *Night of January 16th
• X believes that reason is the sole means of acquiring
• My philosophy Y is ―the concept of man as a heroic
being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his
life, with productive achievement as his noblest
activity, and reason as his only absolute‖.
• X described their famous novel Z- ―the role of the mind in
man's existence—and, as a corollary, the demonstration
of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-
interest‖. Identify X, Y&Z
24. Lost Story
• X wrote ‗The House of Beauty‘, ‗Snow Upon the Desert‘
• During X‘s disappearance in 1926, Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle took one of X‘s gloves to a spirit medium to find
their location. The Home Secretary of that time, William
Joyson-Hicks pressurized the police department to find X.
27. Observation of Trifles
• X‘s first words: "How are you? You have been in
Afghanistan, I perceive?―
• 'You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is
• Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson in ‗A Study in Scarlet‘
28. A Comedy of Places
• What is the only Shakespearean play whose title contains
an English place name?
• ―Here will be an old abusing of God‘s patience and the
• ―It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love‖
29. ―Fantasy for Grown Ups‖
• X was selected as one of 2011 Time 100 list of most
• X's work has been described by the Los Angeles Times as
having "complex story lines, fascinating characters, great
dialogue, perfect pacing",while the New York Times sees
it as "fantasy for grown ups―
• It goes beyond princely control
30. A Question of Luck
• I walked across the road and then stopped. Thud! I then
remembered that I almost forgot, and then forgot what I
almost remembered. I just had a :
_ _ _ _ _ _- X
• Genius happens almost magically with X even as bad
luck would have it.
31. Seek Me Out!
• A Lawmaker Shies Pile
• A Narrator Bead Night
• Adorable Pun
• A Wisdom Whorl Twirl
• William Shakespeare
• Rabindranath Tagore
• Pablo Neruda
• William Wordsworth
32. An Indian Flavour
• T. S. Eliot praised X‘s ‗indigenous‘ book for using a
mythical method in place of the old narrative method.
• X was President of the Cambridge Humanists from 1959
until death and a member of the Advisory Council of the
British Humanist Association from 1963 until death.
34. Societal Dynamics
• X is a community or society possessing highly desirable
or perfect qualities. The word was coined in Greek by Sir
Thomas More for his 1516 book X, describing a fictional
island society in the Atlantic Ocean
35. ‗Is my verse alive?‘ Significance of
• Many of her poems deal with themes of death and
immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.
36. Penning it
• Charles Lutwidge Dodgson- Wrote a famous novel, where
a fantasy world was populated by peculiar,
• Paul French
• Charles Dickens
• HG Wells
• Ernest Hemingway
• Connect- Last words
• Rustichello da Pisa, also known as Rusticiano and
Rustigielo (fl. late 13th century), was an Italian romance
• Rustichello had written a work in French known as the
Roman de Roi Artus (Romance of King Arthur) or simply
the Compilation, derived from a book in the possession of
Edward I of England, who passed through Italy on his way
to fight in the Eighth Crusade in 1270-1274. The
Compilation contains an interpolation of the Palamedes, a
now-fragmentary prose account of Arthur's Saracen knight
Palamedes and the history of the Round Table
• But Best known for ?
• Rustichello da Pisa was best known for cowriting Marco
Polo's autobiography while they were in prison together in
• X — meaning "don't speak" in Chinese — is a very
famous pen name. In an interview X explains that name
comes from a warning from his father and mother not to
speak his mind while outside, because of China's
revolutionary political situation from the 1950s, when he
grew up.The pen name also relates to the subject matter
of X‘s writings, which reinterpret Chinese political and
• In June 2011, a Chilean judge ordered that an
investigation be launched, following suggestions that X
had been killed by the Pinochet regime for his pro-Allende
stance and political views. X's driver, Manuel Araya,
stated that doctors administered poison as the poet was
preparing to go into exile. In December 2011 Chile's
Communist Party asked Chilean Judge Mario Carroza to
order the exhumation of the remains of the poet.
• Biologist Richard Dawkins dedicated his book The God
Delusion (2006) to X, writing on his death that "Science
has lost a friend, literature has lost a luminary, the
mountain gorilla and the black rhino have lost a gallant