1. Myth Or Fact?
Following the Kurukshetra war, Tarpan vidhi were
performed for all the fallen. Kunti then requested
her sons to perform the rites for Karna as well.
When they protested, saying he was a Sūta, she
revealed the truth of his birth. The brothers were
shocked to find that they had committed fratricide.
Yudhishtira, in particular, was furious with his
What led to this?
Yudhishtira laid a curse upon all women that
they should never thereafter be able to keep a
The reason behind the fact why women cannot
keep a secret within.
Map of Nobel Laureates by Country
US has won the most with 338 Laureates. India
has won 8.
3. Indiansed English
The term 'John Doe Injunction‘ is used in the
courts of UK,US, Australia and Canada to
describe an injunction sought against
someone whose identity is not known at the
time it is issued.
What is the desi version known as?
4. ID X
• X is a well-known mountain flower, belonging to the
• The common name is from the German literally translating to
• The plant has been used as a symbol for alpinism, for rugged
beauty and purity associated with the Alps, and as a national
symbol especially of Austria and of Switzerland.
• An international airline based in Switzerland, is named after
the flower, which also appears in its logo
5. Are you sure?
• St. Isidore (c. 560-636), served as the Archbishop of Seville
in Spain for more than 3 decades and is considered "the
last scholar of the ancient world“.
• His most influential work was the Etymologiae, also known
as the Origines, an encyclopedic tract in which he tried to
record everything that was known. Published after his
death in 636, it was for a thousand years considered the
encyclopedia of all human knowledge.
• In 2006 the Vatican declared St. Isidore as the patron saint
"Almighty and eternal God, we beseech thee that, through the
example of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys
through the _____ we will direct our hands and eyes only to that
which is pleasing to thee and treat with charity and patience all
those souls whom we encounter. Amen."
First time in India
• Identify this 2011 children’s movie which was
the first Hindi movie to be shot using a still
digital camera. It was shot using the Canon
• It was entirely shot in natural light
It is common knowledge that the grand slams
are held where they are because Australia,
France, Britain and USA where the first four
countries to win the Davis Cup. Which is the fifth
country to win the Davis Cup?
8. What’s that?
It is made of Calabash gourd or Mahogany
wood. It's classic shape consists of a downward
curve which ends with an upcurve where the
bowl sits. Beneath the bowl is an air chamber
whose function is to cool and dry. What am I
9. ID X & Y
Writers have updated the war and locale in
which he is injured. In the original 1963 story, it
was the Vietnam War. In the 1990s, it was
updated to be the first Gulf War, and later
updated again to be the war in X. Y’s real-life
model, Hughes was an icon both of American
individualism and of the burdens of fame. ID X
G8 leaders watching Champions League Final
between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
• X is a 3-banded armadillo with a cheerful and
• He is a likeable character and scores 7.3 out of
10 on appeal
• His name was chosen by more than 1.7 million
fans over Amijubi (Amizade - Friendship and
Júbilo - Joy) and Zuzeco (Azul - Blue and
Ecologia - Ecology).
• All these covers have the letter M of TIME
depicted as "devil horns" by adjusting the
portraits of these personalities who were
accused to be "evil" in one way or the other.
18. ID X
• X loved sports and was a die-hard fan of Muhammad
Ali, confessing on record that he dreamt of meeting Ali some
• While on a 14-city-US tour in 1979, he took time out from his
schedule and took a flight to Kentucky along with his 18-year• The sonand wife. “My father
wanted to remember this
moment and Ali had an idea.
Ali said, 'We will pose like this.
You punch me on the face and
I will punch you back'. And
they laughed about it.”
“Ali was aware that my father was a big man in India. He came
and sat down. Maybe it was exciting for him to meet my
father and he said, 'I am the great Muhammad Ali from
America and you are the great ________ ____ from India'.
19. Who’s that chap?
BSNL stopped its 163 year old telegram service on July 15,
2013. Who was the recipient of the last telegram?
The telegram counter closed at 11.45 p.m. and
the last message was booked at the counter of
Central Telegraph Office (CTO) Janpath by
Ashwani Mishra, who sent messages to Mr.
Gandhi and Director General of DD news S
20. ID X & Y
• X is the only Indian actress to win the BAFTA
Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
for her performance in Y
• At age 10, X won pre-teen Mr. America
pageant. The following year, he became the
first male winner of America’s Universal
• X has also produced a number of the US
number-one hit singles.
22.The following dialogue takes place between king Vikaramaditya and Kalidasa (in a paper titled
Birth-Place of Kalidasa by Pandit Anand Koul):
V. O mendicant, do you indulge in eating mutton ?
K. What is the good of it without liquor ?
V. Do you like liquor too ?
K. Together with prostitutes.
V. A prostitute requires to be given money ; wherefrom do you get it?
K. Either by gambling or stealing.
V. Are you addicted to gambling and stealing too ?
K. What other end may not a fallen person come to ?
The same joke with motifs of drinking, gambling, harlots and a resolution, has formed a part of all
major literary traditions of ancient India. Another example of the joke can be seen in the Sanskrit
anthological work Subhasitavali of Vallabhadeva (fifteenth-century CE, Kashmir ).
The most recent (and most well known) appearance of the joke happens to be in a Bollywood
What are we talking about?
_ _ _ _ ism (officially The Church of
the Latter-Day _ _ _ _ is a religion
founded by Oliver Benjamin, a
journalist based in Thailand.
Although the religion makes use of
the iconography and narrative from
the movie ___________, adherents
believe that this worldview has
existed since ancient times, and they
list individuals such as
Laozi, Epicurus, Heraclitus, Buddha, an
d the pre-ecclesiastical Jesus Christ as
examples of ancient _ _ _ _ ist
prophets. Modern names include
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt
Whitman, Kurt Vonnegut and Mark
The priestly blessing, or
Raising of the Hands; from
the Yiddish word Dukhanen is
a Jewish prayer recited by
priests during certain Jewish
The Kohen raises his hands,
with the palms facing
downward and the thumbs of
his outspread hands touching.
What has this given rise to in
The following is a description of the photograph:
X is barefoot. Except Y, all are wearing suits designed by
Tommy Nutter. To the left is a white Volkswagen Beetle,
which belonged to someone living in the nearby flats.
After the huge popularity of the photograph, the number
plate (LMW 281F) was stolen repeatedly form the car. The
man standing at the right is Paul Cole, an American
Tourist,unaware that he had been photographed until he
saw the picture months later.
Name the photo/location.
This gentleman’s striking
resemblance to an extra in
the film Andaz Apna Apna,
led to fans guessing that he
had made a special
appearance in the movie. A
screen grab from the
movie, which bore
uncanny resemblance to
him went viral on social
media; leading him to
__________ (Spanish for "bat") was a Navarra fighting
bull. According to the PR-specialists, the bull survived 24
sword strokes in an October 5, 1879 fight against Rafael
"El Lagartijo" Molina Sanchez, at the Coso de los califas
bullring in Córdoba, Spain. The promotional story goes on
to tell that __________ fought with such passion and
spirit that the crowd called for his life to be spared, an
honor which the torero bestowed.
His name became popular after Volkswagen AG chose it
for naming their new model to honour the passion for
bull-fighting of the founder.
Excerpt from the website of a company. What has been
This book is on the #2 spot on Amazon's Political Science bestseller
list. It’s been some 70 years after it was 1st published.
Most people think that the success of this book on Amazon to the
fact, that its not a book that you would like to be seen reading in
It is a little known fact that this book funded the lifestyle of its
author, inflation adjusted this book earned ~$152M USD for the
author during his lifetime.
Post his death, none of his relatives wanted to have anything to do
with the royalties received from his book, next in line were various
charities, again none of which wanted any share of the royalties.
Finally the proceeds of the royalty were grudgingly accepted by his
home state, and given to a charitable cause. This is all set to expire
on April 30th 2015, when the rights of this book become public
36. What’s the good word?
This word was first used by the feminist critic Rosalind Coward in 1984
book ‘Female Desire’. She wrote :
Cooking food and presenting it beautifully is an act of servitude. It is a
way of expressing affection through a gift... That we should aspire
to produce perfectly finished and presented food is a symbol of a
willing and enjoyable participation in servicing others. Food
pornography exactly sustains these meanings relating to the
preparation of food. The kinds of picture used always repress the
process of production of a meal. They are always beautifully
lit, often touched up."
"If you look at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, apart from the usual
suspects who always post selfies, you will find an incredible amount
of food photography,“, said a foodie.
37. Why did Cricket Australia apologize
after this tweet?
Havana. Harlem. Haryana. There is a thread that runs through these
centres of excellence in X. They are places where young boys can
choose a career in crime if they want to, and they often do. Or, turn
This is Shamya Dasgupta, talking about something in his book ‘Bhiwani
What is X?
4/5 boxers who
at the 2008
went on to win
The blanks are two words X and Y. A major brand has used
this quote to advertise its product when it was launched.
Identify the product. Very very figureable from the quote.
This language X was created by the linguist David J. Peterson. As
of September, 2011, this language contained 3,163 words.
David Peterson has said that "You know, most people probably
don’t really know what Arabic actually sounds like, so to an
untrained ear, it might sound like Arabic. To someone who
knows Arabic, it doesn’t. I tend to think of the sound as a mix
between Arabic (minus the distinctive pharyngeals) and
Spanish, due to the dental consonants.“
The following is the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for a
certain chemical __X__. It was compiled after Nathan
Zohner, (rather precociously) described the side-effects
of __X__ in his project at school.
The side effects are such:
• Contributes to the "greenhouse effect".
• may cause severe burns.
• is fatal if inhaled.
• contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
• accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
• may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness
of automobile brakes.
• has been found in excised tumors of
terminal cancer patients.
• Despite the danger, Dihydrogen Monoxide is often used:
as an industrial solvent and coolant.
• In nuclear power plants.in the production of
Styrofoam.as a fire retardant.in many forms of cruel
animal research.in the distribution of pesticides. Even
after washing, produce remains contaminated by this
chemical.as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other
DUH, Water :D
Jonathan Zohner ‘How gullible are we’ Project 1997
45. Kamiyaabi Paana Mushkil Nahi Hai
The legendary American folk singer-musician Pete Seeger passed away
in January 2014. Coming from a family which was academically and
artistically involved in folk traditions, he was known around the
world for popularising several folk anthems. Perhaps his most
famous contribution was to make one of these anthems a
This song is a protest song that became a key anthem of the AfricanAmerican Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968). Seeger and other
famous folksingers in the early 1960s, such as Joan Baez, sang the
song at rallies, folk festivals, and concerts in the North and helped
make it widely known. Since its rise to prominence, the song, and
songs based on it, have been used in a variety of protests
X was started in 1977 by Dr. Kiran Seth , a young graduate
from IIT Kharagpur,who was studying for his doctorate at
the Columbia University, New York, when he chanced to
attend a Dhrupad concert by Ustad Nasi Aminuddin
Dagar and Ustad Zia Fariddudin Dagar at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music, New York.
X today is a movement with chapters in over 200 cities and
towns in the world.
What did he start?
Society for the Promotion of
Indian Classical Music And
Culture Amongst Youth
49. X did not become an official Winter Olympic
sport until the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan
despite it being played by the Scots, in the early
16th century using worn out brooms and shaped
river stones. Id X.
• In 1920, the East India Railway Committee
chaired by Sir William Acworth recommended
the need for unified management of the
entire Railway system in India. Based on this
the colonial government took some steps like
taking over the actual management of all
railways. The Acworth Committee also put
forward what is known as the ‘Separation
Convention’, which explains which peculiar
modern day practice in India?
• Separate budget for the Union and the
• "I’ll bet if you asked every French politician where X was
invented, not a single one would know this. The Franco-Swiss
border runs through the CERN campus and building 31 is
literally just a few feet into France. However, there is no
explicit border within CERN and the main entrance is in
Switzerland, so the situation of which country it was invented
in is actually quite a tricky one. The current commemorative
plaque, which is outside a row of offices where people other
than Y worked, is in Switzerland. To add to the confusion, in
case Y thought of X at home, his home was in France but he
temporarily moved to rented accommodation in Switzerland,
just around the time he was developing X. So, strictly
speaking, France is the birthplace of X. How delightfully
appropriate for an invention which breaks down physical
• X and Y?
• This is an audio clip from a movie called Sleep With
Me in which two characters, Sid and Duane are
having a conversation. Sid says that X is the greatest
script written in the history of Hollywood because it
has subversion at a massive level. According to Sid
X “is a story about a man's struggle with his own
homosexuality”. The audio clip has the rest of the
conversation. Identify the movie they are talking
about i.e X.
• Top Gun
• Fun fact : The role of Sid was played by
• A long-time character in ___________ comics is
the teacher Miss X. When first introduced; she fit
the Mrs. X archetype well, being judgmental and
• However, the character has been softened
considerably over the years, and her current
incarnation is not particularly X-esque.
• Mrs. X is a name that has been used to refer to a
prudish woman since the early nineteenth
century. “What will Mrs. X say? “ is a question
often asked when a matter of taste and conduct
is being discussed. Mrs. X is a fictional English
character who typifies the censorship enacted in
everyday life by conventional opinion. X?
• Daffco, an acronym for the Dark Forest
Furniture Company derives its name from the
legendary Kathlekhan estates situated in
Chickmagalur . Kathlekhan means Dark Forest
in Kannada . It was started as subsidiary and
main motive was to supply it's parent
industry, as 20-25 per cent of the parent
company's cost is furniture.
• Name the parent company
Myosotis ("mouse's ear") is a genus of flowering plants in the family
Boraginaceae that are commonly called _________.
In a German legend, God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed
one cried out, "_________, O Lord!" God replied, "That shall be your
Henry IV adopted the flower as his symbol during his exile in 1398, and
retained the symbol upon his return to England the following year. It
was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.
Freemasons began using the flower in 1926 as a symbol well known in
Germany as message not to forget the poor and desperate.
Give me the blank.
He is the captain of the Kerala limited-overs side. Id him.
• Sachin Baby
• “On December 17, 1989, the day before 16-year-old
Sachin Tendulkar played his first one-day international, a
family in the farming town of Thodupuzha in central Kerala
celebrated the birth of a son. The father, PC Baby, spent part
of the day giving thanks in church, then settled down to
watch the cricket. 'We never imagined how big Tendulkar
was going to be. But there was something very impressive
about him. I wanted my son to grow up to be like him,' said
father Baby - so the newborn was called Sachin. Fast-forward
20 years, and he made his first-class debut for Kerala against
Andhra in the Ranji Trophy, scoring 32”
New York ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty enlisted more than a
dozen homeless Austin residents to carry ________, as a "a
charitable experiment". Those who participated were paid $20 a
day plus donations/tips. The suggested donation was $2 for 15
minutes. Many outraged commentators have pointed out, that the
idea is a dumb gimmick that turns humans into walking pieces of
hardware. New York Times tech editor David Gallagher offered that
the idea was "a little dystopian". ( bigger pic on next slide)
What exactly was the idea?
The homeless people were used as Wi-Fi
• On his return to Britain, he was presented with a purse of
26,000 pounds sterling, a huge sum in those days, which
emerged from a collection on his behalf by the Morning Post, a
• Rudyard Kipling said he was "The man who saved India" and
even contributed 50 pounds to the fund.
• A Thirteen Women Committee was constituted to present "the
Saviour of the _____ with sword of honour and a purse."
• The Morning Post defended him by saying that his actions
"protected the honour of European Women."
• In the British Army Museum in London, a testimonial to him by
the British Monarch is the first exhibit along the wall of the
staircase as one ascends to the first floor devoted to the Indian
Army. Upon his death, the Morning Post remembered him in
articles titled "The Man Who Saved India" and "He Did His
• Who is the person talked about ?
• General Dyer
• There was a radical section among the British
who supported his actions during the
Jallianwallah Bagh Massacre.
• This is X commenting on the many rip-offs his film Y has spawned
"I think it was fabulous. Of the many rip-offs (of Y) I loved Hong
Kong's Too Many Ways To Be No.1 and this one, Z. The best part
is, you have ______ guys coming to the US and looting a US bank.
How cool is that! I was truly honoured. And these guys are played
by the legends of ________.
In fact, X actually felt that Z had more flexibility in its
narration, than Y. He says, "Here I am, watching a film that I've
directed and then it goes into each character's background. And
I'm like, 'Whoa'. For, I always write backgrounds and stuff and it
always gets chopped off during the edit. And so I was amazed on
seeing this. I felt, this isn't Y. But then it goes into the warehouse
scene and I am like, 'Wow, it's back to Y '. Isn't it amazing!"
• Y and Z?