1. This temple is built in the memory of Kempegowda’s
daughter-in-law Lakshmamma who committed suicide
by beheading herself with a sword, ostensibly for the
protection of the city. Her grave is to be found a few
meters from the temple (inside a BBMP park now, and
was locked when I went)
However not every historian is convinced that the
temple and the grave actually belongs to this person. To
paraphrase historian Dr. SK Aruni, “why would
Kempegowda’s daughter-in-law’s grave and memorial
temple be outside Bangalore, I am sure she would have
been buried inside the city itself”
Where exactly would you find this temple/grave?
• Koramangala 6th Block (a short walk of some 5 minutes from where
this quiz is happening)
2. What did Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar buy from a person
named Venkaji (aka Ekoji) who was then living in Tanjore,
for a sum of rupees three lakhs? Even though the deal was
made with Venkaji, Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar actually paid
the money to a guy named Khasim Khan around three years
later, because of the way certain situations had changed.
3. Lakshmi Ammanni, wife of Chikkakrishnaraja Wodeyar (aka
Krishnaraja Wodeyar II) after whom the Maharani Lakshmi
Ammanni college in Malleswaram is named, was born and
brought up in Bangalore. She was the daughter of a famous
warrior-administrator named Kattigopalaraja Urs. When
Lakshmi Ammanni was growing up, who served in Urs’s
househould as the child’s personal servant, thus forming a close
bond with the future Maharani which definitely was useful later
in life for this person?
4. The book cover of Fazlul Hasan’s
‘Bangalore Through the Centuries’
features a 1792 painting by a Capt. Allen
named ‘Storming of the ______ ____’.
The painting today is in possession of the
Just fill in the blanks with the name of a
location. While the location does not
survive anymore, the name still does in
an establishment stationed there.
5. We all know that the story of Veera Ballala taking refuge at an old woman’s
house, and being given boiled beans, thus giving the town the name
“bendakaaLooru” is an urban legend and has zero historical relevance. Fazlul
Hasan in his book ‘Bangalore Through the Centuries’ offers a theory on how
this story may have come about. Because of the strong resemblance it bears
to a very popular story from English folklore, he believes that this story about
the king/old woman/boiled beans is something one of the British soldiers
stationed in Bangalore in the early 19th Century came up with, and over the
years has seeped into native folklore.
Which is the story from English folk history that he says is the progenitor of
the boiled beans legend?
6. The reason Kempegowda chose the name Bengaluru for his
planned city was because his mother, his wife, and his
daughter-in-law, all came from a hamlet named Bengaluru. On
the shore of which water body would you find this hamlet, that
today goes by the name “hale bengaLuru” and has been all but
completely swallowed by urban Bangalore?
9. Today a district headquarters, this town was called Closepet
in the British era, named after Sir Barry Close, who was the first
ever British Resident in Mysore (and like all Residents for
Mysore, lived in Bangalore). Name this town, which was also
the site of arguably the first large factory in the Bangalore
region—Kempegowda established a weapon manufacturing
unit here to make all the weapons needed for his army.
11. What was the name of the first English newspaper
published in Bangalore, that started circulation in 1859?
Despite the common word in both the names, it has no
relation to the currently popular newspaper that is
published by the Printers (Mysore) Limited.
15. Sarovara Pub had a reputation for being a place where the underworld hung out,
and it was only appropriate that an important fight scene in Om, the Upendra-
directed movie that launched the trend of laangu-macchu movies, is set there.
Unfortunately, Sarovara Pub does not exist anymore. What 5-star establishment
would find at the location today? Also, the character with the gun, and wearing all-
whites in the scene you just saw was based on which real-life person?
18. What was unique/different about the
way Kannada actors Lokesh and Girija Lokesh
got married? Incidentally, Dev Anand and
Suraiya had planned something similar, but
that never happened.
• They got married on stage as part of a play
19. Nrupatunga Road was formerly called
Cenotaph Road because at the end of the road,
close to Hudson Circle, there was a cenotaph.
Who was the cenotaph in honour of?
• British soldiers who died in the Siege of Bangalore and the Anglo-
20. Srirangapattana, Sira, and
Chikkaballapura were the other options
considered before Bangalore was eventually
chosen, primarily because it had superior
weather. For what purpose?
• The British establishing their cantonment in Mysore kingdom
21. Which area of Bangalore, that also lent
its name to the title of a hit movie, is named
after the Persian word for a military
labourer, because during Tipu Sultan’s time,
this is where his military labourers lived?
22. An administrator named Khande Rao tried to launch a
coup against Hyder Ali. It flopped. Hyder Ali captured Khande
Rao from the court at Srirangapattana, got him to Bangalore.
What happened next was interesting. Hyder Ali got a large
iron cage built and kept it in one of his rooms in his Bangalore
house. Khande Rao was made to live inside the cage. He was
fed just a fistful of rice (unboiled) and a bowl of milk every
day. He soon died of starvation. Why did Hyder Ali torture
and kill him in this strange manner?
• While capturing him, Devajammanni, the queen of Mysore had
requested Hyder Ali to not kill Khande Rao
• Hyder Ali in return promised Devajammanni that he would look after
Khande Rao like he were his own pet parrot. And so he did.
23. The old Corporation Building in Bangalore was designed by
a Liverpool-educated localite named Lakshminarasappa (who
also designed the adjoining Town Hall.) His design was chosen
over those submitted by someone else, an European known for
certain contributions to Bangalore that have nothing to do with
architecture. Who was this European whose design missed out?
24. ML Srinivasa Shastry and his wife
Sundaramma lost their child at the age of 3
to a liver ailment. What institution did they
found in his name and memory in 1942, that
runs to this day on Malleswaram 4th Main?
28. This BMTC service was introduced when BS Yeddyurappa
came to power. The idea was to provide connectivity to
poorer parts of Bangalore, and the tickets were priced at half
the cost. Around a dozen routes were launched, but the
service turned out to be a flop because of bad planning. For
example, none of the routes had either of the hubs—Majestic,
Market, or Shivajinagar as a terminus. Only a couple of the
original dozen still survive, and they can be identified by the
AS prefix added to the route number. What service is this?
30. Despite the effort and expense spent on it, for
many years it failed to serve the purpose it was built
for, and hence was commonly referred to as ______’s
Folly, a name that can be seen in some old maps of
Bangalore. Fill in the blank.
31. Ever since records started being kept in the
mid 19th Century, the only decade in which
Bangalore’s population declined was 1891-1901.
What were the two reasons for this decline?
• Almost all the soldiers stationed in Bangalore were deployed in either
the Boer War, or the Boxer Rebellion
32. What connects the following Bangalore place
names—Ganganagar, Shivanagar, Kanakapura?
• They all replaced the –halli in their names with a –nagara or a –pura
to reflect that they were now urban. Gangenahalli, Shivanahalli,
33. The City Improvement Trust Board was formed
in 1945. What did it change its name to in 1976?
• BDA (Bangalore Development Authority)
34. From the 1860s till the 1920s,
the leading hotel in Bangalore was
something called the Cubbon Hotel.
In the 1920s it was purchased on
behalf of the British Resident. What
purpose does the building that
once housed the Cubbon Hotel
serve today? A bit of what Cubbon
Hotel’s building looks like now is
shown here to help you along.
• Office of the Commissioner of Police, Bangalore
35. Early 20th Century guidebooks of India, eg. ‘Murray’s
Handbook for Travelers in India’, when they are talking of
Bangalore establishments, would always list a shop called ‘______
and Sons’ both as a jewelry shop and for photographs. Fill in the
blank, with a name that you would still see on MG Road.
36. In 1997, Bangalore’s first street atlas was published under
the fairly self-explanatory name ‘The Bangalore Street Atlas: A
Complete Guide to the Streets of Bangalore City and its
Suburbs’, by a company called Street Atlas Company Pvt. Ltd.
This company was a spin-off of a firm that put in over two and a
half years of research into collecting the data necessary to
publish this atlas. Name either the parent firm, or the person
who headed this initiative, and hence the spin-off company too.
38. This was an ad that was often seen on television in the
early 2000s. What was the name of a campaign, a name that
possibly is a good exhibit for showing that whatever
Bangalore does, the rest of India will do over a decade later?
39. Mico was one of the earliest private sector companies
to set up a large manufacturing factory in Bangalore, and
as a name has gotten itself entrenched into the Bangalore
psyche—from names of layouts, to the fact that people
still call the Bosch factory on Hosur Road as Mico.
Mico is an abbreviation. What does Mico expand to?
41. The first Test match that happened in the Chinnaswamy
Stadium in Bangalore was between India and West Indies in
1974. It featured three debutants. One on the Indian team,
Hemant Kanitkar. Who were the two debutants on the West
Indies team, both of whom fared way better in their
international stints compared to Kanitkar?
42. His real name was James Colzie. Formerly of the US Navy,
after a fight with his captain, he deserted and came to India
from America in 1923, and eventually settled in Bangalore as it
was by far the top boxing destination in India. He dominated
the boxing scene in India for over two decades, winning the
belt in three different weight divisions. He was popularly
known by the nickname GBJ, an abbreviation for a name that
included a reference to his naval past. What did GBJ stand for?
43. Explain why is it that
the Old Airport Road
curves in the manner
shown. Observe the
picture carefully, and you
can work the answer out.
• Thanks to the old race course—in this stretch, the Old Airport Road
follows the curve of the old race course oval.
44. The original name of this institution included the
phrase “Literary and Scientific”. But considering that
nothing literary or scientific happens there these days, it
has appropriately enough not in use anymore in the
name. Which institution?