Rules 24 Questions Questions 15-20 are star marked and will be used to resolve ties. +1 for every correct answer No negatives Feel free to guess !
Question 1 X, a famed Bollywood music director of the 50s, 60s and 70s, died of liver cirrhosis in 1975. In 2004, X’s unused tunes were recreated by his son, Sanjeev Kohli, for the film Y. The lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar and majority of the songs were sung by Lata Mangeshkar, who was a dear friend of X. Id X and Y.
Question 2 The Rozabal Line is a historical thriller novel by Indian author Ashwin Sanghi, originally published in 2007 under his pseudonym Shawn Haigins. The book deals with a highly controversial historical conspiracy that has previously been explored by very few historians and authors. The book was declared a bestseller by India Today and the books publishers, Westland Ltd. have had tremendous success with the novel as it has gone into repeat runs. What is the controversial subject of the book ?
Answer It deals with the conspiracy theory that Jesus Christ escaped crucifixion, came to India and lived his final years here; and is buried at the shrine at Rozabal, J&K.
Question 4 Flag of what ? Hint - Some of the rules of this ‗place‘ are : 1) The flag should never be flown upside down, unless the place is in distress. 2) ‗Residents‘ shall give each other 12 hours notice of impending coitus. 3) The thermostat must be kept at 71 degrees at all times. ID X
Answer Sheldon and Leonard‘s apartment from the Big Bang Theory.
Question 5 This is London Tipton from the Disney channel show ‗The Suite Life of Zack and Cody‘. Her character was supposed to be a parody of which Hollywood celebrity?
Question 6 Why were these animals in particular selected as the Furious Five for KFP ?
Answer They pay tributes to 5 streams of ancient Chinese martial arts. Crane – Fujian White Crane Viper – Snake Kung Fu Monkey – Monkey Kung Fu Mantis – Shandong Praying Mantis Tigress – Hei hu quan
Question 7 In the late 1970s-early 1980s, X published a handful of short novels—Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), The Running Man(1982) and Thinner (1984)—under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. The idea behind this was to test whether he could replicate his success again and to allay his fears that his popularity was an accident. An alternate explanation was that publishing standards at the time allowed only a single book a year. He picked up the name from the hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, of which he is a fan. Name this awesome novelist, MANY of his novels have been made into movies.
Question 8 She was one of the first Indians and the first Indian actress to be featured on Time magazines cover. A semi- autobiographical film, Who Lamhe, about Mahesh Bhatt‘s relationship with her was made, written and produced by him right after she was found dead in her apartment at Mumbai. Earlier, she had accused many foreign dignitaries including Amitabh Bachchan, of conspiring to kill her. Who is this actress of great repute and the pioneer of minimalist fashion modeling on the Indian ramp?
Question 10 Numerous commenters have compared the ______ _____ to ―Gangnam Style‖. Forbes magazine pointed out that unlike "Gangnam Style" and other notable hits from 2012, ______ _____ is more of a meme, since a wide variety of groups and individuals have uploaded variants of the dance. Various groups that shot videos of themselves doing the ______ _____ include basketball players from the Dallas Mavericks, football players from Manchester City, a squadron of the Norwegian Army, and BIT Mesra‘s 2k9 batch students ! FITB.
Question 12 This novel follows the journey of Biju, an illegal immigrant in the US who is trying to make a new life; and Sai, an Anglicised Indian girl living with her grandfather in Kalimpong, India. Set against the background of the Gorkhaland movement, the book has two parallel storylines, one dealing with the opportunities in the US and the other with the effect of post colonialism in India. Name this book which won the 2006 Man Booker Prize.
Answer The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai.
Question 13 This album came out in November 2008, exactly fifteen years after the band‘s previous studio album. The total production cost of the album exceeded $13 million, making it the most expensive album ever produced. Meanwhile, the band underwent numerous lineup changes, which resulted in a total of 13 members having contributed to the album. It became a worldwide success but was banned in China as soon as it came out. Name the band and the album.
Answer Rare instances where Pundit Ravi Shankar composed music for films.
*Question 15 After the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in November 2002, some fans recognized a strange resemblance between Dobby, the house elf and X. This led to X apparently becoming upset at the resemblance and claimed that Warner Brothers had stolen his likeness. X‘s attorneys threatened to sue Warner Brothers, but decided to drop the suit before anything was filed in court. It also led to several online polls coming up for the same. Who does Dobby look like ?
*Question 18 The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extra-terrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. Which song was selected to represent rock and roll on the record, thereby representing rock and roll music for humanity?
*Question 19 Paradise Lost is an epic poem by the 17th-century English poet John Milton, widely considered one of the greatest literary works in the English. The ‗XYZ‘ trilogy of fantasy novels is considered to be a retelling and inversion of Paradise Lost, the name ‗XYZ‘ itself comes from lines of the poem. The trilogy although being extremely successful and popular (also being adopted for theatre and a 2007 movie), has drawn constant criticism for its negative portrayal of religion, Christianity in general. Which trilogy ?
Contd. ―But all these in their pregnant causes mixt Confusdly, and which thus must ever fight, Unless th Almighty Maker them ordain XYZ to create more Worlds,‖ — Book 2, lines 910–920
*Question 20 The very first instance of the use of X is attributed to the psychedelic-occult rock band Coven, whose lead singer Jinx Dawson started and ended concerts with a display of X, way back in 1968. Other early instances include the cover of ‗The Beatles‘ 1968 album ‗Yellow Submarine‘. However, legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio is widely attributed as the man who popularised it to what it is today. His Italian grandmother used it to ward off the evil eye (known as malocchio in Italian). Dio began using it soon after joining Black Sabbath in 1979. X became famous in metal concerts very soon after this. X was later appropriated by heavy metal fans under the name ―maloik‖; a corruption of the original malocchio. What in the devil‘s name is X ?
Question 22 Chutney music is a form indigenous to the southern Caribbean, popular in Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname. It derives elements from traditional Indian music & popular Trinidadian Soca music. It was created in 1940s by Indo- Caribbean people whose ancestors were mostly from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal. The lyrics are in either Hindi, Bhojpuri or English and are laid down over beats derived from Indian dholak beats, mixed with the soca beat. A Chutney song is an up-tempo song, and may be accompanied by instruments like electric guitar, synthesizer, dholak, harmonium, dhantal, tassa drums . Chutney Music was recently introduced to Bollywood; and became quite a rage. How ?
Question 23 Tshering Phintso ________ wanted to join the Indian Army. In an interview to TOI, he said that he had qualified for the prestigious AFMC, Pune, but instead joined the Film and Television Institute of India. Here, his fellow classmate Jaya Bhaduri decided to change his name to a simpler sounding ―X‖ as his original name was tough to be pronounced by other students. The name has stuck since. Who ?