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Dont Panic Bombay

  1. 1. The Slumdog City THE BOMBAY ROUND
  2. 2. 1 The Panchamukha Shiva or Five headed Shiva (also called Sadashiva) is a manifestation of Shiva where the five heads represent – Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver), Shiva (the destroyer, anger) and two invisible heads, never seen by any mortal. This was the official seal of the Rashtrakutas. Where in Bombay would you find this enduring image?
  3. 3. 1 Answer Elephanta Caves BACK
  4. 4. 2 Connect
  5. 5. 2 Answer Hilsa fish is called Pala in Bombay. This place where the Pala fish was unloaded was called the Pala Bandar, hence Apollo Bunder by the British BACK
  6. 6. 3 It was the first Anglican church built in Mumbai by the British back in 1718. It faced the western gate of the old Bombay fort and hence the name of the area is Churchgate. Name the church
  7. 7. 3 Answer St Thomas Cathedral (At Horninam Circle) BACK
  8. 8. 4 Maratha Mandir is an iconic cinema hall of Mumbai. And it has a history of playing movies for years. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge has been playing for 14 years now and earns the theatre Rs. 25 lakhs per annum (full air conditioned hall with ticket prices at Rs. 20, Rs. 17 and Rs. 14). In 1960 this film was released here and ran for four years – the entry fee at that time was 4 annas, 8 annas and 12 annas. Elephants were used to bring the reels of the movie. Name the film
  9. 9. 4 Answer Mughal-E-Azam BACK
  10. 10. 5 The 1973 Ranji Trophy final had Tamil Nadu playing Mumbai at the Chepauk. Tamil Nadu’s captain was Venkat, Mumbai’s captain was Ajit Wadekar. Mumbai had six test players including Gavaskar, Sardesai and Solkar. Tamil Nadu had VV Kumar and Venkat. The scores Mumbai 151 and 113 Tamil Nadu 80 and 61 Mumbai won by 123 runs in 2 days and 1 ball (on the third day) Off the forty wickets 33 wickets were taken by spinners. For Mumbai, who took 8/16 in the first innings and 5/18 in the second? It was his best performance of his career but he never played test cricket.
  11. 11. 5 Answer Padmakar “Paddy” Shivalkar BACK
  12. 12. 6 Mahatma Gandhi commented on the communal teams playing in the Bombay Quadrangular tournament. This later led to the tournament winding up in the ‘40s. However according to Ramchandra Guha’s book, Mahatma Gandhi had a very important role to play in the tournament, specifically the Hindus team in 1924. In the 1924 edition of the tournament, Hindus with CK Nayudu, DB Deodhar, LP Jai and captained by P Vithal defeated the Europeans. The captain P Vithal scored a century in the first innings. Incidentally, P Vithal’s elder brother Pandurang Baloo was a great slow bowler, one of the first spinners of India. How did Mahatma Gandhi impact the Hindus team of 1924?
  13. 13. 6 Answer P Vithal was an untouchable. His brother though popular was never made captain. But after Gandhi’s movement against untouchability, the Hindus team made Vithal the captain. KN Prabhu, the great cricket writer and reporter for Times at the time, notes how the victorious team (all upper caste Hindus) raised Vithal on their arms in the victory lap BACK
  14. 14. 7 He was born in 1800 and died in 1865. He belonged to a wealthy family of Goldsmiths of the Daivadnya caste. He is known in history as a great philanthropist and educationist. He was one of the founders of Elphinstone College, the Great Indian Peninsular Railway (which is now Central Railway) and the Bombay Association (an organisation to serve the rights of the residents of Bombay). He was also the first Indian member of the Asiatic Society. There are three prominent landmarks in Bombay named after him – a busy junction in South-Central Bombay (near Grant Road Station), a road leading from the junction and a major flyover in Central Bombay. Name?
  15. 15. 7 Answer Jagannath “Nana” Shankarshet Nana Chowk BACK
  16. 16. 8 Identify the man
  17. 17. 8 Answer Behram Contractor (Busybee) BACK
  18. 18. 9 This album released in 1995. Allmusic.com has given it a 2.5 rating with the following comment This album constitutes ____ ____ ‘s thrust for serious music credibility […] The result is a New Age pastiche drawing together from contemporary classical and folk/pop music influences into a smooth, pleasant, at time soporific whole, a tour around a religious world by way of Muzak-style instrumental tunes There are twelve tracks in this album, each one a Dance with a God from a different culture. Name the artist and the track (obviously it has a Bombay connection)
  19. 19. 9 Answer Ian Anderson – In The Times of India (Bombay Valentine) from Divinities – twelve Dances with God BACK
  20. 20. 10 In 1972 Band X were scheduled to visit Singapore on their way to a tour in Australia. But this happened. “1972, Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister then. His government had no patience for youth culture. Closing down the pubs and clubs that automatically destroyed the livelihoods of Singapore musicians. The government also would not put up with youthful fashion. That meant "long-haired males would be served last" at all government offices. Band X called off their visit to Singapore. They went to Bombay instead.” - BigO, Records of Indeterminate Origin In Bombay, they were at the EMI studios jamming with the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. They reworked on two of their songs. However, they were never commercially released. Some audio tapes survive. 22 years, later two surviving members of the band came out with an album that recreated the project, this time with Egyptian and Moroccan musicians. Name the band
  21. 21. 10 Answer Led Zeppelin (The Bombay Sessions) BACK
  22. 22. 11 From the blog of Girish Shahane, 19th March 2009 Girish has traced some research that list the cause of decline in a particular predatory species X. Over the years, the population of this species in South Asia has fallen 95%. And researchers have said the cause is Diclofenac – muscle pain reliever used in bovine animals. Diclofenac is extremely strong and affects the kidneys. The X species by taking in Diclofenac through the flesh they fed upon ended up killing themselves. There are efforts to revive the species, especially in Bombay. This is because a particular religious significance to a particular community. Name the species
  23. 23. 11 Answer The Vulture (required by the Parsees for disposing the dead) BACK
  24. 24. 12 Gautam Benegal is an artist, writer, filmmaker and illustrator. He has been in Mumbai for over 20 years now struggling to find fame. Recently, he started a new project making a collection of paintings on a popular culture of Bombay. Parallel can be drawn to Toulouse Lautrec and George Grosz. In an article in the DNA on Feb 1, 2009 he writes about this project. I quote from there “No matter how dauntingly expensive a city may be, no matter how hopelessly out of reach those grails of success that we have each of us pledged to pursue would seem, every civilised place has its respite. A place where you can say time-out and rest your feet. Every bonecrushing system has its cracks where an ant in the world of giants may exist in grace for a while. In 1987, a fellow who had just left the safety of his family and hometown with no great job to speak of could still….” What is this project about?
  25. 25. 12 Answer Irani Restaurants BACK
  26. 26. 13 The Gate of Mercy Synagogue also called Shaar Harahamim was built by two brothers – Samuel Ezekiel and Isaac Ezekiel in 1796. They were serving in the British Army and in the battle against Tipu Sultan, they were taken prisoners. They were condemned to death but when Tipu Sultan asked them their caste, they said they were Bene Israelis. On being told that this ‘caste’ is mentioned in the Koran, Tipu spared them and set them free. They returned to Bombay and built the synagogue as thanksgiving. It is the oldest synagogue in Bombay and is still functional. The local name of this synagogue is Juni ____ (meaning Old <place of worship>). The word used for the place of worship can be misleading. What area in Bombay gets its name from this misleading local name of this synagogue?
  27. 27. 13 Answer Masjid Bunder (It is called Juni Masjid) BACK
  28. 28. 14 This critically acclaimed major novel in Indian English writing, the first by the author, begins with three quotations from Firdausi’s Shah-nama, TS Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi and Tagore’s Gitanjali. The last line of the novel reads “Luck is the spit of the gods and goddesses”, the artist replied and slipped out of the gate, padding softly in his bare feet. Name the novel
  29. 29. 14 Answer Such a Long Journey, Rohinton Mistry BACK
  30. 30. 15 I have mixed opinions about this award winning writer. I find his work to be too depressing and boring. But he writes well. He has a trilogy of his travels in India over 20 years. In his first book, he writes of the corruption at immigration and customs in Bombay. In his third, in the first chapter titled ‘Bombay Theatre’, he writes “Bombay is a crowd.” But he later found out that the crowd on the road was because of Ambedkar Jayanti. A sitter, name the writer.
  31. 31. 15 Answer Sir V S Naipaul BACK

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