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• At around 11 am, on the morning of February
25th 2013, a chai shop owner in Manimajra,
Chandigarh, started distributing free chai and
samosa to everyone.
• Why ?
• That area in Chandigarh had been converted
to th Abottabad bazaar in the movie Zero Dark
Thirty. As a result, various stall owners had
made huge profits. The celebration was a
result of ZDT winning an oscar.
• Dr. K. A. Hamied was a nationalist and anti-imperialist
Indian Scientist, who graduated from Allahabad
University and held M.A. and PhD degrees from
the Humboldt University of Berlin. He was a disciple of
Gandhi and strongly believed that India needed to become
self-sufficient in supplying medicine to its people. His
family raised money to send him to study chemistry in
England in 1924. Instead, he changed ships and went to
Germany, then the world's leader in chemicals. On a Berlin
lake, he met a Lithuanian Jewish socialist, whom he
married. They fled as the Nazis rose to power in Germany,
came back to Mumbai and founded _____, which is India’s
largest pharmaceutical company today.
• List of largest
in the world.
• Id X and Y.
(Square of Palmas, Toc
approx. 833–802 m by
880 m by 500 m
(Square of the
802 m by 718–
X = Tiananmen
880 m by 500
Y = India
• Droste B.V. is a Dutch chocolate manufacturer
which is famous for something called the ‘Droste
Effect’, which started thus :• In 1904, an image of a woman in nurse clothes,
holding a serving tray with a cup of hot chocolate
and a box, appeared on Droste products. The
image became a household notion and was
maintained for decades with slight variations.
• What is the Droste effect ?
• An object inside an object inside an object and
• X is a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in
1818 in London. It is probably Shelley's most famous
short poem. The poem is supposedly inspired by a
colossal statue of Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II, so
much so that it paraphrases the inscription on the base
of the statue : "King of Kings am I, X. If anyone would
know how great I am and where I lie, let him surpass
one of my works."
• X is also the name of a fictional character created
by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons for DC Comics. X is
ranked number 29 on Wizard's Top 200 Comic Book
Characters list and number 21 on IGN's Top 100 Villains
list. Who is X ?
• _____ was a user and advocate of marijuana. Under the
pseudonym "Mr. X", he contributed an essay about
smoking cannabis to the 1971 book Marijuana
Reconsidered. The essay explained that marijuana use had
helped to inspire some of _____'s works and enhance
sensual and intellectual experiences. After _____'s death,
his friend Lester Grinspoon disclosed this information to
_____'s biographer, Keay Davidson. The publishing of the
biography, _____ : A Life, in 1999 brought media attention
to this aspect of _____'s life. Not long after his death,
widow Ann Druyan had gone on to preside over the board
of directors of the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws (NORML), a non-profit organization
dedicated to reforming cannabis laws.
• Prem Ganpathy, a class 10 passout from
Nagalapuram in Tamil Nadu came to Mumbai to
follow his dream. He was robbed and left
stranded. After doing a couple of low paying jobs,
he started his own business, making and selling
_____s from a handcart. The business grew and
he eventually rented a small place and named it
Prem Sagar ____ _____. From here, the business
grew by leaps and bounds and today it is a 30-40
• According to a popular urban legend, When Apollo
Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the
moon, just before he re-entered the lander, he made a
very enigmatic remark - "Good luck Mr. Gorsky.“, he
• People at NASA thought it was a casual remark
concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However,
upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the
Russian or American space programs.
• At a later point of time, Armstrong once explained why
he had actually said it. What was the reason ?
• In 1938, Armstrong lived as a young boy in a
midwest town, where he had Mr. and Mrs.
Gorsky as neighbours.
• Once young Armstrong heard Mrs Gorsky
shouting at Mr Gorsky. "Sex! You want sex?!
You'll get sex when the kid next door walks on
George Orwell, the author of the book.
Pink Floyd’s album Animals was based on it.
Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical
tale against Stalin
_____ _____ is an American science fiction/adventure
animated television series about a boy who accompanies
his father on extraordinary adventures. It was produced
by Hannah-Barbara Productions for Screen Gems, and
created and designed by comic book artist Doug Wildey.
It was highly controversial because it featured much
more realistic violence than other Hannah-Barbara
Its developer aimed to "go beyond cartooning and into
animated film-making" for the show's storytelling. It was
the first cartoon ever to hint the concept of virtual
gaming. The show was remade twice for TV, once in 1986
and then again in 1996 (the one we are familiar with).
• According to a report by the Times of India,
the French author Jean-Yves Ferri (who is
currently writing a new Asterix and Obelix
story) wants to “set a new adventure in oldtime India” where he will introduce a new
character in the Asterix universe named
______, inspired by the “most famous
• X is a progressive rock band that started in London in 1968.
One of the most experimental and diverse bands ever, it
has incorporated varying influences and instrumentation
during its history including everything from jazz and folk
music, classical and experimental music, to psychedelic
rock, hard rock and heavy metal, to New
Wave, gamelan, electronica and drum and bass.
• The band’s lineup has never been constant, and a total of
20 musicians have at some point or the other been a part
of it. Despite garnering little radio or music video airplay,
the band has a huge following.
• One of the most famous quotes about X is : "Everything
you've heard about X is true; it is an absolutely terrifying
place.” Id X.
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• In what has been often described by cricket pundits and
fans as ‘The greatest over in Test history’, a 41 year old X
faced a fierce Y, in Bridgetown, 1981.
• The first ball was a three-quarter-pace loosener which
nevertheless rapped Y on the gloves and dropped just short
of the slips. Each succeeding ball after that was quicker and
had more swing than the previous one. The second beat Y
outside the off stump, and the third cut back and struck
him on the inside of his right thigh. The fourth and fifth
both hurried Y, but he just about managed to keep them
• Just when Y thought he had survived, X bowled the final
ball, the coup de grace at a fearsome pace, it went through
him and sent his off stump cartwheeling almost 20 yards.
• Who are X and Y ?
• X – Geoffrey Boycott
• Y – Michael Holding
• In the season 4 finale of Family Guy, Brian the dog goes to
heaven and meets A, B and C.
• The conversation that takes place is this :
• Brian: (in heaven) Look at me, hanging out with A, B and C.
But it does seem like we all ended up here earlier then we
A: Well, I finally collapsed under the weight of my own
genius, and shot myself.
B: I couldn't reconcile my passion with the way people
around me were living, so I shot myself.
C: I couldn't stand the idea of my music becoming some bland
corporate tool, so I shot myself.
Brian: Yeah, I... got into the garbage and ate some chocolate.
• A is an author, B a painter and C a rock musician. Id each.
• A = Ernest Hemingway
• B = Vincent Van Gogh
• C = Kurt Cobain
• According to Z’s famous poem, after X had defeated Y,
taken him back to his kingdom and blinded him, X
organized an archery contest. Z told X that Y was so
skilled an archer, that he could take aim based only on
sound. X disdained to believe this, and agreed to
personally give Y the order to shoot at some iron plates
which would be struck by a hammer. At this point of
time, Z composed a couplet in his native language and
sang it to Y, informing him of the position where X was
sitting. Y thus shot the arrow and killed X.
• X,Y,Z = ?.
• X = Ghori
• Y = Prithviraj Chauhan
• Z = Chand Bardai
• “He said that he had a paramount desire for Y, and
although he claimed music was evil he spoke of someday
spending vast amounts of money to go to America and
try to arrange a meeting with the superstar,” Boof wrote.
“ He said he wanted to give Y a mansion that he owned
in a suburb of Khartoum. He explained to me that to
possess Y he would be willing to break his colour rule
and make her one of his wives.” Of course, Y was already
married, to Z, but X had a plan to take care of that, too —
he would simply have Z rubbed out. “Y’s name was the
one that would be mention constantly. How beautiful she
was, what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is
but is just brainwashed by American culture and by her
husband Z, whom X talked about having killed, as if it
were normal to have women’s husbands killed,” Boof
• X = Osama bin Laden
• Y = Whitney Houston
• Z = Bobby Brown
• International cricket grounds in India.
Dr D Y Patil,
Eden Gardens, Kolkata