• 25 questions
• Each question carries 10 marks
• Clockwise Infinite Bounce
As per the revised criteria, exceptional
service/performance of the highest order
“in any field of human endeavour“ will
now be considered. Earlier, it was restricted
to areas like “Art, Literature, Science and
What am I talking about? Who is said to be
responsible for this change?
Saraswatichandra, starring Nutan and
Manish, won the National Film Awards in
the Best Cinematography & Best Music
Director categories in 1969.
As per official records, what is so special
about this movie?
Last Bollywood movie to be made in
black and white.
Kate (2007), Kate's Dirty Sister (2008),
Luscious Liz (2009), Randy Mandy (2010),
Kinky Kylie (2011), Abbey (2012) and
Hungry Heidi (2013).
This geographical landmark painted by
Turner, celebrated 100 years of the most
famous/infamous event, associated with it,
What reportedly happened
there, on 4th May, 1891?
(Bigger vis – next slide)
Probably the first Indian tv show of its
kind, it was inspired by the true story of
Kanchan Choudhary who after several
hardships went to become the first Indian
female Director General of Police. Name
the show. (Audio deleted)
The original tokens of Monopoly
This painting, titled ‘The Madonna with
Saint Giovannino’, was painted in the 15th
century by Domenico Ghirlandaio.
Why this painting
has been a topic of
the modern day
scientists? (Bigger vis
– next slide)
As per a recent survey, this novel is
ranked 5th among the ‘Top 10 Most Read
Books in the last 50 Years’. It set the
Guinness World Record for most
translated book by a living author.
Identify the novel.
In June 2013, the Hubble Space Telescope
took a striking photograph of two galaxies,
one apparently twisted by the gravitational
pull of the other, which resulted in the
image looking like a giant bird with its
egg. This had led to the first galaxy being
nicknamed the ‘____’ galaxy.
Fill in the blank. (Vis - next slide)
Explain the ‘buyer-seller relationship’
between these two noted Indians.
Robin Sharma : The Monk Who Sold
His Ferrari (1997)
Ravi Subramaniam : I Bought The
Monk’s Ferrari (2008)
The sinister character (vis – next slide)
played by Sydney Greenstreet in the movie
‘The Maltese Falcon’ had such an effect on
the American physicist Robert Sarber that he
named something (after the character) which
had a huge impact in the world politics.
Either name the movie character or that
particular thing named after him.
Known as the ‘Lungs of Asia’, it was once
covered with dense rainforests. But in the
1980s and 1990s, the forests underwent a
dramatic transition. Deforestation
happened at a rate unparalleled in human
Which place am I talking about?
(Vis – next slide)
‘Solah Shringar’ is a very well known
term associated with Indian women
which encompasses sixteen basic steps
With which group of people would
you associate ‘Satrah Shringar’ ?
A rare but not an exhaustive list. What
connects these three hindi movie songs
taken from three different decades?
Sung by Brother-Sister duo
Found in savannas and thick bushveld in
Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia
and some other African nations, this type
of antelope got its common name from
a Zulu word meaning "gazelle".
Which best-selling brand, quite a rage in
India in 70s-80s, got its name from this
(Visual – next slide)
With the proclamation ‘Open to all parties
but influenced by none’, what was started
on Jan 29, 1780, basically to counter the
nuisance of public announcements through
peons and the distribution of hand bills in
As per a 4th century legend, the pirate king
Raktabahu once planned to attack Puri. To avoid
detection, he stealthily anchored out of sight, off
the mouth to the sea. The deception was revealed
by ships' refuse floating to the shore, thus alerting
the locals, who escaped with all their belongings.
Seeing the abandoned town, he directed all his fury
towards the sea. The sea parted to let his men to
march in, then surged back, drowned them all and
What is being formed thus?
After 55 years of X’s death under mysterious
circumstances, British PM Gordon Brown, in
2009, made an official public apology on
behalf of the Govt. for “the appalling way X
was treated”. In May 2012, a Bill was put
before the House of Lords to grant X a
Who was X?
Indian Army Operations
•Operation Polo (1948) - Indian armed forces ended the rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad and
led to the incorporation of the princely state of Hyderabad in Southern India, into the Indian
•Operation Vijay (1961) - the operation by the Military of India that led to the capture of
Goa, Daman and Diu and Anjidiv Islands from the Portuguese colonial holding in 1961.
•Operation Blue Star (1984)
•Operation Meghdoot (1984) — Indian military's capture of the majority of Siachen Glacier
•Operation Pawan (1987) – Operations by the Indian Peace Keeping Force to take control
of Jaffna from the LTTE in late 1987 to enforce the disarmament of the LTTE as a part of
the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord.
•Operation Trishul (1988) – An anti-insurgency operation launched by the IPKF against the
LTTE in April 1988 in Northern Sri Lanka.
•Operation Checkmate (1988) - It was an anti-insurgency operation carried out by
the IPKF against the LTTE in theVadamarachi area of northern Sri Lanka in June 1988.
•Operation Cactus (1988) — Paracommandos (India) and MARCOS oust Tamil
nationalist mercenaries of PLOTE who instigated a coup in Malé in the Maldives.
•Operation Vijay (1999) - name of the successful Indian operation to push back the
infiltrators from the Kargil Sector, in the 1999 Kargil War.
•Operation Black Tornado(2008)
•Operation Surya Hope - for saving people trapped in the 2013 North India floods
Each question carries 5 marks.
Full house ensure 5 bonus.
This character from
Assassin’s Creed is based
on a real-life person who
gave rise to a word which
means cunning, deceptive,
and ruthless in dealings.
The birth anniversary of one of the most
illustrous sons of Bengal went almost
unnoticed on Nov 16, 2013. He was an
accomplished barrister, and later, India’s 2nd
largest silk exporter. But his moment of
glory came in another field on Sep 27, 1958.
Who? (Vis – next slide)
Other than close human relatives such
as chimps and gorillas, X’s also have
fingerprints. Though on the evolutionary
tree, primates and modern Xs‘ ancestors
branched apart 70 million years ago, the
fingerprints of X and a human being are
Identify X. (Vis – next slide)
X made his Test debut vs NZ in 2001 by
taking 8 wickets for 106 runs in the match,
including five wickets in the 2nd innings. He
is the only bowler to notch hat-tricks in all
three formats of the game.
Y recently made a sensational Test debut,
by taking one more than X including a 5for in the 2nd innings.
Identify X and Y.
X is a particular region in the country Y.
The name X is also frequently used to refer
to the whole of the country Y. This usage
is generally accepted, but some
individuals, particularly from the other
parts of that country, dislike the use of ‘X’
as a substitute for Y.
(Bigger vis – next slide)
Which geographical feature, very highly
revered in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist
cosmology (considered to be the center of
all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual
universes) is design of the Angkor Vat
Temple a tribute to?
Kodinhi is a nondescript village
in Malappuram, Kerala.
The village came to international
attention for what peculiar biological
reason? (Similar phenomenon has been
observed in Candido Godoi, Brazil.)
In June 2013, UNOOSA, a United Nations
agency, organised a special event to mark
fifty years of a famous occasion. The four
noted guests - Roberta Bondar of Canada,
Janet Kavandi from the USA, Chiaki Mukai
of Japan and Liu Yang of China were
celebrating one of their senior’s pathbreaking achievement.
Who was their senior? What was being
The first woman in space
How would you connect these well known
personalities? (Some obvious ones are left out
delibarately) (More vis – next slide)
Fathers were also the Presidents of
their respective countries
* Ian Khama, the current President of Botswana. His father
Seretse Khama was the President from 1966 to 1980.
* Joseph Kabila is the President of the Democratic Republic of
the Congo since January 2001. Laurent-Désiré Kabila, his father
served as the President from May 17, 1997, until his
assassination by one of his bodyguards on January 18, 2001.
* Jean-Claude Duvalier is the son of Papa ‘Doc’ Duvalier.
Adopted in 2008, colour red in the new
logo symbolises the colour traditionally
associated with the entity and also passion
& commitment towards society. Image of
bird’s wings in yellow represent hope and
Which logo is this?
Kaithoon, famous for Kota Doria sarees, is
an ancient city on the banks of river
Chambal. It is the only city to have a temple
of a particular ‘deity’. An annual fair is also
organised here in the month of March.
‘Who’ is being worshipped here?
(Vis of the deity – next slide)
This painting, titled ‘Particles Whirling
Round in Space’, was created using sand
mixed with paint by Lucinda L. Mackay .
Which Noble-laureate is the subject of this
(Bigger vis – next slide)
A. C. Banerjee, K. K. Daftari, N. C. Lahiri
and J. S. Karandikar were some of the
members of a Central Committee formed in
1952. Headed by Meghnad Saha, this
Committee was assigned to deal with 30
prevalent models all over India, keeping
local sentiments and traditions into
What did the Committee come up with?
The Greenlandic Federation of tae- kwondo, badminton, handball, volleyball,
biathlon and table tennis have gained full
membership of the respective international
federations. But FIFA is not allowing their
national football team to be a part of FIFA
or any of its associations.
Due to lack of natural grass,
Greenland isn't green enough to be
part of FIFA.
Apart from Walt Disney, X is the only
person to have ever been nominated in six
different categories in Academy Awards. X
got nominations in the following
categories – Best Actor, Supporting Actor,
Director, Screenplay (Original), Screenplay
(Adapted) and Best Picture.
Who is X? (X has won 2 Oscars till date)
The London based management company
77 was launched by Simon Fuller
alongwith X in September, 2013. The name
was chosen to highlight a particular
achievement by X around a month ago.
Who is X?
There are five known manuscript copies
of X which are named after Edward Everett,
George Bancroft, Alexander Bliss, John
Nicolay and John Hay. Among these, Hay
and Nicolay Copies are preserved in
specially designed, temperature-controlled,
containers with argon gas in order to
protect the documents from continued
What is X?