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Akhand Bharat 2.0 - Open India Quiz

  1. 1. Akhand Bharat 2.0 (Open India Quiz)
  2. 2. Acknowledgements ● Lucky Kaul ● Preetham Upadhya ● Anmol Singh Bhanderhal ● Abhinav Dhar
  3. 3. Prelimns ● 20 questions in the prelims ● Total points = 25. ● 6 star marked questions that will be used as tie breakers ●Quizmaster is sleep deprived Yogi Adityanath. Pange mat lena, quiz karna.
  4. 4. Q1 ●The first mention of this word is found in an inscription found at Persepolis in Iran, which was the capital of Achaemenid empire of Darius 1. ●The word is said to have been derived from Sanskrit for River. ● Jinnah was furious when he came to know that Nehru and Congress party have decided to use the name despite it being geographically inconsistent with the historical use and it being a result of colonial rule. Give me the good word.
  5. 5. The Answer is …
  6. 6. Answer India
  7. 7. Q2 Afcons was awarded a 1724 crore project and began work last June with a team of 250 engineers looking to replace cantilever arms with steel truss. What 1982 structure, that recently lost its crown to a leader of thousand soldiers and has been the face of state’s apathy towards development, were they working on?
  8. 8. The Answer is …
  9. 9. Answer Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Patna
  10. 10. Q3 When he moved from Malwa to Mumbai, Jayantrao Salgaokar had a job creating crossword puzzles for Loksatta. The business fared well for some time with those solving the crossword winning in lakhs but soon the government started lottery and people migrated to it. With the family now in financial trouble, Jayantrao and his son decided to put on eof his skills, that had put him in contact with prominent politicians and film stars, to use and came up with something that has been helping people make timely decisions since 1973. What publication, that according to Ratan Tata was always carried by his father Naval in his suitcase and is the largest selling of its kind in the world, was started thus?
  11. 11. The Answer is …
  12. 12. Answer
  13. 13. Q4* Hemali Vadalia is an engineer turned animator from Mumbai and has studied at the Angel academy of Art and The Russian academy of Art in Florence. Along with Suchi Mulley, another software engineer turned artist (from Bangalore), she spent seven months between May and November 2016, at a studio in Gdansk, Poland as a part of a group of 125 artists (45 of the 125 were not from Poland and were called in when it was realized that there were not enough artists around to finish the project). Look at Hemali and Suchi’s picture from Gdansk and tell me the project they were working on.
  14. 14. Q4*
  15. 15. The Answer is …
  16. 16. Answer
  17. 17. Q5 “Before _______ there was Pai” was the title of an article published by livemint last year. The article focussed on how TMA Pai, the founder of Syndicate bank implemented a theory which was made famous by the person in question through his Pigmy depositors who would go door to door reminding people to save and collect their deposits, as he realised that people need to be reminded and pushed to do the right thing. Give me the blank or tell me whose theory was Pai said to have implemented 90 years ago?
  18. 18. The Answer is …
  19. 19. Answer Richard Thaler
  20. 20. Q6 Manoj Muntashir, in Sahitya Aaj Tak 2017 recalled the origin of one of his most famous works. He says the story goes back to 2001 when he was in Kashmir, by Dal Lake, the lines came to him: ये हरे दरखतों के पत्ते जब शाखों से गिर जाएँिे जब झील का पानी सूखेिा और सारे कमल कुम्हलाएँिे ये वागदयाँ जब सो जाएँिी और आवाज़ें खो जाएँिी मेरी जान मैं उस खामोशी म़ें भी प्यार के निमे िाऊं िा _ __ _ ___ ___ FITB.
  21. 21. The Answer is …
  22. 22. Answer
  23. 23. Q7 The Congress Party (Indira) in an interesting coincidence of sorts shared the number of seats it won in the 1971 General Elections with the article that it used to impose emergency in 1975. Give me the number of seats/ Article number.
  24. 24. The Answer is …
  25. 25. Answer 352
  26. 26. Q8* Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union petroleum and skill development minister courted controversy with his statement last year when he said: “Odissa is having an indifferent, incompetent and corrupt government. People have made up their mind to throw it to the Bay of Bengal. People have decided for a ____________ of the government. Puri will do the biggest ___________.” What event of change and rebirth, that last happened in 2015 (after a gap of 19 years) and usually happens every 12 years, did he refer to in the statement?
  27. 27. The Answer is …
  28. 28. Answer
  29. 29. Q9* It is said that the ruler of this fort, who was a Doda Rajput, was married to Gangabai who happened to be a Khinchi Rajput. One day the King and Queen were playing Chausar when the king, after beating one of the pieces, said “Khinchi maar diya”. The queen took offense to this and said it was not that easy to kill a khinchi and called her brother to duel with the king. The queen’s brother did not want to fight his brother in law but had to and ended up killing him in the duel. Queen Gangabai committed Sati after her husband’s death and the Khinchi Rajputs came to rule the fort. What name did they give to the fort, now a UNESCO world heritage site, to commemorate their sister?
  30. 30. The Answer is …
  31. 31. Answer Gagron Fort
  32. 32. Q10 In early 16th century, after the decline of Vijayanagara empire, Thirumalaraja, a viceroy under the empire, looked after and ruled Srirangapatnam. He had a queen named Alamelamma who was an ardent devotee of god Ranganayaka of Srirangapatnam and used to lend her jewels to decorate goddess Ranganayaki twice every week. It so happened that Thirumalaraja fell ill and went to Talakkad to pray at the Vaidyanath temple but his condition worsened and he passed away there. A vassal under him then attacked and took control of Srirangapatnam and sent his soldiers after Alamelamma to take her jewels as he wanted to keep them for the temple. Alamelamma refused to part with her jewels and jumped in Kaveri, but not before cursing them. As a result of the curse it is said that Talakkad became covered in sand and whirlpools started forming at Malngi in Kaveri. What is the other effect of the curse that has haunted the said vassal’s family for last 400 years?
  33. 33. The Answer is …
  34. 34. Answer Wodeyar King of Mysore will be childless
  35. 35. Q11 On the next slide is a clip from a short film that Ram Madhvani made after he was constantly troubled by a poem by WH Auden. When asked if he had forgotten history, Madhvani said “No. We haven’t forgotten history. We know our history. But, we have forgotten to look at it from a humane point of view. The message you take from the film depends on how one sees the film”. Watch the video and identify the character being played by Martin Bishop.
  36. 36. Q11
  37. 37. The Answer is …
  38. 38. Answer
  39. 39. Q12 Major Ramswamy Parmeshwaran is one of the two PVC awardees to have been martyred outside India (the Other being Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria). Major Parmeshwaran lost his life when his column was ambushed while returning from a search operation late at night, in Sri Lanka in 1987. Which regiment, whose war cry is “Bolo Hindustan Ki Jai”, was he a part of?
  40. 40. The Answer is …
  41. 41. Answer
  42. 42. Q13 On the occasion of India’s 70th Independence anniversary India Today published a special issue titled “Movers and Shapers” containing the profiles of 70 people who have shaped the nation. a) What appropriate title, that would remind you of Santiago’s journey to pyramids and back home, was given to Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar’s profile, was given to his field of expertise?
  43. 43. Q13 B) Titled “Rockstar Gone Wrong”, whose profile began with these lines? : I remember ________ clearly. Anyone who met him, talked to him, will never forget him. I remember his piercing eyes, like that of ancient mariner in Coleridge’s poem, that grabbed you in its stare and refused to let go. The shining bald pate and the long white beard, carefully groomed to look impossibly careless, reached out wherever you looked.
  44. 44. The Answer is …
  45. 45. Answer a) The Alchemist b) Osho Rajneesh
  46. 46. Q14 What entity, that has returned to the food delivery sector through a recent acquisition, had ventured in the same sector almost three years ago through this ?
  47. 47. The Answer is …
  48. 48. Answer
  49. 49. Q15 After a sudden decision towards the end of 2016 that left people looking pale with anxiety, a series of recent steps have bought some colour back. In ascending order of value, these would be: Chocolate Brown Bright Fluorescent Blue Bright Yellow Stone Grey Pink/Magenta. What is being talked about?
  50. 50. The Answer is …
  51. 51. Answer ● New Currency Notes
  52. 52. Q17 Among the peninsular rivers, this water body in India ranks second only to Godavari in flood producing capacity. As a result of this quality it was given a term appending the name of state it mostly flowed through, like different rivers causing similar devastation are. However, a 9-year old effort that culminated in 1957 has proved to be a blessing and thus somewhat helped ward off the said term Which river? What effort am I talking about?
  53. 53. The Answer is …
  54. 54. Answer ● Mahanadi ● Hirakund Dam
  55. 55. Q18. ● One of the stories of the origin of this dish goes that it was created by Bhima during the exile of Pandavas. It is said that when he assumed his duties as cook in the kitchen of Virata he did not know how to cook and hence decided to cut many vegetables, boil them together and top the dish with grated coconut. ●Another story goes that after Bhima was poisoned by the Kauravas and believed to be dead, a mourning feast was held. Bhima unexpectedly turned up and the feast was cancelled but this upset him and he decided to chop all the vegetables and boil them for himself. What dish is believed to have been created thus?
  56. 56. The Answer is …
  57. 57. Answer
  58. 58. Q19. Shilpa Gupta is an Indian artist whose work, among others, has been bought by Guggenheim museum and is known for her series of collaborations titled “Aar Paar”. One of her most famous pieces is “998.9” which features 3,394 m of cloth handwoven by people of Phulia in West Bengal. What does the said work symbolize? Why was choosing the residents of Phulia apt for it?
  59. 59. The Answer is …
  60. 60. Answer Length of barbed wire fencing on India-Bangladesh border These weavers migrated during partition from places in Bangladesh
  61. 61. Q20* In the summer of 1839 Queen Victoria heard of a soon-to-be-published novel by a certain “Captain” Phillip Meadows Taylor that exposed the gruesome aspect of her Indian dominions. Intrigued, she summoned Richard Bentley, “Publisher in ordinary” to the crown and demanded to see page proofs. How would this novel that went on to become the biggest Anglo-Indian seller before Kipling’s Kim come back to popular conscience later this year? One of the people assigned with the responsibility to stop these gruesome criminals was Colonel William Linneaus Gardner (of 2nd Lancer’s fame). Just tell me in which city, in news for all the wrong reasons, did he spend the last part of his life ?
  62. 62. The Answer is …
  63. 63. Thugs of Hindoostan (is based on Taylor’s Confessions of a Thug) Kasganj
  64. 64. Finals ● 36 questions in the finals. ● 2 written rounds, 2 rounds on Pounce Bounce
  65. 65. Round 1 ● This is a themed written round. ● 8 entities, that form a part of an exhaustive list of 9 (there are 10 but these 9 are subsets of 10th) ● +10 for each correct answer. ● No extra points for getting the theme, however it will help you getting other answers.
  66. 66. Q1. ● As mentioned in a late 2016 interview to The Hindu, there are two ways to do it. As the interviewee says “I am sure there are underground ways also. One- They use really long PVC pipes, stuff them with it and push it with a stick and there is something to pull it from the other side.” ● The other way is used to transport really small quantities. The person in question reasons that a normal person can’t throw 1.5 Kgs that far and hence Pehelwan’s are used. ●What are we talking about/ What by the person in question did this form the basis of? Who is the person in question?
  67. 67. Q2 ●Ernest Trumpp was a German philologist who was posthumously awarded the Latif award (awarded every year on the Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai) for his compilation of Shah Jo Risalo, a collection of the Sufi saint’s poems in 1860s. A few years after he did this, Trumpp also became the first person to write a book on the grammar of a certain language that was made compulsory for British officers in the region to learn (by Bartle Frere). Which language? ● On the next slide is an image of a building from the region Trumpp is mostly associated with. Name the building/ What is it’s significance?
  68. 68. Q2
  69. 69. Q3 Indian Sports Fans is a purely non-cricketing whatsapp group that boasts in it’s ranks some of India’s biggest sportspersons including Karnam Malleswari, Anju Bobby George among other notable people. One of the group members is a certain Gaurav Wankhede, a sports enthusiast and a former player. One day, almost by accident someone on the group mentioned that they were on the lookout for one of their teams for the upcoming third season. This got Gaurav really excited and he decided to contact his friend Ranjit Saxena. One thing led to the other and this whatsapp group gave birth to a new team in just 48 hours. Which “Brave” debutant was formed thus?
  70. 70. Q4 Bangaram, a part of the union territory of Lakshadweep, is an almost uninhabited Island. The small island saw a resort, the only constructed property on the island, being opened here in 1974. However it took 14 years for the resort to gain traction and start earning profits. The resort was taken over by the Lakshadweep government a few years ago and currently remains closed. What event in 1988 led to rise in tourist influx to Bangaram? Bangaram is also the only island in Lakshadweep where you can carry out a certain activity that was first banned by Bombay state in 1948. What activity? Which state still uses the act implemented in 1948, with certain modifications?
  71. 71. Q5 Tamil politics has always been dominated by actors, and conversely their films have carried a certain political tone, none more than MGR’s films. In early 1950s when MGR was rising fast in the political circles and was at the peak of his popularity he started using his films to convey his political beliefs. One of the ways in which he did was (apart from always playing the good guy) wearing Black and Red coloured clothes. Explain the choice of colours/ what image did that colour combination evoke?
  72. 72. Q6 One of the many states ceased to exist after the 1956 states reorganization act, this state was created in 1948 with Martand Singh, the last ruler of the princely state of Rewa, as it’s Rajpramukh. The first elections to state assembly were won by INC with SN Shukla serving as it’s chief minister, whose term ended when it merged with it’s neighbouring state to form what is now known as Madhya Pradesh. Just name the state for full points.
  73. 73. Q7 A lawyer who learnt his practise in England, he turned into a businessman in the later part of his life. As a silk exporter in Calcutta his business was going fine till he was asked by Jyoti Basu to join the Communist party and campaign for them, which being anti-communist, he vehemently refused. This did not go down well with Jyoti Basu who attacked him with all his influence leading to his business being shut down eventually. He would later pass far away from the limelight he once was in, succumbing to Alzhiemer’s and Parkinsons disease in 1997. Who is this, whose most famous moment came when he did something inspired by Florence May Chadwick’s achievement from 1951? (image follows) What university, the oldest in its state and in news over campus sharing, did he graduate from?
  74. 74. Q7
  75. 75. Q8 Abdul Kashem Mollah, a tea vendor in Rooppur Village in modern day Bangladesh could not participate in the liberation movement actively because of poverty. But he decided to help the liberators by passing any news related to struggle that he came through on his radio. The Pakistani army found this out and broke his radio, after mercilessly beating him up. Abdul repaired his radio after they went and soon his shop became the go to place for revolutionaries if they had to know anything. What now popular name, alluding to the channel of information, was thus given to the region? What brotherly epithet is given to Sheikh Muzibur Rehman, the leader of Bangladesh Freedom Movement?
  76. 76. QWR1. ● As mentioned in a late 2016 interview to The Hindu, there are two ways to do it. As the interviewee says “I am sure there are underground ways also. One- They use really long PVC pipes, stuff them with it and push it with a stick and there is something to pull it from the other side.” ● The other way is used to transport really small quantities. The person in question reasons that a normal person can’t throw 1.5 Kgs that far and hence Pehelwan’s are used. ●What are we talking about/ What by the person in question did this form the basis of? Who is the person in question?
  77. 77. The Answer is …
  78. 78. Answer ● Opening Scene of Udta Punjab ● Abhishek Chaubey
  79. 79. Q2 ●Ernest Trumpp was a German philologist who was posthumously awarded the Latif award (awarded every year on the Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai) for his compilation of Shah Jo Risalo, a collection of the Sufi saint’s poems in 1860s. A few years after he did this, Trumpp also became the first person to write a book on the grammar of a certain language that was made compulsory for British officers in the region to learn (by Bartle Frere). Which language? ● On the next slide is an image of a building from the region Trumpp is mostly associated with. Name the building/ What is it’s significance?
  80. 80. Q2
  81. 81. The Answer is …
  82. 82. Answer ● Sindhi ●Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Tomb
  83. 83. Q3 Indian Sports Fans is a purely non-cricketing whatsapp group that boasts in it’s ranks some of India’s biggest sportspersons including Karnam Malleswari, Anju Bobby George among other notable people. One of the group members is a certain Gaurav Wankhede, a sports enthusiast and a former player. One day, almost by accident someone on the group mentioned that they were on the lookout for one of their teams for the upcoming third season. This got Gaurav really excited and he decided to contact his friend Ranjit Saxena. One thing led to the other and this whatsapp group gave birth to a new team in just 48 hours. Which “Brave” debutant was formed thus?
  84. 84. The Answer is …
  85. 85. Answer
  86. 86. Q4 Bangaram, a part of the union territory of Lakshadweep, is an almost uninhabited Island. The small island saw a resort, the only constructed property on the island, being opened here in 1974. However it took 14 years for the resort to gain traction and start earning profits. The resort was taken over by the Lakshadweep government a few years ago and currently remains closed. What event in 1988 led to rise in tourist influx to Bangaram? Bangaram is also the only island in Lakshadweep where you can carry out a certain activity that was first banned by Bombay state in 1948. What activity? Which state still uses the act implemented in 1948, with certain modifications?
  87. 87. The Answer is …
  88. 88. Answer ● The opening of Agatti Airstrip ●Drinking alcohol, Gujarat
  89. 89. Q5 Tamil politics has always been dominated by actors, and conversely their films have carried a certain political tone, none more than MGR’s films. In early 1950s when MGR was rising fast in the political circles and was at the peak of his popularity he started using his films to convey his political beliefs. One of the ways in which he did was (apart from always playing the good guy) wearing Black and Red coloured clothes. Explain the choice of colours/ what image did that colour combination evoke?
  90. 90. The Answer is …
  91. 91. Answer ● Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Flag
  92. 92. Q6 One of the many states ceased to exist after the 1956 states reorganization act, this state was created in 1948 with Martand Singh, the last ruler of the princely state of Rewa, as it’s Rajpramukh. The first elections to state assembly were won by INC with SN Shukla serving as it’s chief minister, whose term ended when it merged with it’s neighbouring state to form what is now known as Madhya Pradesh. Just name the state for full points.
  93. 93. The Answer is …
  94. 94. Answer ●Vindhya Pradesh
  95. 95. Q7 A lawyer who learnt his practise in England, he turned into a businessman in the later part of his life. As a silk exporter in Calcutta his business was going fine till he was asked by Jyoti Basu to join the Communist party and campaign for them, which being anti-communist, he vehemently refused. This did not go down well with Jyoti Basu who attacked him with all his influence leading to his business being shut down eventually. He would later pass far away from the limelight he once was in, succumbing to Alzhiemer’s and Parkinsons disease in 1997. Who is this, whose most famous moment came when he did something inspired by Florence May Chadwick’s achievement from 1951? (image follows) What university, the oldest in its state and in news over campus sharing, did he graduate from?
  96. 96. Q7
  97. 97. The Answer is …
  98. 98. Answer ●Mihir Sen ●Utkal University
  99. 99. Q8 Abdul Kashem Mollah, a tea vendor in Rooppur Village in modern day Bangladesh could not participate in the liberation movement actively because of poverty. But he decided to help the liberators by passing any news related to struggle that he came through on his radio. The Pakistani army found this out and broke his radio, after mercilessly beating him up. Abdul repaired his radio after they went and soon his shop became the go to place for revolutionaries if they had to know anything. What now popular name, alluding to the channel of information, was thus given to the region? What brotherly epithet is given to Sheikh Muzibur Rehman, the leader of Bangladesh Freedom Movement?
  100. 100. The Answer is …
  101. 101. Answer ● BBC Bazar ● Bangabandhu ●The theme was places named in National Anthem (Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, Maratha, Dravida, Utkal, Banga, Vindhya)
  102. 102. Round 2 ●11 questions on pounce/bounce ●+10/0 for bounce ●+10/-5 for pounce
  103. 103. Q1 The V Renaissance is a Delhi based leather apparel design company started by designer duo Vipul Amar and Harsheen Arora (who also happens to a psychologist). In their latest design project, where it was important for them to maintain the authenticity and mobility of pieces they created, they also had to see that the contrasting moods were conveyed well. To do so they made a careful choice of colours, with blood red depicting honour, love and eagerness to serve ones land and deep gold for courage, generosity and passion. On the other hand, they used reptile scales on leather lions to enhance the darkness depicted. What was created thus?
  104. 104. The Answer is …
  105. 105. Answer Shahid Kapoor (Ratan Singh) and Ranveer Singh (Allauddin Khilji)’s armour in Padmaavat
  106. 106. Q2 Dark Horse Records is a record label started by George Harrison in 1974 when Beatles’ Apple Records was winding down it’s operations. The label produced some albums by Pandit Ravi Shankar and also produced collaborations between Shankar and Harrison, among other albums and records. On the next slide is the logo of Dark Horse, which is said to have been inspired from an image Harrison saw on a tin can during his to India. Which mythical being is depicted in the logo of Dark Horse Records? Also, how is the depiction inconsistent with the said being’s depiction in Indian mythology?
  107. 107. Q2
  108. 108. The Answer is …
  109. 109. Answer ● Uchhaisravas ● In Indian mythology the Horse is while and not Black
  110. 110. Q3 While one of the recent controversies surrounding this poem has been RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra’s call to remove it from NCERT textbooks (it is included in class XI Hindi textbook), it has also been alleged of having been plagiarised from Pablo Neruda’s Die Slowly (on next slide). Which poem, widely read in revolutionary circles and meets, are we talking about? Also, who, dubbed a ‘Naxalie’ by Sushma Swaraj and killed by Khalistan, wrote the said poem?
  111. 111. Q3 He who becomes the slave of habit, who follows the same routes every day, who never changes pace, who does not risk and change the color of his clothes, who does not speak and does not experience, dies slowly. He or she who shuns passion, who prefers black on white, dotting ones "it’s" rather than a bundle of emotions, the kind that make your eyes glimmer, that turn a yawn into a smile, that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings, dies slowly.
  112. 112. The Answer is …
  113. 113. Answer
  114. 114. Q4 Back in 1948 when Raj Kapoor was making Aag, he decided to shoot in the recently built Famous Studio at Mahalaxmi. He wanted to be sure about the quality of acoustics and hence decided to ask Jaddanbai, who was shooting Romeo-Juliet there about it. When Raj went to her home and rang the bell, Jaddanbai’s daughter Nargis opened the door. Now it so happened that Nargis was working in the kitchen and when she opened the door, she smudged dough across her forehead trying to remove the strand of hair that fell over her eye. How did Raj Kapoor immortalize this first meeting of his with Nargis about quarter of a century later?
  115. 115. The Answer is …
  116. 116. Answer
  117. 117. Q5 Cricketcountry.com, in an article published on 1st September 2014, given the occasion, named an all time greatest XI where all the players shared a certain characteristic. The side had legendary Kapil Dev as it’s captain. Among other players included were Debbrata Das (played for KKR and India U19), Avnish Seth (played 20 matches for services in 1980s), Pramod Arya (played 21 FC matches for Rajasthan in 70s and 80s) and Delhi’s Amit Mishra. Perhaps the best bowler in the side (after Kapil) was a Karnataka mainstay who took 365 FC wickets and participated in Bigg Boss Kannada in 2016. What was the qualification for this all time greatest XI?
  118. 118. The Answer is …
  119. 119. Answer
  120. 120. Answer The entire team was: Vinayak Mane Debabrata Das Avnish Seth Pramod Arya Vinayak Samant Pitambar Dutt Kapil Dev Ganapathi Vignesh Gajanan Patwardhan Amit Mishra Dodda Ganesh Chaturbhuj
  121. 121. Q6 Towards the end of 16th century, Manipur was faced with a lot of wars and hence most men were busy fighting in different regions. Added to that was the practice of ‘Lallup’ where all able bodied men had to serve for free for the kingdom for a particular duration of time. What, perhaps the only and the largest of its kind, providing around 5,000 homes with bread and butter is believed to have come into existence as a response to this?
  122. 122. The Answer is …
  123. 123. Answer ● Ima Keithel, the all women warket in Imphal
  124. 124. Q7 Sabitri Heisnam is a Sahitya Akademi and Padma Shri awardee theatre personality from stage and is known for her collaborations with her now belated husband Heisnam Kanhailal. In 2000, during a play directed by her husband, she proceded to rip off her clothes and proceded to utter the now legendary lines in theatre circles- “Counter Me, Encounter Me”. Which character from Indian mythology was Sabitri playing? What sad but now iconic event did this act of her inspired 4 years later?
  125. 125. The Answer is …
  126. 126. Answer ● Draupadi
  127. 127. Q8 There are various theories about what actually happened. Some people believe that the entire incident was orchestrated by Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad to force his return to power. Others said that it was staged to pressurize the Indian government to release Sheikh Abdullah who had been languishing in jail for a long time. On the other hand the government of India accused Pakistan of doing it to start trouble in the valley. What is being talked about? Few months after this happened Sheikh Abdullah was released from jail and Nehru sent him to Pakistan to discuss the Kashmir issue. However, Abdullah had to return to India mid way due to another emergency in India. What forced Abdullah’s return?
  128. 128. The Answer is …
  129. 129. Answer ● Theft of Prophet Muhammad’s Hair from Hazrat Bal Mosque ● Jawahar Lal Nehru passed away.
  130. 130. Q9 In July 2012, Samar Jodha, an Indian artist, installed a container at the Amnesty International headquarters at London. The 40 feet long and 10 feet high black container contained a row of 10 sepia toned 3-D photographs (next slide). The black box was at an angle and brought to life a train carriage in Jodha’s words. What was the installation about? Why did Jodha chose to install it there at that particular time?
  131. 131. Q9
  132. 132. Q9
  133. 133. The Answer is …
  134. 134. Answer ● Bhopal Gas Tragedy (Titled- Bhopal: A Silent Picture) ● Dow Chemicals were the sponsors of London Olympics
  135. 135. Q10 V Ramachandran is a metallurgist from IISc Bangalore who worked on a ship named Kreuzturm from where he shuttled to another ship John Cabot, which had a scarab- a submersible vehicle used to lay undersea cable, in the rough waters of Atlantic in 1985. Among various other things, he found a square tube of Aluminium. When a microstructure of the piece was examined, it was found to have a feature known as deformation twins. Under usual rates of strain, planes of Aluminium crystal merely slip past each other, while under high rates of strains aluminium deforms by twinning- parallel bands appear in microstructure, cutting across it’s grains. What conclusion did this observation, that excess strain was applied, lead to?
  136. 136. The Answer is …
  137. 137. Answer ● Air India Kanishka (Air India Flight 182) went down due to bomb explosion.
  138. 138. Q11 1963 was an year when India knew the feeling of desperation and hopelessness and the cost of violence too well, having lost a war recently. It was thus apt that ______ ______ chose to stage a play that depicted the cost of violence since it was based on the happenings of the last day of Mahabharata war. Among those watching the first performance were Jawahar Lal Nehru and his family. Nehru quipped “This fort is known for cobras, not theatre” to which the director replied “We did not meet any”. Which play, written for radio in 1952, was being staged? What place, whose ruins are said to have increased the dramatic effect, was the play being staged at? Also, FITB with the director’s name.
  139. 139. Q11
  140. 140. The Answer is …
  141. 141. Answer ● Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug ● Staged at the Ferozshah Kotla Fort. ● Directed by Ebrahim Alkazi
  142. 142. Round 3 ● written Round ●6 questions, connected by a theme (Padma Awardees- 2018) ●+10 for each correct
  143. 143. Q1 Morrant is an iconic company, with its product being used by some of the greatest in the field. One of those, probably the most famous name associated with Morrant for last few years, decided to shed the lighter Morrants in favour of regular heavier version used by others. This ight cost him a shade of his quickness but is expected to help with better body movement, with results becoming evident immediately after the change was made. What product of Morrant is being talked about? Who is the person in question?
  144. 144. Q2 After the abolition of slavery in British and other European countries in 1830s the colonisers started bringing indentured labourers from India, mainly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on “Agreement” with respect to the length of stay. However, most of these labourers could never return, with the result being the high Indo-Carribean population in the area. What term is used to refer to these labourers brought on “Agreement”? Listen to this folk song where a woman is asking her husband (who is leaving to work) to bring various things for her and give me the singer.
  145. 145. Q3 Everglades National Park, Florida has been facing the problem of growing number of the invasive Burmese Python for quite some time now. To counter this and to catch snakes who could then be removed from the park, the scientists have started radio tagging them. These radio tagged snakes then go to the others of their kind, leading to their capture. What name is given to such snakes who “betray their kind” and lead them to capture? When the authorities discovered that this method was not yielding the desired level of result, they got two men from the Irula tribe led by someone who has spent his life working for their benefit, to do the task to much acclaim. Who led these men from Irula tribe?
  146. 146. Q4 Bhajju Shyam is a Gond artist who once worked as a security guard. Things changed for Bhajju when his uncle Jangarh Singh Shyam (renowed artist and creator of Jangarh Kalam School of art) took him as his apprentice. Soon, Bhajju started gaining fame and reputation and in 2001 he went to his first foreign tour. The tour also formed the subject of his first book “The ______ Jungle Book”. Look carefully at a picture from the book and tell me what- that he compared to the Gond belief of “a world below our world” has been depicted.
  147. 147. Q4
  148. 148. Q5 When he joined the regiment that has given us sportspersons like Milkha Singh, he readily took to sports. Starting out with hockey, he soon switched to boxing and became known as “Chotu Tiger” in Bangalore. Good performances continued and when his seniors asked him what reward he wanted, he promptly replied “Mere ko Kashmir dekhna hai” and was posted there. He was later caught in the crossfire during the Indo Pak war of 1965 and would soon find himself at INHS Asvini where he saw the Navy team prepare for nationals and started practising with them. He would soon be spotted by Vijay Merchant and the rest as they say is history. Who are we talking about? Which regiment, with the motto “Karm Hi Dharm” was he a part of?
  149. 149. Q6 One of the Major problems that Germany has been facing with the influx of refugees has been that of educating the refugee children, with language being the biggest barrier. Looking for ways to bypass this barrier, some German science teachers came across the YouTube channel of a certain Arvind Gupta and went on to use the methods popularized by him to teach scientific concepts to kids. How does Arvind Gupta teach the Kids? Also, tell me which DD Show, that might remind you of a south campus college fest, did you see him in?
  150. 150. Q1 Morrant is an iconic company, with its product being used by some of the greatest in the field. One of those, probably the most famous name associated with Morrant for last few years, decided to shed the lighter Morrants in favour of regular heavier version used by others. This might have cost him a shade of his quickness but is expected to help with better body movement, with results becoming evident immediately after the change was made. What product of Morrant is being talked about? Who is the person in question?
  151. 151. The Answer is …
  152. 152. Answer ● Pads ● MS Dhoni
  153. 153. Q2 After the abolition of slavery in British and other European countries in 1830s the colonisers started bringing indentured labourers from India, mainly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on “Agreement” with respect to the length of stay. However, most of these labourers could never return, with the result being the high Indo-Carribean population in the area. What term is used to refer to these labourers brought on “Agreement”? Listen to this folk song where a woman is asking her husband (who is leaving to work) to bring various things for her and give me the singer.
  154. 154. The Answer is …
  155. 155. Answer ● Girmitiya Mazdoor ● Sharda Sinha
  156. 156. Q3 Everglades National Park, Florida has been facing the problem of growing number of the invasive Burmese Python for quite some time now. To counter this and to catch snakes who could then be removed from the park, the scientists have started radio tagging them. These radio tagged snakes then go to the others of their kind, leading to their capture. What name is given to such snakes who “betray their kind” and lead them to capture? When the authorities discovered that this method was not yielding the desired level of result, they got two men from the Irula tribe led by someone who has spent his life working for their benefit, to do the task to much acclaim. Who led these men from Irula tribe?
  157. 157. The Answer is …
  158. 158. Answer ● Judas Snakes ● Romulus Whitaker
  159. 159. Q4 Bhajju Shyam is a Gond artist who once worked as a security guard. Things changed for Bhajju when his uncle Jangarh Singh Shyam (renowed artist and creator of Jangarh Kalam School of art) took him as his apprentice. Soon, Bhajju started gaining fame and reputation and in 2001 he went to his first foreign tour. The tour also formed the subject of his first book “The ______ Jungle Book”. Look carefully at a picture from the book and tell me what- that he compared to the Gond belief of “a world below our world” has been depicted.
  160. 160. Q4
  161. 161. The Answer is …
  162. 162. Answer ● London Tube
  163. 163. Qwr5 When he joined the regiment that has given us sportspersons like Milkha Singh, he readily took to sports. Starting out with hockey, he soon switched to boxing and became known as “Chotu Tiger” in Bangalore. Good performances continued and when his seniors asked him what reward he wanted, he promptly replied “Mere ko Kashmir dekhna hai” and was posted there. He was later caught in the crossfire during the Indo Pak war of 1965 and would soon find himself at INHS Asvini where he saw the Navy team prepare for nationals and started practising with them. He would soon be spotted by Vijay Merchant and the rest as they say is history. Who are we talking about? Which regiment, with the motto “Karm Hi Dharm” was he a part of?
  164. 164. The Answer is …
  165. 165. Answer ● Murlikant Petkar ● Corpse of Electronic and Mechanical Engineers
  166. 166. Q6 One of the Major problems that Germany has been facing with the influx of refugees has been that of educating the refugee children, with language being the biggest barrier. Looking for ways to bypass this barrier, some German science teachers came across the YouTube channel of a certain Arvind Gupta and went on to use the methods popularized by him to teach scientific concepts to kids. How does Arvind Gupta teach the Kids? Also, tell me which DD Show, that might remind you of a south campus college fest, did you see him in?
  167. 167. The Answer is …
  168. 168. Answer ● Toys from Trash ● DD Tarang
  169. 169. Round 4 ●11 questions ●+10/0 on bounce ●+10/-5 on pounce
  170. 170. Q12 Chandrabhan Prasad of Nalanda Public School believes that Dalits can go forward in the new era only if they had her on their side and hence decided to create a temple dedicated to her in Banka village of Lakhimpur Khiri (UP). Among those who advocated this goddess and her role in dalit emancipation were Savitribai Phule and Baba Saheb Ambedkar, with mny crediting Ambedkar’s success to goddess’ blessings. What goddess is this, the way to whose blessings has been a Pustak Mahal publication for many?
  171. 171. The Answer is …
  172. 172. Answer
  173. 173. Q13 In 1992 Dario Mitidieri, an Italian photojournalist, spent an year photographing street children in Bombay. The plight of these children, often orphaned or neglected, was shown through various pictures. One of these pictures was that of Savita, a two and half year old from North Bombay performing a balancing trick for Arab tourists. Where did this picture appear 3 years later, leading to it’s now instant recognition? One of the recent projects undertaken by Dario was photographing families from Syria and highlighting the effects of war. How did Dario show the losses suffered by these families in the family portraits he captured?
  174. 174. The Answer is …
  175. 175. Answer
  176. 176. Answer
  177. 177. Q14 Bajaj launched Platina Comfortec more than an year ago, with its USP being its ability to absorb the jerks from pot hole filled roads and reduce the effect that it would produce on pillion. To demonstrate this they needed something that would respond to these jerks in such a manner that would give a fair measure of their intensity and at the same time would stay stable. What GI tagged product, that can generate a dance like continuous oscillation without falling over (due to its very low centre of gravity), did they chose as the pillions?
  178. 178. The Answer is …
  179. 179. Answer ● Thanjavur Dancing Dolls
  180. 180. Q15 While the spices are bought from the commodity and spices exchange in Kochi, a tender is given out every six months for the supply of around 1700 tonnes of ghee. For more than a decade an important contributor to the taste remained the ghee supplied by Karnataka Milk Federation (with about 20% being supplied by Kolar Milk Union). This relationship came to an end when Govind Milk and Milk products, a Maharastra based dairy quoted the lowest price and got the conract in 2015. What is the ghee used to make?
  181. 181. The Answer is …
  182. 182. Answer ● Thirupati Ladoo
  183. 183. Q16 Back in 1984 Rajiv Gandhi felt that the country was gripped by a unanimous feeling that they were not proud of being Indians. Suresh Mullick and Kailash Surendranath were to do something that would make the Indian population proud. Suresh and Kailash both were passionate about sports and loved the movie “Chariots of Fire” and this led to them zeroe-ing in on the idea. Louis Bank was asked to create the score and he ended it with the tune of Jaya He. PT Usha, Tiger Pataudi and other sportsmen were roped in out came one of the most admired advertisements in Indian history. What ad was created thus? What project, that was created as a sequel to this, went on to gain even more fame?
  184. 184. The Answer is …
  185. 185. Answer ● The Torch of Freedom ● Mile Sur Mera Tumhara
  186. 186. Q17 In Alyque Padmasee’s words: “My parents were wealthy individuals. I remember, once my mother had bought a Mercedes, which was clear indication that my mother was capable of high priced indulgence. But the same afternoon I saw another really weird side of hers. That afternoon a sabjiwali was at our doorstep and I hear her say- Panch Rupaya nahi milega, teen rupaya me dena hai toh do.” Alyque could not resist himself and asked- “Mother you just bought a Mercedes worth fifteen lakh and now you are arguing over mere two rupees”. “Alyque ek cheez samajh le, sasti chij aur achi chij me farak hota hai. You buy value not price” came the reply. What did Alyque Padmasee later base on this incident and his mother?
  187. 187. The Answer is …
  188. 188. Answer ● Lalitaji
  189. 189. Q18 About more than an year ago, police in the region, it seemed, was really troubled by Bollywood and cricket stars as these were the aliases being used prominently. Two of the more famous ones were named Bret Lee and Googly, because of their delivery action. While there was also a Narsimha, the most famous alias was taken by Parvez Kalu. While the intended logic behind Kalu taking the said alais was probably because of his hits and his power to draw an young crowd in the fold, he did not know that he shared the mutual love of his weapon of choice with the his more famous alias, although for her it was a non-demanding, non- judgemental companion she had in a world full of demanding people where everyone wanted something from her. Who used these aliases? What was the alias used by Parvez Kalu?
  190. 190. The Answer is …
  191. 191. Answer
  192. 192. Q19 Subhash Kak, in his article for Swarajya in late 2015 went on to draw parallels between a scientific achievement from the later half of 19th century and a linguistic achievement from about 2300 years before that. Kak cited professor Paul Kiparsky of Stanford University who pointed out that the scientist wanted to honour the Indian scholar when he used the word Eka before the names of entities that he postulated would fill the gaps. Kak also goes on to draw parallels between their works stating both of their works were based on certain patterns with two dimensional schemes of classification being systematic (rows and columns). Who was thus inspired by whom, according to Kak?
  193. 193. The Answer is …
  194. 194. Answer
  195. 195. Q20 In 1891, an Amrita Bazar Patrika journalist, in what is one of the earliest instances of investigative journalism in India, went through the waste paper basket of Viceroy Lansdowne and pieced together a torn up letter detailing one of viceroy’s most ambitious plans. ABP published the plan on their front page next day where the persona against whom it was made read it. He immediately departed for England and worked out an agreement in his favour. This scandal led to strict laws against disclosing confidential government communication, but the damage was already done since Lansdowne’s plan was foiled. What was Lansdowne planning, which in hindsight, if successful, would have saved us a lot of trouble as a nation?
  196. 196. The Answer is …
  197. 197. Answer ● Annexation of Kashmir
  198. 198. Q21 It is said that the triangular upward representation symbolizes the male procreativity (Lingam), while the downward round representation symbolizes the female procreativity (the Yoni). Symbolically, the creation of universe begins when the lingam and yoni meet at the mid point and destruction takes place when they separate from each other. What musical instrument’s symbolism is explained thus?
  199. 199. The Answer is …
  200. 200. Answer Damaru
  201. 201. Q22 Rubia Cordifolia, also known as common madder or Indian madder has been cultivated for a red pigment derived from roots since ancient times. In fact, woven and madder dyed cotton fragments and dye have been used as vegetable red dye for leather, wool, cotton and silk. For dye production, the roots are harvested in the first year. The outer brown layer gives the common variety of dye, while the lower yellow layer gives the refined variety. The dye is fixed to the cloth with a mordant. Which group of people, with the colour associated with their clothes also being a stand-in term for their ideology now, have been using Indian Madder to dye their clothes since ages?
  202. 202. The Answer is …
  203. 203. Answer ● Sadhus dying their clothes saffron.
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