2. Twisted relations
O Like X, the protagonist is the daughter of a
respected small-town attorney. The
protagonist's friend was inspired by X's
childhood friend and neighbor, Y . X , in
turn, is the model for a character in Y's
first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms.
O As a special tribute to X, a documentary film seeks to
spread awareness about the importance of cherishing the
legacy of his birthplace.
O X was born on in the lake town of Motihari in Bihar‟s East
Champaran district. For many years this part of his life was
not known to the local residents until renowned British
journalist Ian Jack discovered the birthplace in 1983.
O The short film titled „X..! ...but why?‟ is “the first ever
documentary made on the writer‟s birthplace,” said director
Bishwajeet Mookherjee, also a freelance journalist based in
O “The film – a social awareness project – seeks to address
three main issues: the ignorance about the place, the
ignorance about X himself and why we need to promote his
birthplace,” Mr. Mookherjee told The Hindu.
5. Snooty Englishmen
O X was struck by the inconsistencies of English
spelling and the obstacles it presented to learners
(young and old alike) and resented that American
classrooms were filled only with British textbooks.
O X changed the –ce in words like defence, offence,
and pretence to –se; abandoned the second, silent
"l" in verbs such as travel and cancel when forming
the past tense; dropped the "u" from words such
as humour and colour; and dropped the "k" from
words such as publick and musick.
O The "publick" readily accepted many of these
changes and just as readily rejected some of the
6. Once upon a time….
O It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks
were striking thirteen.
O It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a
single man in possession of a good fortune,
must be in want of a wife.
O Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose
name I do not care to remember, a gentleman
lived not long ago, one of those who has a
lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps
a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
O This phenomenon is used to describe the
failure of a sitcom by an actor following
massive success on an ensemble show.
Shows specifically cited regarding this are
Watching Ellie, Bob Patterson and Listen
O The writer of the movie had heard about X‟s skills
as an actor, and physically he seemed to fit the
role. „I can‟t promise you anything,‟ he told X, „but
there is a role in a big film,I tell you, it is the finest
role in this film.‟ X seemed to fit the part, but he
was unknown. X had grown a beard and
blackened his teeth. His diction was right, his
language was perfect
O X devoured Abhishapth Chambal, a book on the
Chambal. He marked out the pages on the real-life
persona he was deemed to play .He rehearsed his
lines and fleshed out his character. He
remembered a dhobi from his childhood days who
used to call out to his wife: „Arre o Shanti” which
has led to one of the most iconic lines in
O Among the folklore that has developed around
the film over the years has been the belief that
the film was a curse to the companies whose
logos were displayed prominently as product
placements in some scenes. While they were
market leaders at the time, Atari, Bell,
Cuisinart and Pan Am experienced setbacks
after the film's release. The Coca-Cola
Company suffered losses during its failed
introduction of New Coke in 1985, but soon
afterwards regained its market share
O The term “X architecture" originated as a pejorative
description. Giorgio Vasari used the term
"barbarous German style" once to describe what
we now consider the X style, and in the
introduction to the Lives he attributes various
architectural features to "the X‟s" whom he holds
responsible for destroying the ancient buildings
after they conquered Rome, and erecting new
ones in this style.[
O In English 17th-century usage, “X" was an
equivalent of "vandal", a savage despoiler with a
Germanic heritage, and so came to be applied to
the architectural styles of northern Europe from
before the revival of classical types of architecture.
O The person in the clip is a famous author
and a public speaker, so he is doing what
he does currently in the scene when he is
introducing Leonardo diCaprio‟s character
in the film. Who is he ?
O Video Clip: Wolf of Wall Street
O X is an age-old narrative device used in
Punjabi folk music and sung at Punjabi
weddings in India, Pakistan, US, Canada,
Australia and UK. The word literally means
'Female Firefly', in folk music it stands in for
the poet-writer who uses X as an innocent
observer to make incisive, often humorous,
sometimes sad but always touching
observations. In spiritual poetry X means the
spirit of life, or essence of life.
O Identify X
O What is the relevance of this song right
now in India ?
Mann Se Hai Mulayam
Samajwadi Party website song
24. Which London phrase?
O Paul McCartney has attributed the inspiration
of the song to at least two different sources. In
a 1984 interview with Playboy, he credited the
title to Ringo Starr, who was noted for
his malapropisms. Ringo, however credited
the title to an actual chauffeur who once drove
him to Lennon's house in Weybridge.
O I usually drove myself there, but the chauffeur
drove me out that day and I said, 'How've you
been?' – 'Oh working a Hard Day‟s Night,' he
said, 'working X'
26. What are these?
O Blasted by an alien space ship, trampled
by a herd of cattle, then run over by
Officer Barbrady's police cruiser
Crushed by a large volcanic bomb ejected
from the volcano
Touched by Death
Attacked by mutant turkeys
Trampled by a crowd leaving a theater.
And many more