Dry round 1• 18 questions.• Bounce with infinite pounce.• No negatives.• +10 for correct answer for bounce• +15/-10 for pounce
1• There is a place named CVR Puram(earlier Arayoor) near Neyyattinkara in Kerala. It is named so because a brilliant writer’s maternal home was located there. He was also a renowned administrator and a diplomat.• His magnum opus inspired many movies, the earliest of which was shot in 1933. Id this person whose second wife was a distant relative of Raja Ravi Varma.
2• This city is founded by Major James X, who was the Deputy Commissioner of Hazara region during 1849-53 after the annexation of Punjab. He was very fond of this place and is noted for having written a poem whose title is same as the name of the city. In the poem, he wrote of his fondness for the town and his sadness at having to leave it. A plaque commemorating his poem is displayed at Lady Garden Park within the city.• Identify this city which was very much in the news recently.
3• X was an English clergyman and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648. In his will, he bequeathed his collection of 4000 books to the University library of Cambridge along with enough land which yields £100 for a professorship in Cambridge University. One of the stipulations in the will was that the holder of the professorship should not be active in the church.• What title, named after X is bestowed on the Professors who chairs the position? Isaac Newton, Paul Dirac, Charles Babbage and Stephen Hawking are some of the great names who occupied the position. The present one is Michael Green, the theoretical physicist.
5• One of the first Western visitors to this temple was António da Madalena, a Portuguese monk, in 1586, said that it "is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive of.“• In 1860, the French naturalist and explorer, Henri Mouhot, while searching for rare orchids in the region, came across the structure and reported-"One of these temples—a rival to that of Solomon, and erected by some ancient Michelangelo—might take an honorable place beside our most beautiful buildings. It is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome, and presents a sad contrast to the state of barbarism in which the nation is now plunged.“ He played a major role in popularizing the structure in the West.• Which UNESCO WHS am I talking about?
6• Which martial art(translated to Chinese as ‘martial arts’ itself) was introduced as a competition sport in 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games?• Jet Li was the National Champion of this sport for 5 consecutive times.
7• X is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, native to Asia, common worldwide as house plants. They are grown for their ability to survive neglect and very shady conditions, indoors and out. X was immune to the effects of gas used for lighting in the Victorian era (other plants and flowers withered or yellowed), which might account for its popularity.• X also features in the title of a 1936 George Orwell novel, a socially critical satire. In the novel, the protagonist Gordon Comstock keeps X on his windowsill- a plant he abhors as the banner of the sort of "mingy, lower-middle-class decency" from which he is fleeing in his downward flight.
8X is a tantric figure representing a female embodiment of enlightenedenergy.• X occur most notably in Vajrayana Buddhism and play a particular role in Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetan name for X, Khandroma means a ‘sky walker’ or ‘sky dancer’. They are classified as Secret, Inner, Outer and outer-outer.• In Hinduism, X has negative associations. She is one of the wives of Tripurasura and is one of wrathful figures from whom one should face challenges while becoming a Mahasiddha.• The X imagery appears to have come to Japan via Kukais introduction of tantric Buddhism in the Shingon school in the early 9th century. In Japan, X appears in the form of riding a white fox.What is X?
9• This is a cult Malayalam movie of 1974. Written by Thoppil Bhasi based on a popular novel of the same name by Pamman, the movie was directed by K.S.Sethumadhavan. The movie was remade last year by Santosh Sethumadhavan into poor reviews. Id the movie.• The person who played the role of Sasi Warrier(protagonist) in the original movie was the first South Indian to graduate from the Film and Television Institute, Pune. A movie directed by him, based on the life of child-widows in Brahmin communities, was released last year. In The film, which was well received by critics upon its screening at various film festivals, won two National Film Awards and two Kerala State Film Awards along with other laurels and accolades. Id the movie and the director.
10• Ludolph van Ceulen was a German-Dutch mathematician. He was the first Professor of mathematics in Leiden University. He dedicated a major part of his life for calculating the numerical value of this constant. In Germany, it is called Ludolphian number. It is engraved on his tombstone upto 35 digits. What number am I talking about?
Kohima War Memorial• 1420 soldiers, Indian and British, who were killed in the Kohima war in 1944, were cremated here.
12• It is often claimed that the phrases etymological origin lies in a law that limited the maximum thickness of a stick with which it was permissible for a man to beat his wife. In 1782, James Gillray published a satirical cartoon which lambastes Sir Francis Buller, a British judge, for allegedly ruling that a man may legally beat his wife, provided that he used a stick no thicker than ‘X’. Many such doctrines were reported from some American states.• In 1976, feminist Del Martin used the phrase as a metaphorical reference to describe such a doctrine. She was misinterpreted by many as claiming the doctrine as a direct origin of the phrase. The connection gained currency in 1982, when the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued a report on wife abuse which is named after this phrase.• Which is this commonly used phrase ?
13Identify X and Y • The people in Y’s(in the pic)list were X, Johnny Carson, Elizabeth Taylor, George C. Scott, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Finally he zeroed in on X. The reason for choosing X, as said by Y is that – ”He was more accessible to me… If X was less famous than three or four other people on the list, he would not have been shot..”
• X- John Lennon• Y- Mark David Chapman, who murdered Lennon in 1981.
14 Who is the author??This day designing GodHath put into my handA wondrous thing. And GodBe praised. At his commandI have found thy secret deed.Oh! million murdering Death, I know that this little thingA million men will saveOh death where is thy sting? Thy victory oh grave?
15• This city is the capital of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The name loosely translates to English as ‘Garden of Horses’ The coat of arms of this city features a black galloping horse in a yellow background.• The city has got industrial reputation as ‘cradle of automobiles’. The Mercedes-Benz museum and the Porsche museum are the city’s high profile attractions.(images)
• The Mercedes-Benz museum and the Porsche museum
16• Started in 1887 as Muir Central College, this now has a status of Central University and is the 4th oldest university in India. At one point of time it was known as ‘Oxford of the East’. The alumni include Motilal Nehru, Gulzarilal Nanda, V P Singh, Chandrasekhar, Sankar Dayal Sharma, Surya Bahadur Thapa(former Nepal PM) and Harivansh Rai Bachhan, to mention a few. Which university am I talking about?
17• The tradition was started by King George V in 1932. The idea for this was proposed by the "founding father" of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Sir John Reith, as a way to inaugurate the Empire Service (now the World Service). The first message started with the lines-"I speak now from my home and from my heart to you all“- originally texted by Sir Rudyard Kipling. What tradition?
• Will.i.am’s ‘Reach for the stars’ was the first music album which was broadcasted from another planet(from Curiosity Mars rover), completing a journey of more than 300 million km’s between Earth and Mars.
1• Ezhai padum padu(Song by the poor) directed by K.Ramnoth in 1950 was released at the same time in Tamil and Telugu. It is primary Indian movie adaptation of a Western literary classic. Which work?
Kelucharan Mahapatra• The school was founded by Protima Bedi, who was a student of his.
3The Indian High Commission in Bangladesh, in2008, tried to sue a wealthy film producernamed Ahsanulla Moni for ‘Copyrightinfringement’. Ahsanulla Moni came up with theidea after his visit to the ‘original’ in 1980. Insupport of his project, he remarked- "Everyonedreams about seeing the X but very fewBangladeshis can make it because its tooexpensive for them.“ What did he try torecreate?
4• There is a landmark erected at the port town of Barranquilla- a 15 feet, 6 ton statue of a renowned personality who hails from this town.• She is the founder of a charity organisation Pies Descalzos (Spanish for "bare feet") which sets up schools for poor children in. She was also invited to the Oval Office by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to discuss early childhood development.
5• The person is the first national award winner for the best music director for the movie “Kanthan Karunai” in 1969. Id the person who is more popular for his classical songs in a 1980 movie which achieved cult status.
A job involving computer controlled smart tools/robots
7• Jayavijayas were the doorkeepers of Vaikunta. When the four sage Kumaras (Sanaka, Sanatana, Sananthana and Sanalkumara) came to visit Lord Vishnu, Jayavijayas intercepted them thinking them to be children. They told the Kumaras that Lord Vishnu was resting and that they could not see him then. The enraged Kumaras replied Jaya and Vijaya that Vishnu is available for his devotees any time, and cursed both the keepers Jaya and Vijaya, that they would have to give up their divinity, be born as mortals on Earth and live like normal human beings. Vishnu appeared before them, and the gatekeepers requested Vishnu to lift the curse. Vishnu said that the curse of the Kumaras could not be reversed. Instead, he gave Jaya and Vijaya two options. The first option was to take seven births on Earth as devotees of Vishnu, while the second was to take three births as his enemies. After serving either of these sentences, they could re-attain their stature at Vaikuntha and be with him permanently. Incapable of staying away from the Lord for 7 long births, they chose the second option.• What embodiments did they take in their three subsequent births?
• Hiranyaksha-Hiranyakasipu in Krita Yuga• Ravana-Kumbhakarna in Treta Yuga• Sisupala-Danthavakthra in Dwapara YugaThey were killed in all the births by differentincarnations of Vishnu.
8• He was reluctant in adding his caste name ‘Marar’ in his school records. After his primary education, he joined the Maharajas Technical Institute (MTI), Thrissur for a Diploma in Design and Drawing. Although he earned the Diploma with a Gold Medal, he did not take up painting as a profession, instead turned his attention completely towards political issues.• As an artist, he recalls in his biography, his paintings were appreciated well and many of them would have fetched a price as good as Rs. 500 per piece. Some of his paintings were on public display recently. The pics in the next slide shows some of his paintings from his college days. Who am I talking about?
Russia’s attack on Finland• In the famous painting Hyökkäys by Eetu Isto, the Finnish maiden is being attacked by the Russian eagle, which is tearing away the law book.
10• In 1898, William Peppé, a planter, found a brick dome that contained a sand stone box with five caskets, relics said to be that of Buddha, and other artefacts near Piprahwa, a village in eastern Uttar Pradesh near the Indo-Nepal border. Based on this discovery and the location with respect to Lumbini, Piprahwa was identified as X.• Shortly, Nepal refuted India’s claim. In 1896, and again in 1899, a few archaeologists identified Tilaurakot, a village in Nepal’s Terai region as X. The presence of a large ensemble of structures and their correlation with some Chinese pilgrims’ description supported their claim.• In 1971, under the initiative of K.M.Srivastava, ASI started large scale excavations which finally supported India’s claims.The relics found which includes four bone fragments, believed to be ofBuddha, were named after the X.
11• This is a coniferous tree of the genus Picea which consists of almost 35 species. It was named after Prussia. It is used for general construction works, as tonewood for musical instruments, and for making paper. Flyer, the first aircraft of Wright brothers was made of its wood. The fresh shoot of the plant is a good source of Vitamin C.• Which plant am I talking about?
12• Before being overtaken by Michael Phelps, he held the record for a male athlete securing most number of Olympics medals. He won 15 medals(7 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze) in gymnastics in his Olympics career spanning from 1972 to ’80. In 2001, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Between 1994 and 2002 he coached the Japan Olympic gymnastics team.• Ironically, once a man with the most flexible limbs, he died in 2011 owing to degenerative neurological disorder multiple system atrophy. He was unable to move or talk in his final years. Id him.
13• The island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, considering its great scientific value. The island is a haven for ecologists. There is no human settlement here. The only significant human impact is a hut used by researchers while staying on the island. All visitors check themselves and their belongings to ensure that no seeds are accidentally introduced by humans to this pristine ecosystem. Once, an improperly handled human defecation resulted in a tomato plant taking root which was also destroyed.• Which island?
14• Jang Do had migrated from South Korea to US three decades ago. To fit into the US community, he Americanized his name.• Here is the present situation-Airport security grills him every time he flies. Landlords and election inspectors view him quizzically, and prospective dates need more than a little assurance that he’s not hiding a dark past.• “I say my name is X and they say, ‘No, what’s your real name?’ and I pull out my ID,” he says.What is his Americanized name?
15• This production house is established by Raj Kapoor. Started in 1948, its first film, Aag had failed at the box office. But their second venture, Barsaat was a huge success and hence their logo was redrawn so as to imitate the movie poster. The company had produced many films like Awaara, Boot Polish, Jagte Raho, Shri 420, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Mera Naam Joker , Bobby, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Prem Rog and Ram Teri Ganga Maili. They used to preserve the costumes used in their movies. Id the company• Image follows
The only non-cricketers who delivered MCC Spirit of Cricket Colin Cowdrey lecture.1. Christopher Martin-Jenkins-20072. Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu-20083. Simon Taufel-2013
17This poem has got wonderful lyrics originallypenned by a German missionary, VolbrechtNagel in Malayalam. The poem signifies man’stravel to God from his birth through his life.Later this poem was used in the 1970 movieAranazhikaneram with some modificationsmade by Vayalar Rama Varma. Identify thisextremely popular song.
+30/-10• ‘X’ is the Western anchor of Himalayas and is the ninth tallest mountain peak. An immense, dramatic peak rising far above its surrounding terrain, is also a notoriously difficult climb. Numerous mountaineering deaths in the mid and early 20th century lent it the nickname "killer mountain".• It was first climbed, via the Rakhiot Flank on July 3, 1953 by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl• In 1970 an attempt of Messner brothers to climb the mountain resulted in the demise of Gunter Messner in an avalanche fall. A 2010 movie ‘X’ by Joseph Vilsmaier tells the story of this expedition.
(+20/-10)• What phrase, which roots from an animal, denote a junk sale where people could sell off the things they dont need anymore?• They are typically organized by non-profit organizations such as churches and schools to raise money for a charity cause or a special occasion like Easter or Mothers Day. The name stems from the type of items often sold, which are often referred to as X.
(+10/-10)• The Lester F. Larsen ‘X’ Test and Power Museum is a museum/test lab entirely dedicated to ‘X’ at Nebraska in US. It is devoted to preserving and documenting the history of Nebraskas X test law (dating from 1918) which began as a law to protect others from irresponsible ‘X’ companies failing to keep the best interest of the farmer in mind. The building was declared a historical landmark by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers in 1980 and dedicated as a museum in 1998.It is still the only complete test laboratory for X.• Id X.
(+10/-10)• Being a gifted surveyor, he went on for extensive survey mission along the coast of India, Iran and Arabia. In 1788, he set out for another survey with two ships, Viper and Elizabeth from Calcutta towards south. In the expedition, he discovered a ‘superb’ natural harbour in Rutland islands. He called the place as Port Cornwallis after Commodore William Cornwallis, Commander-in- Chief of the British-Indian navy.• The natural port was later known after him. Id the person.
Archibald Blair• After whom Port Blair is named.• The clue for the theme is Andaman.
(+5)• This iconic sculpture by Devi Prasad Roy Chaudhury is located in Delhi. It depicts 10 people led by Gandhiji taking part in Dandi March. In the sculpture, no one is certain about the persons other than Gandhiji. Some people claim that the person with the clerical attire is Titusji, the Keralite, who was the only Christian who took part in the March. Id the sculpture.