General Quiz- SOQ 57 Finals-Siruseri Quiz Club- TCS Chennai
Siruseri Open Quiz 57
6th May 2016
Researched and Conducted by Daivik De
The Exile is a book by Navtej Sarna,
an Indian diplomat and former ambassador to
published in 2008.
It is based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh,
the last Maharaja of the Sikh empire.
The book gained a sudden resurgence in India
as it details a certain action of Maharaja of
Duleep Singh in 1849,which has caused a huge
brouhaha in recent times.
How the Kohinoor was taken from
India to Britain
Legendary pop superstar Prince who
breathed his last on April 2016, became an
international sensation in the 1980s, when he
popularised the Minneapolis sound of
He changed his stage name in 1993 for a for
a few years to an unpronounceable symbol
dubbed the ‘Love symbol’ to remove himself
from contractual obligations.
Why did he do so?
‘Kaum De Heere’ (Heroes of the Nation)
is a Punjabi movie which is barred from
release in India.
Many Sikhs believe that the film is the true
depiction of the Sikh's community feelings
against atrocities but many depict it as a
glorification of a shameful event.
What is the movie based on?
‘Komi-Bashi’, ‘Neburi-Bashi’, ‘Nigiri-Bashi’ are considered as
crimes in Japan as they regard these insulting to their culture.
The crimes are mostly committed using bamboo, wood and
How are these crimes committed?
Forbidden Behaviour with chopsticks
Neburi Bashi- lick the tips of chopsticks
Nigiri Bashi- to hold two sticks by grasping them (consider
an action of attack)
Part of Russian folk life and frequently occurring in it’s literature
the most famous portrayal of Russian boxing is in Mikhail
‘The Song of the Merchant Kalashnikov’,
where it takes place as a form of honour duel between a
government police agent and a merchant.
How is Russian boxing different from traditional boxing?
Dothraki is a constructed fictional language in George R. R.
Martin's fantasy novel series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and its
television adaptation Game of Thrones.
The language comprises of more than 3000 words, not all of
which have been made public.
In 2012, 146 new-born girls in the U.S. were named
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
the Dothraki term for the wife of a ruler,
and the title adopted in the series by Daenerys Targaryen.
Deriving itself from the Binary Number System, 1 (or the
vertical line) stands for power On whereas 0 (or the circle)
indicates power Off.
To create the symbol for a Single On/Off button,
the "1" and "0" symbols were super-imposed and merged
each other to create the universally recognized power symbol
currently in use.
Boko Haram is an Islamic terrorist
group based in north-eastern Nigeria
having influence in a lot of North
The word ‘Haram’ in Arabic means
while ‘Boko’ in Hausa language
translates as ‘fake’.
What do they refer to as fake?
This ‘sport’ gained public attention in
recent years due to the stardom of
Takeru Kobayashi (53 in 12 mins) and
Joey Chestnut (61 in 10 mins) but the
current reigning champion is Matt
Stonie (62 in 10 mins).
The most popular event of its kind
being organised by American company
which ‘sport’ is this?
Francisco Lazaro was the first Portuguese
Olympic marathon runner in the nation's first
ever Olympic Games. (1912 Summer Olympics,
His actual job was as a carpenter in an
automobile factory in Lisbon.
Prior to the Olympics he had run and won three
national marathon championships.
With what unfortunate Olympic trivia is he
In the recently concluded 2016 ICC World Twenty20,
Virat Kohli was named the ‘Player of the Tournament’,
but a Bangladeshi and a Afghan player
had most runs and most wickets in the tournament respectively.
Palacio de Sal is a hotel built of salt blocks
located at the edge of Salar de Uyuni, the
world's largest salt flat, in Bolivia.
The hotel faced slow degradation due to a
bad habit of the tourists staying in it and
thus now, they have a rule prohibiting the
What action is prohibited officially?
Janus is the Roman god of doorways and
He is depicted as having two faces- one
looking forward and the other looking
Julius Caesar named something on him
and started a celebration which is
followed till date.
What is named after this Roman god?
First soft drink to go to space.
Astronauts tasted it aboard
Space Shuttle Challenger
This term was coined in Britain in1895 while arguing the case for
whole new meal, mainly for Saturday night partygoers.
Which fashionable term thus came into being,
now used by a lot of eateries offering discounts?
Tidal is a subscription-based music
streaming service which claims to pay the
highest percentage of royalties to music
artists and songwriters within the music
streaming market .
Who acquired it in March 2015 and
started a mass-marketing campaign to
relaunch it using "#TIDALforAll?
Abbas Kazmi first came to Mumbai as an
aspiring actor and worked in a few films such
as Anjaan Rahen, with Feroz Khan and Asha
He found little success in acting and switched
His claim to fame finally came in the year 2009,
but in a completely different field for which he
frequently had to defend himself saying that
he was just doing his professional duty
How did he come into limelight?
The X Memorial Award is an international children's literary
award established in 2002 to honour the author X
who passed away in 2002.
The prize money is approximately 3.9 crores in Indian
making it the richest award in children's literature and one of
the richest literary prize in the world.
Who is X?
Anupam Mittal is the founder and CEO of People Group which
owns businesses such as Makaan.com, Mauj Mobile and People
Pictures. However his biggest venture was launched in 1997
after he met a broker in India who went door to door carrying
biodata in his suitcase.
Mittal figured an online medium would increase a person's
chances of finding the right customer.
This business is now estimated to be about 1.5 billion Indian
DanChurch Aid, a local NGO with the help of crowdfunding, set up
a first of its kind supermarket in Copenhagen called the “Wefood”.
This supermarket aims to sell products, 1.3 billion metric tonnes of
which is produced every year.
What do they sell at half the original rate?
This is the Dilli Darwaza,
the main gate of Shaniwar Wada,
seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha
Each pane of the gate has seventy-two
sharp twelve-inch steel spikes arranged in a
grid, situated at a height above the ground.
What was the primary purpose of this
To discourage elephants from charging the
Some immediate aftereffects of what?
• Variants of it were used by BJP and Congress in their campaigns during
2012 assembly elections.
• Top business schools like IIMs conducted studies to figure out the
science behind the popularity.
• Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited the man behind it for
the dinner party along with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in
his New Delhi residence to discuss its craze in Japan.