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  2. 2. • Its name literally translates as “Empty Quarter” in English. It is one of the largest sand deserts in the world, encompassing southern Saudi Arabia and areas of Oman, Yemen and the UAE. In 1950, Wilfred Thesiger crossed this area several times and mapped large parts of it. It is, geologically, the second most oil-rich place in the world; Ghawwar Field, the largest oil field in the world, extends southward into the northernmost parts of this desert. • Identify Question 2
  3. 3. • This tree’s name literally means “fruit of many seeds” in Arabic and is found in 31 African countries. Outside Madagascar, all are a single species: Adansonia digitata. • Scientists have had difficulty in telling how old it is because it is one of the few tree species having no tree rings • Its leaves and white flowers serve as salad for humans. Its black seeds are similarly edible and when cooked provide a substitute for coffee. The white pulp of the fruit can be boiled into a sherbet-like lemonade that is high in vitamin C. • Identify Question 3
  4. 4. • This word was coined by Neil Howe and William Strauss in their book ______ Rising: The Next Great Generation (2000) to describe people born between 1982 and 2004. The authors wrote “this generation is going to rebel by behaving not worse, but better. Their life mission will not be to tear down old institutions that don't work, but to build up new ones that do.” • Identify the word Question 4
  5. 5. • “Get A Grip On Physics” by John Gribbin is an illustrated introduction to modern physics published in 1999, describing the various developments in physics since the 1950s, from the four forces of nature to the beginnings of string theory. A certain event in Dec 09 caused the sales of the book to zoom up on Amazon. What was the event? Question 5
  6. 6. Tiger Woods wrecked SUV. A series of photos released by the Florida police show a well-thumbed copy of the book lying on footwell among shards of tinted glass
  7. 7. • In a front page story in November 2009, The Pioneer newspaper announced the best editor it never had. It went on to note that the author received a letter offering him a job as editor. • On February 12th 1938, the author wrote to the India Office in London: “My object in going to India is, apart from the work on The Pioneer, to try and get a clearer idea of political and social conditions in India than I have at present. I shall no doubt write some book on the sub- continent and if I can arrange it, I shall probably contribute occasional articles (to English periodicals). • Identify the editor who never was Question 6
  8. 8. • This lady, very surprisingly, has an India connection. Her father Charles was a well-known British journalist. Her unofficial biographer Jerry Oppenheimer writes that she had a major passion for men while growing up in London, specifically, attractive, older achievers. • She had many boyfriends. She was once literally chased around the house by Indian statesman V.K. Krishna Menon, her father Charles says of his Cambridge classmate • Oppenheimer writes that her father “never stated whether he thought the fatal heart attack suffered at the age of 77 in 1974 (by the “red” Indian) was brought on by his supposed hot pursuit of his comely daughter”. • Identify Question 8
  9. 9. Question 9
  10. 10. • Great Britain: The British Council • France: Alliance Francaise • Germany: The Goethe Institute • Italy: Societa Dante Aligheri • All the above are non-profit institutes set up to promote the language and culture of their native countries around the world. Taking a leaf out of their book, China also decided to establish institutes for the promotion of Chinese language and culture. What are they known as? Question 10
  11. 11. Question 12 Man on the left wrote the original. Man on the right wrote the sequel. What is the common book title?
  12. 12. • In 1608, the Dutch East India company (VOC) created the first Dutch colony in India a few miles south of Bandel to trade in opium, salt, muslin and spices. A fort named Gustavius was built along with a church and several other buildings. The settlement survived till 1825, when the Dutch ceded control to British in lieu of the island of Sumatra as part of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. Identify
  13. 13. • The definition of this word is “the name for a resident of a locality” according to Wikipedia. Paul Dickson, editor of the Merriam-Webster dictionary is frequently cited as the word’s creator. Some examples of this include Mancunian, Brummie, Bajan, Taswegian, Paulista and Porteno. • What's the word? Question 14
  14. 14. • Like all Ivy League universities, Princeton University had its own set of social clubs whose members mainly consisted of the children of its predominantly WASP alumni. • This led to the inevitable criticism that the clubs were elitist and discriminated against minorities • To counter this accusation, the clubs hosted a series of parties aimed at recruiting minorities particularly from African- American and Chinese-American students • What were these series of parties called? (Clue: think entertainment) Question 15
  15. 15. • The day on which Ved Vyasa was born to Sage Parashara and fisherwoman Satyavati • The day on which Ved Vyasa began writing the Brahma Sutras • The day on which Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh • The day on which Mahavira, after attaining detachment, made Gautam Swami, a Gandhara, his first disciple Question 16
  16. 16. • This effect was first named by American criminologist Monica Robbers, who defined it as “the phenomenon in which jurors hold unrealistic expectations of forensic evidence and investigation techniques, and have an increased interest in the discipline of forensic science.” Evan Durnal of the University of Central Missouri’s Criminal Justice Department has demonstrated through statistical studies that this effect has changed the American legal landscape in complex and far-reaching ways. • Name the effect Question 17
  17. 17. • Y writing about X for an obituary. Identify X and Y • We saw a lot more of each other during a literary seminar organised by the East-West Centre in Hawaii. Having said our pieces and sat through discussions that followed, we went out for our evening walks, looking for a place to eat. It was the same kind of stroll as we had taken in Mysore punctuated by abrupt halts in the middle of crowded pavements till he was ready to resume walking. Finding a suitable eatery posed quite a problem. X was a strict teetotaller and a vegetarian; I was neither. We would stop at a grocery store where he bought himself a carton of yoghurt. Then we would go from one eatery to another with X asking "Have you boiled rice?" Ultimately we could find one. X would empty his carton of yoghurt on the mound of boiled rice. The only compromise he made was to eat it with a spoon instead of his fingers which he would have preferred. Such eateries had very second-rate food and no wines. Dining out was no fun for me. • One evening I decided to shake off X and have a ball on my own. "I am going to see a blue movie. I don't think you will like it," I told him. "I'll come along with you, if you don't mind," he replied. So we found ourselves in a sleazy suburb watching an extremely obscene film depicting all kinds of sexual deviations. I thought X would walk out, or throw up. He sat stiffly without showing any emotion. It was I who said, "Let's go." He turned to me and asked kindly: "Have you had enough?" Question 18
  18. 18. ? Insert color and explain funda
  19. 19. • Thaksin Shinawatra’s followers called Red Shirts • Periyar’s called Black Shirts • Kuomintang had a cadre who acted as their foot soldiers and extorted money for the organization called Blue Shirts
  20. 20. • On 10th August 1963, the Congress Working Committee unanimously approved of a proposal that stated “Senior Congressmen who are in government should voluntarily relinquish their posts and offer themselves for full time organizational work” • This resulted in several cabinet ministers and chief ministers “spontaneously” giving up their posts and offering themselves to shoulder responsibilities of the organization • Cabinet ministers who resigned included Morarji Desai, Jagjivan Ram, S.K. Patil, and Lal Bahadur Shastri • Chief Ministers who resigned included Biju Patnaik (Orissa), Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad (Jammu and Kashmir), Binodanand Jha (Bihar), C.B. Gupta (Uttar Pradesh) and B.R. Mandloi (Madhya Pradesh) • Who was the author of this proposal? This proposal would also result in a unique first in Indian politics? What? Question 20
  21. 21. • Proposal called the Kamaraj Plan • C.B. Gupta’s replacement as Chief Minister was Sucheta Kripalani, making her India’s first woman Chief Minister
  22. 22. • This writer’s popularity extended far beyond his native land. Thomas Hardy compared “Marmion”, his 2nd poem to the Iliad; Goethe described his first novel as among the best things ever written; Stendhal called him “our father” who invented us all. Rossini turned one of his more popular works into an opera; Donnizetti did the same with a loose adaptation of “The Bride of Lammermoor” • This same writer also had his fair share of literary detractors. John Ruskin saw his mansion Abbotsford as the most overt sign of his overall fakeness. Walter Bagehot and William Hazlitt were equally excoriating of him. Mark Twain despised him to such an extent that he argued that the writer “had so large a hand in making Southern character…that he is in great measure responsible for the [American civil] war”. • His countrymen, who once believed he had done as much for their country as Cervantes had done for Spain and Shakespeare had done for England, switched their loyalties to a poet who was an Ayrshire laborer and tax collector and more suited to their rising nationalism • Orkney poet Edwin Muir called both “sham bards of a sham nation”. Muir was, however, willing to concede that the writer was a genius • Identify these 2 “sham bards” Question 21
  23. 23. On Apr 30th , the president of this country unveiled this statue, called “African Renaissance Monument” in front of 19 African heads of state, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, rapper Akon and some representatives from North Korea. Natives of the country complained that the statue was both too expensive and too ugly. The president also claimed intellectual property rights and claimed 35% of the statues revenue for himself. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is reportedly the first thing visible when flying into this capital. Name the capital and country.
  24. 24. This soft drink was invented by Dr. Augustin Thompson in 1884 and remains one of the most popular regional soft drinks of America to date, its popularity confined to the New England states. Maine declared it as the state soft drink in 1995. This drink also gives us a word in the English language, meaning a combination of courage, daring and energy. What's the good word?
  25. 25. • “The Age of Kali” was William Dalrymple’s 4th book, mostly covering his experiences in the Indian subcontinent over a decade. There is a chapter about a meeting with Benazir Bhutto; he asks what she has been reading lately. She replies she is reading a book gifted to her by her father. On hearing the name of the book, Dalrymple is incredulous; “Was she being serious? _______ __ ________ is terrible schlock pop-history – the Indian independence Movement for Imbeciles – hardly the sort of book you would expect to find a senior South Asian statesman admitting to reading”. Dalrymple also finds it ironic that Bhutto is reading a book which, in his opinion, is heavily biased against Jinnah and the Muslim League. • What is the good book that Darlymple sahib thinks so badly of? Question 24
  26. 26. • He was in no mood for portraiture and two minutes were all that he would allow me ... Two niggardly minutes in which I must try to put on film a man who had already written or inspired a library of books, baffled all his biographers, filled all the world with his fame, and me, on this occasion, with dread. He marched into the room regarding my camera as he might regard the enemy. • ... chewing vigorously on his cigar ... He reluctantly followed me to where my lights and camera were set up. I offered him an ash tray for his cigar but he pointedly ignored it, his eyes boring into mine. At the camera, I made sure everything was in focus, closed the lens and stood up, my hand ready to squeeze the shutter release, when something made me hesitate. Then suddenly, with a strange boldness, almost as if it were an unconscious act, I stepped forward and said, "Forgive me, sir." Without premeditation, I reached up and removed the cigar from his mouth. • ... At this the scowl deepened, the head was thrust forward belligerently, and the hand placed on the hip in an attitude of anger ... I clicked the shutter. Then he relaxed. "All right," he grunted as he assumed a more benign attitude, "you may take another one." • Who describing what? Question 26
  27. 27. Question 27 In 1979, Regis Busso, a freelance photographer travelled to a European capital to cover the celebrations of a 30th anniversary, where he captured this image. Paris Match immediately devoted double pages to it under the title “The Kiss”. This image was subsequently reprinted on towels, t-shirts and other memorabilia. Which 2 Cold War leaders are captured in this embarrassing moment?
  28. 28. • One had to be a passably good standard to play for St. Stephen’s. But I was still without question the 10th and sometimes the 11th most valuable player in the side. The real stars included Arun Lal and Kirti Azad, both of whom went on to play for India and Praveen Oberoi and Rajinder Amarnath; both had captained Indian Schoolboys before coming to college. Someone describing his cricketing career. Who? Question 28
  29. 29. 1995 1996 2009 2010 ?
  30. 30. • Which musician, when asked why he hadn’t done any new work recently, responded that he was on tour with a show in the USA and Canada called “Britney Marries Krishna”? • Your quizmaster was not able to find any trace of it on the web Question 30
  31. 31. Theme • 9 questions • Closed theme • Pune style lexical connect • Points system: 4 points per correct answer • 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 is theme scoring system • -4 throughout
  32. 32. Question 1 • Quote from Bertrand Russell’s Freedom Versus Organization • “Two men have been supreme in creating the modern world: Rockefeller and ______. One in economics, the other in politics, refuted the liberal dream of universal happiness through individual competition, substituting monopoly and the corporate state, or at least movements towards them.” • Fill in the Blank
  33. 33. • Nehru kept 2 statues on his work desk; a bust of Gandhi and a replica of the hand of ______. One of his biographer’s comments that this reflects the range of his sources of inspiration. Nehru would often speak of wanting to confront problems with the heart of Gandhi and the hand of ______. Fill in the blank Question 2
  34. 34. Clive Owen portrays which historical character in Elizabeth: The Golden Age?
  35. 35. Question 4
  36. 36. • Identify this church found in an Indian state capital
  37. 37. • This 1975 black comedy directed by Robert Altman focuses on the country music and gospel music scene in Tennessee. Like all of Altman’s films, it has a huge ensemble cast which includes Shelley Duvall, Ned Beatty, Geraldine Chaplin and Jeff Goldblum. • This film garnered a truckload of critical acclaim and is ranked #59 on AFI’s 100 Years 100 Movies list • Identify Question 6
  38. 38. • This publishing company, launched in 1953 by Frenchman Maurice Girodias, was mostly known for publishing erotic novels as well as avant-garde fiction • It was the first to publish Nabokov’s “Lolita”; it was also the first publisher willing to print William Burrough’s “Naked Lunch”, the unexpurgated “Ulysses” and J.P. Donleavy’s “The Ginger Man” • It takes its name from the Edouard Manet painting one sees above • Identify
  39. 39. • In 2006, the Seattle Supersonics basketball team were sold to a new group of owners. The owners tried to get funding for a new venue for the team; after 12 months and several disagreements between them and the then state government, the franchise was shifted to a new city and adopted a new name. • By what name are they now known? Question 8
  40. 40. • If New York is known as “The Big Apple”, which city is known as “The Big Pineapple”? Question 9
  41. 41. Theme US State Capitals 1. Otto von Bismarck- Bismarck, North Dakota 2. Abraham Lincoln- Lincoln, Nebraska 3. Walter Raleigh- Raleigh, North Carolina 4. James Madison- Madison, Wisconsin 5. St Paul’ Cathedral, Kolkata- St Paul, Minnesota 6. Nashville- Nashville, Tennessee 7. Olympia Press- Olympia, Washington 8. Oklahoma City Thunder- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 9. Honolulu, Hawaii