India unplugged Jan 26 2014 India Quiz for Families organised by Indian Quizzing League - The Finals Presentation

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Like all our idiotic decisions, we also took the decision of making Chennai’s first ever India based quiz on a coffee table. Thus born our pride, India Unplugged – the only India based quiz in the city.

India Unplugged is the first quiz of its kind in Chennai, a quiz on anything and everything that is Indian. India Unplugged has evolved from the need to capture the spirit of India and present it in a quiz format to its audience.

The quiz is held on India’s Republic day and covers the gamut of India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in as diverse areas as history, geography, arts, science, music, sports so as to present our glorious country in all its regalia. This event has attracted participants from places like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Pune and Mumbai.

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Rules of the Final Landmark Quiz Format 8 short rounds with 5 questions. 4 questions on infinite pounce format and the last question will be on differential scoring method Each round will be of specific topic. All the questions in the round will be on that topic If time permits, we will have a written round after 4 rounds +10 on a direct and +10 on a pass. +15 on the pounce and -5 if you get it wrong. Only one pounce per team in each round

Topics in the Finale Mixed Bag (Politics, Science & Trivia) Literature History & Geography SPENT ( Sports & Entertainment) Food & Beverages Art & Architecture Cuture & Mythology Business

Mixed Bag - Politics, Science & Trivia

Rules 4 Questions on Infinite Pounce. One Question on differential scoring pattern written. Only one pounce per team +10 on a direct and +10 on a pass +15 on the pounce and -5 if you get it wrong

Mixed Bag On December 10, 1948, H.V. Kamath, a member of the Constituent Assembly, asked B.R. Ambedkar why a particular word was deleted from the first draft of the Indian Constitution. Kamath’s rationale was that it was to honor the long standing tradition in the history of the Indian National Congress (INC). However, Ambedkar explained that the word was not used in the English text of the Constitution as the Hindi and Hindustani versions of it were being prepared separately. Which word was Kamath referring to?

And the answer is

Rashtrapathi Rashtrapati as President of India Till then the word Rashtrapati was used as the exclusive title for the President of the INC

When this person passed away on 21 Nov 1970, the news was first announced in the Kannada news of AIR and the day was declared a holiday. A plant, known as Prima Vera of Mexico which has a unique quality of blossoming once a decade was planted on the spot where he was cremated. By a strange coincidence, it blossomed in 1988, the centenary of his birth and on 28 February – the day designated as National _____ Day. Name this person.

And the answer is

Sir CV Raman Sir C V Raman - inside Raman Research Institute
 National Science Day

The state of Kerala has come up with a unique solution to deal with the trafficking of captive elephants and to ensure its safe transport. What did it propose?

And the answer is

An RC book for each pachyderm.

The Chubb Fellowship is a rare honor Yale University awards to individuals distinguished in various fields like politics, business, science and the arts. Shah Rukh Khan received this honor in 2012. However, the person in question was first non-American to receive this honor in 1968. In 1965, Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew observed on his visit there that only Nehru had drawn such crowds before. His visit to the United States in 1968 also evoked a similar reception. Name this famous orator.

And the answer is

CN Annadurai

Differential Scoring - Written This person was a polyglot, wrote in six Indian languages and is credited with translating Thomas Gray’s Elegy and the Constitution of India into Telugu. His first novel was originally titled “The Other Half”. It told the story of Niranjan, a member of the Indian National Congress party who goes on to become the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was a long-time contributor to the Mainstream weekly magazine. Name this “writer” who could finish his first novel only after his other “talents” unfolded.

And the answer is

PV Narasimha Rao Differential scores If all 6 teams are right : 5 points each
 4-5 teams : 8 Points
 2-3 teams: 10 Points
 1 team: 12 Points

Audience Question Seller: Cambridge University Press
 Total sales - £1.275m; one single order.
 Content: 35,174 books (211 sets), 33,409 ISBNs
 Length of invoice: 2,794 pages long! Who from Chennai was the buyer in 2010?

And the answer is

Anna Centenary Library

Literature

Rules 4 Questions on Infinite Pounce. One Question on differential scoring pattern written. Only one pounce per team +10 on a direct and +10 on a pass +15 on the pounce and -5 if you get it wrong

This play was translated into German and English in the 18th Century, and impressed the poet and playwright Goethe. He appreciated the traditional Indian dramatic device of introducing the play through dialogue between the actors and the director that he added such a prologue to his greatest work - Faust and helped to spread knowledge about the playwright in the West. Name the play and the author.

And the answer is

Abhijnanashakuntala (Recognition of Shakuntala) by Kalidasa

The song that you will see now is used in the background during the climatic fight sequence. The lyrics of this song were borrowed from an ancient anthology of poems. Name the source.

And the answer is

Kalingathu Parani by Jeyamkondar

When he collaborated with a famous author in the 1940s, he took time to visit Ajanta and Ellora caves. Being an excellent photographer, he took photos of his wife and an assistant who posed as models to work on later. This was the first time such “visiting” projects were undertaken by a creative team in Tamil journalism. The swift deterioration of the frescoes since then has increased the value of his faithful representations. Name him and the author.

And the answer is

Maniam & Kalki Krishnamurthy

A 2013 Bollywood movie title is a corrupted derivation of a 16th Century Awadhi epic poem, considered to be one of the greatest works of Hindu literature.  So naturally the movie was opposed by some religious groups which claimed that the title was misleading as it had nothing to do with the traditional enactment of the literary work.   Incidentally, the epic poem was supposed to be in Sanskrit but the author chose Awadhi for its simplicity. Name the work and the author.

And the answer is

Ramcharitamanas & Tulsidas

Differential Scoring This series has been conceived by Ian Cardozo, a retired major general, and was based on his previous book, _____ ____: Our Heroes in Battle. So far four books, illustrated by Rishi Kumar, have been announced in the series. The first two, released in December 2013, are based on the careers of Major Somnath Sharma, the first person to be honored thus, and Captain Manoj Pandey. Identify the title.

And the answer is

Param Vir Chakra Differential scores If all 6 teams are right : 5 points each
 4-5 teams : 8 Points
 2-3 teams: 10 Points
 1 team: 12 Points

History & Geography

Rules 4 Questions on Infinite Pounce. One Question on differential scoring pattern written. Only one pounce per team +10 on a direct and +10 on a pass +15 on the pounce and -5 if you get it wrong

History & geography This King had no male heir for 12 years since his ascension to the throne. His astrologer told him that he had to shift his entire capital to another town to get a male child. Based on this prediction, he built an entirely new city with courtyards, walled gardens, latticed balconies and palaces. He gave his new capital the moniker “the place of victory” in his language. His wife bore him 2 sons soon after. After just 14 years, the whole place was abandoned.  Name the king and capital city.

And the answer is

Akbar & Fatehpur Sikri

The second longest river in India has its source just 80 km away from the Arabian Sea, and flows onto empty itself into the Bay of Bengal. En route, the river divides itself into two tributaries near the Dowleswaram Barrage. These take their names from two of the “Saptarishi” or 7 sages in the Hindu mythology, one of whom is Arundhati’s spouse whose union is traditionally celebrated during Hindu weddings, and the other whose consort Ahalya was blessed and brought back to life by Lord Rama. Name the river and its tributaries.

And the answer is

Godavari, Vashishta, Gautami after Gautama Muni

The Bania (otherwise known as Baniya, Vani and Vania) is an occupational community traditionally comprising of merchants, bankers, money Lenders, dealers in grains and spices, and in modern times owners of numerous commercial enterprises. They are predominantly concentrated in the regions of Gujarat and Punjab. A few of them started selling perfumes and what evocative term/word evolved because of this?

And the answer is

The “Gandhi” surname

The first ever time it happened was in 1884 with Mumbai and Calcutta trying it. Effective Jan 2014, the North Eastern states, particularly Assam have planned to adopt something, that was attempted only twice before in Indian history; during the Indo-Pak wars - 1965 and 1971. But owing to the confusion it caused, it was dropped. What are we talking about?

And the answer is

Daylight Savings Time

Differential Scoring It was founded by the Kone chiefs in 1200 AD. Three precipitous hills – Krishnagiri, Chakkilidurg and Rajagiri interconnect with a triangular disposition to form this place. Two main gates – the Delhi and the Pondicherry gate serve as entrances. Interestingly, one can find a mosque of Sadat Ullah Khan I which stands a stone’s throw away from a Venkatarama temple dedicated to an aspect of Vishnu. Which place is this?

And the answer is

Gingee Fort Differential scores If all 6 teams are right : 5 points each
 4-5 teams : 8 Points
 2-3 teams: 10 Points
 1 team: 12 Points

Audience Question Which is the only Indian city to have a dedicated Chinatown, from which we get our “Indian Chinese” cuisine including the Hakka cuisine?

And the answer is

Kolkata

SPENT - Sports & Entertainment

Laya Project is a world music documentary produced by EarthSync, a audio-visual production company based in South India. The project is described as a "personal and collective musical tribute to the resilience of the human spirit". A team of sound engineers and camera men took a two-year journey through six countries, including India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Maldives and Myanmar, recorded film footage and music with the local musicians. Who were these “musicians” / what is the project all about?

And the answer is

A collection of folk music from all the places affected by the 2004 tsunami.

The nottuswara or nottu swara compositions (from "note swaras") are a set of 39 compositions in Carnatic classical by Muthuswami Dikshitar. They are notable as an interaction between the East and the West during Company rule, being based on Western sources, mostly simple melodies inspired by Scottish and Irish tunes. Upon which musical piece is this nottuswara piece based on?

And the answer is

Ah Vous Dirai-Je Maman - Mozart Piano Concerto that inspired Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Although inconsequential with respect to the result of this test match, what important jinx did Gundappa Vishwanath break when he scored a 113 at Kanpur during the England tour of 1972/73? How is it connected with these 5 cricketers - Lala Amarnath, Deepak Shodhan, AG Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig and Hanumant Singh?

Century on debut but never scored another century Gundappa Vishwanath is the sixth cricketer to score a century on test debut. But before him, the other 5 cricketers who scored a century on debut never scored another. He broke the jinx

Connect these 8 clips

And the answer is

Music Director debut of playback singers AM Rajah - Kalyana Parisu TM Soundarajan - Bala Parikshai Hariharan - Modhi Vilayadu Karthik - Aravaan SPB - Sigaram Devan - Bale Pandiya Srinivas - Hey Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke Suresh Peters - Coolie

Differential Scoring The moves and techniques in Muay Thai Boxing like Mon Yan Lek (Mon supports the pillar), Bid Hang Naga (Twisting the Nagas tail) take their inspiration from the characters in this work which is an integral part our literature across the nation. The video shows a couple of moves. From which work do they draw inspiration from?

And the answer is

Stories from the Ramayana Pra Rama Tam Gwang (Rama follows the deer). Hak Kor Erawan (breaking Erawan’s neck), Mon Yan Lek (Mon supports the pillar), Bid Hang Naga (Twisting the Naga’s tail), Hanuman Tawai Waen (Hanuman presents the rings)

Scores Differential scores If all 6 teams are right : 5 points each
 4-5 teams : 8 Points
 2-3 teams: 10 Points
 1 team: 12 Points

This is not the question

BBC Knowledge, in its December 2013 Edition listed 10 people who have changed India post independence. They were featured on Mount Rushmore like sculpture. Identify all the 10 people. 2 points each and 5 points bonus if you get all of them

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Exchange Sheets

And the answers are

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Food & Beverages

There is a good reason to believe that this dish can be attributed to Firoz Irani, a Mumbai resident who opened a garden restaurant near Excelsior Cinema in Fort and named it after its signature dish. There are disputes by Japan and USA over this dish. Later, Erani relocated to the Isle of Man in the UK, where he launched the 2nd outlet. After his demise, his son Sharook Irani opened “Touché - The Place” in Breach Candy. Name this dish which in the words of eminent cook Kailash Seth  is “A wholesome meal and a tasty one we’re grateful to Erani for it.”

And the answer is

Sizzlers

“That Indian Drink” is a drink crafted by Ipshita Pall, a French culinary chef and her husband Amrit Singh. It comes in three flavours - Blueberry Cardamom, Raspberry cinnamon and Alphonso Mango. The drink sells at $3.40/bottle and has been chosen as one of the top five beverage trends for 2013 in the US. With a lot of universities like Kent State University, John Caroll university selling this drink due to its health quotient, it is gradually becoming famous. But the original recipe is not a secret in India. What famous Indian drink is sold as "That Indian Drink"?

And the answer is

Fruit Lassis

This famous South Indian snack originated in 1920s when Mani Iyer starting selling it in the vegeterian canteen at the railway station in this town. Made from Ponni Rice flour,  sesame seeds, tymol seeds (omam), cumin seeds (seeragam), and asafoetida (perungayam), the unique taste of this snack comes from the salty ground water of this place. Mani Iyer also mastered the art of double frying and in the earlier days it was sold in Khaki paper bags that was used to identify the snack. The trains used to have an extended stop at this place to allow people to buy this snack. Name it?

And the answer is

Manapparai Murukku

If you happen to be in Ladakh as a guest, you will be welcomed with this special tea made of Yak Butter, Yak Milk and a pinch of salt with tea leaves. Although, you might believe that the name of the tea represents what you would say after drinking the tea, originally, the name comes from the long cylindrical vessel in which the tea is made. Name the beverage

And the answer is

Gud Gud Chai

Differential Scoring - Video

Just name the chilli for us. It is the second hottest chilli in the world.

And the answer is

Bhut Jolokia

Scores Differential scores If all 6 teams are right : 5 points each
 4-5 teams : 8 Points
 2-3 teams: 10 Points
 1 team: 12 Points

Audience Question The motorbike and sidecar is a reference to which iconic Indian movie?

Sholay

Art & Architecture of India

Where would you find all these together?

Set 2

Set 3

Set 4

And the answer is

Newly inaugurated T2 at Mumbai airport The terminal's design, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the Chicago-based architects behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was inspired by India's national bird, the peacock. Traces of the motif are present in the towering columns and marble floor. The terminal will also be home to the world's largest public art program, with more than 7,000 artworks featured along a wall that's 3.2 kilometers long.

They played an important role in medieval warfare and more than 300 of them are present in India. The Arthasastra and Mahabharatha, describes six main types as listed here.
 What are we talking about? Jala (Water) Dharu / Dhana (Desert) Giri (Hill) Mahi (Earth) Vana (Forest) Nar (loyal men)

And the answer is

Forts

The Archaeological Survey of India, Department of Culture, Government of India declared in 1976 and 1979, the works of nine artists “not being antiquities, to be art treasures, having regard to their artistic and aesthetic value”. The works of these artists cannot, hence, be exported out of the country. Christie’s first ever art-auction in India had works by some of these artists. Identify the artist from the painting which was featured in the bid.

And the answer is

Nandalal Bose Nandalal Bose is considered among India's nine "national treasures" and his work cannot be exported out of the country. This untitled work is from the 1950s

There are many different grades of muslin, and different groups of trade workers historically used each of them for a different purpose. Manmal was the highest-grade fabric, and was typically reserved for royalty. Jhuna was used by native dancers. Seerbund and Sarkar-I-Ala are other muslin varieties used to create this. A government officer called Darogah was appointed to supervise the manufacture of Sarkar-I-Ala muslins. What were these specific varieties of muslin used to create?

And the answer is

For Turbans of Mughal Emperors and Nawabs

Differential Scoring Thoda is a martial art form in Himachal Pradesh based on the Indian epics relying on archery skills.  The name is derived from the round piece of wood fixed to the arrow head used to blunt its wounding potential.  A handful of villagers, called Saathi, challenge a rival clan Pashi to a fight. The game works on a points system based on defense/attack role play.  Pashis and Saathis are of the lineage of famous rivals from Hindu mythology. Whom do they represent? 

And the answer is

Pandavas & Kauravas

Scores Differential scores If all 6 teams are right : 5 points each
 4-5 teams : 8 Points
 2-3 teams: 10 Points
 1 team: 12 Points

Culture & Mythology

Grassroots, a tourism company that specialises in rural tourism operates this particular tour to Purushwadi, Maharashtra. The tour is organised only for 3 weeks from the last week of May over the nights, tour since you see the “spectacle” only during those hours. What tour/festival do they organise?

And the answer is

Million Fireflies Festival

This finds mention in Tantu Pagelaran, an Old Javanese manuscript written in Kawi language from 15th Century Majapahit period. The manuscript explained that Batara Guru (Shiva) had ordered the god Brahma and Vishnu to fill the Java island with human beings. However at that time Java island was floating freely on the ocean, ever tumbling and always shaking. To make the island still, the gods decided to nail the island upon the earth by moving a part of _________ in Jambudvipa (India) and attaching it upon Java. Which sacred natural formation in Hindu mythology is being referred to here?

And the answer is

Mount Meru

The M.Rm.Rm Foundation, a non-profit org started in 2000 by Visalakshi Ramaswamy, works towards the revival of rural Indian crafts, textiles and architecture.  One of their projects is to revive the traditional palm leaf basket-weaving from Keelayapatti village in Chettinad that holds a Geographical Indicator (GI) tag. Name them.

Pictures

And the answer is

Chettinad Kottans

The East India Co. took control of this place in 1809 and banned entry to sub-castes like Pirali, Chamar, Dom. At some point, even Sant Kabir, Guru Nanak and Lord Curzon, Indira Gandhi and Zail Singh were refused entry!† When Lord Mountbatten visited the place with his Executive Council Member Dr B.R. Ambedkar, he was given a grand welcome. However, Ambedkar was not allowed inside. Which place is this?

And the answer is

Puri Jagannath temple

The violin as we know it today was developed in Italy in the late fifteenth century, but in fact it can trace its true origins to an ancient bowed fiddle which had originated in the Hela civilisation of Sri Lanka. The instrument was first used during King _____’s reign and hence gets its name which in Sinhala means ______’s hand. Modern versions still played in Northern India today, in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, have two principal strings, one of steel, the other of horsehair, with additional horsehair strings. Identify the instrument.

Pictures

And the answer is

Ravanahatta

Scores Differential scores If all 6 teams are right : 5 points each
 4-5 teams : 8 Points
 2-3 teams: 10 Points
 1 team: 12 Points

Audience Question If Vivek Razdan was the first to have been selected for India from this state, who is the second? He recently has been chosen by Adidas for a mentorship program under Sachin Tendulkar

Parveez Rasool

Business

Differential Scoring The Treaty of Nanking – after China’s defeat in the First Opium war, representatives from the British and the Qing empires negotiated a peace treaty aboard the HMS Cornwallis in Nanjing. Francis Scott Key – the author of the US National Anthem is thought to have been aboard the HMS Minden when he wrote those to-be-famous lyrics. What connects these two events in an Indian context?

And the answer is

Both these ships were built by the Wadia Group

Scores Differential scores If all 6 teams are right : 5 points each
 4-5 teams : 8 Points
 2-3 teams: 10 Points
 1 team: 12 Points

What started as a cottage industry in Koonamavu, a small village 17 Kms from Cochin, has now become a big business with more than 2000 women making this product. Each piece of this product fetches Rs.1.60 to Rs.3.50. An expert can make only one piece every 10 minutes. Among these, only few make the famous "Thudal Kettu" version. The product is exported to many countries, especially Italy. Which product are we talking about?

And the answer is

Rosaries - Koonamavu is fondly called as “Little Rome”

G Manohar Naidu entered the music business by accident. He had been working for a cosmetics dealer, who, happy with the young man's performance, gifted him a tape recorder. Manohar Naidu saw business potential in it - he used it to record songs from a record player, and started selling his own "pre-recorded" cassettes. With Rs 500, Manohar Naidu launched his own label which owns over 6,200 titles today. Identify this company and the reason it went big in 1992.

And the answer is

Lahari Music and it went big because of Roja

There was a huge shortage of Indian coins for a while in the North East. In fact, there was a report by BBC that Assam tea garden cardboard coin-slips were used instead of legal currency. This was because of a specific usage of these coins by miscreants. This is cited by BBC as the main†reason why India stopped making small denomination coins and made 50 paise as the starting denomination. RBI issued a notice in June 2011 that they were changing the composition of the coins from stainless steel to an alloy of nickel, copper, iron and chromium for all denominations. What was the unusual reason for this change?

And the answer is

This is because in the North East and Bengal, people melt the coins and use it to make blades. These blades were smuggled in to Bangaldesh

Shown here is the Cannabis Sativa plant which has been used for a long time as a recreational drug. However, the durable soft fiber from the plant’s stem is valuable in producing tens of thousands of commercial products. One of these products made a huge splash in India in the 1920s largely due to the efforts of one person. It was generally made by hand and used the fiber from the stem and silk/wool as raw material. Which product is this?

And the answer is

Khadi from Hemp

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