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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: hitessh



My contribution to the India Quiz @ Silhouettes-2014,the annual fest of the Armed Forces Medical College,Pune

Mahato‟s picks From the India Quiz@Silhouettes2014,AFMC,Pune

1)At last count,India had 23 functional __X’s__ with another 16 in the pipeline currently.. The longest __X___ presently in India takes its name from Yamuna,the sacred river. UP has 5,two of which it shares with Delhi. Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have 3 each. Karnataka and WB have 2 each. Haryana and Punjab share one each with Delhi Chattisgarh,Tamilnadu and Gujarat have one each. What is _X__??(one word answer please)


2)Some of the lesser known __X’s __ in the city __Y__are named after Jaganmohana, Rajendra, Lalitha and Jayalakshmi.. What is the most well known __X___ at __Y__ named after??

X-Palace , Y-Mysore

3)Originally envisaged as a mini dam, it’s present name is a reference to the existing bridge that leads to the Gandhi National Memorial nearby.. Built by Phiroze Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy, one of the longest serving members of the Bombay Stock Exchange, it served as a source of irrigation water for the under-privileged…. How do we popularly know it as??

Bund Garden Present name –Mahatma Gandhi Udyaan

4)Pictured here is a Harley Davidson when it was initially launched in India… Keeping in view the way Indian ladies dress,Harley davidson had introduced a safety modification to the frame which was mocked at by biking enthusiasts… What was the newly introduced feature called?? (two word answer) (Larger picture next slide)

Saree Guard

5) A rough step-by-step guide to making this sporting sign would perhaps read a little like this Step 1-Extend your thumb and place it on your forehead… Step 2-Flex your index, middle and ring fingers simultaneously.. Step 3-Extend your little finger simultaneously and ensure it‟s facing skywards.. Which much loved sporting sign’s being talked of??

The Ranchi Rhino Salute/Rhino salute

6)An age old Naval custom, „Crossing the Line Ceremony‟ is celebrated whenever a ship crosses the Equator. All members of the crew regardless of age or rank who have not crossed the equator before take part in the initiation ritual. The Indian Navy celebrates it with a reversal of roles, where all crew members who are crossing the equator for the first time become members of the Royal court of __X__ with one of them playing __X__ __X___ takes pity on all crewsmen who have been subjected to extreme hardship and untold misery by the officers and crew of the ship and initiates appropriate measures to bring about justice… Who’s __X___ ??

Lord Varuna

7)Karan johar speaking about a few of his contemporaries and himself “Raju Hirani looks quiet and intelligent, __X___ looks like a mad genius, ___Y___ looks like he‟s sorted out with a Sufist vibe, I look like a third row dancer” X and Y please..

X-Anurag Kashyap Y-Imtiaz Ali

8)Shown here are humourous pictorial depictions of some famous Mumbai landmarks by the supertalented Yohan Wadia What are the blanked out names??

9)One of the best you‟ll ads you‟ll ever see for handwashing… Name the company behind this innovative campaign

10)(Question based purely on hearsay,but some credible one at that) Sometime in 2011,the city of Kochi(Kerala) faced an acute shortage of Eggs,Chicken,Meat and Milk based products for a 2-3 day period.. The incident repeated itself in December,2013 in a small coastal town of Karnataka despite anticipation and preparedness.. At first glance,the above two might seem isolated incidents but are related due to their causative factors… What was/were the reason(s)??

Movement of Indian NAVAL Aircraft carriers INS Viraat had visited Kochi for a refit in 2011… Considering that it stocks up food supplies for a 2000 odd crew for at least a month in advance,such a shortage is expected.. INS Vikramaditya landed at Karwar in Dec,2013 from Russia and the event recurred,though in a smaller magnitude..

11)The following pieces of art have one common inspiration… What/Who??

12)Legend has it that a beautiful princess lived in the forest (near the present day __X__ ) in a palace. She enjoyed bathing in a lake nearby and used to drink "sweetened milk" from her "golden jug" after finishing with her bath. One day while enjoying her jug of milk she found herself being watched by a prince, who was standing amongst the trees. Red with embarrassment at her inadequate bathing attire, she poured the jug of milk in front of him to form an improvised curtain to hide her body while the maids rushed to cover her with her dress. It is said that it is that sweetened milk still cascades down the mountain slope as the present day ___X____ as a tribute to the virtue and modesty of the princess.. Which one-of-a-kind tourist attraction which perhaps also takes it name from the incident is being talked of??

The gorgeous DUDHSAGAR Falls

13)Just a three minute riyaz of OM, steaming the throat (but no gargling), not abusing the voice through foul language and stress management through yoga and meditation constitutes this gentleman‟s daily routine. However,it all started when as a 19 year old roaming around the IIT-D campus,he was called to check the microphone for lack of people around.He went without much interest and blurted out, “Hello mike testing 1,2,3,4”. There was something in his voice that impressed the American Sound engineer and he called him to the USIS(United States Information service) the next day.. And as time would tell, that was to be the beginning of a career which was to touch millions(and it still does) in the years to come… A very successful career in TV notwithstanding,his claim to fame amongst millions of our generation rests somewhere else….What??

“Agla station Chandni Chowk hai…Darwaze daanyi taraf khulenge” Shammi narang-Famous DD news anchor of the 70-80’s…All announcements made on the Delhi metro are recorded in his voice

14)Slated to be the largest public art project in the world (outside a museum), it hosts 6,000 works of art and is 3.2 kms long. Many are antiques dating back to the 18th century.Others include pieces by contemporary artists such as Gulam Mohammed Sheikh,an installation on the theme of Water by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur,and even a mural featuring Amitabh Bacchan.. The roof is engraved with the peacock feather motif, extending towards the roof and increasing in size,making for a spectacular view.. And that’s not all,the said art project also boasts of a 5200 strong car parking arena,the largest in India,with three underground levels and a rooftop garden.. What is it’s name and where will you find it??(Images on next slide) (No part points)

Title-->JAYA HE Location-->T2 Terminal,Chatrapati Shivaji Int’lAirport,Mumbai

15)This comparison starts with somebody being compared to the following in sequence -a blooming rose -a poet‟s dream -a white ray of light -a deer in the forest -a moonlit night -the meaning of a song -a lamp lit in a temple What is this all about??

The song “Ik ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga” from 1942-A Love Story

16)Initially developed as a means to teach, learn and tell stories from our ancient scriptures and holy books,the game __X__ featured stories from the Ramayana,Mahabharata and many more scriptures.. Painted on ovory,wood,pasteboard,tortoise shells or simply palm leaves and played with 16-suited 192 card decks,the game was very popular during Babur’s rule.. Still played in parts of Maharashtra and Odisha,most notably in the vicinity of the famous Jagannath Puri temple,Identify the game..(Bigger pic next slide)


17)Located on India’s east coast,this beach is unique in the sense that the sea recedes by as much as five kilometres every day between high and low tides thus not only enthralling visitors by its „disappearing act‟ but also allowing them to literally walk into the sea uptil 5 kms… Most of us would have heard of this place in reference to the DRDO‟s Integrated Testing Range ,which is closeby and has tested missiles like Agni,Prithvi,Shaurya and Akash… Name this beach town…


18)Born in 1950 on the Indian mainland , Rajan is the „last of it‟s kind left in the world‟ He worked in the Andamans till 2002 till a ban on what he did for a living forced most others of his ilk to leave the Andamans.. In 2011,when a Kerala temple tried to buy him for 40,000 pounds,people at a local resort took it upon themselves to raise the money required to free Rajan and in order to collect it they undertook merchandising methods, selling Rajan T-shirts, or even offering people the once in a blue moon, exquisite opportunity to swim or dive with Rajan... What is so special about Rajan??

World’s last sea swimming elephant

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