Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling - Part IV

During which festivity does Harry, Ron and Hermione encounter the Troll?


What is described in the book as a scrawny, dust-coloured creature with bulging lamp like eyes just like its owners?

Mrs Norris

What is the name of Harry’s Charms teacher?

Professor Flitwick

What is the brand of the Broomstick that Professor McGonnagal sends Harry?

Nimbus 2000

In which Wizard's card does Harry come across the name of Nicholas Flamel?

Albus Dumbeldore

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling - Part III

Which football team’s poster did Ron’s roommate Dean have in his room?

West Ham

What is the species of Norbert the dragon?

Norwegian Ridgeback

What is the name of the Wand Shop from which Harry purchases his Wand?


What is the year when Ollivanders was established according to the book?

382 B.C

What was the name of the centaur that carried Harry Potter in the Forbidden Forest?


Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling - Part II

From whom does Rubeus Hagrid borrow a motorbike to drop Harry at the Dursley immediately after Harry’s parent’s death?

Sirius Black

What is the Animagi chosen by Professor McGonnagal when she was waiting for Albus Dumbledore at Privet Drive?


What is the breed of snake that Harry Potter parseltongues with in the Zoo on Dudley’ birthday?

Boa Constrictor

What was described as being a head shorter than Harry Potter and had a swarthy, clever face, a pointed beard and very long fingers and feet and wore a uniform in scarlet and gold in the book?

Gringotts goblin

What is the name of the rat that Ron carries to Hogwarts?


Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling

What does the Hogwarts motto Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titilandus mean?

Don’t Tickle a sleeping dragon

According to the units of currency in the magical world, how many silver sickles make a Galleon?


Which character in the novel shares his first name with a character in Greek myth who is believed to have a hundred Eyes?

Argus Finch

Who is the only real life person to have a reference in the book.

Nicholas Flamel

At what time does the Hogwarts express leave from King Cross station 9 ¾ Platform.


The Falkland Wars - Part IV


Which major news channel made a major goof up and created a bad reputation for themselves by reporting about the invasion of Goose Green even before it had even started?


What division of the Argentine military is referred to as the CANA?

Argentine Naval Air Force
What was the name of the Song from Monty Python’s Life of Brian that the crew of the HMS Sheffield was singing while waiting to be rescued?

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

What was the French Built anti ship Missile that was used to sink HMS Sheffield?


What event during the war did the British Daily - The SUN greet with the headlines GOTCHA.

Sinking of the Argentine Cruiser General Belgarano by the British Submarine Conqueror

The Falkland Wars - Part III

On which Island was the Wakefield Airfield, an American airfield to which Britain was given control of during the wars, present?

Ascension Island

What technology powered the British submarines as opposed to the diesel-electric engines which powered the Argentenian Submarines in the war?

Nuclear Power

What was the name of the British Destroyer ship that was sunk by an Airforce offensive of Argentina on the 4th of May 1982?

HMS Sheffield

What was the name of the Royal Navy’s Antarctic Patrol vessel that was ordered to remove civilians on the march 25th 1982 but which had to retreat from its order because of a block created by 3 Argentenian Warships?

HMS Endurance

What was the name of the book that was authored by Max Hastings, Simon Jenkins and Brigadier General Oscar Jofre which dealt with the intricacies of the war?

The Battle for the Falklands War

The Falkland Wars - Part II

Near which port on the northern coast of the Falkland islands did the British manage an amphibious landing on the 21st of May 1982?

Port San Carlos

Which port did Argentina invade on April 2nd 1982 , rapidly overcoming a small garrison of British Marines?

Port Stanley

At which public place did large crowds of Argentineans gather to show their support of the Argentine military’s invasion of Falkland Islands?

Plazo De Mayo, also accept Presidential Palace

Which group of islets, first sighted by the explorer James Cook and included within the British Falkland Islands as a dependency, was seized by Argentina on the 3rd of April?

South Sandwich Islands

On which Island did a dispute erupt between Argentine Salvage workers and British scientists on March 19, which strained the already uncomfortable relations between Britain and Argentina and which finally led to the Wars?

South Georgia Island

The Falkland Wars

What is the Spanish name of the Falkland Islands that also gives the alternate name by which these wars are referred to?

Islas Malvinas from which we get Malvinas wars

What is the name of the Lieutenant general, who was also the president of Argentina, under whom the Argentinean military gave up all hope on long running negotiations with Britain and launched an offensive on the islands?

Leopoldo Galtieri

Who was the Prime Minister from the Conservative Party during the Wars?

Margaret Thatcher

Which neighbour of Argentina maintained a state of alert against argentina although most Latin governments sympathized with Argentina over the war, owing to disputes over islands in the Beagle Channel?


What is the name of the Argentine cruiser that was sunk by a British submarine outside war zone declared by Margaret Thatcher?

General Belgrano

The Life and Works of RK Narayan - Part IV

In which of Narayan's book do we come across Mali , the son of a gandhian sweet vendor who travels to America for a course in creative writing and returns with a Korean-American girlfriend?

The Vendor of Sweets

In Man Eaters of Malgudi,What is the profession of Vasu ,the tenant of Nagaraj ?


What is the name of the young woman who comes to Malgudi in the novel Painter of Signs with a mission to control the population?


For which newspaper did Narayan do reviews of books like Development of Maritime laws in seventeenth-century England ?


In which book of Narayan would you come across Savitri, a woman who runs away from home and tries to drown herself after her tyrannical husband takes up with a new girl from his office?

The Dark Room

The Life and Works of RK Narayan - Part III

Who said that Narayan's book Swami and friends was just a catalogue when Narayan had given the book to this person for reviewing?

Narayan's uncle

Who is the captain of the cricket team of Malgudi in the book Swami and friends?

Rajam the Police officer's son

What present does Rajam - The police officer's Son - give Swami when Swami and Mani come to see him off?

Andersen's Fairy Tales

In which book does Narayan use the Freedom Struggle of India as his background for his novel?

Waiting for the Mahatma

In which short story that Narayan wrote immediately after independence does he portrays some of the confused impulses and the blind nationalism of the mass movement?

Lawley road

The Life and Works of RK Narayan - Part II

Which publisher published RK ‘s first book Swami and his friends in UK

Hamish Hamilton

RK had 3 books on Indian mythology; two were translations of Ramayana and Mahabharata which was the third?

Demons and others

In which school does Swami study during the start of Swami and Friends

Albert Mission school

Which Kannada actor directed the series Malgudi Days on TV

Shankar Nag

Whom does Narayan describe as being "impeccably dressed in a tweed suit and tie and crowned with a snow-white turban" in his book My Days - A Memoir?

His father

The Life and Works of RK Narayan

Which author was responsible for shortening RK's name from Narayanaswami to RK Narayan

Graham Greene

Which book along with Swami and Friends and The English Teacher completes the famous R K Narayan Trilogy?

The Bachelor Of Arts

Which novel, considered autobiographical by critics , did Narayan dedicate to his wife Rajam?

The English Teacher

In Guide, what is the name of Rosie’s husband’s name as coined by Raju ?


What is the name of R K Narayan’s autobiography ?

My Days - A memoir

Monday, August 01, 2005

Friends - Guest Star Trivia

Who played the role of Chandler's Father?

Kathleen Turner

Tom Selleck , played the role of Monica's Ex-Boyfriend. What was the name of the character?

Richard Burke

Who played the role of Janine - the Hot roommate of Joey?

Elle Macpherson

Which actor played the role of Elizabeth's ( Ross's Ex-girlfriend) father?

Bruce Willis

Two famous celebrities played the roles of Rachel's Sisters. Name both of them

Reese Witherspoon and Christina Applegate.

Which actress steals Chandler's pants and leaves him stranded in a restaurant restroom wearing a pink thong?

Julia Roberts

Which famous actress/model did Ross take out of his list of 5 women but ended up meeting her at the cafe?

Isabella Rosellini

Which famous person played the role of David "the scientist Guy" --- Phoebe's "long lost love", who is off doing research in Minsk?

Hank Azaria

Who played the role of a hapless Male stripper who appears at Phoebe's Bachelorette Party?

Danny DeVito

What was the name of the character played by Denise Richards -- Monica and Ross's cousin to whom Ross feels a strange attraction that he cant explain?

Cassie Geller

Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore - Part III

One of Tipu Sultan's prized possessions was 'Tipu's Tiger', a curious mechanical toy representing a royal tiger in the act of devouring a prostrate European officer. This object was said to have been inspired by a certain person eating and that person's grandson, a famous author, later paid tribute to this incident by writing a story in which an unpleasant aunt is similarly devoured by a pet ferret. Who was this author?

Hector Hugh Munro, Saki

The famous novel ‘The Moonstone’ by William Wilkie Collins contained an account of one of Tipu’s battles in the prologue. Which battle?

The Battle of Seringapatinam

Who played Tipu Sultan in the tele-series ‘The Sword of Tipu Sultan’, which was aired on Doordarshan?

Sanjay Khan

One of Tipu Sultan’s descendants was an Allied spy during World War II. What was her name?

Noor Inayat Khan

Who currently owns the sword of Tipu Sultan?

Vijay Mallya

Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore - Part II

In 1767, it was a young Tipu who obtained the ratification of the Treaty of Alliance between the Nizam and Haider Ali. Tipu had gone to the Nizam’s camp at the head of 6000 troops and successfully concluded the treaty. This was the first diplomatic assignment of Tipu, and the Nizam, who was greatly impressed with him, conferred upon him a title to mark this respect. What was the title?

Nasib-ud-daula (fortune of the state)

One of the military highlights of Tipu Sultan's life was when he inflicted a serious defeat on the British at Annagudi near Tanjore on 18 February 1782. The British army consisted of 100 Europeans, 300 cavalry, 1400 sepoys and 10 field pieces but was still comprehensively defeated by Tipu's forces. Who was the British Commander who lost to Tipu in this battle?

Colonel Braithwaite

Which Governor General of the British East India Company commanded the English army to victory in the Third Mysore War against Tipu Sultan?

Lord Cornwallis

After the Third Mysore War, where Tipu suffered defeat at the hands of Lord Cornwallis, he agreed to surrender half of his territory and pay a war indemnity to the English. Since he could not pay war indemnity in full, what was done?

His two sons were taken instead.

In which year did Tipu Sultan die?


Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore

There was a famous Sufi Saint in Arcot, whose tomb Haider Ali and his wife had visited to pray for a son. What was his name?

Tipu Mastan Aulia

Where exactly was Tipu Sultan born and what was his real name?

Devanahalli, Fateh Ali

Tipu Sultan was enthroned as the ruler of Mysore in a simple ceremony on the 4th of May, 1783. Where did this ceremony take place?


Tipu Sultan wrote a Military Manual describing army composition and tactics, and copies of it were distributed to all his officers. What was the name of this manual?

Fathul Mujahidin

Tipu Sultan had three wives, out of whom the third one was his favourite. After her death, he chose to remain a widower for the rest of his life. What was her name?

Khadija Zamani Begum