Saturday, December 13, 2008

Questions from a school quiz that I conducted

I recently did a school quiz(india Quiz) as part of an Organization named Bharath Vikas Parishad. The Organization aims to promote knowledge of India among school students and the quiz was for 6th,7th8th school kids. A few questions from that quiz

1.When the Indian National Army created its first female unit, it named the unit after a lady Maratha who fought against the British with her son tied to her back. Who is this person.

--- Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi

2.Which river known as the Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet flows into India and is known as the “Everest of Rivers” ?

--- Bhramaputra

3.Which dance form developed by Tirath Narain and Sidhendra(Sidh) Yogi is the state dance of Andhra Pradesh?

--- Kuchipudi

4. Which person ,won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2002, has announced the creation of schools named ABAPS?

--- Abhinav Bindra

5. Which is the tallest mountain peak in South India?

--- Anaimudi in Kerala

6. Who was the first Lady Chief Minister in India?

--- Sucheta Kriplani

7. He is the first person from India to receive a US patent and the father of Bengali Science Fiction. He is also considered one of the fathers of radio science. Who is he?

--- Jagdish Chandra Bose

8. Which place in Chennai has the largest banyan tree in the world  and is an offshoot of the banyan tree under which Buddha got his enlightenment?

--- Theosophical Society at Adyar. The Banyan tree is also called the Adyar Aalamaram

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Tapmi QOTB -- 2009

TAPMI QOTB -- 2009
QM: Arul Mani

Is the possibility of a recession giving you sleepless nights? Do you
feel like taking some time off and chilling out? How does a visit to a
beach sound? Or would you like to involve yourself in some serious
quizzing? What if you were offered the chance of doing both at the
same time? Sounds interesting???

T. A. Pai Management Institute's annual B-School fest, Atharva invites
you to participate in the Quiz on the Beach (QOTB) to be held at Kaup
Beach, Udupi, Karnataka. QOTB is held on the shores of the magical
Arabian Sea with an old British built lighthouse serving as a
backdrop. So pack your bags and come down to Kaup Beach for some
serious fun!!!

Quiz Flavour: Business Quiz
Host: T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal
Quiz Master: Mr. Arul Mani
Date: 10th January 2009
Open to Corporates.

Please check out the links below for further details:
Poster and Rules (link to
Atharva - Picasa Album (link to
Atharva Website (link to
Quiz On The Beach – Registration for Corporates (link to

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

One Biz Question a day Vol 1.5

A very easy one :

This company was the first to start the Frequent Flyer program. Which company?

Friday, September 19, 2008

One Biz Question a Day Vol 1.4

This series is slowly turning towards one biz question a week. will try to be a bit more regular.. going forward.

The name of this brand owned by Swire group is derived from the Medieval name of China. This company was registered at the cost of HK$2 by two men named Roy Farrel and Sydney de Kantzow. Which company?

The answer is Cathay Pacific -- Karan got it right..

One Biz Question a Day Vol 1.3

The Seminoles are a group of Native American people originally of Florida and now residing in Florida and Oklahoma. The Seminoles never surrendered to the US Government and thus call themselves the "Unconquered People". They have developed an economy largely based on sales of duty-free tobacco, tourism and gambling. They are however much better known as the owners of some other franchise – Which franchise?

Hard Rock Cafe - Franchise. 

Swaminathan Dixit, Jaldi Quizzer, Chandy and Asad Adam got it right.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

One Biz Question a Day Vol 1.2

In 1998 this company's founder offered to include his invention in Kodak Cameras. Still a fledging company, Kodak offered to fund the development of the product under the consideration that the new company would provide three years exclusive contract. The founder refused the offer and is now an industry leader in the line of products that it offered Kodak. Which company and who is the founder?

The company is Sandisk -- Flash card makers. The founder was Eli Harari.

No one cracked it. 

Friday, September 12, 2008

One Biz Questions a Day Vol 1.1

After multiple sabbaticals , I am back with another attempt at a series of quizzes. Will be posting a Biz q everyday -- Answers the next day. The comments would be moderated -- So you can go ahead and guess to your heart;s content.

First question to kick off the series.

“Work, Rest And Play" was a famous slogan of which brand?

and the answer is Mars..

Chandy was the only one to crack it.

Friday, May 16, 2008

2 Questions a Day v1.2

Introduced in 1979 by Thomas C Hanks and Hiroo Kanamori as a successor to the Richter scale , this scale is used by seismologists to compare the energy released by earthquakes. What is this scale?

Moment Magnitude Scale.

Red Army troops adopted the nickname from Mikhail Isakovsky's popular wartime song, about a girl longing for her absent beloved, who is away performing military service.[2] It is the Russian equivalent of "Katie", an endearing diminutive form of the name Katherine Viktor Suvorov states in his book "Inside the Soviet Army" that the rocket launcher got the name because the soldiers didn't know its real name as it was secret, so they nicknamed her after a small K letter inscribed on the vehicles. The K actually stands for Kominform factory in Voronezh. German troops coined the sobriquet Stalin organ (German: Stalinorgel), after Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and also alluding to the sound of the weapon's rockets.What is the name?(source Wiki)

Katyusha -- The rocket that was fired at the Israeli City of Ashqelon by the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palastine recently

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Two a day - 1.1

1.Known as the road to Mandalay during Colonial times , it is believed to get its name from the sanskrit Name Iravati or from her son Airavata - the elephant mount of Indra.Whatizzit?

Ayeyarwady River -- recently in news because of the devastating effect caused by the river's storm surge during Cyclone Nargis.

2.HP spun off a small company named Dynec - which specialized in digital equipment. Dynec was then renamed Dymec and was again folded back into HP. But what was the reason for pickying Dynec as the name of the company?

HP could use the same logo for Dynec by just turning it around. This would ensure that they didn't spendon creating a new brand etc.

A Noble Operation

What was the name of the operation in which two Indian Navy ships and two Indian Air force aircraft supplied relief material to Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis?

Operation Sahayata

Chinese mountainous province?

The present name of the province is an abbreviation of the Chinese word for 'Four Circuits of rivers' which is also abbreviated from Chuānxiá Sìlù - meaning Four circuits of rivers and gorges.

Sichuan -- The province in which the earthquake hit recently

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

What is the product?

Which open source software product gets is name from the English spelling of the Swahili word that means ' all together' or 'as a whole'?

Joomla -- This is an open source Content Management system and is a result of a fork from the company Mambo

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tata Crucible 2008 Campus Edition Round Up

The Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2008 Dashboard.

Feb 2- Hyderabad - ICAI (N. Aditya & Anirudh Janak) -- Questions
Feb 3- Ahmedabad- IIM A (Keerthi Raghavan & Dushyant Mullur)-- Questions
Feb 9- Mumbai- NMIMS (Souvik Basu & Govind Grewal) -- Questions
Feb 10- Lucknow-
Feb 12- Cochin-
Feb 16- Indore-
Feb 17- Bangalore-
Feb 23- Kolkata-
Feb 29- Chandigarh-
Mar 2- Delhi-
Mar 8- Chennai-
Mar 9- Pune-

The Tata site for the Crucible Campus Quiz

Will be Updated..

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


This fictional character lives at 221B ,plays the piano and guitar and had a nemesis named Jack Moriarty.His name is a play on one of Arthur Conan Doyle's characters.He also had an infarction in his leg which led to an addiction to Vicodin. Which character is this?

Dr. Gregory House of the award winning serial - Dr.House


If the SKG in dreamworks SKG stood for Steven Spielberg , Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen then what does KSM stand for in KSM motorsports?

Peter Kaiser , Michael Schumacher and Thomas Muchov.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


He grew up in Pont l'abbe Brittany . His mother is a hairdresser and his father was a vocational school metal shop teacher. He graduated in 2000 from the University Kumiere Lyon with a degree in Financial Operations.He has been in the news recently. Who is he and why has he been in the news?

The guy in Jerome Kerviel and he has been linked with losses of approximately €4.9 billion (US$7.16 billion) stemming from fraudulent equity index futures trading.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Debut Scuderia Drivers Champions

Kimi Raikonnen became the second Driver in Formula 1 to win the drivers world championship with his first season in Ferrari. There has been only one other driver who has done this. Who is that?

Juan Manuel Fangio was the only other driver to win a drivers championship with his first year at Ferrari.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Odyssey Quiz 2008

Original Message from Diwakar Pingle
Dear All,
The registrations for the Odyssey Open Quiz 2008 (Jan 26th 2008, MusicAcademy, Chennai, Team of Three, Open General Quiz) is on - please note that the registrations this time is online only and there is noneed to go to the stores to collect and submit the forms. To register your team please go to this link and register -

Please note that you will have to carry a print out of theconfirmation that you receive from the Odyssey Leisure store as aproof of entry.People marked on this mail - Please circulate this among your respective Quizzing Clubs based on which city you operate in.
Diwakar Pingle


Saturday, January 05, 2008

What am I talking about?

For 20 years from 1988 to 2007- Rebound Ace was used. But to reduce the stickyness it was changed in 2008. What was it changed to and what am I talking about?

This is the surface on which the Australian Open matches are played. In 1988 the hardcourts were layed out with a material called Rebound Ace. In 2008 it was changed to plexicushion.