Monday, July 25, 2011

Tata Crucible 2011 Corporate Coimbatore Prelims

Thanks to Arul Saravanan and Yogesh Pai for sharing the questions from the Coimbatore edition of the Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz.

1. English singer/composer, brain child behind rocket record co. in 1972. Has a unique record, they are the only co. that has a trade mark to a song , that was sung only once in public?
2. Which former airhostess was Lakme’s first Indian model?
3. Which co. did Sunil Mittal get into an agreement in 1983 to manufacture the co’s push button telephone models for the Indian market? Later the co. went onto forge alliance with Nokia.
4. Picture of this famous Huge Entrepreneur.

5. Whose Tagline goes “ No Flavour Finer” The product carries a G I Tag and makes India proud?
6. The Vanilla Beans are used in the Ice Cream Industry. Which Country produces 80% of the world’s Vanilla Beans output?(Clue – Children will know from Cartoons)
7. On 5th April 2011, who announced about his new IT Venture “Happiest Minds Technologies Pvt Ltd” ?
8. Picture of a Logo – whose? (Probably the Toughest question- QM)

9. What term now used in media comes from the name given by the London based pharmaceutical company Burroughs Well Co to the compressed Tablets ?
10. Which Asian Country with Voice based revenues of $ 5.70 Billion has overtaken India as the Call centre capital of the world ?
11. Who is the main Holding company of LMVH, owning 42.38% of its Shares and 59.30% of its Voting rights? (Clue – Huge Brand)
12. From the Education Sector. Old Company. Whose Logo?

13. First example of an Indian company hiring a local face to endorse its brand exclusively in another Country. Dabur has roped in which Pakistani cricketer for its brand – Hajmola?
14. Which nation gets its top level internet domain as .Ch ?
15. He has donated a majority of his company’s shares to M.I.T to fulfill his desire. Under the terms of the Gift, M.I.T cannot sell its shares & will not participate in its management or governance of the Company but can get annual dividend on its shares. Identify this gentleman.? (Huge Indian name)
16. Arabian Logo . Identify ? (New tourism destination in the middle east. Did not get effected by the recession)

17. Logo – Identify ? (Local Company)

18. Which electronic commerce company would be associated with Andrew Mason?
19. This Company is recognized as India’s biggest chain of Family Clubs by the Limca book of world records. They boast of having around 600 corporate members including Microsoft, Brooke bond Lipton, CMC,etc…..
20. Very much native Logo.


1. Elton John
2. Maureen Wadia
3. Seimens
4. Cecil Rhodes
5. Darjeeling Tea
6. Madagascar
7. Ashok Soota
8. Competition Commission of India
9. Tabloid
10. Philippines
11. Christian Dior
12. Aptech
13. Shahid Afridi
14. Switzerland
15. Amar Bose
16. Abu Dhabi
17. Vasan Eye Care
18. Groupon
19. Country Club
20. Nigiris

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

HTNI #47

It is a rare type of natural disaster in which carbon dioxide suddenly erupts from deep lake water, suffocating wildlife, livestock and humans. Such an eruption may also cause tsunamis in the lake as the rising CO2 displaces water. Only two such instances have been recorded in history -- Once in 1984 in Cameroon at Lake Monoun and the other being at the neighbouring Lake Nyos in 1986. What are these types of explosions called?

Answer to Yesterday's Question.

This is the Mascot of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 , named Karla Kick. Only Tezeshwar got this right.

The Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2011 : Preps -2

1. The MeghaDhoot Awards are given to employees of which organization?

2. This two word term was coined by Rajagopala Chari and described it thus " It represents not only cynical but non truthful way of potential development. It provides way for political corruption and economic stagnation". What was the term?

3. Identify this person from the world of Tatas

4. Connect

5. Founded in 1885, it has been part of the Unicorn group since 1969. This company is based in Colwick, Nottinghamshire and some of its famous ambassadors have been Steve Waugh and Graeme Smith. Which Company?

Answers to Previous question set

1. TurboJet

2. Dilbert

3. Indian Statistical Institute and the person was P.C. Mahalanobis

4. Music/ appearance of A.R.Rahman in advertisements -- Toyota Etios , Airtel , Motorola


More Tata Crucible Preps from Previous years

The Tata Crucible 2009 Preps Series

The Tata Crucible 2010 Campus Preps Series

Review of Biz World By Ravi Handa and Avinash Maurya


It is not often that you see new quiz books hit the market and it is even harder to find good quiz books on Business. I was therefore very interested in having a look at this book when I saw it on Flipkart and when Ravi mailed me asking , if I would review the book, I immediately agreed.

Before I got the reviewers copy of the book from the publisher , I decided that I would probably review the book on 3 or 4 criteria

1. Content of the book
2. Structure of the book
3. Would it keep both amateurs as well as seasoned quizzers interested
4. Does it do anything different from previously published quiz books. -- I was interested to see , what was new in the book that hadn't possibly been covered in the Derek O Brien Corporate Quiz Books or the Tata Crucible Quiz books.

What struck me when I first went through the book was the structure of the book. Unlike the Derek O brien books -- which had questions divided on topics/ Personalities , or a Tata Crucible Quiz book , which mimicked the structure of the quiz itself , it was a structure , that lent itself to a comprehensive study on brands and personalities.

About half the book is structured to facts about companies and tabularized based on the industry vertical that they would fall under. With information like -- when the company was founded , the name of the founders, the Head quarters , the present head and interesting pieces of trivia about the company , it provides a very easy way for the reader to scale his/her business knowledge. While one gets the feeling that the book caters in a large part to cracking big quizzes like Brand Equity and Tata Crucible , the amount of information in the book , definitely helps you prepare for all other type of biz quizzes as well.

The other half of the book is about questions that you tend to see in quizzes , like multiple choices and High funda questions. The High funda questions were of good quality and would keep even seasoned quizzers flipping through the pages with interest.

Final Verdict:

The book is innovative in the way the content is structured and provides a wonderfully easy way to scale the steep learning curve required for business quizzing. It combines this structure with the ones seen in other quiz books and provides some wonderful quiz questions , that would keep seasoned quizzers as well as amateurs glued to the book. All in all , it is a wonderfully curated book , that is worth the time and money.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

HTNI #46

The Emblem for this event, designed by advertising agency WVP , was presented by Steffi Jones and shows a stylized stadium with stripes in the national colours of Germany ( Black , Red , and gold) with a pictogram of the trophy in the upper right corner. The mascot for the event was developed by GMR marketing and represent the important attributes of passion , fun and dynamics. Which event and what is the name of the mascot?

Answer to previous question

Delhi Cottom Mills -- or DCM.. only the Biz God Prashanth got this right.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2011 : Preps -1

As with every other year, plan to do a set of preparatory quizzes. However unlike the previous years, it wouldn't be one question per hour.. It is more on the lines of how the Tata Crucible Quiz itself is presented , with 1 connection , 1 Visual and 3 Dry questions. The answers will go up one day after the questions. Do send your feedback/ questions to

1. If the Petrol with Energy Boosters from HPCL is called Power, what is the diesel equivalent?

2. He is an electrical engineer from MIT and has a rare medical condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and chemical since christmas 1992. His father lives in a 24 hour all you can eat restaurant. Who is this person?

3. Identify this person , and what institution did he create?

4. Connect these 4 logos to a person

5. It was built with a grant from the government of New Zealand and foundation stone for academic building was laid by Queen Elizabeth II. Its president is always the union minister of health. Which Institution?

Monday, July 11, 2011

HTNI #45

From the Brink of Bankruptcy is a new book by Vinay Bharath Ram about a company that he headed during the 1990s. Which compan'y story is it?

Answer to previous question

Sergio Tacchini -- the Sports Clothing designer is the correct answer.

Emil and Ramki get it right.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Tata Crucible 2011 Corporate Schedule

DateDayCityTrackTimeVenueAddressContact Person
& Address
23-Jul-11SaturdayCoimbatoreNon Tata Track2.30 PMThe Residency# 1076, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore - 641 018Mr Kashi
Ph: 93457 06911
24-Jul-11SundayCochinNon Tata Track5.00 PMThe Gateway HotelMarine Drive, Ernakulam 682 011Mr. Anwar
Ph: 96059 66318
30-Jul-11SaturdayNagpurNon Tata Track2.30 PMThe Pride HotelOpp Airport, Wardha Road, Nagpur - 440 025Mr Prashant Koparkar
Ph: 98221 93655
31-Jul-11SundayIndoreNon Tata Track2.30 PMAnand Mohan Marthur Subha GrahaMR - 10, Sukhliya, Vijayanagar, Indore - 452 010Mr.J B Sahu
Ph: 93025 30423
06-Aug-11SaturdayHyderabadNon Tata Track2.30 PMRNR AuditoriumOpp. Lotus Pond Road, No. 12 MLA Colony, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034Mr. Rahmath Ali Khan
Ph: 97002 14233
07-Aug-11SundayBhubaneswarNon Tata Track2.30 PMMay Fair Convention Centre8-B,Jayadev Vihar, Bhubaneswar - 751 013Mr.Sambit Mohanty
Ph: 94372 08345
20-Aug-11SaturdayGuwahatiNon Tata Track2.30 PMSrimanta Sankaradev KalashetraPanjabari, Guwahati - 781 037.Mr. Surajit Khund
Ph: 94351 46433
21-Aug-11SundayKolkataTata + Non Tata Track1.00 PMTaj BengalAlipore, KolkataMr. Duke
Ph: 98838 57766
27-Aug-11SaturdayRanchiNon Tata Track10.30 AMSt. Xaviers CollegePurulia Road, RanchiMs. Manisha
Ph: 91227 16327
28-Aug-11SundayJamshedpurTata Track10.30 AMRavindra BhawanSakchi, JamshedpurMr.Umesh Kumar Singh
Ph: 094311 78038
04-Sep-11SundayBangaloreTata + Non Tata Track2.00 PMSt. John's AuditoriumAnnexe III, opposite to the Koramangala B.D.A. Complex, Koramangala, Bangalore - 560 034.Ms.Satyavati Rao
Ph: 98450 56834
10-Sep-11SaturdayChennaiTata + Non Tata Track2.00 PMChinmaya Heritage CentreTapovan Hall, # 2, 13th Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai - 600 031Mr.Giridharan
Ph: 98411 67685
17-Sep-11SaturdayPuneTata + Non Tata Track2.00 PMTilak SamarakSadashiv Peth, PuneMr.Amit
Ph: 93705 05040
18-Sep-11SundayMumbaiTata + Non Tata Track2.00 PMY B Chavan AuditoriumNariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021Mr.Mervyn D'Souza
Ph: 98709 21814
19-Sep-11MondayAhmedabadNon Tata Track5.00 PMIIM - Indian Institute of Management(Ravi Mathai Hall), Vastrapur, Ahmedabad - 380 015.Ms.Nikky
Ph: 98986 19221
22-Sep-11ThursdayPanjimNon Tata Track5.00 PMNational Institute of Oceanography, Cardium AuditoriumDona Paula, Goa - 403 004Mr.Ashish Rane
Ph: 98231 10601
24-Sep-11SaturdayLucknowTata + Non Tata Track1.00 PMTaj ResidencyVipin khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow - 226 010.Mr Abhishek
Ph: 98397 72400
25-Sep-11SundayDelhiTata + Non Tata Track1.00 PMTaj Palace Hotel2, Sardar Patel marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi 110 021Mr Abhishek
Ph: 98397 72400
26-Sep-11MondayChandigarhNon Tata Track5.00 PMTaj ChandigarhBlock No. 9, Sector 17-A, Chandigarh - 160 017.Mr.Sunil
Ph: 98150 01654
02-Oct-11SundayNational FinalsTaj Mahal Palace and TowersAppolo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 001

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

HTNI #44

He became a professional Tennis player at the age of 17, and became the Italian Tennis Champion defeating the pre-eminent Italian Player of his time Nicola Pietrangeli. He is however better known as the founder of a company formerly known as Sandys S.P.A. Who is this person?

Answer to Previous Question

This was the first time a Landlocked country had won the America's Cup. Thus the 2007 America's Cup was held in Valencia after Alinghi auctioned the rights to host the America's Cup from Switzerland.

Only Ramki got this.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

KenQuiz 2011: Team Nexus Prelims

Attended a super quiz by Venky , Navin and Kivi at the Sasken Campus.

First: JK & Mitesh
Second: The BoiledBeans Guys
Third : Thejaswi Udupa and Anustup

Thanks to Venky for sharing the quiz.

K-Circle Open Quiz 2011

Dear trivia junkies,

Zen masters say,"let the mind be Open, but not so as to let ideas slip through."

Fashionistas say,"let the slip be Open, and let the mind get ideas!"

Quizmasters say: "Let there be the Open!"

Welcome to "Swami & Friends' present: K-Circle Open Quiz 2011"

Date : 31st July 2011

> Teams of three

> Bhaskara Auditorium, B M Birla Science Centre, Near Birla Mandir, Adarsh Nagar, Hyderabad-500063. For those who didn't know, Birla Science Center is the complex below the Birla planetarium!

> QMs: Swami & Friends- Josyula 'JK' Krishnamurthi, Alagar 'Cut-off' Samy, E M 'Buggy' Bhargava & Anil 'Cheshire Cat Smile' Kumar

> Attractive cash prizes!

Rest assured you will NOT be disappointed!

HTNI #43

In 2003 , The alinghi SUI -64 , a yacht owned by Societe Nautique de Geneve challenged the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for the America's cup and won the races as well. This however resulted in a first for the America's Cup in 2007. What first occurred in 2007 and why?

Answer to previous question


Santhosh , TriviaStar , Ramki got it right.