1. Which Indian poet’s daughter is married to Indian politician George Fernandes?
2. What was the name of the sting operation conducted by Tehelka reporters Mathew Samuel and Aniruddha Bahal of Tehelka in 2001?
3. Who first novel is The Golden Gate, a novel told through the medium of poetry, and consists of 590 stanzas?
4. Connect – Rupa, Jiva, Gopala Bhatta, Raghunatha Dasa, Sanatana and Raghunatha Bhatta.
5. Who was the first Indian woman to win the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1956?
1. Humayun Kabir. His daughter is Leila Kabir.
2. Operation West End.
3. Vikram Seth.
4. They are the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan, a group of devotional teachers known for their writings on Vaishnava practices.
5. Amrita Pritam.
1. Connect the following – a 1994 film starring Robin Williams, a supernatural drama series broadcasted by BBC and a charitable organization found by an Indian actor.
2. Who was the first Minister of Finance for India, a position in which he served from October 1946 till Independence Day?
3. Which organization’s seal depicts a tiger and a palm tree? It was based on the image depicted in the ‘Mohur’, a gold coin minted in pre-independence India.
4. Which business group owns ‘GoAir’? They also Bombay Dyeing and Britannia Industries.
5. Which company founded by R.P.Goenka can trace back it’s origins to a demonstration conducted in 1879 by P W Fleury & Co.?
1. Being Human.
2. Liaquat Ali Khan.
3. Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
4. Wadia group.
5. CESC (Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation).
1. Who was the author of Akbarnama, the chronicles of the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar?
2. ‘Mula Sangh’ and ‘Kashtha Sangh’ are two branches of which sect and religion?
3. What is the meaning of the word ‘Sur’, a Pashtun tribe found in parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India? Sher Shah Suri, who founded the Suri empire, was a member of this tribe.
4. How is the Gangaridai (Nation of Ganges), an ancient state founded around 300BC, known as today?
5. Which Greek author wrote the book ‘Indica’, which provided an account of his travels through various parts of modern day India?
1. Abul Fazl.
2. Digambara sect, Jainism.
3. The color red.
4. Bengal (also Bangladesh).
1. Who wrote ‘Great Tang Records on the Western Regions’, a narrative which describes in detail his journey across Asia, including India?
2. Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a series of letters to Indira Gandhi while in prison, which was later published as ‘Glimpses of World History’. Which prison was he in?
3. Which ancient city is believed to have been called Kukkutarma, a Dravidian name meaning ‘city of the cockerel’?
4. Who founded the Servants of India Society in 1905?
5. Which ancient Indian city’s name is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘military establishment’?
1. Hieun Tsang.
2. Naini Central Prison.
4. Gopal Krishna Gokhale.
1. Name the famous Indian cinematographer who won two Filmfare Awards, for Mother India in 1958 and Duniya in 1970.
2. What is located in Hyderabad and considered to be the largest integrated film city in the world?
3. Which movie was distributed abroad as ‘Calcutta – The Cruel City’?
4. In which movie did Mithun Chakraborty make his debut as an actor?
5. Noted film critic Roger Ebert, the first person to win the Pullitzer for Criticism, chose a 1999 Indian movie for his 2005 Overlooked Film Festival. Which movie?
1. Faredoon Irani.
2. Ramoji Film City.
3. Do Bigha Zamin.
1. Name the legendary singer born in British India in 1926 as Allah Wasai, who moved to Pakistan after the independence of India. She has also appeared in movies with Indian actor Pran in the 1940s.
2. Who won the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Best Actress Award for two consecutive years in 1941 and 1942? She was named in India Today’s “100 People Who Shaped India” for being one of the pioneers among women in Indian cinema.
3. Bimal Roy was once an assistant to director P.C.Barua, during the making of his 1935 film Devdas starring K.L.Saigal. Bimal Roy later went on to direct his own version of Devdas. Who played the role of Devdas in Roy’s version?
4. The film Musafir, made in 1957 and whose cast included Kishore Kumar and Suchitra Sen, was the directorial debut of which Indian director?
1. Noor Jehan.
2. Durga Khote.
3. Dilip Kumar.
4. Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
1. ‘Your Man in India’ is a concierge company for NRIs (Non Resident Indians). Which business groups owns this company?
2. How is the Engineering and Iron Trades Association, established in 1895, known as today?
3. What was originally based on the 1962 Suzuki Fronte, but changed to the based on the more modern Alto in 1986?
4. Which modern bank in India can trace backs it’s origins to the Mercantile Bank set up in 1853 in Mumbai?
5. Name the brand of dairy products started in India in 1915 by Pestonjee Eduljee. The co-operative behind Amul was set up as a reaction against the business practices of this company.
2. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
3. Maruti 800.
1. An Indian author who was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), he is considered a pioneer in introducing ancient Indian art to the Western world. The Sahitya Akademi provides scholarships in his name to scholars from other Asian countries to work in India. Identify the author.
2. Who is the only Indian origin author to have won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, given for science fiction novels?
3. What is common to the following states – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and New Delhi? (Hint: Language spoken)
4. Which script, earlier used to write in Kashmiri and Sanskrit, is rarely used today except for some members of the Kashmiri Pandit community?
5. Sake Dean Mohamed introduced the concept of curry houses in Britain. He is also considered to be the first Indian to … (fill in the blanks)
1. Ananda Commaraswamy.
2. Amitav Ghosh.
3. These 5 states recognize Urdu as one of their official state languages.
5. Write a book in English.
1. Who was the captain of the Indian hockey team in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics? He is now a politician who is a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal.
2. With which sport would you associate the words ‘Sanjeevani’ and ‘Gaminee’?
3. What was started by Suresh Chandra Chaudhari, Raja Manmatha Nath, Ramesh Chandra Sen and Aurobinda Ghosh in 1920? It is owned by United Breweries today.
4. Name the legendary Indian badminton coach from Hyderabad who has previously coached Pullela Gopichand, Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta.
1. Pargat Singh.
3. East Bengal Football Club.
4. S. M. Arif.
1. My middle name is Merwanjee, and I am considered to be the father of the Bombay Municipality. I was chosen to be the President of the Indian National Congress in 1890. I also started a newspaper called ‘Bombay Chronicle’ in 1910. Who am I?
2. An Indian mathematician particularly famous for his skills in geodesic surveying, he is famous for calculating the height of Mt.Everest and demonstrating that it was the tallest mountain above sea level. He was a Derozian, a movement inspired by the teachings of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio. Identify the mathematician.
3. A community of Jews in India, they are believed to be one of the ‘Lost Tribes’ – one of the ten tribes deported from Israel around 700 BC. Nissim Ezekiel, a famous Indian poet known for his writing in English, was a notable member of this community. What was the community known as?
1. Pherozeshah Mehta.
2. Radhanath Sikdar.
3. Bene Israel.