1. Connect – a song by a band which had A.R.Rahman as one of its members, a movie where the main role is played by Vinod Khanna and a Malayalam movie released in the year 2000.
2. When is the Bodhi Day celebrated to commemorate the achievement of enlightenment by the Buddha?
3. Which hill station in Madhya Pradesh is referred to as the ‘Queen of Satpura’?
4. After the adoption of Indian Standard Time (IST) in 1947, two cities retained their own local time till 1948 and 1955 respectively. Which two cities?
5. Which Indian political leader’s views, by his own admission, was shaped by economists Joan Robinson and Nicholas Kaldor?
1. Satyameva Jayate.
2. December 8, or 8th day of the 12th Lunar month of the Chinese calendar (depending on the country of celebration).
4. Calcutta (Kolkata) and Bombay (Mumbai).
5. Manmohan Singh.
1. What was originally constructed by the East India Company in 1696 and later re-built by Robert Clive in 1758?
2. The Doddabetta Peak is the highest point in which mountain range?
3. Name the rocket used by NASA and the first to be launched from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station.
4. Which British army engineer is also known as the father of the Archaeological Survey of India?
5. How is the Kempegowda Bus Station in Bangalore popularly known as?
1. Fort William (in Calcutta).
2. Nilgiri mountains.
4. Sir Alexander Cunningham.
1. Karkadann was a mythological creature believed to have lived in India. Which animal is the myth based on?
2. Name the social reformer from Maharashtra, who wrote under the pen name ‘Lokhitawadi’, and campaigned against social ills like the dowry system, child marriage and the caste system.
3. Which agreement was signed in September 1960 between Jawaharlal Nehru and Ayub Khan, the then President of Pakistan, and facilitated by the World Bank?
4. Who was the first Managing Director of the company now known as Maruti Suzuki India Limited?
5. Where in India would you find the Le Corbusier Centre, Sukhna Lake and Capitol Complex?
1. Indian Rhinoceros.
2. Gopal Hari Deshmukh.
3. Indus Waters Treaty.
4. Sanjay Gandhi.
1. Which early Indian political and social leader was a cricket enthusiast and also the vice president of a cricket club in North London? He was also the first Asian to be a British Member of Parliament.
2. An influential cricket tournament held in Bombay in pre-independence India, it’s origins lay in an annual match played between Bombay Gymkhana and the Zoroastrian Cricket Club. It ultimately comprised five teams referred to as ‘Europeans’, ‘Hindus’, ‘Muslims’, ‘Parsees’ and ‘The Rest’. Name the tournament.
3. Three teams made their debut in the 1996 Cricket World Cup held in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Two of them were Kenya and The Netherlands. Which team was the third?
4. Which stadium hosted the first ever Ranji Trophy match? One of the participating teams was Mysore, who ended up losing the match.
1. Dadabhai Naoroji.
2. Bombay Pentangular.
3. United Arab Emirates.
4. M.A.Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai.
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.