1. K Malleswari, the lone medal winner for India in the millenium Olympics, and the first woman from India to ever win a medal, is employed at which Central Government Corporation?
2. First there was Bridgestone, and then Mitsubishi; What giant automaker of Japan was embroiled, recently, in a quality-related (again!) controversy?
3. The Times of India launched its latest edition in which city?
4. Which famous fashion accessories House first started as leather goods shop in Florence in 1921?
5. Uncle Pai is associated with which once roaringly successful publishers of children’s literature?
6. Which international airline uses the slogan “Smooth As Silk” in its advertisements?
7. Which TV programme currently aired in India, is sponsored by a) Colgate b) Bajaj c) Dettol and d) LG?
8. Who are the maker of the soft contact lens “Accuvue”?
9. Named “Manager of the Century” by the business magazine ‘Fortune’, he was recently in India? Who is he?
10. The “Three Golden Balls” is the traditional symbol of which class of businessmen, especially in Europe?
11. Which is the largest ‘unlisted’ company in India in terms of turnover?
12. What watchmaker sells an environment-friendly brand of watches called “Eco Drive”?
13. The useful thumb rule in Economics, “Bad money drives out the good” goes by what name?
14. What is film Production Company owned by the Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman?
15.What famous place in New York gets its name from the original location of a stockade built by the Dutch in 1653 to keep out the attacking English colonists and Red Indians?
16. Which famous TV personality owns a film production company called Harpo Films? Look hard at the name, may be you can decipher the answer.
17. The person next-in-command to the CEO is often referred to as the ‘Upper Roger’. From what Indian (Sanskrit) word does this phrase come?
18. Some aeroplanes of which airline sported Meera Mehta’s “Paithan Sari Motif”on their tails for sometime?
19. Who or what is a MAMBA?
20. Under what brand name is the compound “sidenafil citrate’ sold by the pharma company, Pfizer?
21. What ‘social expression’ company (if I may coin a phrase) was started by the 18 year old Joyce Hall in 1910?
22. Which is the biggest toy retail chain in the world?
23. Here’s a Dot-buster: Which award-winning net-based furniture selling company, despite being backed by Amazon.com, filed for bankruptcy, recently?
24. What is the name given to software developed exclusively for use by infants and toddlers?
25. What major currency is known as ‘Greenbacks’ in slang?
26. Who is the only Asian to be included in Sunday Times list of ” The Wealthiest 200 in Britain since 1066″?
27. R Gopalan who is basking in the limelight for his role as a the official emissary in the Raj Kumar Kidnapping case, is the editor of which Tamil Magazine?
28. What we know as Maruti Zen was launched worldwide by Suzuki in the 90’s under what name?
29. Zee Movies is contemplating a co-branding exercise in collaboration with which major Hollywood Film studio?
30. Ashok H Advani is the publisher of which business magazine?
31. Lord Raj Kumar Bagri is the first non-Briton Chairman of what mercantile organization
32. You’ve heard of BSA motorcycles and surely seen BSA bicycles on Indian roads. What does BSA stand for?
33. What brand of Firestone tyres is creating an uproar in the USA, for causing many fatalities on the highway because of a manufacturing defect?
34. He appears in a series of books which made publishing history, and he is the most famous pupil of the “Hogwart’s Witchcraft School”. Who is this fictional character?
35. To which fashion house did the minister Maneka Gandhi address her remark, “The skin of the python is no less precious to the snake than fur is to the fox”?
36. The ‘Calatrava Cross’ is the emblem of which coveted brand of Swiss watch?
37. What famous sports goods company did Phil Knight and Bill Boweman launch in 1964?
38. Which Indian textile brand proudly proclaims “Since 1925″in its advertisements?
39. Which famous hospital chain of India sells an accident insurance cover called “Dost’?
40. What product is associated with the Colombian mascot “Juan Valdez”?
41. Which newspaper baron started his career by launching the “Adelaide Herald” when he was just 23years old?
42. The Hollywood horror flick “Crocodile 2 – Death Roll” was recently shot in which film studio in India?
43. ‘The Striding Man’ is the logo of which best selling brand of scotch whiskey?
44. In his recent visit to New Delhi, in which 5 star Hotel did Bill Gates stay?
45. What automobile, still seen on the roads with minor variations, did Ferdinand Porsche develop under the behest of Adolf Hitler?
46. Mumbai-born Fareed Zackaria has been appointed the editor of which international newsmagazine?
47. Which textile company of India is head quartered at “Neville House”?
48. What useful and innovative computer accessory did Douglas Engelbert invent in 1968?
49. At long last the Department of Telecommunications (DoT, for short) has been transformed in to a corporation. What is its name in its new avatar?
50. What ingredient of chewing gum comes from the South American sapodilla tree?
51. Which Indian confectioneries brand and Times Warner are involved in a legal wrangle over the ‘Bunny’ logo?
52. What is the consulting firm recently acquired by the electronics giant Hewlett-Packard?
53. What pharma company markets the ‘Ayurvedic Concepts’ range of health products?
54. What Hyderabad based company has been contracted by Cantor Index plc to supply giant- sized, inflatable images of the latest contenders to American Presidency-Bush and Gore?
55. What internationally famous sports apparel company was started in the 1930’s by a champion tennis-player of France?
56. Prime Minister AB Vajpayee under went knee surgery in which Mumbai hospital?
57. According to ‘BBC’s Moneytalk’ which German brand is ranked No. 1 amongst car audio products?
58. Who was chosen to be the first and only recipient in India of the choicest, limited edition champagne ‘Espirit du Siecle’?
59. Which Hollywood star and brand ambassador of Omega watches was recently in India to meet the Dalai Lama?
60. What tourist attraction in London, designed by Sir Richard Rogers especially for the millennium, is in grave financial crisis because of its failure to attract enough visitors?
61. OM Gruppen of Sweden is in the news for wanting to takeover of all things which European stock exchange?
62. Carlos Ghosn, living up to his sobriquet of ‘Le Cost-Killer’, is putting which ailing Japanese carmaker on the road to recovery?
63. In the mesmerically popular TV Game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, the prize money is issued on the cheques of which bank?
64. What redoubtable Swiss watchmaker markets a range of metal-cased watches under a clever and ironic name of “Irony”?
65. In the world of Food and Agriculture what does the acronym GM stand for?
66. The indigenously produced Hepatitis b vaccine called Shanvac B, which is giving the multinationals a run for their money, is produced by which company?
67. Sierra Leone is now always in the news for the bloody civil war which is raging there. Otherwise it was known for its highly lucrative export trade in which mineral?
68. What ‘wireless’ technology, which has almost become a buzzword, is named after an ancient Viking chief?
69. What is the new name of the TV channel TNT, after its recent rechristening?
70. Sumantra Ghoshal has been appointed the founding Dean of which fledgling Business School?
71. Arun Bajoria’s takeover threat was targeted at which company?
72. Which Bank has launched the “India Millennium Deposits” to mobilize resources of NRI&s?
73. The quality enforcing technique of ‘Six Sigma’ was first introduced by which American company?
74. Which airline uses the slogan “Be Good to Yourself” in its ads?
75. What is the expensive delicacy obtained from the fish sturgeon especially found in the Caspian Sea?
76. What is the name of the new generation fuel cell car recently developed by GM?
77. Which large chaebol, now in dire straits, was started by five friends in 1979 to manufacture and export garments?
78. Which Dutch brewery is ranked as the biggest producer of beer in Europe?
79. What prized and exclusive cars are manufactured in Malvern Link, North west of London?
80. In collaboration which Bollywood star is ‘Emami’ proposing to launch a range of Ayurvedic personal care products?
81. What is the name of the alliance formed by airlines such as Delta, Air France, Aero Mexico and Korean Air?
82. Which Budapest-born American CEO’s biography is entitled “Swimming Across”?
83. Who is the ‘person of Indian origin’ who was hailed by the online magazine ‘Valley Talk’ as “the most successful Venture Capitalist of all time”?
84. Consequent upon a long drawn out family feud, what is the new name assumed by Andersen Consulting?
85. Italy’s Monte Paschi di Seine, established in 1472, has the distinction of being the oldest of its kind. What is it?
86. Which advertising legend is supposed to have advised, “If you have nothing to say, sing it!”
87. Hans Wilsdorf, a German who set up his business in Switzerland, and later moved to London became the founder of which famous brand of watches?
88. Touted as one of the most useful inventions of this century, it was invented by George Mestral after he noticed burr sticking to his clothes on his return from a walk in the woods. What is it?
89. What is the ‘highest scoring partnership’ in cricket, which became a world famous brand of cigarettes?
90. Unit Trust’s recent intention of terminating what scheme has caused public outcry and a lot of litigation?
91.Which mobile phone manufacturer is popularizing mobile-telephone etiquette with its ‘mobile manners’ campaign?
92.Which Indian TV channel owned the transmission rights for the 50th Miss World contest held in the
93. Bajaj auto is setting up a two wheeler assembly line in which South American country?
94.Merino, one of the finest types of wool, is associated with which country?
95.In the heyday of nationalization, which PSU emerged from the amalgamation of ESSO and Caltex?
96.What biscuit in McVittie’s range was originally developed by Sir Alexander Grant in the 1890’s?
97.In the world of TV transmission technology, what does the much-talked about acronym DTH stand for?
98.With what product would you associate the well-known designs such as ‘American Tank’ and ‘Tank
99.Which Indian packaging company has taken over a firm called ‘Propack’ in China?
100.What is the internationally known brand of ice-cream co- promoted by an ex-hippie named Ben Cohen?
101.In what make of car did the couple from Calcutta, MS Choudhary and his wife Neena, achieve the record for first circumnavigation of the world?
102.What international brand of cigarette is named after a ritzy street in London?
103.Which is the biggest Petroleum Company in the world?
104.Nazomi 503, is the fastest of its kind in the world. What is it?
105.Dhunji Rana was the model for what enduring and macho icon in Indian advertising?
106. Who is the hotshot executive of Indian origin with PepsiCo, who appears in the Fortunes list of 50 most powerful women in corporate America?
107. What is the prized sports drink in the Quaker Oat’s portfolio which makes merger with it so desirable to suitors like Coke, Pepsi or Danone?
108. What is the Danish Electronics Company famed for producing ‘haute couture’ stuff in areas like Stereos, Televisions and Telephones?
109. What internationally famous brand of shoes is named whimsically after a rural American dish made from corn, fed to pet dogs?
110. “Beeps” and “Peeps’ were the experimental prototypes of what legendary hard terrain vehicle?
111. Tidel Park, yet another of those prestigious complexes housing software firms, is associated with which city?
112. What invention was called the Lover’s Telegraph” when first exhibited in Philadelphia, 1876?
113. What now universally popular food item was called “Food of the Gods”, by Linnaeus the eminent naturalist of the nineteenth century?
114. Which aircraft manufactures the A3XX superjumbo, slated to be the biggest civilian aircraft?
115. What international brand of shirts, marketed in India too, is observing 150 years of existence?
116. The Dynatac made in the1970’s was the first of its kind. What is this product which became extremely visible in India only in the mid 90’s?
117. What was the epoch-making book written in the 60’s by Rachel Carson, which awakened the world to the dangers of environmental pollution but incurred the wrath of industrial giants like Dupont?
118. What car being sold in India celebrated its first birthday recently with a birthday song sung especially for it by Shankar (Breathless) Mahadevan?
119. What hard liquor traditionally made from potatoes, literally means ‘Little Water’ in the native tongue?
120. What French sports fashion house has begun to sell India inspired knitwear kurta-pajamas successfully?
121. What large India retail chain proudly describes itself as ‘The Family Store’ in its advertisements?
122. Everyone has heard of the catchphrase “Intel Inside”. But who authored a book entitled “Inside Intel”?
123. What brand of ‘cold cream’, also available in India, derives its name from a latin word meaning ‘snow white’?
124. In Mumbai’s underworld slang the word ‘kavva’ refers to what handy communication device?
125. With what cigarette brand (now gone up in smoke, I’m afraid), would you associate the once ubiquitous slogan “For Men of Action– Satisfaction”?
126. What do you call the style of selling where the bid price goes down progressively until the deal is closed?
127. With which Management Guru of Indian Origin would you most associate the phrase “Core Competence”?
128. What is the popular (though not available in India) low calorie soft drink produced by Coca Cola, having a three letter name?
129. What expensive and legendary brand of cars is supposedly named after the founder of Dertroit – the car manufacturing capital of the world?
130. Which company started by Jim Clark has its headquarters at ‘Mountain View’?
131. What is name of the range of bestselling digital cameras manufactured by Sony?
132. In UK, what brand of beer is most preffered as an accompaniment to India food?
133. What potent liquor, also known a ‘the Green Fairy’, is extracted from wormwood?
134. What invention, in its early years, was described as ‘the horse that never says nay’?
135. Back to acronyms. What does the first three letters of ‘Sun Microsystems’ stand for?
136. A Navigator could mean many things. But a company has launched a toothbrush called Navigator. Which company are we talking about?
137. Tata Finance has launched a credit card with a tie up with which credit card company?
138. Kabhi Dekha Hai Aisa TV? Big Picture! Big Sound! …. Onida. Which ad agency created this award winning advertisement?
139. Which company has the advertising punchline, “The Power To Create”?
141. Which company makes Ujala?
142. If you can’t beat them, join them. Which clock company has decided to shift base to China so that it remains competitive?
143. An Indian businessman has been named among Businessweek’s top entrepreneurs for 2000. Name him.
144. The beautiful Ekta Kapoor, daughter of film star Jeetendra, is a highly successful producer of television serials. Name her company.
145. We all know what bulls and bears do. What would sheep do in the stock market?
146. Which media group (you have to name the company, not the newspaper) has launched India’s first electronic newspaper, or e-paper?
147. Nescafe has two coffee brands. One is Nescafe Classic and the other is?
148. The Human Genome Project has been in the news because government agencies and private sector companies have been racing to become the first to decipher the human genome. Name the private sector company which was in this race?
149. For which electronics brand does Rahul Dravid model?
150. Ceat. This tyre company gives the cricket ratings. To which group does this company belong?
1. Food Corporation of India
53. Himalaya Drugs Company
108. Bang & Oluffsan
1. Pepsico has acquired which American food and drink company recently, which Coca Cola had also bid for but rejected by its board?
2. Who became the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company (The Washington Post) after her husband’s death?
3. Which of the following figures is nearest to the Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of banks in 1999-2000?
4. What does SMS stand for in the communications industry?
5. Match the following top four Bangalore’s businessmen with the companies they own:
6. Why was the website, “Wahindia.com” in the news recently?
7. Who, among the following, is the President of the World Bank?
8. Which television channel has started ‘Kaun Banega Kangal’ as a spoof of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati?’
9. Which of the following banks has launched credit card co-branded with HSBC?
10) What is ‘Red Hat’?
11) Which company uses the punchline “Applying thought”?
12) Name the company formed by film star Shah Rukh Khan for a variety of business interests?
13) Who, among the following, has been selected as ‘Businessman of the year 2000’ by Business India magazine?
14) Which company has launched personalised CDs under the brand “Hamara CD”?
15) Which advertising agency has created the advertisements for “Color Plus”?
16. Who designed the Nike logo ‘Swoosh’ in 1971 and how much was she paid for it?
17. ‘Tony the Tiger’ is the mascot for which product?
18. What is the claim to fame of Miral Durlabhji in the world of Indian Advertising?
19. “If You don’t have to answer to anyone, what would you do’ is the tag line for what?
20. Wrigley’s once distributed one million pieces of this company’s product as handouts for a sales promotion. What product and which company?
21. What is the Quickie P 300?
22. Invented in the 1920s, by C.L.Briggs, in Missouri, this product contained Lithium salts and was initially called ‘Bib-label Lithiated Lemon Lime Soda’. What?
23. Apart from speeds of aircraft, what is the Mach 3?
24. What are ‘Toast in New York’, ‘Mad about Mauve’, ‘Raisin’ rage’?
25. ‘Work Less, do more’ is the tag line for what?
26. Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavorotti appear in an ad for an airline. Name the airline and the service advertised.
27. ‘A Cigarette is a perfect type of perfect pleasure’ was BAT’s first punchline. To whom are the above words attributed?
28. Who started Naturence Research Labs?
29. In the 1960s girls carried a penny in their shoes lest their dates failed to drop them home. What product got its name from this?
30. Which is the official footwear of the Woodstock music festival?
30. How do we better know the company J.W.Foster and Co.?
31. Sears Roebuck and Co., the retailing giant started selling products through mail order. What was the first product sold through mail order?
32. Launched in 1935 as a chocolate crisp, it was later renamed after an 18th century London Club. Name the product.
33. In the book ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, Phileas Fogg withdraws 20000 Guineas from a bank. Name the bank.
34. What did Timothy Leary brand as LSD of the future?
35. Singer Sewing Machines was the first company to introduce a highly innovative marketing tool. What was it?
36. In the movie ‘Forrest Gump’, Tom Hanks is frequently shown drinking a particular drink. Which one?
37. “Nov 7,1912 July 3,1996 I’ve lost my voice” What is the significance of this ad?
36. Which famous cricketer endorsed Colman’s Mustard?
37. Who was the Time Man of the Year 1997?
38. The first product made by this company was a car record player. They gave themselves a name similar to the name of the market leader in record players in those days. Today, this company has a worldwide presence and is known as a premier communications company. Name the company?
39. Mitchell Kapor, a Bostonian, is a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and a Buddhist. In 1988, he started a foundation for electronic free speech. But he is the founder of a well-know company. Which one?
40. An American inventor Herman Hollerith devised an electromechanical
41. Nolan Bushnell launched the video game industry with the founding of a company that took its name from the Japanese game of “Go” where the
42. In the Internet lingo, if someone advised you to ‘RTFM’, what is he telling you to do?
43. What is a three-finger exercise?
44. Why did Intel call the successor to the 486 Processor series “Pentium”, instead of using a combination of digits as they had always done?
45. He shares his first name with a character in “Peanuts” and he is known
46. If you find yourself in an Infinite Loop in the Bay area, where would you be?
47. What is the section of Yahoo that is dedicated to kids called?
48. What are “Bells & Whistles”?
49. A program that automatically sends a default reply to the senders of
50. Which Bangalorean started the free e-mail service “Hotmail”?
51. It is the name of a very famous river in South America. However,
52. What is electronic money known as in common internet parlance?
53. It is not something that you’d like to eat even if you were stranded in an island with adequate supplies of it. However, which unpopular food item is also the term used to describe unwanted mail sent to a mass of e-mail addresses to advertise products or services?
54. What is DPI in computer printing terminology?
55. What is the term for a small, book-sized computer with a screen that allows you to read the digitized text of a book complete with a touch-sensitive screen and stylus that let you highlight, annotate, or bookmark the book?
56. Before the World Wide Web, what was the system for finding and displaying document files stored on the Internet. It was named for the mascot of the college where it was developed, the University of Minnesota?
57. Which company started in a garage in Palo Alto received its first order from Disney, the making the film Fantasia, for Oscillators?
58. What do we call software that has become so loaded with features that it practically takes up all of a computer’s hard disk and requires much too much of its RAM to run?
59. Who is called the father of computing for his contribution to the basic design of the Computer through what he called the analytical engine?
60. DVD, the new technology that looks like a CD-ROM but holds over 4.7 Gb of data (can hold a full length movie) stands for?
61. Who is a 404? (clue : The Internet)
62. Which word, meaning both “an opportunistic Computer hacker” and science
63. What is a program that is disguised as useful software but which actually crashes your hard-disk called?
64. What is Spanish for a “tall pole”?(clue : ask the Document Company)
65. In the field of Computers, the statement “the power of a microprocessor doubles every 18 months….” is better known as?
66. Name the first Indian product to be put up (earlier this week) on Microsoft’s Site Builder Network site? Hint – it is a customised customer e-mail manager
67. What was Project Memphis?
68. M.H.Hasham lost his family business of rice exports when the Govt. nationalised it in 1940. Unfazed he plunged into the oil business setting up Western India Vegetable Products in 1945. At the time of partition he was invited by Mohd. Ali Jinnah to join his ministry in Pakistan. He refused and chose to stay on in India. His company did not grow too much and at the time of his death in 1967 had just two fairly successful Vanaspati brands Sunflower and Camel. Which company?
69. Why did Homi Sethna of TOMCO name India’s first detergent bar, 501?
70. Which company was founded by Frank A. Seiberling and his brother Charles in 1900. Its main product was lined with long staple cotton?
71. Why is IBM called the ‘Big Blue’?
72. This brand was launched in India with one of the largest advertising budgets – Rs. 15 Crore which was 60% of its turnover. 1.5 Crore of this was used to buy up 5 minutes of airtime on the same day at the same time on every TV Channel thus accomplishing for the first time in India, what in advertising jargon is known as a ‘road block’. Which brand?
73. Revlon was founded by Charles Revson. Then why is it called Revlon?
74. The 1900 Corporation, USA introduced a product under a brand name which became a huge success. The company soon adopted the brand name as the name of the company. Which company?
75. In 1980, Rolls Royce launched their ‘Silver Spirit’ model highlighting a particular feature. What feature and why?
76. One morning in 1935, a small time businessman Bishandas Basil hit upon the idea of setting up a sewing machine factory in Calcutta. He thus set up Jay Engineering Works. The machines went on to become a huge success. What name were the machines sold under and why?
77. This person named his company’s leading brand after his nephew, the son of his brother Ramniklal. What brand and who?
78. ‘I have 3 priorities – God, family and __________, and at work these get reversed’. So said the founder of this famous company. 8 months after he died his company sold its 50 billionth product and dislodged Sears Roebuck to enter the Dow Jones 30 Index. Name the founder and the company.
79. In the Ford Escort ad featuring Leander Paes he drinks a particular soft drink and has two books in the car. Name all three.
80. In 1884, a practicing and self-dispensing doctor in Calcutta, Dr. S.K.Burman launched three ayurvedic machines. The medicines were sold on a ‘value for money plank’ and were sent to patients through VPP. Two of the brands he launched were Juri Tap, an anti-malarial and Plaguin for Plague. He also launched a third brand, which was a digestive and exists even today. Later a company which was named in his honour took over the brands. Name the doctor and the company.
81. Who on whom – ‘If he was a plumber, he would control all the water in the world and force anyone who wants a drop of the precious liquid to cut a deal with him’.
83. In 1994, IBM ran a campaign whose punchline was ‘Flight 4.0 to Chicago is delayed’. What was IBM referring to?
84. What was the contribution of Caroline Davidson, a college student to the world of business in 1971?
85. This company was founded by Joyce and brother Rolle. Together they developed one of the world’s largest art organisations with over 400 artists. What?
86. What is the claim to fame of Sergei Zyman in the marketing world?
87. In 1947, Digamber Parasuram Dandekar, a small time entrepreneur was sitting in an Irani restaurant in Bombay, drinking tea. An advertisement caught his eye then. Inspired, he launched a brand which controls 60% of its market today. Which brand?
88. What did Nestle do in 1938, on the request of the Brazilian Govt.?
89. Which brand’s logo, in the form that it appears on it products, always weighs 0.38 gms and is the surest sign of the authenticity of the product?
90. In corporate jargon, what is ‘Cold Calling’?
91. According to Business Week, when the New York trade center was bombed in 1993, a man by name Jim McIntyre led a group of people across 34 floors in total darkness to safety. What did he use for light?
92. The first wholly Indian made commercial was for Dalda Vanaspati. Who sang the jingle?
93. Which major Japanese company started in 1915 with the manufacture of pencils and only later moved on to the products that they are today famous for, also retaining the brandname of the pencils for all their products?
94. In the UK, what is a ‘Pink Pound’?
95. According to McDonald’s , what is the ‘Golden Arches theory of Conflict prevention’?
96. Bill Gates and his team at Microsoft took a team of reporters into a submarine during a product launch. Why did Gates do this?
97. In 1891, James C. Fargo, then President of a particular company went on a business trip to Europe. Fed up with a certain kind of hassle that he repeatedly faced, he asked the manager of the European branch of the company, Marcellus Berry, to devise a solution. What resulted?
98. What is common to Aspirin, Cellophane, Corn flakes, Escalator, Kerosene, Nylon, thermos and Zipper?
99. Which TELCO product is named after its long time chief Sumant Moolgaonkar?
100. What was concocted by a pharmacist named Caleb D Bradham as a cure for dyspepsia?
101. What did a newly wed Johnson and Johnson employee named Earl G Dickson come up with in 1920 because his wife, who was inexperienced in the kitchen kept burning and cutting herself?
102. Which Indian brand gets its name from the Latin word for ‘strength’ or ‘vigour’?
103. Which Indian product was launched by ace magician Franz Hararay at a magic show in Delhi?
104. Which soft drink, invented in the 1920s by C.L.Briggs in Price’s Branch, Missouri was originally called Bib-Label Lithianted Lemon Hearted Soda and was guaranteed to take the ‘ouch out of the grouch’?
105. The name of the cassette and record company TIPS is an acronym for what?
106. By 1861, this product, produced in USA, enjoyed higher sales abroad than in the USA. In Africa, salesmen had to customise the machine because the tribesmen wanted it to be noisier, because they believed ‘good iron made more noise’. Mahatma Gandhi described it as ‘One of the few useful things ever invented’. What?
107. What does the T in the name of the Indian entertainment conglomerate T-Series stand for?
108. What do the letters ESPN in the name of the TV channel stand for?
110. What was designed by Umesh Rao, a young empoyee of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency on an idea by Booby Kooka?
111. What do the letters in the names of the Indian corporate giants BPL and MRF stand for?
112. What is common to MRF, Britannia, Elf, BPL?
113. What according to the Indian government is the only 3 wheeler that you can drive without a license?
114. Persis Khambatta and Protima Bedi both died on the same day. A month earlier they had been interviewed together on a Television show. Name the show and the host.
115. What name is derived from the Persian for ‘Huge sheet of water’?
116. Which animal is the largest member of the Pig family?
117. This vehicle was used for all general purposes during the World Wars and it was said that it could do anything but talk. What?
118. In Tirupati, the Hundi receives millions of rupees every year. What is the mythological reason for the Hundi to be there in the first place?
119. Nowadays, there is this trend of conducting marriages at weird locales, like on a plane. But, for a wedding conducted on a plane, the rule is that Sikh rites have to be followed even though it is a Hindu wedding. Why?
120. Complete the lines – “Till earth and sky stand, presently at God’s great judgement seat, _____________”.
121. In the world of Children’s fiction, if you followed the directions “Second to the right and straight on till morning”, where would you go?
122. The road outside the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago was originally called Michigan Avenue. Now it has been renamed after an Indian. Who?
123. Captain Haddock is the President of an organization called SSS. What odes SSS stand for?
124. The chief architectural planner of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, David H. Burnham wanted to produce a homegrown structure that would rival the Eiffel Tower. He conducted a competition. The winner was George Washington Gale. What did he invent?
125. What practice evolved when Eskimos murdered the captain of the ship Heartsease in 1612?
126. The San Francisco Chronicle described this person as having ‘the determination of Bjorn Borg, the grunt of Jimmy Connors and the laugh of Woody Woodpecker’. Who?
127. In 1979, the Nobel Prize winners for medicine Sir Geoffrey Hounsfield and Allan Cormack were neither doctors nor physiologists. Why were they then awarded the Nobel Prize?
128. What, during the French Revolution, were called Liberty, Equality and Fraternity?
129. Which is the most famous publication of the company Bennett and Coleman?
130. In 1935, Carl Van Ossietzsky, German journalist and pacifist won the Nobel Prize by beating a much more famous person whose nomination for the Prize was vehemently opposed by the British. Who?
131. Sage Bhagiratha performed penance to bring Ganga to earth. Sage Kashyapa performed penance to bring which river to earth?
132. Devonshire House is one of the most popular haunts of Bangaloreans. By what name is it better known?
133. She was the first winner of the Asian Women’s amateur Table Tennis title but is better known for her professional life. Who?
134. The controversial movie ‘Fire’ is the first of director Deepa Mehta’s ‘Elements’ trilogy. Name the other two.
135. Which two cricketers and singer have been signed on to endorse Coca Cola in addition to Saurav Ganguly and Javagal Srinath?
136. Which celebrity made her Hindi film debut in the small role of the wife of tribal Raghubir Yadav in the award winning ‘Massey Saheb’?
137. Who was awarded the Bank of Sweden Prize for 1998?
138. Recently a Dubai based company launched a range of perfumes called ‘SK’. After whom is it named?
139. In the world of comics whose mind ‘works faster than a computer’?
140. Which Kannada movie won the National Award for Best Film in 1998?
141. Where in Bangalore would you find the following words inscribed ‘Government’s work is God’s work’?
142. What is advertised with the line ‘Nothing else matters at nine’?
143. In the world of Indian classical music how are Lalitha and Haripriya better known?
144. In the name of the popular computer iMAC, What does the ‘i’ stand for?
145. It was earlier called as ‘The Statuette’. How do we know it today?
146. Who or what did Shakespeare describe as ‘the green eyed monster’?
147. In the Mahabharata, other than the Kauravas who else had a hundred brothers?
148. Whose autobiography is titled ‘Wings of Fire’?
149. Who edits the women’s magazine ‘New Woman’?
150. Which cricketer is slated to star opposite Madhuri Dixit in a forthcoming film?
1. What was born in a pub in London during a barroom argument on which bird was the fastest in the British Isles?
2. Which king, the son of Sage Pulyasta was an accomplished veena player and his royal flag bore it as his insignia?
3. What according to the Indian government is the only 3 wheeler that you can drive without a license?
4. Persis Khambatta and Protima Bedi both died on the same day. A month earlier they had been interviewed together on a Television show. Name the show and the host.
5. What name is derived from the Persian for ‘Huge sheet of water’?
6. Which animal is the largest member of the Pig family?
7. This vehicle was used for all general purposes during the World Wars and it was said that it could do anything but talk. What?
8. In Tirupati, the Hundi receives millions of rupees every year. What is the mythological reason for the Hundi to be there in the first place?
9. Nowadays, there is this trend of conducting marriages at weird locales, like on a plane. But, for a wedding conducted on a plane, the rule is that Sikh rites have to be followed even though it is a Hindu wedding. Why?
10. Complete the lines – “Till earth and sky stand, presently at God’s great judgement seat, _____________”.
11. In the world of Children’s fiction, if you followed the directions “Second to the right and straight on till morning”, where would you go?
12. The road outside the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago was originally called Michigan Avenue. Now it has been renamed after an Indian. Who?
13. Captain Haddock is the President of an organization called SSS. What odes SSS stand for?
14. The chief architectural planner of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, David H. Burnham wanted to produce a homegrown structure that would rival the Eiffel Tower. He conducted a competition. The winner was George Washington Gale. What did he invent?
15. What practice evolved when Eskimos murdered the captain of the ship Heartsease in 1612?
16. The San Francisco Chronicle described this person as having ‘the determination of Bjorn Borg, the grunt of Jimmy Connors and the laugh of Woody Woodpecker’. Who?
17. In 1979, the Nobel Prize winners for medicine Sir Geoffrey Hounsfield and Allan Cormack were neither doctors nor physiologists. Why were they then awarded the Nobel Prize?
18. What, during the French Revolution, were called Liberty, Equality and Fraternity?
19. Which is the most famous publication of the company Bennett and Coleman?
20. In 1935, Carl Van Ossietzsky, German journalist and pacifist won the Nobel Prize by beating a much more famous person whose nomination for the Prize was vehemently opposed by the British. Who?
21. Sage Bhagiratha performed penance to bring Ganga to earth. Sage Kashyapa performed penance to bring which river to earth?
22. Devonshire House is one of the most popular haunts of Bangaloreans. By what name is it better known?
23. She was the first winner of the Asian Women’s amateur Table Tennis title but is better known for her professional life. Who?
24. The controversial movie ‘Fire’ is the first of director Deepa Mehta’s ‘Elements’ trilogy. Name the other two.
25. Which two cricketers and singer have been signed on to endorse Coca Cola in addition to Saurav Ganguly and Javagal Srinath?
26. Which celebrity made her Hindi film debut in the small role of the wife of tribal Raghubir Yadav in the award winning ‘Massey Saheb’?
27. Who was awarded the Bank of Sweden Prize for 1998?
28. Recently a Dubai based company launched a range of perfumes called ‘SK’. After whom is it named?
29. In the world of comics whose mind ‘works faster than a computer’?
30. Which Kannada movie won the National Award for Best Film in 1998?
31. Where in Bangalore would you find the following words inscribed ‘Government’s work is God’s work’?
32. What is advertised with the line ‘Nothing else matters at nine’?
33. In the world of Indian classical music how are Lalitha and Haripriya better known?
34. In the name of the popular computer iMAC, What does the ‘i’ stand for?
35. It was earlier called as ‘The Statuette’. How do we know it today?
36. Who or what did Shakespeare describe as ‘the green eyed monster’?
37. In the Mahabharata, other than the Kauravas who else had a hundred brothers?
38. Whose autobiography is titled ‘Wings of Fire’?
39. Who edits the women’s magazine ‘New Woman’?
40. Which cricketer is slated to star opposite Madhuri Dixit in a forthcoming film?
41. What was born in a pub in London during a barroom argument on which bird was the fastest in the British Isles?
42. Which king, the son of Sage Pulyasta was an accomplished veena player and his royal flag bore it as his insignia?
43. During the late 80s the Times of India group had launched a super premium tea brand which met with a quick death in the market. Name the brand.
44. Which industrialist began his career ass an attendant for Burmah Shell Gas in Aden(Yemen)?
45. If IBM is the Big Blue, Coca Cola the Big Red, what is Big Black?
47. Which company started as a playing card company in 1889 in Japan and literally means ‘Leave luck to Heaven’?
48. Which product was launched with the adline ‘It helps a school girl to maintain her complexion’?
49. Which brand employs Mercury, the swift messenger of the Gods, a connotation of speed, as its trademark?
50. The name of which Japanese company literally means ’50 Bells’?
51. In the mid 80s, the Beatles’ song ‘revolution’ was licensed for a TV commercial, the first time ever that a Beatles’ song had been licensed for advertising purposes. Name the brand
52. Which was the first commercial symbol to be displayed at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum?
53. Derived from the Japanese word for ‘great Prince’, it found its way into English, after foreigners mispronounced it, as something else which came to mean ‘a man of great wealth’. What word?
54. Which company has its headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire, CWI, 3pl, England?
55. Who once advertised with the slogan ‘Nothing improvises the circulation of a magazine like a dirty picture’?
56. David Whitebread is a little known stage actor and part time model. What is he best known as?
57. Which ad agency keeps a bowl of fresh apples in the reception areas of its offices all over the world?
58. Which celebrity owns ‘Unsquashable Inc”?
59. Who said ‘I have done more than anyone else to change the face of mankind’?
60. Warner Communications & American Express paid Manhattan Design 1000 dollars to design a logo. What?
62. What is the Roman word for ‘To roll over’?
63. Which brand had the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra play at its Indian Launch?
64. Which media baron was born Jan Ludwik Hoch and died under mysterious circumstances abroad his yacht ‘Lady Ghislaine’?
65. Who recently launched a website ‘India 2002’?
66. Which computer company recently taken over by Samsung, was founded in 1980 and derives its name from the combination of first letters of first names of the founders?
67. Who heads a Delhi based beauty company called ‘Naturence Research Labs’?
68. Who actually built a bridge in Sri Lanka for the film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’?
69. What US Presidential election campaign slogan was lifted in an Indian softdrink jingle to claim that a coke replacement had arrived?
70. This brand of alcohol advertised abroad with the line ‘I thought the Kamasutra was an Indian restaurant until I discovered ________. Their ads also cautioned ‘Remember whatever happens do not over do it’.
71. This brand manufactured by Kazuo Tazima gets its name from three words – Machine, Instrument, Optical. Which brand?
72. Which company gets its name from a fruit which used to be exported to England from a Moroccan port?
73. Hasbro has a tie up with Funskool India to market its toys and games in India. Name the
74. The ad featuring Moon Moon Sen’s daughter Riya Dev Varma for Nirma lime Soap looks very similar to the Liril ad. Could it be because it was directed by the same person? Who directed them?
75. Name the newspaper started by industrialist Vijaypath Singhania of the J.K. Group.
77. A Bombay based jewellery house launched a range of earrings called H.B. a couple of years ago. Why were they called H.B.?
78. When Henry Ford died, amongst his last possessions was a test tube. What did it supposedly contain?
80. Which Indian businessman was part of the design team at Intel that designed the Intel 80486 microprocessor?
81. In which merchant bank did P.G.Wodehouse work for two years?
82. To which company did the shipment of tea destroyed by the American colonists during the Boston Tea Party in 1773 belong?
83. What was advertised with the slogan “You press the button and we do the rest”?
84. What is an unrhymed Japanese poem of 3 lines, containing 17 syllables called? It is also the name of an Indian saree range.
85. Honda advertised in the 1960s with the line “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”. Which Indian automobiles advertised two decades later with the same line?
86. Which brand created a sensation by sticking a Ford Cortina to a billboard at a busy junction in London?
87. During Wimbledon 1995 Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi played a mock tennis match at Trafalgar Square in London. Why?
88. Which Indian brand combined the Coke and Pepsi ad slogans to come up with the line “The real thing is the choice of the new generations”?
89. What was launched in 1959 in Kansas by the Carney Brothers?
90. The highest ever wicket partnership in England was between Herbert Sutcliffe and Percy Holmes in 1923 against Essex in Leyton. How is this significant to the present day corporate world?
91. Complete this line “There is but one cup to win, eleven proud people, twelve proud nations, lean to win the cup ________ .
92. What food item was patented in 1830 and called ‘Dr. Miles compound Tomato extract’?
93. Which Indian clothing brand gets its name from Greek for ‘Circle of Animals’?
94. Which industrialist – Philanthropist donated $800,00 for the land on which the U.N. General Assembly has been built?
95. Ken Follett has written a book ‘On the wings of Eagles’ which deals with the true story of how 40 odd employees of an American Company EDS corporation escaped from Iran when caught in the Islamic Revolution. Who owns EDS and appears throughout the book?
96. 17 year old Rudyard Kipling roamed India as Assistant Editor of the Civil and Military Gazette, Lahore. He then wrote ‘Soldiers Three’ a series of short tales that launched a pervasive, nation wide enterprise which exists to date. What?
97. What is a ‘Sen’ in monetary terms?
98. Which brand derives its name from the Japanese God of Mercy?
99. Following the super success of Food World, the Spencers Group has launched two other chains of superstores. Name them.
100. Which Indian newspaper advertises with the line “Why settle for anything else”?
101. Ads for which Indian product feature the following – a raunchy novel titled ‘fantasies’, perfume and a registered postal package?
102. Which Indian newspaper claims along with its price on the masthead that ‘One Paise goes to charity for every issue sold”.
103. This was the classification of the highest quality of ships, by the Lloyds shipping Registrar of the world famous insurance association Lloyds. It has now become a phrase in the language meaning something of superior quality. What?
104. Sachin Tendulkar was named after his brother Ajit’s favourite music director. Who?
105. Who is known as the ‘Terror of MM Hills’?
106. In which Indian city did Shivaji marry?
108. What is the Sanskrit word for ‘refined’?
109. In telephone terminology what does ISD stand for?
110. Which Indian author’s first names are Rasipuram Krishnaswamy?
111. Name the wife of Agni.
112. By what name do we know the Hindi actor Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia better?
113. Which place in Bangalore was originally known as South Parade?
114. Two wards in the Tihar Jail in New Delhi were named after Indian cricketers by supercop Kiran Bedi. Who?
115. To avenge whose death did Bhagat Singh shoot and kill General Saunders?
116. Why did Pakistan supposedly name its missile ‘Ghauri’?
117. From which ancient Indian work do we get the lines ‘Satyameva Jayate’?
118. This product is manufactured only by one company – The Mysore Paints & Varnishes Ltd.What?
119. Whose ashes are supposedly stored at the Renkoji Temple in Japan?
120. Which actor and director both made their debut in the Kannada film ‘Pallavi Anu Pallavi’?
121. What is the name of the play by Girish Karnad dealing with Basavanna and his Sharanas?
122. Who founded the Mysore Bank now known as the State Bank of Mysore?
123. Who is the Indian God of Medicine?
124. Which of India’s greatest freedom fighters got his name because his familywere originally sellers of perfume?
126. The letters that he wrote to his daughter from jail were published as a book ‘Letters from afather to a daughter’ . Name both.
127. Which state has the distinction of having the most Jnanpith Award winners?
128. Who promotes Kannada theatre through his troupe called Rangayana?
129. Which great writer and poet introduced and promoted the sport of Judo in India?
130. Who wrote the book “The God of Small Things’ which won the Booker Prize last year?
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1. Which ancient Indian text contains rules and regulations on how to run a protected forest or a ‘abhayaranya’?
1. Kautilya’s Arthashastra
2. The oldest of the species is supposedly more than 600 years old and is found in Kerala’s Perambikulam game sanctuary. Now it is a primary component for reforestation and its bark and flowers are used as medicine for Bronchitis. Its name originated in Malayalam and entered Portuguese to mean ‘carpenter’. Which tree?
3. This tree was supposedly brought to India from Sri Lanka by Hanuman when he was carrying messages from Sita. He felt so delighted by it that he threw the seeds on what is presently Maharashtra. Which tree?
4. What is the area adjoining the Kuntipuzha river in Kerala called?
5. Which comic achieved the distinction of being the first to be printed on recycled paper as early as the mid 80s?
6. Petra Kelly founded a political party in Germany whose agenda is conservation. Name the party.
7. Who was the star of a film “Grime goes green’ along with John Cleese?
8. The first environmentally conscious community are found in Rajasthan and get their name from the fact that the follow 29 commandments?
9. If you were a Gargencian with whom would you mate?
10. Carl Sagan headed a research team called TTAPS which introduced a phrase into the English language. What phrase?
11. In an irony of war in the Gulf, a US owned tanker flying a Pan American flag carrying Iranian oil struck a mine off Fujirah port in UAE and caused an oil slick, the first in the Indian Ocean. Name the ship.
12. In 1992, At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro two countries, rather incongruously announced they would resume whale hunting. Name them.
13. What was E.P.Gee referring to in his book ‘Wildlife of India’ when he wrote ‘ There are floating islands in Burma, Kashmir and North America that I have heard of. But I think ________ is the only floating wildlife sanctuary in the world. Fill in the blank.
14. Sir John Randel and H.A.H. Bart of Birmingham University invented the magnetron for use in Britain’s radar
15. This phrase originated from the name of a tax levied on the Irish by the Danes in the 9th century. Those who did not pay had this part of the body cut off. What is the phrase?
16. This artist declared “I am still a victim of Chess. It has all the beauty of art – and much more. It cannot be commercialised. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.” Another time he commented that “while all artists are not chess players all chess players are artists. He gave up chess in the 1920s to pursue full time painting. Who?
17. In evolutionary theory parlance, what is this phenomenon called – “All organisms are evolving at a furious pace just to stay in the same balance”?
18. Since 1982, the English Department at San Jose University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest, encouraging writers to submit the worst possible opening sentence for a novel. This is in honour of Edward Bulwer-Lytton who had a famous line to open his 1830 novel ‘Paul Clifford’. What was the line?
19. What does a ‘u in a small circle ‘ on a food product signify?
20. When Sir Alec Bedser was knighted he remarked. ” I suppose no bowler has been knighted since _____.” Who?
21. Who wrote the following lines and what was he referring to – “It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with ____. The Almighty has said, no doubt: Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”?
22. Sunil Gavaskar scored one century against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy. What was strange about it?
23. Why are HAM actors called HAM actors?
24. He holds the record for being Christchursh College’s longest staying Dean. HE was co-author of the Scot Greek dictionary and a revised version of Passawo’s Greek German Dictionary. HE got into trouble later in his life when he was forced to remove a Greek word meaning “to thrust a radish up the fundament’. Which was a punishment for adulterer’s in ancient Greece. Who?
26. The first German colony in Transylvania was said to have been established in the 1380s as a result of about 130 people migrating across the Koppellberg Hill from a place in Westphalia. Who were these people?
27. In the year 1775, Paul Revere made his historic ride to Lexington. With him was a drummer boy who assisted him at the age of 10. The boy later attained international fame and was immortalised by the artist James Montgomery Flagg. Who?
28. Hengist desired to have a friendly meeting with Vortigern who in turn fell upon him with his army and put to death Hengist and his entire coterie of attendants. Aurelius Ambrosious requested the Court Advisor to recommend a memento for this event . What was the memento?
29. The Abott of Glastonbury at the time of the Dissolution of the monasteries sent the deeds of the mAnor of Mells to King Henry VIII concealed. The steward carrying the package knew of the contents extracted it and ended up owning the manor. How is this event immortalised?
30. King Louis IX , later St. Louis was so upset by the fact that people swore using the nam of God like ‘ pardieu’, etc. that he banned these words which resulted in the introduction of a few more words in the language. Which words and how?
31. Henri Matisse’s ‘Le Bateau’ hung in New York’s Museum of Modern Art for days in 1961. 116,000 people watched and appreciated it and then on the 48th day a major error was noticed. What?
32. He was Jack Dempsey’s sparring partner. Later in life Jack Dempsey in his autobiography confessed that the only time he was knocked out was in an altercation informally with him over a girl. Who is the person?
33. He was cited to play the role that Nirmal Pandey finally played in Bandit Queen, and then was relegated to play the role of Man Singh. His favourite author is Shakespeare as he shares his birthday with him .Who?
34. Its now considered a path breaking concept in humour psychology. Its called the Stephen Hawking syndrome. Its making great news in Britain and every psychologist presents his patient with a poster of Hawking at the beginning of the treatment. What is it all about?
35. The Jain Dilwara temples at Mt.Abu are incomparable in detail and ornamentation . But this is supposed to have been the side result of a unique idea of the Maharaja . What?
37. Amrita devi, a member of the Bishnoi tribe was killed by the soldiers of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. What was she doing at the time of her death and what did It trigger?
38. King Janamejaya once conducted a Snake Sacrifice at the city of Taxila in order to ward of a curse on his Grandfather Pareekshit. What event of great significance occurred here?
39. The inventor of this concept was Francis Bacon. He called it the biliteral cipher. How has it been immortalised now?
40. In 1987, the Low Pay Unit of Britain instituted this award. In the I year a Wiltshire stable owner who paid a qualified groom only 28 pounds a week and runners up was a doctor who paid his telephonist only 30p. Name the award?
41. This person’s first foray into show business was in a popular wild west show where she demonstrated her sharp shooting skills to Annie Oakley. Buffalo Bill who was the organiser offered this 16 year old a job. Who?
42. This word has its origin from Hungarian from the fact that the Hungarian King Crathias Corvinus used to enlist one horseman from every 20 houses. which word?
43. This person went into debt and was sued by the Theological Society in the late 1700s for maligning a household name. He fought back and lost and his house , tools and workplace were confiscated. Who is this guy?
44. In corporate jargon who are referred to as ‘Whistle blowers’?
45. Directed by Martin Scorcese it was part inspired by the life of Edmund Perry gifted Black Graduate of Philips Exater Academy whose violet death revealed a violent and troubled existence?
46. ‘Modern Times ‘ was the remake of a French Movie ‘A nous la liberte’ by Rene Clair. Since it was made under a German banner J Goebbels wanted to sue Chaplin but couldn’t as Rene Clair refused to support him. Why?
47. At the Karnidevi Temple in Rajasthan they are worshipped as the deity’s descendants. They are referred to as Kabas (Marwari for children). This temple was ordered to be closed during the plague? Why?
48. During the Ayodhya riots, many solutions were put across in Parliament to solve the crisis. But one of the unique ones was from a MP from Up who suggested that a sweet shop be built on the disputed land selling only one product. What?
50. This person was the inventor of the first Alarm Clock. When the time was reached a bell would peal and a lighted lamp would come out. He was decorated for his application of electricity to docks by the French Govt. in 1855. Who?
51. In the early1860s a New York firm offered a prize of $10,000 for a satisfactory substitute of making billiards balls. It was won by John Wellessley Hayack. What did he invent?
52. The Matshushita company is the pioneer of the worker control room. Seeing the rise in popularity most Japanese companies have adopted it. What is this concept?
53. ” Some day they will go down together, And they will bury them side by side. To a few it means grief, To the law its relief, But its death to ________.” Fill in the blank.
54. This person as a cub reporter of the Times of India in 1944 had the memorable assignment of interviewing Mahatma Gandhi which he says was the most inspiring moment of his life. Who?
55. ‘Pheri Betaunia’ was the first movie of which Bollywood actress?
56. The first person from Harvard University to be knighted has a street in London named after him. Who?
57. This phrase, originated from the name of a British clothes shop, where men could buy their suits and everything else required for their outfits. It originally meant just the opposite of what it means today. What phrase?
58. The film ‘Bobby’ which resurrected Raj Kapoor after the mega debacle of Mera Naam Joker was based on a script originally written in Tamil by whom?
59. Tazio Secchiaroli, a photographer died in June this year. What is his claim to fame?
60. Minutes before his death, he had his will testified in which he said, “My ashes may be sunk in the holy Sindhu river, when she will again flow freely under the aegis of the flag of a unified Hindustan. It hardly matters even if it took a couple of generations for realising my wish. Preserve the ashes till then..” Who?
61. This French company started publishing a road guide. As it became popular it soon started reviewing the hotels and inns on the major routes. Name this company and what was the outcome of this practise?
63. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes him a ___ ___. Fill in the blanks.
64. Which term was coined by Don Hoeffler in 1971 writing in “electronic News’ describing a particular area of the USA?
65. Gandhiji’s ashes were carried on a scheduled train from Allahabad to Delhi for immersion. But something was different about the train on that journey. What?
66. Which Indian musical instrument’s name when translated into English means Royal Flute?
67. According to Islamic lore , two lumps of clay were left after God created the universe. One was fashioned into the camel. What happened to the other?
68. Which invention of confectioner George Smith was named after a famous race horse of the early 20th Century?
69. Dwight Davis was the secretary of war during the regime of Edgar J. Hoover. What is his claim to fame?
70. Why are Bill Clinton and Pamela Anderson in the Guinness Book?
71. The oaths in Christianity were always taken by the name of the Lord’s mother. Hence all agreements were taken to be true and definite when this phrase was uttered. Which word came from this practise?
72. What was originally built by King Joonkar as a wedding gift for his wife Sheba, queen of Tigra so that he could spend the first night of his marriage with her, there?
73. In feudal times peasants were not allowed to climb trees or cut them down for firewood by the landlords. They could use only branches lying on the ground or those that they could pull down. How do we remember this practise?
74. The Houston Astrodome was the first place where it was tested and was appreciated by the teams who took part in a local baseball match. What?
76. Whose advertisement in the London Times read “Are you happy? If not consult _____ , 17, Richmond Street”?
77. Connect Boardwalk, Rue de la Paix, Schlossallee, Paseo De L Prado and Mayfair.
78. This magazine was the first to feature a nude male in the centrefold under the editorship of Curly Brown. This model posed for the April 1972 edition. Model and Magazine?
79. It was originally made of wood. The revised version was initiated by Sir Peter Colechurch. and was finally completed in 1831. It was designed by John Rennie and cost 1,458,000 Pounds. What?
80. What is the Celtic word for ‘bush’?
81. Fill in the blank in this work of John Derrick(1593) -” ……. free school of Gulderforde, he and his fellowes did runne and play there at ________ and other plaies.”
82. She made her debut in ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat’ and was suppose to play Priety Zinta’s role in Dil Se.. . Who?
83. 22 of the world’s best cricketers battled it out at Lord’s in the one-dayer between the MCC XI led by Mike Atherton and the Rest Of The World XI led by Sachin Tendulkar on July 18, 1998 (Diana Memorial Match). Why that particular date?
84. It comes in two types – The English type and the Indian type. The English styled one is made of ashwood and the semi-circular extension is smaller than its Indian counterpart which is made of mulberry wood. What are we talking about?
86. A graduate of SSG Medical College, Baroda, he got his PhD. From Mumbai University in 1987 where his Doctorate thesis was “Anatomy of human body in Dance’. Later he got an Honorary doctorate from Zoroastrian College, Mumbai in 1990. He writes for Science Express and conducts gym classes for Bollywood Elite. Who?
87. It comes from the Phoenician word meaning ‘house’. It is said to have had its origins in a Hieroglyphic sign for a ladder and others continue to insist it comes from the sign for the crane. What?
88. If ABCDs are American Born Confused Desis, what are BBCDs?
89. This music group’s name is a direct dig at the British scepticism of the India Business scene in London and has its origins in an old British joke about an Indian’s attitude in setting business establishments. Name the group.
90. On the banks of which river does Jammu stand?
91. Herodotus wrote his first book on History in the V Century B.C. Name the book.
92. Poor Anglo-Indians during the Raj could not afford Fowl for their Christmas dinner and instead came up with a cheaper substitute. This when blended with Indian spices tasted exactly like Fowl thus getting its English name. What?
93. Fill in the missing words in this epitaph found on a grave in Kirklees, Yorkshire near Halifax. – “Here underneath this Latil Staen, Laiz ______________________, Nea Arcir Ver Az Hae Sae Geud, An Pipl Kauld Him __________ , Sich Vtlaz Az He And Hizmen, VII England Nivr Si Agen”
94. About which music group did the legendary Phil Spector remark “ The only difference between a pornographic movie and them is that the pornographic movie has better music”?
95. Who is also known by the title ‘Guardian of the Eastern Dark’?
96. The Leonid showers were meteors formed due to mass shed by which comet?
97. His wife said of him “he is frightened of the titles and degrees on peoples visiting cards” and his card reads ‘ senior shoe salesman’. Who?
98. It is called ‘deuce’ in English, ‘egalite’ in French. What is it in German?
99. So sure were the distributors of the success of this film , that they split up the film into 20 minute segments for a kids morning show. Which film?
100. If you were engaged in an altercation with a friend and he gave you a ‘circum orbital Hemotopo’ what would you have?
101. What is referred to as ‘blue sky research’?
102. What do psychologists define as ‘a disorder in which strongly felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longing often of a perverse nature’?
103. Locals affectionately refer to it as ‘bobby’. It is 90 ft long, has a sinuous body, tail, snake like head and a long neck. What?
105. What contribution did a vague movie by name ‘Rooplekha’ make to Indian cinema?
106. The word ‘stadium’ comes from ‘stade’ a unit of distance. What distance was the unit equal to?
107. In Asterix comics Unhygienix buys a plot of land from Obelix. How do we supposedly know this land today?
108. It was believed that the devil was present at all important occasions during the medieval period. What practice arose from this?
109. When King George first met him he asked him ‘Tell me , how did you pee’? Who are we talking about?
110. What is common to hearty, Patiala, silent, cocktail, open heart, dancing and round?
111. In medieval times, in Europe, 1/3 of taxes went to the King, 1/3 to the nobility and 1/3 to the common man. How is this immortalised?
112. Born with the body of a mastiff, looks of a lamb, teeth of a bunny rabbit and is one of those mutations that happen when God plays dice. Who or What are we talking about?
113. This bird has the unique distinction of being called by the names of two different countries in different parts of the world. Give both names.
114. “There was neither non-exist nor exist. There was neither the realm of space nor the sky beyond”. Opening lines of what?
115. In February 1935, the superpolyamide formed from hexamethylene diamine and adipic acid was made by Du Pont. How do we know this compound better?
116. This person wrote about himself thus :”Principal virtues : keeps his nails clean. Principal faults : that he has no family, is bad tempered and has a poor digestion. One and only wish : Not to be buried alive. Greatest sin : that he does not worship Mammon. Important events in his life : None”. Who?
117. There’s a story that, around 1600, two children were playing with lenses in a shop in Middleburg. What resulted, according to the story, from the game?
119. They began to appear in quantities in the 1860s. “I hate those redbreasts”, cried “Punch” in 1869. In 1877 “The Times” magazine declared them a great social evil, and it was following difficulties with them in 1879 that the London Post Office in 1880 cried out “Post Early”. What are we talking about?
120. His first voyage, in 1607, was intended to find a quick way to China by way of the North Pole, but resulted instead in the establishment of the Spitzbergen whale fisheries. In 1608, in the service of the Dutch East India Company, he sailed 150 miles past the site of New York, but returned back. In 1610, he explored the site that is now known by his name and was frozen in it. Who?
121. A man by name Friedrich Froebel, walking with two of his disciples over the Steiger Pass on the way to the village of Blankenburg, scratched his head for the right name to give the institution, and then suddenly shouted out “Eureka ! I have it ! It shall be called _______________!”. Fill in the blank.
122. Back in 1890, Johnson & Johnson put together the first of its kind in response to a plea from railroad workers who needed treatment on the scene as they toiled to lay tracks across America. What?
123. To the Hopi Indians, who feared it and filled it with frightening myths, it was the trail made by the God Ta-Vwoats when he took a mourning chief to find his wife in the other world; the river associated with it, according to them was an addition to hold back the unworthy. What?
124. An author, as a sign of gratitude to the nurse who had cared for his firstborn child, gave a script and asked her to sell it when she was in need of money. Years later, when the nurse was really in want of money, she sold it and lived in comfort for the rest of her life. The manuscript was the first part of a famous work of this author Name the book and author?
125. Though Magellan is regarded as the first person to circumnavigate the world, technically he was not, and it was a person by name Juan Sebastian del Cano, who is technically the first circumnavigator. Why?
126. In the United States, currently a small stock of this exists at only one location – at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Some additional stocks are available in Great Britain, Russia and China. Stocks of what?
127. Masaru Ibuka, after graduating in engineering, failed the entry examination for lifetime employment at Toshiba, and decided to start his own small business. He was fortunate to find a partner who had a flair for finance and salesmanship. Who was this partner? What did they launch?
129. This person signs his paintings using the corruption of the word ‘Au Fait’ meaning ‘its done’. The name was suggested to him by Frank Dudley Wright. He replaced Gina Lollobrigida as the Guest of Honour at the Carnival celebrations at Rio in 1965 and is the lead singer of the band ‘The 3 quarks’ with Ralph Leighton laying the drums and Tom Rutishauser playing the guitar. Who?
130. Whose epitaph in Newsteed reads ‘To mark a friends’ remains these stones arise, I never knew one and here he is’?
131. He created the first universe(different from the present world) and his personal scribe is Weneg. His eternal enemy is represented by a giant serpent. He is always represented with Uraeus the asp who spits flame and destroys god’s enemies. Who?
132. “My debts amount to 3000, 300 to the Jews, 800 to Mrs. B of Nottingham, to the coachmaker and the other tradesmen a 1000 more and these must be increased before they are lessened.” To his lawyers he wrote on April 26, 1809. ‘The whole of my wishes are summed up in thes procure me, either of my own or borrowed of others , 3000 pounds,…. Allow me to depart from this cursed country and I promise to turn Mussalman rather than return to it.’ Whose words?
133. The Teary Folliculties disease is quite prevalent among the youth of this generation. If you were suffering from it what would be the cause of this disease?
135. Born in Pasadena, he was arrested for a minor offence when he was 20. In prison he wrote a book about these experiences called ‘They tortured me to hell’. After release he went back with the name James Clark because he was afraid that the KGB would assassinate him. Who?
136. The publication of the first supplement of the Oxford Dictionary was postponed for one particular reason. What?
137. What instigated Paul Delaroche to quip, ‘from today paintings are dead’?
138. What is the claim to fame of Marcel Marceaus’ utterance ‘Non’ I the history of cinema?
139. An author was reading the Times Literary Supplement which carried a review of ‘Human Bondage’. The author, impressed by the review took the name of his next book from it. Who and book?
140. An illegitimate son of a nobleman he craved for the Royal recognition he could never get from the upper classes. Trained as a chemist and a mineralogist his achievements include analysis of Zinc ores one of which, ZnCo3 is named after him. Who?
141. In the old theatres a mixture of CaCO3 and Phosphorous was used to produce effects on stage. Which phrase originates from this?
142. This person was almost exchanged at birth with a Koli fisherman’s family. Fatefully he was reunited with his mother when the resident doctor cracked the case of the missing mole on the bottom. He recalls the incident and muses on the possibilities of fishing in Mahim, if not for the doctor. Who?
143. A particular hill range in Orissa is a haven for Botanists and home of some of the rarest herbs in the world and attracts experts from all over the world who conduct research there. How do we know this hill?
144. What did Oliver Pollock create to be first used by the US on 1st April 1778?
145. The Chinese have ideograms to represent ideas. What does the one with ’two women under the same roof’ represent?
146. Why were Edgar Rice Burroughs’ books banned in the USA for a large part of their published life?
147. ‘I don’t know who you are or what you do, but I ‘am gonna get you’. Who to whom?
148. In cyber lingo what does ‘PEFKUSH’ stand for?
149. The walk of this animal is supposed to be sensuous to look from behind that there are instances in ancient Hindu literature asking women to follow the walk of this animal. Who is the latest woman to join this bandwagon?
150. ‘She is older than the rocks among which she has been dead many times and has learned the secrets of the grave and has been a diver in the deep seas and keep their falling days about her’. Mark quoted about her saying “She has the look of a woman who has had just her husband for dinner’. Who?