Pabitra Narayan Nayak
August 2, 2017

1.Amongst all the Unesco-designated iconic sari weaving clusters of India, which particular sari, famous for its gold thread and silver yarn, was developed in the capital of the ancient Satavahana kingdom. There are records of Greek and Roman traders visiting to buy these fabrics between 200 BC and AD 200.

2. If it was two bullocks and a cow between 1952 and 1971, and a cow with a suckling calf between 1971 and 1977, what is it currently?

3. Which Indian brand, started in the late 1960s, was named after a schoolgirl from the town of Ruppur in Gujarat?

The above image is a still from Empire, a 1964 film directed, produced and written by Y. Identify what’s special about the film?

5.The X coffee pot provided the inspiration to make the first Y in the world. The coffee machine was set up in a room next to X, a laboratory in an university located in Great Britain. The Y was set up near the coffee machine so that the people working in the building would not have to suffer the disappointment of finding the coffee machine empty after walking over to the machine from another room.

6.X was only twelve years old when she created the Y movement for young girls and boys in 1930. The group played a small but notable role in the Indian Independence Movement. The children conducted protests and flag marches, and helped Congress politicians circulate sensitive publications and banned materials.

Identify X and Y.

7.What five word phrase (and its variants) have the companies BCCL and ARG Outliers separately applied for a trademark? They did so in November 2016 and January 2017 respectively, resulting the companies going at each other’s throats, legally speaking.

8.Nuwara Eliya is a town located in the central province of Sri Lanka. It is the main hill resort of Sri Lanka and is the heart of the tea industry. The topography of the town is such that black soil forms the top layer here. One of the most famous attractions of the town is a temple, situated close to a botanical garden, which was supposedly built in the memory of X, who was kept prisoner in the area.

Identify X.

9.Carl Linnaeus first showed his Systema Naturae to Isaac Lawson,a Scottish physician(later served in the British army) and Frederik Gronovius,a Dutch scholar and they liked it so much that they got it published at their own expense.This forged a friendship between Linneaus and Lawson who corresponded with each other for quite some time .
When Lawson died in 1747 Linneaus named a genus after him,Lawsonia.How do we better know the only species of this genus?

10.When seen from the ground this is invisible to the naked eye; this effect in the structure is visible only when viewed from above on equinoxes . It was discovered by accident in 1940 when RAF pilot P.Groves was flying over it and captured the now famous photograph. What was it?

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Pabitra Narayan Nayak
July 14, 2017

1.The word Doctor which is used around the world for medical students is derived from the Latin Word Docere . What does the word Docere mean ?
2.On the penultimate day of the Kurukshetra War, after Arjuna killed Karna, Kunti requested the Pandavas to perform the rites for Karna. When they protested, she revealed the true identity of Karna. They were shocked to find that they had committed fratricide. Yudhishtira, furious with his mother, then cursed all the women of this universe. This story is said to be the reason behind what common saying/occurence?
3.Rana is a theatre artist  and was part of the Indian People’ s Theatre Association (IPTA) at Jabalpur. He has also appeared in a few Bollywood movies.Goldie is a film director and  worked on the sets of feature films like Oh My God, All is Well and Talaash, in the direction department.What is their claim to fame? They are more famous for something other which you must have seen while watching TV

4.When Hastinapur conquered Gandhar, the king Achala Suvala was killed and all the male members of his line were imprisoned including X and his 100 brothers.
Since all of them were sparsely fed (with one grain of rice each per day) in prison, the family decided that at least one of them could survive and gave all the rice to X, the cleverest of them all, so that he could live on to take revenge. X then made a memorabilia with his dead father’s bones.
ID X and the memorabilia.

5.X was born in Rourkela to Bengali parents. An IIT-KGP graduate, he began his career with script writing and later joined a company founded by his IIT senior. He is famous for essaying a role which is a parody of a famous journalist.
Y, born in Bhubaneshwar also graduated from IIT-KGP. He quit his job at Oracle in 2014 and started reviewing movies.Y once joked about how he’s often mistaken for X.
X an Y ?

6.Edgbaston, 2011: X dropped Alastair Cook, Cook scored 294.
* Sydney, 2012: X dropped Michael Clarke, Clarke scored 329*.
* Wellington, 2014: X dropped Brendon McCullum, McCullum scored 302.
Id the unlucky Cricketer X.

7.The city X has two spellings — with and without an ‘i’ and each spelling has a different connotation. With the ‘i’, it is said to mean ‘Gateway to Vishnu’ and without it is said to mean ‘Gateway to Shiva’. X, however, is usually the starting point for pilgrimages to both Badrinath and Kedarnath.
Identify X.

8.He is a 2 times Emmy award nominee.
He even hosted two WWE Wrestlemania events.
Who is this famous person ?

9.Squadron Leader Rakesh sharma the 1st India astronaut in space had a telephonic conversation with the then Prime Minister her Smt. Indira Gandhi , while he was in space.
A part of the conversation went like-“Mrs Gandhi: How does India look from there ?What was Rakesh Sharma’s reply ?

10.His great-grandfather W. D. Smiles was a member of the Assam Legislative Council. Though he was born and brought up in UK, after leaving school, he considered joining the Indian Army and spent a few months hiking in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam.
On 16 May 1998, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident. At 23, he was at the time among the youngest people to have achieved this feat.
In July 2009, he was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.Who?

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General Quiz set 3
Pabitra Narayan Nayak
February 1, 2017

1) What first happened when Henri Piquet, a French pilot, carried about 15 kilograms of something across the Ganges from Allahabad to Naini; including something from the King George V of the United Kingdom?


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Pabitra Narayan Nayak
January 26, 2017

1.This feminine name has Spanish origin.According to Google the meaning of this name is “a young sexually active girl” because of a mid 50s (1950s) novel with the title character of the same name. A Famous actor from Bollywood industry popularized this name with his famous dialogue. What is the name and the famous dialogue? (more…)

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General Quiz: Question Set 1
Pabitra Narayan Nayak
September 8, 2016

1.In 2013, X debuted in the film Mai in the title role, at the age of 79.X played the role of a 65-year-old mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is abandoned by her children.
She received positive reviews for her acting as well from critics.
Who is X ? (more…)

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