Put on your thinking caps
By Dr Navin Jayakumar | Published: 26th November 2012 01:05 PM |
1. In which college in Delhi did Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi study when her father was the Burmese Ambassador to India?
2. Whose directorial debut was Dhool Ka Phool, made in 1959. His career spanned nearly six decades and ended this year with Jab Tak Hai Jaan?
3. Who began his professional career as a cartoonist with the English language daily The Free Press Journal in Mumbai, but left it in 1960 to form his own political weekly Marmik?
4. Over which body of water have
tensions been flaring up at the recent ASEAN meeting, between China and other countries such as Cambodia and The Phillipines?
5. Which composer is known as the ‘Father of Carnatic Music’ and is credited with codifying the present system of teaching Carnatic music and also using the Raga Mayamalavagowla as the basis for learning musical scales?
6. After which famous cricketer is the tiger mascot for the T20 World Cup cricket tournament for the blind in India named?
7. This programme was written in 1987 by a university student Thomas Knoll and his brother John, an Industrial Light & Magic employee. It was written on a Macintosh Plus computer to display grey scale images on a monochrome display. Till date it has no serious competition and its name has become synonymous with its use (like the word ‘xerox’ means photocopying a document). What is this programme whose name sounds like a camera store?
8. What organisation was established by Guru Hargobind Singh in 1609 to decide on matters of military strategy and political policy? He created it as a physically separate entity from the Harmandir Sahib because he thought that secular political matters should not be considered in the Golden Temple, which is meant purely for the worship of God.
9. What extends 2,500 km through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert? The words adrar and adras meaning ‘mountain’ in some Berber languages are believed to have originated from this formation.
10. The design of what is being described by its creator after whom it is named? “It is light as well as elegant; it is easy to make; it can be folded which makes it easily portable… Not a single colour appealed to me. So I fixed upon white.” “The ___ being the folding sort, it would be quite easy to press after washing and iron out a fresh clean, smooth ___! What could be better or more becoming? So having thought this out, I made this ___.”
11. The original Monopoly board game has places set in Atlantic City, USA. The most expensive property in this version was inspired by a famous tourist attraction. It was the first of its kind in America and held the record of being the longest of its kind in the world until the end of October 2012. (a) Name this Monopoly property (b) What brought its record to an end?
12. What Sanskrit word do Buddhists use to refer to the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth?
13. What Beatles number one hit repeats the title in the lyrics 41 times?
14. What nickname was coined by Shep Friedman, in The Morning Telegraph in 1902 to describe a street following a snowstorm?
15. Who is the only writer to have won the Booker Prize and two Oscars?
1. Lady Shri Ram College
2. Yash Chopra
3. Bal Thackeray
4. South China Sea
5. Purandara Dasa
6. Tiger Pataudi
8. Akal Takht
9. Atlas mountains
10. Mahatma Gandhi describing the creation of the Gandhi Cap
11. Boardwalk / Hurricane Sandy
13. Let It Be
14. Great White Way to describe Broadway
15. Ruth Prawar Jhabwala