The INDIA Quiz — A - Z: Part One - The New Indian Express

The INDIA Quiz — A - Z: Part One

Published: 29th October 2012 01:58 PM

Last Updated: 29th October 2012 01:58 PM

A. Which 1998 Nobel laureate is best known for his research on famine which led to the development of practical solutions for the prevention of or limiting the

Effects of real or perceived shortages of food?

B. The bummalo (Harpadon nehereus) is, despite its name, not a duck but a lizardfish. It is native to the waters between Mumbai and Kutch in the Arabian Sea. The fish is often dried and salted and its odour is extremely powerful. How is it better known?

C. The roots of the Geological Survey of India may be traced to 1836 to a ____ Committee formed by the British East India Company to explore what natural resource in the eastern parts of India?

D. Which small village in the Jalalpore district, Gujarat, India is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea near the city of Navsari? It shot to worldwide prominence in 1930 when a “great soul” selected it to be the culmination of a long protest walk from Ahmedabad.

E. Gharapuri island about 10 km off the coast of Mumbai has a more familiar name given by 17th century Portuguese explorers, after seeing a monolithic basalt sculpture of an animal found here near the entrance of caves inside which temples were located. How is it better known?

F. The Buddh International Circuit in Noida, UP is India’s first _____?

G. Which architectural wonder found in Bijapur, Karnataka, is capped by an enormous 44m dome and includes a “whispering gallery”? It is considered to be one the world’s biggest single chamber spaces.

H. The Kashmir stag is a subspecies of Red Deer native to India, especially in Jammu and Kashmir where it is the State animal. It is listed as critically endangered by IUCN as its population is 160 mature individuals in the 2008 census. What is it’s local name?

I. After an accidental meeting between Jamsetji N Tata and Swami Vivekananda on a ship in 1893 where they discussed Tata’s plan of bringing the steel industry to India, Tata wrote to Vivekananda five years later, “I trust you remember me as a fellow traveller on your voyage from Japan to Chicago. I very much recall at this moment your views on the growth of the ascetic spirit in India... I recall these ideas in connection with my scheme of Research Institute of Science for India, of which you have doubtless heard or read....” What originated from this?

J. Which state of India has a name that means “The Land of Forests”?

K. Amar, Sanjeevani, and Gamini are three variations of which popular team sport? The name of this sport might be from the Tamil words for “holding hands”?

L. Her real name was Manikarnika. Her parents were Moropant Tambe and Bhagirathibai. She was married to Raja Gangadhar Rao, the ruler of a princely state in north-central India. She is best remembered for events following the deaths of her husband and son and is celebrated in a famous Hindi poem by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, that is taught in many schools in India. How is she better known?

M. Which novel won the Booker Prize in 1981 and the “Booker of Bookers” Prize and the best all-time prize winners in 1993 and 2008 to celebrate the Booker Prize 25th and 40th anniversary? The film adaptation by Deepa Mehta of this novel had its world premiere in 2012.


A. Amartya Sen

B. Bombay Duck

C. Coal

D. Dandi

E. Elephanta

F. Formula-1 race track

G. Gol Gumbaz

H. Hangul

I. Indian Institute of Science

J. Jharkand

K. Kabaddi, from Tamil “kai” (hand) and “pidi” (hold)

L. Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhansi

M. Midnight’s Children

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