Thursday, February 28, 2013

India Quiz : Prelims

"Awakening Indians to India"
Bharat Mahotsav
Department of Creative Arts, BIT, Mesra

1. CHANDOGYA, MUNDAKA, KATHA, BRIHADARANYAKA and about another 200 of them exist. What are they ?

2. Sanskrit word which means "to let loose, let go". It is the final extrication of the soul or consciousness and the bringing to an end of all the suffering involved in being subject to the cycle of repeated death and rebirth.

3. Who is the current Vice-President of India ?

4. “Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people;
       Dispenser of India's destiny.”
This is the english translation of the opening lines of a well known creation. What is it?

5. Line of Control (LOC) :  Between India and Pakistan.
    Line of Actual Control (LAC) : Between which two countries ?

6. Son of Dushyanta and Shakuntala, he is believed to be the first king to rule all over the indian subcontinent. Who?

7. What was introduced in 1988 to commemorate 100th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru ?

8. This traditional garment, worn around the waist is 115 cm in height and 200 cm in length, when open and normally woven from cotton and come in a variety of designs and colors. What is it?

9. Matthur village (Shimoga District) and Jhiri village (Rajgarh. M.P.) are known for continuing with a vital element of Indian Culture. What?

10. According to Atal Bihari Vajpayi, he was the most famous ‘uncle’ after ‘Chacha Nehru’. He entertained generations of kids with Indian mythological and traditional stories in comic form. Who is he ?

11. What secret ingredient gives Bikaneri Bhujia its distinct quality and flavor?

12. The advertisements for this product featured a long eared Bunny eating and singing. The words ‘khurram – purram’ and its iconic laughter ‘eh he he’ became very popular. Which product ?

13. Which word was popularized by Veer Savarkar in an ideology pamphlet written while he was imprisoned in Ratnagiri jail. The pamphlet was smuggled out and published in 1923 under his alias ‘Mahratta’? This word is often used in todays political references.

14. Name the first silent Indian Film directed and produced by Dada Saheb Phalke in 1913.

15. It is one of the longest living brands in India. It produces hydrogenated vegetable oil. Name this brand well known due to its palm tree logo.

16. This place is Asia’s largest wholesale market. Built by a king for his favourite daughter in 1650 AD so that she could shop all she wanted. This market place derives its name from the canala filled with watert that sparkled like silver in the moonlight. Id the place.

17. “Musalman aur Hiindu hain do, ek magar unka pyala,
         Ek magar unka madiralaya, ek magar unki hala,
         Dono rehte sath na jab tak, mandir masjid mein jate,
         Bair badhate mandir masjid, mel karati __________!
Name the iconic poet.

18. a) “Hing lage na _______, rang bhi chokha aaye.”
       b) “Apna hath, _____________”
       c) “Ram milaye Jodi, ek ______ ek kodhi”. 
       d) “Naa nau mann tel hoga, na _______ nachegi.”
     Complete this popular Hindi idiom.

19. The competition was launched as "The Cricket Championship of India" following a meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in July 1934. Later, this domestic tournament was renamed after Jam Sahib of Nawanagar. How do we know it today?

20. The son of a Hindu priest who later became a food seller. He was the last Hindu king to rule Delhi and the last king to adopt the title of ‘Vikramaditya’. Defeated in the second battle of panipat by Akbar and Bairam Khan. Who?

21. The 94-episode Hindi series originally ran from 2 October 1988 to 24 June 1990 on DD National. The voice of time narrates the series. Each episode ends with a sung verse either summarizing the physical or emotional state of the episode's main characters, or a moral lesson that can be drawn from the action. Which series?
22. This boardgame originated in India in 13th century and was called Mokshapat. Created by poet saint Gyandeva, it was used to teach Hindu values, virtues and vices to children. Which game?

23. The Sanskrit name for this syllable is Pranava, and it literally means ‘that which is sounded loudly’. One of the upanishads is completely devoted to explanation of this syllable. Which syllable is it?

1. Upanishads
2. Moksha
3. Md. Hamid Ansari
4. Jana gana mana (national anthem)
5. India-China
6. Bharata
7. Shatabdi Express
8. Lungi
9. Sanskrit speaking villages.
10. Anant Pai (Uncle Pai) (Amar Chitra Katha)
11. Desert Sand
12. Lijjat Papd
13. Hindutva (Title of the pamphlet was : Hindutva : Who is a Hindu?)
14. Raja Harishchandra
15. Dalda
16. Chandni Chowk
17. Harivansh Rai Bachchan ( Madhushala)
18. a> fitkiri    b>Jaggannath    c>andha        d>Radha
19. Ranji Trophy
20. Hemu (Hemchandra Vikramaditya)
21. Mahabharata
22. Snakes and Ladders (saanp - seedhi)
23. Om

The four qualifiers are :

1. 'Inquilab'
Waquar Ahmad and Vishesh - 19.25

2. 'Rampant Amnesia'
Utsav Giri and Vivek Verma - 18

3. 'Nadan Parindey'
Sneha Roy and Rashmi Priya - 17.75

4. Saumya Bora and Aishwarya Mishra - 16.25


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