Q 1. Identify the person in the picture below:
Q 2. This former Indian Chief Minister’s family had the following custom:
Soon after a woman gave birth to a child , they were asked what they would like to eat. The newborn was named after that foodstuff. Over the years the CM’s mother had chosen names like Jalebi, Paan and Rasgulla(names of her siblings ).
Name the former CM.
Q 3. India got independence from British rule on 15th August 1947. This was little in advance to the date which was actually planned for the transfer of power to the Indian government(because of Lord Mountbatten). What was the planned date__________________?
Q 4. “Reduplication” is a linguistic phenomenon defined in one source as: “a morphological process in which a root or stem or part of it is repeated”.
This phenomenon is seen commonly in many language families, and is often used in languages like English, Romance languages,Persian, African languages, East Asian, and South Asian languages.
What has all this got to do with a lady named Vaishali who runs a pickle business from Pune?
Q5. This is a sketch by Bal Thackrey (not many of us know he was a great cartoonist). What was the occasion?
Q 6. Mexico – ‘refresco’ (a brand of soft drink) Brazil – ‘cervijinha’ (a small beer) Iraq – a small coffee France or North Africa – un petit cadeau Malaysia – kopi duit India – ?
Q 7. Billa and Ranga were two notorious criminals who were ultimately hanged for their crimes. What was instituted in the memory of two of their victims?
Q 8. If you took this test, apart from academic subjects, you may have had to demonstrate the ability to jump a 5-barred gate on horseback with arms folded and stirrups crossed. Romesh Chandra Dutt, Behari Lal Gupta, Surendranath Banerjee & S.B.Thakur were the next to achieve it in 1869. Who was the first (in 1868) ?
Q 9. What happened for the first time in independent India in the little region of Chini in Himachal Pradesh on 25 October 1951? (It happened this early as a precaution against possible snow later in the winter.)
Q 10. In June 1855, two leaders of this tribe, Sidhu and Kanhu Murmu, declared a rebellion against the British (this happened in an area today found in Jharkhand). This was eventually put down but not before giving the rulers a scare. Which tribe?
Ans 1. Sebastian D’Souza dominated front pages of newspapers all over the world for being the only photographer to take pictures of Ajmal Kasab and Esmail Khan, the two militants who took part in the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008.
D’Souza, who worked with the Mumbai Mirror, a Times of India publication, whose offices are just opposite the CST, had heard the gunfire and rushed towards it.
As the two were shooting people at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), the self-taught photographer, D’Souza, was also shooting — but pictures of the attackers. Even as gunfire erupted all around him, he took astonishing pictures of Kasab using a telephoto lens on his Nikon camera, while hiding inside a train carriage.
Ans 2. Rabri Devi
Ans 3. July 18, 1948
Ans 4. The film “English-Vinglish”. The protagonistsrole is inspired from this lady, director GauriShindes mother.
Ans 5. Indira Gandhi’s death.
Ans 6. “Chai Pani” (or any other local and spirited euphemism for a bribe)
Ans 7. Sanjay and Geeta Chopra awards in the National Bravery Awards given every Republic Day.
The Geeta and Sanjay Chopra kidnapping case was a notorious crime in New Delhi in 1978. Two children, Geeta and Sanjay Chopra, were kidnapped by two young men, Ranga Khus (Kuljeet Singh) and Billa (Jasbir Singh), who planned to demand ransom from their parents. On finding that their father was a naval officer, they dropped the idea. To eliminate evidence, they subsequently murdered Sanjay, raped Geeta and then killed her as well. They then fled the city.They were arrested on a train a few months later, tried and hanged for the crime in 1982.
In 1978, the Indian Council for Child Welfare instituted two bravery awards for children under the age of 16, the Sanjay Chopra Award and the Geeta Chopra Award, given each year along with the National Bravery Award. There is a school in Ghaziabad in their memory Geeta-Sanjay Public School.
Ans 8. First Indian Civil Services entrant Satyendra Nath Tagore. (He was brother of Rabindranath Tagore and son of Debendranath Tagore, one of the co-founders of Brahmo Samaj in 1848).
Ans 9. First General Elections voting of Independent India.
Ans 10. Santhal Tribe