What did you do on Independence Day? Hoist the Tricolour? Distribute sweets to the poor? Sadly, sleep or watch TV? Theres something special about the day thats hard to define: what it means to be free. August seems to be the favourite month for breaking shackles. Over 30 countries celebrate their Independence Day this month. Of these, nine are in Asia — Afghanistan, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore.
1 Which bad habit can people suffering from chronic onychophagia not give up?
Malabika Dutta, Burdwan
2 Which type of fighters derive their name from the Spanish word for war?
Karan Agarwal, via e-mail
3 Who was the author of an anthology of poetry called Childrens Whispers?
Pranjal Gupta, Calcutta
4 Snare, tambourine and timpani are types of which percussion instrument?
Sharmishtha Roy, via e-mail
5 Which elements name is derived from Greek words meaning maker of water?
Deepali Nag, Howrah
6 The gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo, and orangutan are collectively called what?
Anita Saha, Calcutta
7 In the Harry Potter books, what is the magical creature boomslang a type of?
Ajoy Das, Nadia
8 Which mammals tongue grows up to 45cm long to help it to eat from trees?
Promita Sen, Calcutta
9 Which body part does a chiropodist treat and take care of?
Barun Chatterjee, Calcutta
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Bahrain, South Korea and Democratic Republic of Congo — all have their Independence Day on August 15.
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Which famous museum was originally built by Philip Augustus as a fortress?
Sagar Ghosh, via e-mail
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