In 75 years only four Indians have climbed Americas literary Everest — winning the Pulitzer Prize. The first of the four has an innocuous sounding name: Gobind Behari Lal. Then there were two ladies. Geeta Anand in 2003 and the glamorous Jhumpa Lahiri a few years before her. Lal cornered the glory for journalism, Lahiri for her best-selling debut novel, Anand for her writing on a muscular condition. Siddhartha Mukherjee, the handsome doctor with the demeanour of an investment banker, recently won his Pulitzer for The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Watch out for the new poster boy of Indo-American writing.
1. How do we commonly know Roh, the national juice of Pakistan?
Dheeman Mukherjee, Calcutta
2. Who, currently a member of the Lok Sabha, is the daughter of freedom fighter Jagjivan Ram?
Abhayankar Joshi, Jamshedpur
3. Which commonly used spice is known as Darushila in Sanskrit and Querfa in Arabic?
Nilanjana Basu, Calcutta
4. Which ruler issued a coin of silver termed the rupiya that was the precursor of the modern rupee?
Pritam Pal, Shillong
5. Fixed, Cockade, Brisé and Folding are different types of which item of regular use?
Amritesh Roy, Murshidabad
6. The Nongkrem dance held at Smit every autumn is traditionally performed by which tribe?
Surma Ghosh, Calcutta
7. The abundance or lack of which element helps classify crude oil as either sweet or sour?
Piyali Roy, Asansol
8. The name of which historical site in South America, literally means old peak?
Suravi Sarkar, Burdwan
9. In 1900, which famous author used to work for the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank earning £80 per year?
Shruti Bhatia, Calcutta
KNOW & GROW WITH DEREK
John F Kennedy was the only US President to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 in Biography for his book Profiles in Courage.
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In 1934, under the ground of which European structure did Mussolinis government inject tons of cement to reduce its tilt?
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Corrigendum: The Know and Grow section of 8.05.2011 should have read Rabindranath Tagore dedicated his famous dance drama Tasher Desh (Kingdom of Cards) to Subhas Chandra Bose.