Today is Father’s Day. Reason enough to share trivia tidbits about the pioneer of quizzing in India, my dad, Neil ’Brien. He conducted the nation’s first Open Quiz when he was 33, in 1967. He still presents one quiz show every year, even at 78. lBefore quizzing, acting and directing plays was his passion. He directed (the then ‘gawky’) Amitabh Bachchan in a few plays in Calcutta. lHis biggest stage production was The Passion of Christ in the 1960s, which he directed and played the title role in. He was a University Blue in hockey and often took the mike at large events to sing hits of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.lHe was a three-term (nominated) MLA and one-term MP, representing the Anglo-Indian community. lHe cannot fry an egg, or pack a suitcase or cut his own nails or send SMS...my ma has done all that and more in their 53 years together!
1. What was described in its patent as a ‘X-Y position indicator for a display system’?
Soham Banerjee, Jamshedpur
2. Of the Five Great Lakes of North America, which is the only one that lies entirely within the USA?
Poulomi Dey, Calcutta
3. G Sankara Kurup was the first laureate of which literary award?
Bony Chakraborty, Calcutta
4. By what name do we better know the Venetian painter Jacopo Comin?
Goutam Pandey, Calcutta
5. Which comic-book superhero has two pet dolphins called Solomon and Nefertiti?
Rahul Ghosh, Calcutta
6. With which university would one associate the largest university press in the world?
Atindriyo Basu, Calcutta
7. sWhich Indian is referred to as the ‘missing Nobel laureate’?
Soumen Guha, Calcutta
8. Which fabric derives its name from Mosul, the place of its manufacture, in Iraq?
Priyanshu Ghosh, Calcutta
9. Which fictional character’s statue, overlooking the Copenhagen port, is widely regarded as the National Symbol of Denmark?
Priya Roy, Calcutta
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It is common knowledge that Mahatma Gandhi is known as the ‘Father of the Nation’. But did you know that the first person to call him so was Subhas Chandra Bose?
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The Aztecs called it Xocoatl meaning ‘bitter water’, by what name do we know it today?
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Quiz published on 3.06.12
Priya Roy, Calcutta
Which famous manuscript, written by a young Belgian, was retrieved by Miep Gies during the Second World War?
The answer is: Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
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