Double birthday party today. The first of our two birthday boys is the man who featured in India’s most famous photograph from the world of sport. Soon after he held up the Prudential Cup. Wisden named Kapil Dev Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002. Our second birthday boy has won two Academy Awards, a couple of Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards and 15 Filmfare Awards among the hundreds of other awards he has received through his illustrious career as India’s best known music composer. He is the inimitable genius who gave us Maa Tujhe Salaam, voted the second most popular song worldwide by BBC in 2002. He is the Mozart of Madras — A.R. Rahman. A very Happy Birthday to both these Indian icons.
1 Which is the largest parliamentary constituency, in terms of area, in India?
Shatadip Bose, Calcutta
2 With which book would one associate the statement, ‘Changing the world one story at a time’?
Rohan Shrivastav, Calcutta
3 Which breed of dog was bred in Germany specially to pursue badgers to their burrows?
Piyush Jain, Kharagpore
4 Which personality was featured in the first US commemorative coin?
Shruti Dey, Calcutta
5 Which fictional character was inspired by Sir William Henry Sleeman’s document, An Account of Wolves Nurturing Children in Their Dens?
Mainul Haque, Calcutta
6 After which animal is the official website of the World Wildlife Fund named?
Maitreyee Sanyal, Calcutta
7 Which word is common to the names of the parliaments of Algeria, Maldives and Iran?
Debottam Choudhury, Ranchi
8 In the Harry Potter series, the character of Ali Basher is angry about an embargo on which object?
Chitra Bannerjee, Calcutta
9 Q8 is the international marketing arm of which country’s petroleum corporation?
Biswajyoti Hazra, Calcutta
KNOW & GROW WITH DEREK
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, traditionally marking the end of Christmas festivities,
principally commemorating the visit of the Biblical Magi to baby Jesus.
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Which country has the largest postal network in the world with over 1,54,979 post offices?
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Biswajyoti Hazra, Calcutta
Who wrote a pamphlet justifying Britain’s involvement in the Boer War, for which he was knighted?
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POINT OF VIEW
1 Identify this sportsperson
2 Identify this singer
2 Chicken Soup for the Soul
4 Christopher Columbus
8 Flying Carpets
WHO AM I ? Enid Blyton
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