Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 47

'X' was born to a Christian mother and a Hindu father.

'X' and her husband were both great fans of a famous Actress. Thus, they nicknamed their daughter 'Y', after the famous Actress.

'Y' also happens to be a sweet which is popular among the people of a particular community. It is a biscuit-like unleavened flat bread made from Atta and Jaggery syrup. Since the adorable baby brought happiness, there was all the more reason to keep the name 'Y'.

When 'X' was pregnant with her second child, she was reading a famous novel, widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction. Thus, she decided to name her child 'Z', after the much idolized fictional character from the famous novel.

Identify 'X','Y' and 'Z'.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 46

There's someone who has been associated or has a connection with all of the above.

Identify the person.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 45

Connect :

The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution of India.

Barkha Dutt

Shahrukh Khan

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What Women Want !!

Young King Harshvardhan was imprisoned and sentenced to death by a neighbouring King. Instead of killing him, however, the King, moved by Harshvardhan's youth and ideals, offered him freedom in exchange for answering a difficult question.

Harshvardhan would have a year to figure out the answer. If, after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death. The question was, What do women really want ?

Such a question has perplexed even the most knowledgeable men, and to King Harshvardhan, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than instant death, he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by year's end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to ask everybody - the princess, the common man, the priests, the wise men and the court jester. He asked everybody, but nobody could give him a satisfactory answer. Many people advised him to consult the old witch for only she would know the answer.

The price would be high. The witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged. The last day of the year arrived and Harshvardhan had no alternative but to talk to the witch.

She agreed to answer his question, but he'd have to accept her price first. The old witch wanted to marry Siddhraj, the most noble of ministers in the kingdom and Harshvardhan's closest friend !

Young Harshvardhan was horrified. The witch was a hunchback and hideous, had only a tooth, smelled like sewage, and made obscene noises....... very unpleasant. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature. He refused to force his friend to marry her and have to endure such a burden.

Siddhraj, upon learning of the proposal, spoke to Harshvardhan. He told him that nothing was too big a sacrifice compared to Harshvardhan's life and the preservation of the kingdom.

Hence, their wedding was proclaimed. The witch then answered Harshvardhan's question thus, "What women really want is to be in charge of their own life."

Everyone instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and Harshvardhan's life would be spared. And so it was. The neighbouring monarch granted Harshvardhan total freedom.

What a wedding Siddhraj and the witch had ! Harshvardhan was torn between relief and anguish. Siddhraj was proper as always, gentle and courteous. The old witch put her worst manners on display, and generally made everyone very uncomfortable.

The honeymoon hour approached. Siddhraj, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But what a sight awaited him ! The most beautiful woman he had ever seen sat before him ! The astounded Siddhraj asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she had appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible, deformed self half the time, and the other half, she would be her beautiful maiden self. Which would he want her to be during the day, and which during the night ?

What a cruel question ! Siddhraj pondered on his predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his home, an old witch ? Or would he prefer having by day a hideous witch, but by night a beautiful woman with whom to enjoy many intimate moments ?

What would you do ? What Siddhraj chose follows below, but don't read until you've made your own choice.

The noble Siddhraj replied that he would let her choose for herself. Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time, because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

From Here
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 44

'X' is a famous work of Mr. 'Y', and it was originally written for children in the 'Ghazal' style of poetry. It was first published in the weekly journal 'Ittehad', on 16th August, 1904. It was later published in 1924 in Y's book called 'Bang-i-Dara' (The Call of the Marching Bell).

'X' was set to music in the 1950's by sitarist Pt. Ravi Shankar and it was recorded by the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar.

In the early 1970's, Mrs. Indira Gandhi wanted 'Z' to be based on 'X'.

The task of making 'Z' was entrusted to sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. Working with Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, he finally came up with a variation of 'Z'.

In 1973, 'Z' was first brought to life when Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan recited 'Shehnai' in an hour and a half long inauguration ceremony held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

'Z' was very much in the news recently.

Identify 'X', 'Y' and 'Z'.

( Pic : Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan )

Additional Trivia :

Mahatma Gandhi regularly sang 'X' when he was imprisoned at Yerawada Jail in Pune in the 1930's.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh quoted 'X' at his first press conference.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 42





This is a special move in the game of Chess. Connect it to an Indian film personality.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 41

( Pic : A photograph of Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava, taken in 1996. )

Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava (1912-2001) was a noted Indian con man who was wanted in over a 100 cases in eight States. He had been sentenced to a whopping 113 years in jail by various courts and had made eight daring escapes, each time from a different jail.

He was a master of disguise who used more than 50 names to commit crimes. He once walked out of Kanpur jail dressed as a Sub-Inspector (in a smuggled uniform). He handed out an attaché case of money to the guards, hailed a taxi and drove away.

He used to pose as a Government official and dupe foreign tourists by selling them famous Indian monuments. He forged President Rajendra Prasad's signature and sold the Taj Mahal thrice, and the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Lal Qila twice !!

Interestingly, at the age of 84, he was on a wheelchair, old, ill and so disabled that the police were taking him to the AIIMS Hospital for treatment. On the way to the Hospital, at the New Delhi Railway Station, he slipped from right under the Policemen's nose. This was the last time he was seen, June 24, 1996.

Today, his legend lives on and con-men of such shrewd, fraudulent ways are called 'X' with honour. Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava's life formed the basis of a famous Hindi film, also called 'X'.

Identify 'X'.

Additional Trivia :

Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava's frauds have been mentioned in Rohinton Mistry's book 'Such a Long Journey'.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 40

( Pic : Young 'X' )

'X' along with Music Directors Laxmikant and Pyarelal, once went on a holiday trip to Darjeeling. A group of girls from Bombay were also visiting Darjeeling at the same time and some girls from the group took X's autograph.

'X' liked one of the girls very much and met her a few times in Darjeeling, before going back to Bombay.

After 6 months, 'X' got a phone call from the girl he had met in Darjeeling. She asked him to meet her at Regal Cinema, Bombay, which was playing the James Bond film 'Goldfinger'.

'X' met the girl at the Theatre and the girl asked him to take his seat and told him that she will be back in some time. 'X' kept waiting for her but she did not come back.

It turned out that the girl whom he had met in Darjeeling had placed a bet with her friends, that she could take 'X' out for a movie.

'X' didn't know much about the girl, except her name, which she had told him when they had first met at Darjeeling. Her name was Rita Patel.

One of X's close friend's Mr. Sachin Bhaumick, asked him to take a Telephone Directory and call all the Patel's mentioned in it one by one.

'X' liked his suggestion, took a Directory, and started calling up the Patel's of Bombay. The first person he called told him that there was no Rita staying there. When he called on the second number, fortunately for him, the call was recieved by the 'Rita' he was looking for.

Romance soon blossomed and 'X' and Rita Patel got married in 1966.

Identify 'X'.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 39

The following films hold the Guinness World Record for the highest Profit-to-Cost Ratio for a movie ever made :


Movie : The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Budget : $35,000

World Gross : $240 million

Earning-to-Cost Ratio : x 6857


Movie : Mad Max (1979)

Budget : $350,000

World Gross : $100 million

Earning-to-Cost Ratio : x 285


Movie : Rocky (1976)

Budget : $1.1 million

World Gross : $225 million

Earning-to-Cost Ratio : x 205

The Question is, which are the top two films ('X' and 'Y') which hold the record for the Highest Profit-to-Cost Ratio for an Indian film ?

She played the title role in 'X'.

He is the Director of 'Y'.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 38

Connect :

"Dum Mast Qalandar"

This Coke Commercial was made for the 1996 Cricket World Cup.
It was Directed by Tarsem Singh.

He used some amazing visuals to depict "RED" as the color of "JOSH"..
This commercial features Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Dum Mast Qalandar" track, and truly captures the essence of INDIA and the love that Indians have for the game of Cricket.

A Great Commercial indeed !!