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Friday, June 17, 2005

Quiz -- " The Indian Connection"

What do you do when you have plenty of time to kill ? You read,you watch movies and then you become a Quizmaster. Here is a Quiz , I posted in my online Quiz groups a few days ago. Take a shot at it. All questions are related to famous foreign personalities and their "Indian" connection. Hope you like the Quiz and please avoid "googling" (if possible !). Mail the answers to cogitoergosum@gmail.com . Happy Quizzing !

1. TIME magazine commented that " His radical idea that governments should spend money they don't have may have saved capitalism" . He had no patience for the conventional economic theories of Long run. "This long run is a misleading guide to current affairs," he wrote early in his career. "In the long run we are all dead." His first book was " Indian Currency and Finance " written after his stint at the India office . Who ?

2. In 1972, he hoped to visit India and study eastern spiritualism, but lacking necessary funds, went to work part-time for Atari Computers. He was able to save enough money to finance a trip to India in the summer of 1974. While there, he practiced meditation, studied eastern culture and religion, and even shaved his head. But by the fall, he became ill with dysentery and was forced to return to the United States. He also became a life long Vegan. Who ?

3. Was born in Motihari,Bengal. He served in the administration of the Indian Imperial Police from 1922 to 1927 when he resigned in part due to his growing dislike of British imperialism . In 1933 he assumed the pseudonym by which he would sign all his publications - ------ (Surname) was the name of a small river in East Anglia, and ------ (First name) was definitely a British Christian name. Who ?

4. Was born in Bombay,India. He was the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature . He spent his early childhood in India where an ‘aya’ took care of him and where under her influence he came in direct contact with the Indian culture and traditions. He worked as a journalist in Lahore for the Civil and Military Gazette and as an assistant editor and overseas correspondent in Allahabad for the Pioneer . His glorification of the British Empire and racial prejudices, stated in his poem "The White Man's Burden" (1899), has repelled many readers.Who ?

5. In an adventure that became a cultural pilgrimage, Mr.X and his New Zealand/ Indian team traveled up the River Ganges (in 1978) from the Bay of Bengal to its source in Himalayan snows.Their three Hamilton jet boats – Ganga, Kiwi and Air India – were met and welcomed by hundreds of thousands of people who thronged the shores of the river to see the great Mr. X , making a pilgrimage on Mother Ganga, the holy river of India. In 1985, Mr Lange appointed Mr. X as the High Commissioner to New Delhi.It was a significant symbolic gesture - Mr.X recalls that he and Richard Hadlee were "the two best-known New Zealanders" in India at that time..Who is Mr. X ?

6. At age 60, Mr. X,whose real name is Samuel Clemens, had fallen on hard times. He crafted a plan to recoup the losses doing what he did best—lecturing and writing books. The debt was vast, about $100,000, and so the plan had to be equally ambitious. He chose to circle the globe.Landing in Bombay from Colombo, he was overwhelmed by the color and the ancientness of the land.He commented "India has 2,000,000 gods, and worships them all. In religion, other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire." Who is Mr.X ?

7. He is acknowledged as the greatest Western violinist of this century. He was born of Russian-Jewish parents whose original surname was ------. His contract with EMI, at nearly 70 years in duration, is the longest in the history of the music industry. He wrote in his autobiography " Unfinished Journey" ," Despite predisposition in India's favor, I have to acknowledge that Indian music took me by surprise. I knew neither its nature nor its richness, but here, if anywhere, I found vindication of my conviction that India was the original source " . Who ?

8. He was born in Mexico City. On his father's side, his grandfather was a prominent liberal intellectual and one of the first authors to write a novel with an expressly Indian theme. Armed with a copy of the Gita, young Mr.X set out for India first in 1951. What awaited him in Bombay is "an unimagined reality":
"...waves of heat; huge gray and red buildings, a Victorian London growing among palm trees and banyans like a recurrent nightmare, leprous walls, wide and beautiful avenues, huge unfamiliar trees, stinking alleyways,... ...women in red, blue, yellow, deliriously colored saris, some solar, some nocturnal, dark-haired women with bracelets on their ankles and sandals made not for the burning asphalt but for fields... ...public gardens overwhelmed by the heat, monkeys in the cornices of the buildings, shit and jasmine, homeless boys...."
In 1962, Mr.X was appointed Mexican ambassador to India: an important moment in both the poet's life and work . He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
in 1990 . Who is Mr. X ?

9. He never reached the age of Forty. He read and studied the teachings and works of Mohandas Gandhi and acknowledged him as his spiritual mentor.
He went to India as a guest of Prime Minister Nehru in efforts to study and learn more about Gandhi's philosophy and techniques of nonviolence from February 2 through March 10, 1959. Time Magazine honored him as "Man of the Year" in 1964 and he also won the Nobel peace prize in the same year. Who?

10. Multi-faceted British actor, director, humorist, social critic, television personality and author.
He was to have interviewed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi the morning she died. On Oct. 31 1984, the morning Gandhi was assassinated at her residence, 1, Safdarjung Road in New Delhi by her bodyguards, Mr.X was waiting with his television crew next door, at 1 Akbar Road, which she used for interviews, at the end of a garden path from the prime ministerial residency.
He was a two time Oscar winner (Best Actor in a Supporting Role). Who is Mr.X ?

Bonus Point : Connect Questions 2 & 3 ..


  • Cogito,

    Good effort....will work on this over the weekend. BTW I have tagged u for the personal tag....please do the honours.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 2:06 PM  

  • Kaps -- personal tag seems too personal :-)

    By Blogger Cogito, at 5:25 PM  


    1. J.M. Keynes
    2. Steven 'Apple' Jobs
    3. George '1984' Orwell
    4. Rudyard 'Jungle Book' Kipling
    5. Edmund 'Everest' Hillary
    6. Mark 'Tom Sawyer' Twain
    7. Yehudi Menuhin
    8. Octavio Paz
    9. Martin Luther 'I have a Dream' King Jr
    10. Peter 'Hercule Poirot' Ustinov.

    Connect: The Apple Mac AD of 1984.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 1:05 PM  

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