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The Mohan Veena (or VishwaVeena) is a stringed musical instrument used in Indian Classical music. It derives its name from its inventor PanditViswa Mohan Bhatt. The instrument is actually a modified Archtop guitar and consists of 20 strings viz. three melody strings, five drone strings strung to the peghead, and twelve sympathetic strings strung to the tuners mounted on the side of the neck. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt won Grammy for his album A Meeting by the River


Charles Dickens, Alexander Pope, Rutherford and Charles Darwin(Starting from top-left, clockwise)

  • They are all buried in The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster referred to popularly as Westminster Abbey, London

Gordon Gekko is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the 1987 film Wall Street and the antihero of the 2010 film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps both by director Oliver Stone. Gekko was portrayed by actor Michael Douglas, in a performance that won him an Oscar for Best Actor for the first movie


Q4. In 1970, Puma had roped in Pele to raise the company's profile and gave him $120,000 to wear their boots. In 1970 FIFA World Cup Final, complying with a request by Puma's representative Hans Henningsen, Pele did something which shot their KING model boots to instant fame.


Pele stopped the referee with a last-second request to tie his shoelaces at the opening whistle of a 1970 World Cup finals match and then knelt down to give millions of television viewers a close-up of his Pumas. Pelé was complying with a request by Puma's representative Hans Henningsen to raise the German sports shoe company's profile after they gave him $120,000 to wear their boots


Montblanc launched the $25,000 pen to mark the 140th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth. The limited edition of 241 pens were made reflecting the number of miles Gandhi walked in his famous Dandi march in 1930. Each pen comes with an eight-metre golden thread that can be wound around the pen, representing the spindle and cotton Gandhi used to weave simple cloth. Gandhi's great-grandson Tushar Gandhi has endorsed the idea. His charitable foundation has already received a donation of $145,000 from Montblanc and will receive between $200 and $1,000 for each pen sold.


Q7. Identify X

  • The Forbes Fictional 15 is a list generated by Forbes magazine that lists the 15 richest people in the realm of fiction. The members are characters from movies, books, cartoons and television. The 2010 list is topped by a person whose particulars are given in the above table . Identify him/her

Carlisle Cullen - Carlisle Cullen (also known as StregoneBenefico) is the adoptive father of Edward, Rosalie, Emmett, Alice and Jasper's adoptive father. His first appearance was in Twilight and his physical age is 23.

  • The picture is of Peter Facinelli who plays Carlisle in the Twilight film series

Q8. The State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, Massachusetts (now known as Hanover Insurance) purchased Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio. The merger resulted in low employee morale. In an attempt to solve this, Harvey Ball was employed in 1963 as a freelance artist to create something to boost the employee morale. In less than ten minutes the design was complete. What did he design?



  • UK’s former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook proclaimed it as "Britain's true national dish".
  • A survey in the United Kingdom claimed that it is that country's most popular restaurant dish.
  • There are 48 different ways of making this dish as of now, the only common ingredient being chicken.

Chicken TikkaMasala

  • Britain now exports chicken tikkamasala to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

Q10. Identify X & Y

  • Shown above is the logo of X, a joint venture enterprise between Telenor, the largest telecommunications company in Norway and Y, a non-profit sister concern of an internationally acclaimed organization
  • 55.8% shares of the Bangladeshi company X is owned by Telenor, 34.2% by Y and the remaining 10% is publicly held.

It is a joint venture enterprise between Telenor and Grameen Telecom Corporation, a non-profit sister concern of the internationally acclaimed microfinance organization and community development bank Grameen Bank


The Lawrence School, Sanawar near Chandigarh in India was founded by Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence of the Army of colonial India’s British Raj. It was established on 15 April 1847.


Q12. Identify the company which aired this recession themed ad and the singer of the original track



  • The track is “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Q13. ChitraSubramaniam is an Indian journalist famous for uncovering the Bofors scandal.

  • She co-founded a Swiss watch company BorgeauD SA. In a global first, BorgeauD has launched La Collection Gravitas.
  • What was so special about this watch?

It was the world’s first watch that incorporates the Rahukalam, a daily 90-minute sequence which is avoided for the taking of important decisions.

  • The Rahukaalam calculations are part of the Indian Panchang, one of the world’s oldest almanacs.

Q14. Marvel Comics has trademarked two words of their own invention which are considered to be examples for onomatopoeia –

  • thwip! and snikt!
  • What do these words signify?

Thwip! : the sound of Spider-Man's web shooter.

  • Snikt! : the switchblade-sound of Wolverine's claws locking into place(which was replaced with the lesser-known schlikt! during the period he was left without the adamantium covering on his bones)

Q15. Identify X

  • The word ‘X’ comes from the name given by the London based pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome & Co. to the compressed tablets they marketed as ‘X’ pills in the late 1880s. Prior to compressed tablets, medicine was usually taken in bulkier powder form.
  • While Burroughs Wellcome & Co. were not the first to derive the technology to make compressed tablets, they were the most successful at marketing them
  • Today, the word X is used for products in a completely different category.


  • “Companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management (generally middle management), in order to limit the amount of damage they are capable of doing.”
  • “In a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their ‘level of incompetence’), and there they remain, being unable to earn further promotions. In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out their duties”

1.Dilbert’s Principle: In the Dilbert strip of February 5, 1995, Dogbert says that "leadership is nature's way of removing morons from the productive flow".

  • 2. Peter’s Principle: “work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”
  • Putt’s Law: "Technology is dominated by two types of people:  those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand."

The wolverine (Gulo), also referred to as glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, quickhatch, or gulon is the largest land-dwelling species of the weasel family in the genus Gulo


2010 FIFA World Cup

  • Yingli Solar, is a solar energy company and one of the largest vertically integrated manufacturers of photovoltaic solar modules. Yingli is the first Chinese company to sponsor the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Seara is a Brazilian company which exports fresh and processed poultry meat and pork meat. It is Brazil’s biggest exporter of pork meat.
  • MTN Group is a South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African and Middle Eastern countries. On the 18th March 2010 it was announced that MTN signed a sponsorship deal with English football Giants Manchester United F.C.
  • Other FIFA World Cup™ Sponsors – castrol, budweisser, continental and McD
  • FIFA Partners – SONY, VISA, Coca Cola, Hyundai, Emirates, Adidas

The area of South America known as the The Triple Frontier . The tri-border region is along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, where the Iguazú and the Paraná rivers converge


Q20. The Patiala Peg is a measure of liquor popular in India. It is measure of volume roughly equivalent to 90ml, though the rough and ready measure is the amount of liquor needed to fill a glass equal to the height between the index and little fingers when they are held parallel to one-another.

  • Origin of the usage?

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, had the reputation of being a ‘king of kings’ and was Chancellor of ‘The Chamber of Princes of India’. Part of his army consisted of ‘Nihangs’ the legendary warriors of Punjab. Their favourite pastime was skullpegging. The civilized version of the game came to be known as ‘Tent Pegging’

It was in the Patiala tradition to invite the ‘Viceroys Pride’, for a friendly engagement in the Maharajas territory. The ‘Viceroys Pride’, all Irish men, who in the evening drank till the night’s end, and were still able and proud to walk straight. the home team felt nervous and feared that if they lost the game.

On the evening before the encounter, the ‘Viceroys Pride ‘ was entertained to the pouring of a double measure of whiskey in every peg. In the morning, they went into the friendly match of tent pegging, their heads heavy and groggy. While they were drinking, the pegs used for tent pegging were replaced with smaller ones for the ‘Viceroys Pride’ and the larger ones for the home team.

The upshot was, the ‘Viceroys Pride’ lost to the Maharajas team.

Incensed by the loss of the game and the size of the pegs, the political agent of the Viceroy went up to the Maharaja to complain that the pegs had been replaced. Replied the Maharaja, "Yes, in Patiala our pegs are larger". And that is how the Patiala Peg became famous, not for the pegs in the game but for the pegs of whiskey!


Q22. Connect

(American National Anthem)


HMS Minden, an Indian teakwood vessel was the first ship commissioned in the Royal Navy from India. The Star-spangled Banner, the National anthem of USA, was composed on board this ship in 1814 by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore harbour when he was a prisoner of the British on board this ship.

Jamshedji Bomanji Wadia built Minden in 1810. In 1736, Lowjee Nusserwanjee, a master shipwright, was brought from Surat to Bombay and assigned him the task of constructing ships for the British fleet and also the selection of a site for a dock. He set a trend in shipbuilding that was to be perpetuated by the next seven generations of his descendants, known as Wadias. During the 150 years that Wadias were the Master Builders, they built more than 400 ships, all of them from Indian Malabar Teak. HMS Trincomalee launched in 1817 is the second oldest “Man of War” in the world, still afloat in U.K.


Q23. Identify ‘X’?

  • In the year 1812, a large quantity of provisions for the army was purchased at Troy, N.Y., by Elbert Anderson, a government contractor. The goods were inspected by two brothers, Ebenezer and Samuel Wilson. The last named was invariably known among the workmen as “X" The packages were marked E.A.-U.S. On being asked the meaning of these initials, a workman jokingly replied that he didn't know unless they meant Elbert Anderson and ‘X’. The title became popular among the workmen, soldiers and people.

Q24. Identify ‘X’ and ‘Y’?

  • In psychology, X is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express adulation and have positive feelings towards their captors that appear irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, essentially mistaking a lack of abuse from their captors as an act of kindness
  • An inverse of “X” called “Y" has been proposed, in which abductors develop sympathy for their hostages

Stockholm syndrome and Lima Syndrome

  • Stockholm syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from August 23 to August 28, 1973. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them after they were freed from their six-day ordeal.
  • Lima Syndrome was named after an abduction at the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru in 1996, when members of a militant movement took hostage hundreds of people attending a party in the official residence of Japan's ambassador. Within a few hours, the abductors had set free most of the hostages, including the most valuable ones, due to sympathy.

Q25. Who is she?

  • She is 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a 36 -18 -33 figure. In 1963 book entitled How to Lose Weight she had given the advice: "Don't eat." which created an uproar among physicians and dieticians. At around 50kg, she was 16kg underweight for a 5 feet 9 inches tall woman.

A standard Barbie doll is 11.5 inches tall, giving a height of 5 feet 9 inches at 1/6 scale. Barbie's vital statistics have been estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips). In 1963 the outfit "Barbie Baby-Sits" came with a book entitled How to Lose Weight which advised: "Don't eat." The same book was included in another ensemble called "Slumber Party" in 1965 along with a pink bathroom scale reading 110 lbs, which would be around 35 lbs. underweight for a woman 5 feet 9 inches tall. In 1997 Barbie's body mould was redesigned and given a wider waist, with Mattel saying that this would make the doll better suited to contemporary fashion designs