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Round 18 Answer Tally


(After Q25) It would be ideal to update this once every five to ten questions

No. of questions answered (after 25 questions) User name



Connect the following: Snake, turtle, elephant, horse, cow. --Dwaipayan (talk) 15:51, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Churning the milky ocean.
  • Vasuki (snake) used for churning rope
  • Kurma (turtle) supported mount Mandara.
  • Airavata (elephant) crushed the garland given to Indra, thus cause curse of devas
  • Uchaishravas (horse) emerged from the ocean
  • as did Kamadhenu (cow).
--BostonMA talk 16:09, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
BostonMA bang on target. Your turn.--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:17, 21 January 2007 (UTC)


What is the only one of its kind and can only be touched on Tuesdays? --BostonMA talk 17:24, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

is it some kind of religious icon/monument/statue? --ti 02:47, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
Hi Ti, no (big hint) it is a tree. — [Unsigned comment added by BostonMA (talkcontribs).]
Blind guess - Parijat.--Dwaipayan (talk) 20:39, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
Could you clarify? --BostonMA talk 20:57, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
Clue is needed to answer!!! Niraj 22:07, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
OK, the clue is "Parijat". Dwaipayanc is on the right track, but my guess is that he looked at my recent contributions :-). How does "Parijat" relate to "one of a kind" and "can only be touched on Tuesdays"? Another hint. When googling, remember that the same word might be transliterated a number of ways. --BostonMA talk 22:12, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
hehe, just googled on your clues. the parijaat of barolia village, the only wish-fulfilling tree? [1] --ti 23:35, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
A google of "rarest tree" brings up "the lone paarijat" of barolia village. It is claimed that this is the only specimen of its species (although I have been unable to verify exactly which species it is said to be). The tree (seemingly larger than most parijat trees or bushes) is said to produce no fruit or seeds and botanists have been unable to germinate another of this variety. Tejas gets it, unless Dwaipayanc wants to contest.
i'll fork over the point and baton to dwaipayan, his Parijat was a very good guess. this should be added to Kalpataru and WP:DYK for sure! --ti 00:57, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I am extremely busy today. Won't be able to follow the quiz in next 24 hours. I request Tejas to take over. And yes, among 2 to 3 guesses, I landed upon Parijat after checking BostonMA's recent contributions ;) Regards.--Dwaipayan (talk) 03:57, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
if you insist! next question in a couple of hours. --ti 17:14, 23 January 2007 (UTC)


Make that a couple of minutes, remembered something I was reading up on yesterday. Here's the question: Connect the Bangladesh Liberation War, World Science Day and the Indian handloom industry. --ti 17:29, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

whaaa, no guesses? big hint: check some of MY previous contributions. --ti 04:21, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Abdullah Al Muti Sharafuddin? [2]. I don't think it is because I don't see any connection to the war. --hydkat 07:40, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
This is tough. As Hydkat had found out, Kalinga Prize is of central importance. But have to found out the links...!--Dwaipayan (talk) 09:17, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
How about Jagjit Singh (writer), the recipient of the prize in 1963, and his namesake Jagjit Singh Aurora, general in Bangladesh Liberation War? --Dwaipayan (talk) 09:20, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Another convoluted guess. Biju Patnaik is the founder of Kalinga Prize (awarded on World Science Day). Gita Mehta, Biju's daughter has made four films on the Bangladesh war. Naveen Patnaik, Biju's son is known for pioneering role in the international recognition of Indian design and worked for handloom weavers to enlarge home market for Indian textiles.[3]. --Dwaipayan (talk) 14:14, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
dwaipayan gets it for the patnaik family. your turn this time! --ti 16:16, 24 January 2007 (UTC)


This trial was held in USA. The trial was remarkable for an Indian murdering another Indian inside the courtroom (during the trial), and the two Indians shared the same given name. What am I talking about?--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:43, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

american indians? ;-) just kidding, i don't have a clue! --ti 17:47, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Hint1: the trial was on something anti-British.
clarification ;) The question asks the name of the trial.--Dwaipayan (talk) 17:58, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Hint2: The trial involved people who participated in Indian independence movement from outside India.--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:37, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Does it have to do with Kartar Singh Sarabha and the Gadar movement? Nobleeagle [TALK] [C] 05:10, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes it has to do with Ghadar.--Dwaipayan (talk) 05:18, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Hindu German Conspiracy Trial. Nobleeagle [TALK] [C] 05:56, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Damn, I was just about to write the same thing... — Lost(talk) 06:15, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes, Nobleeagle got it. Your turn.--Dwaipayan (talk) 07:20, 25 January 2007 (UTC)


Sorry for the delay but this is a giveaway. Connect the Hindu Mahasabha, IIT and Aditya Birla Group. Nobleeagle [TALK] [C] 00:47, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Vir Savarkar founded the Hindu Mahasabha. His grandson Prafulla Chiplunkar went to IIT Kanpur and works there. He also wprked for the Birla Group.Sorry, forgot to sign in.Vignesh 03:56, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Correct. Nobleeagle [TALK] [C] 23:28, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, sorry for the delay, but can someone else ask the next question? I will be internetless for two days. Further, this time difference makes it very hard to answer and ask questions..Vignesh


Okay, I'll take up the baton.. This one is going to require some lateral thinking/ googling though.. What's common to Lahore, Pondicherry, Brahmpur, Ayemenem and Gurgaon? -- Longhairandabeard 16:37, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, if you hold a string on a map, starting at Pondicherry and going to Lahore, Gurgaon is on the line! But Ayemenem is in Kerala and Brahmpur is fictional, so that can't be it. And if anyone's wondering why I was holding a string to my atlas, its because I thought "lateral" was a pun on latitude... Picaroon 19:55, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
This has nothing to do with geography. But you are right in pointing out that Brahmpur is fictional. *wink wink* -- Longhairandabeard 08:35, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
A wild but reasonable guess - these are all places where award winning English books/ novels have been set. Brahmpur - A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth - won a couple of awards apart from being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Ayemenem - The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy has won the Booker; Lahore - Most of the works by Bapsi Sidhwa have been set here; Pondicherry - Yann Martel's Life of Pi won the Booker; Gurgaon - Chetan Bhagat's One Night @ the Call Center. I looked for connects related to Salman Rushdie and Kiran Desai, but couldn't place them. btw, if it is correct, LHAB may have to ask the next question as well, as I may be unavailable. --Gurubrahma 10:58, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Guru has it right! My link was Indian settings of English novels. I had Kim for Lahore, but otherwise perfectly linked. -- Longhairandabeard 15:37, 28 January 2007 (UTC)


This might be hard to find but should be easy to guess. On whose death did Ustad Amjad Ali Khan compose Raga Priyadarshini? -- Longhairandabeard 15:37, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Indira Gandhi?? 'coz her birth name is Indira Priyadarshini? --Gurubrahma 16:36, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
That's right. [4] Hope you have time to ask, if not, could someone else take over? -- Longhairandabeard 18:25, 28 January 2007 (UTC)


Connect Jesus Christ, Sai Baba of Shirdi and Vemana. --Gurubrahma 18:43, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Is this tough? The connect is a person and the connection is a popular art form. This person I have in mind is connected to Tanguturi Prakasam as well in the same way as he is with the people above; however, he also has another connection with Prakasam - by blood. --Gurubrahma 16:11, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Vijaychander? [5] -- Longhairandabeard 18:01, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes. Indeed. A telugu film actor/producer, he portrayed all the above roles to critical and popular acclaim. He is also the grandson of Prakasam, who he portrayed in the film "Andhra Kesari." However, his name is transliterated in different ways and hence Google gives few hits. Also, he has acted in very few movies over a career that has spanned over 30 years. --Gurubrahma 18:40, 29 January 2007 (UTC)


What are Sky's Brow and Five Snowy Treasures? -- Longhairandabeard 21:06, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Everest and Kangchenjunga -- I don't know why I play this game, as I don't have time. --BostonMA talk 21:17, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Lol, it's addictive, no doubt. The answer is right, btw. Mount Everest is called Sagarmatha in Nepal, which means Brow of the Sky, and Kangchenjunga in Tibetan means Five Treasures of the Snows, referring to its five peaks. Your turn, BostonMA. -- Longhairandabeard 21:27, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Request that someone step up and take the baton please. --BostonMA talk 21:43, 29 January 2007 (UTC)


In the interest of keeping this going, I'll ask the next question. What connects Bhowani, Kishanpur, Konpara, Pierce Brosnan and Ava Gardner? -- Longhairandabeard 16:02, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

John Masters wrote the Novel "The Deceivers", there was a film named on it starring Pierce Brosnan. He also wrote the "Bhowani Junction" novel and a movie was made on it starring Ava Gardner. Also wrote the novel "The Venus of Konpara". Sumitra Devi, Rani of Kishanpur is one of the character in his novel "Nightrunners of Bengal". --Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 20:36, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
That's right! I bought the book Nightrunners of Bengal in a garage sale a while back, and found it quite engrossing. Haven't been able to lay my hands on the other books yet. Welcome to PINQ, Nirajrm! The next question is all yours!! -- Longhairandabeard 21:00, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks a lot!!! It was my first attempt on PINQ and it was on the target!!! The new question is with in few hours, so please wait for a while. --Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 21:17, 30 January 2007 (UTC)


Here we go in the same way!!! What is the connection between MK Gandhi, Frederick and Eja? U have to identify the personalities too. I ll provide hint in about 2-3 hrs if no attempt is seen. --Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 21:46, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Hint1: Frederick is very famous sports personality and he has nick name too!!! --Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 22:47, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Hint2: Eja is 6 year old boy of celebrity--Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 05:49, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
I think the answer is they are all famous Vegans. Mohandas karamchand Gandhi,Booby moore, and shaina twain are the personalities Booleanfalse 11:05, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
You are in the right path and true, but can you name me who is Frederick? He is not Booby Moore. --Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 12:59, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
Frederick Robert Spofforth aka Demon?--Dwaipayan (talk) 13:19, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, he is from USA.--Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 19:20, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
All are vegans! MK Gandhi is the Father of the Nation (India), Frederick Carlton ("Carl") Lewis, and Eja is son of Shania Twain. So, I give it to Booleanfalse and now the baton is in ur hand. --Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 19:25, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
I am waiting for the new question from Booleanfalse. If he is not interested then somebody voluntarily take his task. --Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 21:06, 1 February 2007 (UTC)


I wonder what's going on... Have we exhausted India-related topics.. or are Indian Wikipedians too busy editing wikipedia/ having a life? Anyway, here goes the next question: A recent rock song S by musician M had lyrics from an 18th century poet P. Name S, M and P. -- Longhairandabeard 00:25, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Hint#1: S has the same last name as a Bollywood actor A, who in recent years acted in a very popular series of comedy movies. -- Longhairandabeard 03:52, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Okay. So that rules out "Taming the tiger" by Joni Mitchell and inspired by William Blake's famous work. : ) -dw —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) S.D. ¿п? § 15:33, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Yup, it's not that. Hint#2: The first album of M (which contains the song S) is named after himself. (Giveaway hint coming up in an hour or two..) -- Longhairandabeard 15:47, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
Er... you mean M has the same last name as A, right? — Lost(talk) 15:50, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
Oh right, sorry about that.. The musician M, not the song, has the same last name as A. -- Longhairandabeard 16:32, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
Well, that didnt get me any closer to the answer so I guess I'll wait for the giveaway — Lost(talk) 17:04, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
All right, here it is.. Look in my recent contributions.. -- Longhairandabeard 18:08, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Rabbi Shergil, Bulleh Shah. Bullah ki Jana.--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:19, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

NO NO NO!! A giveaway after ages and I missed it!!!!! — Lost(talk) 18:20, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Jimmy Shergill is the actor. Bad luck Lost.--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:21, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
Yeah well... Actually I was thinking of Govind Ahuja and went completely off track — Lost(talk) 18:24, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
Yup, Dwaipayan's got it! The "rock song" bit seems to have thrown everyone off the track.. Btw, Munna Bhai series is the comedy series I mentioned in hint#1. Over to you, Dwaipayan.. -- Longhairandabeard 21:52, 3 February 2007 (UTC)


Sorry for the delay. An easy one. One of his brothers was very rich, while another was extremely lazy. His mother sort of seduced his father. The brother of his stepmother was a learned man and wrote a notable book on Krishna. Who am I talking about?--Dwaipayan (talk) 05:28, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

Ravana ? With rich bother Kubera and 'lazy' brother Kumbhakarna; mother Kaikesi who 'seduced' father Rishi Vaisravana. I haven't worked out the stepmother yet, but my guess is that the "learned man who wrote a notable book on Krishna" is your namesake Rishi Veda Vyasa; the book, of course, being Srimad Bhagavatam. Abecedare 05:51, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
Yes, Ravana is the answer. The learned man is Garga, the book being Garga Samhita. The stepmother is Ilavida, the daughter of Bharadwaj. No business with my namesake!! Over to you.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:05, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. The possibility of a "Dwaipayan" connection made me take that leap of faith. Will post next question as soon as I think of something ... so be ready to wait! Abecedare 06:15, 5 February 2007 (UTC)


Offspring of a mismatched couple. Maybe knee-high tall. Named after his birthplace. Known for his cheapness. This "ugly duckling" (grant me licentia poetica) surely deserves to have a wikipedia article. What am I talking about ? Abecedare 06:36, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

No guesses yet ! Hint: Note that I asked "What am I talking about ?"; the object of interest is not a person, living thing or even a mythological figure. Feel free to replace all the "his" in the riddle with "its". Does that help ? Abecedare 20:26, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
That was my guess, with the 'cheapness' clue.. But still no idea what it could be.. Waiting for another hint.. -- Longhairandabeard 23:04, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
(Sorry for the delay ... busy day.) Hint: Knee-high tall = about a ______ high. Fill in the blank to get half the answer. Also the invention can quite literally be knee-high! Abecedare 03:29, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

–—My guess is Jaipur legs.. (If I am right, someone pls post the next Q)- Booleanfalse 12:05, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Yes, that's right. More commonly referred to as the Jaipur foot (currently the link simply redirects to Artificial limb), it was developed by an orthopedic surgeon P. K . Sethi and an artisan educated upto fourth grade, Ram Chandra. It sells for ~ $30 (compared to ~$8000 for Western substitutes) ! More details in a Time magazine article, Guardian newspaper article and Dr. Sethi's Magsaysay Award citation. I'll work on creating an article soon.
So who is ready to pick up the mantle next ? Abecedare 18:26, 6 February 2007 (UTC)


C'mon guys, PINQ is too good to die out like this. At the peril of making this an LHAAB Round, I'll take up the mantle. Here's the next question, which should be pretty easy for those in India: A singer S got into an incident I with an actress A last year. S later made a video about this incident defending his behavior. What am I talking about? -- Longhairandabeard 04:19, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

I'm too lazy to explain it, so I'll give the Wiki link Salman_Khan#Relationship_troubles. GizzaChat © 04:35, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
I have no idea what the answer is, and am not really up-to-date with all the bollywood scandal + gossip. But Salman Khan, singing ?! :-) Abecedare 05:14, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
The answer is Mika Singh and Rakhi Sawant. I'm sorry I may not be able to put the question now. However, I shall definitely ask the next question. LHAB does not need to take the responsibility again.--Dwaipayan (talk) 05:27, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
Dwaipayan is right. Mika forcibly(?) kissed Rakhi Sawant in his birthday party last year which led to police trouble. He has brought out a song parodying the event with Meet Brothers , and a video to go with it! Perhaps Mika's page could be expanded and shifted to Mika Singh.. -- Longhairandabeard 14:17, 8 February 2007 (UTC)


Sorry for this unusual delay. Here goes the question: connect the following: George Bernard Shaw→→→Uttam KumarThe Crow. The connection(s) may be multistep.--Dwaipayan (talk) 14:58, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

Here's a weakish guess: Shaw >> Oscar Award (for screenplay of Pygmalion) >> Satyajit Ray (for Lifetime Achievement) >> Uttam Kumar (Acted in a few films by Satyajit Ray, died on a filmset) >> The Crow (Brandon Lee died on set)  — [Unsigned comment added by Longhairandabeard (talkcontribs).]
Well, the last part of your guess is correct (death part). Now build up the initial part properly. In fact, the last connection may help in building up the initial connection.--Dwaipayan (talk) 17:11, 9 February 2007 (UTC)
Here's another weakish guess before we get another hint: Shaw >> Pygmalion >> An obscure actor called Sash Fisher [6] >> Also acted in Ben Hur >> Several stuntmen are said to have died during filming of Ben Hur >> the rest as up there. -- 19:55, 9 February 2007 (UTC)
Another, a little stronger one: Shaw >> Amartya Sen (translated his plays into Bengali [7]) >> Satyajit Ray (Amartya Sen wrote an article about Ray, Satyajit Ray and the art of Universalism: Our Culture, Their Culture) >> Uttam Kumar (acted in films by Ray), etc. -- Longhairandabeard 20:10, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

Hint:some film of Uttam Kumar.--Dwaipayan (talk) 20:42, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

LHAB got so much near that I think I have to award him the winning position. However, the connection I am looking for is not this much convoluted. More straight forward. --Dwaipayan (talk) 04:12, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
Try to find out the only missing link: George Bernard ShawPygmalion →(something)→Uttam Kumar→The Crow. --Dwaipayan (talk) 13:18, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
Ok. The batton passes to LHAB, who thought out nice connections and almost got there. What I was looking for specifically is George Bernard ShawPygmalionOgo Bodhu Shundori→Uttam Kumar→The Crow. The film Ogo Bodhu Shundori was based on Pygmalion, while Uttam Kumar had a fatal heart attack in the sets of the film. Your turn, LHAB. Regards.--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:58, 12 February 2007 (UTC)


Thanks Dwaipayan.. In retrospect, that link shouldn't have been too hard to figure out. Anyway, here is something I came across while searching for the answer to the question above: Connect Muhammad, Akbar, 1414 and 1428. -- Longhairandabeard 05:57, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Big hint.. The numbers above are years, but not CE or BCE.. -- Longhairandabeard 17:03, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
Now is 1428 by Islamic calendar, which was started when Hijra occurred— Muhammad's emigration from Mecca to Medina. Next Bengali calendar year is 1414. Bengali calendar was officially delineated by the Akbar.--Dwaipayan (talk) 17:15, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
Yup, you got it! The link is Bengali calendar, started by Akbar, which counts zero from Muhammad's emigration too, but is behind Hijri because it makes adjustments to keep months aligned with seasons, while Hijri is a purely lunar calendar. Amartya Sen has written a piece on it: [8] -- Longhairandabeard 17:24, 12 February 2007 (UTC)


Extremely sorry for the delay. Here goes the question. This person had done some work in mathematics, and the work now comes under rare books. However he became very famous for works in biology. He has at least one road named after him in one Indian city. Who is this person and what is his mathematical work?--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:28, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

J. B. S. Haldane? He has done mathematical work, albeit related to biology and genetics. And there is a Haldane Avenue in Kolkata. Can't find the mathematical work, though... -- Longhairandabeard 04:47, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
Well, this is a perfect answer, though I was not looking for this! Great answer. However, I'll wait for a bit more, and see if someone comes up with the one I was looking for. One hint: the road named after this scientist also happens to be located in Calcutta.--Dwaipayan (talk) 11:08, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
J C Bose? Wild guess!! --Nirajrm talk ||| sign plz! 17:05, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
Nope. Not yet. More hint: he has some similarities with JBS Haldane.--Dwaipayan (talk) 17:12, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
Patrick Geddes?? --Gurubrahma 04:21, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
No. More hint:he was born in a hill station in India.--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:54, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
Ronald Ross, born in Almora, known for study of Malaria - his work in mathematics is on mathematical models of epidemiology. Hospital Road in Kolkata has been renamed as Sir Ronald Ross Sarani. --Gurubrahma 10:24, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
Yes the answer I was looking for is Ronald Ross. However Guru missed the mathematical work. It was "Solid space-algebra. The systems of Hamilton and Grassman combined. (Principles only - seventh draft, 1918). With extracts from his paper “The algebra of space, 1901.” London: Harrison and Sons, Ltd., 1929"[9]. --Dwaipayan (talk) 10:40, 17 February 2007 (UTC)


This person's discovery was instrumental in giving us the knowledge that "Devanampriya" was one of the names of a great king of India. Who is this person and what was his discovery? --Gurubrahma 19:50, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

James Princep. Deciphered an ancient inscription on a large stone pillar in Delhi, inscription of Ashoka.--Dwaipayan (talk) 20:01, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
Was he the one to decipher Brahmi script?--Dwaipayan (talk) 20:16, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
Yup, it's James Princep and yes doc, he deciphered the Brahmi script. Over to you, --Gurubrahma 06:03, 18 February 2007 (UTC)


After a vital link was lost, this topographic feature became a major obstacle which people had to maneuver. However when an alternative link could be established in 1945, the pressure was somewhat relieved. The vital link that was lost in the beginning became somewhat legendary. What is the topographic feature I am talking about?--Dwaipayan (talk) 08:02, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Is it the Adam's Bridge? =Nichalp «Talk»= 08:34, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
no.--Dwaipayan (talk) 09:16, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Hint:The vital link that was lost was seized by opponent during a war.--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:46, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
I think I got it. When Burma Road was closed by the Japanese during WWII, pilots flew over the eastern end of the Himalayas, nicknamed The Hump to reach China from India. This was until Ledo Road was built to allow land traffic again. Very interesting story.. (Phew.. I thought I had an edit conflict with someone who posted the answer!!) -- Longhairandabeard 17:01, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Yep LHAB got it. Really interesting stuff, right? Over to you.--Dwaipayan (talk) 17:23, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Very interesting indeed. I especially liked this story: [10], history meets the present.. -- Longhairandabeard 17:53, 18 February 2007 (UTC)


This may be a little obscure, but eminently guessable. Connect the Asiatic lion, Zebu cattle and Indian rock. -- Longhairandabeard 17:53, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Hint: The connection is a three-letter word. -- Longhairandabeard 00:28, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the hint! The three-letter connection is Gir which stands for Gir Forest National Park the lone home of Asiatic lion; Gir cattle a breed of Zebu; and the Great Indian Rock festival. Abecedare 00:38, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Right! All yours.. -- Longhairandabeard 03:26, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. Nice to see the quiz moving again. 22 coming up. Abecedare 05:31, 19 February 2007 (UTC)


Fill in the blanks (same word):

______ medal
______ model
______ distance

Hint: _______'s birthday = "National X day." Abecedare 05:39, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Ashoka.Bakaman 05:43, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Not what I was thinking of; does it fit ? Aside: Bakaman, you have actually edited at least one of the relevant pages - although given the number of wikipedia pages you have touched, that is no real hint :-) Abecedare 05:52, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Satyendra Nath Bose.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:33, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Again not what I was thinking of; Bose has many terms associated with his name (condensate, statistics etc) but I am not sure whether the above three fall in the list. But you are getting closer (relative to Ashoka) to the correct time-period and field. Abecedare 06:42, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
C.V. Raman. National Science Day.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:39, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Nope. Everything needs to fit :-) Abecedare 06:42, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
I think I got it. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:52, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
There are Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis Medal, Mahalanobis model, Mahalanobis distance, and National Statistical Day.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:55, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Perfect! Here is a link for the Mahalanobis medal. Take over the baton. Abecedare 06:58, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Incidentally, your guess of Satyendra Nath Bose got me wondering if Bose and Mahanabolis' path had ever crossed since they were born in Calcutta in consecutive years and both graduated in physics from Presidency College, Kolkata. On googling I found [11]:

"Bose also had close relationships with Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893-1972) founder of the Indian Statistical Institute, and a lifelong friendship with Meghnad Saha (1893-1956), famous for his pathbreaking theory of ionization, and its application to stellar atmosphere. Together, these men and others strived to make Calcutta University a world-class institution, in spite of poor facilities and a lack of funds."

Indian science is a small, close-knit world indeed ! Abecedare 07:03, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Reply to Abecedare - That was not a great hint, I think I've edited over 1k different pages.Bakaman 16:49, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
According to [12], it's closer to 5k ! That is why I myself said that "that is no real hint". :-) Abecedare 01:43, 20 February 2007 (UTC)


Connect the following. A Mughal emperor, a weapon, a region of Himalaya, A region of Gujarat, one name of India.--Dwaipayan (talk) 07:13, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Help: Even cracking some of the stuffs would lead to successful googling. Need not crack all the things at the first go.--Dwaipayan (talk) 15:46, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Ok, I'll take a stab: How about Hindustan (a name of India), Hindu Kush (an 'extension' of the Himalayas), some Mughal emperor titled "_________ -al-hind" and the Mil Mi-24 "large combat helicopter gunship and low-capacity troop transport" whose NATO name is Hind ?! A region of Gujarat is still pending. Abecedare 01:56, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
Hindustan is ok. But not Hindu kush (which is not a part of Himalaya). Well, one hint, it is not a multistep connection. Rather a holistic one. And related to combat/troops etc., though not to NATO.--Dwaipayan (talk) 03:52, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
Hint: The name of the weapon is in Hindi. Think of that Mughal emperor which comes into mind first if you are asked to name a Mughal emperor (in at least 90% cases!).--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:28, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
Hint: All the names somehow connect to an event prior to India's independence.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:18, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
Elaborate hint:All the names somehow connect to an event in Indian independence movement.--Dwaipayan (talk) 10:35, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
Hint: All the names are given names of a category of vehicles.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:30, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
Are they battleships? =Nichalp «Talk»= 07:12, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
Yes, they are. Now find out the names and the connection. It's easy now.--Dwaipayan (talk) 07:35, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
1. HMS Hindustan (was the link for one) 2. HMS Talwaar (weapon) 3. HMS Akbar 4. HMIS Kathiawar . I'm still looking for the link, thinking of the RIN mutiny so far. =Nichalp «Talk»= 07:52, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

All the answers and the link is on this page: The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny. Amazing question!! =Nichalp «Talk»= 08:06, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

Yes you are correct. Kumaon is the region of Himalaya. Your turn, Nichalp. Regards. --Dwaipayan (talk) 11:07, 22 February 2007 (UTC)


What is common to Goa, Assam, Punjab, and Gujarat? =Nichalp «Talk»= 17:30, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

Capital of each of these states is not its largest city? InArm 17:43, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
No. In that case UP would have qualified to the above list too. =Nichalp «Talk»= 08:25, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
All of them have avg per capita Income > than Rs.30,000/- ? --hydkat 08:36, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
No, I don't think Assam has a high PCI. =Nichalp «Talk»= 08:46, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
Shifting of capital occurred in the history of all these states.--Dwaipayan (talk) 10:19, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
Goa's capital is still Panaji. Could you be more specific? =Nichalp «Talk»= 11:16, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
All the four state capitals came into existence as a result of some partition / division or some redistribution of states--Prasad den 14:26, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
That still won't apply to Goa. 16:13, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

All the states have a history of being a part of a larger state/ administrative entity, and consequently attaining their present shape through the process of creating new states. For Goa, between 1961 and 1987, it was the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu. For Gujarat, Bombay state was divided into Maharashtra and Gujarat. Assam spawned four more states to become one of the seven sister states in the 1960s and 1970s. The new states were Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya. Punjab was trifurcated in the year 1966 leading to the formation of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:34, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

You were closer home the first time. :) =Nichalp «Talk»= 16:40, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
(frustrated) All the capitals are somewhat or totally planned cities! (Is Panaji, too?)--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:43, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
No. You were still closer home the first time. :) =Nichalp «Talk»= 16:48, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
These states have capitals that are not most populated cities in that state; e.g. Amritsar and Jalandhar are more populous than Chandigarh etc. --Gurubrahma 17:46, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
Nope, that answer has already been attempted. Dwaipayanc is almost home. I'm looking for something more specific. =Nichalp «Talk»= 18:13, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
Earlier a small village on the riverfront, in 1843 the city had been renamed Nova Goa (Portuguese for New Goa) when it officially replaced the city of Goa (now Old Goa) as the administrative seat of Portuguese India... That's why I thought Panaji is also qualifies in the same bracket as the other capitals. However, the case of Panaji is not as strong as the other ones, as Goa was not a state then :(--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:24, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
Well, well, Porvorim is the legislative capital of Goa. So are the other capitals (Chandigarh, Dispur, Gandhinagar). Is that what you are looking for?--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:25, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
I'll give it to you. All these states had their legislature (or the assembly) permanently moved after they gained statehood. =Nichalp «Talk»= 18:30, 23 February 2007 (UTC)


An easy question to end the round. This piece of literature was created as a protest to a political move. Later, another political move took place that was somewhat similar to the previous move. Even later, after further political happenings, that piece of literature became very significantly associated with one of the outcomes of all these political happenings. What's the literary creation?--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:50, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Anandamath, Bankim chandra? ray 01:46, 25 February 2007 (UTC)

I'm guessing the events are Partition of Bengal, Partition of India, Independence of India and Vande Mataram? ray 01:53, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
Partially correct. Not what I am looking for.--Dwaipayan (talk) 03:35, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
Jana Gana Mana. The events are Partition of Bengal (1905), Partition of Bengal (1947), and Republic of India's independence. --Ragib 04:47, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
Oooops! Almost there! just missed :(--Dwaipayan (talk) 05:55, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
Ok, it HAS to be Amar Sonar Bangla. --Ragib 06:00, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
Yes, it is. Rabindranath Tagore wrote Amar Sonar Bangla during the protest against Partition of Bengal (1905). It became the national anthem of Bangladesh. The next question will be asked by Ragib, after this round is archived. Regards.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:07, 25 February 2007 (UTC)

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