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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Harsha’s Kaikoo

Today Harsha Bhogle conducted the “Harsha’s Kaikoo” quiz in Hyderabad. The quiz is in connection with the Hyderabad 10K Half Marathon, scheduled to take place next month. The quiz had a mix of general, sports and business questions.

Quinkie represented by Deepak Karamungikar and yours truly won the quiz. JNTU, represented by Raghuram and Latish came second. Sierra Atlantic, represented by Anchal Mathur and Harish Shanthinikethanam finished third. Though the turnout was not up to the mark, it was a great evening as Harsha brought in lots of flamboyance and handled the quiz with his inimitable flair.
Ace quizzers Srinivas and J Krishnamurthi from K Circle provided the content and spent a lot of effort in getting the quiz together.

Here are some questions from the elims:

1. The name of which Hyderabad landmark translates to “Mirror of the Sky”?

2. Which 1993 Client Eastwood starred film shares its name with a recent literary work?
3. The consumption of sheep testes by the Greeks as early as the 8th century BC is the first reported instance of what?
4. It is derived from the Makonde word meaning "that which folds up" in reference to the stooped posture developed as a result of the arthritic symptoms of the disease. What am I talking about?
5. Which famous pop star wrote children’s book called “English Roses”?
6. The two main forms of this game are known as Tudabarai and Qarajai. Which game?
7. What new age first does the film “Waterborne” has to its credit?
8. Which place in Hyderabad gets its name from the Urdu for “barbed wire”?
9. Which drink gets its name from the Dutch for “burnt wine”?
10. Which musical instrument gets its name from the Greek for Wood and Sound?
11. Aibophobia is the fear of what?
12. An AMUL ad with the title “here goes the sun” and a “sitar” were shown. The question was to identify the occasion.
13. What is the name of the fundamental militia under the regimen of Mir Osman Ali Khan?
14. Pic of Siva Kesavan, the only Indian in Luge event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
15. Visual of the board game Monopoly


1. Falaknuma
2. “In the Line of Fire” by Pervez Musharraf
3. Performance enhancement/doping
4. Chikungunya
5. Madonna
6. Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan
7. one of the first films to be available on Google Video
8. Tarnaka (Once upon a time this place was famous for its mangoes and several Nawabs owned mango orchards. To guard them, a Nawab built a barbed wire fencing (tar in Urdu) all around and posted a guard (naka) from which the place derived its name)
9. Brandy
10. Xylophone
11. Palindromes
12. Death of George Harrison. The funda is: Pandit Ravi Shankar teamed up with Harrison to compose the famous cut “Here comes the Sun”.
13. Razakars

There were 25 questions in the elims. These are the only ones I could recollect.

Murali Duggineni.


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