Fumble in the Jungle

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After much coaxing, I have finally agreed to write a blog post, and thus resume our website blogging. So, the idea is to write on events we conduct and attend, and the corresponding activities we indulge in. I hope this will be the first of many. So, recently I attended a much publicised open general quiz called ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, organised by IIM Kashipur. No, it did not take place in Jim Corbett National Park. The quiz was conducted by JK, a well-known quizzer and quizmaster from Hyderabad. Major Chandrakant Nair, another well-known quizzer and quizmaster, was a contributor. Except for the two buzzer rounds, I found the quiz pretty balanced and well-researched. But then, I am complaining probably because I faltered at the buzzers (as always). I did not buzz, for the millionth time probably, on a last question- nothing to lose scenario, right? The last question, cost us our second place. It basically asked the code word for ‘I’ in the NATO phonetic alphabet. And, here comes a very useful advice for all budding quizzers, if you think you are slow on the buzzers, you have to learn the art of pre-empting a QM or rather a question. But, if it was up to me I would have put a ban on all buzzer rounds. Anyhow, my teammate Apratim Mukhopadhyay and I, emerged the second runners-up quite comfortably. As I said, the jungle in the quiz name did not refer to India’s first national park. So, I gathered a few friends, who agreed to accompany me for a weekend trip to Jim Corbett National Park. We stayed in the fantastic Treetop Riverview Sterling Resort. There I stumbled upon a much-missed TV show, CID. The highlight of that particular episode has to be Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo. Most things in the show have not changed; for instance the-once-bald Dr. Salunke still grows a strand of hair every time someone commits a crime in India. And the women in the squad keeps changing every time I watch the show. I suppose they get married, or give up their non-existing careers at CID for other much better jobs. Sorry for rambling, but the smaller and inconsequential things in life intrigue me the most. No wonder I am such a huge fan of Seinfeld. Overall, I had a good time. Earned some money (most of which was spent on that trip), saw a few wild animals, cracked a few Ek Tha Tiger jokes (in absence of a real tiger), and came back to Delhi with a lot of confidence, the one where I thought I can take the Delhi ‘heat’ coming from a much colder Nainital. Except, I was utterly wrong. As I type, I am buried in three layers of wool, as I finish writing this. Till next time, happy winter and a very merry Christmas! About the author: Raktim Nag, a film studies graduate from Jadavpur University and an avid quizzer heads the content team at Xpress Minds and loves to travel, win quizzes and take...

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The SINMQ Jamboree 2015

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quick! Name three things you know about Sweden! From my top-of-the-mind spring forth Abba, Alfred Nobel, ummm… Bjorn Borg?   Reality check: did you know that Celcius, Ace of Base, Linnaeus (binomial naming of species?), Roxette, Rednex, Opeth, Tove Lo, Norse mythology (think Thor, Freya, Odin…) H&M, and smorgasbord are all Swedish too? And a gazillion other things, people and places, many of which will make you go: What the …! Or a plain and simple: Wow!   Ok. How about Nobel Prize winners? How many can you name in a minute? Mother Teresa, Kailash Satyarthi, Marie Curie, Rabindranath Tagore, Orhan Pamuk, Amartya Sen, … that list is 115 years old!   The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz is an event that has captured the imagination of college students across the country like no other. The journey began quietly and tentatively nine years ago in Delhi, and has swelled to fully ten cities in the past two years, spanning the length and breadth of India, with the left-out cities clamouring to be included in the next edition.   The series was flagged off at Indore, followed by Pune and Mumbai. Ace Quizmaster Kunal Savarkar was a bit unsure about participation, as pre-registration had been lukewarm and the latter two cities have repeatedly displayed a penchant for the unpredictable, but he needn’t have been. All three cities evidently had more Sweden-Nobel enthusiasts than expected, and between our fantastic outreach team and the huge success of SINMQ 2014, the milling crowds put paid to our apprehensions.   If these three cities buoyed us with their attendance, the southern trio of Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai blew our minds with their numbers, enthusiasm and performance standards, with extremely keenly fought contests, superb audience involvement and institutional support.   The next three were Kolkata, Guwahati and Ahmedabad, which not only gave us reason to cheer in terms of numbers and quality but also drew participants from nearby (and not-so-nearby) towns and cities, all vying for a slice of Sweden.   2015 has in effect seen a phenomenal peak in participation, with record-breaking numbers in every single city. As this post goes to (word)press, Delhi is set to up the ante in style, with over 700 registered participants, and counting…   Meanwhile the various City Winners are packing their bags for Delhi and burning the candle at both ends (or should be!) picking up every bit of information on Sweden and the Nobel Prizes. We expect to see a fantastic fight to the finish. Last year it came right down to the wire, with the winning team doing a photo-finish, inching ahead of the second prize winners on the lastest question.   To set an even wider playing field, there are all kinds of allied events this year: twitter contests, photography and selfie contests, even a dress code! Pulsating excitement!   The next Twitter contest is this weekend – watch out for more details. All other contests will culminate on 16 October at the IP College for Women.   The SINMQ Juggernaut rolls on, and you are all invited…   Be...

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INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015 New Delhi Preliminary Round Answers

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Here are the answers of the New Delhi preliminary round that was conducted on 31st August, 2015. What is the state bird of Delhi? House Sparrow/Passer domesticus/English Sparrow/Indian Sparrow The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa houses the mortal remains of which Saint? St. Francis Xavier Dholpur House, near India Gate, is the headquarters of which important Government of India agency? Union Public Service Commission Which place, famous for housing the four big cats (snow leopards, clouded leopards, common leopards and tigers) is the most easterly national park in India? Namdapha How do we better know the Mithila style of painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar and the adjoining parts of Terai in Nepal? The paintings are characterized by eye-catching geometrical patterns. Madhubani Alarippu, Jatiswaram, Sabdam, Varnam and Tillana together comprise which Indian classical dance? Bharatnatyam According to Hindu tradition who was the first man to die? Yama Which auspicious musical instrument, sometimes considered to be the loudest non-brass acoustic instrument, contains three parts- the kuzhal, thimiru and anasu? Nadaswaram Which village in Ludhiana district is known for a unique sports festival that is fondly known by the nickname ‘Rural Olympics’? Kila Raipur Which capital city is famous for a market called Ima Keithel, where all the stalls are run by women? Imphal Inside which famous building complex would you find structures like Sheesh Mahal, MusammanBurj, Nagina Masjid, Mina Masjid, Khas Mahal, Anguri Bagh and Diwan-i-Khas? Agra Fort/Red Fort Which famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery, known for an annual festival honouring Padmasambhava, is the biggest monastery in Ladakh? Hemis In which town, near Lucknow, did Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqullah Khan loot the Punjab Mail on 9th August, 1925? Kakori Which town in Rajasthan, famous for its Brahma temple, becomes the centre of one of the largest camel and livestock fairs during the month of Kartik every year? Pushkar Which temple complex, rediscovered by the British engineer T. S. Burt in the 19th century, is named for the golden date palms that adorned its entrance in ancient times? Khajuraho Which tie and dye technique, practiced extensively in Gujarat and Rajasthan, takes its name from the Sanskrit for “to tie”? Bandhani Pt Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan established the oldest shop in which well-known lane in Delhi? Paranthewali Gali Which ruler was called Allitrochades or Amitrochates by the Greeks and is mentioned as Simhasena in Jain works? Bindusara At which monument did the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar surrender to the British? Humayun’s Tomb One of the most important Shakti Peethas, which temple marks the spot where Sati’s womb fell to Earth during Shiva’s tandava and journey across the universe? Kamakhya...

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Sixth Rajamta Gayatri Devi Memorial Trophy – ‘Wildlife and Environment of India’ Quiz

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INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome to the official page of the INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015 organised by Xpress Minds Edutainment. This will be India’s largest ever quiz contest spanning 100+ cities across the length and breadth of the country. The event has no entry fee and is open to students currently enrolled in classes 7 to 10 (both inclusive). You can find all required information, materials and rules in this page. Kindly contact our event coordinator Rohan Desai at contact@xpressminds.com or at +91 8800899445 (between 9am and 4pm; Monday to Friday).   Registration Click here to register for the competition. Up to 5 teams (of 2 students each) from one school can be registered. Please provide a correct email address since we will send the acknowledgement email to that address. About the competition INTACH and Xpress Minds Edutainment are proud to announce India’s largest ever school quiz competition with preliminary rounds in over 100 cities! Downloads(Invitation Letter, Poster,Event Detailer and Sample Paper) Invitation Letter-INTACH Quiz 2015 INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015 Detailer SAMPLE PAPER   Sample Quiz-1 Sample Quiz 2     Rules & regulations: The INTACH India Quiz 2015 is open to all students who are enrolled in classes 7 to 10 (both inclusive) in the academic year 2015-16. Each school can register up to a maximum of 5 teams and each team must have 2 students. Registration for the competition can only be done by online mode. The registration form must be filled completely. Only one form must be filled per school regardless of how many teams from that school are participating (1,2,3,4 or 5). An acknowledgement email will be sent to the registered email address from Xpress Minds. Participants must carry a printout of this email when coming to the venue. Each school must give the contact details of one person (phone, email) in the registration form. We shall use this information to contact the school subsequently. Students must carry their ID cards to the venue. In case ID cards aren’t available, a duly signed letter from the principal clearly mentioning the students’ names , class and containing photos of  the students must be obtained. Either the ID card or the letter must be shown to the INTACH representative at the venue. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification. Students must report to the venue at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the event. During the event, all electronic equipment including mobile phones must be switched off. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification. Students may carry a writing board and/or pencil boxes to the venue. No books of any kind will be permitted inside the hall. Students are expected to carry pens for the quiz. A school can only participate in one venue. Same or different teams from the same school cannot participate in multiple...

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