Friday, December 19, 2008

NTPC Electron North Zone Finals

NTPC Electron North Zone Finals had normal difficulty questions regularly encountered in daily quizzes. Although the quiz was well coordinated and conducted, none of the questions had the 'wow' factor. The video ads were a direct rip-off from Youtube. Eventually the quizmaster Kunal was good, arrangements were great but the content could have been better. As promised earlier, here i am with the questions:

1) Which was the first company to introduce quartz wrist watches?
2) Which bank was established in 1911 by Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala?
Central Bank of India
3) Tadawul is the stock exchange of which country?
Saudi Arabia
4) Which former Asian prime minister bought a stake in the FC Manchester City?
Thaksin Sinawatra
5) Which bank was esyablished in 1865 by a Scotsman named Thomas Sutherland who wanted a bank operating on "sound Scottish banking principles"?
6) Which Financial institution was founded under the name Devkaran Nanjee Banking Company Ltd. in 1938.
Dena Bank
7) Pic of Rony Screwala
8) Pic of Vishal Retail founder Ramchandra agrawal
9) Pic of AK 47 inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov
10) Pic of Yograj Singh
11) Pic of Ruia Brothers
12) Jonga (4X4), a vehicle used by the Indian Army was designed by which company?
13) Developed by Robert Chesebrough, gets its name from two German words?
14) Developed by Spencer Silver in 1969?
Post it Notes
15) Why was CSN in news in 2006?
Corus acquisition bid war with Tata Steel
16) Which OPEC is set to leave the organization since it is going to be a net oil importer in near future?
17) Fevicol Ad
18) Glycodin Cough Syrup Ad
19) Amitabh Bachan Lead India Ad
20) Tata Indicom 'Pathan Brothers' Ad
21) Asian Paints ad
22) ACC ad
23) What business did Sharp begin with?
Pencil manufacturing
24) Pic of Lileanne Beattencourt, identify the company?
25) Pharmaceutical company incorporated at Vadodara in 1907 by X (coudnt get it).
26) Which process of mass iron production was patented in 1855?
Bessemer process
27) S Dhanabalan is the Chairman of which organization?
Temasek Holdings
28) Some question about the history of spam.
29) Pic of Anousheh Ansari
30) Some question about the origin of bar code.
31) Pic of Greek tycoon Onassis
32) Pic of Erin Brokowich
33) Pic of Vanessa Mittal
34) Pic of Parmindra Nagra
35) Pic of Yukos founder
Audience questions:
1) Which company was incorporated on 25th August 1948 and is now a key player in a completely different category?
2) Which rig manufactured by and bought by ONGC in 1973 has been used to drill 14 well?
Sagar Samrat
3) Pic of Muzaffar Ali
4) Pic of Young Bill Gates
5) SBI ad
6) Ponds Dreamflower ad
7) Pic of Tania Zaetta
8) Pic of David Hasellhoff

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NTPC Electron North Zone Round Prelims

NTPC Electron North Zone round was a well planned and co-ordinated affair. The event was held at Power Management Institute (PMI) in Noida.
Quizmaster: Kunal Savarkar of Quizkraft
Prelim quesions
1) Who wrote the book "What they dont teach you at Harvard Business school"?
Mark McCormick
2) BSE building photo
3) Which city has an area also referred to as square mile?
4) Micheal Milken pic
5) Blackberry logo
6) Which Political / economic union was formed because of maastricht treaty?
European Union
7) At which place was the agreement that established the rules for commercial and financial relations among the world's major industrial states in 1944 signed?
Bretton wood
8) What is the currency of Vatican?
9) Who gave the theory of "Management by Business Objectives"?
Peter Drucker
10) Which bank was founded in San Francisco by Amadeo Giannini in 1904?
Bank of America
11) Whom did Leonardo Di Caprio play in "The Aviator"
Howard Hughes
12) Rick Wagoner is the CEO of which company?
General Motors
13) He is a former trader who caused the spectacular collapse of the United Kingdom's oldest investment bank. He is currently the CEO of Irish football club Galway United.
Nick Leeson
14) This commonplace item was first patented by John Loud in 1888 and the modern patent was granted to Laszlo Biro in 1938. Itwas commercialized only in 1930's.
Ballpoint Pen
15) How do we better know "Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation "?
Freddie Mac
16) Which institution awards Nobel Peace Prize?
Bank of Sweden
17) Which Indian car was based on Morris Oxford?
HM Ambassador
18) Which alcohol brand was founded by Karan Bilimoria, an NRI settled in UK?
Cobra beer (any answer with cobra in it was given right e.g. Black Cobra)
19) Which US marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his efforts to rebuild parts of Europe?
George Marshall
20) Who coined the word SENSEX?
Deepak Mohoni
21) Some date in 1990, what is the significance with respect to financial markets?
SENSEX crossed 1000 mark.
Sorry, can't recall the other 4 questions. The final questions will be uploaded in 2 days time.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Quiz on the Beach@TAPMI, Manipal

Is the possibility of a recession giving you sleepless nights? Do youfeel like taking some time off and chilling out? How does a visit to abeach sound? Or would you like to involve yourself in some seriousquizzing? What if you were offered the chance of doing both at thesame time? Sounds interesting???T. A. Pai Management Institute's annual B-School fest, Atharva invitesyou to participate in the Quiz on the Beach (QOTB) to be held at KaupBeach, Udupi, Karnataka. QOTB is held on the shores of the magicalArabian Sea with an old British built lighthouse serving as abackdrop. So pack your bags and come down to Kaup Beach for some serious fun!!!

Quiz Flavour: Business
QuizHost: T. A. Pai Management Institute,
Master: Mr. Arul Mani
Date: 10th January 2009
Open to Corporates.
Please check out the links below for further details:
Poster and Rules (link to
Atharva - Picasa Album (link to
Atharva Website (link to
Quiz On The Beach – Registration for Corporates
(link to further Clarifications contact:Puneet Kapoor : 09880885040S.

Quizzer's Dilemma # 17

Identify the lady? (Hint: She unearthed something that played a prominent role in Indian Politics; she was conferred a prestigious award for the same).

Answer: Chitra Subramaniam, she worked extensively on Bofors scandal & was awarded G D Goenka journalism award for her work

Monday, December 1, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 16

What is special about this watch?

Answer: World's First Panchang Watch from "Borgeaund"

Friday, November 28, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 15

Thomas Edison
1) "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Alva Edison's quote was published in Harper's Monthly (September 1932)
2) Edison was called "The Wizard of Menlo Park“
3) Edison's birth home
4) Edison Town in New Jersey

Quizzer's Dilemma # 14

Connect the following to a personality.

Ross Perot
1) Ross Perot worked with US Navy
2) He part funded Steve Jobs' venture "Next"
3) He sold EDS to GM
4) Richard Crrena who portrayed Perot in “On wings of Eagles” miniseries
5) Ross Perot worked as a salesman for IBM

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

QUIZZ autopsyy key # 8

1) John McCain
2) Jerry Yang
3) Big 92.7 FM
4) Savitri Devi Jindal
According to Forbes, she is the richest woman in India. She is a minister in the Haryana Government.
5) Renuka Ramnath of ICICI
6) Avantha Group
7) Deepak Mohoni who coined the word SENSEX
8) Arcelor & Mittal
(The village shown is completely made of steel and both the companies fighting for dominance)
9) Taro Aso, the new Japanese PM
10) Paul Volcker, Ex-Fed chief

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Quizz autopsyy # 8

1) Identify the famous personality.

2)Caricature of ?

3) Ad for ?

4) The uber rich lady politician ?

5) The lady with the financial acumen?

6) Group ?
7) Identify the gentleman who gave us a famous term?
8) Identify any of the two companies in the caricature.

9) Powerful personality recenty in news ?
10) Person on time magzaine cover?

Kindly leave your answers as comments. Answers will be posted in the comments in a week's time.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 13

Quizzer's Dilemma is back with tougher questions and added features. From now on, kindly leave answers as comments. Correct answers will be given out in a dayz time with the next question.
Connect. (Hint: recently in news)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tarang 2008

Event: Quriosity
Date: November 08, 2008. 1100hrs
Quizmaster: Ms.Archana Garodia Gupta
1st PRIZE: Rs. 40002nd PRIZE: Rs. 25003rd PRIZE: Rs. 1500
Two members per team.On the spot registration.
Venue: Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi
For queries:
Pratiksha Khanduri, Quiz Co-ordinator : 9971882894


A set of three Online quizzes
Dates: November 07, 08 & 09, 2008. 2300hrs
Prizes: Total prizes worth 18k to be won
for queries:

HQC monthly quizz

Event: HQC monthly quizz
Date: November 9, 2008 1030 hrs
Quizmaster: Lathish
Gift vouchers worth INR 1500
Registration: INR 25 per head, Teams of 3 (or more) will be chosen from the participants at random.
Innobox Systems Pvt Ltd.#G19, Ground Floor,Swarnajayanthi Complex,SR Nagar, Hyderabad -73
For queries: Nitish (98856 79460), Ravi (94418 86489)


Event: Eureka
Quiz master: Gautam Bose
Date: 8th November 2008 1400-1700hrs
Venue: PEC Auditorium
Prize Money:
1st: 7,000 ; 2nd: 5,000
No registration charges
Punjab Engineering College, Deemed University, Sector12 ,Chandigarh
For queries:

Friday, October 3, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 12

Identify the famous former Russian tycoon. (hint: observe the pic carefully)

Answer: Mikhail Khodorkovsky of Yukos, he is behind bars now.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 11

Identify this famous personality who founded somthing that has become an eternal part of B-school books. It sank but left many lessons for us.

Answer: Arthur Anderson, founded of Arthur Anderson (one of the big five accounting firms)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 10

Identify the 'Complan boy' and 'Complan girl' in the ad.

Answer: Shahid Kapoor & Ayesha Takia

Friday, September 26, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 9

Identify the famous Indian personality.

Answer: Shantanu Narayen, ceo of Adobe systems

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 8

Identify. (Hint: Recently in news)

Emanuel and Mayer Lehman, founders of Lehman Bros.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 7

Since placements is the mood on the campus.....identify the personality??

Answer: Keshub Mahindra, Chairman of M&M

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 6

Ad for what??

Answer: Get the effect :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 5

Identify the wharton educated founder-ceo of a cult brand in India. (hint: u, me all have used it)

Answer: Alwin Agnel, founder-ceo of

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 3

Connect to something supersonic not in use anymore.
Answer: Concorde
a) Rolls Royce supplied Concorde engines
b) extinct bird concorde
c) Air France and British Airways, the only buyers of Concorde

Friday, September 19, 2008

Quizzer's Dilemma # 4

Ad for what??

Answer: Viagra

(Sorry if anyone found the image indecent..but this piece of creativity deserved a place here)

Quizzer's Dilemma # 2

Connect to a presonality. (Sitter :)

Answer: Azim Premji

a) R. Subramaniam, CEO-founder of Subhiksha

b) Shopper's Stop

c) Logo of Wipro

Azim Premji has a stake in both Subhiksha and Shopper's Stop

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Quizzer's dilemma # 1

QuizMantra is being transformed into a daily quizzing hub. A question with answer will be uploaded will be uploaded on a daily basis. Quizzers are free to discuss the questions and answers in the comments section..!!

Today's connect:


Akshay Kumar

a) Levi strauss logo, Akshay Kumar is brand ambassador for Levi's 501
b) Ramesh Chauhan of Parle, Thums up was once owned by Parle
c) Mike Whitney of Who dares wins

QUIZZ autopsy # 7 Key

1) Mysore Sandal Soap
2) First Instance of Private Equity
3) Toyota Lexus
4) Padmashree Warrior, CTO of Cisco
5) Pears soap, the painting is ‘Bubbles’
6) Close-up in 2000
7) Bull outside BSE
8) Nike
9) Opera Browser
10) SEZ in Pakistan
11) MAMA Noodle Index; if noodle sales goes up it is a sign of depression as people are eating more of noodles which are considered cheap
12) The Noid of Domino’s
13) Scandals of Laxmi Mittal
14) Linus Law
15) MAD Magazine
16) Playstation 2
17) Darsheel Safari
a. Richard Branson is dyslexic
b. GlaxoSmithKline owns horlicks
c. Safari was spotted at Shaimak Dawar’s dance classes and offered Taare Zameen Par by Amol Gupte
18) R.S. Lodha
19) Mozilla Foundation
20) Mira Nair

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Quizz autopsyy # 7

Exams and all hav kept me really busy for the past few and separated from my true love...quizzin..!! To make-up for the separation, a quizz is presented below. Answers will be posted in about 3 dayz time...!!

1) Which brand is advertised here?

2) During WWII, American Research and Development corporation (AMDC) was established. What concept did it pioneer?

3) Saatchi & Saatchi formed a specialized unit, Team One, to handle marketing for this brand. The brand features in ‘Minority Report’ and before launch was codenamed F1. Name the brand.

4) Identify.

5) Associate the painting with a famous and old brand.

6) Which was the first Indian brand to be advertised on MSN messenger?

7) Measuring 5ft high, 8ft long, weighing over a ton created by Baghwan Rampuri. What?

8) Which company has endorsement deals with both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and has recently announced a campaign ‘Grapple in the Apple’ to capitalize on the US open?

9) Identify.

10) Haier-Ruba , Gwadar and Faislabad. What is special about these regions in pakistan?

11) MAMA_______ Index is an economic indicator in Thailand. The index was steady since the recovery from the East Asian financial crisis, but ______sales jumped by around 15% in the first seven months in 2005 on a year-to-year basis, which was regarded as a sign of recession. Fill the blank.

12) Identify the famous mascot.

13) In 2002, what was known as the “Garbage Gate” in UK?

14) ‘Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow’. What is it?

15) A spoof on Joe Camel of ‘Camel’ by whom?

16) Brand being advertized?

17) Connect.

18) Identify.

19) Which company has a position as ‘Chief Lizard Wrangler’?
20) Who owns Mirabai Films?