A Little Biz Quiz

A little Biz Quiz

07 Feb 2006

1) If Anthony Jesudasan is the publisher, Meeta Bhatti is the Associate
editor and Trina Mukherjee is the Assistant Editor, who is the editor?
Ans: Tina Ambani. The magazine is Harmony, which is a Dhirubhai Ambani
Memorial Trust Initiative.

2) ‘The Spirit of New India’ is the advertising campaign of which company?
Ans: Jet Airways. Baseline: The Joy of Flying

3) The Daewoo Kalos is being released in India as which car?
Ans: Aveo from General Motors

4) In 1984, 11 computer scientists in Beijing created a company to bring the
advantages of information technology to the Chinese people. The researchers
set up shop in a loaned space – a small, one-story bungalow in Beijing. In
2003, the company they founded changed its brand name to ________ taking a
part of its previous name and adding the Latin word for “new,” to reflect
the spirit of innovation at the core of the company. Identify the company
Ans: Lenovo

5) What was patented by Hippolyte Mege Mouries in 1869, after he was
commissioned by the Victualing Department of the French Navy to find an
alternative for butter at a time of acute butter shortage?
Ans: Margarine

6) According to the Dilbert strip, this invention has freed more employees
from work than any other. Prior to this, people answered the phone
personally and found themselves doing more work because of it. Which
Ans: Voice Mail

7) Making a foray into the food market, which Rs 750 crore company has
appointed O&M as the creative agency to handle its Chikkers brand of
chikkis, a jaggery and peanut toffee. This foray is a complete
diversification from its core products.
Ans: Pidilite Industries, more famous for Fevicol, Easytear tape and M-Seal
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Vinyaas 2006

Vinyaas 2006- The Business Quiz

Vijaya College

Quizmaster: Avinash Mudaliar

Before I review the event, I would firstly like to congratulate Vijaya College and Avinash Mudaliar for simply identifying the fact that engineering students can also quiz on Business related topics. Unlike other college Business quizzes, Vinyaas 2006 was open to all undergraduate students (BBM, B.Com and B.E). This in itself is a great step to better quizzing.

Regarding the quiz, it was an absolutely wonderful event spiced up with the wit and humor of none other than leading quizmaster Avinash Mudaliar.

The grueling prelims saw to the fact that the weak-minded booked their place in the jam-packed audience.

A pack of 25 prelim questions were a great mixture of current affairs and workable trivia.

My favorite question from the prelim:

‘The assassination of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam and his two sons in Peshawar with a landmine allowed this man to take over the Sheikh’s empire. Who is the man? ‘

The last place I thought I’d be hearing this guy’s name was a Business Quiz but the answer turned out to be hero ‘Osama Bin Laden’

The final was a gracious mixture of good, brilliant and mind-blowing questions.

The questions were undoubtedly extremely well researched unlike other QM’s who tend to twist quiz group questions and proclaim it their copyright question just because they added a picture to he original question!!!

The most fantastic question was a CNN/Reuters video showing happenings in the Parliament ending in an MP throwing a slipper at the opposition member. This incident supposedly inspired an ad campaign. The question was to identify the advertiser and the adline.. This was actually an ESPN ad, which said ‘There are still some sports we do not cover’. This was such a wonderful question that the quizmaster not only got a standing ovation from the audience but also a huge round of applause from all the six finalists.

Questions were as I said extremely well researched and on a variety of topics.

In all, a great experience…

Cheers to Avinash for a great quiz..

The quiz was pretty much run over by the team from St Joseph’s B.Com but were given a run for their money by Centre for Management Studies in the last two rounds.

The final standings

#1-St. Joseph’s B.Com

#2-Centre for Management Studies


That’s all from me now..

Until another quiz in Bangalore..

Adieu Masculine

Rohit Nair


Inquest- The Business Quiz

Inquest Business Quiz

04 December 2005

Christ College, Bangalore

Quizmaster: Raj Dam (Niche Minds)

HDFC, Sasken, City Online, Wipro, Javagreen, WYSE Technologies, SUN Microsystems, Kotak and HCL.

No, I’m not mentioning the companies participating in the South India Technology Summit but instead listing the varied grounds from which the finalists of INQUEST- The Corporate Business Quiz (conducted at Christ College, Bangalore) hailed from.

After an extremely good and high scoring prelim, the six finalists had to face five grueling rounds from an exuberant and extremely brilliant quizmaster.

Apart from brilliant research, the quiz was executed beautifully.

The rounds were: Pot Pourri, Vini Vidi Vici, Sonata, Reach the Tenor and Adagio.

The quiz conducted by Niche Minds was hosted by Raj Dam and had Akshay (co-founder, Niche Minds) handling the technical aspect of the quiz.

At the end of the day, a brilliant show, both from the quizmaster and the participants.

The final Results were as follows:

1) Prasad S (Kotak) and Aravind (HCL)

2) Amit (Wipro) and Gunaseelan (Javagreen)

3) Ajay K (WYSE Tech) and Mitesh A (SUN Microsystems)

4) Arjun B (City Online) and Venkatesh (Sasken)

5) Anirban and Aparna (both from Sasken)

6) Raghu and Rahul (both from HDFC)

Congratulations winners!!!

The quiz was fabulously researched and presented..

That’s all from me,

Adieu Masculine

Till next time



TAPMI Quiz on the Beach

TAPMI Quiz on The Beach

Kaup Beach

05 December 2005

Quizmaster: Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramanaim


As the waves splashed on the shores and the sweet smell of the sand filled amongst the 500 odd people present at the venue, the Kaup Beach buzzed with excitement, enthusiasm and obviously curiosity.

TAPMI’s Quiz on the Beach usually touted as the Season opener of Pickbrain’s annual schedule definitely had small variations from the last quizzing season.

Giri, who was in an extremely casual dress (Kurta and Jeans), was at his exuberant best. This, after a long journey from right across the Arabian Sea (Oman) where he had been busy the last fortnight conducting a series of quizzes.

The quiz was open not only to B-Schools but mixed corporate teams as well. Unfortunately, there was only one engineering team represented by yours truly…

The sun dipped, the ambience lightened and the prelims was under way.

After a series of requests and comments from various parts of the quizzing community (blogs and groups) last season, Giri resorted to the old tradition of a 25 question prelims.

With a mixture of current affairs, lateral thinking and basic business terminology, the prelims was a collection of great questions.

After a very short evaluation break, Giri was back with the six finalists whose company profiles seemed to reflect the forum more as a NASDAQ listing rather than a quiz final.

The finalists, well, need no introduction to any of us:

Team 1:

Gunasheelan + Vishwajeeth

Javagreen+ Sify

Team 2: Buddha Smiles

Aravind R + Prasad Shetty

HCL+ Kotak

Team 3: One Night Stand

Raj Dham + Amit

Enventure Tech +Wipro

Team 4:

Sudhir + Rahul

Ernst & Young

Team 5: Cipher Consulting

Ajay K+ Mitesh A

WYSE Tech + Sun Microsystems

Team 6:

Shridhar + Sahil


After 6 grueling round (one of which was a brand new jumble round), the result at TAPMI QOTB seemed to be jinxed. For a second year in a row, the winners were to be decided on a tiebreak.

The tiebreak questions:

1) Who replaced Susan Buffet on the board of Berkshire Hathway after her death?

2) Who is the author of ‘India’s export trends and prospects for India’s growth’, which was highly appreciated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee?

3) What does RS stand for in Skoda RS?

Team 1 scored one out of these three questions, but in the end it was Cipher Consulting comprising Ajay Kasaragod (a TAPMI alumnus) and Mitesh Aggarwal, which stole the show with a terrific Rally Sport answer.

Final Standings:

1) Ajay K+ Mitesh A

WYSE Tech + Sun Microsystems

2) Gunasheelan + Vishwajeeth

Javagreen+ Sify

3) Aravind R + Prasad Shetty

HCL+ Kotak

4) Raj Dham + Amit

Enventure Tech +Wipro

5) Sudhir + Rahul

Ernst & Young

6) Shridhar + Sahil

Although there were some allegations of copying and teamwork, the top four places were justified by their superb show on the stage.

And as for Pickbrain, great work Giri. He seems to be the only one, who gets the entertainment and knowledge factor in a quiz absolutely spot on.

To conclude, it was an absolutely fabulous show and was really worth my driving down from Bangalore and missing the finals on a tiebreak.


That’s all from me.

Adieu Maculine



IIM-B Bizarre- The Business Quiz


IIM-B Bizarre Business Quiz

Part of IIM-B VISTA-05

30 October 2005

Quizmaster: Derek O Brein


After a painstakingly long 28 km drive back home, I decided to write a review for the IIM-B Business quiz which was undoubtedly the mega event of the fest Vista.

With over 370 teams participating in the 30 question prelims, only six got onto stage.

The forum had brought together the who’s who of quizzing in South India. Besides seasoned quizzers, the quiz also drew strong support from the outstation colleges that had come down to Bangalore to attend Vista.

After the thirty-minute prelims, the organizers took two hours to announce the results (quite understandable with 370 teams)

As tradition, the six finalists were called up on the basis of their team names (A B C etc)

The finalists were:

I could catch only few names of the finalists and as it would not be right to just name a few, I have decided to name only the companies (college) represented.

Table 1: Team DNA

IBM+ FACT+ Goldman Sachs

Table 2: Holy Trinity- The FMS Team

All the three were from FMS, Delhi

IIMB Bizarre- Holy Trinity in action

Table 3: MIB 2 (Madrasis in Bangalore)

Javagreen+ Sanmar+ Sify

Table 4: Mavericks

Softgen+ Honeywell+ Modelytics

Table 5: Metaquizzicks

Sun+ WYSE Technologies+ HCL (Chennai)

Table 6: Three Scales

Wipro+ Kotak+ JM Morgan Stanley


The quiz was initially played on Infinite Bounds. There were 24 questions in this round.

This was followed 8 questions on the buzzer. The last two teams at this stage left the stage leaving behind the top four.

The points in the first stage were carried over to the later stages as well.

The second stage consisted of 12 questions again played on infinite bounds.

This round again screened the third and fourth places leaving behind the top two teams with 75 points each.

The last round had eight questions on the buzzer with the winner being decided on the last question.

The Metaquizziks team seesawed in the last round before winning it on the last question thanks to MDH Masala.

Derek was a wonderful host and kept the crowd alive with his wit and exuberance.

A satisfying experience at the end even though my team was five points too far from qualifying (Highest: 24 and cut off: 21)

The final result:

1. Metaquizziks

2. MIB 2

3. FMS, Delhi

3. Three Scale

5. DNA

6. Mavericks

(Third place was shared)

That’s all from my reporting desk.



Rural IT Quiz 2005- Review

Rural IT Quiz

27 October 2005

Bangalore Palace, Palace Ground, Bangalore

Part of Bangalore IT.in 2005

Quizmaster: Giri ‘PickBrain’ Balasubramaniam


Mother Nature was not very kind to us Bangaloreans, as she expressed her wrath with overcast skies and heavy downpour, but this did not subdue the enthusiasm at the Rural IT Quiz held at the Bangalore Palace yesterday.

While the quiz was graced by the IT and BT secretary of Karnataka and the who’s who of the Tata Group, there were over a thousand expectant spectators.

The six finalists (from a total of 65000 entrants across the state), who had already cleared four rounds of hardcore IT quizzing in the zonal rounds seemed all set for the State final.

The finalists had already won Rs 15,000 in cash, a Casio scientific calculator and other prizes (all courtesy TCS)

The stage was set and the time had come to announce the stakes.

As custom, the Tata Group decided to award all of them a cordless phone for coming this far.

And the stakes: (besides the Rs 15,000 already won)

2nd Runner Up: Rs 20,000

1st Runner Up: Rs 35,000

Winner: Rs 60,000

Then came the time to announce the six finalists

In random order, the finalists were:

Table 1: Government PU College, Karwar

The college was represented by Sumeet Naik and Vignesh Poojar.

This team came from, quite literally, Rural Karnataka. After beating the two time State champions, Little Rock, Udupi, it seemed like they deserved to be seated on table 1.

Table 2: Sarvodaya PU College, Tumkur

The team comprised of Mahesh Kumar and Naveed Abrar.

These two boys had earlier (in class 10) qualified for the zonal rounds independently and they ended up in the same college for their +2 and their teaming up definitely paid off as they reached their first ever State final.

Table 3: BVVS Polytechnic, Jamkhandi

The team comprised of Santosh and Nikhil G.

Coming from a district as remote as Jamkhandi in itself is a great achievement and to add to that they actually reached the State final.

Table 4: Carmel Convent, Mandya

The team comprised of Kriti Y C and Sneha V.

They were the youngest team to ever reach the state finals. Both the girls were in standard 8. And let me tell you they have four years of quizzing to go and I guarantee you that their names will be seen in these columns quite often (especially after I announce the final results)

Table 5: Nutana PU College, Davangere

The team comprised of Anil Kumar and Sridhar.

They were the wounded tigers of the quiz. After entering the finals of the zonal rounds for four continuous years, it was only in their last year that they were able to enter the State final.

Table 6: V B Darbar High School, Bijapur

The team comprised of Bharat and Gururaj Patil.

Both the boys were tenth standard students and extremely calm, composed and collected.

The audience was packed with not only expectant parents but also students with varied backgrounds. There were students from UVCE, Jain College ,PESIT and many more..

There was this young gentleman, a teacher in Bijapur, who had come all the way to watch the quiz even though his school had not qualified for the final. Now, that calls for a big thumbs up. Cheers, professor!!

The quiz was beautifully conducted by our renowned Giri Pickbrain Balasubramanian with his supreme wit and exuberance.

Consisting of five rounds, the quiz was as informative and elegant as it could be.

And for the winners

A close finish

One team was on 55 and the other on 60, with one question to go and it turned out that a third team pressed the buzzer.

The results:

#1-VB Darbar High School, Bijapur

#2-Government PU College, Karwar

#3-Carmel Convent, Mandya

If you had been part of the event, you would have definitely gone home with the same feeling each one of us present there had- ‘there was no single winner, each one of them was a true winner’

A candid conversation with Giri revealed facts which touched my heart-

For obvious reasons, I am not disclosing any names.

1. One of the finalists was the son of a bus conductor.

2. The father of one of the finalists barged into the zonal finals and started blasting his son. The reason: The son did not water the field as he had come to attend the zonal finals. Yes, the father was, or should I say, is a farmer.

3. Most of the finalists complained to Giri that they could not read the questions fast enough to press the buzzer as the questions were all in English.

4. The quiz was conducted in Kannada at its early stages.

Now, I hope you all agree why each one of them was a true winner. They braved every obstacle and reached a stage which very few (of us), even with all our luxuries, can reach.

Giri actually did the entire quiz in Kannada in the first three rounds.

Great work, Giri

Three Cheers and Keep it Up.

We hope to see a lot of you in the near future,Giri

Quiz Covered for : TEAM QUIZKRIEG

Till next Time!!

Adieu Masculine