Bizzy Bhele Bhaath-5


1) A Victorian publican by the name of Will Ritson used to boast of owning a Foxhound-Golden Eagle crossbreed, which could jump over the tallest dry stonewalls. He is today felicitated on the third Thursday of every November at the Bridge Inn (Wasdale, Cumbria, England) by means of an event. Every participant is given between 2-5 mins. Interestingly, politicians and legal practitioners are forbidden from entering the ‘Felicitation’. What are we talking about?? (Kinda workable)

Answer: Ritson used to boast of his cross breed, which was a complete hoax and is thus credited with starting The Biggest Liar in the World Competition!!


2) Walther P99 and PPK, Spirit 54 yacht; Sony Vaio; Sony Ericsson; Aston Martin DS5, Ford Mondeo MkIV, Fiat WI90 bulldozer, Alstom Pendolino CD 860 Train; Armani, Brioni Roma, Turnbull & Asser, La Perla; Gordon’s gin, Smirnoff Vodka, Kina Lillet. Connect.

Answer: All product placements in the New James Bond movie: Casino Royale
Leather jacket- Armani; Suit-Brioni; Handmade Shirts- Turnbull & Asser; Lingerie and swimsuit- La Perla etc…(Personal Comment: Must watch for Bond enthusiasts)



3) Isaiah Triforce Johnson had been waiting in line outside a store for more than a week wearing a Power Glove (a wearable controller that came out in 1989). He also shook hands with the company’s American head after buying the first XXX. Johnson said he had legally changed his middle name to a reference in the ‘Zelda’ series of games. What was he the first to buy in America?

Answer: Nintendo Wii, launched in the US 2 days after Sony’s Playstation 3. Nintendo Wii (codenamed Revolution) is the successor to Nintendo GameCube and competes with Sony PS3 and Microsoft XBox


4) The old fable about a Chinese sailor rewarding a Malayali family with Chinese Utensils full of gold and jewellery with gold coins for their honesty gives the South Indian a popular utensil name. What?[Sorry for the Linguistic bias on this one, Bangalore takes its toll ;)]

Answer: Cheena Chatti (wok) and Cheena Bharani (jar)

5) Introduced as a replacement for the Excel in 1995, it continued to be called so in Netherlands and Australia. In France, it was known as the Pony. Marketed by Daimler Chrysler in Mexico, it is called Dodge Attitude. Puerto Rico knows it as Brio.
How do we know it in India?

Answer: In India, it is known as the Hyundai Verna, sold in certain countries as the Hyundai Accent too. More details here


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The Uncommon Sense- Biz Quiz @ IBS,Bangalore

Quiz: The Uncommon Sense

Host: Icfai Business School, Bangalore

QM: Avinash Mudaliar

Winners: Rohit Nair, UVCE(Bangalore) and Varun Balan

Participants: Only Students (Postgrads and Undergrads- mixed teams allowed)

More Details:

Contact Details: Ajay Rao – 09886539021

Bizzy Bhele Bhaath-4

1) This metalworks company was created as a state-owned company in 1941 by U.S. investment as a policy of Washington to get Brazil to the Allied side during World War II. Later privatized, its main plant is located in the city of Volta Redonda. Identify (Topical)
Answer: Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional

2) ‘The great untapped resource of technical and scientific knowledge available to India for the taking is the economic equivalent of the untapped continent available to the US for 150 years.’ This was a memorandum sent to the Indian Government in November 1965. Who wrote it? (Topical again)

Answer: Milton Friedman (1912-2006), passed away on Nov 17,2006

3) It all started off with ‘Poomaalai’- a Tamil video newsmagazine.

He was also the recipient of the International Young Business Achiever award in 1999 (from the Worldcom Group, New York).

Today, this Scranton University MBA has landed himself in the Forbes Indian Billionaire list. Who?

Answer: Kalanidhi Maran, Managing Director of Sun Networks

4) Blue Sky, Collection I, Elaichi, Fashion Sation, Gen M and Got It are some of the lesser-known stores of which Indian Group?

Answer: The Future Group. The more famous being Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, aLL etc

5) Founded in 1919 by Isaac Carasso in Barcelona as a small factory producing yoghurt, it took its name as a diminutive of the name of his son. Which company?

Answer: Danone- his son’s name was Daniel

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Bizarre 2006

Bizarre- The Business Quiz
IIM-B Vista
15 October 2006
QM: Derek O Brein

The Business Quiz at IIM-B Vista saw the best quizzers from South India pool into the premier institute on the 15th of October 2006.

The management gave the participants a shock fifteen minutes into registration when they announced that there would be a reservation of 3 college teams in the final 6.

This was undoubtedly too short a notice.


The finals saw six good teams on stage, which reduced to one corporate team and one college team after two stages of elimination.

IIM-B represented the colleges while Mitesh Agarwal, Prasad Shetty and Ajay Kasargod made up the corporate team, with the corporate team coming triumphant after a buzzer round of 8 questions.


I Prize- Rs 30,000

II Prize- Rs 15,000

For a version of the quiz from Anish’s point of view visit this link

Prelims Questions:

1) Fill in the blank. In place of traditional paper money, the new edition of the British version of ___________ requires you to use a Visa Debit Card

Ans: Monopoly


2) Which book by Tom Peters features atleast one exclamation mark on every page?

Ans: Re-Imagine!


3) Which US President’s wife was the first woman to appear on a US currency note?

Ans: George Washington


4) After the Independence of India, which car was chosen as the Prime Minister’s official car?

Ans: Ambassador

6) Complete this Peter Drucker quotation using a seven letter word: ‘The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the __________’Ans: Manager

7) Which radio broadcast company has two satellites named Asiastar and Afristar?

Ans: Worldspace


8) Which is the most widely grown spice in India, accounting for 34% of total production: Pepper, Clove, Chilli or Turmeric?

Ans: Turmeric


9) Recently, which organization wrote to dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster, asking them to change the definition of the word ‘circus’?



10) Which Indian company introduced the eight-hour workday, even before the system was made mandatory in most Western Countries?

Ans: Tata Steel


11) Which country produces and markets nearly 1200 different varieties of sausages?

Ans: Germany


12) In 1983, which was the first product to be made available in a sachet in India: Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste or Hair Dye?

Ans: Shampoo


13) The US State Department employs the most Rhodes Scholars. Which consulting giant comes in at number two?

Ans: McKinsey & Co


14) Md Yunus shared the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with?

Ans: Grameen Bank


15) Yahoo recently launched YSM in India. Expand YSM

Ans: Yahoo Search Marketing


16) Which Asian leader used the slogan ‘Surpass Britain and catch up with America’?

Ans: Mao Zedong


17) The Hub is the social- networking website of which retail giant?

Ans: Wal-Mart


18) Which large European furniture retailing company is run by the world’s richest charity?



19) If IC is the airline code for Indian and 9W is Jet Airways, then which International airline is EK?

Ans: Emirates


20) Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children holds the copyright for which fictional ‘little boy’?

Ans: Peter Pan


21) In the European Union, which British company was granted the exclusive right to use green on signs for petrol stations?

Ans: BP


22) Which economist, who has produced pioneering studies of gender inequality, always takes care to write ‘her’ than ‘him’ when referring to an abstract person?

Ans: Amartya Sen


23) Which English newspaper in Mumbai is published by the promoters of Zee Telefilms?

Ans: Daily News and analysis


24) In 1886, Dr Elion developed the Heineken A Yeast. Which famous scientist was Dr Elion’s teacher?

Ans: Louis Pasteur


25) Which media conglomerate owns Paramount Pictures?

Ans: Viacom


26) Which company has banned the term ‘cell phone’ and instead uses the term ‘personal network device’?

Ans: Motorola


27) The headquarters of most Fortune 500 companies are located in which city?

Ans: New York


28) ‘Tomorrow is Mine’ is a campaign line for which International brand?

Ans: Reebok


29) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides 17% of the world’s budget for attempted eradication of what?

Ans: Polio


30) Which company accounts for about half of the market capitalization of the Helsinki Stock Exchange?

Ans: Nokia

Till the next quiz

Adieu Masculine



Landmark Quiz- 2006

Landmark Quiz 2006
01 November 2006
Chowdiah Memorial Hall
QM: Derek O Brein

Yes, the Landmark Quiz is big…. It was, yet again…

I don’t like criticizing Quizmasters in public, but honestly this guy(Derek) is bad!!

Forget the insanely dumb level of questions but the least he can do is respect the people who have come to participate and not pass comments like- ‘And here we have a 48 year old man making an Ass of himself in front of so many people’- For heaven’s sake….


Landmark Management- Are you Listening????

Get Rid of this guy or you might have no participation at all (or maybe you’ll just have the Chennai team flocking immaterial of the QM, I guess)


I have no words to describe the quiz, so I wont take the pain…

Will rather leave it to my friend Thomas, who has taken his precious time out to write an extensive review (yes for all you question mongers, he’s got some of those too).

This can be obtained at this link.


Winning the Quiz were QED, Chennai (I guess the same team which won the Chennai Round… Have to appreciate you guys- U tolerate not just 2 Derek Quizzes but also win both of them.. Hats Off!!); close behind were the Bangalore team- We are Like this (W)only….


There was a bit of confusion with a question being rightly answered by the Bangalore team yet being passed etc etc… For more details, do read Thomas’ article…


As for me- That was my first Derek General Quiz and Swearing by God, definitely my LAST!!!!


That’s all for now….

Till next time!

Adieu Masculine




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