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India Quiz

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

We all love our country, but how much do we really know about India? While it’s true that we learned the basics in school, such as the names of states and their capitals, water bodies, a little bit of history, most of us hardly went beyond our school syllabus to do any discovering all on our own. And as we grew older, we all eventually got caught up in the same old story – higher education, jobs, marriage, family, retirement. And if you ever ask anyone about their ideal vacation spot, chances are, most people will name a foreign location. But why? India is diverse, beautiful, and most of all, waiting for you to discover her. So let’s see how much you know about her, with a quiz about facts about India.

As always, the answers are at the end, but you won’t peek and cheat, will you? No, we know you won’t. Ready, steady, go!

 

Q.1 The highest cricket ground (7500 ft above sea level) in the world is in India. Can you name it and where it is?

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Image source – TourMyIndia

 

Q.2 Who wrote the Indian National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana?

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Image source – Goodreads

 

Q.3 With an altitude of 8,586 meters, which is the highest mountain peak of India?

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Image source – Himalayan Exploration

 

Q.4 Five international championships of this game have been held, and India has won all of them. Which sport are we referring to?

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Image source – South Street Community

 

Q. 5 Switzerland celebrates May 26th as Science Day, to commemorate a visit by which Indian President?

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Image source – Dreamstime

 

Q. 6 India has a floating postal office. Where is it?

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Image source – inmarathi

 

Q.7 Zero was invented by which famous Indian mathematician?

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Image source – Quora

 

Q.8 Farrokh Bulsara was born in India, but went on to change his name and become the lead singer for an International band. What name did he take?

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Image source – Starts at 60

 

Q.9 The world’s hottest chilli is from India. Can you name it?

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Image source – pepperseeds.eu

 

Q.10 What is the national bird of India?

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Image source – Indiamart

 

 

 

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Answers.

1. Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh

2. Rabindranath Tagore

3. Kanchenjunga

4. Kabbadi

5. Dr. ABJ Abdul Kalam

6. Dal Lake, Srinagar

7. Aryabhatta

8. Freddie Mercury

9. Bhut Jolokia

10. Peacock

 

So, how many did you get right? And if you weren’t able to answer at least half of these correctly maybe it’s time to read up a bit about our country. Trust us, India is absolutely fascinating. Try to get to know her a little, we promise she won’t disappoint.

Musical Instruments Quiz – Part II

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

And we’re back with a second round of musical instruments for you to figure out! And if you thought that the last one was too “easy” for you, we promise to make this one a bit more interesting. So are you ready to go?

The answers are at the bottom, but you know the drill. No peeking!

 

Q.1 This instrument might look like a guitar to the untrained eye, but it has only four strings, often made of nylon, and is a native Hawaiian instrument.

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Q.2 This is a native Australian instrument, often made from Eucalyptus timbre.

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Image source – Live Music Management

 

Q.3 It might look like a child’s toy, but it’s really not. What is it?

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Q. 4 This instrument is synonymous with the sound of jazz.

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Image source – Amazon

 

 

Q.5 Can you identify this one?

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Q.6 This is an Indian percussion instrument consisting of bowls filled to certain levels with water.

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Q.7 This one is an ancient Chinese string instrument, and sounds absolutely lovely. The strings are plucked, not strummed.

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Q. 8 This percussion instrument can be played with its sticks or even just using the hands.

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Image source – YouTube

 

Q.9 This Russian folk instrument’s body has jokingly been likened to a Dorito chip. But what’s it called?

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Image source – YouTube

 

Q.10 This brass wind instrument is often found in an orchestra formation.

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And drum roll!!!

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Answers:

1. Ukulele

2. Didgeridoo

3. Kazoo

4. Saxophone

5. Accordion

6. Jal tarang

7. Zither

8. Hapi drum

9. Balalaika

10. French horn

 

So how many did you get right?

 

Musical Instruments Quiz

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

In the words of Friedrich Nietzsche “Without music, life would be a mistake”. Which makes it safe to say that music tends to be involved in most aspects of life. We know you love your music, but how’s your knowledge of instruments? Take this quiz and find out!

Answers are at the end. Be a sport, and don’t peek. Good luck!

 

Q.1 Identify this instrument.

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Q.2 This instrument is native to Scotland. Name it.

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Q.3 How many strings does a guitar typically have?

 

Q.4 What do the black keys on the piano or keyboard signify?

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Image source – iTunes

 

Q.5 Is the following instrument a -

A) Trombone                        B) Tuba                  C) French horn

 

Q.6 An upright bass is also known by what name?

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Q.7 Name this traditional African drum

 

Q.8 Identify this instrument.

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Q.9 The piano is which of the following?

A) String instrument                               B) Wind instrument                                 C) Percussion instrument

 

Q.10 This Indian instrument is traditional played at weddings to mark the auspicious occasion. Can you identify it?

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Answers

Q.1 Violin

Q.2 Bagpipes

Q.3 Six

Q.4 Sharp or flat notes

Q.5 B) Tuba

Q.6 Cello

Q.7 Djembe

Q.8 Harp

Q.9 A) String instrument

Q.10 Shehnai

Bare Facts about your Favorite Brew (Coffee)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Coffee is that one delectable addictive we’ll probably never be able to give up. For many of us, it is the magic potion that banishes sleep, anger, hunger and a bad mood. We cling to our coffee mugs like we cling to hope and just like that optimistic emotion, coffee too helps us feel like everything is going to be okay. If you too love this warm brew as much as we do, here are some facts about this bitter-sweet liquid you’ve probably never heard of before.

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  • This piece of trivia will particularly interest cappuccino drinkers; the word ‘cappuccino’ finds its roots in a name used to address 16th century Italian friars. Called the Capuchin friars, these holy men wore brown tunics and lived a hard and simple life. Later on, the name Capuchin was given to a breed of monkeys covered in brown fur. Eventually, the word came to be associated with coffee lightened by milk, cream or egg! Well, so how do you like to have your cup of cappuccino?
  • Coffee is still an integral part of Turkish culture. However, a couple of decades ago, it played an important role in matrimonial matters as well. Men would gauge a woman’s homemaking skills based on her ability to brew coffee. Women in turn were legally allowed to divorce their husbands if they didn’t bring home a daily supply of coffee!
  • Love how you can just hold a cup under the coffee dispenser and get all the coffee you want? Well, a few centuries back that wouldn’t have been possible, and that’s not because dispensers hadn’t been invented yet. In the days of yore, many countries tried to ban coffee as rulers and governments feared the stimulating powers of the beverage. Mecca banned coffee is 1511. In 16th century Europe, clergymen labelled it a satanic drink and demanded it be banned. The Ottoman ruler Murad IV prescribed harsh penalties for coffee drinking, like flogging or drowning. In 1746, the Swedes went an extra mile by banning not just coffee, but coffee cups and dishes too!
  • Would you pick brewed coffee over filter coffee any day? Well, you might want to reconsider your preference as brewed espresso is believed to contain 2.5% fat, while filtered coffee contains just 0.6% fat!
  • In 2001, The Brazil Postal Office launched coffee-scented postage stamps to publicize and celebrate aromatic Brazilian coffee. The smell is said to last up to 3-5 years!

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Enjoy coffee and art at QTube Cafe!

Well, if all these strange and captivating facts have made you crave for a strong cup of coffee, waste no time and make your way to QTube Café, for here, you can sip on cups of coffee for free! Plus, you can indulge in some reading or a board game to pass time, for the Café is stocked with both! Come on down to enjoy your favorite beverage at your favorite hangout!

Photography Facts that will make Shutterbugs Shudder

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Today, DSLRs are as ubiquitous as selfie-clicking teenagers. If you don’t own the ‘mother of all cameras,’ there always are the less-prestigious but trusty point-and-shoot ones, and if you find yourself without either of these, well, you always have your phone. However, just a few generations ago, our forefathers weren’t as lucky. In the olden days, poker-faced princesses had to rely on the skill of painters, and later on, when the oldest and bulkiest cameras saw the light of day, hapless subjects had to rely on their ability to stay poker straight if they wanted to see a replica of their sweet faces on canvas or on film. In those days, things were very different. To know how different, read on.

The Victorians had some strange and very unscientific practices. However, this piece of trivia will make their love for arsenic and strangulating corsets seem tame in comparison. It’s well known that the Victorians didn’t exactly enjoy the best kind of photographic equipment. Photographers lugged around bulky contraptions, complete with a curtain, to click pictures of people. It is also known that it took a really long time for the image to register on the wet plate, and this required people to hold their positions for almost 30 secs to a minute! But, humans will be humans and will insist on clicking those cute (rather creepy) baby pictures despite the really long exposure times. And, babies will be babies and will refuse to sit still for even a second. So, how does one work around this problem? By camouflaging the mother as a chair/curtain/rug and making her hold the baby still! Can you spot the mother in these rather disturbing pictures?

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Digital photographs don’t seem like a luxury anymore, right? We hardly thank the inventor of the process every time we click a photo on our phone or watch a video or circulate our captures among friends. However, there is quite an interesting story behind the invention of digital photography. The first digital camera, albeit a very rudimentary model, was invented by Mr. Steven Sasson, a young engineer working for Kodak. The camera was created in 1975 and took 23 seconds to display the photograph on tape. The story goes that he tried to convince his bosses to invest in his invention, however, his bosses were of the opinion that no one would want to view an image on a screen! Hence, they continued to focus on their existing technology which used film and never thought of capitalizing on this new invention, until it was too late. This could explain why Kodak isn’t popular in the DSLR world today. However, years later when the technology began to gain popularity, the digital camera patent helped the company (yes, not poor Mr. Sasson) earn billions of dollars. The moral of the story then is that sometimes, it’s good to jump on the bandwagon!

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Hasselblad cameras have become synonymous with space missions. Several of them accompanied the astronauts on the mission that seen a man land successfully on the moon. So, it is because of these cameras that we got our first glimpse of how the moon looks, and also, that the mission wasn’t a conspiracy! Well, the sad news though is that because of its heavy weight, 12 cameras had to be left back (Where? On the moon, duh!) so that the astronauts could carry back something that was slightly more important – substantial samples of lunar rocks.

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Inventors are a crazy bunch and several of them have gone to questionable lengths to achieve their goals. French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne can act as the poster boy of this bunch. Eager to test the notion that the face is indeed connected with the soul (what??) he went about applying electric shocks to damaged muscles and photographed the results. One of his unfortunate subjects was a shoe maker who was suffering from Bell’s Palsy (A condition that causes weakness or paralysis of face muscles.) He subjected the unlucky man to more than 100 such sessions, while photographer Paul Tournachon captured the man’s agony on film. What learnings did the experiment throw up? That specific muscles are used when a person gives a genuine smile. The authentic smile, or the smile given when a person is truly pleased of happy, is called the ‘Duchenne smile’ in physiology.

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Today, coloured images have become the norm and black and white images have become rare, a colour theme reserved for evocative candid images or symmetric silhouettes. However, years ago, things were the other way round, till a physicist named James Maxwell came on the scene. This man didn’t only give us the electromagnetic theory, he also gave us the first coloured photograph. Maxwell captured the colours of a tartan ribbon by photographing it three times through yellow, blue and red filters and then combining the images. And voila! This was what he created.

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Good stuff, ain’t it?