QC posted on 02/02/2007

Q. The phrase X referring to New York City was first used in a 1909 book, The Wayfarer in New York edited by Edward S. Martin. In a metaphor explaining the sentiment in the Midwest that the city receives more than a fair share of the nation's wealth, he explains: " 'New York [was] merely one of the fruits of that great tree whose roots go down in the Mississippi Valley, and whose branches spread from one ocean to the other... [But] X [New York] gets a disproportionate share of the national sap’. What is X?
Ans: X - The Big Apple

1. If ‘Fresh’ is the retail chain of Reliance then whose retail chain is ‘Fresh@’?
a.Heritage Foods– founded by Chandrababu Naidu

2. Before becoming an established writer, A worked as a car mechanic in a garage. He has written a book called "Ravi Paar" .He has developed a new style of writing poems called "Triveni" which comprises stanzas comprising three lines rhyming with each other. His daughter is a film director. One of the famous actresses B of Indian cinema left for A bits and pieces of Urdu poetry which she had written under the pseudo name ' Naaz'. Name A and B.
a. A – Gulzar, X – Meena Kumari

3. X gets its name from two great rivers – Brahmaputra and Moskva. It has been developed as a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) from India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) from Russia. It is currently one of the few supersonic cruise missiles in the world and at speeds of 2.5 to 2.8 Mach is about 3 times faster than the subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile. Name X.
a. BrahMos

4. Identify the gentleman. (Refer: pic). (Hint: His book is currently ‘roaring’ in the market)
a. Steve Hamm, author of 'Bangalore Tiger'.

5. Which company owns the furniture brand named ‘Vibrant’?

6. Identify the 2 boys. (Refer: pic)
a.Boddepalli Manoj Kumar (left) and Mohd. Shaibaaz Tumbi, two Hyderabad city lads created cricketing history piling up a stupendous 721-run partnership in 40 overs flat .Triple centuries by openers B. Manoj Kumar (320 not out, 127 balls, 46 x 4) and Md. Shaibaaz Tumbi (324 not out, 116 balls, 57 x 4) saw them race past the previous record of 664 runs scored by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli in 1987-88. In fact, the boys scored in a single day unlike the famous duo, which took three days for the record partnership. Have given partial marks if names are not mentioned but the record is.

7. At present, most international airlines operating to India offer two to three class configurations. However, it will be the first time that an international airline is launching a purely business class flight to India. That airline is the official airline of Universal Studios Japan. Name the airline.
a. ANA (All NipponAirways)

8. After Wipro Spectramind, Raman Roy was inspired to crate something "beyond the existing", and as a result this BPO was born. Name the BPO.
a. Quattro

9. Who is the author of the book? (Refer: pic)
a. Magnus Magnusson

10. This bank has unveiled its new corporate logo, the symbol of two hands strongly clasping onto a pillar (that is the bank). The Malayalam actor Mammootty unveiled the logo. Name the bank.
a. The South Indian Bank

Bonus Question (2 points)
Q. What is the significance of the cartoon? (Refer: pic)
A. The phrase 'Teddy Bear' was born with this cartoon. The phrase was created in 1902 when President Theodore Roosevelt was taking a well-deserved break on a shooting trip in Mississippi. When the local game failed to show up, aides captured and stunned a bear cub and offered it to Rooseveltto finish it off. Deeming this 'unsporting', the President declined. His act of mercy was caricatured in the next day's Washington Post. The cartoon caught the eye of New Yorksweet shop owner Morris Michtom, who asked his wife to make a 'Teddy Bear'.