February 26, 2009

KC Quiz Fest

Debjit mailed me about KC Quiz Fest happening on 7th March 2009 at ISB

Details :
Date: 7th march
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM ( Buss quiz prelims 10:30 -11:15, Open quiz prelims: 11:30 - 12:15)
Venue: Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
Quizzes: 2 members from same team can participate in Business quiz and three members from any background can participate in open quiz
QM: Naveen Rajaram from ISB will host Biz quiz and J Krishnamurthi will conduct Open quiz

February 23, 2009

Wordcamp India Quiz

Ankur conducted a small quiz at Wordcamp. I must say this is one of the best set of questions I heard in a long time. No odd trivia, good workable tips, questions keeping in mind the audience(Techies)and a lovely format(no teams, no prelims, just raise your hand and answer)

Check out the questions from here

February 16, 2009

Barack Obama Trivia

I am fascinated by Obama, will update the post as and when I read more about him, till then enjoy this bit of trivia on Obama:

Barry ,is Barack Obama's nickname in college

Barack Obama first meet Michelle in a Chicago law firm, where she was assigned to be his mentor

Michelle Obama used to call her husband the "Fact guy" , as he seems to have a fact about everything

Obama came into limelight with Project Vote where he successfully registered 150,000 new voters for the 1992 presidential elections, especially black people with low incomes

While running Project vote by day, Obama wrote his first book, Dreams from my father

Obama generally open his speech with a joke about his name by saying that people invariably call him something else - "Yo Mama " or "Alabama"

Obama took "The Audactiy of Hope" from a sermon by his pastor Jermiah A Wright, who himself took by writings by Dr.Martin Luther King who said "I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds and dignity and freedom for their spirit. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other -centered men can build up"

Barack Obama's popular slogan was copied/inspired from the slogan Si, Se, peude (Spanish for "Yes it can be Done) which a US farm workers union on fast had raised way back in 1972

February 11, 2009

My Fav Sportstars

Ok thats actually quite a big list, the latest one to join in the list is Scotish cyclist Graeme Obree.

A Small glimpse about his achievements:
Obree built a bicycle from parts of washing maching and became a world champion in 1993
Instead of traditional dropped handlebars it had straight bars like those of a mountain bike. He placed them closer to the saddle than usual and rode with the bars under his chest, his elbows bent and tucked into his sides like those of a ski-jumper. Watching a washing machine spin at 1,200rpm led him to take the bearings, which he assumed must be of superior quality, and fit them to his bike.

Why Political Ad campaigns might not work in India

Let me tell you two examples why Obama's campaign was a huge success:

First one, In year 2005 Obama decided to contest for Senate. He faced tough competition from one Blair Hull in Democratic party Primary race. Blair Hull, a former gambler made a fortune in the stock market and fought the elections because he thought its cool to be a senator. Blair spend millions of dollars to run TV commercials and internet ads, his billboards appeared in every street corner of the state, he paid his volunteers, cheer leaders handsome day wages, where as Obama did not spend a penny till last three weeks and then used all there resources. Its a tough decision, because a month from the elections Obama is still unknown to most voters. In those last 3 weeks Obama launched "yes we can" campaign and other commercial displaying his experience, work he did in Chicago slums. Obama's team strategy to hold the campaign till end worked, before Obama's Tv ads were shown,just 15% blacks planned to vote him, a week after the number jumped to 50% and Obama won democratic party primary.

Second example, Obama faced Republican Jack Ryan in final Illinois senate elections. During the Campaign Ryan ran into trouble when a scandal about his divorce became public. Obama firmly refused to talk about the topic and said "I've tried to make it clear throughout the campaign that my focus is on what I can do to help the families of Illions and I'm not considering this something appropriate for me to comment on"

Obama's Campaign was a success because: His vision and ideology is revolutionary, people trusted him and in his ideas and it was "communicated' to voters successfully with various medias(TV, New media). Obama did not succeed by pumping millions of dollars into his campaign, but by involving people and creating hope in Americans

Obama’s success of using internet/social media as key campaign tool inspired every politician and our very own L.K. Advani is launching a 250 Cr Rs ad campaign and positioning himself as a ‘change agent’ and launching him as NDA Prime Ministerial candidate. UPA of course has luxury to spend tax payers money on ad campaigns

I am sure at ground level these Ad campaigns wont make much difference because no one believes in our leaders(NDA/UPA/Third, Fourth, Fifth Front), spending money wont change perceptions about them in few days. We know all of them are equally worthless but unfortunately we don't have much choice and keep electing the best among the worst and hope for a better future by changing our leaders every five years

Unless you creat trust in people on why they are different from the rest, how they will keep there promises and do some productive work to make India better, no one will believe you. Fake Slogans like Good Governance (at a time when you give tickets to criminals), Security/ Terrorism ( when you make police forces incompetent,kill innocent people in mob violence's), Aam Aadmi( when you squeeze land from innocent farmers to give it to a industrialist), Garibhi Hatao(by giving free TV's and not providing them any chances to come out of poverty by increasing skills)wont help in building credibility, it may help you win one or two elections

February 07, 2009

quizzes at Sui Generis

"Sukrit Vijayakar mailed about a quiz March Ahead is conducting details below:

Vivekananda School of Post Graduate Studies is conducting a tech quiz and a biz quiz for college students during its festival “Sui Generis”. These quizzes are being conducted by March Ahead along with the Indian Quizzing League. Manas Nayak, the founder of March Ahead will be QM.

More details can be found at http://www.vspgs.com/Suigeneris.htm

February 06, 2009

Econmic Times Classroom Quiz

ET Classroom Quiz Hyderabad Prelims Questions:

Which company has acquired 76% stake in Iceberg, a katiyal family owned Bihar based brewery

She has been around from 1967, ans at 40+ she in envied by best of bollywood hotties...what am I describing here

whose ad campaign is this " Booker, Oscar, Nobel, Bournvillie, Hope you get the drift"

Whose autobiography is called as "Just for fun" and coauthored bu David Diamond

It is described as "Active thing for a hyperactive generation, it improves short term memory, alertness and elevates mood any time" what is being promoted

Which product comprises of a wing, tip, vamp, quarter, plate, counter facing and a tongue

Which Indian brand ambassador would link Manipal Education and Ing Vysya Bank

Sameer patil and Shripal, promoters of ACK Media and bought licenses of characters to launch mobile games

Aquapod, Arrowhead, ice mountain and purelife are all brand names of Nestle in which product line

Identify - Gautam Singhania

Which company is better known as "The official timekeeper of the olympics"

Yankee doodle industries ltd and Merry Weather food products are a subsidary of which company

Which brand derives its name from the Japaneese god of mercy

identify - Shiv khera

Until 1925 Ford sold only in one colour, which color

Max New York Life TVC

February 04, 2009

Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2009

Tata crucible campus quiz 2009 schedule is out, Details here.

Few changes I observed in this year Tata Crucible Campus quiz:

Crucible will be a 16 city affair and goes longer than Indian general elections

Teams can participate only from the city where the institution they represent is located

The event is not open to junior college/foundation students lower than under-graduate category. seems Giri dont want another controversy around CA/CS students.

As I said before, unless participants stick to basic principles and ethics, it is impossible to conduct a fair quiz of this scale. Be a sport and play it fair

Good luck guys!!