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All, The Indian Quizzing League will host its premier event “India Unplugged” on Jan 26, 2012 in Chennai.

For those who come in late, India Unplugged is IQL’s humble tribute to our nation in the form of a quiz entirely about India. As our quiz goes into its fourth edition, the IQL group is proud and happy to invite teams from Chennai and other cities to block your calendars for the same. Keep your date with India’s Republic Day and reward yourselves for knowing your country!!

Date: Jan 26, 2012 (Thursday)

City: Chennai, India

Time: 9.30 AM onwards

Team composition: teams of three each, no prior registration required.

We will post details of the venue closer to D-Day.

Thank you!

Team IQL

Keep watching for more updates on the quiz and our other forthcoming events.

Ob qns:

1. Sura, the grandfather of Sri Krishna, was a worthy scion of the Yadava race. His daughter Pritha was noted for her beauty and virtues. Since his cousin X was childless, Sura gave his daughter Pritha in adoption to him. From that time she was known by the name of Y after her adoptive father.

2. The members of which dynasty are named after the “star” at the time of their birth?

3. The movie “Dhobi Ghat” has supposedly five lead characters, according to the director of the movie. However, actual counting reveals only 4: The film stars Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, and Kriti Malhotra. Who supposedly is the fifth?


1. Pritha’s “new” father was Kuntibhoja, hence she took her name as Kunti. Arjuna takes his other name Partha from his mother’s “maiden” name Pritha.

2. Venad Kulasekara Dynasty aka Kingdom of Travancore

3. The city of Mumbai

All ye veterans and yuppies,

We are looking for Quizmasters for our next Masters of the Universe meeting scheduled to happen in the 2nd/ 3rd week of Sept 2011.

For the uninitated, MOTU is our lone-wolf quiz format that happens each month. The quiz would be in a written prelims and “vocal” finals format. Ideally, a quiz has around 20-25 qns in the prelims and 30-35 qns in the finals including themes/ written rounds etc. In short, its a full blooded quiz but since its lone wolf, the number of questions are toned down.

If anyone is interested, please drop in a comment here.


Team IQL

Is this your “home page” on laptops, PC’s, mobile phone, ipads and all possible electronic devices with an internet connection?

Then, consider yourself a wiki-freak and be invited to our IQL meeting on 3rd Sept 2011 at the Zha Cafe, Adyar, Chennai at 4PM.

In trying a new format, we’d like you to bring at least 10 qns each in any of the following topics:

(1) Sports

(2) Pop Culture

We appreciate your eager beaver enthu but do bring that also when you come join us for the meeting!!

Thanks – Team IQL

PS: this invite is also for those wanna be wiki-freaks and everyone else, so don’t feel left out.


Here are the wonderful qns from the Chennai edition of Landmark Quiz on Aug 15, 2011.

Thanks Dr.Navin for sharing the questions!!

You can still read our review of all the 3 quizzes (or should I say four?) that happened on Aug 15, 2011 during the course of the day at

Team IQL

LQC 11 PRELIMS email file

(Review of the Chennai Landmark Quiz on August 15, 2011 by Karthik Narayan)

Before we begin – a short prayer on our lips…

Dear God,

1. Please convince 2,000 people each year on August 15 to make no plans other than to attend the Landmark Quiz to help create a new record participation over last year (1800).

2. Please do not make us feel as if the quiz is an exam. Make us replenish our cup of knowledge and leave us thirsty for more.

3. Let there be more pretty girls (this was an actual tweet on screen, not mine) at quizzes so more guys will come… (No complaints about the girls though, they are in short supply at quizzes).

4. Pray help us somehow reach the finals of at least once in our lives. If you do this for us, I will offer my team mate Pantan’s head for tonsure for your efforts.

5. Other prayers – to be continued after the Landmark Quiz…

It’s a long prayer, I know. I was even tempted to add in – “If I reach the finals of one Landmark quiz, it will be good enough for a lifetime” but I somehow pulled myself out of it at the last minute.

The Landmark Quiz at Chennai on August 15 every year is like being at Lord’s cricket ground. Both begin with L – for starters. Everyone loves the venue and the ambience; both are the Mecca of their respective games (cricket vs quizzing), both are never short of inspiration for one to perform and achieve great things, and there’s always plenty of audience and action. However, there are no streaks at Landmark, just quiz freaks, thousands of them.

True story – Sachin Tendulkar does not have a century at Lord’s; nor do 2000+ contestants at Landmark, as they eagerly wait for their arangetram or first step on the stage at India’s premier Open quiz championship. Right now, that privilege has been reserved for a select few, and is it fair to say that each time; the glass seems harder to break? The argument continues…

The prelims had 40 questions as usual – but this time the questions were slightly tougher compared to the 2009 and 2010 editions at Chennai. The 2009 edition is still being raved in quizzing circles as the People’s Quiz where almost every participant had the golden opportunity to make it on stage, but ever since the cutoff has been on the down-side. Last year the highest score was somewhere around 31, this year the highest was 29. In 2009 it was 38! Eight teams made it to the finals, with two to take it from there to the National Finals to meet the top two each from Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai editions.

A few years ago, when quizzing was not such a big deal, people enjoyed the following things – answering questions, learning new things, missing out on minor bits of the answer, making spelling mistakes but getting away with it and a thousand other splendid things. In today’s world, competition is fierce; an error is a farce. One sleight of hand (and brain) actually changes the whole picture; one wrong answer could prove costly. Even the ever-green, ever-good QED just about made it to the Chennai finals (they scored 25/40 and became the new “alagar” cutoff). An IQL team comprising Sanandan, Vinod and Sylvian Patrick (tough luck, guys) were not far off the mark – with 24. I’m sure there were a hundred other teams fighting for the slot of top eight with scores not more than 0.5-1.5 away from the cutoff. Such is the level of quizzing.

For a keen quizzer, the Landmark quiz promises a variety of questions in all genres. Something in it for everybody. But the true value comes from the fact that there is no pressure at the Landmark Quiz – it is a mass entertainer. The school kids who as always answered almost as many as we did. Our team of Ananthakrishnan (Pantan, Sriram (Ramki) and me were slightly off colour but we still scored 22/40. The older generation came in good numbers, with people ranging from 40-70. They didn’t do badly at all – one of the teams next to ours got 18/40 which is no mean feat. My point here is – Landmark Quiz caters especially to those who are not regular quizzers. That is why the quiz format is popular and brings back more people each time.

All you got to do is be there and immerse yourselves in the experience of great quiz questions, a fantastic quizmaster whose humbleness inspires us all, brilliant minds in the country under the same roof and above all – pure entertainment value for time spent!

All hail the Landmark quiz organizers for maintaining interest levels, churning out record audience each time (at Chennai and Bangalore especially). All rise for the sponsors, among others – snickers for giving out free bites, yummy! And thanks to Dr.Navin Jayakuma, the quizmaster, for the freshness that we all felt this year at the Madras Music Academy on Aug 15, 2011 – new ideas came out in the form of LIVE tweeting during the quiz, the active participation of audience all through the quiz in the form of sms quizzing and some greatly researched rounds of questions. I enjoyed tweeting and reading all those tweets on John Mayor’s “musical talents” and the requests for completing the quiz early so that someone could go home to watch a tamil movie.

Overall – a jam packed hall at the venue, brilliant answers, some moments of agony and crazy Malayalam accents lit up the evening. Congrats to Kabala, JK and Sriram for pulling off a blinder after being slightly sluggish to begin with. Everyone else played their parts to the T. I played mine by writing this review.

BTW – Prayers 1 and 2 were answered… still waiting for 3 and 4 😀

In other news….

The Winning team at Chennai Finals: Mama Machan Mapilai – Sriram, JK and Kabala

Runners up – Obama Satyabhama – Shiv, Udupa and Ramkey

Winners and Champs for Season 2010: MMM

Best Corporate Team – Infy

Best Team Name – “Lok Pal Bill, Lock all and Grill”


“Landmark” Quiz announcements:

The Landmark quiz is hitting new landmarks – literally!! New venues for the 2011 Season! The Quiz will embrace Hyderabad and Delhi – two untouched areas by Landmark with lots of enthusiasts already celebrating the news!!

This brings great news in the form of new venues, more questions and most importantly – 16 more slots for dreamers to try and go up on stage. More opportunities, more fun. Landmark Quiz truly is starting to become a Pan-Indian event in the calendar, not just for quizzers but also in general culture.

The Flip side is: National Finals 2011-12 would comprise 1 team each from Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi whereas 2 each from Chennai and Bangalore. Unfair – but now’s the time to make those long trips to places you always wanted to visit…


PS: will post questions once available.


Here’s a great chance to prove your quiz skills and to beat other geniuses across the world!

Find below the details (courtesy QFI website):

 QFI, Chennai will play host to the Chennai round of the World Quizzing Championships 2011 at the Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras which was the venue for the Chennai edition Mahaquizzer 2011. The department is located close to Gajendra Circle and is adjacent to the Café Coffee Day inside the campus.

The WQC is scheduled for 4th June 2011 starting at 1600 hrs IST. Please be present by 1530 hrs. People who intend to take part are asked to register online at either of the following URLs: or

Participants will be charged an entry fee of Rs. 50 towards the cost of the question booklets. Please register by Thursday evening (5PM) if you plan to take part.

WQC is open to individual entrants and requires contestants to answer 240 questions over two hours. Details of the format can be found here:

We thank QFI members Jaikar Pandurangan, for proctoring the event and Arun Ramanathan, for getting us the venue. We also thank Dr. Anurakshat Gupta for helping us have the quiz in Chennai for what will be the sixth consecutive year.