Thursday, December 21, 2006

Of Quizzes, Spies and Buddha Statues

“The 6th Nizam of Hyderabad, Mahbub Ali Khan, bought the Jacob diamond around 1887. It has a rectangular cushion-cut with 58 facets, measures 39.5 mm long, 29.25 mm wide and 22.5 mm deep. The diamond weighs around 184 carats. What use was this diamond later put to?”

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this question on the screen at the quiz I participated in yesterday. It was odd facing this question barely a couple of weeks after I blogged about this very diamond and the use it was put to. The team that was asked this question didn't know the answer of course, and it came to us.
But this was not the only time we were lucky yesterday. Just before the quiz as I was telling my friend Abhijit that the latest James Bond uses all Sony gadgets, he replied, "And Don uses all Motorola". Later we did get a question where a Motorola phone, a stylish car and a painting were shown and we were told to find out the connection. I almost blindly said that the connection was the recent movie "Don" (as I haven't seen the movie), and it was the right answer. Several other guesses fell into place and Lo! We were the winners! Now only if the luck stays with us till the Finals in February... well, one of my long-cherished dreams can be fulfilled.
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And talking of James Bond, I saw Casino Royale on Sunday and simply loved it. Daniel Craig is definitely not as good looking as Pierce Brosnan, but he is handsome in a different way. In fact, he reminded me of my favourite Bond Sean Connery more than any of the other Bonds (Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan) that I have seen. The movie is different in a number of ways, which includes the credit sequence. The beautifully animated sequence does not contain dancing girls like the older movies but is entirely made up of playing cards, the four suits, fractal patterns and silhouette figures fighting in red and black.
I also visited the Buddha statue in the middle of the Hussain Sagar Lake that same evening. It was beautifully lit by floodlights and looked greenish in colour. Previously, I could only see the statue from the shore; I never knew it had such a beautifully carved base as well.
The last week was horrible with respect to workload. I returned home after 10:00 PM almost every night. Hopefully there will be some respite this week, and consequently, my next post will follow soon.


  1. And we even discussed that DON question can be there in Quizz.

    This was awesome. And the blog about Jacob diamond.

    General knowledge is truely general. No one can mug the books and win the quizzes.

    Kudos to your depth, width and length of knowledge.

  2. what quiz is this ? all the best.

  3. @abhijit: Thanks a lot. For your compliment and for the Don fact.

    @shreemoyee: Thanks! This is a general quiz as part of our company's cultural fest.

    @aurindam: Pray that I win the finals there coz then you'll get a big treat! ;-)