Tuesday, February 3, 2009


1. A and B have always been an extraordinary couple with so much on- and off-screen chemistry," said the pair's business manager, Russell Arons. "In fact, they just finished wrapping their fourth movie together. And now they feel it's time to spend some quality time – apart."

A press release quoted, "Although their future is yet to be set in "cement," one thing is for certain – A and B will always remain the best of friends."

A had a new boyfriend not long after, his name was Blain and was a surfer from Australia.
2. Name the project and to whom was it awarded.
  • A Year: 1893
  • Leaser: The Cataract Construction Company
  • Financiers: JP Morgan, William Wanderbilt, John Jacob Astor IV, amongst others.

3. This company was founded in Troy, Michigan in 1980 by Bharat Desai and Neerja Sethi with an initial investment of $2,000. The company began by providing software staffing services to local corporations. Today, it is a global provider of Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) solutions. It was among the first US-based companies to offer the ‘Global Delivery Model’ service to its clients. Name the company.

4. This extremely popular magazine is also UK’s second biggest bed linen brand. Some time ago, it launched a yoghurt with its name on it which bombed. Which brand?

5. 3 autobiographies by its professionals have turned into bestsellers. Recently, one of its professionals died, which came as a rude shock to fans the world over.

6. This is a motion picture equipment company specializing in camera, lens, and grip equipment, along with related accessories. It was founded in late 1953 by Robert Gottschalk, Richard Moore, Meredith Nicholson, Walter Wallin and William Mann. Robert Gottschalk was the driving force behind the company. He had become interested in anamorphic lenses several years earlier, while attempting underwater photography with Moore, with whom he worked in a camera shop.

Gottschalk learned, through a vendor to the camera store he was working at, that Bausch & Lomb were having difficulty filling the orders for theatrical anamorphic projection lenses. Eventually Gottschalk met Mann, who could provide the optical manufacturing. In 1998, the company was acquired by and, as of 2005 is still owned by Mafco Holdings, a company solely owned by Ronald Perelman, via a Mafco subsidiary. Gottschalk was the driving force behind the company.

Any major production that uses the company’s services is contractually obliged to provide a credit that says "Filmed with _____ Cameras and Lenses" if using spherical lenses, or "Filmed in ______" if using anamorphic lenses.

7. This company/service was launched in 1994 by General Motors subsidiary Hughes Electronics. This service is present in the United States and the rest of the Americas. Currently, it is a subsidiary of News Corporation’s Fox Entertainment Group. It has long been a victim of active piracy but has recently begun to crack down on illegal reception of its signals. On its anti-piracy website, it claims to have sued over 24,000 end users as of March 17, 2004, including celebrity O.J. Simpson. Name it.

8. This company is a global manufacturer of household cleaning supplies and other consumer chemicals based in Racine, Wisconsin. Unusual for a corporation of its size, the company is family-owned. It began when the founder purchased the parquet flooring business of Racine Hardware Company in 1886.

In 1984, Cornell University renamed its business school after the company in recognition of the business family's long generosity to the institution.

Some of the company’s most famous brands are Ziploc, Raid and OFF!

9. Which company is listed on the NYSE under the ticker RAI?

10. Born in Bombay in 1918, his name and success is associated with a giant Indian corporation. He was educated at the famed English Public School of Harrow and later at Christ Church College, Oxford. Besides his Padma Bhushan, he is the recipient of several top national and international awards.

He was the only Indian to be featured among the 6 top industrial personalities of the world chosen by BBC for their tv series entitled ‘Money Makers’.

He was a lover of music who, in his Oxford days, accompanied Albert Einstein on the piano.
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  • The quiz is open till Friday 6th February, 2009