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1. A for Andamans. These tiny island chains were infamous in colonial India for what?
2. B for Bangalore. Which overseas IT related company was the first to set up shop in Bangalore, which is now easily the IT capital of India?
3. C for Chilka Lake. The Chilka lake, India's largest salt water lake and Asia's largest inland salt water lagoon, covers approximately what area?
4. D for Dadhabhai Naoroji. Also called the Grand Old Man, he was the first India to be nominated to the House of Lords.
5. E for Elephant. One cannot have an India quiz without it, can we?! Which elephant-headed god of Hinduism makes frequent appearances as the idol in Apu's store in "The Simpsons"?
6. F for Fatehpur Sikri. Which Mughal emperor built this city as a new capital city, away from the Red Fort in Delhi?
7. G for Ganga. This river also called the Ganges, rises in the Manas Sarovar glacier.
8. H for Humayun. How did this second Mughal Emperor of India die?
9. I for Indira Gandhi. Indira Gandhi was the PM of India when the 1971 War between India and Pakistan broke out. Who was the American President who threatened to intervene, should the Pakistani Army in East Pakistan be defeated?
10. J for Jallianwala Bagh. This massacre of unarmed civilians by General Dyer caused India's only Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore to give up his Nobel Prize.
11. K for Kerala. This picturesque state in South India, with its lagoons and rice paddies is a hot tourist destination now, but was earlier known for its spices, and served as an important centre for the spice trade, especially pepper and cardamom. Which community, several of whose descendants still live in Kerala, had a virtual monopoly on the spice trade till the Europeans arrived?
12. L for Lakshadweep. The name of these picturesque islands off India's South Western coast comes from the Sanskrit word for which number?
13. M for Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi. Gandhi was the first person to unfurl the Indian flag on Independence Day, on August 15th, 1947 at New Delhi.
14. N for Nair. This community is the only community in India which has bilineal system of inheritance, i.e., the children inherit property from both parents.
15. O for Osmania University. In which Indian city are you likely to find this university, established by the local ruler or the Nizam?
16. P for Punjab. The region gets its name from the Sanskrit word meaning, "Land of ______ Rivers." Fill in the Blanks with a number.
17. Q for Qutub Minar. This famous tower, located in New Delhi, was begun by the ruler of the Slave dynasty, Qutubuddin Aibak, and completed by his son, Iltutmish in the 12th century. It was also built next to an older tower, dating back to 4th century AD, with an inscription made during the reign of Samudragupta, during the Gupta period. I want you to tell me- what this other pillar is made of?
18. R for Ramayana. This great Indian epic, which every Indian child grows up learning about, is also the world's longest poem, with over 3 million verses. Which city is described as the birthplace of the main protagonist, Lord Rama?
19. S for Samudragupta. One of India's greatest empire builders, of the Gupta period, his son and father both had the same name. What was it?
20. T for Tamil. One of India's oldest languages, along with Sanskrit, it has been the direct and indirect ancestor of many South Indian languages. Tamil is also the national language of which of the following countries?
21. U for Uttar Pradesh. This northern Indian state, has never seen a single Prime Minister of India, born there.
22. V for Vishnu. In Indian mythology, how many avathars or incarnations has Vishnu, one of Hinduism's holy trinity come to the world in?
23. W for Wagah. This border town is also the place of the official checkpoint between India and which other country?
24. Y for Yama. Yama, the god of death in Hinduism, uses what animal as his transport?
25. Z for Ziauddin Mohammed Khan aka Babur. Which dynasty was ruling in Delhi and was defeated by Babur when he invaded India?
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