1. Where was India's first motion picture screening held?
first motion picture was screened at the Watson hotel in Mumbai. The
Lumire brothers, Lousie and Auguste first showed films in India, on a
commercial basis on July 7, 1896. Four 40-minute shows were held every
day and the entry price for each was Re.1 per person.
2. How many words are there in the longest Indian film title?
longest film title has 20 words. This belongs to the Telugu film 'Shree
Shree Rajadhiraja Shree Shree Madana Kamaraja Shree Shree Vilasa Raja
Shree Shree Madhubana Raja Shree Shree Krishnadeva donga Raja'. The film
was released in Chennai in Dec.1994.
3. Which Indian actor has won an international Best Actress Award?
Pandey, a popular hindi stage and film actor won the Best Actress award
at the Valenciennes Film Festival, France 1997 for his portrayal of a
transvestite (a man who dresses as a woman and vice versa) in Amol
Palekar's 'Daayraa' (Limitation). Nirmal shared the Best Actress award
with the female lead of the film Sonali Kulkarni.
4. Which is India's all time biggest Best Selling Pop Track?
its not Micheal Jackson. India's Altaf Raja's 'Tum to thehre pardesi,
saath kya nibhaoge' (you are but a foreigner, how will you stay with
me). The album sold over 40 lakh cassettes, the largest seller in the
5. Where in India is Asia's biggest sabzi market located?
in the capital city. The New Subzi Mandi, the wholesale market at
Azadpur, Delhi, is Asia's largest fruit and vegetable market. Nearly
3,000 trucks bring in fruits and vegetables here daily for over 30,000
6. Why are there so many cows on India's roads?
India has more cows than anywhere else in the world. Out of a world
population of 132 crore, India has 20.5 crore or 15.5 percent! The
hindus, the followers of India's biggest religion believe that cows are
sacred animals and should not be killed for meat. The sad part though is
that not many facilities are provided for these holy ones - and they
are often left to wander on the roads - where they create a nuisance for
themselves and others.
7. Is there a rat temple in India?
in Rajathan. The 575-year-old temple of Karni Devi (one of the nine
incarnations of Durga) has a large number of holy rats called 'Kabas',
believed to be the offsprings of the presiding deity. Located at
Deshnok, 35 km from Bikaner, Rajasthan, this temple is devoted
exclusively to the rats which roam around freely in the place.
8. Who was the first Indian to be admitted to the Indian Civil Service?
Tagore, the elder brother of Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore,
was the first Indian to be admitted in the Indian Civil Service. He had
to pass a tough exam, which was held only in London, to discourage
Indians from applying.
9. Who was the first person to use zero as a number?
(598-660) an Indian mathematician first used zero as a number and
showed its mathematical use. Bhaskaracharya (1114 A.D.) was the first to
understand the mathematical implications of zero by stating that
anything divided by zero is equal to infinity.
10. When were India's first television signals transmitted?
first experimental telecast was attempted on Sept.15, 1959, at Delhi.
The transmission was done with the help of a small transmitter in a
11. What is the name of India's oldest functioning English daily?
Times of India. This was first published in Mumbai on Nov.3, 1838 as a
bi-weekly and was called Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. It was
renamed The Times of India in 1850 with J.E.Brennan as its first editor.
12. Who is the only Indian to have been given an honorary US citizenship?
November 16, 1996 Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhin) became the
first Indian to be given an honorary US citizenship. She was the fourth
person in the world to have been given this honor.
13. Who is India's most infamous conman?
Natwrlal or Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava, a man so clever at fooling
people that he once walked out of Kanpur jail dressed in a smuggled
Sub-Inspector's uniform! Having got the cell guard to open the door by
handing out an attaché case full of cash, he coolly walked out, got into
a waiting car and sped way. When the car broke down a little later, he
coolly flagged down another vehicle and vanished!
was wanted in over 100 cases in eight States. He has been sentenced to a
whopping 113 years in jail by various courts and has made eight daring
escapes, each time from a different jail.
14. Where is India's highest motorable road located?
highest road is at Khardung-la in the Leh-Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
The road was constructed by the Boarder Roads Organisation at a height
of 5,682 meters (18,383 ft).
15. Who is India's largest employer?
Railways. The railways employ over 15.79 lakh people, the largest by a
single organization in India or anywhere else in the world.
How many people can eat from the food cooked (at one time) in India's largest solar cooker?
10,000! Shirin and Deepak Gadhia devised a giant solar cooker for the
Brahmakumaris World Academy in Mount Abu, Rajasthan in Jan.1998, The
cooker has 84 solar dishes and a surface of 840 sq. m. This is also the
largest solar cooker in the world.
16. When did Internet come to India?
1995 when the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Delhi, first provided
users access to the World Wide Web service through the C-Web. The C-Web
allows users to browse, search and publish documents on the Net.
17. Which Indian can calculate faster than a computer?
Shakuntala Devi of Bangalore. In 1977, she took only 50 seconds to
compute the 23rd root of a 201-digit number while it took a computer
well over a minute. On June 18, 1980, she multiplied 7,686,369,774,870
by 2,465,099,745,779 and arrived at the correct answer:
18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds.
18. Which Indian is the world's youngest graduate?
Avatar Tulsi of Bihar became the world's youngest graduate by passing
the Bachelor of Science examination (with honours in physics) from
Science College, Patna at the age of 11 years and two months. Tathagat
broke the record of Jay Luo of Garden City, USA, who had graduated at
the age of 12 years, 1 month and 12 days. Tulsi had earlier cleared the
Central Board of Secondary Examination at the age of nine years and six
19. Which Indian language is the world's oldest living language?
is the oldest of all Indian languages and also the oldest living
language in the world. It represents certain literacy types not found in
Sanskrit or other Aryan languages and traces its history to
Tolkappiyam, the earliest extant manuscript of Tamil grammar, dated 500
Which Indian word is the longest Palindrome (reading the same forward and backward) in the Roman script?
The longest palindrome in Roman script is the nine-letter word MALAYALAM, the language of Kerala.
20. What was India's first homegrown comic book or series?
Amar Chitra Katha series of mythology and other themes in comic book
form, was published by India Book House (IBH) in 1969 and sold over
half-a-million copies. The series was the brainchild of Mr. Anant Pai.
The first Amar Chitra Katha title was Krishna. Since then over 436
titles have been published in all Indian and some foreign languages.
21. The Prime ministers..
acting Prime Minister : Gulzari Lal Nanda became acting Prime Minister
twice after the death of two Prime Ministers (Jawahar Lal Nehru and Lal
Bahadur Shastri), but he was never elected to the post. As they say -
always the bridesmaid, never the bride!
Gandhi was the first and till now the only woman Prime Minister of
India. She assumed office in 1966 and ruled over the country for nearly 2
decades (except during 1977 - 80). She lost the 1977 elections because
of her unpopular imposition of national 'emergency', but won the
following elections on the basis of her 'garibi hatao' call!
Oldest PM : Morarji Desai became the Prime Minister when he was 81 years old!
Youngest PM : Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister at the age of 40.