Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Random Question (June 26, 2013)

Q. This statue of a Scottish educationist stands outside a Delhi school named after him. This gentleman, besides founding some of India's well-known schools, also raised a number of orphaned children from Partition days. One of those kids converted to Christianity and took this man's surname, and eventually brought it some considerable notoriety. What is the surname?

A. Tytler. The statue is of J.D. Tytler, in whose honour Jagdish Kapoor changed his last name. 

James Douglas Tytler was a Scottish educationist who, among other things, founded the Delhi Public School and Summerfields School. This statue sits in front of the J.D. Tytler School. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Random Question (June 21, 2013)

Who is this? She gained some prominence as a result of a moving speech she gave in 2006. Also, it might help to know that she gets her name not from an Indian fashion accessory but from the name of a crocodile.

A. Bindi Irwin, daughter of TV animal wrangler Steve Irwin, who famously delivered an eulogy at her father's funeral seven years ago. She was named after a favourite crocodile of Steve's at the Australia Zoo run by the Irwin family. Her name supposedly means 'young girl' in an Australian Aboriginal language.