Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Daily Teaser — 12-12-2013: British India

You know, I think Phew is possibly the best word.

No, seriously … !

You see, we had an almost incident, last night: when the various TV channels being broadcast started acting up.

With the result that everyone in the building watching the BBC ended up with a picture like this …


Pretty unfortunate, wouldn’t you say … ?   It sorted itself out, eventually: and I think it must have been done to the weather.

But given the recent problems our building has had with its communal aerial … ?   Well, I wasn’t impressed … !


At ANY rate, let’s get a move on.

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi*† putting in her answers: and bagging five out of five.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s teaser: here it is, along with the ‘How To,’ License and video … 

Q1) 12th December, 1911, saw George 5th proclaimed as Emperor of India: who was his Empress … ?
Q2) More to the point, what name to given to the ceremony: Durbar, Durban or Turban?
Q3) Even MORE to the point, in which Indian city was it held … ?
Q4) What R was the name given to British rule of India … ?
Q5) Who was the first British monarch of India … ?
Q6) Who was the last Mughal Emperor … ?
Q7) Who was the last British Emperor of India … ?
Q8) The last British viceroy of India was Viscount Mountbatten of where … ?
Q9) 12th December, 1911, also saw the capital of India moved to Delhi: from where … ?
Q10) Finally … Name any of the modern countries that occupy territory that had been part of British India …
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 11th December saw Edward 8th abdicate the throne of the UK, the British Dominions … and where else … ?
A1) The British Indian Empire.
Q2) In which year of the 1930s did this happen … ?
A2) 1936.
Q3) Edward abdicated because he wanted to marry whom … ?
Q4) The pair were suspected of being very sympathetic: to which German regime … ?
A4) The Nazis.
Q5) Finally … Edward 8th — and his brother, George 6th — belonged to which royal dynasty … ?
Enjoy those.

I’ll leave you with this thought …
“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one‡, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.”
M. K. Gandhi, speaking of the end of British rule.
And with Vara Leela Gaana Lola, which has it’s origins in British India … 

*        Glad to here it got through, Debbi: you’ll love the ending … !

†        Oh, by the way, Debbi, I don’t know if you’ve caught the trailer, yet: but … 


‡        There’s a point, in Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four, where Winston defines madness as being in a minority of one.   I can’t help but wonder if this thought from the Mahatma, is the origin of the phrase.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

It's an interesting thought! :) And I loved the show! The ending so moving.

In many ways, it reminds me so much of the story behind Star Trek. The show was nearly cancelled, even earlier than it was. Then it ended up becoming a cult phenomenon.

But Britain made it work with Doctor Who. That's awesome!

1. Mary
2. Durbur
3. Delhi
4. the British Raj
5. Queen Victoria
6. Bahadur Shah Zafar
7. King George VI
8. Burma
9. Calcutta
10. Singapore