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2015 is the 125th birth anniversary of "The Queen of Crime", Agatha Christie. The 2015 Pune International Literary Festival celebrated the best-selling author with a special exhibition and a quiz that Choose To Thinq hosted on the occasion.
The quiz was jointly presented by British Council, Pune and Choose To Thinq - this was based on a SparQue session conducted earlier in the year.
About 50 enthusiastic Agatha Christie fans took part, with ages ranging from 10 to 70+. The quiz was hosted Ramanand; incidentally, his Mastermind India-winning performance included a specialist quizzing round on "The Tommy & Tuppence books of Agatha Christie".
Participants also discussed their favourite Christie books, their most loved characters, how they got into reading Agatha Christie books, and recommended books to each other.
Some of the crowd's recommendations for the one Agatha Christie book that you should read if you are new to her books:
- And Then There Were None
- Murder in Mesopotamia
- Murder on the Orient Express
Some questions from the quiz:
Q. The first and last mysteries that AC published were, respectively, Poirot and Marple novels. Name them. A. "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" and "Sleeping Murder".
Q. This form of poisoning was used in The Pale Horse. Agatha Christie was sometimes blamed for bringing it to the notice of would-be poisoners! This poison was in which chemical element's sulphate form? A. Thallium
Q. "Curtain" and "Sleeping Murder" (the last cases of Poirot and Marple respectively) were published after AC's death in the mid-1970s. However, these had been written 35-odd years ago. AC had put these stories in a safe and asked them to be published only after her death. Why did she do all this?
A. She wrote them during the beginning of World War II in Britain as she wasn’t sure if she would survive the war and its outcome. She wanted to ensure a proper ending to both Poirot and Marple, so she wrote their final books long before. She did survive the war!
We run the Firodia School Quiz League in Pune, India, which consists of 5 quizzes on different themes. Each quiz had a chief guest relevant to the theme of the quiz. For the customary thank-you-gift, instead of giving them bouquets, we gave them books as tokens of our gratitude! Each was linked to the quiz's theme - perhaps you'd like to read these books too? Consider these our recommendations!
- History and Heritage: Prajakta Panshikar, Dy. Director (Heritage), Janwani, Pune, was presented with "Amul's India", a quirky way to relive India's history through the iconic Amul ads.
- Sports: Rohan Pate, Founder of "Blades of Glory" cricket museum, was presented "Cricket's Strangest Matches"
- Science & Tech: Mohit Bhishikar, CIO, Persistent Systems was presented "The Upside of Irrationality" by Dan Ariely
- Travel & Geography: Umesh Zirpe, ace mountaineer, was presented with "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush"
- Entertainment & Culture: Sonali Kulkarni, the National Award winning actress, was presented with a National Award winning book, "R. D. Burman - the Man, the Music"