Deccan Chronicle - - Leisure - (Jonathan Fran­cis, Se­cun­der­abad)

Sev­eral sportsper­sons have found love on the field it­self. Take this quiz on fa­mous In­dian sports cou­ples.

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1. P. Kashyap and Saina Ne­hwal are cur­rently In­dia’s most fa­mous bad­minton cou­ple. How­ever, much be­fore, P. Gopic­hand got mar­ried to a eight times In­dian na­tional cham­pion, who also rep­re­sented In­dia at the 1996 At­lanta Olympics. Name her?

2. Com­mon­wealth Gold Medal win­ner in shoot­ing Heena Sidhu is mar­ried to a fel­low shooter who also hap­pens to be Heena’s coach. Name him?

3. The Singh sis­ters — Priyanka, Divya, Prashanti and Akanksha — from Jaun­pur in Ut­tar Pradesh have all rep­re­sented In­dia in bas­ket­ball. One of the sis­ters, Pra­tima is mar­ried to an­other In­dia sportsper­son. Who?

4. Some of In­dia’s top fe­male wrestlers have gone on to marry fel­low wrestlers. Vi­nesh Phogat is mar­ried to Somveer Rathi and Geeta Phogat tied the knot to wrestler Pawan Ku­mar. Who did Olympic medal win­ner Sak­shi Ma­lik get mar­ried to?

5. Eight times na­tional Ta­ble ten­nis Cham­pion Kam­lesh Me­hta is mar­ried to an­other TT player who is a fel­low Ar­juna awardee. Name her?

6. Easy one. The first In­dian woman to be ranked among the top 10 squash play­ers in the world is mar­ried to a crick­eter. Name both?

7. Nir­mal Kaur, for­mer cap­tain of the In­dian vol­ley­ball tame is mar­ried to an­other sportsper­son, a leg­end in his field. Iden­tify?

8. Sa­nia Mirza is the most fa­mous In­dian sports woman to marry a Pak­istani sports­man. Way back in 1992, two top golfers from In­dia and Pak­istan de­cided to get mar­ried to each other. Name both?


1. The word amethyst comes from the Greek mean­ing ‘not drunk’. Why? (A.V. Kr­ish­nan, Chen­nai)

2. The motto of the In­dian Air Force is ‘Nabha Spar­sham Deeptham’

means ‘touch the sky with glory’ has been taken from which sa­cred book? (Partha Sarkar, Kolkata)

3. A num­ber of an­cient manuscripts have sur­vived only as palimpsests. What are palimpsests? (Philip Joshua, Se­cun­der­abad)

4. He grad­u­ated from IIT, Bom­bay in Com­puter sci­ence in 1995 with the Pres­i­dent of In­dia Gold Medal for be­ing the top­per in his batch. He has also com­posed a mu­sic al­bum ti­tled Yaadon Ke

Sil­sile. Name this per­son, who is cur­rently on a hot seat in one of In­dia’s most watched in­sti­tu­tions? (Dee Suren­dranath, Hy­der­abad)

5. It is rare for 21st cen­tury sportsper­son to ex­cel at two sports si­mul­ta­ne­ously. This Aussie played in the Big Bash league in

2015 and is cur­rently the high­est ranked women’s Aussie player in both dou­bles and sin­gles. Name her? (B.K. Har­i­nath, My­suru)

6. The cause­way that forms the gate­way to Jaffna from rest of Sri Lanka is named after an an­i­mal. What is the name of the cuase­way? (T.V.S. Rao, Vishaka­p­at­nam) 7. Manam was the last film of Akki­neni Nageswara Rao (ANR) be­fore he passed away in

2014. Which Hindi movie ac­tor played a cameo role in this Tel­ugu movie that lasted less than a minute? (U.N.Murthy, Se­cun­der­abad)

8. Which is­land, now part of Aus­tralia, first dis­cov­ered by Richard Rowe Thomas, is known for its an­nual mi­gra­tion of 40 mil­lion crabs from land to the sea ev­ery Oc­to­ber?

P. Kashyap and Saina Ne­hwal

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