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The ‘If You Come Today’ Comic Quiz

Let’s see how many easter eggs you can crack. Read my ‘If you come today’ INGA comic and try to answer the questions below :

General questions

1. Angelo Siciliano (1892-1972) ,best known in American pop culture for an ad-campaign that has been described as ‘one of the longest lasting and most memorable ad campaigns of all time’, finds a reference in the comic. What was he better known as?

2. “And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat.” Which popular comic book series (parodied in this comic) has this line in it’s prologue?

3.In 1987, Frank Miller wrote a storyline around this character (from a popular superhero series) which began with his return to the city after having spent fifteen years in Chicago. Name the storyline, thecharacter and connect it to this comic.

4. Connect actors Chuck Norris, John Saxon and basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar to the comic.

Bangalore-ish questions

5.In the panel that features the Showman riding the scooter, which well-known Bangalore landmark (not seen in the panel) is directly ahead of the Showman? (not the mosque, that’s in the background). To reach the New Modran Hotel from that landmark, would the Showman turnright or left? (Remember , it’s set in the 1970s.)

6.The Yoga poses. What’s the name of the first asana on the page (top left corner)? For bonus points, what’s the original name of the book these photographs are from? (Eminently workout-able answers, once you identify the man doing the asanas.)

7.Connect the cartoon character ‘Putani Putti’ to this comic.

8.Spot the Shankar Nag reference in the comic. (Hint: Look up Chiba-san on Google.)

9.The first-line lyrics of another popular ‘Kanglish’ song featuring Dr.Raj is hidden in the comic.Which one?

10.Dr.Raj’s rousing song from his movie Akasmika, “Huttidare Kannada naadalli huttabeku”, is present in the comic, albeit in a slightly morphed form. Spot it.

11.The fineprint in the newspaper clippings refer to the Showman character’s alter-ego as ‘popular singer Muthukumar’. How would you connect that to Dr.Raj in real life?

12. She starred opposite Annavru in his first film ‘Bedara Kannappa’, and went on to play his mother in her later years.She has a rather irreverential mention in the comic. Who?

13.You see it on Dr.Raj statues around the city, it’s also in the comic .Explain the ‘dove’ connection.

14.What’s special about the opening credits of Dr.Raj’s movie ‘Kaamana Billu’ ?

Come back in a day or two for the answers. You may , of course, post answers in the comments section .

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Malavika permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:54 pm

    10. Back side of the auto.

  2. Malavika permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:58 pm

    9. Love me or hate me. Kiss me or kill me.. O darling

  3. Malavika permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:59 pm

    11. His real name was Muthuraju

  4. March 23, 2010 2:42 am

    Firstly, great strip Jai..one of the best comic strips I’ve seen in recent times!
    Anyways, here are some of my answers:

    1) In The Tailoring part, there is a book on Charles Atlas which is Siciliano’s more popular name.
    2) Avengers
    3) Batman – Is the connection here his talk with Commissioner “Gowda”?
    4) All of them acted in Bruce Lee movies whose photo is in 1st Frame
    5) Town Hall – In 70’s,you could probably take a right on JC Road to Vishweshwarpuram.
    6) No idea. But is the book, The Art of Yoga by BKS Iyengar?
    7) It used to feature in a magazine, so I am guessing the Sudha magazine in the 1st frame.
    9) Love me or Hate me.. Kiss me or Kill me – on the Scooter’s mirrors! (That was brilliant btw!)
    10) The line behind the auto – “Badukidu Jataka bandi…”
    11) His real name, Muthuraj
    12) Pandaribai
    14) It starts with him doing different Yogasanas.

  5. Anand Shashidhar permalink
    March 23, 2010 5:31 am

    Here you go..
    1. Charles Atlas… probably the first real muscle man/body builder, who promoted himself as his training success. His famous boook can be seen next to the sewing machine.
    2. AVENGERS, put in as Ayengers 🙂
    3. BATMAN, the Dark Knight… retold by Frankie.. connects well to the cape and the overall dark clothing… and J M Gowda!
    4. Chuck Norris – Karate – Bruce Lee’s poster;
    5. Town Hall is ahead, and Modran hotel requires a right turn thru JC Road into VV Puram.
    6. ‘Yoga Deepa’ by Iyengar B K. The asana is probably ‘KuthhaBhagauaasana’
    7. Putaani Putti was a comic character in Sudha mags.
    8. Sanju’s phone number
    9. Lo’u’ve me or H(y)ate me…
    10. Life is bullock cart.. translates to some lyrics of the song.
    11. His real name was indeed Muthuraj.
    12. Pandari Bai…. as part of the suto driver’s swear words ‘Nin Amma #$@@&**%$ HandIII’
    13. Dove is standard Kasthuri Nivasa inclusion!
    14. Kamana Billu showed Annauru doing Yoga… Should probably go in the Genius records as the first hero of a movie to do real Yoga on screen!

  6. XXXX permalink
    March 25, 2010 1:22 pm

    Answer for 10 is in 2 songs
    1] “Baduku Jataka bandi, vidhi adara saheba” from Mankutimmana Kagga by DVG, which is available as a song
    2] “Huttidare kannada nadalli hutta beku ….. badukidu jataka bandi idu vidhi odisuva bandi” from Akasmika

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