Saturday, July 9, 2011

Question 698: The Angry Buddhist

__X__ didn't have a very stable childhood. He was put up for adoption by his biological mother, who went on to become a speech language pathologist. His biological father is a Syrian political science professor.

He went to Reed College, when he decided to visit India to "find himself". He came back a Buddhist with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing. During this time, he experimented with psychedelics, calling his LSD experiences "one of the two or three most important things he had done in life".

He will forever be remembered as an indelible author of the technological age.

Identify X.

Question 697: South by Southwest

K. Hanumanthaiah is credited with the conception and construction of the __X__, . The foundation was laid by the then Nehru, on July 13, 1951. However it was Kengal Hanumanthaiah who was instrumental in the redesign and speedy construction of __X__. He visited Europe, Russia, United States and other places and got the idea of building __X__ by incorporating various designs from the buildings he had seen. It was completed in 1956. Kengal Hanumanthaiah took a lot of interest and effort in building this marvelous granite building. The front of the building is inscribed with the words Government's Work is God's Work(LOL!)
The cost of construction at that time was just 17.5 million (1.75 Crore) rupees. But presently, annual maintenance cost itself is more than 20 million rupees (which include repairs, painting, and other miscellaneous expenses).
The building is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.