Tuesday 21 April 2020

Quiz About Geographical Indications #GIQuiz #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

How do we get to learn something some fact or information?
  • When someone, say family-member, friend, relative, or teacher informs us
  • When we read in books, magazines or newspapers- offline or online
  • When we watch films or videos or news channels and media coverage
Am I missing some other sources of info? If yes, please do share in the comments section of this post.

When I see the misinformation and fake news doing the rounds, it gives me great pain.
Clearly, there is a reason or purpose why some people are spreading the wrong information. 

Either they themselves are not aware of facts, having got their knowledge from misleading and inaccurate sources, or they have ulterior motives to spread the wrong info.
Over the years, when many people indulge in such kind of activities, the "origin" story of a product gets rewritten or doctored. When a lie is repeated hundreds of times, it appears to be the truth. 
However, "truth is still the truth even if no one believes it".

The Geographical Indications (GIs) are unique and special products of a particular area. They have earned the GI certificate from the Ministry of Commerce of the respective governments of nations. However, many people of the respective states or countries are yet to learn about them! 

Take me for instance. 
Despite being a culture and heritage enthusiast, I did not know about Dhalapathar Parda and Fabrics, Habaspuri Saree and Fabrics, and Ganjam Kewda Flower and Ganjam Kewda Rooh before independently researching and working for the Geographical Indications of Odisha, taking a self-initiative. However, once I knew and am in the process of knowing, it has been my sincere endeavour to create awareness and dispel misinformation.

There is a huge knowledge and awareness gap.
Our school text-books do not have information about these GI goods. I feel such information should be included in the school books. Social Studies should mention these "invaluable treasures of incredible India". 
How many of our students are interested to learn something beyond what is taught in school textbooks? 
This is a humble request to the authors of text-books and to the teachers: please do include this information so that the next generation can be aware. 
Once we are aware, we can be proud of our rich heritage and culture.

Quizzes are a great way to test our knowledge. They are a fun and interesting way to learn.
How many of us love quizzing? 
Personally, I love quizzes. Rapid-fire rounds are a good exercise for the memory.

How sharp are you when it comes to quizzing? Can you recollect names of products and places when they come up in discussions?

When I first conducted a Quiz on Odisha in Twitter in 2014, I realized how little people know about Odisha. Now, six years have passed. Things may be slightly better in this tech age and new decade. Still, it is always amazing to discover what is available in our own city/district/state/country that we were not aware.

Though some may have had heard the names and know the category of the products, they still do not  know that the same products have earned the GI tags. Sadly, this includes the artisans, weavers and farmers too who are involved in making these products.

Please do join for the #GIQuiz and #KnowYourGI this World Intellectual Property Day.
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See you on 26 April 2020 on the social media handles of Odita Trust.
Test your knowledge and learn more about #OdishaGI and #GIsofIndia.

Q For- Quizzing
Quiz about Geographical Indications
I am writing A-Z posts about the Geographical Indications (GIs) of Odisha #OdishaGI.
GI is a distinctive certificate used to identify a product as originating from a particular region or locality that has specific qualities, reputation or other unique characteristics. GI products are linked with the culture, traditions, history etc. of a geographical location. 
Only when info is shared, people can learn and be aware.
This is my sincere attempt to share information about the GI Tags of Odisha.
You can check out my other GI posts here.
My previous #AToZChallenge posts here.
Let us all use GI products - the "invaluable treasures of incredible India", and encourage our artisans, weavers, and farmers.
Are you aware of the Geographical Indications of India? 
Do you like Quizzing?
Please do share in the comments below.


  1. The question is even if people read... Very few research on the authenticity of the source... And only very few non self involved individuals take pain to carry out research on their own state or country's art and culture related facts...

  2. Good way to learn about places

  3. This is a good initiative.

  4. Life experience is a way to learn. Some quizzes are fun. I don't know nearly as much as I'd like to about India.

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author


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