The inspiration for this quiz came from a book about the dead.
No shady business, dear reader. I’m talking about The Devil’s Atlas, Edward Brooke-Hitching’s wonderful work that I happened to find at a store recently. The timing couldn’t have been better — I was heading to Kolkata for Durga Puja, already musing over how the goddess’ battle with darkness would be etched in pandals across the city. The Atlas, thus, became my in-flight read: a spicy guide taking me through afterlife beliefs and ideas of morality across various cultures.
Truth be told, it’s one of those books that gets you a little uncomfortable, but also curious. I’m not one to say no to strange trains of thought, and eventually found myself down a Wikipedia rabbit hole at 3am. This quiz is the result of that experience, captured in 14 funda-rich questions about the dual nature of light and darkness — something that comes to the forefront at Durga Puja and Dussehra every year.
Some questions have been kept MCQ-style, while others need the answer to be typed out. You can start playing the quiz below. Good luck!