What is Qwikipedia?

Ever been on Wikipedia to look up an article? More often than not, we start with one topic, click a few links and within no time are reading about something else.

Qwikipedia is a game that tries to quench this curiosity in us. The objective is to get to a particular wiki page, starting from a specific article, using minimal clicks. There is no single correct answer, so we might surprise ourselves by finding new routes each time!

Tuesday’s Traveller

Mona Lisa —> Zulu language

Mona Lisa

A smile that links humanity and nature; a smile that is enigmatic; a smile that reflects an overall harmony: all these ideas correspond to the smile that renowned Italian artist achieved in his painting, the Mona Lisa. A half-length portrait of a woman seated in a chair, the painting is among the best known and most visited in the world, and is also extensively sung and written about.

Believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, the painting was acquired by King Francis I of France and belongs to the French Republic. On display at the Louvre Museum, the picture recently became the first to be beamed to the moon. This transmission is believed to be a major advance in laser communication at interplanetary distances.

French Republic

France, officially the French Republic, is the largest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. France has been a major power throughout the world and has had a strong political, economic, military and cultural influence on various regions.

A developed nation with French as its official language and Paris as its capital, it is the most visited country in the world and also the fourth wealthiest nation. However, all its wealth isn’t used to indulge its own people. In fact, France was the second largest donor of development aid in the world as of 2009. Most of the finances are employed in humanitarian projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa

The region that lies south of the Sahara, the world’s hottest desert, in Africa is geographically referred to as Sub-Saharan Africa (see picture). Politically, all African countries – excluding Sudan – that lie partially or completely south of Sahara are referred to as Sub-Saharan.

Linguistically, this region displays more diversity than any other part of the world. It consists of over 1,000 spoken languages, which amounts to more than a sixth of all the languages in the world. Zulu is one such language that is spoken in this region by over 10 million native people.

Zulu language

If someone comes up to you and says Sawubona , they are just saying hello to you in the Zulu tongue. This language, belonging to the Zulu people, is majorly spoken by those living in South Africa. In fact, Zulu language is one of South Africa’s eleven official languages.

South Africa’s singing sensation and actor, Lira, was one among many selected to perform at Barack Obama’s inaugural celebrations on Monday. She planned to dedicate her own composition, a Zulu love song “Ngiyazifela”, to America’s first couple, whom she sees as an inspiration.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Mona Lisa —> French Republic —> Sub-Saharan Africa —> Zulu language

Three clicks!

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Wednesday’s Wanderer

Anne Frank House —> Batman

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