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!

Monday’s Marauder

Mandarin Chinese —> Mother Teresa

Mandarin Chinese

The most widely-spoken language in the world with almost one billion speakers, Mandarin Chinese refers to type of Chinese spoken across northern and south-western China. The word Mandarin is possibly derived from the Sanskrit word mantrin meaning minister or counsellor. Besides being the official language of China, it is also one of the official languages of Taiwan and Singapore.


Officially known as the Republic of China (China is officially known as the People’s Republic of China), Taiwan is the first constitutional republic in Asia. The city of Taipei is the capital as well as the economic and cultural centre in Taiwan. Though the island of Taiwan has been independent since 1950, China still considers it a rebel region that should be reunited with the mainland. Taiwan is a major producer of computer technology.


You know that Asia, the largest (about 4.44 crore square km) continent on Earth, is the most populous (approximately 4 billion people) one, too. But did you know in the 20th century Asia’s population nearly quadrupled?! Asia is known for its rich cultural heritage, and was home to various Nobel laureates like Rabindranath Tagore and Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa

Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Albania, Mother Teresa became an icon of philanthropy in the course of her life, even winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. At the age of 18, she arrived in India in 1929. She began schools, hospices and home for the lesser fortunate and started counselling programs. However, Mother Teresa has also been accused of failing to provide painkillers and her views on suffering

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Mandarin Chinese —> Taiwan —> Asia —> Mother Teresa

Three clicks! Hop over. It’s time for the next question:

Tuesday’s Traveller

Instagram —> The Hague

Send in your paths for the above to school@thehindu.co.in with the subject “Qwikipedia”. Do include your name, class and school!


R. Jayanth of Class 11, The Oxford Senior Secondary School, Bengaluru was able to find an alternate path for today’s question. Here it is:

Mandarin Chinese —> Sanskrit —> Kolkata —> Mother Teresa