What is Qwikipedia?

Ever been on Wikipedia to look up an article? More often than not, we start with one topic, click on 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

Tacloban —> Brahmaputra river

Tacloban

The mention of Tacloban brings back memories of the Super Typhoon Yolanda(Haiyan) which hit the Philippines in 2013. What was once the capital of the Philippines between 1944 and 1945, was largely destroyed by the Typhoon. Tacloban is the capital and seat of government of the Region of Eastern Visayas. 

It is about 580 km southeast of Manila, the present capital of the Philippines. People in this region speak the Tagalog language.

Tagalog

Widely spoken in the Calabarzon and Mimaropa regions of the Philippines, Tagalog’s standardized form is officially named Filipino. Filipino and English are the two official languages of the Philippines. This language has words from Sanskrit, Hokkien, Japanese, Arabic and various Altaic languages.

The merchants from Turkestan who used the Silk Road trade and settled in the Philippines were probably responsible for the impact of the Altaic languages on Filipino.

Silk Road

The trade and cultural transmission routes in the regions of Asia from China to Mediterranean Sea which connected the West and East is referred to as the Silk Road or Silk Route.

Traders, Merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads and dwellers  were benefited by this during the various periods of time.  This 4000 miles Silk Road is named so after the China silk trade which was very prominent along its length.  The Silk Road comprised of several routes, one of which being the southwest route. This is believed to be the Ganges/Brahmaputra Delta. 

Brahmaputra

Brahmaputra or Tsangpo-Brahmaputra is one of the major rivers of Asia. It flows through Bangladesh, China, Tibet and India. Dibang River, Lohit river, Dhansiri River, Kameng River, Raidak river, Jaldhaka river and Teesta river are the tributaries of this 2900km-long river.

Most rivers in India have female names but this river has a male name, Brahmaputra(meaning Son of Brahma in Sanskrit)

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Tacloban —> Tagalog —> Silk Road —> Brahmaputra

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

Wednesday’s Wanderer

Bhangarh —> Great Dane

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