Friday, December 17, 2010

Pat, Pat, Pat

Once upon a time (or not ) long long ago cousins fought each other. Five on one side and hundred on the other. The Pandavas and the Kauravas. The Kauravas by their craftiness managed to exile the Fivers for twelve years and one more year of exile in hiding. After returning from that the Pandavas demanded their share in the kingdom. The eldest of the Kauravas refused. The Fivers said that just give us five villages: Inderpat, Panipat, Sonipat, Maripat and Baghpat. The resident brother said that he shall not concede the equivalent of a pinhead! Result? Mahabharat, the Great Indian Battle. (Since it is verbal history we have taken only slight liberty in our favour as others take slight liberty in their favour.)

Maripat and Tilpat are both on the outskirts of modern Inderpat, that is, Delhi for you. Maripat is in Uttar Pradesh. It used to be in District Bulandshahr but fell into the newly created district of Ghaziabad in 1975AC. At present it falls into District Gautam Budh Nagar. Greater Noida is the same area. Tilpat is in District Faridabad of Haryana.

Suppose a person from Haryana is writing a MediaWiki. How will he enumerate the five villages? Here it is:
  1. Indraprastha इन्द्रप्रस्थ (Purana Qila) - Delhi
  2. Panprastha पणप्रस्थ (Panipat) - Haryana
  3. Sonprastha सोणप्रस्थ (Sonipat) - Haryana
  4. Tilprastha तिलप्रस्थ (Tilpat) - Haryana
  5. Vyagprastha व्यागप्रस्थ (Baghpat) - Uttar Pradesh
See how unfair to Maripat?