Friday, January 11, 2008

Honolulu

> Hello, Devi Prasad hain ? Meri macchli ka kya hua.
> Arey cha-maila, nahi hai, tumhara macchhi pakadne Timbuktoo gaya hai !

Every culture has a few places that one can send there enemies to ! Ancient Greeks made fun of Abdera, Jews make fun of Chelm, Americans have Oshkosh & more recently, Afghanistan !
In addition to sounding funny these places are famous for their peculiarities. Like I found -

Timbuktu : means a place almost at the other end of the world, resp. the Sahara. A city in west africa. Founded in the 11th century by the Tuareg, it became a major trading center (primarily for gold and salt) by the 14th century. The fame of Timbuktu first spread far and wide when it became part of the Mali Empire in the fourteenth century. Sultan Mansa Musa, the Mali ruler, attracted the outside world's notice in 1324 with his opulent pilgrimage from Timbuktu to Mecca and back. He had tens of thousands of attendants and fifteen thousand camels carrying food, salt, perfume, and gold. After that, the wealth of Timbuktu seemed truly fabulous.

Honolulu : capital as well as the most populous community of the State of Hawaii, United States. In the Hawaiian language, honolulu means "sheltered bay" or "place of shelter." Hawaii is the most isolated land mass on earth [map] situated in the pacific ocean, miles away from the american continent .

[source : answers.com, wikipedia]

So Honolulu's usage might correlate with its position in the middle of nowhere, Timbuktu would have been a very famous distant land in medieval India (given our appetite for all that glitters).

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