What will you do in these 21-day lockdowns?

Mudassir Ali
Apr 08, 2020 01:43 PM 0 Answers
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What will you do in these 21-day lockdowns?

Mudassir Ali
- Apr 08, 2020 01:43 PM

Originally Answered: What are you going to do in this 21 days during lockdown in India?

I love etymology (word origins). For example-

I will tell you the history behind the enigma of the “Patiala peg” and how it came into prominence.

First, what is a Patiala peg? The Patiala peg is a peg of whiskey in which the amount is decided based on the height between the index and little fingers when they are held parallel to one another, against the side of the glass. For example-

So, how did the volume of a whiskey peg get associated with the name of a state in India?

Well, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala was known for his life of opulence. His extravagant parties, his eccentric wishes and his colourful persona was the talk of the town in those days (the early 1900s). The elites of Patiala, due to Maharaja’s regular parties, also got accustomed to the delight that was “whiskey”. As is the nature of the Patialas, they did everything king size, so they started drinking whiskey in copious amounts.

The most awaited parties used to be the ones which were hosted for the British high ranking officials. Whenever the Patiala state was hosting one of the British empires’ dignitaries, the Maharaja made sure that only the finest quality whiskey was to be served.

Now, during these parties, the nobles and elites of Patiala started overconsuming these whiskeys. This led to various embarrassing moments for the Maharaja. He laid a rule that no one from Patiala will be served more than 2 pegs of whiskey. Also, the thickness of the peg will be equal to the breadth of 2 fingers.

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