At Least It’s Not Called Mil­ligram

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The res­i­dents of Mil­len­nium City should heave a sigh of re­lief that the area will merely morph from Gur­gaon to Gu­ru­gram. The city and sur­round­ing dis­trict could well have been con­ferred a mul­ti­syl­labic new-old ap­pel­la­tion in­stead, as hap­pened in the case of Tiruchi­rap­palli — for­merly Trichy, not to be con­fused with Thris­sur, ear­lier known as Trichur — and many other In­dian cities. Haryana has com­mend­ably re­strained it­self to re­des­ig­nat­ing just two dis­tricts, the other be­ing Me­wat that has been fur­ther short­ened to Nuh. For­tu­nately, de­spite the pur­ported mytho­log­i­cal prove­nance of Haryana’s sec­ond city that para­dox­i­cally for­ever re­mains a vil­lage, no sug­ges­tions for Gur­gaon to be re­named Dronacharya­gram have ap­par­ently been prof­fered or ac­cepted. If pro­nounced with the right for­eign-re­turned ac­cent, Gu­ru­gram ex­udes a cer­tain cool hip­ster vibe. So much so that, had Haryana chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar not grabbed the name dou­ble quick, it could well have been com­man­deered by tech-savvy denizens of that very conur­ba­tion prob­a­bly to be be­stowed on an app on the lines of In­sta­gram, as some in the Twit­ter­verse have al­ready averred. It is, how­ever, most prov­i­den­tial that the state au­thor­i­ties did not de­cide to have a bit of both worlds — the mil­len­nial and ru­ral — and rename the city Mil­ligram.

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