Google, Modi, and the Game of Monopoly


Google, Modi, and the Game of Monopoly

Illustration: Akshita Monga


eptember 4. This momentous day has gone down in history books as the day mankind reached a turning point. No, this isn’t the day the wheel was invented or the day the printing press put out its first pamphlet. On September 4, 1998, a couple of Stanford University students with the last names Brin and Page, filed paperwork to register the odd-named company Google.

To paraphrase, the rest is the present. I researched even this little factoid through a Google search. You know you’ve achieved cultural intrinsicness when a proper noun becomes a verb, just the way “just fucking Google it” has. Just like “Uncle ek Bisleri dena” or “Uncle do Xerox nikalna” before it: A metonym; a product, an idea, distilled down to a brand name.