Govinda Babu wasn’t very subtle when he pointed out there are things that happen ONLY in India.
“It happens only in India,” he sang to a racy tune.
To this end, there’s still a lot that goes on in India that the world doesn’t hear of. We’ve lined up 25 facts about India that make it the colorful land it is.
25. India was the first country where Diamonds were mined
The first diamonds were mined from Guntur and Krishna District of the Krishna River Delta. Before diamond deposits were discovered in Brazil, India was the world’s largest diamond producer.
24. Snakes and Ladders is an Indian invention
It used to be called the Moksha Patamu and the concept was to teach kids about Karma.
23. India is home to a Human Calculator
Shakuntla Devi of India successfully completed multiplication of two 13 digit numbers picked at random within 28 seconds. She bagged the record, deservedly.
22. India holds the largest number of Vegetarians
Around 20% to 40% of Indians are vegetarian, the largest for any country.
21. Indians gave the world the Sweet Tooth
India was first to purify and extract sugar for household use.
20. India discovered water on the Moon
India’s Chandrayaan- 1 employed its Moon Mineralogy Mapper to discover water on moon for the first time.
19. India is home to the Wettest city where people live
Forget Seattle! Mawsynram on the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya has the record for highest average rainfall in the world.
18. India has a Floating Post Office
To serve the surroundings of Dal Lake, Srinagar, a floating post office was inaugurated in August 2011.
17. India is second on the list of Largest English speaking population
125 million people of India speak English; the country follows USA with the highest number of English speakers through just 10% of it total population.
16. Indian legend Dhyan Chand was offered German citizenship by Hitler
He said No. But he was offered German citizenship and a high position in the military so he could play for the German team.
15. Ben Kingsley and Freddie Mercury are of Indian descent
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji to a father of Gijrati descent. Freddie Mercury, was born a Parsi with the name Farrokh Bulsara, and spent his teens in India.
14. India’s first President declined 50% of his Salary
Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India claimed he just needed 50% of his salary, which amounted to just Rs 5,000.
13. India is an eternal Kabadi Champion
Both men’s and women’s National Kabbadi teams of India have won all Kabbadi World Cups held till date.
12. India gave you Shampooing
The word Shampoo comes from Sanskrit word “champu” which means massage of the head. The first shampoos were made in India from herbs.
11. India has the highest cricket ground in the World
Built in 1893 as part of the Chail Military School, the Chail Cricket Ground is at an elevation of 2,444 meters in the city of Chail, Himachal Pradesh.
10. India has a Rejuvenation Center dedicated to Elephants
At the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre, Kerala, elephants receive massages, baths and food.
9. India is the world’s largest producer of Milk
India’s production totalled over 132.4m tonnes in 2014.
8. Rabindarnath Tegore didn’t just write India’s National Anthem..
..he wrote Bangladesh’s too. “Amar Sonar Bangla” was written by the legend for his neighbours.
7. India’s first rocket was carried on a Bicycle
It was so small it was carried to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, on a bicycle.
6. The Bandra Worli Sealink in India contains enough Steel Wires to Circumference the Earth
.. that says it all!
5. Personal Polling Stations
Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas from Banej in Gir forest has an exclusive polling station to himself, as he’s the only registered voter in the area. He has been voting since 2004.
His visit to Switzerland on May 26th, 2005 was declared the national Science Day, as they consider him the father of India’s missile program.
3. The Kumbh Mela is visible from Space
In 2011, 75 million pilgrims attended the Kumbh Mela, and the humongous crowd was visible from space. No wonder the children get lost at the Kumbh Mela in all those Bollywood flicks!
2. Havell’s Company originated in India
It’s still named after its original owner, Haveli Ram Gupta, who sold it for Rs. 10 lac.
1. India looks the Best from the Moon
Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian space was asked by Indira Gandhi how India looked from space. His response? “Saray Jahan Say Acha”..
I admit this one’s a little tongue-in-cheek clad as a fact, but worth its while!