Apart from being the second most populated country and the seventh largest in the world, how much do you know of India? These interesting facts will surprise you.
1. One Of The Wettest Places In The World
Meghalaya, located in the North-East of India, is one of the wettest places in the world, receiving rainfall up to 11,872 millimeters (467.4 in) annually.
2. A Floating Post Office
India has the largest postal service in the world; it’s not surprising that they even have a floating post office situated on the Dal Lake in Kashmir.
3. Bandra Worli Sealink’s Steel Wires Equal The Earth’s Circumference
Yes lay down the wires holding the seal link up and they will cover a distance good enough to encircle the globe. This massive structure took 2,57,00,000 man hours to complete and weighs as much as 50,000 African elephants.
4. Shampooing Was An Indian Concept
The concept of Shampooing first started in India where people used to use herbs to wash their hair. The word shampoo itself it derived from the Sanskrit word “champu”.
5. Discovered Water On the Moon
India’s space shuttle ‘ISRO Chandrayaan- 1’ was the first to detect water on the moon using its mineralogy mapper in September 2009.
6. Science Day In Switzerland
May 26th, 2006, Ex-Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam arrived in Switzerland. This day has since been declared the science day for the country.
7. A Cycle Was Used To Transport The First Rocket
Since the rocket was small it was transported to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on a bicycle.
8. Second Largest English Speaking Country
125 million people in India talk in English, a number only second to the US. English is also used in official communication along with the local language of the region.
9. Spa For Elephants
Probably the only country that has this facility, the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre in Kerala gives elephants a royal spa holiday.
10. The World’s Largest Producer Of Milk
India produced 132.4m tonnes in 2014, surpassing Europe by a huge margin.
11. The First Country To Consume Sugar
India is the first country to extract and purify sugar.
12. Largest Number Of Vegetarians In The World
A fact that will make PETA smile; 20-40% of the population of India are pure vegetarians, making it the largest vegetarian friendly country in the world.
13. The Human Calculator
It took Shakuntla Devi 28 seconds to solve, 686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 granting her the title of the Human Calculator.
14. Dhyan Chand Was Offered German Citizenship
During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Hitler was so impressed by this wizard of hockey that he offered him a citizenship as well as a spot in the German national side. He patriotically refused the offer after hammering the Germans 8-1.
15. Freddie Mercury And Ben Kingsley Are Both Of Indian Descent
Freddie the iconic front man of ‘Queen’ was a Parsi born with the name Farrokh Bulsara while Oscar winner Kingsley was Krishna Pandit Bhanji.
16. Havell’s Is Purely An Indian Brand
It was bought for just 10 lakh Indian Rupees and now is a multi-billion dollar electrical goods company. Haveli Ram Gupta was the person who founded it.
17. Diamonds Were First Mined In India
They led the world in Diamond production and were eventually found in alluvial deposits in Guntur and Krishna District of the Krishna River Delta. Till the 18th century, India was the leader in diamond production until they were also found in Brazil.
18. Snakes And Ladders
It started as a lesson on Karma and was later turned into a board game and commercialized by the west.
19. Founded The Base Of Mathematics
India invented the number system and Aryabhatta the digit zero.
20. Inventors of Chess
Chess was invented in India and the original word for “chess” is the Sanskrit chaturang.
21. Largest Producer Of Hardware
India leads the world in producing computer hardware products.
22. Diversity In Wealth
More than a million Indians are millionaires, while 35% of the population lives below poverty line.
23. Movie Industry
India has the world’s largest movie industry in the world in Mumbai called “The city of dreams”.
24. Plastic Surgery
The first account of Plastic surgery is recorded in an ancient Sanskrit text dating back to around 800 BCE.
25. Peace with Nations
India has never invaded any other country in its 100,000 years of history.
26. Home Of Yoga
Yoga originated in India nearly 5000 years ago.
27. Food Delivery System
The Mumbai Dabbawalla’s, deliver about 200,000 lunches to people across the city, using cycles and the local trains, every single day. The Dabbawalla’s are a six sigma organization and do not use technology to track each lunch. A Dabbawala will go to the person’s house, collect his lunch and deliver it to his office in time for lunch, still hot.
28. World’s Biggest Gathering Of Humans
The Kumbh Mela is a pilgrimage undertaken by Hindu’s and is held once every 3 years. It is the largest peaceful gathering of humans which can be as big as 100 million people.
29. The Railways
The Indian Railways is the largest employer on the planet with 1.4 million employees.
In order to deal with the population in Mumbai, they built a new city called ‘Navi- Mumbai’. This is the largest planned township in the world.