“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
These are not our words. These are the words of the great Mark Twain. And here are some Indians facts to support his statement:
- The Tajmahal is believed to be built over a temple which was sealed by the rulers of that time.
- The scriptures of India ie the Vedas were written way before any nation knew how to read and write.
- The idea of cloning and test tube babies is actually mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita.
- The sacred Hanuman Chalisa precisely counts the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
- The Stones actually float in the river in the city of Rameshwaram even if the density of rock is bigger than that of water. Scientists have not been able to solve the mystery but the reason is mentioned in the sacred Ramayana.
- The flawless flame of Goddess Jwala in Kangra stands intact and lit since it was lighted and that is about thousands and thousands of years ago.
- Shampooing is an Indian concept.
Shampoo was invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the method by use of herbs. The word ‘shampoo’ itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage.
India has its own secret society called the ” Nine Unknown Men”
which was actually created by Asoka the great to hold up important and very secret information between them. Nobody knows their whereabouts at present.
- The beloved snack of India, the Samosa is actually a dish that is banned in Somalia because it looks like a Christian trinity.
- The Parle-G has never increased its price for a decade now. It was launched in the year 1996.
- The annual turnover of Haldiram is more than the combined turnover of Dominos and McDonald.
- The game of chess hails from India.
- Bandra Worli Sealink has steel wires equal to the earth’s circumference.
It took a total of 2,57,00,000 man hours for completion and also weighs as much as 50,000 African elephants. A true engineering and architectural marvel.
- India’s first President only took 50% of his salary.
When Dr. Rajendra Prasad was appointed the President of India, he only took 50% of his salary, claiming he did not require more than that. Towards the end of his 12-year tenure, he only took 25% of his salary. The salary of the President was Rs 10,000 back then.
- The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle
The first rocket was so light and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
- The world’s largest producer of milk.
India recently overtook the European Union with production reaching over 132.4m tonnes in 2014.
- Dhyan Chand was offered German citizenship.
After defeating Germany 8-1 in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Major Dhyan Chand, the wizard of hockey, was summoned by Hitler. He was promised German citizenship, a high post in the German military and the chance to play for the German national side. Dhyan Chand, however, declined the offer.
- Freddie Mercury and Ben Kingsley are both of Indian descent.
Freddie Mercury, the legendary singer of the rock band ‘Queen’ was born a Parsi with the name Farrokh Bulsara while the famous Oscar-winning Hollywood star Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji.
- Havell’s is purely an Indian brand & named after its first owner.
Though the company was bought for just 10 lakh Rupees a long time ago and is now a multi-billion electrical goods company, it’s an Indian company and is still named after its original owner, Haveli Ram Gupta.