- In August 1947 India gained its independence from the British after a long and grueling fight.
- In 1950 Rabindranath Tagore’s composition The Jana Gana Mana was recognized in India as the national anthem.
- The word ‘shampoo’ is actually Indian. It derives from the word ‘Champu’, a Sanskrit word for ‘massage’.
- There are 844 dialects in India of the total 17 major languages spoken.
- India is 1.27 million sq. miles which makes it the 7th largest country in the entire world, but still 3 times smaller than the U.S.
- The Lotus Temple in Delhi has 27 enormous petals covered in marble.
- In complete opposition to other women in India, Widows would wear white instead of colorful fabrics.
- About 70% of the world’s animal spices come from India.
- India is the only country who has never attacked any country in its history.
- A Bichiya is a wedding ring unlike the rest of the worlds; the jewelry is worn on the toe.
- India has the lowest divorce rate even with arranged marriages still being the most common type of marriage.
- The Victoria Cross was granted to 38 Indians after WWII.
- A blocked toilet was the cause of a Jesus statue’s dripping base in India that many would drink due to the belief it was spiritual.
- A world record was set in 2016 for planting almost 50 million trees in 24 hours in India.
- A meteor struck an Indian bus driver and killing him in 2016.
- A Mumbai thief was forced to consume 48 bananas by police after he was caught and swallowed a stolen chain.
- The word ‘candy’ comes from the Indian word for crystallized sugar; Khanda.
- The worlds most recognized Indian dish; the Tikka Masala, is actually a British invention deriving from Scotland.
- In India, the moustache is classed as a respected symbol of authority with certain positions, with policemen even receiving more pay just simply for having a moustache.
- Every cow must have a Photo ID in West Bengal due to issues with smuggling the species.
- Since 2004, a polling station is erected in a forest for one voter, a temple priest, to cast his vote.
- Over 23,000 people speak a language called ‘anal’ or Namfu in India and Burma.
- One Indian airline only hires female hostesses to save on fuel due to their lesser weight.
- Over 100,000 people get fed at a temple in India simply for turning up. There is no requirement but the meals are always vegetarian.
- In 2017, Odisha reached a staggering 114 °F (45.5 °C); one resident was seen cooking an egg in an oiled frying pan directly on the street without any fire or heat source other than the temperature outdoors.
A melting pot of religions, languages and cultures engulf the cities of India and a tourist this is a sight to behold. The country’s development can literally be seen as you travel from place to place, going higher and higher as others have so little.
Wherever you go in India you’re bound to find something to amaze you, whether good or bad, and that’s the charm of one of the most populous countries across the world the simplicity and complexity.
Remember to watch your actions though and keep in line with even the strangest of laws or you’ll potentially face some unusual punishments.
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