“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.”
~ Mark Twain.
And here are Amazing Indians facts to support his statement:
1. The Floating Post Office
Amazing India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves over 7,175 people and the floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar was inaugurated in August 2011.
2. Kumbh Mela gathering visible from space
In 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims and the crowd was so huge as it was visible from space.
3. The Wettest Inhabited Place in the World
Mawsynram a village on the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya receives the highest recorded average rainfall in the world in addition to that Cherrapunji also a part of Meghalaya, holds the record for the most rainfall in the calendar year of 1861.
4. Bandra Worli Sealink has steel wires equal to the earth’s circumference
It took a total almost 2,57,00,000 man hours for completion and weighs as much as 50,000 African elephants. A true engineering and architectural marvel.
5. The highest cricket ground in the world
At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.
6. Shampooing is an Amazing Indian concept
Shampoo was invented in Amazing 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.
7. The Indian national Kabaddi team has won all World Cups
India has won all 5 men’s Kabaddi World Cups held till now and have been almost undefeated throughout these tournaments while The Indian women’s team has also won all Kabaddi World Cups held till date.
8. Water on the moon was discovered by Amazing India
In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
9. Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to Ex-Indian President, Dr.Kalam
The father of India’s missile programme had visited Switzerland back in 2006. Upon his arrival, Switzerland declared May 26th as Science Day.
10. Amazing 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 finally 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.
11. 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.
12. Amazing India has a spa just for elephants
Elephants receive baths, massages, and even food at Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre in Kerala.
13. Amazing India is the world’s second largest English speaking country
India is second only to the US when it comes to speaking English with around 125 million people speaking the language which is almost 10% of our population. This is expected to grow furthermore by a margin in the coming years.
14. The world’s largest Producer of Milk
Recently India overtook the European Union with production reaching over 132.4 metric tonnes in 2014.
15. The Human Calculator
Shakuntala Devi was given the title after she demonstrated the calculation of two 13 digit numbers: 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 which were picked randomly. She answered correctly within 28 seconds.
16. Rabindranath Tagore also wrote the national anthem for Bangladesh
Rabindranath Tagore is credited not only for writing the Indian National anthem “Jana Gana Mana” but also Bangladeshi national anthem “Amar Sonar Bangla”. He was offered knighthood by the British but refused the honor after the Jalianwala Bagh massacre.
17. Dhyan Chand was offered German citizenship
After defeating Germany 8-1 in 1936 Berlin Olympics, Major Dhyan Chand the wizard of hockey was summoned by Hitler. He was promised for German citizenship and a high post in their military. In addition to that a chance to play for their National side. However, he declined the offer.
18. Astronaut Rakesh Sharma said saare jahaan se achcha from space
Former PM Indira Gandhi asked the first Indian in space Rakesh Sharma about How India looked from Space. His response was “Saare Jahaan Se Achcha”.
19. Diamonds First mined in Amazing India
India led the world in diamond production. As it only found in the alluvial deposits in Guntur and Krishna District of Krishna River. Delta finally in the 18th century it found in Brazil.
20. Snakes and Ladders originated in Amazing India
Earlier known as Moksha Patamu. The game was initially invented as a moral lesson about karma. To be taught to children finally it was commercialized and has become one of the most popular board games in the world.