My country,which has been proud bearing always! Each time when I see my flag flying in other countries or in
the olympics or in any other part of the world,it gives me goosebumps!
Be it in whatever we do,we always do our best and never give up!
Cricket,Hockey,Footballball,Carrom,Heats,Weight-Lifting whatever game,you name it and we have world-class players!!
We know India is famous for jalebis,cricket,hospitality,education,etc..
But there are some facts about India,which most of the Indians are not aware of.
We've embraced so many things from different parts of the world,that many of us will get into a debate if someone tells us that these are not 'OUR INVENTIONS'
Don't fight with me if I tell you 'the game' which we have all played by breaking our neighbour's windows isn't ours
nor are the rajma (red kidney beans) which is our daily dinner supplement for chappathi!
So let's find some hidden facts
I bet everyone of us would have got our school shoes or sandals from this famous shoe-shopping destination called 'BATA'
which we all think is an Indian firm,but is actually owned by a Switzerland company.
Chess was actually invented in India and the word is derived from a sankrit chaturanga, meaning “four members of an army”—which were mostly
likely elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers.
The biggest and the largest employer in the world is Indian railways employing over a million people.
It is illegal to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.
India leads the world with the most murders (32,719), with Russia taking second at 28,904 murders per year.
The longest station name on the Indian Railways is Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta
The world's first 100% vegetarian McDonald's opened in India and so did KFC and Pizza Hut.
Samosas,which we can find anywhere in any street of India isn't ours either,They are hoped to have come from Central Asia!
According to the “The Oxford Companion to Food” the Indian samosa is merely the best known of an entire family of stuffed pastries or dumplings popular from Egypt and Zanzibar to Central Asia and West China.’ – www.samosa-connection.com
100 million people come to India's Kumbh Mela Festival, the world's biggest gathering of humans.
Silk: Does your mother have a huge collection of authentic silk sarees from south India? Silk was brought to India centuries ago by a Chinese trader,
all silkworms in India descended from that one Chinese pair!
An Indian man claims he hasn't eaten or drunk for 70 years. After many tests, doctors still don't know how it's possible.
Breathing the air in Mumbai, India, for just one day is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes
The world's biggest family lives together in India: a man with 39 wives and 94 children.
A man married a dog in India as atonement.
Police officers in one state in India are given a slight pay upgrade for having a moustache.
India has more mobile phones than toilets
In,West Bengal, India, cows must have a Photo ID Card.
Potatoes: It is tough to imagine a curry without potatoes and tomatoes in India.
But potatoes came to India only 400 years ago and tomatoes were first used in India as late as the 19th century!
Cricket: Originally from England, India now accounts for 70-80% of ICC’s income.
Now Cricket is a widely followed religion in India and Sachin Tendulkar is our god.
Chinese fast food: Of course, it comes from China. But the Gobhi Machurian you learned to cook is only an improvement upon the authentic Chinese food.
The momos/ dimsums/ dumplings you relish on the streets are all a part of Chinese cuisine.
Maggi: A hosteller’s guide to survival, Maggi is India’s favourite 2-minute meal. You could add your own vegetables to it and get creative with garnishing too.
Owned by Nestlé since 1947, the original company was founded in Switzerland in 1872 by Julius Maggi.
Red kidney beans: Your favourite ‘rajma-chawal’, which you thought was a typical Punjabi cuisine, really comes from Peru!
‘They’re part of a larger group called “common beans,” which were cultivated as early as 8,000 years ago. Grown in Colonial America,
kidney beans were cultivated by Acadian farmers in Louisiana in the late 1700s and planted by Spanish settlers. Haitians emigrating to
New Orleans in the late 1700s brought spicy Caribbean recipes for beans and rice.Enslaved African plantation workers along the Mississippi River also ate meals of spicy red beans and rice.’ – www.camelliabrand.com
The Beating Retreat: After the Republic Day, the Beating Retreat makes us proud of our armed forces.
This practice dates back to the 16th century England and was used to recall nearby patrolling units to their castles.
Chickpeas: Chickpeas or channa are prepared during festivals and are also offered in temples.
The channa however, came to India from the Middle East, from Turkey or Syria through Iran.
Tea: Chai deserves to be the national beverage of India. Originally from China,
tea was popularised in India by the British as competition to the Chinese monopoly in the tea trade.