‘Incredible India’, never fails to amuse us. As famous the country is for its vivid lifestyles and huge diversities, it is also a home for some of the first amazing things that took their birth. As quoted by Mark Twain, “So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.”
Let us look at a few of the facts that prove his quote to be true:
1. It was the Indians who first discovered water on the Moon
Chandrayaan- 1 launched by ISRO, detected water on the moon for the first time in September 2009. Using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper, Chandrayaan helped India to be the first country to do this.
2. First rocket in India was transported on a bicycle
The first rocket made in India was apparently so small and lightweight that a person transported it to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on a bicycle.
3. Second-largest English speaking country
With about 125 million people in our country speaking English, India ranks second in the world's most English speaking countries after USA.
4. Largest producer of milk in the world
132.4m tonnes of milk was produced in 2014, surpassing the European Union in terms of production. Amazing, right?
5. Science day in Switzerland is celebrated on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's birthday
The person behind the missile mission in India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam visited Switzerland on 26th May 2006. As a homage to this father of science, Switzerland declared this day as Science Day in their country. Such a proud thing, isn't it?
6. Home for the highest cricket ground in the World
Built in 1863, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh is by far the highest cricket ground in the world. Located at an altitude of 2,444 meters, this ground is a part of the Chail Military School.
7. Floating post office
Located on the beautiful Dal Lake of Srinagar, this floating post office was inaugurated in August 2011. One of the special features of this post office is that the letters posted from this place have a picture of one of the most beautiful sceneries of Srinagar on them.
8. Human Calculator - Shakuntala Devi
Do you know how much is 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 ?
I'm sure half of you even skipped reading the entire number. But, believe me or not, Shakuntala Devi solved this within 28 seconds with the correct answer. I'm not joking! She is really a human calculator!
9. Vegetarian friendly country
Be it the religious choices or the diet choices, about 20-40% of the Indians are vegetarian.
10. Spas just for elephants
Yeah, you read it right! There is a spa service centre at Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre in Kerala which is meant only for the elephants. Here the elephants are taken good care of and are given baths, massages and food. Truly, Incredible India!
11. Shampooing all the way!
Shampoo, derived from the Sanskrit word champu, was first invented in India. In the earlier days, they used to make use of the herbal products to make it and devised a system called shampooing which involves cleaning of your hair with a shampoo.
12. 50% salary
The first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad took only 50% of this salary claiming he did not require more than that.
13. Saare Jahaan Se Accha
These were the first words spoken by Rakesh Sharma when Smt. Indira Gandhi questioned him about how India looks like, from the moon. Saare Jahaan Se Accha.
14. German Citizenship offered to Dhyan Chand
After witnessing the jaw-dropping performance of the hockey wizard, Dhyan Chand in the Brazil Olympics, he was summoned by Hitler. Hitler offered him a German citizenship, high post in their military and a chance to play from their side. Dhyan Chand, however, rejected this proposal and continued playing for India. True sportsmanship!
15. National Anthem of Bangaldesh
Rabindranath Tagore who acclaimed many praises for our National Anthem is also the writer of the National Anthem of Bangladesh
16. Sugar was first tasted in India
It was our Indians who first devised a method for crystallization, extraction and purification of sugar in the world.
17. First Diamond ever
Alluvial deposits in Guntur and Krishna District of the Krishna River Delta were the only home to diamonds until they were discovered in Brazil in the 18th century.
18. Special polling booth
Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas, the only voter in Gir Forest since 2004, gets a special polling booth installed only for him every time there is voting.
19. Kabaddi Champions
Though the national game of India is Hockey, both the Men and Women Kabaddi teams have by far won all the World Cups organised.
20. Architectural magic, Bandra Worli Sea link
Weighing as much as 50,000 African elephants and the hard work of 2,57,00,000 man hours for its completion, it is one of the beauties created by man. The steel wires of this link combined are as long as the Earth's circumference. Whoa!
21. Maha Kumbh Mela
The number of visitors to this spectacular religious festival was so huge that it was visible right from the space. Astonishing!
22. Rainiest place in the world
Mawsynram of Meghalaya followed by Cherrapunji hold the record for the most amount of rainfall in a year.
23. Snakes and Ladders
Popularly known as Moksha Patamu in the earlier days, this popular board game was first invented in India to teach about karma to the kids.
24. Freddie Mercury and Ben Kingsley
Legendary singer of the rock band 'Queen', Freddie Mercury was born in a Parsi family with the name Farrokh Bulsara, while Krishna Pandit Bhanji is the Indian Name of the Oscar award-winning star Ben Kingsley.
25. Havell's India
Multi-billion electrical goods company, Havell's is a pure Indian company and is named after its original owner Haveli Ram Gupta.