Sri Lanka only became an island in 1480, when a cyclone destroyed the land bridge connecting it to mainland India. earth.esa.int/web/earth-w…
Curry was introduced to Japan by the British. The British brought curry from India back to Britain and introduced it to Japan after it ended its policy of self-isolation. Curry in Japan is categorized as a Western dish wikipedia.org/wiki/curry
Sushruta, the first known plastic surgeon specialized in rhinoplasty i.e. nose reconstruction. This was important in ancient India as convicted criminals and women accused of adultry had their noses amputated as a mark of untrustworthiness. Rhinoplasty offered them a chance to escape the stigma. ancient.eu/sushruta/
Northern India uses Naan and Southern India prefers rice and use different spices and styles. food52.com/blog/12848-the…
Since India has more than 400 million vegetarians, every packaged food or toothpaste in India must have a mark to distinguish whether it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The vegetarian symbol is a green square with a green dot in the centre while the non vegetarian is the same in red. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veg…
In the 20th century India lost more than 95% of its vulture population. The deaths are due to a medication for cows that is poisonous to the birds. The loss of vultures had increased the spread of disease and vermin populations. Also Parsi sky burials have had to be cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
India has the highest ratio of female airline pilots (12%) in the world. cnn.com/travel/article/al…
There was a man eating Leopard who killed over 150 people in British India in the early 20th century. The leopard reportedly killed a victim once every 2–3 days, each time in a different area to the last, with the killings sometimes taking place 20–30 miles apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Shampoo is a word derived from "champu" which is made from shikakai , hibiscus, arappu (Albizzia amara) in India. Colonial traders cleansed hair, body daily with it and introduced it in Europe after returning from India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
There is a Sikh Temple in Punjab India that feeds tens of thousands of people per day for free regardless of your age, race, religion, or nationality that is solely run by volunteers. youtube.com/watch?v=qdoJr…
A female tiger in India and Nepal killed over 400 people in early 1900's smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about "solar canals" project in India, wherein Solar panels are placed over irrigational canals. This helps to reduce water loss due to evaporation, covered top reduces algae bloom in the water with the added advantage of less land to be acquired. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Britain did not send a Men's Field Hockey team to the summer olympics between 1928 & 1947, fearing embarrassment as their (former) colony was considered the better team. When they first met in 1948, post Indian Independence, Britain lost the Finals to India 4- 0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
Nose jobs were performed in ancient India. The earliest example was in 6th century B.C. where a piece of the patient's cheek was used to fashion a new nose. Nose jobs didn't become normal in the west until syphilis came about as advanced syphilis leaves a hole in the sufferer's face/nose. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
India requires voting booths within 2 km of every registered voter. This means some poll workers trek for days through mountains and jungles to reach small, remote villages, sometimes for only a single registered voter. cbc.ca/news/world/india-e…
A Mughal emperor, Akbar, hated religious intolerance so much he tried to combine all of India's religions into Din-i Ilahi (Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Jainism, and Buddhism) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
After a fatal motorcycle accident in India, the pΠΎlΡ–ce took the bike to a nearby station, but on numerous occasions, it disappeared before dawn and was found back at the accident site. A shrine dedicated to the bike was then built at the site, with hundreds praying there daily for a safe journey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_…
Awardees of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor, are entitled to a lifetime of free first-class tickets on Air India. factly.in/benefits-given-…
Fruit punch was invented as an alternative to beer by men working for the British East India Company. This is because the beer on their ships went bad when they reached the Indian Ocean. They ended up using rum, fruit, and spices available in their new location to create punch. history.com/news/the-surp…
140 million years ago, India was part of an immense supercontinent called Gondwana, in the Southern Hemisphere. About 80 million years ago, it accelerated its drift to Eurasia at about 15cm per year β€” about twice as fast as the fastest modern tectonic drift. The impact created the Himalayas. earthsky.org/earth/myster…
Norman Borlaug has been credited with saving over a billion people from starvation by his use of genetic crossbreeding to greatly increase crop yield in places like Mexico, India, Pakistan, and China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The 1947 British partition of India was driven by fear of civil war. Yet, in haste, borders went unannounced for days after Independence Day. As a result, Hindus didn't know if they would wake up one day in Pakistan, or Muslims in India. 15 million were displaced and over a million died in chaos newyorker.com/magazine/20…
200 years before Columbus, two Italian brothers also attempted to find a new way to India by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in 1291. They were never heard from again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
India is the world's largest Banana Producer (almost 30% of total global production), with most produced for local consumption. Though Cavendish (locally called as Morris) is the largest sold variant, India has a number of other banana variants regularly consumed. apeda.in/agriexchange/Mar…
The Hindu Festival of Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated across India around the same days, but different parts of India have different back stories, but with common theme, victory of Good over Evil and Light over Darkness. Overall, Diwali is celebrated as Festival of Lights. Happy Diwali Folks!! kids.nationalgeographic.c…
In 1872, a group of hunters in India captured and 'saved' a 6-year-old feral boy they saw trailing behind a pack of wolves in the forest. The boy only ate meat, despised wearing clothes, sharpened his teeth on bones and communicated in animal noises. He might've served as inspiration for Mowgli history.com/news/6-famous…
Although polygamy is illegal in India since 1956, while adoption if someone has multiple wives then the senior wife is chosen as the legal mother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
Today I learned about the Karni Mata Temple, an hindu temple located in the state of Rajasthan, India. It houses 25.000 black rats which are revered and considered sacred, so much so that eating food which has been nibbled on by them is considered to be an honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
In 2013, a wild male tiger walked right up to a tiger enclosure at a zoo in India. Attracted by a captive female, the zookeepers let him in through a door in the enclosure. He stayed for a month, then escaped by jumping the fence, then returned a few weeks later. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The word "Thug" originated from the name given to large gangs of professional robbers and murders in India. The first use of the term goes back to 1352, and the gangs were in operation until the 1870's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
Today I learned about "Hunterwali", a 85 year old female superhero solo movie. It was the most successful movie of 1935 in its home country India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Today I learned about Ashvamedha, a ritualistic horse sacrifice in ancient India where a horse is allowed to wander for 1 year protected by the king's guards. If no rivals manage to kill or steal the horse after a year, it is returned and sacrificed in the city capital, legitimizing the soverignty of the king. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
In 2010 a land dispute between India and Bangladesh was solved by rising sea levels. The New Moore Island/South Talpatti in the Sunderbans was completely submerged by water and vanished thus solving the dispute. theguardian.com/world/cif…
There is a all women vigilanty group in India called the Gulabi Gang that hunt down men who commit crimes against women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
Oommen Chandy, a top governmental official in India, installed webcams in his office and chamber, and posted the live feeds online for everyone to see in order to create an atmosphere of transparency digitaltrends.com/web/pub…
67% of prisoners in India have not had a trial due largely in part to the 25+ million backlogged cases. It is estimated that with the current amount of judges it would take at least 12 years to clear the pending cases. firstpost.com/india/numbe…
, that the British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India, a barrier meant to enforce taxes. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There was a war between India and Portugal in 1961 and 52 soldiers were KIA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The Hope Diamond, which originated in India, was purchased in 1666 by French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. Tavernier sold it to King Louis XIV in 1668. It was stolen in 1791 and was recut and renamed by a London banking family called Hope in 1839. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
Persian Emperor Nader Shah plundered so much loot during his invasion of Mughal India that he stopped taxation of Iran for the next 3 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…
There was a tax imposed on the lower caste and untouchable Hindu women in present-day Kerala state of India if they wanted to cover their breasts in public, until 1924. The tax was evaluated by the tax collectors depending on the size of their breasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
There are many people in countries like Turkey, Indonesia and India that do not use a surname en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 18th Century India, the Kingdom of Mysore and the Maratha Empire once practiced "Rocket Executions," which involved tying the condemned to rockets and launching them into the air, with the resultant fall killing them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Today I learned about the "Antilia", the world's largest private home built by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and located in Mumbai, India. It is 173m (568ft) tall and has over 37,000 square meters (400,000 sq ft) of living space, 27 floors, a 168-car garage, 9 elevators, a Hindu temple and a 50-seat theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
A village in Rajasthan, India plants 111 trees for every girl child born in that village and now they have a whole forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
The Toda tribal people from South India practiced polyandry for centuries. A Toda woman when married was automatically married to her husband's brothers. When the wife became pregnant, one husband would ceremonially give a bow and arrow to the wife, and would be the father of that child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
In 1971 an Indian Airlines flight was hijacked from India and flown to Lahore. The hijackers were welcomed by Pakistani minister (future Pres & PM) Zulfikar Bhutto who paid a handsome tribute to the hijackers, leading India to close its air space to Pak, which played a major role in the 1971 war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Today I learned about a crocodile which lives in the pond surrounding a Hindu temple in India, which eats vegetarian food (sweetened rice) served by the temple priests and devotees, and wanders around the temple at night. indianexpress.com/article…
The women who work in the garment recycling industry in India have a theory that because of a water shortage in the West, it must be cheaper to buy new clothes than to wash them. This explains why so many clothes are discarded barely worn. (Link fixed) aeon.co/videos/this-is-th…

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