During the 70-odd years since Mr. Jani said he had eaten not so much as a single grain of rice nor consumed a drop of water
1) 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
There are few people, however, busy their lives, unable to remember the last meal that they consumed. But Prahlad Jani is one of them.
And the reason is that the last morsel of food that he says passed his lips did so in the early years of World War II.
‘I can’t recall exactly what it was,’ the 82-year-old Indian admits. ‘It was such a long time ago.’
During the 70-odd years since Mr. Jani said he had eaten not so much as a single grain of rice nor consumed a drop of water. And while such an extended gap between meals might be predictable to have a disastrous impact on the activities of one so deprived, this octogenarian says he’s never felt better.
2) 100 million people come to India’s Kumbh Mela Festival, the world’s biggest gathering of humans
The Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of people with over 100 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space. In 2013, the year of the last Maha Kumbh, a staggering number of 120 million people gathered in Allahabad over a period of two months. Now you could imagine that how big is the congregation. I just want to say on this is “wow”.
3) India’s Hindu calendar has six seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and prevernal
According to the Hindu calendar, there are six seasons or ‘Ritu’ in a year. Since Vedic times, the variety of seasons in the Indian subcontinent was classifying these 6 categories. While North India habitually conforms to this marked change of seasons, it is less so in South India which is typically marked by long summers and light winters. The six Indian seasons classified in the Hindu scriptures are: –
1) Vasant Ritu or Spring
2) Grishma Ritu or Summer
3) Varsha Ritu or Monsoon
4) Sharad Ritu or Autumn
5) Hemant Ritu or Pre-winter
6) Shishir / Shita Ritu or Winter
4) It’s illegal for foreigners to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India
Yes, you are reading the right news. Thanks to a new instruction aa from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), from now on every non-resident Indian (NRI) and foreigner departure the country will have to necessarily change Indian rupees in their possession into a foreign currency before they board the flight. It’s a general practice among NRIs to carry some amount of Indian currency with them when they leave the country, mainly for the ease of not having to exchange forex into rupee when they return the next time. But from now on, they will not be permitted to carry any Indian notes with them.
5) India is the world’s largest democracy, with over 1.2 billion people
India is on track to become the world’s most populous nation in less than a decade — or six years earlier than previously thought, according to the U.N. With 1.38 billion people compared with India’s 1.31 billion, China is currently the world’s most populous country. Figures for both countries are expected to swell to around 1.4 billion by 2022, at which point India’s population is likely to expand beyond China’s.
6) India has the world’s lowest meat eating per person
This is why I love Indian food; so many vegetarian options are available. But, sadly the amount of meat eaten in India per capita is increasing every year.
Well, Hinduism and Islam are widespread religions in India. Islam doesn’t allow to eat pork, and the Hinduism doesn’t eat beef, no shock chickens would be the go to protein. I would just like to add that it is not the dishes which are plant based by default. The dishes are plant based for the reason that we are vegetarian and not the other way around.
“I think that India is an only one of its kind experience for any vegetarian. It is one of the only countries where vegetarianism is considered entirely normal.”
7) India has more mobile phones than toilets
Far more people in India have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet, according to a UN study on sanitation. India’s mobile subscriber’s entirety 563.73 million at the last count, enough to serve nearly half of the country’s 1.2 billion population.
8) 75% of all the world’s spices come from India
As it’s a well know fact that we are the major producer of spices, still you can also review the UN Food & Agriculture Organization where you would find out that the India contributes 75% of global spice production.
9) India has more population than the entire Western Hemisphere of Earth
10) Gleevec, a cancer drug
It costs US$70,000 in the U.S. per year, cost just US$2,500 in India because it can’t be patented there.
11) In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.
12) The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 100,000 people a day regardless of race, religion and class
Gurudwaras (worship place) have Langars, but the special one is at Harmandir Sahib (or Darbar Sahib) – Sikhs’ holiest memorial – has little exceptions.
“Anyone can eat for free here, and on a regular, we serve food to 100,000 people. On weekend’s and particular occasions twice the numbers of individuals visit the langar. The langar never stops, and on a daily average 7,000 kg of wheat flour, 1,200 kg of rice, 1,300 kg of lentils, 500 kg of ghee (clarified butter) is used in preparing the meal every day,”
The free kitchen uses firewood, LPG gas, and electric bread makers for the cooking and we use around 100 LPG cylinders and 5,000 kilograms of firewood every day. 450 staff runs the kitchen, helped by hundreds of other volunteers.
13) India is predictable to be the world’s most densely populated country by 2050. With 1.6 billion people, it will almost equal the U.S. and China’s population combined.
14) Indian homemakers hold 11% of the World’s most populous country. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland, and Germany put together.
India’s secret gold holdings probably total 15,000 tons, according to an estimate by Citigroup analysts in May. Some jewelers think this number is too conformist, and the real amount is more like 30,000 tons, including other hidden temple treasures.
These private stores are in toting up to the 560 tons of gold kept as reserves with RBI, which are worth around $26 billion.
If we stick with the current 15,000-ton estimate, at the present gold price of $1,549 per ounce, India’s secretive gold holdings are worth roughly $743 billion.
But this gold is not all in the purest form, so let’s deduct 20% off on this amount to reflect what this gold could be worth now. That would be a value of 600 billion dollars.
By this huge amount of $600 billion could be used to buy for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bhutan, whose GDP add up to just $390 billion, according to the CIA World Fact-book.
That still leaves $210 billion. That’s closely enough to cover Malaysia, with a GDP of around the $240 billion.
Of course, the one neighbor we can’t touch is China with its nearly $6 trillion GDP. India’s GDP, in comparison, is just $1.5 trillion.
Hope, now would understand power of women jewelry
15) In 2009, a doctor from India removed 172,155 stones from a patient’s left kidney during a three-hour surgery
That doctor is from Maharashtra’s Dhule district has been awarded the Guinness record for removing a record number of 172,155 kidney stones from a single kidney.
16) Only about 1 in 100 marriages in India end in divorce
This is one of the lowest rates in the world. That’s the power of Arrange marriages
17) Surprisingly in India has more people using the internet than the entire population of the U.S.
18) In India, it has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages
In India, it has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages
According to Census of India of 2001, India has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages. However, figures from other sources vary, primarily due to differences in the explanation of the terms “language” and “dialect.” The 2001 Census recorded 30 languages which were spoken by more than a million native speakers and 122 which were spoken by more than 10,000 people.
19) Diamonds were first mined in India
Diamonds are naturally associated with South Africa and various parts of Australia these days. However, earlier to their unearthing in these countries, India used to be the prime location for gemstone quality diamonds, though they were not initially mined. The diamond’s that came from India between the 9th and mid 18th century from India were from alluvial deposits along river banks. It wasn’t until the commencement of the 19th century that India’s alluvial diamond deposits were depleted and South Africa began to mine them from within the earth.
20) India is the first country to consume sugar
21) The world’s largest producer of milk
India is top on the list of Top 10 milk producing countries. It produced 146.31 million tons of milk in 2014-15. Milk productivity in India is very low compared to western countries. Still, it tops the list because of the larger number of cattle in the country. Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh are the major milk producing states. India is also the largest producer of buffalo milk in the world.
22) India is the world’s second-largest English-Speaking country
Although only about 12% of the population in India speaks English, yet it has got the second rank by an asset of its large population share. In India, the number of people speaking English is 1.252 billion
23) A floating post office
India has the biggest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A particular post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.
24) The wettest inhabited place in the world
Mawsynram, a village in the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, receives the maximum recorded average rainfall in the world. Cherrapunji, also a part of Meghalaya, holds the record for a large amount of rainfall in the calendar year of 1861.
25) Bandra Worli Sealink
It took a total of 2,57,00,000 man hours for completion and also weighs as much as 50,000 African elephants. A true engineering and architectural marvel.
26) The highest cricket ground in the world
Indian’s have a reason to feel proud when it comes to cricket, not only for have such a brilliant cricket team but also India having world’s highest Cricket, making its place in the Guinness Book of World Records. At an altitude of 2,444 meters, this “Cricket Ground in Chail”, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. Also, Chail is considered as the hiker’s heaven. It was built in 1893 and now it is a part of the Chail Military School.
27) Shampooing is an Indian concept
Shampoo was invented in 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.
28) Water on the moon was discovered by India
In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
29) Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to Ex-Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam
The father of India’s missile program had visited Switzerland back in 2006. Upon his arrival, Switzerland declared May 26th as Science Day.
“That’s what Indian makes proud”