10 ASTONISHING FACTS ABOUT INDIA YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW
Being an Indian is not about the blood running through our veins, or merely the word written against Nationality on our domicile certificate. Being Indian is about the culture, the tradition, the values, and our history. Based on the size, India is the 7th largest country in the world. It also boasts of being the biggest democracy in the world with a population of more than 1.3 billion. It is huge, diversified, magnanimous, and mysterious, all at the same time.
While we know a lot of interesting facts about India, there are still hundreds of others that can amaze you and make you stare with disbelief. Given below is one such list of some amazing, some funny, and some unbelievable facts, about India.
1) Indian housewives hold around 12% of the World’s gold
That is more than the combined gold reserve of the U.S., I.M.F. , Germany, and Switzerland.
2) India has the lowest rate of divorce in the world
Apparently, only 1% of all marriages in the country end in divorce.
3) India has more people who use the internet, than the entire population of the U.S.
4) Indians have devised a unique way to shame those who seek bribe.
There are around 2.4 million ‘Zero Rupee’ bank notes they use to pay the bribe.
5) There exists a place in India, with no money, no politics, and no religion.
Founded in 1968, ‘Auroville’ near Chennai is that place where people from around the world come over and settle down.
6) As many as 122 major languages are spoken in India.
By the way, there are also some 1599 minor languages.
7) On an average, Indians read for more than 10 hours per week.
That happens to be the most for any country in the world.
8) Ziona Chana from Mizoram is the head of the world’s largest existing family.
He has 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law, and 33 grandchildren…180 and counting.
9) The world’s oldest recognized university is in India.
Takshila University, in Bihar, is said to have been founded in 700 B.C.
10) Bhagvad Gita, Ramayana, and Mahabharat, the three most revered religious books of the country, do not have even a single mention of the word ‘Hindu’.
The word ‘Hindu’ is derived from the Prakrit word ‘Sindhu’, which means a large body of water. The information on how and when did it got turned into a religion is not available any more.