India has a diverse and varied culture, which changes depending on where you visit the country. You can find various religions, various art, and music styles, even different languages across the country.
- The discovery of the Indian physicist, Satyendra Nath Bose, who worked alongside Einstein himself, was considered to be the biggest discovery of this century. We should surely be proud of the fact that half of the particles in the planet are ‘Bosons’ named for Bose.
2. In India, shampoos were invented, not the commercial liquid ones, but the herbal process. From the Sanskrit word “champu”, that means to massage, the word ‘shampoo’ itself was derived.
3. Meghalaya village, with around 11,873 millilitres of rain annually, has won the Guinness world record award for the wettest location on Earth. The monsoon season is six months long, so be sure to pack an umbrella!
4. There are mysterious Anti-Gravity hills in Ladakh, which is the only magnetic hill in India with an anti-gravitational effect. Landmarked by a yellow notice board that outlines directions and asks you to position your car right on the spot marked with white paint on neutral gear, this one will leave you in awe as your car will start moving uphill on its own.
5. Before the British started commercial cultivation, tea had been growing in India for centuries. The country’s first documented mention of tea dates back to 750 BCE and was also reportedly eaten as a vegetable dish, fried with garlic in oil. In the 18th century, when the British arrived, they started growing tea on a commercial scale to decrease their dependency on buying tea from China.
6. The Indian mathematician Budhayana determined the value of “pi” first. In the 6th century, before European mathematicians, he first clarified the definition of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem.