Some interesting facts about India

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      There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds - Keith Bellows

       

      We know so much about our country, we have studied, read about India from our early childhood but there are still many fascinating things about India which we may not know. Here are few of them –

       

      Lonar Lake - a saltwater lake in Maharashtra, was created by a meteor hitting the Earth and is one of its kinds in the world. Lonar is named after the demon, Lonasura, and has fascinating temples surrounding it. The crater was formed fifty-two thousand years ago, when a meteor crashed into the earth at an estimated speed of 90,000kmph, weighing 2 million tonnes.

       

       

      Shampooing is an Indian concept – Shampoo was invented in India not the commercial ones but ones which were prepared by use of herbs. The word shampoo is derived from Sanskrit word champo and dates to 1762. The Sanskrit word referred to head massage, usually with some form of hair oil.

       

      Father of the nation – We have been taught since childhood that Mahatma Gandhi is father of the Nation but surprisingly the government of India does not consider Gandhiji as the Father of the Nation!According to government's documents, Gandhiji was not conferred with this title, constitutionally. This amazing fact was revealed by the persistent efforts of the young RTI activist 10-year-old Aishwarya Parashar, who sought response on this from the Central government.

       

       

      Water on the moon - was discovered by India. The first incontrovertible evidence of water on the moon came from Chandrayaan - 1 using its Moon Mineralogy.

       

      India is the world's second-largest English speaking country – Though we have so many regional language and Hindi as National language but still we have second largest number of people speaking English. We are only behind USA. 10% of our population that is close to 125 million people speaks English in India and this number is increasing very fast.

       

       

      The first country to consume sugar - India was the first country to develop extraction and purifying techniques of sugar. It was not plentiful or cheap in early days and people mostly preferred honey for sweetening purpose in most part of the world until India started extracting sugar.

       

      Village with open doors - In a village called Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra, people have been living in houses with no doors for generations. This is because they believe that whoever steals anything from this place will incur the anger of Shani God and will have to pay for his/her sins.  The other astonishing fact about village is that there is no police station in this village.

       

      Income Tax – It is not an amazing but very astonishing fact that only 3% of the Indian population pays income tax each year. According to latest reports a total of 28.7 million individuals filed income tax returns, of which 16.2 million did not pay any tax, leaving only about 12.5 million tax-paying individuals, which is just about 1 percent of the 1.23 billion population of India in the year 2013.

       

      There are many other amazing facts about India which we would like to know from our readers. Put your knowledge in the comment sections.

       

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