List Dorm gathered 22 amazing facts about India just for you!
1. ‘The Musalman’: World’s Only Handwritten Newspaper
The Musalman is an Urdu newspaper published from a small press at 324, Triplicane, Chennai in India.
What’s so special about the Musalman? It’s the world’s last and only handwritten newspaper. It is made up of four hand crafted pages and distributes about 21,000 copies to its audience daily.
It is sold on news stands for less than a rupee.
Though it has been running low on profits, Syed Arifulla, the editor, says that it is his love for Urdu and the urge to continue the family business set up by his grand father in 1927 that keeps him going.
2. World's biggest family
The man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren has the world largest family. They all live together in a 100 room mansion in India.
3. KFC vegetarian menu
India has the largest population of vegetarians in the world and no doubt, KFC had to introduce a vegetarian menu because of this.
4. Dead bodies in the 'Tower of Silence'
The followers of Zoroastrianism in India don’t bury their dead but leave the bodies in buildings called “Towers of Silence” for
the vultures to eat their flesh. After this, the dead bodies are swept into a central well. They do this to avoid polluting the elements (fire,
earth, water and air).
5. Free vegetarian meal
The Golden Temple provides a free vegetarian meal to over hundred thousand people regardless of religion, race or class.
6. Coca-Cola pesticides
It's no news that farmers in India use Coca-Cola and Pepsi has an inexpensive form of pesticides
7. Children's Day
Children's Day is celebrated in India on November 14th, 9 months after Valentine's Day.
Hilarious right? Besides, there is a lot of truth in it.
8. Ironic Gypsies
The gypsy tribe in India celebrates death as one of the happiest events in their lives, while treating births with great grief.
What an irony!
India has one of the lowest divorce rate in the world.
10. Indians read a lot
An average Indian reads for more than 10 hours per week.
11. There are street paintings to curb public urination
About 50% of India's population is said not to have a toilet in their homes. This has made public urination to be rampant. Because of this many people have taken to painting or hanging deities on their walls to prevent people from urinating on them.
12. World's hottest pepper is used as a weapon
The Indian military chose to weaponize "bhut jolokia" (ghost chili), the world's hottest chilli.
Funny, right? Yeah, but if you have ever tried a ghost pepper, or “bhut
jolokia,” you will understand why it could be
considered a dangerous weapon.
13. Money-eating termites
In 2012, termites ate through 10 million rupees at the
Fathepur branch of State Bank of India.
14. Power Outages
India frequently faces power outages, many of which are blamed on corruption. Millions of people are left without power when there's a power outage.
15. People are declared dead while they're actually alive
Why? Often times in India, criminals will obtain fake death certificates to steal others’ land.
Santosh Kumar Singh had to fight for nine years to prove that he was alive. His brothers declared him dead and stole his land after he married a woman of a lower caste.
16. Parents try to plan their child’s birth for'lucky' times
Certain dates and times are considered to be
indicators of a successful future in the traditional Hindu culture. Superstitious or religious parents in India are known to have c-sections, or to plan ahead and induce labor at times that are considered lucky.
17. Police officers are paid for their mustache
Police officers in India get bonus payments if they grow a mustache. They believe it makes a man more manful and honourable.
18. There are 6 seasons in India
There are 6 seasons in India: summer, autumn, winter, spring, the monsoon season, and the winter’s eve season.
19. Air pollution
Big cities in India suffer from air pollution. The exhaust from cars and other vehicles cause breathing difficulties for the residents. According to Indiatimes, just a day in Delhi or Mumbai is equal to smoking 100 cigarettes.
20. Foreigners and the Indian currency
Foreigners are prohibited from taking rupees with them when leaving India.
India is the country of spices. In fact, about 70% of a spices provided to the world market are from India.
22. Bank with no locks
The famous temple town, Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra, Indians do not have locks on their doors because they believe it is protected by Lord Shani. Even the town's bank has no lock on its front door.