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Some facts about India

An extract from a German magazine that explains the achievements and facts about India that are completely out of the ordinary. These India facts were recently published in one of the German Magazines which deals with World History.

  • India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.
  • India invented the Number System.
    • Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
  • The World’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC.
    • More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.
  • The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century CE was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
  • Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages.
    • Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software – a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.
    • Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
    • Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.
  • Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development.
    • India was the richest country on earth until the time of British in the early 17th Century.
    • Christopher Columbus was attracted by her wealth.
  • The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago.
    • The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAV GATIH.
    • The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit ‘Nou’.
  • Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart.
    • Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.
  • The value of “pi” was first calculated by Budhayana.
    • He explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem.
    • He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
  • Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India.
    • Quadratic equations were propounded by Sridharacharya in the 11th century.
    • The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10**53 (10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE during the Vedic period.
    • Even today, the largest used number is Tera: 10**12(10 to the power of 12).
  • According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.
  • USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of wireless communication was Prof Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.
  • The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.
  • According to Saka King Rudradaman I of 150 CE a beautiful lake aptly called ‘Sudarshana’ was constructed on the hills of Raivataka during Chandragupta Maurya’s time.
  • Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.
  • Sushruta is the father of surgery.
    • 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery.
    • Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India.
    • Over 125 surgical equipments were used.
    • Deep knowledge of anatomy, physiology, etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity is also found in many texts.
  • When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization).
  • The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.

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Posted by on 31/03/2011 in Incredible India, India


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Deepika in Sari at Cannes

Deepika at Cannes

We, Indians feel proud of Deepika Padukone who flew the flag for India high at Cannes film festival 2010, with a traditional Indian Sari. She is looking glamorous, stunningly beautiful in sari. While both Aishwarya and Mallika opted for Western dresses, the 24-year-old took the six yard route to style as she stepped out on the red carpet in a sari. when one is representing India in a very visible platform like the Cannes, gowns and elaborate western dresses do not really represent India. One should not only feel Indian, but also look Indian. Finaly bollywood at least has got a beauty with brain. Deepika was able to make the right choice in her first go itself , this makes her different from others in Bollywood. Deepika is the real ambassador of India.

25 May 2010 : It is reported by the media that  she with her  attractive look and stunning Sari caught the attention of none other than  film maker Woody Allen and many Hollywood agents at Cannes .

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Posted by on 17/05/2010 in Incredible India, India, Indian


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A Riverine Nirvana : Sundarbans

A post on Sundarbans, the word’s largest mangrove forest and world heritage site and home of Royal Bengal Tigers is posted at page “Incredible India”.

Sundarban (Near Dobanki Tiger Camp)

Sundarban (Near Dobanki Tiger Camp)

Stemless Garjan Tree at Sundarban

Stemless Garjan Tree at Sundarban

Sunset at Sundarbans (Gosaba)

Sunset at Sundarbans (Gosaba)

To know more about Sundarbans , please visit the link above.


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Posted by on 01/02/2009 in Incredible India, India, Riverine, Travel


My beautiful Kausani : a poem


I met her at Kausani in an evening dusky and rainy,

She attracted me, as if known for years many.

Welcome me raising her large eyes to my face,

Our four eyes met and made everything in mess.

She expressed her happiness on her bright face.

In the breezy evening my heart was in a brisk pace.

Her room was in a corner on the same floor of mine,

We shared the balcony to view the peaks and pine.

Our eyes were meeting while watching the peaks few,

I was gazing her beauty with the nature that she knew.

In windy weather, hairs were out of control of hers,

She put her shawl down, raised her arms to knot the hairs.

I found her slim body turned to a great posture,

Raising her “peaks”, beautiful and inviting,

she appeared to be, to me a beautiful painting,

She looked at me, I mutely thanked for her gesture.

After rain and wind, calmness prevailed in the mountains,

We were alone but unable to come closure, suffered the pains.

At last she looked at me and stepped to the terrace,

Wanted me to follow her to be with me face to face.

She smiled at me and hinted me to follow,

She took me to the clouds in the valley below.

While walking with her on the clouds under the sky,

I told her I had seen you somewhere, don’t be shy.

Tell me your name my dear lady, if I am right,

With smile, large and black eyes she was bright.

She said I am Kausani, don’t you know my dear?

She smiled and wanted my name to hear.

Suddenly my dream ended due to bang of sound,

I discovered myself in my bed but she was never found.


About Kausani & the poem : During my visit to Kausani I was astonished by the beauty of the hill station. Not only the beauty, a heavenly calm prevails there which inspire to think about the vastness and beautiful creation of the God. The climate of the place changes frequently and clouds comes down to the valley at a lower level. The beautiful natural beauty, calmness, clouds and Himalyan peaks standing tall at the horizon inspired me to bring out the poet in me to compose the above poem.



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Back with memories & photographs

Kausani Copyright M. Anil 2008

Hi folks,

I am back from my holidays but bit tired. You may explore my new page “Incredible India” above wherein you will find some photographs and texts about the places visited. Best things deserve best places, thats what made me to introduce a new page to post the best pictures which will remain always accessible and will never be lost in the midst of posts. Above picture shows the Kumaon hills from Kausani. Kausani is a beautiful hill station which is known as the “Switzerland of India”. Kausani commands an unobstructed view of Himalayas. Its situated at a height of 1890 meters.

Everest PeaksCopyright M. Anil 2008

If you look carefully to the picture above, the Himalayan peaks “Trishul”, “Panchachulli” or Panchachouli etc are visible behind the Kumayun hills. There is a story in favour of the name “Panchachulli”. As per epic Mahabharata, Droupadi, wife of pancha Pandavas cooked food for five brothers in five separate ovens (chulli). Those marks of five ovens are still visible on the Himalaya and have been named as “Panchachulli”.

Kausani SunriseCopyright M Anil 2008

The sun is trying to come out from the clouds above and at the same time the thickly dense clouds covered the entire valley which looks like a lake turned ice.



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Break from daily routines- off to a hill station

Hey friends, readers, everybody-

Summer is on. As the mercury is soaring upwards, we can feel the presence of summer. After few days we may feel the warmth of Global Warming. Kolkata weather in summer is very much uncomfortable due to heat and humidity. In the scorching heat of summer in May, even thinking of a hill station gives some relief in our mind. But being at a hill station, is nothing like that.

This summer, we will be off from 09th May for an outing in the lap of hill stations like Nainital, Ranikhet, Almora, Kosauni to get some relief from scorching heat, tiring office activities and all monotonous routines. The place “Ranikhet” is beautifully named. Its meaning in English is “Queen’s meadow”. May be, in the past, a queen stayed there or visited that place during summer. It is a hill station and cantonment town in the Indian State of Uttarakhand.

It is learnt that Ranikhet is extremely cold in the winter season and is moderate in summer. Ranikhet even gets snowfall in the winter season, mainly in the months of December, January and February. For few days we be with nature forgetting the heat, dust & fumes of the city and be back with memories and lot of photographs.

On my return, I will share the photographs of the above places with you all. My compact Sony digicam hopefully won’t disappoint you.

Till then bye, Take care



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