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Shocking Facts About India That Indians Must Know!

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Amneet Kaur
Pure Punjabi blood, with a sarcastic Indian within me, brings the 'Khurki’ in me alive...No pun intended!

India is a diverse country in terms of area and population. Knowing everything about our country is totally impossible. If you are curious to know things related to our country, then you are at the right place. Khurki presents you a few shocking pieces of information that every Indian ought to know:

India is a fairly common name in the West for females

India Jane Birley – A British heiress, she is the half sister of Jemima Khan (wife of Pakistani Cricketer and politician Imran Khan).

India Rose Hemsworth – Chris Hemsworth’s adorable daughter is also named India.

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Mumbai Dabbawalas are Six Sigma Award holders

For all those who are not familiar with Six Sigma Award, it refers to a data-driven quality strategy for improving processes. The dabbawalas make less than one mistake in every six million deliveries! Most of the companies in manufacturing sector strive to achieve this level of perfection and there are hardly any Indian companies who have done it yet.

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A Floating Post Office

India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1,55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.

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Bibi Ka Maqbara

The Bibi Ka Maqbara was the largest structure that he had to his credit. The comparison to the Taj Mahal has often obscured its very own considerable charm. Due to the strong resemblance, it is also called the Dakkhani Taj (Taj of the Deccan). The Bibi Ka Maqbara is the principal monument of Aurangabad and its historic city. An inscription found on the main entrance door mentions that this mausoleum was designed and erected by Ata-ullah, an architect and Hanspat Rai, an engineer respectively. Ata-ullah was the son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the principal designer of the Taj Mahal.

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Taj Mahal, Bangladesh

Continuing with Taj Mahal, Ahsanullah Moni, a wealthy filmaker from Bangladesh, announced his copycat version of Taj Mahal in 2008. But the construction irritated the Indian officials. Indian High Commission later announced that the replica was unlikely to detract visitors from the original. On that Mr Moni stated his homage had been built because most people living in Bangladesh – where nearly half of the population exist below the poverty line – cannot afford to travel to India to see the real thing. Everyone dreams about seeing the Taj Mahal but very few Bangladeshis can make the trip because it’s too expensive for them.

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Raj Mohan Nair (aka Current Mohan)

Raj Mohan Nair is a human conductor. He is a super human in India. There’s nothing super-human about his looks, but connected to an electrical power source, Raj Mohan Nair can do extraordinary things by allowing massive amount of current to pass through his body. He might not seem like a superhero worthy of his own comic book, but it’s a lot more than the rest of us mortals can withstand. If these wires touched any other human’s body, the electricity would cause their organs to fail and stop their heart, but not Mohan’s. With one wire in his mouth for better conductivity and the other anywhere else on his body, Mohan lets the electrical current run through him and into whatever other device he’s trying to power on.

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Gathering at Kumbh Mela is so large, it is visible from space

See in this picture, how it looks.

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Madanapalle and the National Anthem

Everybody knows that Rabindranath Tagore wrote our national anthem but I don’t think many people know the story of its composition. Gurudev Tagore translated Jana Gana Mana to English and had even composed the tune for it way back in 1911. However, the tune in which we sing it today was set by an Irish-Indian woman, Margaret Elizabeth Cousins at Madanapalle, a small town in present day Andhra Pradesh in 1919.

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Yoga tradition of Times Square

Today, June 21st is officially being celebrated as International Yoga Day all over the world. But this isn’t anything new to the peeps of New York. It’s been more than a decade since 2002 that Times Square has been organizing yoga event once every year, named “Solstice in Times Square”, which is attended by approx 15,000 people every year.

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Dumped Nestle Maggi can help us travel to moon 10X

Shocked?? According to India real time’s estimate, if we boil one packet of Maggi and join all the noodles end to end, it is estimated noodles would measure more than 65 feet. So, if we join the 400 million packets of Maggi noodles dumped due to the controversy over its lead content, it would mean the total length of all the noodles Nestlé when joined is almost five million miles. That’s 200 times around the Earth or 10 round trips to the moon.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Nine Daluvuri first American of Indian origin to win Miss America pageant

Do you know Kalki Koechlin is the first woman of French origin to win the best actress award for an Indian film at New York Indian Film Festival? Oh well! You did know… But do you know who the lady pictured below is?

Any guesses? Time up! She is Nine Daluvuri and she is the first American woman of Indian origin to win Miss America pageant. Yeah… You heard it right guys… An Indian origin girl who went on to become Miss AmericaAnd by the way, there were no judges of Indian origin on the panel when she won. A fair win in all respects then, I guess!

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