After all, India is a mystical land. Things here sometimes don’t make much sense. However, you probably have come across many facts about India which almost seem unreal. It must have sounded absurd or impossible for our country, but well it only sounds like a hoax, most of them are actually legit.
Following are 10 facts about India that aren’t a hoax-
#1 India has a spa for elephants!
Yeah, this is one of the interesting facts about India which anyone would think is only to increase India’s grandeur and is absolutely false. Well, look it up, it actually does!
The Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre is a spa dedicated to elephants. Amazing, right? The cute big guys are really pampered here with baths, massages, and of course, some delicious food. So the next time you spot a manicured elephant, you know where he came from.
#2 Villages along the border of West Bengal and Bangladesh must have a photo ID for their cattle.
In a country where people live on stolen identities, or no identity; in a country where people are declared dead for no rhyme or reason; in a country where anything and everything is possible, you’d think this a joke, right? Except that it’s absolutely true! Even though you might not have a photo ID with you at all times, your cattle needs it compulsorily. No clue about humans, but hey, cows are creatures with identity too. Moo!
#3 Speaking of cows, here’s some beef for you.
As we are all aware, out of the millions of things that have been, or are going to be, banned in the country, eating cow meat, or beef is one of them. If you go by what the government is saying, it’s perhaps the most important one. Yet, miraculously, India is the 5th largest nation in beef production, the 7th largest in domestic consumption, and the largest, number one, in exporting beef products.
#4 A village in Kerala loves Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors a bit too much.
Kodinhi, a village in Kerala, has an unusual phenomenon of producing an insane number of twins. The village has had over 204 pairs of twins! That’s a whopping six times more than the global average. Guess ‘hum do humare do’ is taken a bit too seriously down south. Ramesh? Suresh?
#5 The first rocket to ever be built for testing by India was carried, wait for it, on a bicycle!
No, not ‘Diwali ka rocket’. If you’ve ever been on Indian roads, you’d have figured out by now that Indians love to live on the edge. Risking our lives everyday is what we do best ‘thankyouverymuch’. So this really doesn’t come as a shock. More of a surprise, really. It is one of the most unbelievable facts about India.
Apparently the rocket was so small, and so light that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
#6 Do you have dental cavities? Well too bad, you’re not allowed to teach someone how to drive then.
Not in Andhra Pradesh anyway. Good hygiene is something that should be practiced, and Andhra Pradesh is getting this right, bizarrely so. In case you have bugs in your mouth, and teaching people how to drive is what you do for a living, I’m sorry but you have to choose either one of the two. Because you may not be eligible to be an Asst. Motor Driver Vehicle Inspector in Andhra Pradesh if you’ve got dental cavities. In fact, it’s a disqualification on the spot.
#7 India is the second-largest English speaking country in the world.
True story. India is, in fact, second only to the USA when it comes to speaking English, with around 125 million people (around 10% of our country) speaking the language. As the population grows, the number too shall grow, and sooner rather than later, we’ll be number one, in both population and the English language. With the British ruling over us for over 200 years, we were bound to latch on to a thing or two, right? But what about the people who invented the language? Well, if you’ve ever been to England or know someone who has, you’d know very well that Punjabi is one of the most spoken languages there!
#8 India still posts letters
One of the most interesting facts about India is that- India still remains to be one of those countries which communicates through letters. The letter writing tradition has probably been replaced with whatsapp, facebook, twitter and emails, but India still has post offices. Strangely, it also has a floating post office in the Dal Lake of Srinagar.
#9 The enormous Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela that happens once every three years is hugely celebrated across India in 3-4 places. This falls in one of the fun facts about India, note it- the crowd in Kumbh Mela is so huge that it can be viewed from the satellites.
#9 India is the largest producer of milk
This interesting fact about India is of recent times. The production of milk has increased by 16.9 in the years 2014-17 as compared to 2011-14. Now, there is an availability of 337 gram of milk for every person.
#10 India has the largest number of vegetarians!
It probably is because of religious beliefs, India has the highest population of vegetarians. This fact about India often seems hard to believe because a huge population depends on meat. But if explored more, especially in the northern states, Indians are more accustomed to vegetarian lifestyle.