On this day Indians proudly fly their tricolor Flag, sing patriotic songs like “Vande Mataram”, “Jan Gan Man” and pay tribute to all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in order to gain the freedom for India. So, being such a special occasion, we bring you a list of things which make India unique and amazing!
India introduced shampoo to the world!
This one is the biggest source of amazement. The first ever shampoo was used by locals in India. The recipe that was used in the country was, dried Indian gooseberry mixed with many other herbs was used to wash hair.
The word ‘shampoo’ is derived from the Hindi word, champo.
India sets up a voting poll booth for just 1 person!
During elections, India sets up a voting booth in the Gir Forest for only one person. Mr. Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas has been voting since 2004 in the polling booth specially made for him every year.
India is home to a floating post office!
India has the largest number of post offices in the world. Like that didn’t make India exclusive enough, there is a floating post office in a boat in Kashmir, India.
The post office is on the famous and picturesque Dal Lake, a mainstay of Kashmir tourism, and the floating post office makes it even more unique.
India has a village called Snapdeal.com Nagar!
Shiv Nagar village in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh was renamed ‘Snap-deal.com Nagar’ after snap-deal.com, the e-commerce company, installed 15 hand-pumps in the village so that the villagers wouldn’t have to walk for miles to fetch water. The village has the Snap-deal logo branded everywhere.
India has world’s largest classical music festival!
India is home to some major music festivals of its own. The biggest is the Margazhi Music Season in Chennai, which takes place in December and January. With over 1,500 individual performances of Carnatic music by some of the art’s biggest names, the festival is quite literally the biggest, at least in terms of sheer size. For anyone with an ear for Indian classical music, there is simply no better place to be.
India has world’s oldest intoxicant!
The thick, greenish bhang is prepared during some Hindu festivals, and is proof that no one knows how to party quite like the Indians do. Prepared using cannabis and a mix of spices, ghee, milk and mangoes, bhang has been in continuous use in India since 500 BC! Its potency is legendary, so consume with care!
The Taj Mahal Palace
The legendary sea-facing jewel of Mumbai is the leading exponent of the Taj group of hotels in India. More than a century old, The Taj Mahal Palace is renowned for its grandeur and spectacular sights that it offers of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India monument before it. The hotel harbors the city’s first licensed bar. It is also famous for the customised activities for children.
Discovery of water on the moon!
This fact is recalled with a sense of pride by Indians. For the first time ever, India discovered that there is water on the moon. The Indian Space Research Organisation’s lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1 detected water using a Moon Mineralogy Mapper.
Mawlynnong, India- Asia’s Cleanest Village
Also known as God’s Own Garden, Mawlynnong is located about just 90 kilometers from Shillong in the state of Meghalaya. Nestled deep within the East Khasi hills, the village is home to just 500 residents, or 90 households as of 2015. In fact, prior to being declared Asia’s cleanest village by Discover India magazine in 2003, the village remained mostly off the path of tourists visiting the area.
It isn’t just its community-based cleanliness efforts that this village is known for. With a near 100% literacy rate and matrilineal traditions that have lessened gender disparities, Mawlynnong serves as a role model for communities across the globe in multiple ways.