Colour Coding System of Dabbawalas
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson with Dabbawalas
This is how Thorium looks like
The Thorium-rich areas in India. Darker shades have greater concentration.
A Thorium based reactor.
Arvind Gupta (above) is one of the countless examples of geniuses who serve education and India selflessly.
They are collectively referred to as Siddis.
They came to India as slaves of Arabs and Portuguese merchants
Besides following pure Indian traditions, the Siddis have also been able to preserve some of their African customs such as this dance
Siddis are largely concentrated in parts of Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Carbon dating of the bones puts them between 12th and 15th century. They are believed to be the remains of pilgrims who died in some natural disaster here.
Some ritual chants of Kerala can only be transmitted orally because they sound similar to bird songs. It is believed that this millenia-old tradition is the real manner in which humans spoke before developing a proper method of speech.
The Dima Hasao district of Assam has a village where birds have been committing ‘suicides’ for centuries now every year in the moonless nights of September and October. But scientists say it is because of the presence of lights and mist which confuse the birds leading to their death.
Kuldhara (above and below) is a village in Rajasthan abandoned since 1800s. Locals say the village carries a curse of the original inhabitants who migrated to other places turning it into a ghost village.
India also has its fair share of dinosaurs. Fossilized Dino eggs have been found in India areas of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
The above image is of a fossilized skeleton. Many such bones with varying lengths have been found in Maharashtra.
About 40 miles from Vadodara, in the small town of Kavi Kamboi of Gujarat, is the Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple. As can be seen from the picture, this temple of Lord Shiva remains mostly submerged during high tides and can only be visited during the low tide hours.
Fishermen in the marshy regions of West Bengal have encountered mysterious lights. No explanation has been provided.
India is home to 3,00,000 mosques which is more than any country of world.
The population of Uttarakhand according to 2011 census was 10,116,752. The number of tourists visiting are 2.5 crore that same year.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple (above) and the Tirupati Balaji temple (below) both receive more visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca combined.
Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore has written the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh – Jan Gana Mana (India) and Amar Sonar Bangla (Bangladesh).
India has won a total of eight golds in field hockey – six of them back to back – at the Olympics.
India has three biodiversity hotspots. Except Brazil and Indonesia, no country or continent have more than two.
The dam in the state of Tamil Nadu was built over 2000 years ago and is still standing.
The Salt Lake Stadium in Calcutta is the world’s second largest stadium by seating capacity. The largest is believed to be one in North Korea.
This 1981 picture shows the satellite being transported in a bullock cart and (below) is a picture from 1961 showing India’s first rocket being transported.