India is often referred to as the land of heritage, art, culture & food. Surrounded by sea on three sides, the majestic Himalayas separates it from the rest of Asia. India is famous for its ancient history, varied landscapes and diverse culture.
With a population of 1.3 billion which is 18% of world's population. 35% of India is youth population making it a young country.
Mark Twain, a celebrated American author, once said:
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great-grandmother of tradition.”
Want to explore some incredible places India ranks at the top? Let's explore!
Did you know Indians are the biggest bookworms in the world? An average Indian spends almost 10.7 hours reading every week! That’s a lot of learning, guys. And at a time when smartphones and
laptops are threatening to take over all our free time, this statistic is simply marvellous. It’s also almost twice the reading average of countries such as the USA and UK.
2. Post Offices
Yes, e-mail may have taken over, but spare a thought for the amazing reach of the Indian postal service. With 154,919 post offices as per this report, India is leading the world in this (postal) department. That’s nothing to scoff at!
3. Stock Exchange
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai is Asia’s first stock exchange and the world’s fastest stock exchange with a median trade speed of 6 microseconds. More than 5500 companies are publicly listed on the 137-year-old BSE.
4. Hindi Cinema
The 103-year-old Indian film industry is the largest producer of films in the world.
In terms of the number of movies produced, the Indian film industry is the largest in the world. India produces 1,500 to 2,000 movies every year in Hindi and regional languages.
Bollywood represents the Hindi language film industry. Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Tulu film industries are collectively referred to as South Indian Film Industry.
5. Agricultural Products
With its legendary diversity, India is rich in many, many ways. One of these is agriculture. India is the largest producer of cotton, millet, dry beans, chick peas, pulses, banana, mango, papaya, cumin, ginger, chilli pepper, and turmeric. Yummy in my tummy — that’s a whole lot of goodness we’re producing every year.
6. Highest Number of Official Languages
India has 22 official languages. The eighth schedule of the Indian constitution lists the official languages. It originally included 14 languages.
Subsequently, Sindhi was added in 1967 by the 21st amendment. In 1992, Konkani, Meitei (Manipuri) and Nepali languages were included by the 71st amendment. Four more languages – Bodo, Dogri, Maithili and Santhali were added in 2003 by the 92nd amendment.
Here is the list of the 22 official languages of India: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Meitei, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.
7. Most effective space program in the world
The Indian space program is one of the world's most cost effective
Apart from using the satellites for groundwater prospect mapping, crop acreage and production estimation etc, India's Mars mission has been lauded for it's cost, being completed at a miniscule $73 million.
8. India's dabbawalla system
Our Dabbawalla system is almost flawless
Dabbawallas pick up home cooked lunches and deliver them to the people at work. It is popularly claimed that only 1 out of 6 million deliveries are ever mixed up, which is impressive, especially in the dense and frenetic swirl of Mumbai.
9. Second largest IT Industry
Indian IT industry is the second largest in the world
We are the second largest after China but will overtake them soon as well.
10. Highest number of festivals
A festival is always around the corner in India
Apart from spreading love, gifts and light, festivals also herald the best thing known to man - holidays! With such religious diversity, India has one of the highest number of festivals in the world.