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"Car of Juggernaut" (1851) (Source: The Illustrated London Reading Book)
Did you know that the word Juggernaut has its roots in Odisha?
Sean Connery wearing a Nehru Jacket in Dr. No (Source: Affordablebond007 (Dr. No Nehru Jacket))
An Indian prime minister and a fashion trend?
Nanda Parbat (Source: Wikia (Nanda Parbat))
Nanda Parbat? Rama Kushna? Batman? What in the world is going on?!
Savitri Devi (1 December, 1937, Calcutta) (Source: The Savitri Devi Archive (Gallery))
What relationship does a "Savitri Devi Mukherji" have with Nazism?
Hindu Squats (Source: extremebodyweightworkouts (Hindu Squats – Harder Than They Look?))
Hindu squats? Hindu push-ups?
Spider-man in a Dhoti (Source: Wikipedia (Spider-man: India Cover Art))
Does the name Pavitr Prabhakar sound familiar to you?

Quotable quotes

Akbar never denied his mother anything but this …

Ecbar Shaugh [Emperor Akbar] … never denyed [his mother] any thing but this, that shee demanded of him, that our Bible might be hanged about an asses necke and beaten about the towne of Agra, for that the Portugals … tyed [the Quran] about the necke of a dogge and beat the same dogge about the towne of Ormuz. But hee denyed her request, saying that, if it were ill in the Portugals to doe so to the Alcoran, being it became not a King to requite ill with ill, for that the contempt of any religion was the contempt of God.

Did you know?

Belur and brilliant beryls

The name of the gemstone, beryl, probably originates from the Prakrit veruliya and Sanskrit vaidurya- which might be of Dravidian provenance. One theory points its source to the city of Velur (modern Belur, Karnataka). Derivatives such as brilliant and beryllium share these origins.

Ganga and Kurma

In the early 90s, the Indian government released specially-raised flesh-eating turtles into the Ganga to eat and clear the river of partly-burned corpses from the Varanasi ghats. The programme failed as poachers captured and wiped out the turtle population (again).