The Loo is a hot, debilitating wind that sweeps across Western India, particularly Rajasthan in the months of May and June. Heatstrokes are referred to as Loo lagna (लू लगना). Apparently, Hamdard's Rooh-afza is based on a unani recipe for a drink with cooling properties recommended during this time.
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The typeface used to print Harry Potter's name and subtitle on the covers of J.K. Rowling's books is called Cochin. It is named after its 17th century designer, Nicolas Cochin.
The British pop singer, Cliff Richard, was born Harry Rodger Webb in the King's English Hospital in Lucknow. His family later moved to Calcutta before leaving India for good when he was around eight years old.
Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary and communist leader, has statues erected in his honour in New Delhi, Kolkata, and Vijaywada.
The Durand Cup, Indian football's premier football tournament is named after Mortimer Durand, a British civil servant. So is the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Durand Line.
Jahanpanah, a title used to address Mughal emperors, is Persian for Refuge of the World. It was earlier the name of a city in the Delhi Sultanate, established by Muhammad bin Tughlaq.
(Phra Nakhon Si) Ayutthaya in Thailand and Yogyakarta in Indonesia are both cities said to have been named after ancient Ayodhya.
Until around the 20th century, the cow was considered sacred (and beef taboo) in Japan, China, and other parts of South East Asia. It was also similarly considered in Ancient Egypt.