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Sean Connery wearing a Nehru Jacket in Dr. No (Source: Affordablebond007 (Dr. No Nehru Jacket))
An Indian prime minister and a fashion trend?
South Asian Time Zones (Source: Wikipedia (IST))
What is IST based on and when was it established?
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond (Source: famousdiamonds (The Koh-I-Noor))
At one point in time, every diamond in the world originated in India.
Massacre Ghat, Kanpur (Source: Wikipedia (Sati Chaura Ghat, 2008))
How did the ordinary-sounding Satti Chaura Ghat get its present name?
Shushruta Statue, Haridwar (Source: Wikipedia (Shushruta))
Be it cosmetic or reconstructive, the roots of plastic surgery can be traced all the way back to Vedic India
Lal Bihari "Mritak" (Source: India Today (The Living Dead))
What prompted this farmer from UP to form the Uttar Pradesh Mritak Sangh & led to him winning the 2003 Ig Nobel Prize for Peace?

Quotable quotes

The British mistake of not breeding virile Indian princes

If India is to be really capable of holding its own in future without direct British control from outside I am not sure that it will not need an increasing infusion of stronger Nordic blood, whether by settlement or intermarriage or otherwise. Possibly it has been a real mistake of ours in the past not to encourage Indian princes to marry English wives ... and so breed a more virile type of native ruler.

Did you know?

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).

The Loo and the Roo

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.

Beer and the Butcher

Reginald Dyer, the Butcher of Amritsar, of Jallianwala Bagh infamy, was the youngest son of one Edward Dyer, the man often credited with establishing India's first successful brewery which would eventually become Mohan Meakin Breweries.