I'm not flattered by the honour done to me. This is a small achievement. If there is anything that I aspire for, it is the Nobel Prize. You will find that I get that in five years.
On this day of Holī
—Your breasts dusted with flour,
Your eyes red from too much liquor,
A lotus stuck in your hair
And mango shoots behind your ears—
You are a credit to our village.
When viewed in this light, the achievement of the unknown Hindu who some time in the first centuries of our era discovered the principle of position assumes the proportions of a world-event. Not only did this principle constitute a radical departure in method, but we know now that without it no progress in arithmetic was possible.
Did you know?
In Vedic times, if you killed a man, you had to offer 100 cows as restitution.
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 at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh. It would eventually become Mohan Meakin Breweries.
Akbar, the greatest of the Mughals, could not read or write and was possibly also dyslexic.
There is a tribe named Anal in Manipur who speak the Anal language.
A tea-poy has very little to do with tea. It was originally the name for an Indian three-footed, i.e., a tī-pāī table which could be used for many things including serving tea.
Rajiv Gandhi's cabinet was also known as the Doon Cabinet due to the presence of many of his fellow Doon School alumni (Doscoes).
In 2001, there were just over one million Ho's in India. The Ho tribe can be found in the states of Jharkand and Odisha.
The state of Uttarakhand has two official languages, Hindi and Sanskrit. It also has a Sanskrit Education Minister.