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Portrait of Alexander the Great. Marble, Hellenistic artwork, 2nd-1st century BC. Said to be from Alexandria, Egypt. (Source: Wikipedia)
Alexander the Great met a group of "gymnosophists" on the banks of the Indus. Who were they?
Meher Baba (1957, Meelan Studos) (Source: Wikipedia)
Which 1988 hit single and winner of three Grammy awards was inspired by this Indian spiritual guru?
Krishna Arjuna Gita (Source: Wikipedia)
Who used the Gita to justify systematic genocide?
Rabindranath Tagore (1909) (Source: Wikipedia)
What drove the Tagore family to support the Brahmo Samaj?
Cover of the novel, Monkey, by Arthur Waley (Source: Wikipedia)
Did you know that one of China's greatest epics is all about getting to India?
Jambu (Jamun) (Source: Wikipedia)
FYI, we all live on an island of jamuns.

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Temples of Modern India

Dams are sometimes referred to as the temples of modern India. This epithet stems from a speech delivered by Nehru during the opening ceremony of the Bhakra Dam where he said, "This dam has been built with the unrelenting toil of man for the benefit of mankind and therefore is worthy of worship. May you call it a Temple or a Gurdwara or a Mosque, it inspires our admiration and reverence".

Rabindranath Thakur Banerjee

Rabindranath Tagore's family name was actually Banerjee. Being Brahmins, the Tagore family's ancestors were referred to as 'Thakurmashai' or 'Holy Sir'. During the British rule, this name stuck and they began to be recognised as Thakur and eventually the family name got anglicised to Tagore.