If one was told the monkeys had built [all the government buildings of Shimla] one would have said what wonderful monkeys, they must be shot if they do it again.
He was embarrassed
But I laughed and gave him a hug
When he groped for the knot
Of my skirt and found it
Hindustan is a wide place; where there is an open field for all licentiousness, and no one interferes with another's business, so that every one can do just as he pleases.
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Did you know?
When 12-year-old Indira Gandhi was denied membership by the Congress party in 1930, she formed a children's brigade named the Vanar Sena ("monkey army") to participate in India's freedom struggle. She was their general.
In the Madras (Chennai) of British India, people synced their clocks to a cannon fired daily at 4 PM in Fort St. George.
According to Panini, the Sanskrit word goghna means guest and also "one for whom a cow is killed".
Gorakhpur, a sleepy city in Uttar Pradesh not far from the Nepal border, is home to the world's longest railway platform at 1.355 km long. The previous record-holder was a platform at Kharagpur in West Bengal.
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).
There is a village in Kerala named Areacode. Its area code is 0483 (for Malappuram).
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.
Aryabhata I, wrote his famous astronomical treatise, Aryabhatiya, in 499 CE when he was only 23 years old.
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