I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the Ganges: astronomy, astrology, metempsychosis, etc.
Did you know?
When the first edition of the American poet, Walt Whitman’s, Leaves of Grass was published in 1855, Ralph Waldo Emerson commented that it read like “a mixture of the Bhagavat Ghita [sic] and the New York Herald”.
In 1965, an American combined a black American Shorthairs with a sable Burmese to create a new breed of cat which she named Bombay. Bombays are sleek and muscular with shiny midnight-black coats.
After his first glimpse of Nanda Devi in 1948, the American mountaineering pioneer, Willi Unsoeld, dreamt of having a daughter named after the peak. 28 years later, his daughter, Nanda Devi Unsoeld, perished while climbing her namesake.
The person credited with discovering legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald was a Bardu Ali, his name a corruption of Bahad(o)ur Ali. He was the son of a peddler from Bengal who had settled in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.
In 2011, Somalia's Islamic terrorist group, al-Shabaab, banned the humble samosa apparently because its triangular shape supposedly resembled the Christian Holy Trinity.
The most sought after knife-handles and pistol-grips are made from the antlers of Sambar stags. The antlers are made of bone and shed annually.
Mind your Language, the British TV series was remade in the US as What a Country! in which the Pakistani character, Ali Nadeem, was played by Vijay Amritraj.
Ranjeet Singh, the Indian character in Mind your Language was portrayed by Albert Moses, a Sri Lankan.