After all, India is a mystical land. Things here don’t make much sense. 1. India has a spa for elephants! Look it up. The Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre is a spa dedicated to elephants. Amazing, right? The cute big boys are really pampered here with baths, massages, and
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After all, India is a mystical land. Things here don’t make much sense.
1. India has a spa for elephants!
Look it up. The Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre is a spa dedicated to elephants. Amazing, right? The cute big boys are really pampered here with baths, massages, and of course, some delish food. So the next time you spot a manicured elephant, you know where he came from.
2. Villages along the border of West Bengal and Bangladesh must have a photo ID for their cattle.
In a country where people live on stolen identities, or no identity; in a country where people are declared dead for no rhyme or reason; in a country where anything and everything is possible, you’d think this a joke, right? Except that it’s absolutely true! Even though you might not have a photo ID with you at all times, your cattle need it compulsorily. No clue about humans, but hey, cows are people too. Moo!
3. Speaking of cows, here’s some beef for you.
As we are all aware, out of the millions of things that have been, or are going to be, banned in the country, eating cow meat, or beef is one of them. If you go by what the government is saying, it’s perhaps the most important one. Yet, miraculously, India is the 5th largest nation in beef production, the 7th largest in domestic consumption, and the largest, number one, in exporting beef products. Ironic, you say? Well it’s India, and we won’t have it any other way.
4. A village in Kerala loves Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors a bit too much.
Kodinhi, a village in Kerala, has an unusual phenomenon of producing an insane number of twins. The village has had over 204 pairs of twins! That’s a whopping six times more than the global average. Guess ‘hum do humare do’ is taken a bit too seriously down south. Ramesh? Suresh?
5. The first rocket to ever be built for testing by India was carried, wait for it, on a bicycle!
No, not ‘Diwali ka rocket’. If you’ve ever been on Indian roads, you’d have figured out by now that Indians love to live on the edge. Risking our lives everyday is what we do best thankyouverymuch. So this really doesn’t come as a shock. More of a surprise, really. Apparently the rocket was so small, and so light that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Had Suneil Shetty been around in those days, he would’ve offered to carry it with his bare hands ala Border. Legendary, really.
6. Do you have dental cavities? Well too bad, you’re not allowed to teach someone how to drive then.
Not in Andhra Pradesh anyway. Good hygiene is something that should be practiced, and Andhra Pradesh is getting this right, bizarrely so. In case you have bugs in your mouth, and teaching people how to drive is what you do for a living, I’m sorry but you have to choose either one of the two. Because you may not be eligible to be an Asst. Motor Driver Vehicle Inspector in Andhra Pradesh if you’ve got dental cavities. In fact, it’s a disqualification on the spot. So if you’ve got people to teach, I feel bad for you son, I got a 99 problems but poor dental hygiene ain’t one.
7. India is the second-largest English speaking country in the world.
True story. India is, in fact, second only to the USA when it comes to speaking English, with around 125 million people (around 10% of our country) speaking the language. As the population grows, the number too shall grow, and sooner rather than later, we’ll be number ek, in both population and the English language. With the British ruling over us for over 200 years, we were bound to latch on to a thing or two, right? But what about the people who invented the language? Well, if you’ve ever been to England or know someone who has, you’d know very well that their national language isn’t English, it’s Punjabi!