Did you know that India's top Tech colleges - IIT Madras, Kanpur, Bombay, Delhi & Kharagpur stand at 5th, 9th, 12th, 18th & 26th position respectively from top in contributing the top Computer Science professors to US Universities. Around 122 faculties from these colleges are serving in top 50 Universities in the US, this was second only to MIT with 127 faculties. Brain Drain? How do we retain this talent within India? May be by thinking about the BIGGER Picture?
Mumbai's Kemp's corner fly-over was the first to be built & commissioned for public use in India. Built in 1964 by the then "Bombay Municipal Corporation", the fly-over was constructed by Shirish Patel who was also one of the founders of HDFC.
Mumbai will also boast of the first double decker fly-over soon. This is part of 3.5 kms Santacruz-Chembur link road (SCLR).
Did you know that Indian Oil Corporation was the first company to achieve a trillion Rupees in Sales within a quarter during Q3 2012-13. For FY 2012-13, it had reported an overall revenue of over INR 4.5 Lac Crores.
Following the trend is Reliance Industries Limited which for Q2 ending Sep 13, reported a revenue of more than INR 1 Trillion or over $17 Billion (using 62 as conversion). RIL has the second largest Market Capitalization in India after TCS.
Did you know that Mumbai's Chembur - Wadala Mono Rail, operational since Feb 2014, is the second longest Mono Rail corridor in the world just after Japan's Osaka Corridor, post completion.
Did you know that World's Highest Rail bridge is being built on Chenab river in Jammu & Kashmir at a height of 359 metres above the river bed. This will be an engineering marvel in its own right which is expected to be operational in 2016.
Did you know that India is the 2nd highest Paying Country within Asia as far as Expats are concerned. A study has shown that India is next only to Japan in the expat remuneration followed with South Korea & Hong Kong at 3rd & 4th place.
Did you know that Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Chief of Narayana Hrudayalaya, is also nick named as the Henry Ford of Heart Surgery, by virtue of rolling out a factory model for hospitals ensuring strict procedures & surgical process compliance by leveraging economies of scale. Dr Shetty is a renowned Cardiac surgeon & has operated upon thousands of patients so far in his illustrious career. Narayana Hrudayalaya, that he runs, is also one of the largest Paediatric heart hospitals in the world. Also read at:
Did you know that India accounts for the most Traffic deaths in the world. Although the no. of deaths in India per 100,000 of population is still better than many a country in the world however the mere no. of absolute no. of deaths is sizeable enough to start preventive measures.
Did you know that Pataliputra (today's "Patna") was the Largest City in the world, around 300 to 195 BC. This was primarily during the Mauryan Empire when the expanse of his empire was spread across 8 countries in today's context between Middle & South East.
Did you know that, with 12 Schedules, 22 Parts, 395 Articles & around 100 amendments, Indian Constitution is the Largest written Constitution in the world.
Did you know that India hasn't reported a single case of Polio in 2012. This feat has been achieved by the support of grassroot campaign by "Global Poverty Project" led by UNICEF, WHO, Gates Foundation, Rotary International & many others. In 2009, India had reported the highest cases of Polio across the world.
Did you know that Super 30, an institute run by mathematician Anand Kumar for IIT aspirants from economically poor background at Patna, Bihar, is amongst the 4 most Innovative Schools in the World, as published by Newsweek. Earlier in 2012, Times magazine had included Super 30 in the Best Schools of Asia 2010.
Did you know that there is a village in the Purnea district of Bihar by the name of Pakistan. Well yes! All of the muslims from this village migrated to Pakistan during partition. It was in their remembrance, that the local villagers, then, named the village as Pakistan.
Did you know that Koh-i-noor, meaning Mountain of Light, was once the biggest diamond in the world weighing 21.6 gms (105 carats). It is said that this was a cursed diamond that it could be wore only by God or a woman. Many Indian rulers fought for it & all who wore met with unfateful destiny. It is now part of British crown jewels & the only reigning morach to have wore it, was Queen Victoria, after East India Company established its rule in India. Currently it is not even in the top ten of the world's biggest diamonds.
Did you know that the cleanest village in Asia is in India. Yes, very much situated around 90 kms from Shillong, Mawlynnong village is the cleanest village in Asia. It was in 2005 that Discover India magazine accorded it the cleanest village status.
Did you know that it is illegal to take Indian currency out to any other country. Although most of us do so without being checked but if caught, one can be punished by Indian laws.
Did you know that it was great jurist & independent MP of Lok Sabha, LM Singhvi, who had coined the term "Lokpal" in 1963. Since then, it's now that his son Abhishek Manu Singhvi will be preparing the final draft of the bill as Chairman of the Standing Committee of the parliament. On the contrary, LM Singhvi became a Rajya Sabha member from BJP in 1998 while his son Abhishek Singhvi is a Congress parliamentarian.
Do you know who had defended RaniLaxmi Bai's case to reverse the East India Company's take over decision of State of Jhansi. An Australian by birth but truly an Indian by living status, John Lang. John Lang fought the case for Jhansi ki Rani. John Lang was also an avid writer & wrote many books. He also established a paper, The Mofussilite, in 1845 at Calcutta. The paper was revived in Australia & was started to be published under the "John Lang Project". John also used to write for Charles Dickens. John Lang died at Mussoorie in 1864.
Did you know that it was Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijaysinh of Kathiwar, nephew & successor of Maharaja Ranjitsinh (Cricket legacy) who helped saved many children & women of Polish origin during the World War II by providing them shelter & food in India. This was at a time when most of the countries had denied any help to them. Initially the refugee camp was set up in his palace itself but was later shifted to Balachadi camp for hundreds of them for several years.
Anuradha Bhattacharjee has written a book on this grand episode named "The Second Homeland - Polish Refugees in India".
Did you really know that It were the Britishers who had named Rabindranath Thakur as Tagore. It is said, because the Brits couldn't pronounce his name rightly hence the decision (Do let us know if you know differently). He is also the only poet / author who penned the national anthem for two countries, India & Bangladesh. Tagore returned "Knighthood", that Britishers had bestowed upon him, to protest against the killing of innocent people while demonstrating peacefully @ Jallianwalan Bagh.
Did you know in 1960, MG Ramachandran, who later became the Chief minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977 to 1987 until he died, had refused to accept the Padmashree award from the Government of India because the wordings were in Hindi & not in Tamil. This was mainly DMK's anti Hindi campaign impact on him then, that later changed. MGR was awarded with Bharat Ratna posthumously. He is also regarded as one of the best Chief minister's of all times for his revolutionary work in the field of education & women upliftment. It was indeed he, who, introduced the mid day meal scheme across TN schools in the year 1982.
Did you know that Arunachal Pradesh's capital city Ita Nagar was named after Ita Fort that meant "Fort of Bricks". Quite literal, isn't it?
Did you know that the Indian Football team stood 4th in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Infact India was the first Asian team ever to reach the semi-finals of the olympics in football. It's also worth noting that India played their first ever olympics bare foot in 1948 London Olympics. Although they failed miserably because of playing barefoot but still managed to reach quarter finals. They were applauded by the whole world for their sporting spirit including King George VI who invited the whole team to Buckingham Palace.
Did you also know that Neville D'Souza is the First & only Asian player to have scored a Hat-trick in Football Olympics. He reached this feat during the quarter final win over Australia in 1956.
To know more, Pl click the story by Novy Kapadia in Tehelka
Did you know that TATA Tea in collaboration with Arsenal FC, UK have come up with this program to promote football among school children & help the young talented football players of the country to get good infrastructure & training. Yes, the group conducts tournaments across the schools within the country & the winners get to train at the TATA Football academy at Jamshedpur with a chance to join the academy too. This initiative was started in 2007 & is gaining huge populatiry now.
There is another Taj Mahal in India. It's in Bhopal. It was an enlightenment to me too. This Taj, though, is not made of white marble however its gandeur & charisma is no less than that of Agra's Taj Mahal. Built by Nawab Shah Jahan Begum, the 11th ruler of Bhopal, it took around 13 years to complete with an estimated cost of INR 30 Lacs. Worth a visit, isn't it?