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30 Days.

30 Stories
Unveiled.

A month long journey


towards unveiling India
The India Unveiled campaign is Sterling Holidays initiative to unveil one amazing story a day about the
nations remarkable diverse culture, geography, history and achievements, amongst other aspects.
We hope you enjoyed the journey towards unveiling India. For your reading pleasure we present here all
30 stories as a collection. We hope we can share a lot more stories like this in the future. In the
meanwhile, go ahead and explore our great country. India beckons!

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2 October

1.8 million words. 10 times the length of Iliad and Odyssey.


#Mahabharata is considered as the worlds longest epic.
#IndiaUnveiled

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3 October

The game of #Chess or Chaturanga in Sanskrit has its


beginnings in #India . #IndiaUnveiled

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4 October

#Sushruta is considered as the Father of Indian Surgery. He was


a pioneer in conducting surgeries relating to facial reconstruction,
cataract, fractures & even caesareans (Image is only indicative).
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5 October

According to Sanjeev Sanyal, a leading economist & writer, the


name Bharat emerged from an ancient tribe called #Bharatas.
The Rig Veda mentions a Battle of Ten Kings that took place
on the banks of River Ravi (Punjab) wherein 10 powerful tribes
waged a war against the Bharatas. The latter won the war due to
the chieftain Sudasa & his Guru #Vashishtas tactics. The tribe
grew & spread across the country. This led to the kingdom being
known as Bharat Varsha or the Land of Bharatas. This is one of
many theories regarding the origin of the name Bharat
(Indicative Image). #Indiaunveiled

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6 October

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The science of #navigation originated in India. The worlds


oldest dock was in #Lothal, India. The very word Navigation
is derived from the Sanskrit word Navgith (Indicative Image).
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7 October

1600 years & the iron has not rusted. This ancient wonder can be
seen at 3 places in India - #Delhi , Dhar and Kodachiri. It is said
that these iron pillars, which are highly resistant to corrosion,
are a testament to the skill of Indian blacksmiths of the #Gupta
period. This formula is unfortunately lost to the world now.
#IndiaUnveiled

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8 October

Kanada was the first Indian sage & philosopher who propounded
the concept of atom. He called it #Paramanu (atom) an
indestructible particle of matter. It is said that he also theorized
gravity long before Newton. #IndiaUnveiled

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9 October

Its said that Baudhayanas Shulbhsutra is the oldest surviving


text on Mathematics. #Baudhayana calculated the approximate
value of #Pi which can be found in the Shulbhsutra.
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10 October

Between 1500 BCE to 1700 CE India was known as the cradle


of the #cotton industry. Rig Veda refers to cotton as threads in
the loom. The cotton from India was worn by #Roman Emperors
who fondly referred to it as Woven Winds. Till the end of the
18th century, India was the only source of cotton fabrics for
the rest of the world. #IndiaUnveiled

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11 October

The historical evidence of #Yoga dates back to 4500 BCE. This


ancient science is now practised globally to maintain physical &
mental well-being. #IndiaUnveiled

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12 October

According to several experts from Geological Society of India,


#Diamonds were first recognized and mined in #centralIndia
3000 years ago. It is widely believed that up until 17th century
India was the only source of diamonds. #IndiaUnveiled

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13 October

Originally called Mokshapat, now a worldwide classic,


#Snakes&Ladders is believed to be created by the 13th
century Indian poet saint #Gyandev. #IndiaUnveiled

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14 October

Researchers believe that #Gujarat once had the largest


#dinosaur hatcheries in the world. The fossilised eggs here are
said to be amongst the best preserved in the world (Indicative
Image). #IndiaUnveiled

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15 October

#Shampoo originated in the eastern regions of the #Mughal


Empire, particularly in Bengal where it was used as a head
massage medicine. The word Shampoo itself originated from
the Hindi word Champo (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled

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17 October

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The #Ganges River Dolphin, found in the Ganges & the


#Brahmaputra rivers, is the only blind dolphin in the world
and is Indias National Aquatic Animal (Indicative Image).
#IndiaUnveiled

Forbes magazine, in an article published in July, 1987,


reported that Sanskrit is the most convenient language for
computer software programming. According to a paper published
by Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the
syntax and grammar of Sanskrit makes it a suitable language
for programming (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled

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16 October

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19 October

Jaswant Singh, a soldier of the Indian Army, single-handedly


held off a Chinese attack, at an altitude of 10,000ft, during the
Sino-Indian war of 1962. After three days of resistance, he was
captured and killed at the spot now known as Jaswantgarh.
To this day, he is treated as if alive; he is promoted regularly,
his boots polished and food delivered every day at the memorial
built for him. #IndiaUnveiled

Noted Herpetologist Frank Wall suggested, in his book Snakes


of #Ceylon, that the name #Anaconda originated from the Tamil
words anai-kondra meaning elephant killer in reference to the
killing power of the reptile. Several other English words take their
root from Indian words. A few of the interesting ones are cash,
cheetah, juggernaut, teak, nirvana, vivid and zen. #IndiaUnveiled

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21 October

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20 October

According to legend, the modern city of #Gurgaon once belonged


to #Dronacharya, the teacher who trained the Pandavas in martial
arts. The name Gurgaon literally means the village of the teacher.
#IndiaUnveiled

Indian Physicist and Biologist Jagdish Chandra Bose was one


of the pioneers in radio technology. During the years 1894-1900,
Bose performed research on radio waves and even did a public
demonstration where he ignited gunpowder and rang a bell at
a distance using microwaves. Boses work predates that of
Marconi who is most often associated with the development
of radio. #IndiaUnveiled

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22 October

In the rainforests of Meghalaya, bridges are not built, theyre


grown. Vines and roots of trees grow across streams and rivers
here, providing access to many hundreds living in the forest.
Some of the bridges are several decades old and strong enough
to support the weight of 50 or more people at the same time.
#IndiaUnveiled

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23 October

According to the National Geographic, the Maha Kumbh Mela


is the largest religious gathering in the world. An estimated
30 million people visited the Maha Kumbh Mela held at
Allahabad on 10 February, 2013 alone. #IndiaUnveiled

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24 October

Jadav Molai Payeng began burying seeds, when he was a


teenager, along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in Assam
to grow a refuge for wildlife. The spot today hosts a sprawling
1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly.
#IndiaUnveiled

25 October

Savitribai Phule was the first female teacher of the first womens
school in India and is also considered as the pioneer of modern
Marathi poetry. In 1852 she opened a school for Dalit girls in
Pune and went on to open 17 more schools for girls.
#IndiaUnveiled

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26 October

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Kautilyas Arthashastra describes the sophisticated societies of


ancient India. The traffic rules stated that bullock carts were not
allowed without a driver and that a child could ride a cart only if
he or she was accompanied by an adult. Codes for building
construction, waste disposal and rules against interfering in
neighbours affairs were also in place. Its surely a legacy which
Indias modern cities should live up to (Indicative Image).
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27 October

A poet, author, composer and painter who had a great impact on


Indian and Asian literature, he was the first Non European to win
the Nobel prize for literature in 1913. Tagores compositions were
also chosen by two nations as national anthems: Indias Jana
Gana Mana and Bangladeshs Amar Shonar Bangla.
#IndiaUnveiled

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28 October

The PARAM 8000, when it was launched in 1991, was the


third supercomputer in the world. India had begun its foray in
supercomputing nearly 25 years ago after the world powers
denied India a supercomputer meant for weather research.
The latest machine in the series is the PARAM Yuva II
(Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled

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29 October

A prodigy in Mathematics. Self-taught. He rediscovered known


theorems in addition to producing new work and independently
compiled nearly 3900 results ( identities and equations). Most
of his work has been validated by the Mathematical community
decades later. According to noted English mathematician G. H.
Hardy, Ramanujan is in the same league as mathematicians such
as Euler and Gauss, two of the most influential mathematicians of
all time. #IndiaUnveiled

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30 October

According to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), the combined


drainage basin of Himalayas is home to some 3 billion people in
18 countries, almost half the worlds population. It is the source of
6 of Asias great rivers, including the Yangtze, Indus and Ganges
and home to thousands species of animals and plants.
#IndiaUnveiled

31 October

According to economic historian Angus Maddison, India was the


richest country in the world and had the worlds largest economy
during 1000 BCE and 1 C.E. He also estimates that, India
contributed 33% of the worlds Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
of the economy in 1 C.E which was far more than China and
even the Roman empire during its prime. #IndiaUnveiled

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India Unveiled is an initiative to share untold, amazing stories about


our incredible nation and inspire everyone to explore its rich heritage,
achievements and potential. The 30 India Unveiled stories are a testament
to the fact that theres a lot more left for us to discover. We hope to
carry on this journey with the same zeal and share a lot more of
the hidden treasures of our country.

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Published in India. October 2013


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