India: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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India is one of the most talked-about countries in the world. However, despite all of the attention it attracts, there are still some things about the country that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about India. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Ancient Skeletons Are Visible in a Lake for One Month Every Year. India’s Lake Roopkund is home to ancient skeletons that are up to 1,200 years old. However, they’re not always visible. The skeletons are visible for just one month of the year when the water clears up.

Number Fourteen: The High Court in Mumbai Has a Backlog of 300,000 Cases. Just a few years ago, up to four million cases were pending across all of India’s high courts. This may be due to the fact that around only two-thirds of the high court judge positions in India are currently filled.

Number Thirteen: Each Person in Mumbai Has Just 1.1 Square Meters of Open Space. Open space is a term used to describe areas including “gardens, parks, recreation grounds, and playgrounds.” For the sake of comparison, every person in New York City has 26.4 square meters of open space.

Number Twelve: It Has Asia’s Cleanest Village. The village of Mawlynnong, which is located in India’s Meghalaya state, is Asia’s cleanest village. The village is run by women and has an impressive 100 percent literacy rate.

Number Eleven: Hindus Apologize to Their Books. Have you ever accidentally apologized to an inanimate object? Well, in Hindu culture, people do it on purpose! If somebody drops a book or feels like they have mishandled it, they touch it to their forehead as a way to “apologize” to it.

Number Ten: They Have Package Specialists. People in India who want to send packages internationally often have to go see a package specialist. The specialist helps ensure the package gets to its destination when it should, often sealing the package with a wax stamp.

Number Nine: The Overcrowding on Commuter Trains Is a “Super-Dense Crushload.” And, in fact, the term “super-dense crushload” was invented solely to describe the situation on the commuter trains in Mumbai. Up to 550 people can fit in a single train car during rush hour, despite the fact that the cars were designed for 200 people. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about India, coming soon!

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