Every Indian knows about the greatness of Mahatma Gandhi and the winning stats of the Indian Cricket team. However, very few keep a tab of Kabaddi team and know who Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh is. India is a country known for more bad than good. Known for poverty, crime andcorruption among other things, India has slowly become more of a “must avoid” rather than a “must visit” country over the years. But it is not all bad in the 7th largest and 2nd most populated country in the world. Here are some not-so-known facts about our country that will raise your eyebrows in surprise.

1. Maitri and Bharati

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India is one of the nine nations to have multiple stations in the coldest region on earth – Antarctica. At first, India built Maitri, its first station in 1989. In 2012, India launched Bharati, another station that has been operational since 2012. 

2. Gir cows

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Would you believe us if we told you that 18 Gir cows were responsible for boosting Brazil’s economy? In 1930, Brazil was low on production of milk and dairy products due to the lack of productive cow breeds. Therefore, they planned to import cow breeds from around the world. Brazilians chose three breeds from India – Gir and Kankrej from Gujarat and Ongole from Andhra Pradesh. 18 Gir cows were given to Brazil by Maharaja Krishna Kumarsinhji Bhavsinhji Gohil of Bhavnagar state. The Gir cows increased the milk production of Brazil by 90%. However, today, only 3,000 Gir cows are said to be left in the region.

3. Hakki Pikki tribe

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In Bhadrapur, located on the outskirts of Bangalore, people are called by the most unusual names. The Hakki-Pikki tribe name their children after things, places and popular brands. For instance, if a kid is born in December, he/she will be called December. So there are people named English, Coffee, Bus, Train, Military, Hotel, Dollar, Google, British, Anil Kapoor, High Court, and Elizabeth in the village!

4. Superstitions

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In a land of mythical creatures and wild imagination, superstitions are bound to follow. Indians are very superstitious about basically everything from crossing the road after a cat crosses to not wearing new clothes on a Saturday. Even accepting or giving something with the left hand is considered bad luck. These customs are followed rigidly by everyone; rich or poor. Placing a flower garland on a new motorbike or automobile is a must as they believe it should be blessed before they can use it.

5. Take it to The Streets

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India is a country that likes to take things to a whole different level but this is insanely wonderful. The streets are actually where most Indians spend their time. Whether you want something to eat or need something fixed, you can be rest assured that you will find it on the street and for a poultry amount. From shoe repairs, fast food, ayurvedic doctors, bone “specialists”, ear and nose cleaners, hair dressers and a lot more can be found on the road. All you need to do is just look.

6. Obesity on the Rise

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Not unlike the rest of the world, Indians are gradually starting to pack on the pounds and are inching their way to obesity (no pun intended). With the rise of fast food and packaged processed foods hitting the supermarkets, fresh food is being forgotten about. As people are putting a greater emphasis on work, they have no time to cook a meal and carry it to work. They would rather buy a cheap fast food meal from the roadside and head back to work. The funny thing is that this ground shaking (again, no pun intended) revelation is not only affecting humans, but animals too. The pets we keep at home are being fed with the same processed food and they are getting fatter by the meal.

7. Deadly roads

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A statistic states that there are more road deaths in India than in any other country in the world. It is due to terrible road conditions, and drivers who break traffic rules.