10 Things You Do Not Know About Yoga

1. Yoga was first mentioned in Rig Veda

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But the exact history of Yoga is obscure due to its oral transmission. Modern scientists belive it to be as old as 10,000 years! Continue reading

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Pictures of India that will shock the World

1- Mumbai

 

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India has much more than Taj Mahal!

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Bangalore Palace, Bengaluru

Laxmi Vilas Palace – Baroda, Gujarat
Thirumalai Nayak Palace – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Ujjayanta Palace – Agartala, Tripura
Lake Palace – Udaipur, Rajasthan
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
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 Jag Mandir
Jag Mandir (Hindu Temple-palace) is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. The palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The construction of the palace was started in 155. It is named as

 

The New Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India

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Jaisalmer Fort Palace, Rajasthan, India

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Mohabbat Maqabara Palace in Junagadh, Gujarat, India

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Akshardham Temple, India

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The Golden Temple, Amritsar

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

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Mysore Palace

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Meenakshi Temple

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Samode Palace, Jaipur

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Junagad Palace-fort of Gujarat

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Qutab Minar

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Neemrana Fort Palace

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Shocking Facts About INDIA- The Golden Bird

1-  India was the world’s largest economy during the years 1 AD and 1000 AD. In 1500 AD India’s economy had a 24.5% share of world income, the second largest in the world after China, which had a 25% share.

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2-During the period when the Mughals ruled India, the country’s income was 17.5 million Pounds, which was greater than the entire treasury of Great Britain.

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3- World’s Richest Man in 1937 was an Indian named- Osama Ali Khan, who bought 50 Rolls Royce and used them to dump his garbage just to show off the wealth Indians possessed when a British official who made fun of his capacity to buy one Royce! He also brought the largest diamond in the world, the Jacob Diamond, which was worth $200 million and used it as a paperweight. In 2008, Forbes magazine listed the Nizam as the “fifth all-time wealthiest” person with a net worth of $210.8 billion

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4-  The Peacock Throne: This magnificent piece of ancient India’s artifact was made up of 1150kg of gold and 230kg of precious stones including 185 carats Kohinoor. In 1999 it was estimated that this throne would have cost $804million dollars or roughly Rs 4.5 billion.

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5-Kohinoor is 106 carats diamond and was once the largest diamond in the world. It is said that the diamond is 5000 years, called Syamantaka jewel. It got transferred to the hands of many Indian and Persian rulers. It was mounted on the Peacock Throne on the commands of Shah Jahan and was taken away by British during 1851, to be placed on the Queen’s Crown.

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6- The pearls which Julius Caesar presented to Brutus’ mother and the famous earring of Queen Cleopatra were traded from India.There are several references of gold trade from India to other parts of the world.

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7- Maharani Indira Devi, a mother of Gayatri Devi, was a fashion connoisseur. The Queen of Cooch Behar ordered 100 pairs of shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo (one of the most famous designers of the 20th century). Some of those shoes were studded with diamonds.

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8- Nadir Shah’s Treasures

The Persian invader Nadir Shah invaded India in 1739.It is said, that the loot was so massive that his treasure caravan was said to be 150 miles long. People in Persia did not pay taxes for 3 years after the massive loot from India.

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9-India’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple,Chamber B

The Treasure found inside the  Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Chamber A under court orders of 2011 was estimated to be $ 22 Billion.The Supreme Court of India later ordered that Vault B be opened only after proper documentation of articles found in the Vault A. The Priests of the Temple claim that Vault B has a bigger treasure than Vault A.

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10-  India still holds the position of World’s Biggest Consumer of Gold ( 700 tonnes per year)

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India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history despite being looted for centuries by Mughals, Portuguese, Persians, French and British. India was rightly named Golden Bird as few texts claim that India during Mughal Empire had around 11,000 Golden Temples.

There must be a reason why CEO of World’s Greatest Companies is either Indian or of Indian origin.

According to research from St. Gallen University in Switzerland, Indian executives are inclined toward participative management and building meaningful relationships with subordinates. “The leadership style traditionally employed in India fostered an emotional bond between superiors and subordinates,”

According to US Census Bureau, Indians stand out as the richest as well as most educated ethnic group in the country.

Perhaps most importantly, the Indian managers get to the top because they persevere. Most of those I mentioned had the patience to rise through the ranks at their companies, learning their business thoroughly from every angle. Nooyi joined Pepsi in 1994, Jain took his first job at Deutsche Bank a year later, Menezes has been with Diageo since 1997, Narayen was hired by Adobe in 1998, and Nadella’s appointment crowns a 22-year career with Microsoft.

There is nothing specifically Indian about empathy, humility, patience and an ability to dream. Yet it is these qualities that appear to have created the “Indian club” of overachievers in global business.

1. Sundar Pichai – Google

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Pichai Sundararajan, better known as Sundar Pichai, is a technology executive and current CEO of Google Inc, under the holding company of Alphabet Inc. He joined Google in 2004 and has headed various projects including Chrome and Jive.

Earnings: ~ 50 million dollars

2- Satya Nadella – Microsoft

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He worked with Sun Microsystems as a member of its technology staff before Microsoft in 1992. He then worked under various roles before he was appointed as the CEO.

Earnings: ~ 84 million dollars

3- Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo

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Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. She then joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and later on held strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri. She was named the president and the CFO after 7 years in the firm and became the CEO in the year 2011.

Nooyi says: “You need to look at the employee and say, ‘I value you as a person. I know that you have a life beyond PepsiCo, and I’m going to respect you for your entire life, not just treat you as employee number 4,567.'”

Earnings: ~ 18.6 million dollars

4- Shantanu Narayen – Adobe Systems

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He started off with a career at Apple and then moved on to serving as the director of desktop and collaboration products for Silicon Graphics. He then co-founded Pictra Inc., a company that pioneered the concept of digital photo sharing over the Internet. He also serves on Management Advisory Board of the current President of the States.

Earnings: ~ 17.8 million dollars

5- Nikesh Arora – SoftBank

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It is the largest telecom companies in Japan and also one the leading investors in major startups in India. Before joining the giant, Nikesh worked with Google as a Chief Business Officer. He is known to the third highest paid executive in the world.

Earnings: ~ 132 million dollars

6-Sanjay Jha – Global Foundries

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Global Foundries is the world’s first full-service semiconductor foundry with a truly global manufacturing and technology footprint. Before taking up the top job at Global Foundries, he served as the CEO of Motorola mobility and later on for Qualcomm.

Earnings: ~ 8.6 million dollars

7. Ajit Jain – Berkshire Hathaway Insurance

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One of the favourites of Warren Buffett, Ajit Jain is currently the President of the leading insurance group and is also shortlisted as one of the two successors for the position of the CEO. He previously worked with Mckinsey & Co.

Earnings: ~ 10 million dollars

8. Dinesh Paliwal – Harman Industries

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A leader in the market of premium audio and infotainment systems for the automotive, consumer and professional businesses. He worked at the ABB Group as President Global Markets and Technology, before he moved to Harman group.

Earnings: ~ 10.6 million dollars

9. Ajay Banga – MasterCard

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He is the current president and CEO of one of the leading financial services company. Recently, President Barack Obama appointed Banga to serve as a Member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is also the chairman of the United States – India Business Council (USIBC), a member of a board of directors of the Dow Chemical Company, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the member of International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.

Earnings: ~ 12.4 million dollars

10. Rakesh Kapoor – Reckitt Benckiser

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A UK listed MNC which deals in consumer goods and is a producer of health, hygiene and home products. He literally worked his way up the ladder in the company and worked in different roles including Regional Sales Manager, General Manager, and Regional Marketing Director.

Earnings: ~ 17 million dollars

Source – Bloomberg.com

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Amreekan Desi

The heart of an Indian living abroad is never far from his homeland !

“You can take a man out of India but you cannot take India out of a man!

India’s population living abroad is the largest in the world with 1.6 crores (16 million) people living outside the country. Desi folks are all over the Globe. We are pioneers,CEOs of world’s greatest global companies,a country which has more than a million millionaires,where diversity brings beauty, not chaos,where religion is  a way of living and Enlightenment is a necessity.

America still remains the first choice for any Indian to settle down. We are 2 million in the country already.What happens when Desi becomes an Amreekan is quite funny.

Well, to start with, they are just a bunch of normal people who live abroad (not necessarily “developed” in the holistic sense).They can be split broadly into two distinct categories: The Never Return to India and The Now Return to India.

The Never Return is a unique breed of people. Their uniqueness lies in the fact that they think they are the most fortunate people in this world. For them, India is a third world country which is confined to those once-in-a-few-years visits for the sake of completing the formality of seeing their loved ones. For them, India is a chaotic, unhygienic and polluted place where they can’t live for a second without Bisleri water and where the sound of honking is noise pollution.

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Now, let’s come to the Now Return category. This constitutes a considerable proportion of people. They are actually in love with their homeland so much that they want to come back as soon as possible (or that’s what they say!!) They enroll their kids in Indian international schools so that they are in line with the Indian schooling system. They make sure that the kids learn Carnatic music, dance, cricket, etc. For this bunch of guys, the Indianness factor imbibed within their families is not a formality but something that they yearn for immensely.

The ” Never Return” breed of people do certain things like developing a fake accent and start criticizing anything “Indian” be it festivals,religion,politics or people. In their heads, they are Americans born in India. They ape everything that Whites do blindly. It’s such a pity if you can not value where you came from ,be it your family,your country or your people.

Indians who acquire American citizenship start looking down upon fellow Indians who just arrived in the USA. Some of them even start accusing them as ” Bloody Indians. What are you doing in my country”.

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Its a rare sight to find an Indian talking to another Indian in Hindi or any other native language. There is nobody more racist than an Indian guy towards another Indian in a foreign land. When I walk down the street, Whites greet me with a smile but people from my own country act like they saw an alien. It’s something that we need to worry about.

I have been living in the USA for quite a few years now and the only racism I faced came from my own countrymen . The belief that you have to despise your own country in order to settle down in another one is getting viral. There are desi folks who want to celebrate every Indian festival but would not stop mentioning how horrible Indian Culture is or how much they despise their own traditions. They take pride in saying that they hate going to Indian stores or watch Bollywood movies or eat samosas.

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There is not much difference between the annoying neighborhood aunties from India and desi pretending to be am-ree-kan within few years of landing in this country- they both desperately need a Life.

The World is getting “Indianized “

As India gets increasingly globalised, the World is getting increasingly ” Indianized
Be it the celebrations of Indian Festivals across the world, Hollywood celebrities donning Indian fashion, Bollywood being feted across the continents, or Indian cuisine being hailed by the President – India continues to influence the world in more ways than we can imagine.Yoga. Mantras. Bollywood. Henna tattoos Once unique to India, each of them has now become commonplace in households across the globe. From curries to computers, self-realization to arts, India is likely to leave a positive and permanent impact on the World. Let’s celebrate this phenomenon as Proud-India

1- Yoga Festivals across the World
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Millions of people around the world practice yoga to find spiritual insight and improved health.  .Any gym is bound to teach a yoga class. Pilates has been influenced by ancient Indian spiritual exercises.Yoga has been in Vogue all over U.K, U.S.A and Canada.

  Bhangra and Bollywood Dance In American Gym

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Masala Bhangra is the first Indian-inspired dance and fitness program that is ACE, AFAA and AFLCA approved running successfully since 15 years.Bhangra, a North Indian folk dance, has been incorporated into gym workouts. Sarina Jain, the Indian American creator of The Masala Bhangra Workout, says she’s “the first to bring Indian dance to the U.S. fitness industry at a global level.” The DVD has been named one of the five hottest workouts by America Online

Indian Fashion roars in Hollywood

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Hollywood and Bollywood have had a longstanding love affair, and there’s a rich history of inspiration and exchange between the two film production powerhouses. What do you think of celebrities wearing bindis, jewellery, mang tika and other Indian stylistic elements?Heidi dressed up as Kali for Halloween last year, and despite criticism, she says that she is a great admirer of Hinduism and Indian culture

Personalities like Ashley Judd, Cameron Diaz, Madonna, Jessica Alba, Patricia Arquette, Pamela Anderson, Lady Gag, Helen Mirren and Anna Kournikova have styled themselves in a sari.Designer Kanika Saluja has made forays into the Indian market with Hollywood celebs going gaga over her stuff

Karma, Moksha, Guru and Yogi are universally understood words from India

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This ancient Vedantic technique to reach inner peace has been popularised by Indian gurus who have spread the practice throughout the West; one transcendental meditation organisation claims to have taught more than 50,000 students across the United States, Latin America and Africa during the past two years alone.

The bestselling book (and then film) “Eat, Pray, Love” has further popularised the use of meditation to tame the mind. Julia Roberts, who plays the protagonist in the film, even identifies herself as a Hindu who regularly meditates.

Ayurveda is nothing short of a Million Dollar Business
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Today, about thirty companies are leading the way, with a million dollars or more per year in business to meet the growing demand for Ayurvedic medicine. The larger Ayurvedic medicine suppliers have also moved into the businesses of toiletries —soap, toothpaste, shampoo — which use traditional herbal ingredients. For example, L’Oreal has been reported to be looking into purchasing an Indian Ayurvedic skin care brand. Companies like Estée Lauder have created their own Ayurvedic spa treatments

Brazilians fascinated by Indian Shows

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Through television, Brazil has been particularly touched by India. Brazil’s 2009 Emmy Award-winning telenovela (soap opera), Passage to India, introduced Indian culture there on a broad scale.Brazilians are now fascinated by Indian clothing. I noticed malls consistently had at least one Indian themed store selling kurta tops – Indian style blouses which are popularly worn over skinny jeans or tights. I also saw men wearing t-shirts with pictures of Indian Gods and Goddesses

Howdy @Mars Curiosity

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The World applauded India’s Mangalyaan, World’s cheapest Mars Mission


“Our scientists have achieved this at a cost which is lesser than some Hollywood movies,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The mission is cheaper than Hollywood movie “Gravity”, which cost $100 million to make.

Rockstar Narendra Modi, the World Leader

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is now the third most followed world leader.Only the President of the United States Barack Obama and the Pope have more followers on Twitter.He saluted the crowd not once, but twice amid thunderous applause and quoted the Sanskrit Shloka: “Save Bhavanthu Sukhina: Sarve Santhu Niramayaa: Sarve bhadraṇi pashyanthu. Maa kashchit duḥkha bhaagbhavet”, that calls for peace in the world.

Indian Cuisine makes a splash across the Globe

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Indian cuisine is so popular that many Hollywood shows have references to it, showing it as part of their popular culture. No longer is curry made fun of as food that will give one a bad tummy. In any part of the world, you can find signature Indian Spices like ajwain, dalchini, cloves, black cardamom, star anise, dhania and tamarind seeds are among the more popular.

Indian spices have captured the popular imagination by featuring in films like Mistress Of Spices and Today’s Special and a whole host of television shows like Outsourced and The Big Bang Theory.

Indians chaats have now transformed themselves into hybrid versions globally, like naanwiches and chapati tacos.Indian food including kebabs, chicken tikka masala, biryani, curries, masala dosa and even the humble naan are immensely popular and available in places like UK, Canada, the Middle East, US and even China.

While one would believe that it is the chicken tikka masala or kebabs that would make for the most popular Indian dish across the globe, a food survey conducted a year back stated that masala dosa is the one Indian dish every global citizen must try before they die! In Britain, so popular is Indian food that chicken tikka masala is synonymous as the national dish, beating old favourites like shepard’s pie and fish and chips.

Indian Festivals create a BANG BANG across the Globe

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I was left awestruck by the HOLI at the Beach when I was in Los Angeles last year. We, in India, celebrate it for a single day in a year but America celebrates Holi for quite more than four months covering most of the states of US.

Fireworks boom, bulbs flash, and flames flicker as tens of millions of people across the globe celebrate the beginning of the Festival of Lights.Diwali is also celebrated outside of India mainly in Guyana, Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Africa, Australia and the US.

Recent years have seen Diwali parties pop up in locations from Ontario, Canada to Melbourne, Australia, where traditional Diwali celebrations mix with showcases for Indian food, music, dance, and film.

From Singapore’s Little India district to rural Somerset, UK, Reporters have sent pictures of Diwali lights shining out.


“It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Enriched by successive waves of migration and marauders from distant lands, every one of them left an indelible imprint which was absorbed into the Indian way of life. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. It is this variety which provides a breathtaking ensemble for experiences that is uniquely Indian. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. There are perhaps very few nations in the world with the enormous variety that India has to offer. Modern day India represents the largest democracy in the world with a seamless picture of unity in diversity unparalleled anywhere else.” – A rough guide to India

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Let me re-introduce India

The culture of India is rooted not only in its long history, unique geography and diverse demography but also by its ancient heritages. Regarded by some historians as the “oldest living civilisation of Earth”, the Indian tradition dates back to 8,000 BC and has a continuous recorded history for over 2,500 years.

It was known as ” Golden Bird” before British Invasion. There were about 11,000 Golden Temples in India during Mughal Empire. Till today, India holds the highest acquisition of Gold.

 
The World talks about Indian Values which are deeply rooted in our hearts and souls.We gifted the world Yoga, Ayurveda and Kamasutra. The word Politics was coined by Chanakya who is known as World Political Guru
 
.“Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks into the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. Amore or Pyar makes every man a poet, a princess of peasant girl if only for second eyes of man and woman meets.” 

― Gregory David RobertsShantaram

 
“…the designation of the wife in India, of the Hindu wife, is higher and grander than that of Empress. She is called Devi” 
― Virchand Gandhi
 
We owe a lot to Indians who taught us how to Count , without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made
 – Albert Einstein
 
India has two million Gods and worships them all.In Religion, all other countries are Paupers..only India is a Millionaire
 – Mark Twain

Many of the advances in Science that we consider today to have been in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago

 – Grant Duff British Historian of India
 
India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border
 – Huh Shih , Former Ambassador of USA to China
 
India is the cradle of human race, the birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend,great-grandmother of tradition.Our most valuable and most constructive materials in history of man are treasured up in India only
 – Mark Twain
 
Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Pythagorean Theorem and Number Zero came from India.The World’s first University, Takshila was established in India in 700 B.C.Sanskrit is the Mother of all European languages.According to the Forbes Magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language in Computer Software.
 
The Art of Navigation was born in river Sindh 6000 years ago.The word ” Navigation” derived from Sanskrit word – Navigaith.According to Gemological Institute of America, up till 1896, India was the only source of Diamonds to the World.First References to Astronomy were found in Rig Veda during 2000 B.C

Sushruta is the Father of Surgery. 2600 years ago, He practised complicated surgeries like cataract, caesareans, artificial limbs, fractures,urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgery.Usage of Anaesthesia was well known in Ancient India.
 
There are about 3.22 Million Indians in America

38 % of Doctors in America are Indians
12% of Scientists in America are Indians
36 % of NASA Employees in America are Indians
34 % Microsoft Employees in America are Indians
28 % of IBM Employees in America are Indians
17% of INTEL Employees in America are Indians