To celebrate India’s unity in diversity Bright Side collected 16 facts that make the country super special.
1. The world has 4 seasons, India has 6.
The traditional Indian calendar describes 6 seasons.
- Spring: Mid-February to Mid-April
- Summer: Mid-April to Mid-June
- Monsoon: Mid-June to Mid-August
- Autumn: Mid-August to Mid-October
- Winter’s Eve: Mid-October to Mid-December
- Winter: Mid-December to Mid-February
2. The world’s got about 8000 languages and in India, alone, there are 1600.
While most countries have one, 2, or 3 languages, India has over 1600 of them. Out of all of these, about 122 are classified as major languages. 30 of these are spoken by more than a million native speakers. But don’t be overwhelmed if you are planning to visit India, India has one of the largest English speaking populations in the world, second only to the US.
Fun fact: Despite having so many languages, India doesn’t have a national language.
3. There’s a school that collects plastic waste instead of money as tuition.
While there’s a big conversation going on in the world about rising tuition fees, a school in India came up with the ingenious idea of collecting plastic waste from their students, instead of money, as a fee. This step not only makes it easier for poor students to go to school, but it also helps by reducing the amount of plastic that gets thrown away instead of being recycled.
4. Honking is encouraged.
Most Indian trucks have the words “Horn OK Please” or “Blow Horn” painted on the back. This is a signal to the driver driving behind it to honk before passing them on the road. Honking is a common phenomenon in India, and you will hear it in any city you go to.
5. While there’s been a decrease in green cover across the world, in India it has risen.
According to a recent NASA finding, over the past 20 years, while there has been massive deforestation all over the world, the green cover in India has increased so much that it has contributed to an increase in the green cover worldwide. In fact, there was a massive tree planting drive in 2017 that set a world record. During this drive, 66 million saplings were planted in about 12 hours.
6. Men hug and hold hands.
In India, men who hug each other when they meet for the first time, or male friends holding each other’s hands while walking is a common sight.
7. The number of people who travel on the Indian railways every day is equal to the population of Australia.
While it is common knowledge that India is a populous country (it is the second most populous country, only China has a larger population) the scale of it might be difficult to imagine. To put things into perspective, just imagine that the number of people who travel by rail in India every day is equal to the population of Australia.
8. You are in luck, if you are in India. Everything is just so inexpensive.
Everything in India is very inexpensive, unless you want to really splurge. A sumptuous meal will set you back by as little as $5 and a cup of coffee only costs 20 cents. Accommodations in hotels and hostels are also very affordable. You can spend a night in a hotel for less than $15. Traveling within a city or from one city to another will cost you less than almost anywhere else in the world. So whether you decide to spend your night in a hotel or on a train, your wallet will always be happy.
9. You can get vegetarian food at McDonald’s. Don’t miss McAloo Tikki.
While the world is slowly catching up on vegetarianism, it has been a way of life in India for a long time. In fact, India has the lowest per-person meat consumption in the world. This is because about 80% of the population practice Hinduism, which promotes a vegetarian diet. So, if you are a vegetarian, you will have no difficulty finding vegetarian restaurants and cafes.
But if you want to eat meat or fish, don’t worry, there are plenty of places that sell that as well.
10. You get bonus points if you can decode the mysterious Indian head wobble.
The nodding of the head in India is a sign of a “Yes” or a “No.” But how the head is nodded differs in different parts of the country. You have to be a local to understand the secret language of head wobbling. So, during your travels, while you might think that the nodding was a “Yes,” in reality, the person might be saying “No,” therefore it is advisable that you get a verbal answer and not just rely on the non-verbal signal.
11. The game of Cricket is almost like a religion in India.
The game of Cricket is played and watched as if it were something spiritual. People celebrate with fervor when their team wins and mourn when it loses. If you want to experience India, you should give the game a try. You can join a group of kids while they are playing or buy a ticket to the stadium to watch a game.
12. You won’t find toilet paper in toilets.
Toilets in India don’t usually have toilet paper. Indians prefer to wash using water after doing their toilet business, so instead of toilet paper, you will find a small bucket and a small mug.
13. There’s a town where banks don’t have locks on the front door.
In Shani Shingnapur, a famous temple town in India, residents don’t have doors or locks on their houses. This is because people believe that they are protected by God. The town got its first bank in 2011 and there’s no lock on its door either.
14. ’Chess’ and ’Chutes and Ladders’ originated in India.
India is the birthplace of 2 popular board games: “Chess” and “Chutes and Ladders.” The indigenous name of Chess is Chaturanga, which means “4 divisions of an army” (namely elephants, chariots, cavalry, and infantry), and is thought to have originated in the 6th century, AD.
Chutes and Ladders originated in ancient India and was called “Moksha Patam.” It was also associated with the traditional Hindu philosophy of contrasting karma and kama, or destiny and desire.
15. It’s the country of festivals.
Being the religious country that India is, it is natural that it has many festivals dedicated to many gods and goddesses. And each festival is unique in how it’s celebrated, but they all have something in common: they’re all very vibrant and colorful.
Take for example the festival of colors, or Holi as it is known in India. This festival celebrates love, the start of spring, and the triumph of good over evil. On this day people take to the streets to drench each other with colored water and colored powder. The entire country turns colorful on this day. People in some towns have a special version of the festival where women hit men who have thrown color at them using wooden sticks and the men protect themselves using special shields. This version is known as the “Lathmar Holi.”
16. It’s the land of beautiful people.
India can definitely be called the land of beautiful people, and you will agree if you have watched Bollywood movies or been to India. Also, India has one of the highest numbers of winners in the Miss World competition, with a total of 6. So along with the delicious food and colorful festivals, you will also be in the company of people whose beauty is unrivaled.
Have you ever been to India? Let us know in the comments what surprised you the most while you were there. And if you haven’t visited this country, now you have more reasons to plan your next vacation there.
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
Research Says That People Who Blush Are More Generous and Trustworthy
Some people feel uncomfortable when they blush, because they believe that this reaction of their body makes them appear timid and insecure. However, the reality is very different, because blushing can make us look more sincere and trustworthy to other people.
Today, we at Bright Side would like to tell you why blushing is not a sign of weakness, as many used to think.
Humans are the only ones that blush.
Humans are the only species known to blush, according to the findings of Darwin. After observing the gestures of monkeys, while conducting his studies on evolution — he defined this reaction as “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions,” that probably happens because of a social defense mechanism that humans create against feelings like guilt or shame.
It makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
The truth is that, although it could be a social defense mechanism that speaks to our discomfort, we are more attractive when our cheeks begin to turn pink. This gesture reflects a bit of vulnerability, and it’s for that very reason that it also creates a sense of intimacy that is striking to the opposite sex. In addition, it makes us look radiant, which is why, when putting on makeup, we apply pink powder on our cheeks.
People who blush are more trustworthy.
According to a study that has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who blush easily are people who are considered to be trustworthy and more generous, compared to those who don’t react in the same way. The researchers of this study also claim that other forms of moderately expressing embarrassment and social vulnerability are true signs of virtue, since it’s not possible to reproduce these reactions voluntarily.
Other gestures that reveal our emotional state
In a series of experiments, 60 college students were videotaped recounting embarrassing moments. The results indicated that blushing generates trust in other people and that’s why we shouldn’t try to hide it. This investigation includes people who react with gestures like a downward gaze, covering their face, laughing involuntarily, and blushing at the slightest provocation.
Why we blush when we feel embarrassed
Our face turns red because when we are in an embarrassing situation, the body releases adrenaline, which is what causes the redness of the skin, as it increases the blood flow to the blood vessels. This process is linked to our sympathetic nervous system and, for this reason, we can’t control it. We can also feel our heart rate speed up, our breathing increase its frequency, and in some people it can cause them to start sweating.
When it comes to blushing, it’s impossible to lie.
Blushing is something that we, human beings, are unable to avoid. It’s a set of involuntary bodily functions that are unleashed when we are exposed to a situation that embarrasses us, although not always in an unpleasant way. But it always shows that something matters to us and that, if we’ve done something wrong, we do have the desire to fix it. Because of this, this reaction is linked to honesty. So, if you see your partner blushing, you should believe in what your eyes are seeing.
Do you blush very often? Do you find it embarrassing or is it something that doesn’t worry you too much? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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