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Things you probably didn’t know about India

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Everyone knows that India ranks second in the world in terms of population and might surpass China in few years. But, there are many things, which you might not be aware of about this rising country in Asia.

India is the largest importer of Gold in the world. India ranks at #141 in terms of per capita income across the world. However, people in India hold the highest combined amount of assets in gold.

Gold Imports in India

Gold Imports in India

Main trade parters of India include UAE, United States, China, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Germany. The country imported merchandise worth $466 billion in 2013 and paid for services worth $124.6 billion.

Indian Trade Partners

Indian Trade Partners

After Hollywood, India has the biggest entertainment industry. Bollywood in India released 201 movies in 2014 followed by 195 movies by Telugu cinema and 215 Tamil movies. Still only 4 percent of Indians go to watch movies in theaters on a regular basis.

Indian Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Govinda and Aamir Khan.

Indian Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Govinda and Aamir Khan.

India produces 15.2 tons of Mango per year, nearly 36 percent of the total consumption across the world. Mango is the national fruit of India and is available mainly during summer season. The Mughal emperor Akbar (1556-1605 AD) is said to have planted a mango orchard having 100,000 trees in Darbhanga, eastern India. Mango plays significant role in the spiritual life of Indians as well. Mango blossoms are also used in the worship of the goddess Saraswati.

India and Pakistan are among the biggest exporters of Mangoes

India and Pakistan are among the biggest exporters of Mangoes

 

While India lags behind in terms of research in the modern times, things weren’t like this in the past. Chess was invented in India. Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus originated in India. Ancient health care system Ayurveda originated in India.

Indians introduced the amazing indoor game Chess to the world.

Indians introduced the amazing indoor game Chess to the world.

Indian space agency ISRO has been credited with advanced yet low cost missions. Compared to U.S. space agency NASA and space agencies from other developed countries, Indian space scientists have managed to launch many missions at fraction of cost in the western world.

India's first mission to Mars on board PSLV C25.

India’s first mission to Mars on board PSLV C25.

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