Jaw Dropping India Facts: 11-15
11. In 1950, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) had a professor by the name Noam Chomsky. He was also a cognitive scientist and an American linguist. He managed to combine mathematics and linguistics after taking cues from Sanskrit works of Panini.
12. Did you know that Sanskrit actually helps in gray cell growth in our brain and those adults and children who have speech disorder can achieve high degree of clarity in pronunciation using Sanskrit?
13. Let’s talk a bit about the railways in India. Did you know that Indian Railways has the third largest railway network under single management in world? Here is a stunner. In case you didn’t know, if the rails of the railway network are laid down in a single line, it can go around the earth 1.5 times.
14. There are actually many facts about Indian Railways. Here is another stunner – the total number of passengers carried by Indian Railways in one day is a stunning 23 million. This is just 1 million shy of the total population of Australia – the continent nation. As of 2017, the total population of Australia stands at 24,630,097 (increasing as we write).
15. As of Fiscal Year 2015-2016, Indian Railways operates 13,000 passenger trains every day. There are additional 9,300 freight trains under the state-owned Indian railways. (source of data: Ministry of Railways).
Jaw Dropping India Facts: 16-20
16. Did you know that while whole of the railway network in India is state-owned, there is only one railway line in India that is privately owned. No one knows why that line was left alone when Indian Railways was being nationalized back in year 1952. That privately-owned railway is known as Shakuntala Railway, which operates antique train called Shakuntala Express which runs at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour. It runs between Yavatmal and Murtazapur in Maharashtra and the line stretches 190 kilometers in length.
Okay, since Indian Railways can actually give a separate article, we have decided (right now, as of writing this article that we will do a separate article on Indian Railways for those of you who are interested to know about it).
17. Did you ever notice the weird looking building etched on an old 1 Rupee Coin? It actually reads Cellular Jail, Port Blair. In case you didn’t know, that Cellular Jail is/was quite infamous and had 7 wings out of which 4 have been demolished. That jail is a national memorial and is located in Port Blair – the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India.
18. Majoli or Mājuli is biggest river island in world and is located in Assam. It belongs to the mighty Brahmaputra River. At the very beginning of the 20th century, the island had an area of 483 square miles or 1,250 square miles. However, because of erosion, the island has now been reduced to the size of just 136 square miles or 352 square kilometers. Fun Fact: Majoli is also India’s first Island District.
19. Brahmaputra is also boasts the world’s smallest river island which goes by the name Umananda. Mythology is attached with this island which states that Lord Shiva made this island for his wife Parvati’s (whose other name is Uma) pleasure and happiness and hence the name Umananda (Uma is the name of Parvati and Ananda means happiness).
20. Here is yet another interesting fact about Umananda Island. It is actually the home to Golden Langur (one of the most endangered primate species in world).