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India is a big country not only in terms of area and population, but also in terms of diversity. Knowing everything about this great country is almost impossible. Here are 29 shocking things that will make you even more curious about India.

1. Hindi is not the National Language of India
There are more than 20 official languages and Hindi is one of them but it is not our National language. Official languages are the ones which a country uses to communicate on an official level. In fact, there are some cities in India like Chennai, where people are happy not to communicate in Hindi.

2. India does not have a National Game
It's not hockey and definitely not cricket. In an RTI reply, the Centre said that India does not have a National game.

3. There are places in India where men demand gender equality for themselves
There are places in India where a man marries a woman and moves into his mother-in-law's house. Khasi and the matrilineal Muslims in Minicoy, Lakshadweep are some of the examples.

4. Ghaziabad, Surat and Faridabad cities have made it to the list of World's Fastest Growing Cities and urban areas from 2006 to 2020
6. USB was developed by an Indian-American computer architect
Ajay V. Bhatt is the man behind USBs. You can also credit him for AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCI Express, Platform Power management architecture and various other chip-set improvements.


7. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch volunteered as an English teacher at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling , India
The actor, famous for portraying the role of Sherlock, took a year’s gap to teach English in Darjeeling. Lucky students, we must say!

8. The City Montessori School in Lucknow is the world's largest school in terms of the number of students
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, had 39,437 pupils and 2,500 teachers on December 29, 2011.

9.Buttons were invented in India
Yes, the shirt buttons we all use and don't acknowledge.

10. Dolphins are treated as ' non human persons' in India
Dolphins are extremely intelligent animals who also display culture, which was long-believed to be unique to humans. And that is exactly why The Government Of India declared that they must be treated like we treat humans. Captive Dolphins are also banned in India.

29. Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of famous band Queen had Indian parents
His parents were Parsis from Gujarat.

So how many did you already know?

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