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Chit chat for chai


Karishma brings you seven things you could really do without, but are better off knowing.

Her warning: You may not like what you find. And you may not believe what is in fact, fact. 

But share them with your children. Step into someone else’s shoes. Imagine.

While planning a trip to Delhi and Agra, I realised my country has many ‘firsts’ — enough to make any Indian proud. Sometimes home is the place to find the most interesting chit chat for your chai!


One of the most intelligent games, popularly known as chess, was first invented in India and called Shatranja

Believe it or not, kung fu is a derivation of yoga. It was taught to the Chinese by an Indian Buddhist monk called Bodidharma.

The earliest dam and reservoir for irrigation was built in Saurashtra, India.

The historical Indo-Aryan language of Sanskrit is known to be the base and mother of all the current European languages.

Although modern images of India reflect poverty, India was known to be the richest country in the world until the invasion of the British in the 17th century.

The decimal system in use today was first recorded in Indian mathematics in 100 B.C.

Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine. Charaka, the father of medicine, consolidated Ayurveda some 2500 years ago.


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