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25 shocking facts that most Indians don’t know!

02102017

  1. Hockey is not the national game of India. In fact, India doesn’t have an official national game!
  2. India has has the largest vegetarian population of the world. 28.85% Indians are pure vegetarian.
  3. Diamonds were first mined in India. For 1,000 years, starting in roughly the 4th century BC, India was the only source of diamonds.
  4. That the “western” toilet we use in India today was invented during the period of the Indus Valley civilization (4000 years ago).
  5. The first rocket of India was so light and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  6. Varanasi, also known as Benaras, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
  7. Indian housewives hold more than 11% of the world’s gold, which is more than the reserves of  The US, Switzerland and Germany put together.
  8. The Indian national Kabaddi team has won all the world cups. They have also won all the Asian games to date. Just amazing!
  9. With over 1, 55,015 post offices India has the largest postal network in the world.
  10. Kumbh Mela is the world’s largest human gathering. It is even visible from the space.
  11. Chail in Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket pitch in the world. It is situated at an elevation of 2444 meters (above the sea level).
  12. India has more population than the entire western hemisphere of the earth.
  13.  Mawsynram of Meghalaya is the wettest inhibited place on the earth.
  14. India has never invaded or attacked a country.
  15. India has the largest English speaking population in the world.
  16. Indian Railways is one of the largest employer in the world with a 1.4 million-strong work force. That is more than the population of many countries. Indian Railways stands on 8th place amongst the largest employers.
  17. One of the pioneers in music systems and often regarded as the best Audio Equipment brand in the world called Bose Corporation was founded by an American of Indian descent, Amar Gopal Bose.
  18. Bandra Worli Sealink in Mumbai has steel wires equal to the earth’s circumference.
  19. It’s illegal to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India. NRIs and foreigners can’t leave with rupee.
  20. Great Indian scientist APJ Abdul Kalam visited Switzerland on 26th May 2006. Upon his arrival Switzerland announced 26th May as National Science day. A  great tribute to Missile Man of India.
  21. At Dal Lake in Srinagar, a new post office was inagurated in 2011. It is a floating post office.
  22. National anthem of Bangladesh “Amar Sonar Bangla” is written by Rabindranath Tagore.
  23. After defeating Germany 8-1 in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Major Dhyan Chand, the wizard of hockey, was summoned by Hitler. He was promised German citizenship, a high post in the German military and the chance to play for the German national side. Dhyan Chand however declined the offer.
  24. The game Snakes and Ladders originated in India.
  25. Border Security Force (BSF) of India is the world’s largest border guarding force.

4 Ways to Decrease Stress and Maximize Performance!


If you are stressed, then you can’t give 100% to your work. That affects your performance.

What is stress? It is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. 

When a person feels stressed by something going on around him, his/her body reacts by releasing chemicals into the blood. This gives the person more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if the stress is caused by physical danger. But this can also be a bad thing, if the stress is in response to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength. 

These are the 4 ways you can decrease stress:
1. Maximize endorphin production:  When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body. So, one of the quickest and surest ways to diminish the negative side effects of stress is to get your sweat on by getting into heavy excercise routine.
2. Learn how to say “no” more often: You have to learn to say ‘no’ to avoid unnecessary stress. Apply your mind and energy in something you really want to, don’t get involved in something unnecessary. This simple habit of saying ‘no’ to unnecessary things forces you to zero-in on what matters most for that particular day that will give you your biggest return on energy and time.
3. Go make someone else’s day: Strange? The positive feeling that you relalize after helping someone is priceless. 
4. Monitor your food habits: Avoid junk foods. Eat healthy and stay refreshed!
So, take care of your health and monitor what you put into your body on priority. 

Use these four strategies described above to minimise stress and maximise your performance.

15 records in cricket that look unbreakable for ever?


1. Rohith sharma’s unbeatable 264 individual ODI score.

2. Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets haul in an test innings against Pakistan in 1999.

3. Brain Lara’s unbeatable 400* individual test score.

4. Sachin Tendulkar’s most played 452 innings in ODI.

5. Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred international centuries. 51 in test and 49 centuries in ODI.

6. Ricky Ponting as captain with 219 wins in the 322 matches in which he led Australia.

7. Saurav Ganguly is the only player to win four consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards in ODIs. He did it against Pakistan in Toronto in 1997

8. Dhoni’s fastest stumping in 0.09 seconds.

9.Dravid’s 735 hours 52 minutes at the crease in Test cricket, the most for any batsman.

10. Yuvraj singh and Gayle’s fastest half century in 12 balls.

11. Mutthia Muralidharan’s 800 wickets in test cricket.

12. Average of 99.94 in test cricket by Don Bradman.

13.624 runs partnership in a test match. (Sangakkara – Jayawardene).
14. Highest total or score by a team in test match is made by Sri Lanka, 952 for 6 declared against India. 

15. Australia’s 16 consecutive test wins under the captaincy of Steave Waugh. 

Are you a ‘Leader’ or just a BOSS mismanaging a group of people?

In our work life, we meet lot of bosses but a very few leaders. Now most of the people will be confused that why am I differentiating between boss and leader?

If you are also managing people, then you must read this article and decide yourself if you are Leader or just a Boss.

1. Leader leads from the front: A leader will never just direct, he/she will be a part of the journey alongside the peers and will lead the way to the goal. On the other way, a Boss will only give order istead of helping the people under him.

2. Leader doesn’t dump work: A leader will never dump work on team members.  Good leader will never take the advantage of his/her position. A Boss, most of the times, will enjoy weekends and vacation and will order the team members to come to office and do the work. That’s the worst a boss can do to his team. A leader on the other hand will come to office at the holidays or weekends to set example for others and that motivates the team members to work better.

3. Leader will support the team: One of the most important sign of a good leader is he/she will support his team members in crucial situation and will encourage to do better. A boss on the other hand will scream on the members because of little mistakes and will try to show that the team members are not good enough like him/her. A good leader will always support the team members in front of third person.

4. Leader gives credit to team members: A leader will give all the credits to team members, a Boss will take all the credits.

5. Leader gives feedback personally: A leader must give feedback to point out the negatives and positives to team members, but he/she will do that personally to each and everyone so that one can understands his/her mistakes. A Boss on the other hand will keep talking in the back and that takes the moral of the team down.

Last but not the least, a person should never forget that he/she will be remembered and respected for his good attitude and behaviour, but not for his/her position. People don’t respect Boss, just fear the boss. Leader do things that earn him/her respect.

Now decide yourself, are you a ‘Leader’ or ‘A Bad   Boss’?

10 Rules You Should Follow in Corporate Life!


Working in corporate sometimes needs lot of maturity and patience. Here are some corporate rules for happy life: 
1. Don’t trust anyone blindly.

2. What happens in office, remain in office. Never take office gossips to home and vice versa.3. Enter office on time, leave on time. Your desktop is not helping improvement in your health.
4. Never make GF/BF and/or brother/sister in office. It will always backfire.
5. Expect nothing. If somebody helps, feel thankful. If not, you will learn to know things on your own.
6. Never rush for position. If you get promoted, congrats. If not, it doesn’t matter. You will always be remembered for your knowledge and politeness, not for your designation.
7. Never run behind office stuff. You have better things to do in life.
8. Avoid taking everything on your ego. Your salary matters. You are being paid. Use your assets to get happiness.
9. It doesn’t matter how people treat you. Be humble. You are not everyone’s cup of tea.
10. In the end nothing matters except family, friends, home, and Inner peace.
Share your views and missed Lessons in comment. 

Why India could never make it to Football World Cup? Read the 3 main reasons behind this.

Indian Football team was ranked 173 on March 2015 by FIFA. After lot of hard work and straight wins we climbed to 100 rank on June 2017. 

No. 11 is our captain Sunil Chhetri in this above photo.
The thing is, we have few Indian football followers. But the ones we have are very passionate about it.

We also have our club leagues like I League and ISL, they are like IPL of football. We also have government organised inter state tournament which is called the Santosh Trophy.

Now the question automatically comes to our mind that why are we still ranked 100, we should have been better. Here are some points that do not favor Indian football:

1. Finance – Career as a footballer in India is quite bleak. Only the best footballers in India can make a decent earning. The people who have taken up football as a profession are for their love for football, not for fame and money.

2. Opportunity and Infrastructure – Scouting for young talent for football in India is no where near to the level as it is for Indian cricket. The coaching level and infrastructure are not good enough to produce the best out of the players.
3. Administration and Public Interest – Some Indian people have an interest only for European Leagues or FIFA World Cup. Hardly anyone is excited about Indian football and the administration also does not seem to care about it. There was a match between India vs Kyrgyzstan in Bangalore in June 2017 and no one knew about it. We had 6000+ attendance that day though there were no posters or advertisements about the match!

Hope one day India will make it to the World Cup and we will be cheering for team India instead of Argentina, Brazil or other European countries. 

Will the caste based reservation system will ever come to an end in India?


Ever since ancient times, people in power have tried to retain the power using ‘Divide and Rule’ tactics. 

The term ‘Divide and rule’ was popularized only during the British rule in India. As is very clear from George Orwell’s masterpiece ‘1984’, a state of perpetual war can be very beneficial for the ruling party.

While reservation can’t be considered as war, there is a sense of enmity which is being fueled by most Governments. By making people of lower castes feel oppressed, and acting like saviours, ultimately political parties gain mileage.

When India gained independence, the idea of reservation by Dr. BR Ambedkar was a necessary step towards the development of the oppressed people. But there should have been a gradual shift away from that policy, maybe towards ‘economic-status based reservations’. This hasn’t been done mainly because of vote bank politics.

Any party which takes a stand against the system will stand to lose the next election as the opposition will tell the rural masses that they (the government) does not care for them.

There are two ways the ‘caste-based reservation system’ can come to an end:

(1) Whenever a government takes it’s 5 years term seriously and doesn’t think about the next election, half the job is done. There is a need of  strong governing party which decides that it is in the interest of the people if the system can be phased out, and they do not mind a significant loss of votes during the subsequent elections. 

(2) Common people have the main power. People are educated enough to understand how they’re being used as pawns in the greater game – if they realise that the move away from this system is not casteist, but only in national interest.

I would think there’s a greater chance of point number 2 happening, but unfortunately not in the near future.

15 Etiquette Rules You Should Never Forget!


Etiquettes are the customary codes of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.

1. Be punctual for all meetings, dates and get-togethers everything. Just plan everything thoughtfully and meaningfully. 

2. Don’t be mooch. Return what you borrow before it’s missed, ask before taking anything which definitely could be missing.

3. Be considerate when using your smartphone in between a meeting. Text if possible, and be low-key and quiet when you need to make or take a call.

4. Always help clean-up when you are at dinner party at someone’s place.

5. Never use text message when you communicate an extremely serious news or information. Try to call instead.

6. Always make sure that you are the only person who can hear music coming out of your earphones or headphones.

7. Never post confidential messages, information or images to social media.

8. Never force anyone to read, eat and do the same things you do. Talking about it is fine, but don’t be pushy or assertive.

9. Don’t be the person who always laughs or talks too loud.

10. Always split the bill equally while dinning out or at least genuinely offer to do so.

11. Don’t crash a party with an uninvited guest(s).

12. Always hold the door open when someone is right behind you. 

13. Be courteous of other human beings, and even more courteous of those who are less fortunate.

14. Don’t interrupt people when they are talking. 

15. Always thank the driver when you travel by auto, taxi, OLA or Uber. 

Why there is an Indian trend that “doctors marry doctors”?


Let’s try to understand this trend in India.

There is a saying, “Marriage is a beautiful thing. It is a most special friendship, friendship of two people who are equal”.

If you visit Indian matrimonial pages, you will find almost all the doctors are searching for a spouse who is also a doctor.

This may be because of proximity. As we like someone whose thinking matches to ours and who see the world with the same sight we see. Same applies in the case of two doctors.

We must have seen that some of the doctors say, “Only a doctor can understand what another doctor is facing. So mutual understanding is another factor. Plus they would be ridiculously rich together.”

It’s just sad such a trend actually exists. Understanding a person because he/she does the same job as you do may be a feeble beginning to a relationship.

Additionally, we would like to say that Love doesn’t see professions, love doesn’t see your bank balance, love doesn’t see your educational qualification. For a relationship to be stronger, understanding each other’s need is the main key.

Note: NO MATTER YOU ARE A DOCTOR OR AN ENGINEER OR A LAWYER OR A FARMER OR ANYONE, IT IS NOT NECESSARY THAT YOUR PARTNER SHOULD HAVE THE SAME PROFESSION.

7 unfortunate truths about Indian Software industry. 


Theoretically, a software engineer is a person who applies the principles of software engineering to the design, development, maintenance, testing and evaluation of a software product.

But, some of the general facts about Indian Software Engineers are:

1. This country is producing software engineers in mass without required skill set. That’s because of the huge business in education system. Recently Indian government has asked some odd 800 engineering colleges because of poor infrastructure.

2. Unfortunately, most of the engineers are doing tasks which anyone with basic computer knowledge can do. This is also a outcome of education business. Engineering is now considered as normal graduation and work standard has degraded.

3. Bench is considered as the paid vacation by the most of the engineers.

4. Manual testers are believed to be minority group and untouchables in the industry. 

5. Maintaining task tracker and other project documentations consumes more time than the actual coding.

6. Most of the software engineers are worried about leaves rather than work, thanks to the work culture of Indian software companies. 

7. The last but not the least, most of them are software engineers until they crack Bank PO/CAT/GMAT and other streams which make their engineering degree of no use in the first place.