Facts about India

India is one of the larger countries in the world (7th largest to be exact), but most of us don’t know much about it. We really should though as the country has a very interesting history and noteworthy facts. We think that you will be surprised with a few of these, so here are some fact highlights:

War History

India has never invaded a single country in its entire history. There aren’t too many large countries who can make the same claim. We think that this is pretty special.

Obesity Epidemic

Obesity never used to be much of an issue in India, however, since westernized foods have become more obtainable the weight issues have increased and so has the amount of health issues.

The Home Of Chess

A long long time ago chess was invented and India is where it was created. Its origins date back to the 6th century AD.

Post Offices

An interesting fact is that India has the most amount of post offices in the world, greater than any other country.

University

Believe it or not, but the world’s first University was established in India. Established in 700BC, this University offered 60 subjects and attracted students from all over the world. This is a very impressive feat!

Diamonds

India is a large miner of diamonds and up until 1896, it was the only diamond miner in the world.

Yoga

Yoga first originated in India. Yoga has now been in existence for approximately 5,000 years!

Sources

http://knowindia.gov.in/myindia/myindia_frame.php?id=10
http://topratedweightlossshakes.com

Blog IndiaWe all know that parenting styles vary greatly in each culture. I assume that each culture think that they have the best style, but who really know for sure?

This is definitely not a complete list of differences, but it is the differences that we saw on our travels in India.

Discipline

In the west, disciplining a child by smacking their bottom or using a stick/cane is generally very frowned upon. And the thought of a teacher hitting a child, they would be terminated from their job and probably face some sort of criminal charges. Even the law favors children, handing out different and much more lenient sentences when compared with adults. But in India, the parents are always considered to be right and they may actually hit a child if it is misbehaving. Even teachers can actually strike children if they do not complete their homework or misbehave. A very different world.

Diapers

Diapers are also a different story in India. Not so much in the larger cities of India, but in the smaller towns I did notice that there weren’t many diapers around. Here in the west, we use disposable diapers or cloth diapers whereas many of the kids there simply use their underpants as a diaper. Or they use some sort of homemade cloth diapers in which I have my doubts if they could actually hold anything.

Wounds Can Become Easily Infected

Here in America, we tend not to worry so much about little scrapes on our children. We let our children play in the yard or even the street without a worry. And if they do get injured, they heal really quickly. But in India, there is a much higher risk of infection, so when a child gets a scrape, their injuries are tended to so they don’t get worse. It was quite surprising to see how much effort was put into taking care of these wounds.

file000753288887There is currently a crazy in India and has been happening for a couple of years now. What is this crazy? People trying to lighten their skin. You may ask how on earth would they be able to lighten their skin?

Well there are actually shower gel products out there that are used in your everyday shower and contain ingredients to actually lighten the skin. Now I know what you’re thinking because I am thinking the same thing. This must be bad for us.

If I was a betting person I would bet it is doing some pretty nasty things to those who are using it. But the fact of the matter is that there hasn’t really been enough research (that I have seen at least) to make a proper conclusion if it’s really bad for consumers or not. If I was thinking of using it, I would definitely wait until the proper independent research was conducted to make sure it’s actually safe to use.

It is a shame that these products have reached India’s shores as people there generally have really nice skin. So often very healthy looking and less susceptible to stretch marks and other imperfections. I haven’t seen any new studies with the effects of these products are having on the skin and body. Are they causing cancer? Making stretch marks more prominent?

One thing for sure, people in India with lighter skin are sought after. Seems like all the advertising there features very light looking Indians which is further exacerbating the issue. Think of the poor kids who will be wondering why they are so much darker than their parents and many other people around. The chances are they will want to get their hands on some of this shower gel as early as possible. In the meantime, while this is happening in India, darker skinned Indians are being sought after overseas for modeling contracts and TV appearances. Very strange situation it is.

Sources

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/india-skin-lightening
http://topratedweightlossproducts.com
http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/aug/14/indias-dark-obsession-fair-skin

Uncommon Foods In India

When we traveled to India we expected not to see many things especially in the food industry. We expected McDonald’s but not too many other western fast food chains. But we also saw Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks (not quite fast food). So it almost became a game of what foods are not in India. Here is a list of a few that we couldn’t find:

Wendy’s Fast Food

We didn’t see Wendy’s here in India which was a relief. There already is enough fast food here that they don’t need anymore. However, I did a little digging around on this topic and it looks like Wendy’s is on its way to India, but it just hasn’t gotten there yet.

Dairy Queen

Here is another major fast food company not in India. But unfortunately again, Dairy Queen has plans to expand into India shortly. Well at least they will be able to have delicious ice cream cake, not sure about the rest of the food though.

Protein Bars

This is one that I actually would have liked to have seen in India. I do enjoy eating protein bars especially on the go but couldn’t seem to find them anywhere. They could be there somewhere but we certainly didn’t see any.

Meat Pies

Another one we would have loved to have seen. Sometimes I get some major cravings for meat pies but I couldn’t find one appetizing enough to satisfy my cravings. Oh well, maybe one day…

Jack In The Box

Finally, we certainly didn’t see Jack In The Box fast food chain in India – thank you! We are not fans of Jack In The Box so we were happy not to see them there. Also, it looks like at the moment that Jack In The Box does not have any plans yet to head to India. We will see how they go.

Sources

http://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha/traditional-indian-foods-that-will-change-your-life-forev
http://realenergyfood.com