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India is the seventh-largest country in the world and it’s getting closer to being the first-most populous country with 1.366 billion inhabitants (statistics from 2019). Along with a lot of people, India is home to so many other amazing facts that take our breath away.

Take, for instance, India is home to the Taj Mahal, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Besides, it has over 300,000 mosques and over 2 million Hindu temples. And that’s not all, India has the highest rail bridge in the world and was the place where Hinduism, the oldest religion in the world, was born.

India has so much to offer, from the popular game “Snakes and Ladders” or “Parchis”, did you know they both originated in India? Well, there might be more than you know that comes from the Asian subcontinent. As a matter of fact, these are the 10 everyday things we owe to the Indians.

 

10. Sugar Refination And Consumption

via Retail News From Asia

India was the first country to refine and consume sugar. So if you’re a sugar-fan, then thank India for it. Once the rest of the world had the delicious taste of it, sugar quickly spread around the world. I know I owe them for life for this.

 

9. The Scale Or The Ruler

via I Love Handles

The practical tool for our everyday living, the ruler, was invented around 1500 BCE in the Indus Valley Civilisation. Back then it was called the Mohenjo-Daro ruler. It was made out of ivory and was 33.5 mm long, which perhaps wasn’t the most practical measure.

 

8. Yoga

via Yoga with Juliet

Okay, this one might be kind of obvious, but read this: the first “yoga instructor” was Lord Shiva. In fact, Lord Shiva is considered to be the first guru. Yoga origins date back to 2700 BC and it is believed to come from the Indus Saraswati Valley civilization.

 

7. Buttons

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The first buttons were invented by Indians and they were made of ivory. Buttons can be traced to 2000 BCE. They were formed into geometrical shapes and had little holes in them. They were also used as they are today, for ornamental purposes.

 

6. The Weighing Scale

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The weighing scale was invented by the Indus Valley Civilization somewhere between 2400 BC-1800 BC. And even though it might have evolved, it was first used to measure and compare goods in trade. Hmm, maybe I’m not too thankful for this one.

 

5. The USB

via BDM Publications

This one was kind of obvious too, wasn’t it? The USB drive was first invented by Indian-American computer architect Ajay Bhatt. Who would know the revolution it would unravel, right? This tiny easy-to-carry storage device capable of storing large chunks of data.

 

4. Plastic Surgery

via Bookimed

Back in 800 BC, some reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries were already being performed in India. As a matter of fact, Sushruta, a well-known physician is considered the “Father of Plastic Surgery.” Imagine undergoing a procedure like this a hundred years ago.

 

3. Rhinoplasty

via American Society of Plastic Surgery

Not being pleased with your nose goes back a long time. The first nasal surgery, today is known as Rhinoplasty, was first carried out by the previously mentioned “Father of Plastic Surgery”. That’s right, it was Sushruta who performed the first rhinoplasty back in 600 BC.

 

2. Shampoo

via Trader Joe’s

The first shampoo comes from the Mughal Empire. Its origins date back to 1762 when it was invented as a lotion for head massages. It was made out of natural oils and herbs. The word “shampoo” comes from the Hindi word “chāmpo” which means “massage” or “knead”.

 

1. The Number Zero

via Discover Magazine

That’s amazing, isn’t it? No doubt, zero is one of the most important contributions to mathematics. It was created by Aryabhatta, an Indian mathematician-astronomer from the 500 CE period. Thanks to him, Indians started using the number zero as a symbol and as a number for mathematical calculations.