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Saturday, July 22, 2006

AW Chain - End of Round III

From Grumpy Smurf and the depths of snarkdom to Everything Indian and all that it entails, my wonderful writing colleague Olivia posted her comment on the AW chain about all the birthdays she didn’t give gifts for and it kind of left her in a grumpy mood. So, it’s my job to become a superhero and save her and the end of this round of posts, so we can start Round 4.

Gifts being the subject (although I wanted to comment on Liv‘s adept ability to tread water on a bicycle with a fruit basket on her head - see her blog), let’s see how we can wrap this round up in a nice, neat little package with a big bright bow on top.

Since my blog always stays within the bounds of “Everything Indian”, we’re going to go with the word “gift” in the context of a contribution. What has India, more specifically Indians contributed to life as we know it today. Someone I know sent me a list some time back with these interesting facts about India and some of its pretty interesting people.

Indian People

The GM of Hewlett Packard is Rajiv Gupta.

The creator of Pentium chip is Vinod Dahm.

The third richest man on the world, according to the March 2005 report of Forbes Magazine, is Indian-born steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.

The founder and creator of Hotmail is Sabeer Bhatia.

The president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creator of program languages such as C, C++, Unix to name a few) is Arun Netravalli.

The new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems is Sanjay Tejwrika

The Chief Executives of CitiBank, Mckensey & Stanchart are Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar.

Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America. There are 3.22 millions of Indians in USA (15% of population).

38% of doctors in USA are Indians.
12% scientists in USA are Indians.
36% of NASA scientists are Indians.
34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.
28% of IBM employees are Indians.
17% of INTEL scientists are Indians.
13% of XEROX employees are Indians.

These facts were recently published in a German magazine, which deals with WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA.

1. India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history.

2. India invented the Number system. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

3. The world's first University was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

4. According to the Forbes magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.

5. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.

6. Although western media portray modern images of India as poverty stricken and underdeveloped through political corruption, India was once the richest empire on earth.

7. The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago. The very word "Navigation" is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.

8. The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have last year (1999) officially published that Budhayan's works dates to the 6th Century, which is long before the European mathematicians.

9. Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11th Century; the largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 10 53

10. According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds to the world.

11. USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.

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

13. Chess was invented in India

14. Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesareans, cataract, fractures and urinary stones. Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India.

15. When many cultures in the world were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley India in 100 BC.

Quotes about India

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. ~ Albert Einstein.

India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grand mother of tradition. ~ Mark Twain.

If there is one place on the face of earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India. ~ French scholar Romain Rolland.

India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border. ~ Hu Shih (former Chinese ambassador to USA)

Amazing isn’t it? So, how many of these “gifts” or contributions from India did you already know? After reading these facts, it made me wonder, “What valuable thing have I contributed in my lifetime, that made this world a better place to live (even if only for my children). Interesting concept to ponder for all of us, I think? What say you?

And now I hand the writing quill over to Laurie, the next AW blogger in line. She will be the one to start round 4.


  1. Well done Simran - you finished us out nicely!!

  2. Well thank you, thank you very much Liv. (takes a bow - lol) Couldn't have done it without you guys. :-)

  3. What a nice resounding conclusion. Round the world and round a whole bunch of topics in a mere few weeks.

    Well done!

  4. Thanks Gillian. Yes e sure have gone all over the world with this chain. I think it was KellyC who said, we've covered every topic known to monkeys.

    And of course you know there are certainly monkeys in India, right?

  5. Oh my god! I got quoted.

    I think this is a momentous occasion.

  6. Yes Kelly you have been. I thought the comment was so cute, I had to quote it! Let's celebrate!!!!!

  7. Wow! A lot of that info was new to me. Thanks!

  8. You're welcome Laurie. There were some fats I didn't know either. Pretty interested stuff huh?

  9. Very cool facts! Thanks for sharing them in your post.

  10. You're welcome Kelly. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

  11. Wow, I had no idea that India had gifted us with so much. Thank you for the history lesson and gentle reminder that gifts come in many guises.

  12. Your welcome Wendy. Pretty cool gifts too. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Wow! Nice history lesson. Alot of info that I didn't know. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Glad you enjoyed it Andrea. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Not to contradict you simran (especially since you were simply quoting a different article) but some of that Indian information is not quite correct and some of that is questionable :) For instance, the first statement about India not invading anybody else in the last 1000 years - that depends on the definition of "India". If you talk of India as it exists now, sure they didn't invade anybody but then the bit about "the last 1000 years" goes out the window since India as we know it now did not exist for the last 1000 years.

    If you take the multitude of smaller kingdoms that are where India presently is, then they have invaded other countries - one notable instance being Sri Lanka, which has been invaded over and over by different Indian kingdoms.

    This is not to say India is not great - I admire their achievements and where they are today - but to pinpoint the fact that some of these "great historical facts" are neither historical nor accurate :)

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  17. That's true Fahim. Sorry that I didn't thoroughly read through all of them before I posted it.