India’s cuisine is massively popular. Glorious spices are at the heart of this cuisine, as India produces 70% of them globally. We knew India is the spice capital of the world, but the numbers really put things into perspective. Indian spices are an essential ingredient in kitchens worldwide. Most of us are familiar with the more common Indian spices like cumin and turmeric, but that’s merely scratching the surface!
The country also loves its ajwain, kalonji, amchur, and asafetida, each bringing a signature flavor and aroma to dishes. Whether you’re a biryani or butter chicken fan, the signature magic in every bite is all thanks to Indian spices.
How India Protected the Taj Mahal During WWII
The story of how India protected the Taj Mahal during WWII is one for the ages. After much deliberation, the authorities took a risky gamble – hide the monument in plain sight. They disguised the monument as a stockpile of bamboo, which turned out to be an unusual but effective solution, and the bamboo stockpile camouflage successfully fooled potential attacks.
Today, the Taj Mahal still stands proudly as one of the most famous landmarks in India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its history, beauty, and resilience make it an inspiration. The monument survived the war, however, whether it will survive human-induced pollution and apathy is up for debate.
The Sentinelese: The World’s Most Isolated Tribe
India’s North Sentinel Island is a mysterious and remote place that is off-limits to outsiders. In 1991, an anthropologist named Madhumala Chattopadhyay achieved what no other person had – establish peaceful contact with the island's inhabitants. The Sentinelese choose to have no contact with the outside world, and they are famously hostile to trespassers. They are not averse to using extreme violence on anyone disrespecting their wishes.
Ships and boats are advised to steer clear of the island unless one enjoys dodging spears and arrows. As for Chattopadhyay, she famously sat on a boat, passing coconuts to the islanders in the water. It was probably the only physical contact anyone had ever had with the tribe. The Sentinelese continue to remain fiercely protective of their tribe and way of life, as is their right.
Only in India Does KFC Offer a Vegetarian Menu
India loves chicken as much as any country, but it also loves vegetarian food. Enter KFC’s fully vegetarian menu! Pause and read on before rising up in arms. KFC in India caters to diverse dietary and cultural preferences, as any company should. Besides the chicken, the menu features delicious dishes like the Potato Krisper Burger, Paneer Zinger, and Veg Twister.
Even the regular menu items are anything but ordinary. Spoiler alert, everything’s spicy! If you're a KFC fan in India, try their unique vegetarian offerings and the legendary fried chicken. Everything on the menu is finger-lickin’ good, and you won’t be disappointed.
A Temple Devoted to Rats
The state of Rajasthan is everything one imagines India to be – expansive deserts, camel safaris, forts, and palaces. The state also contains decidedly more offbeat and strange attractions, such as the Karni Mata Temple. This temple in Bikaner is devoted to rats! Over a thousand rats call the temple home, which is surprisingly clean and well-maintained despite it.
Pilgrims visit the temple in droves to pay their respects. The story? Goddess Karni Mata of the Charan clan was revered in her community. She lived till she was 150 years old, never aging visibly, and after she died, she came back as a rat. Her followers believe they, too, will become rats when they die, and similarly, every time a rat dies, it comes back as a human in the next life.