We all know that India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a super rich culture and history. But did you know that some of the stuff you use every single day were invented in the land of spices, sarees and Taj Mahal?
From the buttons on your shirt to the shampoo in your shower, there are so many things we can’t go without we can thank India for.
Patients and doctors from around the world visited the Indian physician named Sushruta to get operations done and learn from his experience. Sushruta, often called “the father of surgery” in his home country, described the use of hundreds of medicinal plants and instructions for performing surgical procedures, including nose reconstruction and skin transplantation from one part of the body to another. He also performed the first cataract surgery.
The first yoga guru was Lord Shiva, also known as Adi Yoga. People in Northern India were practicing this spiritual exercise over 5,000 years ago. The word “yoga” was even mentioned in the Vedas, India’s oldest sacred texts.
Unlike the ancient Greeks, who wore animal skins, the Indians used cotton threads to produce fabrics that soon became a huge hit in the Mediterranean and beyond. The Indus Valley Civilization came up with so many genius inventions. And flush toilets were one of them.
The USB, or Universal Serial Bus, was brought to us by Ajay Bhatt, an Indian-American computer genius that was working as an engineer for Intel back in the 1990s.
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The zero 0:46
Plastic surgery 3:11
Cataract surgery 4:06
Wireless communication 4:44
The USB 5:37
Natural fibers 7:26
Flush toilets 8:10
-Aryabhata, an Indian genius of math and astronomy, invented the “zero” as a symbol to represent “nothing” in the fifth century A.D.
-The Indus Valley Civilization was using rulers in 1500 B.C. and earlier.
-Chess originated from Chaturanga, and it was a strategic board game popular during the Gupta Empire, around the 6th century AD.
-In the 6th Century B.C., an Indian physician named Sushruta described the use of hundreds of medicinal plants and instructions for performing surgical procedures in his reference book.
-Sushruta not only invented plastic surgery but also performed the first cataract surgery.
-Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose presented his discovery of radio communication waves to the public in 1895.
-Ajay Bhatt came up with the idea of a universal port for devices as he was putting an SD card into his computer in the 1990s.
-People in Northern India were practicing yoga over 5,000 years ago.
-The Indians started cultivating cotton back in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.
-Home toilets connected to a complicated sewage system, with canals, irrigation, and smart water management, existed in India over 5,000 years ago.
-Shampoo was invented in India in 1762 and was originally used for head massages.
-The first buttons were found during excavations in Mohenjo-Daro, one of the largest settlements of the Indus Valley Civilization.
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