Trivia time

 Bandana, a large often colorfully patterned handkerchief, is derived from the Hindustani 'bandhan' which signifies a primitive method of obtaining an effect in dyeing by typing up cloth in many places to form required patterns. The tying does not let the colors run into the patterns. The word may also have been derived from the Hindi word from 'bandhna', which means to tie or from the Sanskrit word 'badhnAti', meaning he ties.

   The name 'Asia' translates to mean "the land of the sunrise". The word is said to have been derived from Akkad, meaning "to go out, to rise", with respect to the rising of the sun.

   "Navigation" comes from the Sanskrit word "navgatih" meaning "nine motions" referring to the 9 transiting planets (excluding the outer planets), which were apparently used for navigation during the early times in India.

   The Arabic script, the second most used in the world, evolved from Nabataean Aramaic script. Aramaic was the language in which Jesus preached.

   Bihari is not a constitutionally recognized language of India. Even in Bihar, Hindi is the language used for educational and official matters. Bihari is actually the name of a group of three related languages—Bhojpuri, Maithili, and Magahi—spoken mainly in northeastern India in Bihar.

1650 is the approximate number of dialects in India. 18 languages are officially recognized by the Constitution of India. Bengali is the highest spoken Indian language in the world.

 The Tab key has its origins in days when typists wanted to type a table. They would end up wasting time through a lot of repetitive usage of the space bar and backspace key. To simplify this a bar was placed in the mechanism with a moveable lever for every position across the page. Thus evolved the tab key!

 Similar to Nostradamus in Europe, Sri Potluri Veerabrahmendra Swami composed "Kalagnanam" in Telugu, which recorded events of the past, present, and future!

   The Punjabi language has two official scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi. Gurmukhi is used mainly in India, and Shahmukhi is used mainly in Pakistan.

   Shudraka's "Mriccha Katika" was one of the earliest known Sanskrit plays in the post-Vedic Sanskrit age. It was remade into a 1984 Hindi movie called "Utsav" by Girish Karnad.

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