15 Things In India That Are Over 100 Years Old Yet Have Stayed The Same

There are so many reasons to love India and so many reasons to point fingers at. But nothing can deny the fact that India, by large, is one of the very few countries in the world that have their heritage intact while progressing to touch sky.

Here goes, a list of many things in India that are easily over 100 years old (but only age wise).

1. Year 1879- First time the demonstration of electricity was conducted in Kolkata


And as of 2013, India is the third largest producer of electricity in the world!


2. Year 1913- Karim’s was established in the heart of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

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3. Year 1789- St. Thomas’ Boys’ School was established in Kolkata

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It is just one of the many schools in Kolkata that are over 100 years old!


4. Year 1914- Pamban Bridge (connecting Rameshwaram on Pamban island to mainland India) began to function

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Rising above the raging ocean, it is also one of the most dangerous railroads in the world!

And talking about railroads, how can we leave behind our very own, ancient yet highly active, Indian Railways;

5. Year 1853- Indian Railways was founded

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However, there is another public service set up that is older than the Indian railways;

6. Year 1774- Indian postal service was founded

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7. Year 1913- The first silent feature film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’ by Dadasaheb Phalke, was featured

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It set the foundation of what we today know as Bollywood.


8. 1200-1250 years old- The Great Banyan tree in Kolkata

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The tree became diseased after being struck by lightning. And therefore, the middle of the tree was cut out so that what was left of it could continue to flourish. And it did. Instead of growing as a single tree, it took the form of what is described as clonal colony.
As of today, the tree continues to branch out beyond the 330-metre long road that was originally built around the circumference of the tree.

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And it is not just the age old buildings and services and trees that make for the heritage of India! In fact, all of it would have gone down to rubble if it weren’t for us, Indians, who want to keep the heritage alive while simultaneously, working towards transforming our nation into a developed country.

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Some other equally important things that have kept the Indianness in us alive since ages are:

9. The diversity we live in since the time immemorial

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We share the same Indian air with diverse ethnicities speaking somewhere about 780 different languages.


10. The talent of Indians is also an age old attribute that continues to win hearts world over, till date.

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You know about the father of that zero that follows the figures decorating your chequebook, right?
From Aryabhatta to Nagarjuna, from Acharya Sushruta to C. V. Raman, from Amartya Sen to Kalpana Chawla, and from Sundar Pichai to that budding inventor in your school. Smartness is synonymous with Indians.


11. The family love

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It is ancient and no matter how much we kiss that Justin Timberlake poster or travel the world, our family will always hold the highest stature in our lives.


12. We are humble, but we know how to raise voice

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It took us time, but it was one of us only who gave the entire nation the strength to show the British the door to their actual home. We raised voice then, and we continue to do so now.


13. The cricket mania will thrive forever

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And we will strive to promote other sports also until they too become an integral part of India’s identity. 🙂


14. And yes, we can be flying in first class but we will still eat that ‘pav’ with our hands

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15. And talking about enjoying food,  let’s end it with a food brand that has been an integral part of Indian kitchens since 1912

It is Nestle people, celebrating its 100 years in India. This beautiful short film shot by Prakash Verma of Nirvana films and written by the very talented writer and lyricist Prasoon Joshi, talks about how Nestle has been with India, giving her people the good taste of life, through the many ups and downs she has faced over a century!

Because old is gold is India’s thing!

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This story is brought to you in association with Nestlé India

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