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Living in a country where everything works on jugaad, all thanks to some of the most talented (and funny) people. While we are constantly fighting the race of going from a developing country to a developed one, there are certain things in which Indians are already ahead of the rest of the world.

Here are strange 11 things that make India what it is and these things could legit happen only in India.

1. Parents induce labor to deliver babies at auspicious times

Superstitious parents in India are known to have c-sections, or to plan ahead and induce labor at times that are considered auspicious. Some Hindus believe that being born at a certain time will better a child's future.

2. People put up photos of deities on building walls to prevent public urination

Nearly 50% of India's population is said not to have a toilet at home and public defecation is a huge problem. BBC columnist Rahul Tandon wrote about a home where people had put up photos of Indian deities to prevent people from urinating on their walls. This was also mentioned in Rohinton Mistry's 1991 novel, "Such A Long Journey.", according to Eleconomista.

3. Elephants come back for revenge

After a train hit and killed an elephant in India, the herd stayed on to mourn. An elephant-chasing squad was brought in from Bengal but the elephants eventually returned and rampaged through the village, damaging 10 homes, as reported by Business Insider.

4. Families hire pre-wedding detectives to snoop on prospective brides and grooms

Indians are hiring private investigators to run a background check on prospective brides and grooms ahead of the wedding. BBC reports that the business is booming for India's pre-matrimonial detective agencies.

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5. Banks have no locks on their front door

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In Shani Shingnapur, a famous temple town in Maharashtra, residents have houses without doors and locks because they believe it is protected by Lord Shani. The town got its first commercial bank, UCO Bank, in 2011 and it has no lock on its front door.

6. Millions of tons of grain rot in storage even as thousands die of malnutrition

Some 6 million tons of India's grains, worth $1.5 billion, could rot, while 43% of children under the age of five are underweight and 3,000 children reportedly die from malnutrition-related illnesses every day.

7. Men spend thousands of dollars on gold shirts

Indian businessman Datta Phuge spent $230,888 on a gold shirt. He told the Pune Mirror "I know I am not the best-looking man in the world, but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt".

Back in 2011, designer Amitabh Chandel said he made a $93,000 shirt of silk, gold, and solitaire diamonds for an Indian prince.

8. Robbers try to steal truckloads of onions

Indian police prevented thieves from taking off with a truck full of onions. The thieves decided to target onions because the price of the vegetable had surged.

9. There are special 'nuisance detectors' to fine those spitting in public.

India employs special "spit inspectors" and "nuisance detectors" to fine people that are caught spitting, urinating, or otherwise littering in public. Spitting in a public place in the absence of a spittoon is "banned under a 2006 Mumbai bylaw," according to AFP.

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10. Bureaucrats write memos to themselves

Bhaskar Rao, the inspector general of police for internal security was also appointed the inspector general in charge of training. So, Rao as the Inspector General of Police, Internal Security Division has taken to writing a letter to himself (as IGP Training, Bhaskar Rao).

"I have to do my work and there has to be consistency in correspondence," Rao told the Deccan Chronicle. "There are times when I have to dictate a stern letter to myself beca­use of the delay in res­ponse from myself from the other office."

11. People swallow live fish to cure asthma

The Goud family in India claims to have a homemade remedy for asthma that involves swallowing a live fish that is filled with a tightly guarded medicine.

Quick Facts about India

• India is officially known as the Republic of India.

• India has the second-largest population in the world, with over 1.2 billion people (1,205,073,612 as of July 2012).

• India is the seventh-largest country by total area.

• India belongs to the continent of Asia, it is bordered by the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal, and Pakistan.

• The highest mountain in India is Kanchenjunga, standing at 8,598m (28,209 ft), which it shares with Nepal. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world.

• Many different languages are spoken in India. The main ones are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, and Urdu.

• The capital city is New Delhi, while the most populated city is Mumbai. Other major cities include Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.

• Because of India's location, it experiences periods of heavy rain called Monsoon.

• The Taj Mahal (a famous mausoleum and popular tourist attraction) is located in the region of Agra.

• India became an independent nation in 1947 after ending British rule that began in 1858.

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