By AUDREN HEDGES DUROY, age 9
Meet Jithendra from India

Name: Jithendra Sreejith
Age: 11
Lives in: Chennai, Tamil Nadu in Southern India
Siblings: One brother
Languages Spoken: Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, English
Favorite Food: Paneer butter masala
Favorite Activities: Drawing, painting and reading
Place He would Most Love to Visit: New York City
Favorite School Subject: Science
What He Wants to Be When He Grows Up?: A pilot
Favorite Holiday: Diwali, a five-day festival celebrating light over darkness
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India at a Glance

Old Delhi_David Gil:Flickr

Official Country Name: Republic of India
Population: 1,251,695,584 people (estimated July 2015 CIA World Factbook)
Official Languages: Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamesse, Maithili, Nepali, Odia, English and more
Religions: Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism
Fun Facts:

  • India is the second most populated country on Earth.
  • The game of chess was invented in India.
  • Algebra, trigonometry, calculus and the numeric decimal place system were all invented in India.
  • Yoga and martial arts both originated in India.
  • Varanasi, India is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.