There was the Big Bang. And, lo, there was India

One of the most delightful parts of the BBC radio and TV show Good Gracious Me was the sketch that parodied the belief (dearly held by Indians, especially those abroad) that everything in the world originated in their ancient civilisation.

William Shakespeare, the Queen, Leonardo da Vinci, everybody, in the eyes of the show that spared nobody, is Indian. As indeed is Santa Claus.

Merry Christmas!