February 2012

An Indian Reunion

An estimated 30 million overseas Indians are spread all over the world, the second largest diaspora, according to the UNDP, after overseas Chinese, who are estimated to number more than 40 million.

Indian Fertilization

Victor Smetacek set out on a journey to Germany, which would bring him closer to his roots in India with the passage of time.

Are Rajasthani Celebrity Marriages Jinxed?

What’s with this place that causes celeb couples to embrace fatal attraction? Is it really a royal jinx for the glitterati, hypnotized by the color and romance of this amazing state, only to be doomed in their relationship?

Snapping a Deal

When you have nothing to show — no product, no customers, nothing — you have to do something.You have to sell your dream.

Recharging Indian Industries

A new manufacturing policy seeks to turbocharge Indian manufacturing.

Is Small the New Big in Bollywood?

The idiot screen overwhelms the idiot box, once the spot for cute, sweet, homely, intimate fare.

Norway's Nanny State

Statistics Norway data show that an incredible 3 percent of children under 18 in the country were in the protective custody of its child welfare agency Barnvernet in 2010.

$6 Million Butt

A hotel employee in Britain is insuring her bottom for $6 million after landing a job to test the softness of hotel beds.

Loo Lessons

An Australian university is teaching foreign students how to use the toilet correctly after janitors complained that they were leaving them soiled.

Bollywood in the Sky

Nearly 50 Finnair crew dressed in salwar kameez and traditional Indian attire gyrated and frolicked through the aisles to the delight of surprised passengers.

A Brief $10 Billion Ride

Parijat Saha, who expected only Rs 10,000 ($200) in his account, rushed to an ATM machine to verify, and sure enough he had $10 billion in the bank.

Non Violence Works

Major nonviolent campaigns have achieved success 53 percent of the time, compared with 26 percent for violent resistance campaigns.

Indian Tourists

Tourism from India is projected to grow 50 percent by 2016.

Techie Hinglish

With the growing popularity of cell phones, the word recharge is entering the Hinglish lexicon, as in recharge your brain, for example. Likewise, Hi-fi,

No More Shoe Laces

A Madhya Pradesh Minister criticized after a videotape showed a young boy tying his shoes has pledged never to wear shoes with laces again.

A Sari from Paris

The French fashion house Hermes has launched 28 limited-edition printed saris for the Indian market starting at $6,500.

No Laughing Matter?

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi has directed the Indian Embassy in Washington to lodge a protest with NBC over the “quite unfortunate and quite objectionable” satire.

Sleepless in Lucknow

scores of people in housing colonies patrolled the streets and chanted slogans to stay awake in Lucknow.

Indians Told To Avoid Keeping Jewelry at Home

Thames Valley Police, one of the largest police departments in the UK, is advising Indian families to avoid keeping high value jewelry at home after a spate of robberies targeting the community in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Go Figure February 2012

Are you ready to start cracking the next Go Figure mystery?   Enter Go Figure Contest   The last mystery image is that of a jalebi. The winner, selected

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