January 2012

Queens of the Ganges

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Hindus in Queens. On Fridays and Sundays scores of Hindu devotees descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, as well as Ferry Point Park and Rockaways, from dawn to dusk to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

Goodbye, Mr Gambler

A fan and critic bids farewell to the most enduring — and handsome — of Bollywood’s romantic legends.

Why The Dirty Picture is 2011’s Hottest Pick

The fact that the movie was a thinly-veiled bio of the southern sex-bomb of the 1980s Silk Smitha added solid, lip-smacking spice.

Vidya Balan Undisputed Show Stopper

Atta Girl! Way to go! Never was dirt so sexily rewarding!

Igniting India’s Dating Scene

"Immediately, the sights, smells and sounds just hit you. I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life, [but] nothing really compared to the entirely different world that India is."

Mining Data From Fashion

"There is a graveyard full of similar companies that did not get pricing, seeding and subsidizing decisions right."

Gata Rahe Mera Dil

The magic and mystique of Dev Anand, Bollywood’s original Dorian Grey, a human, turbo-charged dynamo who refused to stand still, look back, rest on his laurels or be discouraged by flops or stinging broadsides of critics, contemporaries and colleagues, zooming ahead with passion, towards his next project.

Protecting Sonia From India

The Indian public is under threat from satirical images of Sonia Gandhi? Really?

Doc is in the Clear

Overseas Indian physicians may soon be allowed to practice and teach at medical schools in India. The union cabinet has endorsed a proposal from the National

Exorcising Yoga

Looks like the aging padre is mixing up his exercising with his exorcisings.

2011 Bizzaros

Ziona Chana, a 66-year-old Indian with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, has topped Ripley’s Believe It or Not’s 11 strangest stories for 2011.

Tagore Haunted by Depression

Bhattacharya attributes the bard’s chronic loneliness to “disappointment with the support he received from his people.

Standing Tall

She aims to become a Bollywood actress.

Floating Entrepreneurs

Critics ridicule the project as a cheap publicity stunt.

Indians Fuel America’s Growth

Nearly half of America’s top 50 venture-funded companies have immigrant founders, and Indians top the list.

Dow Caves on Olympic Branding

Dow owns Union Carbide, the company that owned and ran a pesticide plant in Bhopal, where a gas leak in 1984 killed thousands of people in the world’s worst industrial disaster.

Green Card Holds on Hold

Sen. Chuck Grassley placed a hold on the bill

10 Indian Stars

Ten Indians made the cut in Forbes list of “tomorrow’s brightest stars.”

Britain’s Best Primary School

A primary school with predominantly Indian and Asian children has been rated as Britain’s best performing primary school.

Harvard Boots Swamy For ‘Hate Speech’

Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts & Science has voted to drop courses taught by controversial Indian politician Subramanian Swamy because of his controversial column in an Indian newspaper attacking Muslims.

Bangalore Rated Best Indian City

A global survey ranks Bangalore as the best city to live in India.

Russian Court Rejects Gita Ban

A Russian court has dismissed a petition to ban the Bhagvad Gita as extremist.

Time for Murder

A Lancaster University student shot dead may have been murdered for failing to give the gunman the correct time.

Bikram Yoga Steams

The 65-year-old yoga guru has filed a federal lawsuit to block Yoga to the People.

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