Odds & Ends

The Abdul Diaries

Karim was recruited to wait tables during Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887.

Former Marine Leads New Charge

Former marine Anuradha Bhagwati, executive director of Service Women’s Action Network, an advocacy group for women veterans, is leading the charge behind an explosive class

Bhangra Anthem

Black Mahal, a San Francisco based Punjabi funk group headed by Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti, captured Superbowl fans with its Bhangra-infused anthem “Black, White and

Colin Firth

Colin Firth, who is widely considered a front runner for this year’s Oscar for best actor for his role in The King’s Speech says he

Replica Of Kailash-Masoravar

Artist rendition of a miniature Kailash Mansarovar proposed to be built near Dallas by Siddhayatan Ashram.   

Chandraswamy Melts Iron Lady

British Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher consulted with Indian tantric Sri Chandraswamy while she was opposition leader. According to former Indian Former Minister Natwar Singh, who

No Friend In Facebook

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has secured a restraining order against a California man accused of stalking him. 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda of Milpitas, who repeatedly pestered Zuckerberg

Detroit School Backpeddles

A Detroit-area school district is reversing a ban on Sikh students from wearing a small, religious dagger to school. The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools had imposed the

Weddings On Diet

India’s food minister wants to curb “extravagant and luxurious functions,” which, he says, are contributing to food inflation.  Food and consumer affairs minister, KV Thomas, says

Krishna’s Portuguese Faux Pas

It wasn’t an entirely “happy coincidence” for India’s external affairs minister SM Krishna, who mistakenly began reading aloud the speech of the Portuguese foreign minister

Palin’s India

Previous conclaves have featured speakers such as former U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen. Colin Powell. Tickets for the two-day event are priced at Rs. 85,000 ($1,850).

Hold It Britney

Indian designers Shane and Falguni Peacock’s outfitted Britney Spears for her video Hold It Against Me. 

Wannabe Lawyer

Staff at the Skokie courthouse became suspicious of Malik’s behavior during a hearing in December and court officials soon realized he didn’t have a license to practice law.

Lord Shani Standing Guard

Ever since the most revered temple came into existence several years ago, the village has not witnessed a single crime.

Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna

Lakshmi’s attorney Jay D. Silverstein told People that “she is saddened and gravely disappointed that Mr. Dell has chosen a very public means of filing his petition with the court rather than doing so in a confidential or sealed manner, which is customary in cases involving a very young child.”

Mahindra Humanities Center At Harvard

Anand Mahindra has donated $10 million, the largest gift for the study of humanities in Harvard’s history.

Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter actress threatened with death by family members for romancing a Hindu man.

Sanitation Drag

The report quantifies the economic losses to India, and shows that children and poor households bear the brunt of poor sanitation.

The Last Dance

Police say Shrien Dewani hired three men for $2,000 to kill his wife, Anni Dewani, 28, from Sweden.

Key Indian Sites

Four Indian sites are among the targets of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba, according to U.S. cables leaked by Wikileaks.

Not What The Yoga Guru Ordered

Deep knee bends impose pressure on the cartilage, which degenrates knee joints.

Duck yourself!

The state Court of Appeals said Kapoor’s failure to scream “fore” before accidentally zinging Anand did not amount to intentional or reckless conduct.

Back To Pennsylvania Ave

Kal Penn is returning to the White House Office of Public Engagement to work as an associate director after filming the latest “Harold and Kumar”

Harry Potter Endangers India’s Owls

Harry Potter craze has resulted in a national infatuation with owls.

Zapping Coconuts

They stripped all trees around a museum he visited of coconuts to protect him from accidental bonking.

Centenarian PhD

A 100-year-old Indian freedom fighter is vying to become the oldest Ph.D. student in the country. Bholaram Das has enrolled for a PhD in Gauhati

Research Sabotage

An Indian post graduate student at the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has been convicted of sabotaging the experiments of a colleague out of

Premier League Cancels Two Franchises

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has yanked the Indian Premier League licenses of the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab for breaching

Don’t Monkey With Us

A contingent of langurs was deployed at the Commonwealth Games venues to chase away monkeys.   Ten langurs were posted outside the boxing and hockey stadiums

No Show for Salahi Photos

People simply aren’t crashing the gates for signed photos of the Salahis who gained notoriety for crashing a White House state dinner for Indian Prime

Yoga, Unchristian?

A Southern Baptist leader is calling on Christians to spurn yoga and its meditative attachments. Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler argues in an online essay

Who’s Laughing Now

Paul Henry resigned as anchor from Television New Zealand

Mistry’s Short Journey

Mumbai University drops Rohinton Mistry's novel Such a Long Journey.

Silencing Tabla

The restaurant’s executive chef Floyd Cardoz, who became famous for his Indian fusion cooking, will remain with Meyer’s company to work on other projects.

Virgin Conviction

Shelley Malil, who played Haziz, a co-worker of Steve Carell’s character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin faces 16 years to life in prison following his conviction

Converse Recalls Jimi Hendrix Shoe

The shoes, which sold for $60 on Zappos, Eastbay and the Converse websites, are no longer available.

Indian Student Drop In Australia

The number of international student visas dropped 16 percent.

Attacking Gold

Melinda M. Soto, who pleaded guilty, said the crime ring netted $500,000 in gold and other valuables.

Swastika Furor

A tapestry featuring a Hindu swastika at a children's museum in Irvine, Calif., stirs a controversy.

Next Food Star

Sequiera gets her own show on the network, titled Aarti Party.

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