Odds & Ends

Tweaking Tharoor

 Shashi Tharoor, India’s minister of state for external affairs, has built a reputation and 230,000 followers on the popular messaging service Twitter. But an offhand

Indian Math Challenge

Producers of Two Million Minutes, a documentary critical of the U.S. educational system, are daring American high school kids to take “The Third World Challenge,”

Outta Here

They were publicly humiliated for exercising a right that was guaranteed to them by the United States Constitution.

Immigration Fraud

A former U.S. immigration official is imprisoned for bringing two Indians into the country illegally.

Sex Drive

India’s cricket coach Gary Kirsten is taking flak in the media after a dossier emerges in which players are encouraged to have sex to bolster their cricket performance.

Indians Fastest Growing Illegal Group

 The number of undocumented Indians in the United States has more than doubled since 2000 to 270,000, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,

India Happier Place

Latin America is the happiest and East African the unhappiest place on Earth.The Happy Planet Index, compiled by UK-based New Economics Foundation, ranks India 35

US Censure

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2009 report has placed India, along with Afghanistan, Cuba, Somalia, Venezuela and Turkey, among 12 countries on its

SRK Turns Back On US

Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan says he will avoid traveling to the U.S. after his humiliating ordeal at Newark’s Liberty International Airport during which he

The Price is Right

The 100-year-old house in a quiet Johannesburg suburb where Mahatma Gandhi lived as a young lawyer is attracting renewed attention as it goes on sale.The

Cremation Rising

The proportion of Americans who are cremated has grown six fold in the past three decades and nearly one-third of all bodies are cremated, according

Chicken Tikka Masala Sizzles

A Glasgow chef is seeking to patent chicken tikka masala, outraging culinary experts and Indian chefs. Ahmed Aslam Ali, owner of the Shish Mahal restaurant in

Girls Outnumber Boys In Delhi

In 2008, there were 1004 girl births for 1,000 boy births.


An all Patel district cricket team.

Barren Hope

The mysterious 45.52 carat diamond blue gem has long been associated with a curse, which is more the stuff of legend than fact.

Targeting Ganesh?

Police in Fairfax, Virginia, suspect that burglars are targeting Hindu homes in the county.

Parallel Admissions

A special investigating commission concluded that the University of Illinois ran a parallel “shadow admissions process” that admitted underqualified students, forcing the resignation of virtually all trustees.

False Profit

The pastor of an Indian cable-TV ministry in upstate New York has been charged with bilking investors of $2 million in a jewelry scam. Samuel

Shaming The Gods

In a bid to shame the Gods into delivering rain, frustrated farmers near Banke Bazaar, in Bihar, asked their unmarried daughters to strip naked to

Savita Bhabhi Banned

Savitabhabhi.com, a wildly popular adult cartoon site, has been blocked by the Indian government. An official of Controller of Certifying Authorities, which is responsible for

Generous Uncles?

 Three recent Harvard graduates have launched a website that seeks to match cash-strapped Harvard students with alums willing to offer them interest-free loans from $500

This Ain’t Funny

Pakistan is threatening pranksters mocking President President Asif Ali Zardari.

The Dish

Reporter Krystin Wiggs, acknowledged she had been deceived by an elaborate hoax.

The Hillary Platter

During her recent visit to India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who professes fondness for Indian food, made sure she caught a dinner at  Bukhara,

Frisking Kalam

India’s Civil Aviation Minister has denounced the airline.

Burger King Withdraws Ad

After several Hindu groups protested the ad depicting the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, Burger King issued a public apology.

Dressed For The Year

Matheiken has pledged to wear the same dress for a full year.

Indian-American Belize Envoy

A diet of Indian curry two or three times a week lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Heather’s Tantric Sex

Actress Heather Graham, of Boogie Nights, The Guru and Austin Powers says “You haven’t lived until you have tried tantric sex.” Graham told Britain’s Daily

Millionth English Word

Web 2.0 has bested Jai Ho and Slumdog as the millionth English word or phrase.According to The Global Language Monitor, which tracks latest trends in

Obama Indians

93% of all South Asians voted for Obama.

What’s With He & He?

The study found higher ratios of boys to girls, especially if the first child was a girl, or if the first two children were girls.

Republican Minority

Nearly three times as many American minorities are Democrats than Republicans.A Gallup survey found that 89% percent of rank-and-file Republicans are non-Hispanic whites, just 5%

Pill Mill

The couple are charged with a $9 million medical fraud scheme.

Whose Fault

A veteran Edison police officer who berated a superior for refusing to help him rescue Indians in a car crash will not be disciplined for

Vital Signs

Over the years, Thackeray has denounced Muslims.

Obama’s Keema Touch

Obama's affinity for Pakistani culture and the great Urdu poets.

Mirchi Bomb

Hand grenade packed with the world’s hottest chili powder.

Sued for Stealing Wife

Bittar romanced Ronda with expensive gifts.

Haley’s Comet

South Carolina State Rep. Nikki Haley, who is running for governor, moved rapidly to put her distance from disgraced Gov. Mark Sanford, whose endorsement she once coveted.

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