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Anxious Indians Turn To Astrologers H-1B Visa

Astrologer Vinod Shastri practices next to the ancient observatory in Jaipur, where the astronomers of the maharaja once monitored the heavens.

Cosmic Head Rub

A barber in the Indian town of Pushkar has been dubbed the cosmic barber for his unique approach to grooming.

India Mourns One of Its Oldest Elephants

One of the world's oldest elephants, Indira, has died in her eighties in southern India, forest officials say.

Demonetised Notes Could Fetch A Fortune In The Future: Currency Collector

The collector will never make a loss, said the 36-year-old numismatist who is fond of rare notes and has been collecting them from last 15 years.

The Man Behind India's $74m Wedding

In November, as millions of Indians were grappling with a cashflow crisis, a lavish wedding in the southern city of Bangalore sparked outrage.

The Milk Miracle That Brought India to a Standstill

In September 1995, millions of Hindus were gripped by an apparent "miracle" when the god Ganesha seemed to be drinking milk.

NRI Attends Own Wedding in India on Webcam

Given the growing pressure and competition in this day and age, it is difficult to get a leave at work. But so much so that you have to attend your own wedding on webcam redefines crazy.

India's Mysterious Unfaithful Woman Returns

The identity of both the original spurned partner and the now infamous Sonam Gupta remain a mystery, with many believing she may not even exist.

7 Offbeat Wedding Rituals in India

A few unusual wedding rituals in India that are bound to take you by surprise.

India Businessman Pays $12.4 Million For Dubai Number Plate

An Indian businessman has paid $9 million (S$12.4 million) at auction to grab a single-digit car registration plate in Dubai, feeding a passion for "unique" number plates.

Pigeon Taken Into Custody in India

Indian police say they took a pigeon into custody after it was found with a note threatening the prime minister.

Indian-origin Man in World’s Longest Marriage Dies at 110

Katari, who will turn 104 on November 1, said it was blessing to have been married and lived for long. She said now that he had gone, she will pray for his peaceful rest.

$200,000 Can Get You a Home in Mars

Arrange $200,000 and entrepreneur and founder of US spacecraft firm SpaceX Elon Musk will take you there.

15 Hilarious Observations That Are 100% True For Indians

No matter what part of the country or the world we go to, there are certain mannerisms and habits that are so inherent to us Indians, they bind us.

The Majesty And Mystery of India's Sacred Banyan Trees

The fig tree has shaped humanity in profound and mysterious ways—and none is as awesome to behold as the banyan.

Bizarre And Beautiful Places to See in India

From haunted forts to snacking with the dead, some of the quirkiest tourist places in India.

NRI Businessman Owns 22 Apartments in Burj Khalifa

An Indian mechanic-turned-businessman owns an incredible 22 apartments in the popular Burj Khalifa.

Solar-powered Tuk-tuk Reaches UK After Road Trip From India

An engineer and his solar-powered tuk-tuk have arrived in Britain at the end of a seven-month, 6,200-mile overland adventure – despite a last-minute mishap.

Tuk-tuk Trip From India to UK Halted by Passport Theft in France

An engineer travelling from India to the UK in a solar-powered tuk-tuk to promote clean energy has been thwarted agonisingly close to his goal after being being robbed in France.

Meet One Indian Ad Firm's Top Dog

Goofy, the canine worker of an advertising firm in the southern Indian city of Chennai, has a visiting card and a "corner seat", and he performs multiple roles in the office.

Indians Wouldn't be Drinking Milk if it Weren't For Europeans

We modern Indians, ie those of us who have a tradition of drinking milk, carry the mutation 13910T. We count, therefore, among our ancestors that are Hungarian.

Tourism Malaysia Offering Kabali Packages to Tourists From India

Kollywood superstar Rajinikanth's 159th movie is a big hit and it has indirectly promoted Malaysian locations to his fans in India and across the world.

10 Things Us Indian Millennials Are Doing That Are Driving Our Parents Nuts

We millennials are a complicated lot. We decide to pursue a course of our dreams, but later take up jobs that have nothing to do with what we studied.

The Great Snake Boat Race of India

The annual snake boat race in the southern Indian state of Kerala is a unique sporting spectacle because of its scale and popularity.

Verbose Tweet Inspires Linguistic Laughter From Indians

When Uttar Pradesh tourism board's official Twitter account published a tweet to promote the ancient city of Varanasi, a whole different form of attention was focused of the state.

Indian-Origin Girl Named Child Genius 2016 In UK

A 10-year-old Indian-origin girl has been crowned Britain's brightest child after she won a popular television quiz competition in the UK.

The Woman Who Cut Off Her Breasts to Protest a Tax

The story of a lower caste woman who cut her breasts to protest against a discriminatory "breast tax" in British ruled India is being revived by an artist wants to recognise her sacrifice.

UK Woman Sues Neighbours For Cooking Spicy Food

A woman in the UK has filed a court case against her neighbours for cooking spicy food which she says waft out "pungent toxic fumes", causing her "respiratory problems" as well as choking.

India office Holiday For Watching Film

Businesses in southern India have given their employees the day off on Friday so they can attend screenings of a new film starring Tamil cinema superstar Rajinikanth.

David Cameron Orders Indian Spicy Food For Last Supper as UK PM

Britain's former Prime Minister David Cameron spiced up his 'last supper' at his 10 Downing Street office-cum-home with some spicy Indian food such as Hyderabadi Saffron Chicken, Kashmiri Rogan Josh and Samosas.

Indian State Imposes Fat Tax

Kerala is the first state in India to introduce a "fat tax" on burgers, pizzas, doughnuts and tacos served in branded restaurants.

Inside Mysuru's Big Fat Royal Shaadi

In Grand Royal Wedding, Maharaja Of Mysuru Marries Princess From Rajasthan

The Indian Man Who Restored a 4,500-year-old Mummy

The mummy, believed to be that of Egyptian Princess Naishu, daughter of the Pharaoh VI, possibly born around 2,500 BC, was the pride of the museum since 1920, but had fallen into a state of disrepair.

Fairytale Wedding For India Royals

India's royalty lost their official powers when the nation gained independence in 1947 but the modern-day maharajas are still wealthy and influential.

Match Box Mania

A recent exhibition, titled "Matchbox Labels And The Stories They Tell", features some prominent trends and themes spanning the entire history of the matchbox industry.

Modi India's First Prime Minister Who Does Not Get Jet-lagged

Modi has just wrapped up a 140-hour-long trip covering five nations including the US, 45-plus engagements over five days and flew for nearly 44 hours, bulk of it at night, to cover nearly 33,000 kilometers.

Mexico's Ambassador in Delhi Rides a Rickshaw

Mexico's ambassador has been using an auto rickshaw instead of a car to drive around Delhi.

India’s Pocket Hercules Dies at 104

Manohar Aich, the bodybuilder who became the first Indian to take the Mr. Universe title in 1952 and won the nickname ‘Pocket Hercules’ for his tiny stature, has died aged 104.

A Toast to Summer Fruitfulness

There is an avalanche of summer fruits tumbling down from the Himalayas—peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, and plums.

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