Odds & Ends

Mumbai Fishing Village Makes Jewellery

Nestled in the heart of India's buzzing financial capital but still cast adrift, the fishing village of Worli has found a way to keep pace with the progress around it. Stepping out of their sheltered lives, women are reaching out to markets worldwide through jewellery created from fallen wood, glass and the like.

World's Smallest Electric Motor is Single Molecule

The electric motor that consists of a single molecule, measuring a billionth of a meter, or just one nanometer across. By contrast, a human hair is 60,000 nanometers in diameter.

Model Poonam Pandey poses near-nude for Team India

After promising to go nude if India won the 2011 World Cup, Poonam has partially fulfilled her promise.

Sex Hormones Drive Career Choices

Females without CAH had less interest than males in engineering or surgery and more interest in careers focused on interacting with people, such as teaching.

No Sex With Reincarnated Spouse

Chanting to cure snakebites, claiming to be a reincarnated spouse to obtain sex, and charging for miracles could soon be banned by Maharashtra.

Dhoni's Brain to be Mapped

"If he is 'Captain Cool', does it mean that his brain reacts differently in a crisis situation? We will call another player who has not been that successful to compare how their brains work."

Your Kingdom for a Nehru Jacket

“Instead of a quantum of money to settle the deal, to everyone's surprise, Kutchat asked for the 'achkan' (jacket) that the Prime Minister was wearing."

Can't Say 'It's Over'? Tell Break-up Agent

Finding it difficult to say "it's over" to their loved partner, many couples in China are now seeking professional help of "break-up agents".

Indians Have World's Worst Lungs

Indians have the poorest lungs among 17 populations across four continents. "I was shocked to see a 30 per cent difference; this should be an eye-opener for us."

Fairy Tale for Bhojpuri Folklores

“At my house in Professors’ Colony, all these stories are narrated by grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers and mothers to the children.”

Sex Hormones Drive Your Career Choices

Did you know that your choice of career could be strongly influenced by your sex drive?

Sarod, Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium in an Indian Army Band

Do only trumpets, brass drums, cymbals and other percussion instruments come to mind when you think about an Indian Army band? Don't be surprised if the next time around, you hear the sarod, sitar, tabla and harmonium resonate as a band plays Indian classical music.

Sex Meters in Bonn

A ticket machine prints out receipts for the nightly flat fee of 6 euros (currently about $8.65) for the privilege of streetwalking.

Venezuelans Who?

Friday's international friendly game seems so Argentina-centric that Venezuela has virtually been overshadowed by the star power of the Messi-led side.

Why Return Trips Feel Shorter

Ever thought why at times the back journey from any place seems shorter than previously felt, despite both the distances being same?

The Skinny Gene

Extra copies of certain genes in some people are much more likely to make them skinny. People with a missing copy of these genes are 43 times more likely to be morbidly obese.

Healthy Potato

Eating potatoes twice daily can lower blood pressure, without the risk of weight gain, says a new study.

Astrological Compatibility Key in Indian Marriage

"It is evident that it is not only the older generation who are stuck with these taboos, the younger generation also believes in the same."

Sex Book Premature

"It's too revealing and has a lack of beauty, which will fail to inspire children's interest."

UK Firm to Build Cricket Communities in India

"In India, cricket is nothing short of a religion, and we visualise developing new communities at the edges of cities revolving around the extraordinary national devotion to the game."

Dumbo Rescued by Indian Soldiers

Indian soldiers used a bulldozer to rescue a young wild elephant that was trapped in a water tank inside a military area.

Separated After 7-Decade Marriage

A relatively minor dispute over distribution of money ended the seven decade marital relations of an old couple from Uttar Pradesh’s Terwa village, near Lucknow.

The Typewriter Lives on in India

India's typewriter culture survives the age of computers in offices where bureaucracy demands typed forms and in rural areas where many homes don't have electricity.

TJ Bakery in Tihar Jail

It is tea-time at the Tihar prison bakery in Delhi. Workers are busy rolling out sugary cookie dough and packing savoury biscuits.

Slumdog Thrillionaires

Indian youths perform incredibly dangerous 'train surfing' stunt routine while hanging off carriage.

Shorts Come Into Vogue

Over two decades ago, when Zeenat Aman had worn a pair of shorts in Dostana, a song "Bahut Khoobsoorat jawan ek ladki" sung rather teasingly by Kishore Kumar, invited the roadside Romeos to tease her

Mayawati Property Tax Defaulter

UP Chief Minister Mayawati owes Rs.31.76 lakh to the New Delhi Municipal Corporation as tax on her property on Sardar Patel Marg. Hotel Taj Palace owes $10 million.

Toothpaste Bomb

Four tubes of toothpaste were detonated by the Jersey City police bomb squad after they were mailed to a township resident in what appeared to be a suspicious package from India.

$430 Million Ganpati

The Ganpati idol at Gaud Saraswat Brahmin Mandal is made of 150 lbs of gold and almost 1,000 lbs of silver and insured for $430 million.

Reliance Bodyguards 'Bodyguard'

Reliance Entertainment has secured a 'John Doe Order' from the court restraining websites, cable operators and Internet Service Providers from showing the movie.

Train Surfing, India's Perilous New Sport

After stunt bikers in Delhi had created ruckus on the roads, it's the turn of Mumbai's self-styled stuntmen to give others some hair-raising moments but this time on rail.

$15,000 for a Night of Dance, Booze and Sex

"For sex, the customers could shift to the rooms that are separated from the dance bars by an electronically operated door fitted to the common wall."

Dancing on a Train

A Bollywood dance number conducted entirely on a moving train.

Dealing With a Bigoted Dad

I’m an East Indian girl of 25 whose father says that if I have black friends in our house or even hang around them, I’m kicked out forever. My mom says I can keep someone who is black as a friend but that I mustn’t argue with my dad.

The Elusive Lalit Modi

I knock on the door of an old three-storey brick house in the swanky SW1 pocket in London, allegedly Modi's address since he was driven out of the BCCI (and India) for alleged financial misdemeanours in the running of the IPL. Modi's son answers the door.

Shoe Throwing MLA Gets the Boot

"This is the slipper that was thrown. It was flung by BJP MLA Bhawani Singh Rajawat at me inside the House,'' Mr Raghu Sharma said, holding aloft the footwear that started it all.

Eco Ganeshas on Ganesh Chaturthi

Eco-Ganeshas, made of clay and painted with natural colors, dissolve as soon as they are immersed in water, instead of settling at the bottom of the water body and polluting it.

Miss India Universe Twagerized WSJ Columnist

“It wasnt accidental.can’t possibly cut copy AND paste accidentally now can I? just dint know the technical know how of ‘retweeting.’”

World's 7 Billionth Person About to be Born

In the days ahead, a baby will be born who will take the global population above 7 billion for the first time, and in all probability that birth will take place in China or India.

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