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Fool’s World: Who Gave Saif the Right to be a Nawab?

But this charade in Pataudi, and the conferment of a title of nawab on Saif Ali khan, is hypocritical and grandiose in a democratic republic.

Delhi's Star Goat this Eid Costs $3000

According to tradition, a sacrificial goat has to be selected carefully. It should be healthy, with a strong physique, and should not have any deformities.

Tipsy Parrots Nursing Hangover

The Sun said some of them were in such a state that it would take days for them to sober up.

Cleaner Wipes Off Stain, Destroys Artwork

The cleaning woman thought it was an actual stain and scrubbed it clean.

A Third of Women Dislike Cuddling

A spokesperson for Silentnight, the company behind the findings, said: "There is a general consensus that women prefer cuddling to men. But, according to our research, this clearly isn't the case.

Husband Secretly Fed Wife Steroids to Fatten Her Up

'He did it so she'd gain weight to get back to the pattern of their life, so she'd cook dinner and look after the children, so she wouldn't go out for walks to lose weight.

"Wife-sharing" Haunts Indian Villages as Girls Decline

"Everything is hush, hush. No one openly admits it, but we all know what is going on. Some families buy brides from other parts of the country, while others have one daughter-in-law living with many unwedded brothers."

Trucker, M.D. Delivers Baby Midflight

“It was very exciting ... I’m glad I was able to help. But I doubt I’ll use my skills again.”

Ava Lounge Employees Sue for Sexual Harassment

Workers, the suit says, were referred to as "whores" and "f--- sticks" in front of hotel guests and its playboy owner, Vikram Chatwal.

You Are Being Watched — And Snapped

Men across India who take these photos surreptitiously, everything about a woman is a cause of sexual titillation and that nothing you wear (or don’t wear) can make you any less of a target.

Krishna No One's Property

It is common knowledge that Lord Krishna, as a child, was known for his love of milk and butter. This would certainly dilute a proprietary claim projected by any person in relation to word 'Krishna' with dairy products.

15 Hotels to Stay in Before You Die

Exotic getaways, some of which won't break your budget.

Nobody's Child

To signal that their baby girls are unwelcome, 222 parents appear to have registered their names as Nakoshi or Nakusa, which means unwanted in Marathi.

Vijay Mallya's White House in the Sky

Vijay Mallya's penthouse sits on one-acre, which is supported by the three blocks 32 storeys high. The penthouse, split in two levels, will have a built-up area of around 40,000 sq ft.

This House is Not a Home

Why would someone build what is widely considered the world’s most expensive private residence and then use it as a pied-à-terre?

Read Their Lips

“Lips of Babel” shows close-up video portraits of models delivering tongue twisters in their native tongues.

The Viagra Of The Himalayas

Caterpillar fungus sells for $50,000 a pound. But it's better known throughout Asia by the Tibetan term, yartsa gunbu, which means "summer grass, winter worm."

Village of Eternal Bachelors

In Siyani, a small rural town of just 8,000 people (tiny by Indian standards), the social effect of such a low ratio of women meant that men were having a tough time finding brides.

This Car Model Costs More than the Original

A car model of a Lamborghini made of gold and studded with diamonds costs more than the original and is expected to fetch a whopping 3 million pounds when it is auctioned.

UK Hottest Curry Contest Lands Two in Hospital

A fiery dish cooked with variants of the Indian Naga Jolokia chilli, the hottest chilli in the world , landed two women in hospital.

Married to My Rapist

There are places in India, like Murshidabad, where rape is grounds for marriage.

How Much is Nobel Prize Worth?

The prestigious Nobel science awards are worth far more than the $1.5 million prize money: they can pad a company's coffers with $24 million and even add two years to a laureate's life, experts say.

Delhi, Bangalore World's Worst for Parking

Drivers in New Delhi and Bangalore do the most shouting over parking spots, while drivers in Montreal and Singapore are a bit more mild-mannered.

World's Oldest Running Car on Sale

Fuelled by bits of paper, wood and coal, the car takes 45 minutes to build up steam to drive, reaching a top speed of 61 km per hour.

Marriage can Kill the Criminal in You

Many criminologists have assumed that marriage helps reduce crime because married people feel they have more to lose by committing crime.

Sex Great Workout Regimen

"Sex removes the fat content that sticks on to the body and wipes out all the toxins."

Rude Hand Gestures of the World

The illustrated globe trotters guide to offending around the world.

'Facebook Suicide' Girl Lives on in Facebook

Deconstructing Malini Murmu, who committed suicide after being dumped by her boyfriend on Facebook, from her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

London to Delhi by Auto-Rickshaw

"It has driven 10,200 kilometres and only got one flat tyre."

Faster Than Light

“If it is true, then we truly haven’t understood anything about anything.... It looks too big to be true. The correct attitude is to ask oneself what went wrong.”

The Real Slumdog Millionaires

The poverty and filth of Mumbai's sprawling shanty towns, made famous in film Slumdog Millionaire, are being replaced with fully furnished homes kitted out with every modern appliance.

Amitabh Bachchan Has Got Your Number

"I am at my wits' end. I feel like committing suicide. I will seek a compensation of at least Rs.50 lakh from the TV channel and the host for this harassment and constant mental agony."

Intel Spied on Women Agents in Toilet

Counterintelligence equipment, including a hidden camera, was used to bug the bathroom of its security and counter-intelligence director in NTRO headquarters in Delhi.

He Mans Traffic, As Good Samaritan

"I started this as a social service after I was stuck here for 40 minutes a few years back and was shocked that no one cared to manage it for a while. And then I thought something should be done about it and here I am."

$4.6 Million Gold Plated Nano

The most expensive cheapest car in the world is set with 200 lbs of gold and 10,000 gems and precious stones.

Asia's Tallest Church Grows Taller Through Charity

Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours near here - billed as the tallest church in Asia at 260 ft - has decided to donate 125 sovereigns of gold to marry off 25 underprivileged women from different communities.

Westerners Teach Yoga -- to Indians

"When I first came, I found it strange that I was learning all this from an African American woman. It was a novelty. I loved it."

Astrologer Seeing Stars

For a quarter of a century, Ashok Kumar Sharma has been making a living by foretelling the fortune of people. But now hospitalised with quake injury, he admits he had no inkling of what lay in store for him

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