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The Invisible Men

Behind every successful structure stand the men who got their hands dirty building it.

Spare the Donkeys

"Several TV channels have telecast visuals of supporters of the India Against Corruption campaign using donkeys to symbolise corrupt officials during their rallies. The donkeys had placards around their necks, their faces had been blackened and they were being punched, slapped and beaten, to symbolise the anti-corruption crusader putting corruption down."

India's Caste Census

For the first time in 80 years, India is undertaking the herculean task of a caste census. ''My caste is who I am, we don't speak often about it, because everybody knows."

World's Smallest Ganesh

Only one inch tall and weighing 40g, couple create world's smallest Ganesh idol.

It's Good to be a Rebel in India

Although Mrinalini does not read newspapers (not even the Mumbai behemoth whose sole purpose is to encourage women like her to spend, spend, spend), she does know about a man named Anna Hazare.

McDonald Pulls 'Corrupt' Ad

“The commercials are light-hearted and irreverent in nature. We are not trying to propagate or justify bribery."

Biryani: Symbol of India

Let’s explore the enormous regional variety of biryani and recognise that this is the one dish that unifies India because it is found nearly everywhere in the country. It is a symbol of a country that takes differences and divergences and then merges them into one India.

Clinging to Caste

He wasn’t selling vegetables or offering to shine shoes, so no one really noticed him as he shuffled around the corner. But to him, what he was doing was vital: by ringing his bell, he warned high caste Hindus that an untouchable was among them.

Maharaja Style Travel

If you are the duke of Colaba all set to marry the princess of Cuff Parade, Mumbai's new luxury car rental service is here to provide you the perfect vintage wheels

Anna Hazare Most Popular Cyber Personality in India

'Anna Hazare’ and ‘Corruption’ are the most used words in way2sms messages.

Hungary's Krishna Valley

HUngar's Krishna Valley is run by devotees of Krishna along Vedic principles.

India Along the Grand Trunk Road

Four chaotic weeks on India's famous Grand Trunk Road, described by Rudyard Kipling as "such a river of life as nowhere else exists in the world.

How Are Hurricanes Named?

As Irene bears down, wonder how hurricanes get their names? Irene gets its name from the list for 2011 are managed by the World Meteorological Organization. Irene will return in 2017.

Demand for Rajasthani Camel Riders in Arab Countries

Hundreds of camel riders from Jaisalmer not only rear camels in many Arab countries, especially Dubai, but also train them for racing.

Scamster Poet

Satyam' scamster Ramalinga Raju’s recently published book of poems extols morals and ethics.

Angel and the Monster

Mother Teresa and Lady Gaga are the latest icons of the leadership industry.

Hurricanes Get Name from Carib Indians' God of Evil

The word hurricane is derived from "Hurican," the Carib Indians' god of evil.

Full Bodied Support

Marathi actress Yoggitta Dandekar has used body paint to pledge her support to Anna Hazare’s cause.

Teen Steve Jobs Sought Tranquility in India

The journey was a sort of ascetic pilgrimage. They had even shaved their heads. "Except we didn't know where we were going," his friend Dan Kottke has been quoted as saying. The pair were only seeking spiritual solace and enlightenment.

India's Oldest Prisoner, 108, Dies

Brij Bihari Pandey, 108, a murder convict, described as the "oldest prisoner in the history of Indian prisons" died in his ancestral village in Uttar Pradesh's Maharajganj district.

Between a Dock and a Plastic Place

The Ministry of Environment and Forests’ proscription of the use of plastic pouches for the packaging of pan masala, gutkha and tobacco is being challenged in the Bombay High Court by a pan masala manufacturer on the grounds that the regulation arbitrarily targets one particular class of products for discrimination.

Trousers Didn't Fit, You Must Acquit

Dr Narendra Sharma, a father-of-two, told the hearing he had secured his trousers with medical tape because they did not fit but a kicking patient caused them to partially fall.

Steve Jobs in 1973 India

Jobs never got the enlightenment he was looking for, but did return to California in Indian clothes, and a Buddhist.

Indian or Bangladeshi?

Residents of an Indian enclave in Bangladesh can opt to take Bangladeshi citizenship once the area is assimilated in Bangladesh.

Six Year Search for Son

Ryan, who was 21 when he disappeared on the morning of August 24, 2005, from an ashram, had stayed in the pilgrim town by the Ganga for two weeks, learnt yoga and met several sadhus. What might have given the couple some hope is a sentence they recently came across in their son's diary. "If I am gone, I am not dead, I have gone to free my mind..." the words read.

Affluence Puts More Proteins on Indian Plates

If scrumptious non-vegetarian dishes were once-a-week affair for most Indian families before the sweep of liberalization, home food is now liberally peppered with non-vegetarian helpings throughout the week.

No Onions for Chauffeurs for the Rich

The drivers are taught to shave and bathe daily, avoid eating raw onions, polish their shoes, use hand sanitizer after meals and refrain from eating in the car, says Alam Khan, a hospitality industry veteran who is the Institute’s head of training.

Social networking sites helping Team Anna

A crucial ingredient of the India Against Corruption movement's success has been its use of social networking as a tool for mass mobilisation and rapid information dissemination through the Internet.

Coriander Cures Food Poisoning

Coriander oil is toxic to a broad range of harmful bacteria and its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections.

In India, Charity Begins — and Stays — at Home

The culture of philanthropy has yet to take root in India. You hear all the time about weddings that cost as much as the American defence budget, but hardly ever about charity balls or fundraising dinners.

Gandhi Topi in Vogue

"The Gandhi Topi is very much back in fashion. I can see teenagers wearing the Gandhi Topi with a high pony tail. As today's generation does everything with style, the Gandhi Topi is very much in vogue."

Luxury Retail Lags in India

When Nita Ambani went shopping for 25,000 pieces of high-end Japanese crockery, she did not go to the Noritake store in her posh neighbourhood of southern Mumbai. Instead, the wife of richest man in India called a Noritake store in Sri Lanka, where the upscale dinnerware for her new $1 billion home would be far cheaper.

Sachin in Saris

The 9m by 6m mosaic of Tendulkar, created from fabrics and saris, was put together by artist Laura Hadland. "Immortalising Sachin Tendulkar in fabrics seemed the perfect way to capture the spirit of Leicester as it gears up to welcome him and his teammates."

The Indian Bulge

City-bred Indians are three times more likely to be overweight than rural folk-there is also the particularly Indian genetic propensity of accumulating fat against muscle mass.

Hot Water Inflated to Bursting Point

Ashutosh Chopra, 17, displays his strength by inflating a hot water bottle to its 500psi bursting point during a performance at a school in Bangalore.

'Most Feared' Pest in Rice Shipment from India at Chicago's O'Hare

The Khapra beetle, which is about 2 to 3 millimeters long as an adult and about 5 millimeters long as a larva, is described as "one of the world's most tenacious and destructive stored-produce pests because of its ability to damage grain."

Study Estimates World Species at 8.7 Million, Most Undiscovered

Roughly 90 per cent of the species in the world have yet to be discovered, described and catalogued by humans, according to a new scientific study. The study by Canadian researchers estimated the number of species at 8.7 million. The scientists developed a new method of estimating the global total, and published their findings in the journal PLoS Biology on Tuesday.

Fashion Footwear

From mojris, nagras to embellished chappals, youngsters in capital are opting for ethnic footwear

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