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Finnish Flight Attendants Go Bollywood

Two dozen beaming flight attendants dressed in Indian attire came dancing through the aisles to “Deewangi Deewangi” from the Bollywood mega-blockbuster “Om Shanti Om" on a Finnair flight.

Finnair's Republic Day Surprise: Bollywood Jig by Crew

That's the surprise Finnair had in store for its passengers bound for New Delhi from its headquarters Helsinki on the Repubic Day Jan 26 when some 50 crew members danced to the tune of the title song of Bollywood film "Om Shanti Om" directed and choreographed by Farah Khan.

Jokes Apart: Pakistani Comedy Barred for Indian Army

Laughter may be the best medicine, but for the Indian Army, a dose 'Made in Pakistan' may be too bitter to swallow.

India Objects to Leno’s ‘Golden Temple’ Joke

In a skit, NBC's Jay Leno mocks Romney's wealth by showing the Golden Temple as one of his summer vacation homes.

Insane Train Dodging Stunt

The video footage shows a man walking down the tracks earlier this month in the face of an on-coming train before throwing himself down on to his front with moments to spare.

Indian Minister Swears off Shoelaces

An Indian official accused of having a tribal boy tie his shoelaces said he will no longer wear shoes requiring laces.

Statistics Prove Gandhi Right

25% of violent struggles ended with success but 75% of peaceful struggles ended in victory.

How Tech, Individuality Shape Hinglish

In Hindi/Hinglish, the abbreviation of high-fidelity, hi-fi, is used to describe something posh, like a neighborhood.

Where Women Rule

"If it's a girl, there will be great cheers from the family outside. If it's a boy, you will hear them mutter politely that, 'Whatever God gives us is quite all right.'"

Rent A Fort

Ruined ramparts, once used to keep out Mughal invaders, now provide a prime spot for locals to hang out their washing lines, while many properties have been stripped of their carved sandstone slabs, which end up in local markets.

A Profile of the Nehru Jacket

Hardly reminiscent of Gandhi’s famous homespun clothing, the Nehru jacket is a descendant of the northern Indian achkan, a closed-neck, coatlike garment usually considered court dress for Indian nobility.

Plastic Tourism in India

Foreigners from many countries who are adding surgery to holiday trips that often include trips to the Taj Mahal in Agra and other tourist spots.

Indian Teacher's $10 Billion Bank Balance

Red-faced bank officials would not comment, but sources say the funds were "uncleared" and he could not have withdrawn the money if he had tried.

India Cracks Dow on Jugaads

India is to impose safety standards on its 'jugaads' – the home-made transport vehicles made from used car, motorcycle, tractor and bullock cart parts.

Finger Licking Good

Several high-profile chefs are asking diners to get their hands dirty, in the belief that it heightens the sensual connection to food and softens the formality of fine dining.

Norway's Child Protective Service Take Away Two Indian Children

"My son was sleeping with my husband. They said he should sleep separately from your son."

Saris From paris

“It is like Indians selling wine in France. To sell a sari in India takes Gallic gall.”

$10,000 for UK Prime Minister David Cameron's Number?

"There are many other people that we know who would just like to part with money and go and talk to Cameron."

India's Love Affair With P.G. Wodehouse

The Wodehouse novellas contain that upper-class twittery that the caste conscious Indian middle-classes relate to very well.

Toilet Training for Migrant Students at Australian University

Posters put up by the university show a person standing on the toilet seat and squatting over the bowl with a line through it. Another crossed-out image shows a person squatting on the floor.

India's Coolest Ambassador Cars

Artists, designers and luxury hotels are giving India's iconic automobile a new ticket to ride.

Bouncers of Delhi

The bouncer is supposed to be an arbiter of status without possessing it, passing judgment on the status of those who regard him with unvarnished condescension.

Private Detective Sentenced for Raping, Framing Ex-Girlfriend

Jerry Ramrattan, a New York private detective who raped his ex-girlfriend Seemona Sumasar and then framed her for a series of fictional crimes was sentenced to the maximum of 32 years in prison

India Cuts Edge off Edgier Shows

TV channels resort to inconsistent and clumsy self-censorship, snipping scenes that are central to a show's plot with abandon.

Lucknow Residents Scared Sleep Will Turn Them to Stone

In Lucknow, people patrolled the streets chanting slogans in a bid to stay awake, according to a report from The Pioneer newspaper, which added that even those from well-educated communities were panicking.

British Woman is Director of Bed Bouncing

A woman hotel employee in Britain is having her bottom insured for a whopping four million pounds (Rs.33 crore) after she landed a job to test the softness of beds for hotel guests.

Bigg Boss's Sunny Leone Reveals Dark Truth About Indians

. We spend thousands of rupees every year on 'fairness' creams, parents shamelessly advertise for a 'fair-skinned' girl in matrimonial columns and we use the word 'black' in derogatory way.

New Delhi’s Heritage Cinemas

Once upon time, before Bollywood came along, Connaught Place’s theaters used to showcase things like Russian ballets, Urdu plays and silent movies.

A Voyeur’s Guide to the Billionaire Experience

A hedonistic celebration of affluence in India.

Parking Up the Wrong Tree

A speeding motorist in India lost control of his car and smacked into a tree on Christmas — and, of course, the tree didn’t budge.

India's Color Divide

Some trace India’s colour fixation through varna, caste, to the Aryan-Dravidian divide. But I would be surprised if British rule and domination by a visibly different colonial elite didn’t also have something to do with modern preference.

World's Shortest Woman Wants to be Bollywood Star

Jyoti Amge is just 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) tall — shorter than the average 2-year-old. "I have put Nagpur on the world map. Now everyone will know where it is."

Indian with 39 Wives, 94 Kids is the Strangest Story of 2011

An Indian man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, all living under one roof, holds the numero uno position in Ripley's Believe It or Not, top 11 strangest stories for this year.

Guaranteed a Laugh, or Money Back

Watch it. If you like it, you pay for it. If you don't, you get your money back! That's the offer made by an India-born doctor, who also dabbles in film making, for his third movie released on DVD.

Wife-Swapping the Thing for Married Indians

Wife-Swapping, one-night stands and threesomes are not just happening in Bollywood, but entering the sex lives of urban Indians.

She Doesn’t Call Me Dad

Finding companionship in old age is no longer taboo—at least not to the aged.

Fat Man Forces Passenger to Stand Seven Hours in Plane

An American businessman had to stand for an exhausting seven-hour flight from Alaska to Philadelphia because an obese fellow passenger was taking up half his seat.

Docs Find 421 Coins, Bolts in Man's Stomach

A man admitted to a Chhattisgarh hospital with severe stomach pain was found to have swallowed around 6 kg of iron objects, including hundreds of coins and fishnet pellets.

Yoga, Work of the Devil: Vatican Priest

The ancient Indian practice of yoga that helps in attaining physical and spiritual discipline has been termed a "work of the devil" by a top Vatican priest.

Most Indians Are Dumb

Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has said "most people in India are of a very low intellectual level, steeped in casteism, communalism, superstitions and all kinds of feudal and backward ideas".

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