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Real-Life 'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins India's Biggest Prize

Sushil Kumar, 27, reacts as he wins the one million USD prize of the Indian 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' TV quiz in Mumbai on Oct. 25, 2011. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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A government clerk from Eastern Bihar in India has become the first person ever to win $1 million on the Indian game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Non-Resident Indian's Confession Spurs an Online Tempest

Sumedh Mungee's Oct. 22, 2011 post in the 'India Ink' blog.
Lifestyle

A post this past weekend in the New York Times blog India Ink, "Why I Left India (Again)," by an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) — about his personal experience of returning to India after 11 years of living in the U.S. and having to leave the country again, apparently for good — has generated a storm of reactions by readers and critics alike.

Interview: Coomi's Wearable Art

Gold bracelet from Coomi's Antiquity collection.
Lifestyle

Growing up in Mumbai, jewelry designer Coomi would pick up random beads, flowers and whatever else she could find to create her pieces. Years later, a thesis on jewelry for her textile degree was her way of sealing a lifelong bond with her passion.

Digital Devotion: Mobile App Updates Hindu Ritual Karva Chauth

Tanishq launches mobile application for Karva Chauth.
Lifestyle

In the annual north Indian festival of Karva Chauth, married Hindu and Sikh women don’t eat or drink from sunrise to moonrise in the hopes that their husbands will be blessed with longevity. While some local traditions differ, most women look at the moon through a sieve or a cloth before eating or drinking.

Now, though, if one company has its way, they can use their own phones instead of a sieve.

Garden Court Café Makes '10 Best Museum Restaurants' List

(Gracious Thyme/Asia Society)
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Walking through museums to look at extraordinary art can be a tiring experience, and visitors always appreciate a place to rest and refuel.

Royal Wedding in the Happiest Country on Earth

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L), 31, looks at his bride during the purification marriage ceremony to Queen Jetsun Pema, 21, in the historical Punakha Dzong on October 13, 2011 in Punakha, Bhutan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Among Buddhist monks' chants in the beautiful Himalayan valley, the young King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, married his fiancée, Jetsun Pema, in a traditional ceremony on Thursday, October 13, 2011, in the ancient capital city of Punakha. After the purification ceremony and prayers, King Jigme Khesar crowned Jetsun Pema his queen.

Crowdsourcing to Save a South Asian Tech Entrepreneur's Life

Amit Gupta, co-founder Photojojo and Jelly. (Amit Gupta)
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Social media is great. Not only can you harness its power to start revolutions and circulate videos of furry animals doing cute things — you can help save someone's life. About three weeks ago, San Francisco-based Photojojo and Jelly co-founder Amit Gupta was diagnosed with acute leukemia. The 32-year-old entrepreneur is currently undergoing treatment, and the next step for him is a bone-marrow transplant.

Asia Mourns Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

This tribute to the late Steve Jobs by 19-year-old Hong Kong design student Jonathan Mak became an Internet hit on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 as word of the Apple co-founder's death reached around the world.
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News of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs's death spread quickly through South and East Asia Thursday morning, prompting people across the continent to express their mourning in a variety of ways. 

Poetic Threads: Rebuilding Communities Through Crafts

Hand embroidered textile from Pakistan. (Poetic Threads of Pakistan)
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NEW YORK — This Thursday and Friday, designers Marisa Nicole and Mansoor Badshah of the group Poetic Threads of Pakistan will be at the Asia Society's AsiaStore from 12:30-3:30 pm to talk about traditional textile and jewelry arts of Pakistan.

Asia-Pacific Women Make Big Gains on Forbes 'Most Powerful' List

Clockwise, from upper left: Indra Nooyi; Julia Gillard; Yingluck Shinawatra; Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Are Asia-Pacific women becoming more powerful? Or is the rest of the world finally just taking notice? If you take stock in lists like Forbes' "World's Most Powerful Women" — and we know that you do — it appears women from the region are increasingly considered forces to be reckoned with.