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Welcome to the December 2015 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

Welcome to India's start-up industry, the youngest and fastest-growing in the world.  According to industry body NASSCOM, there are more than 4,000 start-ups in India, with 28 the average age of founders. Money is also pouring in; $5 billion was invested in start-ups this year alone, a 125 percent year-on-year rise. A young population, increasing smartphone penetration and social media have all been drivers of change, empowering Indians to think outside the box.

This documentary weaves together the metaphoric act of weaving with the musical traditions of India to reflect on what holds the nation together.


The availability of low-cost smartphones and increasing mobile broadband will help India overtake the US as the world's second largest Internet user base by 2016, according to US-based firm eMarketer.  India's online population will touch 283.8 million by 2016, as compared to the US' 264.9 million.  eMarketer predicts that by 2018 India will have 346.3 million Internet users against the US' 274.1 million. Globally, Internet users will surpass 3 billion, or 42.4 percent of the world population, in 2015.

India's Path to Becoming the World's First 'Wi-Fi First' Country
Indian Actors on American TV: It's Happening
The latest example of Indians thriving on American televison is Aziz Ansari's critically acclaimed Netflix series "Master of None." The comedy, which tackles modern dating, technology and friendship, has debuted to rave reviews.  The comedian's parents, who play themselves in several episodes, emigrated to the United States from Tamil Nadu, India. Meanwhile,  Mindy Kaling, born in America to a Tamil father and a Bengali mother, has a show on FOX. The American-born actors have been joined on the small screen by Indian actors Nimrat Kaur on "Homeland," Rahul Khanna on "The Americans" and Priyanka Chopra on "Quantico."  

Rajan Elected Vice-Chairman of Bank of International Settlements

Five Indians Among Thinkers50's Top 50 Management Thinkers


On November 21, the Embassy of India in Washington, DC, hosted a Diwali celebration featuring remarks by Ambassador Arun K. Singh and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, as well as special dance performances by the Indian Educators Dance Association (IDEA).

India Is Luxury's Next Frontier

D ecisions, decisions, decisions: the Indian consumer has so many to make. Walk around Mumbai's Palladium, Delhi's Emporio or Bengaluru's UB City malls and you get the clear and unmistakable sense that India as a luxury destination has arrived.

Hindi Emerges As Most Popular Indian Language in US

Thinking of spending Christmas in India? With a hot and tropical winter climate, India's best beaches, a famous party culture and Vindaloo, the regional curry dish, Goa should be high on your list of winter travel destinations. Almost a third of all Goans identify themselves as Catholics, a legacy of more than four centuries of Portuguese rule, and Christianity is highly visible across the region - the extraordinary 17th-century churches and cathedrals at Old Goa are the largest in Asia and every town and village has its own whitewashed parish church.