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Welcome to the January  2018 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

Thrive Global founder Arianna Huffington, who previously founded the Huffington Post, picks India as the first country to expand to after Thrive Global's U.S. Launch. Thrive Global seeks solutions on how to achieve work-life balance and live better with technology. "I truly believe that, more than any other place on earth, India has the answers to what I see as the biggest question of our time," she writes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes listeners a happy 2018 through his regular radio address.

Indians Prefer Tech to Food as Workplace Perk 
Half of office workers in India rate access to cutting-edge technology at the workplace above perks like food and slick office design, according to research by Adobe. The survey indicates that organizations investing in workplace technology are more likely to be successful in the market.

Embassy of India Celebrates Christmas
The Embassy of India in Washington D.C. celebrated Christmas on Dec. 20, 2017 with carols sung by a choir.

Indian Culture Gives Divine Status to Alphabet

Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that Indian culture granted divine status to the alphabet in Vedic texts as an indication of the high importance Indians place on books and literature. Opening a book means opening a new world, he said, while inaugurating the 29th Vijayawada Book Festival in Andhra Pradesh.

From spa treatments, luxury hotel suites to state of the art dining, Critterati pet luxury hotel in India is changing the way animals travel. Situated in Gurgaon, the hotel aims to become a "pet's favorite destination." The idea to start the hotel came from the owners, who wanted to create a place pets can visit to unwind, meet other furry friends and be treated like royalty.