Flag-waving schoolchildren and tartan caps greeted Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Thursday as he voted in the remote farming village he calls home -- where the man who could be the father of independence is just "a nice bloke".
At an election rally in Uttar Pradesh 2004, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee beckoned a saffron-robed young man to come up to the front row, and was gratified by the loud cheer that greeted the young BJP lawmaker.
In the maddening, temperamental and consuming world of Bollywood, 28-year-old actor Deepika Padukone looks like a picture of calm. Having tasted success from the word go, Deepika has managed to use her upbringing as a sportsperson to her advantage in the film industry.
Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America's obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 81.
Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahri, who has announced an Al Qaeda branch in India and its neighbourhood, is listed by the FBI as a man of unknown height, weight or built, with 13 known aliases and a bounty of 25 million dollars on his head.
A towering figure in the world of letters, Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, who died on Friday, was modern in his sensibilities and intellectual underpinnings in his literary works questioned many deeply-held beliefs.
The fiery young Congress leader had captured the limelight by her unwavering opposition - and critics add, "antics" - against the Left Front government. But even after sweeping the 35-year-old Left bastion in Bengal at the head of her own Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee had hit the headlines more for controversies than for developmental work sorely needed in the state.
Ravi Shastri is a true all-rounder. He can wear multiple hats with consummate ease. The former Indian all-rounder, deputy to numerous skippers, stop-gap Indian team coach, a highly-reputed commentator, an unofficial players' spokesman and now, the team director in times of despair.