Grammys Groom in Sherwani Speaks Out. Many of you were probably curious about the man in the peacock-blue sherwani that got married in the mass ceremony at the Grammys on Sunday night. After all, his outfit upstaged most of the celebrity red carpet ensembles seen at the ceremony. His name is Yawar Charlie, and he and his new husband Jason Miller were interviewed about the experience by Access Hollywood on Monday. Skip to around the 2:30 mark to hear his thoughts on the wedding and on seeing Sir Paul McCartney.
According to IMDB, Charlie comes from a family of celebrities — he’s the grandson of film star Noor Mohammed Charlie, who was known for his adaptation of Charlie Chaplin and his parents were Pakistani TV stars. His father was the renowned late actor Latif Charlie and his mother is the actress Masooma Charlie. And Yawar Charlie is an actor and musician himself. You can check out his demo reel on YouTube. [Access Hollywood]
“Better late than never.” With under two weeks to go until the Winter Olympics starts in Sochi, Russia, the Indian government announced yesterday that it had finally approved funds for two Indian qualifiers — Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur, 19, and cross country skier Nadeem Iqbal, 30, — to buy skis and other equipment they need to prepare for their events. The first-time Olympians will be joined by luger Shiva Keshavan, who is taking part in his fifth Olympics. But they will not be joined by the Indian flag. They will instead compete in Sochi as independent participants because India’s Olympic committee is suspended for violating the Olympic Charter. [The Wall Street Journal]
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Tough Little Punjabi. Last week on The Blacklist, Parminder Nagra’s character Agent Meera Malik was in danger of losing her life after Reddington accused her of being a mole. Thanks to her quick thinking, deal-making and sneakiness, she lives to see another episode this week and is called one “tough little Punjabi” by an interrogator. [The Blacklist]
#1 Pollution Nation. Why does China’s air pollution get more attention than India’s? That’s a question Slate explores, noting that in the first three weeks of 2014, New Delhi’s air pollution was measured to be more than twice as high as Beijing’s. When it comes to CO2 emissions, though, India is a distant third to China and the US. [Slate]
The Accidental Locksmith. Detroit Free Press shares the story of Sukhdev Singh, 70, who found a career as a locksmith in his Delray neighborhood of Detroit by chance. The son of a sugarcane farmer in Punjab who immigrated to Detroit to study engineering, Dave as his customers call him “spent a blue-collar life making keys in a gritty part of the city.” [Detroit Free Press, h/t Niraj Warikoo]