What did India search for in 2011?

December and January are the most exciting months of the year. December is where we draw up plans for the next year. January is where we get excited about the New Year. In  the other 10 months we wait for these two months.

If I were to sleep for 11 months of the year and wake for just one month, it would be December. This is the month where we can get the distilled information of the whole year. We get to see the best books of the year, the best gadgets of the year, the best events of the year, the best movies of the year and the best of the best.

With the digital age we also know what people were looking for, thanks to Google. So what did India search for in 2011? Google released its Zeitgeist for 2011.

Ironically India searched for Facebook the most. India also searched for Google on Google. IRCTC, Indian Railways, Rediffmail land Way2sms are the other Indian brands in the top 10 list.

Anna Hazare is the fastest rising search for 2011 in India and is the second most searched person for 2011. What did Anna Hazare do to be in this enviable position? A whole lot actually. Hazare weathered government criticism and hooliganism, formed a team, fasted and got sick, and drafted a bill called Lokpal. An ordinary old man had to do a whole lot to be searched for.

What does a pretty woman got to do to be on the top of the heap? She just has to talk about getting naked.

Ponam Pandey is the fastest rising search and is the fourth most searched person for 2011 behind Katrina Kaif, Anna Hazare and Salman Khan. What did Ms. Pandey do to achieve this feat? She promised to go nude if India won the cricket world cup 2011. Ms. Pandey never kept her promise and people are hoping that someday she will.

In the news items category, IPL beats World Cup 2011, despite the fact that India has actually won the cricket world cup.

The recurring theme for India’s 2011 searches is Movies (not just Bollywood), Cricket, Technology and any earth shattering events like Japan Earthquake or Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Here’s what India searched for in 2011 :

Top Searches

Facebook, YouTube, Gmail, Yahoomail, Google, Yahoo, IRCTC, Rediffmail, Indian Railways and Way2SMS

Fastest Rising searches (People)

Anna Hazare, Poonam Pandey, Steve Jobs, Anushka Sharma, Salman Khan, Justin Bieber, Kajal Agarwal, Katrina Kaif, Vijay Mallya and Aishwarya Rai.

Top 10 People

Katrina Kaif, Anna Hazare, Salman Khan, Poonam Pandey, Justin Bieber, Aishwarya Rai, Sachin Tendulkar, Kareena Kapoor, Steve Jobs and Priyanka Chopra

Top 10 Movies

Bodyguard, Ra.One, Harry Potter, Delhi Belly, Singham, Ready, Mankantha, Transformers 3, Dookudu, and Zindagi Na Mile Dobara

Top 10 News and events

IPL 2011,  World Cup 2011, Cbse Result 2011, Diwali, Lokpal Bill, Japan Earthquake, Aadhar Card, Osama Bin Laden, Pakistan and F1