Yahoo India released its 2014 'Year in Review' list today, which is a look back at the top trends over the last 12 months...
Yahoo India released its 2014 ‘Year in Review’ (YIR) list today, which is a look back at the top trends over the last 12 months that caught the imagination of its users here with PM Narendra Modi, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and adult films actress Sunny Leone emerging on top (For Full List Click Here).
Yahoo’s ‘Year in Review’ is based on users’ daily search habits and an editorial selection of what they read, recommended and shared most on Yahoo in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who contributed to changing the political landscape in 2014, leads the Political Top 10. Not just Modi, his trusted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aides Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley also feature on this list, which includes Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.
The slew of reforms and Modi’s efforts to improve diplomatic ties were of ongoing interest to Yahoo users. ‘Make in India,’ the three magic words that constitute Modi’s mantra while abroad, made it to the top of the list of Biggest Financial Events of the Year. The government’s decision to deregulate diesel and gas prices, and the setting up of a special investigative team to bring back illicit wealth stashed abroad, were other top searches in the category.
From dominating the political arena to putting Indian traditional menswear on the International map, Prime Minister Modi left a firm stamp on style trends in 2014. His signature Modi kurta and variation of the Nehru achkan coat were among the most-searched Beauty & Style trends. Sheer palazzo pants, bright floral leggings / jeggings, and a full-grown beard (which replaced last year’s handle bar mustache) were among the other beauty and style trends that users aspired to and wanted to know more about.
The most-searched sports, not surprisingly, was dominated by cricket. Alongside M S Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar ‒ wielding a pen this time for his much talked about autobiography ‒ featured among Cricketers of the year. Legendary Indian boxer Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal at the Asian Games clinched her position among the Brightest Sports Stars, as did fellow boxer Sarita Devi, who shines in the same category.
Sunny Leone was the Most-searched celebrity for the third year in a row! Deepika Padukone reserved her place among the top-searched celebs, with Alia Bhatt joining the list. Among the actors, Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham were much “searched after” in 2014. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence led the list of most-searched international celebrities in 2014.
Closing the year with Happy New Year, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone could not have wished for a happier ending, loved by fans online, who have made them one of Bollywood’s Best on Screen Romances of 2014.
India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani led the list of YIR’s 2014 Finance Newsmakers. Also on this year’s list are Apple CEO Tim Cook, with one of the most important ‘coming out’ events of the year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Infosys CEO & MD Vishal Sikka. Whether it’s Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal or Binny Bansal, or Snapdeal’s Rohit Bansal, the e-tailing sector’s domination by ‘the Bansals’ ensured they were Finance Newsmakers for the year. The death of Tata Motors’ MD Karl Slym in Bangkok was also among other top searches in this category. Airfare wars in the Indian skies, Flipkart’s Big Billion Day Sale were also highly searched in the same category.
Coming to the nation’s most influential people, Mukesh Ambani makes a second appearance at the No. 1 spot, with Tata Group boss Cyrus Mistry and Gautam Adani, Chief of Adani Group of Industries, making up the top 3.
Looking at the tech gear Yahoo users searched for this year, three Apple products appear in the top 10 gadget searches, with iPhone 6 coming in at a firm No. 1. Samsung clocked in with two Galaxy devices. See the 10 Most Wanted Tech Gadgets.
This year recorded the highest-ever production of vehicles in the Indian auto industry. Maruti, Mercedes, Audi, Hyundai and Mahindra all launched cars for the diverse Indian market and won the hearts of Indian users. Take a look at the YIR 2014 list of India’s popular cars.
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High and Mighty: The political top 10
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
Arun Jaitley, Finance and I&B Minister
Amit Shah, BJP president
Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief
Rajnath Singh, Home Minister
Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister
Sonia Gandhi, Congress president
Suresh Prabhu, Railways minister
Ram Madhav, BJP general secretary
Sharad Pawar, NCP chief
India’s 50 most influential people
Mukesh Ambani, Industrialist
Cyrus Mistry, Tata Group chairman
Gautam Adani, Industrialist
Anand MahindraKumar Mangalam Birla, Industrialist
Ratan Tata, Industrialist
Deepak Parekh, Banker
Anil Ambani, Industrialist
Anil Agarwal, Industrialist
Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro
Samir Jain & Vineet Jain, Times Group bosses
Uday Kotak, Banker
Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal, Businessmen
Natarajan Chandrasekaran, TCS CEO
Rahul Bhatia, Businessman
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Airtel
Shiv Nadar, Chairman, HCL
Salman Khan, Actor
Ajay Piramal, Industrialist
Uday Shankar, Media Professional
Arnab Goswami, News Anchor
Subhash Chandra, Media Baron
Naresh Gujral, Rajya Sabha member, Shiromani Akali Dal
Shah Rukh Khan, Actor
Kapil Sharma, Stand-up comedian
Adil Zainulbhai, Consultant
N. Srinivasan, Cricket administrator
Chanda Kochhar, Banker
Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay Gupta, Media Barons
Fali S.Nariman, Jurist
Arvind Panagariya, Economist
Aamir Khan, Actor
Rajat Sharma, Media Baron
Naresh Trehan, Doctor-entrepreneur
Kunal Bahl, Entrepreneur
Pawan Munjal, Industrialist
Chetan Bhagat, Author
Prashant Bhushan, Lawyer
Baba Ramdev, Yoga Guru
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP
Adi Godrej, Industrialist
Subramanian Swamy, Lawyer, Economist, and Hindutva Ideologue
Deepika Padukone, Actor
R. K. Pachauri, Environmentalist
S.Gurumurthy, RSS Ideologue