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5 Strange Search Trends India Googled in 2020

The coronavirus pandemic, tensions along the India-China border, locust swarm attacks and now, the farmer protests in India’s national capital — 2020 has been one hell of a year for the country.
 
Globally, as expected, coronavirus was the top trend overall and when it came to news. After all, it is the biggest pandemic in the last 100 years.
 
Indians, however, had one thing that they cared about more than the pandemic. It was the same phenomenon that topped the charts last year. Cricket, once more, was seen beating out all other news.
 
Here are some trends specific to the Indian population: 
 
1) CRICKET 
 
In 2019, it was the Cricket World Cup which came in ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections — the largest democratic election of the world. This year, it is the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL came out on top despite the fact that matches only kicked after multiple delays and without its usual glamorous crowds.
 
2) COVID CENTRES & LIQUOR SHOPS
 
Dance classes and salons near me were topping Google trends last year. In 2020, it wasn’t surprising that they were nowhere to be found on the list. Instead, the top trends were searches for food shelters and COVID test centres.
 
But, after that, things get a little weird. Amid concerns of air quality nationwide, the third most popular services that people were looking for nearby on Google was where crackers were sold.
 
This was followed by users on the hunt for liquor shops near them.
 
3) PANEER 
 
While most countries were looking for help on how to make sanitisers and face masks on Google, the top ‘how to’ query in India was ‘how to make paneer’. This shows not only the importance of paneer in the Indian diet but also that most people don’t know how to make it at home despite the ease of the process. Meanwhile, making sanitiser at home came in fifth.
 
4) MONEY HEIST ON NETFLIX
 
Since the TV and web series in a new category that Google’s introduced this year, there’s nothing to compare it to from the years gone by. But, it is interesting to note that a foreign language series in Spanish — that too on Netflix, which has fewer subscribers that Hotstar or Amazon Prime Video in India — called Money Heist was the most popular. It beat out Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, Bigg Boss, Mirzapur 2 and Paatal Lok for the top spot.
 
Since the TV and web series in a new category that Google’s introduced this year, there’s nothing to compare it to from the years gone by. But, it is interesting to note that a foreign language series in Spanish — that too on Netflix, which has fewer subscribers that Hotstar or Amazon Prime Video in India — called Money Heist was the most popular. It beat out Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, Bigg Boss, Mirzapur 2 and Paatal Lok for the top spot.
 
5) ARNAB GOSWAMI
 
US President-elect Joe Biden was the most searched for person on Google in India this year, which makes sense since the US Presidential election took place this year — albeit the most searched for personality globally was Tom Hanks. It should also be noted that incumbent Donald Trump was nowhere in the top 10.
 
Meanwhile, the second most searched for personality was Arnab Goswami coming in ahead of Kanika Kapoor, Kim Jong-un and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bacchan — who was fifth.
Searchers for the Republic news anchor surged after he was arrested on November 4 for his alleged role in the suicide of architect Anvay Naik.
 

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