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From Rhea to Arnab and Kim Jong-Un: Top trends that Indians Googled in 2020

From Rhea to Arnab and Kim Jong-Un: Top trends that Indians Googled in 2020
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By Palak Agarwal   | Pradeep Suresh  Dec 14, 2020 8:32:15 AM IST (Published)

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Google India announced the 'Year in Search' results offering a unique perspective to internet users in India searched for on the search engine. Here is a look at the top trends of 2020.

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Google India announced the 'Year in Search' results offering a unique perspective to internet users in India searched for on the search engine. Here is a look at the top trends of 2020. (Image: Reuters/Sankalp Phartiyal)

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US President-elect Joe Biden emerged as one of the top trending personalities, along with TV journalist Arnab Goswami.  (Image: Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

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Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, actress Kangana Ranaut, Rhea Chakraborty and Ankita Lokhande also featured in the top trending personalities list. (Image: Instagram)

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Other international personalities that made it to the list include North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, Afghan cricketing sensation Rashid Khan and the India-origin US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  (Image: Reuters via KCNA)

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Dil Bechara emerged as the most-searched movie of 2020, followed by Tamil action-drama Soorarai Pottru. Bollywood biopics like Tanhaji, Shakuntala Devi, and Gunjan Saxena also were among the top trending films of the year. (Image Source: Fox Star Studios)

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The lockdown generated immense queries on web series with Money Heist topping the list, followed by Indian entries like Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, Bigg Boss 14 and Mirzapur 2. (Image: Netflix.com)

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However, the top searched term was the Indian Premier League, followed by the US elections and the Bihar and Delhi elections. (Image: PTI)

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Other terms involving news events that were widely searched included 'lockdown' and the 'locust swarm attack'. International news events like the Beirut explosion and Bushfires in Australia were also among the most searched queries. (Image: Reuters)

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Interesting search terms were centered around "how to" and "what is", which reflects society's move to work from home and dealing with the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. 'How to make paneer?' and 'How to increase immunity?' topped the list of queries, followed by the distinctive 'How to make dalgona coffee.' 'What is' queries included 'What is Binod?', followed by many virus-related queries such as 'What is plasma therapy?' and 'What is hantavirus?'. (Image: Reuters)

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Local searches with "Near me" queries was dominated by "food shelters near me" followed by "COVID test near me". With the majority of the population remotely working, searches for "Broadband connection near me" and "Laptop shop near me" figured prominently this year. (Image: PTI)

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