Sisters, will you tie your brothers a Narendra Modi rakhi this Raksha Bandhan? Rs 20 only

Narendra Modi rakhi

The image of Narendra Modi continues to seep into our everyday lives, not only from the media but also from regular objects around us. Almost a decade after the present Prime Minister and then Chief Minister of Gujarat’s face was featured on condom packets distributed by the state government, Modi’s likeness is now also appearing [Read more]

The Bollywood periodic table

Elements of Bollywood - The Bollywood periodic table

London-based designer Johnny Joannou has a thing for the periodic table. His long series of designs based on the chemisty periodic table of elements covers a wide range of sports and a little cinema including one on our dear Bollywood. The £60 print of the “greatest Bollywood films of all-time” includes films “selected to represent [Read more]

Watch: High excitement on the streets of New Delhi on August 15, 1947

High excitement on the streets of New Delhi on August 15, 1947

This edition of the Movietone News from August 1947 captures the high excitement on the streets of New Delhi (complete with the obligatory cows) and the Parliament of India as India celebrated its first Independence Day. This newsreel, sourced from the Associated Press archives, also shows (at the beginning, before the play time starts in [Read more]

एक कहानी, बस यूं ही (भाग तीन)


(Continued from here) स्थान – जयपुर, उस लड़की का घर, रात का वक्त। चियर्स चियर्स… मस्त पार्टी है यार। कब से इंतज़ार था इस पार्टी का। 5 साल हो गए यार तुझे इस शहर में आए, इस ऑफिस में काम करते। कंजूस कहीं की, अब दी है पार्टी, पता नहीं कहां खोई रहती है तू। [Read more]

APJ Abdul Kalam: The unofficial Google doodle

APJ Abdul Kalam: The unofficial Google doodle

The ‘People’s President’ Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam died of a heart attack in my hometown Shillong. He was 83. A blackboard sketch featuring his signature hairstyle and the different facets of his person. Black to signify loss and blackboard to stress on his focus on education.

एक कहानी, बस यूं ही (भाग दो)


(Continued from here) गुलज़ार के गाने आज भी जब भी सुनता हूँ। तुम्हारा साथ याद आ जाता है। तुम्हारा गुनगुनाता चेहरा। गुनगुनाते लब, चित्रा सिंह की आवाज़ से आवाज़ मिलाती तुम्हारी आवाज़। कभी कहा नहीं पर, तुम अच्छा गाती हो। बहुत अच्छा। उस पर गाने के किसी शब्द या लाइन में मैं गलत बोल गुनगुना [Read more]

एक कहानी, बस यूं ही


An isspecial cutting chai to mark 10 years of Cutting the Chai specially brewed by the Chaiwali, Varsha Choudhury. A not-so-long story, but in many parts. The beginning: बड़ी वफ़ा से निभाई तुमने हमारी थोड़ी सी बेवफाई… बस में सफ़र के दौरान जब रेडियो पर ये गाना सुना तो होठों पर मुस्कान खिल गई। मन [Read more]

Listen: Indira Gandhi announcing the Emergency on All India Radio, June 26, 1975


President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed signed the ‘Proclamation of Emergency‘ on the night of June 25, 1975, but it was in the morning of June 26 that the nation got to know via an unscheduled broadcast on All India Radio (also sarcastically referred to All Indira Radio) at 8 AM. Listen to Indira Gandhi’s Emergency announcement [Read more]

40th anniversary of Emergency: The unofficial Google doodle


(This post is a part of a series on the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency in India) This unofficial Google doodle pays tribute to the Indians who put in their best to uphold the principles of democracy in the dark days of the Emergency. The doodle draws its obvious inspiration from the iconic [Read more]

Proclamation of Emergency, as published in The Gazette of India 40 years ago


(This is the first in a series of posts on 40 years of Emergency) 40 years ago on June 25, 1975 that the President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed toed the line drawn by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to sign the proclamation of Emergency and heap upon the democracy its darkest 21 months. This one-sentence [Read more]

International Day of Yoga: The unofficial (animated) Google doodle

International Day of Yoga - The unofficial Google doodle

Noticed some people lamenting on social media about the absence of a Google doodle to mark the first International Day of Yoga (Google celebrated Father’s Day instead). A day late, but the International Yoga Day unofficial Google doodle is here and it is also animated to boot. Identify the asana.