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.

Audio of Swami Vivekananda’s 1893 Chicago speech going viral on WhatsApp is fake

Swami Vivekananda in the USA

Was wondering about sudden spike in interest in a 2012 post on Swami Vivekananda’s 1893 Chicago address. Soon a forwarded message on a WhatsApp group forwarded me the simple answer. An audio clip is currently spreading fast on the popular instant messaging network claiming to be that of Swami Vivekananda’s original voice. But the truth [Read more]

10 years of Cutting the Chai: A decade of moulding the digital clay

10 years of Cutting the Chai

2005 – it seems like so long a time ago (in fact, it is). Only birds tweeted back then and Facebook was ‘Thefacebook’ confined to a few elite US colleges. BlackBerry defined the smartphone. I was at my first job and one summer morning – on May 29, 2005 to be precise – signed up [Read more]