‘Be responsible. Don’t use a condom tonight!’ Parsis urged to make babies in a series of new ads

Jiyo Parsi ad

The Parsis are an incredible people, but their numbers of fast dwindling. To counter this alarming fall in population, the Parzor Foundation and Bombay Parsi Panchayat, with TISS, Mumbai and Federation of Zoroastrian Anjumans of India launched the ‘Jiyo Parsi’ campaign. While India’s population has more than tripled in last 60 years, the number of […]

Evolution of audio players through ‘PK’ posters

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Yet another Cutting the Chai image that got massively shared online. While the parody poster of Rajkumar Hirani’s upcoming film PK starring Aamir Khan, attempts to depict the evolution of the audio player, it in itself also went through an evolutionary process. This is what I photoshopped almost immediately after seeing the poster. A quick […]

When the Government of India officially invited the world to come and kill our tigers for fun

When the Government of India invited the world to come and kill our tigers for fun

There are fewer than 2,000 tigers in India and it is not only because of poachers or environmental factors. When the government of a country actually invites tourists from all over the world to come here and kill our tigers for fun – there is little hope for survival of the magnificent beast. It is […]

How to use Twitter to post animated GIFs to Facebook

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This is a corollary to a previous post, where I discussed all that you need to keep in mind while creating animated GIFs to post to Twitter. Post by Cutting the Chai. This new Twitter feature also means that in addition to using Twitter as a free GIF to video conversion service, we can also […]

Two important things to remember while creating animated GIFs for Twitter

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GIF lovers of the world rejoice! As many of you are already aware, Twitter now allows animated GIFs to play within the timeline. But before you head to upload from your wonderful GIF collection, read this. Because Twitter reprocesses your GIFs as MP4 videos, many of the characteristics of the GIF that you had painfully […]

How to stop the irritating data uage notifications on Idea Cellular

Idea Cellular data uage notification

I have been a long-time (but not-so-satisfied) Idea Cellular customer. My last gripe against Idea was about the data usage notifications that they kept on flashing on my phone screen all day (and night) long. Which meant that to get something done with the phone, I would have first get the notifications away from the […]

Telangana statehood: Unofficial Google doodle

Telangana statehood: Unofficial Google doodle

Even though creation of new states is not a very uncommon event in India, but the last time this happened was 14 years ago. So ek unofficial Google doodle to banta hain. This animated doodle shows how the political map of India has changed since Independence (this is based on the animated timeline of the […]

Adieu Hindustan Ambassador. An unofficial (and animated) Google doodle

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The good ol’ Amby has finally shuddered to a halt. And here’s an unofficial Google doodle (albeit a little late) honking in honour of the grand old lady of Indian roads. In the hills, where I come from, the incline is steep and the load is heavy some Mark IIIs and IVs still ply – […]

Is this the worst condom ad in Indian advertising history?

Zaroor Condoms ads from 1999

Condom advertisements, I have seen many. But this 1999 advertisement for Zaroor Condoms is in a class of its own. “If you don’t want to be Baap look for Zaroor ka Chaap,” says Vrajesh Hirjee appearing as a rather incompetent condom salesman. A copy that can make any self-respecting copywriter kaap and make him/her want […]

25 world newspaper front pages with Narendra Modi and BJP’s victory headlines

Narendra Modi and BJP’s victory on world newspaper front pages

The elections in the world’s largest democracy (that is also a prominent emerging economy) is obviously an item of importance in the world media. Here’s a snapshot of how newspapers around the world covered the news of Narendra Modi and BJP’s emphatic victory in the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha. Modi might have won […]

Vote for The Religion of Man Revolving Political Party of India

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BBC News quotes a Cutting the Chai post in a feature on Indian political parties with strange names. The Election Commission can reject the application if certain conditions aren’t met, he adds, – for example, if the name has an obvious caste or religious reference. The Religion of Man Revolving Political Party of India managed […]