Author Archives: Soumyadip Choudhury

About Soumyadip Choudhury

My school leaving certificate spells my name as Soumyadip Choudhury (সৌম্যদীপ চৌধুরী), some call me The Chaiwallah. I work and live in what is generally referred to as Delhi NCR (work in Noida, stay in Ghaziabad).A part of my work profile labels me as a journalist (of the Internet kind) and my areas of specialisation includes technology. The Internet is the primary area of personal and professional interest and I also build products for the Web. I am currently with Network18 as Technology Editor and Product Manager at IBNLive.com. In over nine years of employment, I have worked with HT Media, Career Launcher, The Times Group, NDTV and Network18 in various capacities. As a chronicler of popular culture via advertising, movies, photos and more, I maintain a popular blog, Cutting the Chai, since 2005. The blog also doubles up as a digital archive of India's popular culture.Have been hard-wired to everything tech since childhood, I have a penchant for making and repairing (and occasionally breaking) things. My wife and family suspect that I am secretly married to my laptop.Was born and brought up in Shillong and that is the place I still call home (in the physical world).

A fidget spinner spins in ball-bearing carts sliding down Shillong slopes

Ball bearing cart

The fidget spinner is easily the toy of the year 2017. And with a 5-year-old who keeps abreast of all the latest toy trends via YouTube Kids, it becomes difficult evading any such toy craze. While pondering about what to get for Googool (my son, aka Advay) at an airport duty free shop, noticed the [Read more]

Poha: The momo for the mornings

Poha seller in Noida

I begin writing this perched on the top berth in a sleeper coach of a train that has a long halt at Ujjain Railway Station. Ujjain is an ancient town that has an important role in India’s history and religion. At the previous station, Nagda, I had a breakfast, that has become almost a ritual [Read more]

Moon Moon Sen in Cinthol toilet powder ad from 1986

Moon Moon Sen Cinthol poweder ad

Moon Moon Sen, to me, is more of a model than an actress. I recall seeing her more in print than on the screen. In fact, I have watched very few of her films (well, there are very few watchable Moon Moon Sen films). According to the (sometimes no-so-reliable) Wikipedia entry on her, “she notably [Read more]

New WhatsApp Status: This is going to be *BIG!*

New WhatsApp Status is going to be big

New features in popular services often rake up rancour. I have also grumbled a lot against certain changes. But then with time and familiarity that resentment reduces and we start to dig the very feature that we detested at launch. The same is true for the just-released updated WhatsApp Status, WhatsApp’s return gift to us [Read more]

ChaiCast: World Radio Day and a lifetime of radio listening

Murphy Radio

I am not in love with my voice and there are very credible reasons for that. And this is perhaps in over a decade of blogging, it is now now that I have finally managed to put together my first-ever podcast. This actually draws on quite a few of older Cutting the Chai posts. But [Read more]

2016 in unofficial Google doodles

Mrinalini Sarabhai the unofficial Google doodle

There are some doodles that Google didn’t (or wouldn’t) doodle. The Chaiwallah prides himself as an unofficial Google doodler. I have written about these unofficial doodles and they have also been written about at a couple of places. 2016 had its fair share of the unofficial Google doodles and the doodles are not necessarily a [Read more]

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – the unofficial Google doodle

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - the Unofficial Google doodle

I was in school when she first mesmerised us all with those emerald eyes and over two decades later, those eyes still have the same enthralling effect. On Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s this is the obvious unofficial Google doodle that I could conjure.

Virender Sehwag retirement: The unofficial Google doodle

Virender Sehwag's retirement: The unofficial Google doodle

Update 3: This has gone viral. The tweet has been retweeted and favourited hundreds of times and featured on Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. Update 2: This time it is official;. Virender Sehwag has retired Update: So Sehwag has only hinted at retiring and hasn’t announced it yet. Nonetheless, the doodle holds true for the man. [Read more]

Caught again! Flipkart offers fake discount during Big Billion Days sale

Flipkart fake MRP

Update (December 23, 2015): Instead of fixing the error, Flipkart is taking this to a whole new level. The same book is now being sold at a price of Rs 1,000 at a claimed discount of 60%. The MRP on the image of the book is still shown as Rs 150. Surge pricing, Flipkart? The [Read more]

Watch: Amitabh Bachchan’s first ever scene on the silver screen

Amitabh Bachchan's first ever scehe from Saat Hindustani

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’ Saat Hindustani might not be the most watched of Indian films, but it marked the beginning of the career of Amitabh Bachchan, arguably the most watched Indian film actor. In this 1969 film Amitabh played the role of Anwar Ali, an Urdu aficionado from Ranchi, Bihar, who along with five different men [Read more]