This ‘immoral’ ad for Josh condoms is banned in Pakistan

Banned in Pakistan - Josh condom ad

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority recently banned the above advertisement for a contraceptive brand Josh for being ‘immoral’ and contrary to religious norms. Apparently the ad is so offensive that it received “deluge of complaints from the public” and “was considered an affront to Pakistani culture.” The condom in question is marketed in Pakistan [Read more]

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]

When the Government of India officially 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 [Read more]

Vote for The Religion of Man Revolving Political Party of India

Indian Lovers Party

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 [Read more]

Gory Kali-inspired 1940s poster salutes Subhash Chandra Bose

The art of poster art is slowly fading away. What we have now are mostly half-funny memes, that for most of the time don’t make any sense to me (I too occasionally create a few). Today is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 117th birth anniversary, and I had saved this poster from the 1940s – a [Read more]

According to eBay, Blue Dart can go back in time to deliver packages

According to eBay India, Blue Dart has a time machine

Like many of you, I haven’t had the best of experiences with courier services and the situation is now such that I am actually surprised if something I sent is delivered on time. But when this email from landed in my inbox, I had to sit up and take notice and quickly type out [Read more]

Searching for pan masala? Try Google Pan Mazza

Google is diversifying, but their expanding ambit surely wouldn’t include pan masala. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot find packets of Google Pan Mazza (pan masala or mouth freshner, depending on the packaging) at your neighbourhood panwallah. The lettering of the Google logo is similar and also includes the trademark symbol, an element that [Read more]

IIPM versus us: The story so far (as recorded by Cutting the Chai)

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image

As IIPM makes headlines yet again for the wrong reasons, I skimmed through Cutting the Chai archives and my tweets to realise that there have been a lot since the infamous IIPM vs Bloggers battle back in 2005 that I have posted about. Since this little blog isn’t quite as popular as the other websites [Read more]

With due apologies: Naseeruddin Shah in a swimsuit

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Naseeruddin Shah fans, please allow me the privilege of ruining your day. Men in drag is not always a pretty sight to look at, but Bollywood insists in the name of humour. This Naseeruddin Shah image (edited for extra effect) from Anil Sharma’s Tahalka (1992) may elicit more shock than laughs. Also giving Naseer company [Read more]

When Apple said ‘Maps take a whole new turn’, they meant it

Apple’s marketing tagline for their much-derided iOS 6 maps apps, says, “Maps take a whole new turn.” Many travellers in Australia would agree, but not with pleasure. After all that “whole new turn” landed them in a snake-infested desert without food or water. Google Maps, though better, is also error ridden, much of which are [Read more]

Can’t dial emergency number from prepaid. What an @#!%& Idea sirji!

Cannot dial emergency number 100 on Idea Cellular prepaid

Idea Cellular tom-toms it’s ‘ideas’ through multi-crore advertising campaigns. If only the agency that devised those ideas had also added some commonsense for their client at a nominal charge. It appears that you cannot dial the emergency number 100 (Police Control Room number) from a prepaid Idea connection, as my wife unpleasantly discovered when she [Read more]