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2014 calendar (one-page, A4 with Indian festivals and holidays). Grab your free copy

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2014 (pdf, jpg, png, printable, A4, with Indian festivals and holidays)

2014 is here and so is the 8th edition of Cutting the Chai Calendar. This year the calendar’s got a facelift while retaining all the desired elements. And as in 2013, you can ask for your free physical copy of Cutting the Chai calendar. Please send mailing address to (Limited stock). This 2014 calendar, quite [Read more]

Download for free: 40 HarperCollins India ebooks on Google Play

Download for free: 39 HarperCollins India ebooks on Google Play

Disclosure: I am an ebook evangelist. Update 2: As expected, Google and HarperCollins India seems to have been alerted of the leak and the free fest is now over. I hope the early birds got their worms. Update 1: The free ebook count is now 40 (up from 39). Thanks Amit! Also URL structure changed [Read more]

100 Years of Indian Cinema: India Post’s 50 commemorative stamps

100 years of Indian cinema - India Post's 50 commemorative stamps

[This post is part of the 100 Years of Indian Cinema celebrations on Cutting the Chai] In May this year when Indian cinema turned 100, the Department of Posts announced the release of Rs 5 commemorative stamps on 50 icons of Indian cinema. The stamps went sale from June. Though the list of the 50 [Read more]

Cinema century: May 3, 1913 – Raja Harishchandra and the beginnings of a national obsession

Cinema century: 3 May, 1913 - Raja Harishchandra and the beginnings of a national obsession

(This is an edited version of a post first published on April 21, 2012, that was also cross-posted on my other blog at IBNLive.com) In India, cinema isn’t just a passion. It is an obsession. We have perhaps inherited this acute addiction from the man who started it all, 100 years ago – the Father [Read more]

Parliament hungama and Meira Kumar ‘baith jaiye’ mobile phone ringtone

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While the Harlem Shake (The Meira Kumar ‘baith jaiye’ edition) video appears to be gradually assuming viral proportions, here’s an MP3 ringtone version of what regularly happens in our Parliament. The MPs continue with their yelling and our soft-spoken sweet-voiced Speaker of the Lok Sabha very politely asks the unruly lawmakers to बैठ जाइए/baith jaiye/sit [Read more]

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2013 (pdf, printable, A4, with Indian festivals and holidays)

There was a time when I spent much of my spare time cutting the chai, but now with so much Googooling, the fire beneath the tea pot at Cutting the Chai is rarely lit. But some traditions need continuing and so here’s the seventh edition of Cutting the Chai calendar. The style more or less [Read more]

The Amul girl isn’t 50, yet: Trivia, an awesome image and a movie

Utterly, butterly, ignoramus! I am a sucker for anniversaries. They give an opportunity to celebrate something that you want to and the occasion guarantees that readers notice (and also appreciate) your celebration. Was a bit surprised to find that the Indian media was marking the 50th anniversary of the Amul moppet, whereas her golden jubilee [Read more]

Raja Harishchandra (1913) on India Public Domain Movie Project (and in 3D)

Dadasaheb Phalke's Raja Harishchandra (1933) on India Public Domain Movie Project (Also in 3D)

In India, cinema isn’t just a passion. It is frenzical. We have perhaps inherited this acute addiction from the man who started it all, 99 years ago – the Father of Indian Cinema Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (1870-1944). Dadasaheb Phalke as we better know him as, held the first show of Raja Harishchandra what is widely [Read more]

The India Public Domain Movie Project premieres with Kismet (1943)

Ever since I first understood the concept of public domain, this project of getting Indian films which out of copyright into a single place has been a recurring desire. But I never actually got around executing the idea, because the plans I drew were grandiose beyond my resources. While reading the chapter on Ashok Kumar [Read more]

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2012 (printable, A4, with Indian holidays)

Given the time I spend Googooling these days, that the 2012 – and therefore the sixth edition of – Cutting the Chai calendar is up on this blog is an achievement in itself. As expected, the Cutting the Chai Calendar hasn’t changed much except the dates and a few touch ups. You can download the [Read more]

Solved: How to Unlock/Jailbreak Idea Net Setter USB Modem (Huawei EG162G) for Free

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This one was much simpler than I had expected. Was in fact surprised to discover that some people were actually charging Rs 100 to Rs 450 for the unlocking/jailbreaking service. But here at Cutting the Chai, you only have to pay for your bandwidth. Everything else is free (yes, even the unlocking code). Before I [Read more]

Download the New Rupee Symbol Font (and a Symbol for the Paise)

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Update: The symbol for the Indian Rupee has been officially included in the latest release of the Unicode Standard (ver 6.0.0) Though this is the FIRST font to support the new symbol for the Indian Rupee, I suggest that you also take a look at some of the other Rupee fonts available. Foradian Technologies has [Read more]