Grumbles

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]

Maggi noodles missing from Nestle’s 100 years in India video; Maggi explains why

Nestle India 100 years in India video

(Post updated to include response from Maggi India) Nestlé is gradually attempting to make amends after the big Maggi noodles controversy that hit both its brand image and stock prices hard. As part of its brand revival strategy Nestlé India has released a minute-and-a-half long video that essentially wants to deliver the message that Nestle [Read more]

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]

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]

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 [Read more]

Is the Gillette Guard as revolutionary a razor as the AP story makes it appear to be?

Gillette Guard

I love innovation and inexpensive innovations more so. So this headline ‘Cheap razor made after P&G watches Indians shave‘ obviously got me clicking and half way through the story it occurred to me that this was about a razor that I have myself used and because of this first-hand experience I thought that what the [Read more]

Google’s website on civil rights movement practises discrimination

Google's 'March on Washington' website on the Civil Rights movement practices discrimination

You just cannot miss the irony trying to access Google’s website on the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic “I have a dream” speech on a web browser other than Google’s own Chrome. A website on equality, practising discrimination! A cold message appears on a dark background, “Your device is not supported. [Read more]

Narendra Modi (and others) got it wrong. Rupee wasn’t equal to the dollar in 1947

This ‘fact’ like so many others had been flooding my timeline for long and when the wannabe-PM Narendra Modi also repeated the same (without fact-checking of course. Facts don’t always make for bombastic speeches) and his fans took it as gospel truth (some of his followers may disagree with my use of the phrase). I [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]

To whomsoever it concerns, knows

There are those who lech at women in public and also express anger over rape and molestation incidents online. I know a few and so would you. A little message for them from Cutting the Chai. If you wish to share this post, you can retweet this or share this Facebook post.

Plagiarism and the Indian media: Absolute apathy

Copy and paste journalism

For a plagiarised paragraph, Fareed Zakaria was suspended by Time and CNN. A journalist of repute, Zakaria accepted that he “made a terrible mistake” and apologised “unreservedly”. In India there have also been a few incidents [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] where journalistic plagiarism stood exposed. But then I haven’t yet heard of any unreserved [Read more]