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International Day of Yoga: The unofficial (animated) Google doodle

Noticed some people lamenting on social media about the absence of a Google doodle to mark the first International Day of Yoga (Google celebrated Father’s Day instead). A day late, but the International Yoga Day unofficial Google doodle is here and it is also animated to boot. Identify the asana.

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]

You can now embed WhatsApp videos (and images) on webpages

You can now embed WhatsApp videos (and images) on webpages

You can now while away your hours sending inane messages and deciphering emoji puzzles in the comfort of the web browser (Google Chrome to be precise). WhatsApp is now officially available on the desktop. One interesting out-turn is that WhatsApp videos and images can now be embedded on webpages (conditions apply*). While WhatsApp isn’t letting [Read more]

How to use Twitter to post animated GIFs to Facebook

Facebook animatted GIF

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 [Read more]

Two important things to remember while creating animated GIFs for Twitter

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 [Read more]

How to verify or check any PAN number online for free

Blank PAN card

PAN cards often become pain cards. Particularly now that the Income Tax Department insists on the landlord’s PAN for an annual rent above Rs 100,000 and many landlords are not very forthcoming in sharing their PAN for the fear of paying taxes. And there are some landlords who are willing to share their PAN but [Read more]

My #2013 on Twitter

Soumyadip Twitter

My bio on Twitter begins with “Internetaholic,” but the rehab treatment in the form of a two-year-old son has been very effective. These days much of my non-work (I work for a website) Internet use happens only when junior is asleep (like now) and this also includes Twitter. A look at my timeline will almost [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]

Why what’s trending on Twitter in India is largely inconsequential

Why what's trending on Twitter in India is largely inconsequential

Now that the mainstream Indian media has discovered the wonders of the Internet, anything that is remotely out of the ordinary online tends to make headlines and triggers studio discussions. One of the most misused words in the mainstream media is of course – hacking. And the other most followed and reported on is Twitter [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.

Mahatma Gandhi’s 143rd birthday unofficial Google doodle

The unofficial Google doodle on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday incorporates two symbols characteristic of the great man - khadi and the classic round spectacles.

Google had doodled Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s birthday back in 2009 with an “indigo drawing of Gandhi on khadi cloth“. Google doesn’t usually doodle birthdays more than once, except for when it is its own (which by the way isn’t actually its birthday). This Cutting the Chai’s unofficial Google doodle on Mahatma Gandhi’s 143rd birth anniversary [Read more]