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40th anniversary of Emergency: The unofficial Google doodle

(This post is a part of a series on the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency in India) This unofficial Google doodle pays tribute to the Indians who put in their best to uphold the principles of democracy in the dark days of the Emergency. The doodle draws its obvious inspiration from the iconic [Read more]

RK Laxman – the unofficial Google doodle

RK Laxman - the unofficial Google doodle

RK Laxman, India’s best-known cartoonist, died on January 26, 2015. He was 93. I had the opportunity to meet the legendary cartoonist once, as a student in Bhopal, but I (and we all) knew him best through his cartoons. Cutting the Chai pays tribute to the man, in the form of an unofficial Google doodle. [Read more]

25 world newspaper front pages with Narendra Modi and BJP’s victory headlines

The elections in the world’s largest democracy (that is also a prominent emerging economy) is obviously an item of importance in the world media. Here’s a snapshot of how newspapers around the world covered the news of Narendra Modi and BJP’s emphatic victory in the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha. Modi might have won [Read more]

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: The actual newspaper headlines in September 1960 were quite different

Milkha misses bronze medal by split second

Indians would have surely been disappointed by Milkha Singh’s legendary defeat in the 400 metres final at the 1960 Rome Olympics, but did the disappointment turn into actual anger as depicted at the start of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Milkha Singh biopic – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag? I had my doubts. One, the tone of the headlines [Read more]

1962: Newspaper front page from 50 years ago when China attacked India

It’s been 50 years since the ‘Himalayan Blunder’ of 1962 when the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unexpectedly rampaged into Indian territory and reached the outskirts of Tezpur in Assam before making an unexpected retreat. The war was fought much before I was born, but being born into North East India, I heard a lot of [Read more]

Dara Singh beats Blonde Tiger: 60-year-old news clippings from the late wrestler’s heyday

In the final bout, death got more points but Dara Singh won. The loveable wrestler turned actor died today aged 83. A few days ago I was reading Vir Sanghvi’s wonderful tribute to the man in The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood, unfortunately can’t seem to locate the piece that originally appeared in [Read more]

Raja Harishchandra 3D story in Amar Ujala

Raja Harishchandra 3D story in Amar Ujala

The Hindi daily Amar Ujala (April 23, 2012) carried a home page anchor story on Cutting the Chai making Raja Harishchandra 3D 99 years after its first screening. Ravi Buleiy’s story repeats much of what is mentioned in the Raja Harishchandra (1913) on India Public Domain Movie Project (and in 3D) post, but adds an [Read more]

Great ads, Michelangelo’s David’s penis and The Times of India

To celebrate its 153 years of existence, the Old Lady of Bori Bunder published a Lintas created advertisement that many, including the Advertising Council Standards of India, thought to be unbecoming of the Old Lady. The ad that stirred a controversy was published in a celebratory supplement in the November 3, 1991 issue of The [Read more]

India Public Domain Movie Project in the Sunday Mid Day

Sunday Mid Day story on the India Public Domain Movie Project

The recently launched India Public Domain Movie Project is getting some much needed publicity. Today’s Sunday Mid Day has a story on the story behind this Cutting the Chai project. HE MAKES INDIAN CLASSICS CLICK Ghaziabad-based blogger Soumyadip Choudhury has started a project to upload old Indian films — no longer under copyright — online [Read more]

Opening a third front in the Times of India vs Hindu ad battle

As The Times of India versus The Hindu advertising battle rages on, Cutting the Chai thought it was about time to add a new perspective. So here am I, jumping into the arena with a public service advertisement. Share. Spread the word. PS: I don’t subscribe to any newspapers anymore. Reasons in a different post.

When India became a republic: Front page of The Indian Express (January 28, 1950)

There’s a difference in knowing from a history book and learning via a historical source. Accounts from a time when an historical event happened and later day interpretations by historians have a different flavour and a blend of both is necessary. Most of us know about January 26, 1950 (and many don’t), but for me [Read more]

For American cartoonists in WWII era Gandhi was a fool and a traitor

Cartoonists in American newspapers during World War II didn’t seem have much regard for, or an understanding of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This article from the August 24, 1942 issue of Life magazine displays some example and also analyses the reasons behind the contempt: [View large] AMERICAN CARTOONISTS ATTACK INDIA’S GREATEST MAN They portray Gandhi as [Read more]