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]

Kishore Kumar: Childhood and first wedding photos

Childhood and first wedding photos of Kishore Kumar

Who is the greatest playback singer of Hindi cinema? The debate was raging from much before I was born (and is still on) and as soon as I could comprehend a little music (can’t sing though) I was also pulled into the ring. Kishore Kumar versus Mohammed Rafi. Much like millions of others on this [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]

Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011). North-East India loses a star

The legendary Bhupen Hazarika died of multiple organ failure in a Bombay hospital today. He was one of the few stars of North East India that the rest of the country widely accepted and applauded. For someone from that part of the country his departure hurts a little more. This Star Cement advertising hoarding photographed [Read more] Gives up on Music Search

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image is giving up on its USP – music search. Not sure whether it is because of the piracy allegations that led to the arrest of its CEO or the emerging competition in the form of Google Music and the still in private beta Indiatimes’ Indications are, it is more of the former. The [Read more]

So Munni’s Zandu Balm wasn’t an in-film placement

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Update: I think I need to eat my words. From what it now appears, to me, that it was indeed a cleverly planned in-film placement and the subsequent controversy was just a publicity stunt. What I, for so long, thought of as a brilliant example of in-film (rather in-song) advertisement turned out to be a [Read more]

Homeward Bound

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The sun plays hide and seek with the nimbus clouds, the moss between the toes is cold, damp. The acidic smell of pine leaves lends freshness to the air. It’s getting colder. The winds of November whistle through the bamboo groves. Winter is almost here. She reminded the British of their Scottish highlands. 1496 metres [Read more]