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2016 in unofficial Google doodles

Mrinalini Sarabhai the unofficial Google doodle

There are some doodles that Google didn’t (or wouldn’t) doodle. The Chaiwallah prides himself as an unofficial Google doodler. I have written about these unofficial doodles and they have also been written about at a couple of places. 2016 had its fair share of the unofficial Google doodles and the doodles are not necessarily a [Read more]

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – the unofficial Google doodle

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - the Unofficial Google doodle

I was in school when she first mesmerised us all with those emerald eyes and over two decades later, those eyes still have the same enthralling effect. On Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s this is the obvious unofficial Google doodle that I could conjure.

Watch: Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Maino’s wedding video

Rajiv Gandhi Sonia Gandhi wedding

Whenever I have a little time on my hand (which is actually very little these days), I like to browse through archives (both physical and digital) in search for hidden gems and today stumbled upon this: Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Maino’s wedding video from February 25, 1968. (Note that the video doesn’t have any sound) [Read more]

APJ Abdul Kalam: The unofficial Google doodle

APJ Abdul Kalam: The unofficial Google doodle

The ‘People’s President’ Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam died of a heart attack in my hometown Shillong. He was 83. A blackboard sketch featuring his signature hairstyle and the different facets of his person. Black to signify loss and blackboard to stress on his focus on education.

‘Be responsible. Don’t use a condom tonight!’ Parsis urged to make babies in a series of new ads

The Parsis are an incredible people, but their numbers of fast dwindling. To counter this alarming fall in population, the Parzor Foundation and Bombay Parsi Panchayat, with TISS, Mumbai and Federation of Zoroastrian Anjumans of India launched the ‘Jiyo Parsi’ campaign. While India’s population has more than tripled in last 60 years, the number of [Read more]

1977 newspaper clipping: Shakuntala Devi’s (1929-2013) famous 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds

Shakuntala Devi (1929-2013): 1977 newspaper clipping on her mathematical prowess

During my childhood, there were only two things that could function faster than a computer one Chacha Chaudhary’s brain and the other was Shakuntala Devi. I did not care much about Pran’s sub-standard comics but Shakuntala Devi’s mathematical abilities was something else. Something beyond comprehension and almost bordering on the mythical. But the evidence was [Read more]

Unofficial Norman Woodland bar code Google doodle

Google posts doodles on death anniversaries and not on deaths. But the very purpose of Cutting the Chai’s unofficial Google doodles are to imagine the doodles that Google didn’t or doesn’t do. On of my favourite pieces of tech, that fascinated me as a child was the bar code. I thought it was cool to [Read more]

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]