Vintage photographs of Shillong from 1948 (also Vallabhbhai Patel calling people of Assam lazy)

Assembly House, Shillong (1948)

64 years later, Shillong is virtually unrecognisable. I could only recognise the Governor House on Bivar Road, then known as Government House, the characteristic Ward’s Lake and the Assembly House (destroyed in a fire on January 9, 2001). These photographs from Government of India’s Photo Division were taken when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was on a [Read more]

From toddler to The Wall: A photographic tribute to Rahul Dravid

You may have seen the photos below elsewhere on the Internet, but it was on Cutting the Chai were they first appeared online, back in November 2006 and then went viral. If only I had watermarked them, would’ve got so much of free publicity 🙁 As one of my favourite cricketers ever plays his last [Read more]

Boom (2003): A treasure trove of celebrity childhood photos

कीचड़ में ही कमल खिलते हैं (Kichad mein hi kamal khilte hain) Out of the mud, the lovely lotus blooms Not too many would’ve seen Kaizad Gustad’s 2003 debacle, Boom, apart from the Katrina Kaif scene with Gulshan Grover (the saucier kissing scene with Gulshan Grover was edited out). For Katrina, Boom was her Bollywood [Read more]

Husn Bewafa – Lust of Beauty…

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Pleasantly surprised to find these posters in the neighbourhood. Sex in mainstream cinema has hit this genre hard but they are still very much in business. Multiplexes should also start screening these sex flicks, there’s a huge audience amongst the urban elite. It’s not uncommon to find recognisable faces from Bolywood in these C-grade films. [Read more]

The Topless Beauty and the Beasts

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For obvious reasons this statue was quite popular with men (and also some women) at Surajkund Fair this year. Men just cannot resist mammaries. Some lechers were also trying out semi-pornographic acts with the topless statue. But before I could take my camera out, their lascivious acts were over. The man in the picture wasn’t [Read more]

Mirza Asad-Ullah Khan ‘Ghalib’

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It’s Mirza Ghalib‘s birthday today. And this is a photo from his portrait at the museum inside Delhi’s Red Fort. What I liked about the museum that it, unlike many other museums, didn’t have a stupid no photography policy. I have previously grumbled against the no photography rules and also posted a post on the [Read more]