Cutting the Chai specials

एक कहानी, बस यूं ही (आखरी भाग)

Girl Walking Away

(Continued from here) स्थान- जयपुर, कॉफी शॉप, बैकग्राउंड में गीत किस मोड़ पर जाते हैं, कुछ सुस्त कदम रस्ते,कुछ तेज कदम राहें सुस्ती कदमों की हो तो उन्हें तेज़ किया जा सकता है पर जब राहें गुम सी लगने लगे तो क्या किया जाए तो उन राहों को गुलजार कर लिया जाए एक अच्छी कंपनी [Read more]

एक कहानी, बस यूं ही (भाग चार)


(Continued from here) स्थान – उस लड़के का घर माँ की आवाज़ के साथ नींद खुली। आवाज़ नहीं फटकार। फटकार कि मैं फिर रात भर म्यूजिक सिस्टम ऑन करके सो गया। माँ बुदबुदा रही थी। बिजली का बिल इतना इतना आता है नवाब को चिंता नहीं। 5 साल हो गए टोकते टोकते। पहले तो कुछ [Read more]

एक कहानी, बस यूं ही (भाग दो)


(Continued from here) गुलज़ार के गाने आज भी जब भी सुनता हूँ। तुम्हारा साथ याद आ जाता है। तुम्हारा गुनगुनाता चेहरा। गुनगुनाते लब, चित्रा सिंह की आवाज़ से आवाज़ मिलाती तुम्हारी आवाज़। कभी कहा नहीं पर, तुम अच्छा गाती हो। बहुत अच्छा। उस पर गाने के किसी शब्द या लाइन में मैं गलत बोल गुनगुना [Read more]

एक कहानी, बस यूं ही

An isspecial cutting chai to mark 10 years of Cutting the Chai specially brewed by the Chaiwali, Varsha Choudhury. A not-so-long story, but in many parts. The beginning: बड़ी वफ़ा से निभाई तुमने हमारी थोड़ी सी बेवफाई… बस में सफ़र के दौरान जब रेडियो पर ये गाना सुना तो होठों पर मुस्कान खिल गई। मन [Read more]

10 years of Cutting the Chai: A decade of moulding the digital clay

10 years of Cutting the Chai

2005 – it seems like so long a time ago (in fact, it is). Only birds tweeted back then and Facebook was ‘Thefacebook’ confined to a few elite US colleges. BlackBerry defined the smartphone. I was at my first job and one summer morning – on May 29, 2005 to be precise – signed up [Read more]

2014 calendar (one-page, A4 with Indian festivals and holidays). Grab your free copy

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2014 (pdf, jpg, png, printable, A4, with Indian festivals and holidays)

2014 is here and so is the 8th edition of Cutting the Chai Calendar. This year the calendar’s got a facelift while retaining all the desired elements. And as in 2013, you can ask for your free physical copy of Cutting the Chai calendar. Please send mailing address to (Limited stock). This 2014 calendar, quite [Read more]

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2013 (pdf, printable, A4, with Indian festivals and holidays)

There was a time when I spent much of my spare time cutting the chai, but now with so much Googooling, the fire beneath the tea pot at Cutting the Chai is rarely lit. But some traditions need continuing and so here’s the seventh edition of Cutting the Chai calendar. The style more or less [Read more]

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2012 (printable, A4, with Indian holidays)

Given the time I spend Googooling these days, that the 2012 – and therefore the sixth edition of – Cutting the Chai calendar is up on this blog is an achievement in itself. As expected, the Cutting the Chai Calendar hasn’t changed much except the dates and a few touch ups. You can download the [Read more]

cut.tc: Cutting the Chai’s Own Twitter Client and URL Shortener

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image

Size does matter, more so on Twitter. The 140-character limit to answer to the question, “What’s happening?” has given us popular URL shortening services such as bit.ly, tr.im, goo.gl and also Twitter’s own t.co (tinyurl.com was around a much before the world went atwitter). Now add to that list Cutting the Chai’s cut.tc. A six-character [Read more]