Virender Sehwag retirement: The unofficial Google doodle

Virender Sehwag's retirement: The unofficial Google doodle

Update 3: This has gone viral. The tweet has been retweeted and favourited hundreds of times and featured on Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. Update 2: This time it is official;. Virender Sehwag has retired Update: So Sehwag has only hinted at retiring and hasn’t announced it yet. Nonetheless, the doodle holds true for the man. [Read more]

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]

Chamko – Fixes all spots

A topical in context of the ongoing IPL spot fixing brouhaha. This is from one of the most fondly remembered scenes from Sai Paranjpye’s very loveable 1981 comedy Chashme Buddoor. Watch in the video embedded below.

Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th hundred unofficial Google doodle

Another big event that won’t find a Google doodle. For Sachin and cricket fans from around the world, here’s an unofficial edition of the Google doodle celebrating Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international cricket century. More unofficial Google doodles from Cutting the Chai

Sunil Gavaskar’s health plan and mix-up as a newborn

Sunil Gavaskar was paid Rs 2,000 for the first advertisement he appeared in. Though CK Nayudu and Farokh Engineer were the poineering Indian cricketers in the field of brand endorsement, it was the Little Master whom avdertisers sought with sustained regularity. Gavaskar endorsed a wide range of products, from Palmolive shaving cream to Forhan’s toothpaste [Read more]

How Maxim maidens bowl the men over

Maxim claims to be the sexiest men’s magazine around and occasionally comes with with sexy ads promoting itself. Here’s a sample from 2005: Maxim The best thing to happen to men since women. How to bowl a maiden over. And everything else on a man’s mind Excites more men around the world than any other [Read more]

The day BSA SLR helped Kapil Dev fly high

In the 1980s, Kapil Dev was India’s hottest cricket sensation. Leading India to win the World Cup immediately gave the Haryana Hurricane a label of greatness in the hearts and the minds of Indian cricket fans and with it came lots of endorsement deals. Though not as lucrative as the ones today’s cricketers enjoy. Whenever [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]

Why I haven’t watched a single IPL match till date

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I know I am in a minority, maybe even a namuna. I haven’t watched a single IPL match from the beginning to end and something inside me doesn’t want me to. I understand the craze, but can’t get crazy. It’s not that I don’t follow cricket. I do. How can I not? I have even [Read more]

A Big Dose of India Versus Pakistan Cricket Stats

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Everybody and their mother-in-law is writing a blog post on the big cricket match on Wednesday. It does take a superhuman effort or an utter dislike or extreme disinterest in cricket for someone in the sub-continent to avoid expressing their opinion on the second semi-finals of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. I intend to do [Read more]

Sunil and Rohan Gavaskar’s Brush with Forhan’s

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Abhishek Bachchan delivered a string of 17 flops before his first hit and then gradually rose up the ladder to be amongst the reigning stars of Bollywood. But cricket isn’t Bollywood. It’s much much more unforgiving. Even the great Sunil Gavaskar’s son couldn’t secure a place in the Indian Test side and till date played [Read more]

Printable Football World Cup 2010 Schedule in IST

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The World Cup is only a few hours away and like all the previous editions (right from 1986, though I don’t remember much of that) I’ll be hooked to the ball. Thankfully, this year the match timings are comparatively India friendly. Keeping alive the Cutting the Chai tradition of simple-printable-A4-sized-approach, here’s presenting the 2010 World [Read more]