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Maggi noodles missing from Nestle’s 100 years in India video; Maggi explains why

Nestle India 100 years in India video

(Post updated to include response from Maggi India) Nestlé is gradually attempting to make amends after the big Maggi noodles controversy that hit both its brand image and stock prices hard. As part of its brand revival strategy Nestlé India has released a minute-and-a-half long video that essentially wants to deliver the message that Nestle [Read more]

This ‘immoral’ ad for Josh condoms is banned in Pakistan

Banned in Pakistan - Josh condom ad

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority recently banned the above advertisement for a contraceptive brand Josh for being ‘immoral’ and contrary to religious norms. Apparently the ad is so offensive that it received “deluge of complaints from the public” and “was considered an affront to Pakistani culture.” The condom in question is marketed in Pakistan [Read more]

Zeenat Aman and Mazhar Khan in Baba Zarda ads

Many on-screen enchantresses have not been lucky in love and the sex-symbol of the 1970s Zeenat Aman is no exception. After her relationship with Sanjay Khan left her with a damaged eye, Zeenat married the already-married and a decade younger Mazhar Khan in 1985. The couple had two sons, Azaan and Zahaan. But this relationship [Read more]

The Amul girl isn’t 50, yet: Trivia, an awesome image and a movie

Utterly, butterly, ignoramus! I am a sucker for anniversaries. They give an opportunity to celebrate something that you want to and the occasion guarantees that readers notice (and also appreciate) your celebration. Was a bit surprised to find that the Indian media was marking the 50th anniversary of the Amul moppet, whereas her golden jubilee [Read more]

Voltas All Weather AC (Murthy) ad gives Cherrapunjee a bad name

Cherrapunjee - the Rainiest Place on Planet Earth

In a city like Delhi, your air conditioners should be all weather but not if you happen to be transferred to Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya. In fact the Voltas All Weather AC advertisement on television (featuring the much-transferred Murthy) doesn’t paint the true picture of Cherrapunjee. Yes, it doesn’t rain as much as it used to [Read more]

Amrutanjan takes on Zandu’s badnaam Munni with Savita Bhabhi

Amrutanjan Savita Bhabhi ad

The script of the new ad for Amrutanjan Roll-On balm reads like one straight out from a Savita Bhabhi comic (minus the sex). Two couples travelling on a train, one young, another a little older. The young man steps out of the first class compartment to find some relief for a headache and the relief [Read more]

Dissecting the Volkswagen Vento Talking Print Ad

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The advertisement that got everyone talking: in the office, at home, on Twitter, on Facebook, on blogs and even on Google search. Volkswagen came up with an innovative talking print advertisement in select editions of The Times of India (Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Pune) and The Hindu for the Vento sedan on September 21, 2010. [Read more]

Toffees for change? Take this sandal instead

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My wife, Varsha, gets peeved whenever the attendant at the cash counter offers toffees instead of change. She refuses to accept the toffee-currency and has even offered to pay them back in toffees. But Nana Patekar in the forthcoming release Tum Milo To Sahi does better, he offers a sandal. I strongly support my wife [Read more]

Why I hate the new Tata Sky Plus (Elevator) Ad

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I stay on the 12th floor of a 14-storey apartment building. This morning I had to rush to work and was waiting for the elevator and it stopped at every floor before it could reach mine. No, as in the new Tata Sky Plus (Tata Sky+) ad my wife isn’t to blame. In fact I [Read more]

No videos! Because Blip.tv deleted my account

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Blip.tv has deleted my account because I apparently violated their terms of service. I assume that it has something to do about the ads that I upload, they might have interpreted it as promotion for the goods/services. The worst part is that I wasn’t even informed. Though my intention, as any regular reader of this [Read more]

Hindustan Times: Hitting the paper on the head

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Hindustan Times seems to have a thing for makeovers. I remember seeing at least four different avatars of the newspaper. Good. Change is good. Though I didn’t quite like their print campaign advertising the all new Hindustan Times, their short TV ads do make a point and hit the paper right on the head, literally. [Read more]