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Ad from 1982: Pan Parag with Jalal Agha and Kalpana Iyer (and why I can’t ever forget Jalal’s name)

Ad from 1982: Pan Parag with Jalal Agha and Kalpana Iyer

It has happened to the best of quizzards and I was far from being anywhere close to the best. The year was 2000 and the place – a packed auditorium in the south Assam town of Silchar hosting one of North East India’s most prestigious quiz fests – The North Eastern Regional Inter-College Invitation Quiz [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]

Gideon Sundback Google doodle: The Anil Kapoor and Vidya Balan edition

Here’s the Cutting the Chai take on today’s Google doodle honouring the inventor of the zip, Gideon Sundback. It has achieved some virality on Twitter and is also spreading fast on Facebook. So the next time you see this image somewhere, you know the source. Gideon Sundback #GoogleDoodle unzipped: The Anil Kapoor and Vidya Balan [Read more]

Aamir Khan Rides the Hero Puch

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You may remember Aamir Khan riding a Hero Puch on the roads of Delhi in the 1999 film Sarfarosh (it’s somewhat unrelated that I couldn’t just keep my eyes off Sonali Bendre to be able to look at anything else). And also that Aamir was  the brand ambassador for the popular 65cc bikes from Hero [Read more]