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Caught again! Flipkart offers fake discount during Big Billion Days sale

Flipkart fake MRP

Update (December 23, 2015): Instead of fixing the error, Flipkart is taking this to a whole new level. The same book is now being sold at a price of Rs 1,000 at a claimed discount of 60%. The MRP on the image of the book is still shown as Rs 150. Surge pricing, Flipkart? The [Read more]

Adieu Hindustan Ambassador. An unofficial (and animated) Google doodle

Ambassador local taxi with red beacon

The good ol’ Amby has finally shuddered to a halt. And here’s an unofficial Google doodle (albeit a little late) honking in honour of the grand old lady of Indian roads. In the hills, where I come from, the incline is steep and the load is heavy some Mark IIIs and IVs still ply – [Read more]

Et tu, Dadamoni? How Ashok Kumar fell from grace in Suraiya’s eyes

Ashok Kumar with Suraiya

There are a lot of distractions while reading eBooks on the phone and Twitter is one. As I was swiping through the pages of Raju Bharatan’s A Journey Down Melody Lane: The Making of a Hindi Film Song on my phone, I occasionally switched to the Twitter app to follow what’s tweeting. In a strange [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]

‘Who is Aamir Khan?’ asked an ad ahead of ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ release

'Who is Aamir Khan?' asked an ad prior to 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' release

Aamir Khan goes to great lengths to promote his films. This trend might have very well started 25 years ago when a teaser campaign prior to the announcement of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) caught the interest of many. Qayamat se Qayamat Tak (QSQT) ran a teaser ad campaign to promote the film. It was [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]

Ad from 1979: Look, that’s Rekha with a Lakme face

Apart from a few Lakme ads an the Lux ads, that is almost mandatory for any Bollywood actress of note to feature in, I haven’t seen the enigmatic Rekha in many other advertisements. Though I am quite sure, that given her popularity she would’ve appeared in a atleast a few more. At her peak in [Read more]

Wills Filter: Made for each other

This was perhaps the most noticed (and the longest running) of all the ads in Hindustan Thompson Associates’ (HTA) ‘Made for each other’ series for Wills Filter cigarettes. This ad is a scan from the April 1989 issue of The Calcutta Skyline. Made for each other Wills Filter set the filter trend in cigarettes long [Read more]

A Master’s Pic from When He Was Little

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image

The last time I discovered a cricketing hero’s childhood photos, I was quite excited and passed it on to the readers of this blog. Today, I found another. Continuing with the guessing game tradition, guess who? (and for those hooked to television comedy talent shows – pehchaan kaun?) Not very tough I think, or maybe [Read more]