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 तीन)

(Continued from here) स्थान – जयपुर, उस लड़की का घर, रात का वक्त। चियर्स चियर्स… मस्त पार्टी है यार। कब से इंतज़ार था इस पार्टी का। 5 साल हो गए यार तुझे इस शहर में आए, इस ऑफिस में काम करते। कंजूस कहीं की, अब दी है पार्टी, पता नहीं कहां खोई रहती है तू। [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]

Can’t dial emergency number from prepaid. What an @#!%& Idea sirji!

Cannot dial emergency number 100 on Idea Cellular prepaid

Idea Cellular tom-toms it’s ‘ideas’ through multi-crore advertising campaigns. If only the agency that devised those ideas had also added some commonsense for their client at a nominal charge. It appears that you cannot dial the emergency number 100 (Police Control Room number) from a prepaid Idea connection, as my wife unpleasantly discovered when she [Read more]

Meet Googool, the Chaiwallah Jr.

It’s been two-weeks since the last post on Cutting the Chai, and the reason for the pause is the arrival of Googool, the new member in the Chaiwallah family. He entered this world, and our lives, on 20.11.2011 (November 20, 2011). [blackbirdpie id=”138246392815693824″] Those of you who are in touch with me via Twitter or [Read more]

In rural MP they call the Wagon R ‘Bhata Gadi’. Here’s why

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It may not be the best looking car on the roads but the advertising campaign tried to brand it as ‘the blue eyed boy’. Now Maruti Suzuli’s brand manager will be heartbroken to know what they call the Wagon R in rural Madhya Pradesh. In the Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, particularly the rural areas, [Read more]

Why Blazeflash is a #fail Courier Service

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It was Durga Puja (in Shillong it is puja and not pujo, even for the Bongs) and my two-year-old niece, Yana/Yashna, was all set to dress up as Lord Shiva for the fancy dress competitions. My four-year-old nephew, Aahan/Aarohan, wouldn’t be anyone else but his favourite – Hanuman. What was missing from Yana’s fancy dress [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]

The Chaiwallah’s got a Chaiwali

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It has been the longest pause on Cutting the Chai since I first began blogging almost five years back. In fact if you look at the archives, February 2010 will be the only month that has gone postless since May 2005. And there were some pretty important reasons behind my absence here (though I had [Read more]