APJ Abdul Kalam: The unofficial Google doodle

APJ Abdul Kalam: The unofficial Google doodle

The ‘People’s President’ Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam died of a heart attack in my hometown Shillong. He was 83. A blackboard sketch featuring his signature hairstyle and the different facets of his person. Black to signify loss and blackboard to stress on his focus on education.

RK Laxman – the unofficial Google doodle

RK Laxman - the unofficial Google doodle

RK Laxman, India’s best-known cartoonist, died on January 26, 2015. He was 93. I had the opportunity to meet the legendary cartoonist once, as a student in Bhopal, but I (and we all) knew him best through his cartoons. Cutting the Chai pays tribute to the man, in the form of an unofficial Google doodle. [Read more]

Pran (1920-2013) – a hero of a villain: Unofficial Google doodle

Pran (1920-2013), a hero of a villain - Unofficial Google doodle

The obits call him Bollywood’s most feared villain. Not for me. To me Pran Saheb was the most hero-like of all the villains of Hindi cinema. By hero-like I don’t mean the most good looking, that was of course Vinod Khanna, before he inevitably turned a hero. Pran didn’t strike terror in my childhood heart [Read more]

1977 newspaper clipping: Shakuntala Devi’s (1929-2013) famous 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds

Shakuntala Devi (1929-2013): 1977 newspaper clipping on her mathematical prowess

During my childhood, there were only two things that could function faster than a computer one Chacha Chaudhary’s brain and the other was Shakuntala Devi. I did not care much about Pran’s sub-standard comics but Shakuntala Devi’s mathematical abilities was something else. Something beyond comprehension and almost bordering on the mythical. But the evidence was [Read more]

Dara Singh beats Blonde Tiger: 60-year-old news clippings from the late wrestler’s heyday

In the final bout, death got more points but Dara Singh won. The loveable wrestler turned actor died today aged 83. A few days ago I was reading Vir Sanghvi’s wonderful tribute to the man in The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood, unfortunately can’t seem to locate the piece that originally appeared in [Read more]