Searching for pan masala? Try Google Pan Mazza

Google is diversifying, but their expanding ambit surely wouldn’t include pan masala. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot find packets of Google Pan Mazza (pan masala or mouth freshner, depending on the packaging) at your neighbourhood panwallah. The lettering of the Google logo is similar and also includes the trademark symbol, an element that [Read more]

Announcing India Shopping Search: A custom search engine for online shopaholics

India Shopping Search Engine

I do a lot of my shopping online and always have an eye open to catch the best diaper deals (We have a 22-month-old son). A big gap in online shopping in India is that there isn’t one search engine to fulfil my online shopping search needs. Google India doesn’t have a shopping option (which [Read more]

Google’s website on civil rights movement practises discrimination

Google's 'March on Washington' website on the Civil Rights movement practices discrimination

You just cannot miss the irony trying to access Google’s website on the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic “I have a dream” speech on a web browser other than Google’s own Chrome. A website on equality, practising discrimination! A cold message appears on a dark background, “Your device is not supported. [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]

100 years of Indian cinema: ‘Raja Harishchandra’ unofficial Google doodle

100 years of Indian cinema: Unofficial 'Raja Harishchandra' Google doodle

Google doodled Alam Ara, Google doodled Ray and because Google didn’t doodle the 100th anniversary of the release of the first Indian movie – Raja Harishchandra, Cutting the Chai has. This 100 years of Indian cinema unofficial Google doodle is a mosaic image made up of over 1500 individual frames from DG Phalke’s 1913 movie, [Read more]

Mahatma Gandhi’s 143rd birthday unofficial Google doodle

The unofficial Google doodle on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday incorporates two symbols characteristic of the great man - khadi and the classic round spectacles.

Google had doodled Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s birthday back in 2009 with an “indigo drawing of Gandhi on khadi cloth“. Google doesn’t usually doodle birthdays more than once, except for when it is its own (which by the way isn’t actually its birthday). This Cutting the Chai’s unofficial Google doodle on Mahatma Gandhi’s 143rd birth anniversary [Read more]

Manmohan Singh’s 80th birthday unofficial Google doodle

Manmohan Singh’s 80th birthday unofficial Google doodle

Our dear Prime Minister Sardar Manmohan Singh turns an octogenarian on September 26, 2012 and Cutting the Chai commemorates it with an unofficial Google doodle. Dr Singh’s caricature strategically represents the ‘G’ in the Google logo and and quite like the PM in his political avatar, the lips aren’t open. Also added a little animation, [Read more]

Apple iPhone 5 Google doodle

Apple iPhone 5 Google doodle

The Apple iPhone 5 was unveiled last night and it did fall short of achieving awesomeness. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Google marked the new iPhone’s release on its home page with a doodle? But then the world isn’t that awesome a place, therefore there is no real iPhone 5 Google doodle but only a [Read more]

President Pranab Google doodle

President Pranab Mukherjee unofficial Google doodle

So Poltu will be the 13th President of the Republic of India. I think it is good for the psychology of the Republic that we will soon have a President PM who is known to break into laughter once in a while, given that our Prime Minister is notorious for his deadpan expression. President Poltu [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]

Rongali Bihu unofficial Google doodle

Rongali Bohag Bihu unofficial Google doodle

For some it is the beginning of the new year, for others it marks the end of the harvest season. The reasons may differ but there are celebrations across India at this time of the year. If Google had to celebrate this through a doodle, what would they post on their India home page? Here’s [Read more]

April Fool’s Day unofficial Google doodle

Unofficial Google April Fool's Day doodle

Google is known for its April Fool’s Day pranks, but there has been only one All Fool’s Day Google doodle till date. As there isn’t any April Fool doodle on the Google home page this first of April, here’s to fill the void is an unofficial edition of the Google April Fool’s Day doodle. Click [Read more]