Kishore Kumar: Childhood and first wedding photos

Childhood and first wedding photos of Kishore Kumar

Who is the greatest playback singer of Hindi cinema? The debate was raging from much before I was born (and is still on) and as soon as I could comprehend a little music (can’t sing though) I was also pulled into the ring. Kishore Kumar versus Mohammed Rafi. Much like millions of others on this [Read more]

Vintage photographs of Shillong from 1948 (also Vallabhbhai Patel calling people of Assam lazy)

Assembly House, Shillong (1948)

64 years later, Shillong is virtually unrecognisable. I could only recognise the Governor House on Bivar Road, then known as Government House, the characteristic Ward’s Lake and the Assembly House (destroyed in a fire on January 9, 2001). These photographs from Government of India’s Photo Division were taken when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was on a [Read more]

From toddler to The Wall: A photographic tribute to Rahul Dravid

You may have seen the photos below elsewhere on the Internet, but it was on Cutting the Chai were they first appeared online, back in November 2006 and then went viral. If only I had watermarked them, would’ve got so much of free publicity 🙁 As one of my favourite cricketers ever plays his last [Read more]

Boom (2003): A treasure trove of celebrity childhood photos

कीचड़ में ही कमल खिलते हैं (Kichad mein hi kamal khilte hain) Out of the mud, the lovely lotus blooms Not too many would’ve seen Kaizad Gustad’s 2003 debacle, Boom, apart from the Katrina Kaif scene with Gulshan Grover (the saucier kissing scene with Gulshan Grover was edited out). For Katrina, Boom was her Bollywood [Read more]

Mirza Asad-Ullah Khan ‘Ghalib’

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It’s Mirza Ghalib‘s birthday today. And this is a photo from his portrait at the museum inside Delhi’s Red Fort. What I liked about the museum that it, unlike many other museums, didn’t have a stupid no photography policy. I have previously grumbled against the no photography rules and also posted a post on the [Read more]

Shutter Happy, All Over Again with the Nikon P100

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Never been much of a photographer. I think my brother is. Only that nowadays with two kids (and a wife) he isn’t able to devote as much time to his hobby as he would’ve liked to. I like photography. An interest that developed seeing my brother’s interest. But I don’t think of myself as a [Read more]


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Ganesha An elephant-headed god, who is one of the most popular deities today, revered by Hindus of all sects. Ganesha is the patron deity of writers, accountants, traders and businessmen, and is worshipped at the start of any new venture. He grants progress, prosperity, wisdom, and the removal of obstacles… Ganesha is venerated by Buddhists [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]