Moon Moon Sen, to me, is more of a model than an actress. I recall seeing her more in print than on the screen. In fact, I have watched very few of her films (well, there are very few watchable Moon Moon Sen films). According to the (sometimes no-so-reliable) Wikipedia entry on her, “she notably [Read more]
Royal Enfield ad from 50 years ago. The Sherpa was renamed and restyled as Crusader in 1970.
There are fewer than 2,000 tigers in India and it is not only because of poachers or environmental factors. When the government of a country actually invites tourists from all over the world to come here and kill our tigers for fun – there is little hope for survival of the magnificent beast. It is [Read more]
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]
Condom advertisements, I have seen many. But this 1999 advertisement for Zaroor Condoms is in a class of its own. “If you don’t want to be Baap look for Zaroor ka Chaap,” says Vrajesh Hirjee appearing as a rather incompetent condom salesman. A copy that can make any self-respecting copywriter kaap and make him/her want [Read more]
Tampons don’t sell much in India. But as this advertisement indicates, that efforts to peddle the product to Indian women (apparently unsuccessfully) goes back to more than 55 years. Note that given the fears about tampon use and virginity, this advertisement is presented as a message to women, “especially those who are married.”
There was a time when Colgate was synonymous with toothpaste (and they also made hair oil). 1957 advertisement for Colgate Perfumed Castor Hair Oil:
Beauca front open bra advertisement from 1954.
Ad from 1954: If you are unmarried, you have the pay for sex education (or pretend to be married to get it for free).
It has happened to the best of quizzards and I was far from being anywhere close to the best. The year was 2000 and the place – a packed auditorium in the south Assam town of Silchar hosting one of North East India’s most prestigious quiz fests – The North Eastern Regional Inter-College Invitation Quiz [Read more]
Sunny Leone has successfully transited from mainstream pornography to mainstream Bollywood celebrityhood. With films and product endorsements, this Punjabi kudi has her face (well, more than that) plastered on walls (film posters), medical stores (Manforce condom ads) and now also at your neighbourhood panwallah’s. Sunny Leone is the brand ambassador for Viiking Ventures’ XXX brand [Read more]
I’m told that my grandfather didn’t like me much. I was a dark child by his standards. I don’t remember much of that, he passed away when I was very young. But I do recall neighbourhood women teasingly asking me the secret of my ‘darkness’ and my childhood mind conjured an explanation of my own: [Read more]