shillong

A fidget spinner spins in ball-bearing carts sliding down Shillong slopes

Ball bearing cart

The fidget spinner is easily the toy of the year 2017. And with a 5-year-old who keeps abreast of all the latest toy trends via YouTube Kids, it becomes difficult evading any such toy craze. While pondering about what to get for Googool (my son, aka Advay) at an airport duty free shop, noticed the [Read more]

Poha: The momo for the mornings

Poha seller in Noida

I begin writing this perched on the top berth in a sleeper coach of a train that has a long halt at Ujjain Railway Station. Ujjain is an ancient town that has an important role in India’s history and religion. At the previous station, Nagda, I had a breakfast, that has become almost a ritual [Read more]

Adieu Hindustan Ambassador. An unofficial (and animated) Google doodle

Ambassador local taxi with red beacon

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]

1962: Newspaper front page from 50 years ago when China attacked India

It’s been 50 years since the ‘Himalayan Blunder’ of 1962 when the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unexpectedly rampaged into Indian territory and reached the outskirts of Tezpur in Assam before making an unexpected retreat. The war was fought much before I was born, but being born into North East India, I heard a lot of [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]

Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011). North-East India loses a star

The legendary Bhupen Hazarika died of multiple organ failure in a Bombay hospital today. He was one of the few stars of North East India that the rest of the country widely accepted and applauded. For someone from that part of the country his departure hurts a little more. This Star Cement advertising hoarding photographed [Read more]

10 years since that summer of 2001: What Dil Chahta Hai meant to me

Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan and Aamir Khan in a still from Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

(This post is cross posted from my blog Pixelated on IBNLive.com) Summer of 2001. Bhopal. Bharat Talkies. Dil Chahta Hai. A decade later the experience is still as fresh. On that overcast afternoon, I stepped out of the theatre with a heady head. I had just witnessed something phenomenal. The last time I underwent something [Read more]

Husn Bewafa – Lust of Beauty…

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image

Pleasantly surprised to find these posters in the neighbourhood. Sex in mainstream cinema has hit this genre hard but they are still very much in business. Multiplexes should also start screening these sex flicks, there’s a huge audience amongst the urban elite. It’s not uncommon to find recognisable faces from Bolywood in these C-grade films. [Read more]

Why Blazeflash is a #fail Courier Service

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image

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]

Mahalaya: The Advent of Autumn

Today is Mahalaya, the day of invocation of goddess Durga in her Mahisasurmardini form (the slayer of the demon Mahisasur). The beginning of the ten days of festivity.