For my fellow Shillongites am putting together this little live blog, featuring posts on how people back home are celebrating.
Pandal-hopping is a Durga Puja essential. But for that you need to know where the pandals are. Use and contribute to this crowd-sourced map.
Also a list of the other participants from India at the 1893 Parliament of World’s Religions at Chicago. There were at least 15, including Vivekananda.
In Shillong, rain is a recurring feature all the year around and umbrellas a constant companion.
Shillong. A city atop the abode of the clouds. A city that is a town in size but a metropolis in demeanour. A city that is now 150 years old.
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]
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]
Advay Choudhury’s (aka Googool) first composition. An impromptu one at that. As a gushing parent I cannot help but present you the 2017 chartbuster of the year Chaata Nahi Hai, Pocha Hai! Music, lyrics and vocals by Advay Choudhury.
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]
New features in popular services often rake up rancour. I have also grumbled a lot against certain changes. But then with time and familiarity that resentment reduces and we start to dig the very feature that we detested at launch. The same is true for the just-released updated WhatsApp Status, WhatsApp’s return gift to us [Read more]
I am not in love with my voice and there are very credible reasons for that. And this is perhaps in over a decade of blogging, it is now now that I have finally managed to put together my first-ever podcast. This actually draws on quite a few of older Cutting the Chai posts. But [Read more]
There are some doodles that Google didn’t (or wouldn’t) doodle. The Chaiwallah prides himself as an unofficial Google doodler. I have written about these unofficial doodles and they have also been written about at a couple of places. 2016 had its fair share of the unofficial Google doodles and the doodles are not necessarily a [Read more]