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]
Whenever I have a little time on my hand (which is actually very little these days), I like to browse through archives (both physical and digital) in search for hidden gems and today stumbled upon this: Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Maino’s wedding video from February 25, 1968. (Note that the video doesn’t have any sound) [Read more]
This edition of the Movietone News from August 1947 captures the high excitement on the streets of New Delhi (complete with the obligatory cows) and the Parliament of India as India celebrated its first Independence Day. This newsreel, sourced from the Associated Press archives, also shows (at the beginning, before the play time starts in [Read more]
While it is true that Delhi does get more attention than it actually deserves, but then many astounding things happen in the nation’s capital that forces us to stand up and take notice. Today’s momentous election verdict is one such. The upstart Aam Aadmi Party under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal swept away the much [Read more]
“Don’t underestimate the power of a common man” How Congress’ 2004 Lok Sabha elections campaign slogan turned true in Delhi 2013.
There are those who lech at women in public and also express anger over rape and molestation incidents online. I know a few and so would you. A little message for them from Cutting the Chai. If you wish to share this post, you can retweet this or share this Facebook post.
Idea Cellular tom-toms it’s ‘ideas’ through multi-crore advertising campaigns. If only the agency that devised those ideas had also added some commonsense for their client at a nominal charge. It appears that you cannot dial the emergency number 100 (Police Control Room number) from a prepaid Idea connection, as my wife unpleasantly discovered when she [Read more]
Perhaps bugged by incessant queries from lost people a roadside tyre puncture repair shop near the L Block Market, Sector 11, Noida has put up a board that says, “रास्ता पूछने का 5 रु” (Rs 5 for directions). I doubt if the board has added to his earnings, but it surely does save him the [Read more]
Peeved with the constant noise blaring from the loudspeakers in the kanvaria vehicles passing through the highway close to my home, dug out this old post from August 2005. August 25, 2005: The night is yet to be over, the morning just on the coast. A banshee cry screeches through the silent dawn. Neither an [Read more]
The winds blow a lot stronger, the rain hits a lot harder, the lift takes a lot longer but the view is a lot better. Vaishali, Ghaziabad as seen from my 12th floor balcony on a full moon night. And a closeup of the moon, as seen from the viewfinder of my Nikon P100.
For obvious reasons this statue was quite popular with men (and also some women) at Surajkund Fair this year. Men just cannot resist mammaries. Some lechers were also trying out semi-pornographic acts with the topless statue. But before I could take my camera out, their lascivious acts were over. The man in the picture wasn’t [Read more]
Delhi is a city of interesting abbreviations. CID isn’t necessarily Crime Investigation Department, it can also be expanded to Crime Immunisation Dias (whatever that means, the worth lies not in the expansion but the contraction). The members of this organisation also paste official-looking CID stickers on their cars. The full form, of course, is in [Read more]