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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Printable Football World Cup 2010 Schedule in IST

Flaming Soccer BallThe World Cup is only a few hours away and like all the previous editions (right from 1986, though I don't remember much of that) I'll be hooked to the ball. Thankfully, this year the match timings are comparatively India friendly.

Keeping alive the Cutting the Chai tradition of simple-printable-A4-sized-approach, here's presenting the 2010 World Cup Football South Africa schedule with timings in Indian Standard Time (IST).

(Just in case printing is not your thing and you prefer interactivity over a static piece of paper, I have also put together an interactive version of the 2010 Football World Cup schedule here. The list is sortable according to match number, date and time, team name, group and venue.)

This schedule/calendar of the World Cup matches is in a simple printable single-page A4 format. Note that the listed matches are only for the Group Stage. Will put up another schedule for the knock-out stages once the group matches get over.

The matches are sorted according to their time of play and have a very simple and easy to follow format (unlike most of the other World Cup schedules that I came across, including that on the official FIFA website).

This Football World Cup calendar is available in two versions (both in PDF). The first has a little dash of colour and shading and the other is the ink-friendly version.

You may preview/print/download the files below:

2010 A4 Printable World Cup Schedule/Calendar with timings in IST



Download PDF

2010 A4 Printable World Cup Schedule/Calendar with timings in IST (Ink-friendly)



Download PDF

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2010

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2010It's that time of the year again. The beginning. And there are a lot of dates that we'd come across as we proceed further.

To make your year a little simpler, quite like the previous three, here's Cutting the Chai Calendar 2010 in its fourth edition).

This one-page printable calendar (A4 size) in three different formats (PDF, JPG and GIF) comes with Indian holidays and festivals.

Download single-page A4 printable 2010 calendar

PDF [986 KB]
JPG [710 KB]
GIF [337 KB]

And don't expect any babes in itsy-bitsy bikinis. Sorry to disappoint.

List of Indian Holidays and Festivals 2010
(Government of India's official list)



Hope you have a wonderful 2010.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Citizen Sweety Blouse: Draupadi Cheer Haran

Dhritrashtra - Eyes Popping OutOne of the highlights of the Mahabharat (you can watch the complete episodes of the original TV serial here) was Draupadi's cheer haran. And one of the wittiest Bollywood movies Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron also incorporated that in the climax.

Ekta Kapoor's tried to add a twist to the great epic with her Kahani Hamare Mahabharat Ki and instead of beginning from the beginning, she started the serial with Draupadi's cheer haran. The serial bombed.

If we conduct a poll on the most memorable scene from the Mahabharat, I doubt if anything else can pip the tale of the endless saree.

I found an (amusing) ad on the same theme. While logic says they should be selling sarees with the idea, it is for a brand of blouses - Citizen Sweety Blouse.

Playing the role of Draupadi is Preeti Jhangiani, the Chui Mui girl (I'll prefer to remember her for those videos only). They had also roped in the original Shakuni, Gufi Paintal. So powerful is the impact of the colourful blouses that the blind King Dhritrashtra's eyes pop out (aankhe phaad phaad dekha). Aap bhi dekho.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Secure your USB drive with write protection

Make USB drives, external hard disk write protected, read onlyMany viruses crept into my PC via the my USB pen drives and external hard disks that I lent to friends for transferring data.

If your motive is to prevent unintentional transfer of malicious and unwanted stuff on to your portable storage devices (that do not have inbuilt write-protection), this little software is just what you want. It makes your USB storage device read only.

The USB WriteProtector will occupy only about 500 KB of space on your USB flash drive and will prevent any unauthorised files from making your pen drive their home.

The good part is that it is portable, it doesn't require any installation and can simply be copied to any portable storage. It not only works on USB flash drives but also on external hard disks (I tested).

All you need to do is download the file from here [RAR 189 KB] (via Google Translate since the original site is in German).

Extract the RAR file (if you do not have an appropriate program on your PC, try 7-Zip). And copy the extracted files to your portable storage device.

Click on the UsbWriteProtect.exe file

USB write protect

The default language is German, choose English from the drop down menu.

USB write protect

Choose the 'USB write protection ON' radio button and click on the close button.

USB write protect

And your USB drive/external hard disk will now be read only when reconnected with any PC (note that the turn on feature gets activated only when you remove and reconnect the USB drive. Logical).

This also prevents accidental cut/paste instead of copy/paste of data, that removes the original data from your storage device.

If you want to write data on the portable drive, reopen the USB WriteProtector and choose the 'USB write protection OFF' radio button and click close (unlike the activation process the deactivating procedure is instantaneous and doesn't require the device to be disconnected and reconnected).

USB write protect

I've tested it only on Windows XP PCs, don't know if it'll work fine on Windows Vista or other Windows OS.

There is a small issue that I faced (don't know if it is only with me): If I have the USB WriteProtector turned on in one USB drive, it doesn't allow me to write data on any other USB storage device connected on the same PC. It's only when I turn it off and disconnect the device with the software on it, that I'm able to resume my copy/pasting activity.

Please suggest other (preferably free) software that can perform the desired task better.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pulsar 220 DTS-i: 'The Fastest Indian' ad

Pulsar 220 DTS-iThe problem with Bajaj Auto is that they are always in a hurry to launch new products and variations and they also discontinue the old brands and variations at an equal pace.

For the consumers such a constant endeavour to makes things better is good, but then there is always the feeling that if one had waited a little longer, he might have got something better.

The latest mean machine from the Bajaj stable is the Pulsar 220 DTS-i and they are promoting it as the fastest thing on Indian roads. And they have (I assume the agency is Oglivy) put up a TVC that's a combo of slowmo and pace.

The ad (titled 'Slow Jack') has a Wild West feel. A wanted criminal is robbing a bank at his own easy pace and the law enforcers are arriving fast. The robber is nonchalant. He sits on his Pulsar 220 and poof! he is gone.

Watch the ad:

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'The Fastest Indian' is the catchline. Unlike other Bajaj (particularly Pulsar ads) this doesn't have any zipping bikes. In fact in this ad you can hardly get good look at the bike. Though the idea is nice, somehow the impact is a bit amiss. The first time I watched the ad, it didn't hit me as the makers would have liked it to.

Since bringing an Indian angle in a Wild West American set up might seem a little difficult (unless you transport Quick Gun Murugan to the banks of the Mississippi), they bank robber has American Indian features (I think so), and he disappears fast before the long (and fast) hands of the law catches up with him. Hence, 'the fastest Indian'. Never mind if he is red.

And in case you like the track, you can download an MP3 audio file from here. Since Bajaj Auto have themselves put it up, I'm saving myself the hassle of uploading it.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Fuel deo: Ignite the fire (and experimenting with HTML 5 audio, video)

Why are most men's deo ads in India the same. There are numerous other ways to be sexy. Come on agencies you can do better. Anyway another for the collection.


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But then this is not the real purpose of this post. Yesterday, Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 and one of the far-reaching features is the native support for HTML 5 audio and video with Ogg Theora, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV formats. In the not-so distant future, this is going to change how multimedia content is served on the Web. Proprietary formats like Flash and Silverlight would not rule the roost.

A simple sample of HTML 5 embedded video and audio of the Fuel deo TVC:

Video:

Download video [00:00:33 OGG 732 KB

Audio:

Download audio [00:00:33 OGG 144 KB]

But the obsolete Web browser Internet Explorer 6 is the biggest impediment to the growth of the new Internet. One of the major pains while launching any new website is the compatibility with IE6. More than a third (38 percent) of the readers of this blog are still on IE6 and that's a huge slice.

And one of the major roadblocks to existing Firefox users upgrading to the Firefox 3.5 is the incompatibility of so many add-ons with the latest version. Maybe Mozilla should put a check in place that add-on developers upgrade their stuff. But then, the free nature of the Firefox browser would go against such curbs.

Learn more about Firefox and HTML 5 video and audio.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Train Announcement Ringtones

The ambience of an Indian railway station is incomplete without the pre-recorded female voice that informs passengers of the arrivals and departure of trains. The arrival of computerised announcement system in the Indian railways meant that the variety of voices blaring from loudspeakers in railway stations across the country was replaced by those of a select few. Thanks to our linguistic diversity, or it would have been the same voice announcing the late arrival of of a train in Agartala and the departure of another in Bhuj.

For those who love travelling by trains (like me, though rationing of leaves often forces to take the aerial route) or atleast like the sounds of the railway station here are a few ringtones to bring the feel of the railway station in your mobile phone.

Kripaya dyaan dijiye, Indian Railways train announcement ringtone sunne ya download karne ke liye niche dekhe:

Train Announcement - Bilingual






Download ringtone [MP3 500 KB 00:00:30 128kbps Stereo 44 kHz]

Train Announcement - Hindi






Download ringtone [MP3 274 KB 00:00:16 128kbps Stereo 44 kHz]

Train Announcement - English






Download ringtone [MP3 262 KB 00:00:15 128kbps Stereo 44 kHz]

(This ringtone announces the arrival of the 2919 Malwa Express travelling from Indore to Jammu Tawi and was recorded by me at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, New Delhi on October 27, 2008)

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

MP Tourism: Hindustan Ka Dil Dekha

Madhya Pradesh TourismThe last ad of this series was released in April 2007 - the very catchy and wonderfully executed Hindustan Ka Dil Dekho ad for Madhya Pradesh Tourism (Incredible India). And in May 2009 comes another memorable ad. Some feel that the the first one was better and don't think much of the new TVC. I beg to differ, a little.

Like the last time Cutting the Chai is the first to put up the ad on the internet (I checked).


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Hindustan Ka Dil Dekho was more like an ad showcasing the wonders of the state of Madhya Pradesh and inviting people to come visit.

This time, the theme is similar but with a little twist, it is not an invitation for MP Tourism but an endorsement (dekho to dekha), a kind of a first person account. And the bioscope makes way for a pair of very expressive (and continually moving) eyes.

This new jingle is also very catchy, quite like the last, and would make for a good ringtone. Preview and download if you like:






Download ringtone [MP3 472 KB 00:00:59 64kbps Stereo 44 kHz]

Lyrics of the song:

Hindustan Ka Dil Dekha

Bandar dekha, haathi dekha.
Barahsingha, aur cheetal dekha.

Mowgli ke jungleon mein,
Sher Khan ko dekha.

Pachmarhi Satpura ka ajooba,
Bhopal lake mein suraj dooba.

Mandu ka jahaz mahal,
Aur marble ka pahad dekha.

Mahakaal mandir mein pooja,
Photo khicha jaake Orcha.

Gwalior ke kile mein bhatka,
Khajuraho ne de diya jhatka.

Dhim tana dhi re na... nadir...

Purvajon ko milne jule,
Jaa bahita mein Bhimbhetka.

Train ki chik chuk sunte,
Aa pahucha mein Sanchi stupa.

Sanchi ki shanti mein,
Khudke aandar jhaak ke dekha.

Hindustan ka dil dekha.
Hindustan ka dil dekha.


The heart of incredible India.
Madhya Pradesh

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Katrina Kaif as Nakshatra 'Goddess of Luck'

Katrina fan Sanjay has been flooding me with requests and keeping with the spirit of this blog I'll try to continue fulfilling as many as I can.

This is Ms Kaif's Goddess of Luck commercial for Nakshatra Diamond Jewellery.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How to Download Images from Issuu

Issuu LogoThough Scribd seems to be the preferred place for sharing documents online, Issuu has a much better media viewer. And like Scribd it has some disadvantages (some intentional). Direct linking to a page is a bit tricky, though you can extract the URL changing the options for generating the embed code. And since the viewers are in flash downloading the images (you can easily download PDFs if it is not disabled, even if it is you can) are a bit tricky. You could get them from the browser cache, but that process is a bit tedious.

Now you might ask, why would you need an image of a magazine page or a document? For the same reason you need to download an YouTube video?

Thankfully in Issuu it isn't very difficult and I've made it a little easier. If you need to download or link to a particular page of a document hosted on Issuu, all that you need to do is insert the document ID and the page number in this form (the first two fields) and the URL of the image would automatically appear on the third field. Copy it and paste the URL wherever you want to.

Issuu Image Download Tool

Where do you find the Document ID? If you are using Firefox/Chrome, press Ctrl+U (or go to View » Page Source) to view the source code of the page (in IE you should find in the Page dropdown). Then do a Crtl+F and search for documentId. You'll find something like this:

"documentId" : "090409124522-f5d6aed3b38548dcab8257cbf6487852",

Copy the ID (minus the quotes) and paste it to the first field in the form below:

The JPG files on Issuu are stored in this structure:

http://image.issuu.com/Document_ID/jpg/page_Page_Number.jpg

So if you don't want to use the tool, you can modify the URL yourself.

Easy, isn't it? (Atleast till the time they don't go about making changes).

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Padma Lakshmi and the Art of Erotic Burger Eating

This video is making quite a wave on the World Wide Web and some males (and a few females) wish they had been born a Hardee's Western Bacon Thickburger. First the ad, the gyan can come later.


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Padma Lakshmi and the Art of Erotic Burger EatingCreated by the Los Angeles-based advertising agency, Mendelsohn|Zien, the ads are supposed to start running from March 30. And the ex-Mrs Rushdie was chosen because of what she wrote in her 2007 cookbook Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet (maybe also because of her speciality in what is described as 'food porn':

I…started wolfing down bacon Western cheeseburgers after school at Carl's Jr. The sublimely pleasurable taste of bacon…was further enhanced by its mingling with the barbecue sauce, greedily licked off as it dripped down my teenage fingers.

A "tradition of pairing beautiful women with decadent burgers," that's how they describe it. In 2005 they had put together a raunchy ad for a burger, that didn't initially look like one for a burger (resembled a professionally made soft-porn trailer), with Paris Hilton (who else?).


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Before lustily globbling up the burger Padma Lakshmi had, back in 2004, served herself as the 'Dish of the Day' [Text | Image] against which some people has raised objections that were later rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bhool Na Jana, ECE Bulb Lana

ECE Bulb TVC Screenshots

When I joined my first job, here in Delhi, one of the landmarks that I initially noticed near my office was the ECE House at Kasturba Gandhi Marg. It instantly brought to mind that unforgettable jingle "Bhool na jana, ECE bulb lana. (Don't forget, get ECE blub).

Gufi Kanwarjit Paintal, (best known for his role of Shakuni Shikhandi in Mahabharat, the TV series) is leaving for work and his wife in the ad reminds him to get an ECE bulb and on the way everyone - the maid, neighbours, bus passengers, Udipi restaurant owner, a Parsi bawa, dhobi, a Bengali lady - also do. Finally he manages to stammer "B..bb..bulb" to the shopkeeper.

Watch:

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This TVC had the multi-lingual flavour akin Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, with atleast five languages - Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati, Bhojpuri and Bengali - used (though this ad predates the much-loved national integration song by quite a few years).

The lines in Bengali "Bhoolbe naa, niye esho bulb, ECE bulb" sound extra sweet. And as a kid I relished the part where the bulb lights up in Paintal's hand.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues: Watch Online or Download for Free

I'm yet to watch the movie. Intend to do that over the weekend. There are too many things happening out here, for me to sit back and watch a film in leisure.

The concept is appealing, and the bits that I viewed, while converting it, displayed some decent work in animation. Simple can be a lot of fun.

Since in a welcome move the creator of the film Nina Paley has shared it under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, I'm putting it up here and in different formats to suit different needs.

Watch Sita Sings the Blues:

Low resolution FLV for slower connections


Watch high resolution MP4 for faster connections

Watch high resolution AVI for faster connections

Download Sita Sings the Blues

Download video [01:17:59 FLV 117 MB]
Download hi-res video [01:17:59 MP4 353 MB]
Download hi-res video [01:17:59 AVI 355 MB]
Download for mobile [01:17:593GP 83 MB]


Alternatively you can download the files from Archive.org

Download [MP4 1.3 GB] Best Quality
Download [MP4 339 MB]
Download [OGV 337 MB]


About the film:

Sita Sings the Blues PosterSita is a Hindu goddess, the leading lady of India's epic the Ramayan and a dutiful wife who follows her husband Rama on a 14 year exile to a forest, only to be kidnapped by an evil king from Sri Lanka. Despite remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is put through many tests.

Nina (the filmmaker Nina Paley herself) is an artist who finds parallels in Sita's life when her husband - in India on a work project - decides to break up their marriage and dump her via email.

Three hilarious Indonesian shadow puppets with Indian accents - linking the popularity of the Ramayan from India all the way to the Far East - narrate both the ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the epic.

In her first feature length film, Paley juxtaposes multiple narrative and visual styles to create a highly entertaining yet moving vision of the Ramayan. Musical numbers choreographed to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw feature a cast of hundreds: flying monkeys, evil monsters, gods, goddesses, warriors, sages, and winged eyeballs.

A tale of truth, justice and a woman's cry for equal treatment. Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."

About the filmmaker:

Nina PaleyNina Paley (b. May 3, 1968, Champaign, Illinois, USA) is a longtime veteran of syndicated comic strips, creating Fluff (Universal Press Syndicate), The Hots (King Features), and her own alternative weekly Nina's Adventures. In 1998 she began making independent animated festival films, including the controversial yet popular environmental short, The Stork. In 2002 Nina followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayan.

This inspired her first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of five years on a home computer.

Nina teaches at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan and is a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow.

A transcript for the film is available here.

Stills:

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Yeh Bullet Meri Jaan...

This post is dedicated to all the Bullet wallahs out there (not necessarily members of the club) and one biker-blogger in particular.


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Bullet 350Yeh Bullet meri jaan
Manzilon ka nishaan
Zindagi ek safar
Chalna shaam-o-sahar
Iski raftar ki
Baat hain aur hi
Lambi raahon pe
Ye kya gazab ki chale
Raaste taye kare
Faasle taye kare

Ye Bullet...
Enfield Bullet
Ghazab ki sawari.

This song is embedded into my mind right from childhood. The music has a distinct qawwali feel complete with the harmonium (though the instrument isn't desi and was actually banned by All India Radio for being inappropriate for Indian classicial music), tabla, claps and all.

If you ride a Bullet or are just a Bullet aficionado (like me), I suggest you set it as your ringtone. Here's the stuff






Download ringtone [MP3 901 KB 00:00:57 128kbps Stereo 44 kHz]

I've tons of Enfield Bullet ads on me. Have to take out some time to put them all together (I work hard for these posts).

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Strepsils - MGM Lion Ad

Rooa...meow (says the lion)
Hhhh.. hhhh...
Gaale mein kharash
?
Mazedar Strepsils
Roooaar!
Char mazedaar zayekon mein
Orange, lemon, ginger lemon, regular
Strepsils


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Download hi-res video [00:00:10 AVI 1 MB]


This ad was based on the famous Leo the Lion - the mascot of the Hollywood film studio MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).

From the late 1970s, it should be one of the earliest animated commercials on Indian television.

One of those ads from early childhood that is still etched in my memory.

This reminds me of a story from my childhood:

The lion lost all his skills (I don't remember the reason why) and went to his aunt (the cat) to teach him.

Being a good maasi (maternal aunt), the cat taught the lion all that it needed to survive.

On regaining his skills, the lion turned arrogant. When the cat tried to make him understand the lion chased her with the intention of killing her.

The cat climbed up a tree, but the lion couldn't. Because the cat didn't teach the lion this one thing, intentionally. And the cat lived on to shed hair on my favourite chair.

Moral of the story: Knowledge is most powerful when others do not possess it.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tata Sky+ Damini Ad

Tata Sky Plus - Ek Ruka Hua FaislaTata Sky Plus has released a new viral ad titled Ek Ruka Hua Faisla. But it has nothing to do with the intriguing 1986 movie, instead draws the cast and the dialogue from the 1993 dhai kilo ka film - Damini.

The weight of Govind's (Sunny Deol's character in the movie) arm is established right in the beginning. But the jhatkas of Indrajit Chadda's (Amrish Puri) hair/wig are missing. And Damini literally weeps buckets of tears. See for yourself:


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While you are here, don't forget to visit this website - AdultDost.com (If you haven't already. Do not worry, it's totally safe for work. Though my boss got a scare when I first showed it to him in front of the whole office).



And Asin's new Tata Sky ads have already started airing. But they are meant for the southern India market. I've seen four ads and though I couldn't understand the language they seemed humourous. She was indeed a little over the top in the overrated Hindi Ghajini.

Most people I know are happy that Taare Zameen Par didn't make it to the Oscar nominations. They just couldn't take any more of Aamir Khan, and neither can I.

And the other day Yash Raj Films released full page ads in newspapers proclaiming that their latest film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is "the highest grossing film ever of Yash Raj Films". Do they seriously expect us to believe that a less than lukewarm production like Rab Ne... has actually bettered Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. No way!

Nowadays there seems to be a trend of inflating earnings and declaring movies hits even if people who actually go to watch the movie do not have many others in the theatre for company. Another trick to gain a little more mileage.

Slumdog Millionaire, another overrated movie, has actually done itself some serious harm by releasing so late in India (it's releasing even later in many countries). With the hype around the movie increasing, people who would have otherwise purchased tickets to go to the theatres are watching pirated copies. And since the ones leaked are DVD screeners, there are even more takers. It is already one of the most popular on the torrent network and other video sharing and online storage sites are already displaying millions of views/downloads. And people are gleefully passing it on.

I wonder why don't producers try for almost simultaneous releases?

Though I'm glad that AR Rahman got the Golden Globe, it is necessary to emphasise that Rahman's music in Slumdog... comes nowhere close to what he is capable of. Though the award is big, the music will stand small in his oeuvre.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cutting the Chai Calendar 2009

2009 CalendarSome stats first...

At the time of posting this, the 2008 Cutting the Chai calendar has been downloaded over 1102 times. The inaugural edition in 2007 was downloaded 519 times.

And here's the 2009 edition of the Cutting the Chai Calendar (with Indian festivals and holidays).

This printable calendar is in the standard A4 size (minus any frills), so that you can take easy printouts and put it up wherever you want to. Moreover, this calendar is in a compact single page, that saves you the trouble of flipping it over every month.

Major Indian festivals and holidays have also been included as they are usually not found in most calendars available online.

This time the printable calendar is available in three formats (PDF, JPG and GIF). Take your pick.

2009 Calendar with Indian Festivals and Holidays (Size A4)

Download PDF [383 KB]
Download JPG [164 KB]
Download GIF [52 KB]

The official Government of India list of holidays in 2009

2009 Gazetted Holidays
[JPG 108 KB]
2009 Restricted Holidays [JPG 191 KB]

Have a Happy 2009!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Watch Ghajini Gajodhar Online Now

Gajodhar PosterMy level of liking for Aamir Khan seems to be getting lower by the day. But this isn't what this post is about.

The funny guys at Webchutney have come up with a new viral for Oktatabyebye.com.

This esentially is a spoof on Ghajini and like everything about Aamir Khan has only Aamir in the ad (with the exception of the tattoo artist).

The disclaimer reads, "Before we forget, the character portrayed here is completely fictitious (and NOT a perfectionist). Resemblance to any real-life person(s) is purely accidental."

Watch:


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Monday, November 17, 2008

Watch Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai for Free Legally

Sarabhai vs SarabhaiMany people visit this blog looking for free download or an option to watch online the popular sitcom Sarabhai Versus Sarabhai, but find only a compilation of some of the best moments from the serial.

All the episodes of the serial used to be available on Indya.com, but at a cost (and also illegally elsewhere). The good news is that it is now Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai is available for free online viewing at Rajshri.com.

At the time of posting this only the first four episodes were made available. I believe that in some time all the episodes would be put up (though my analysis says that they have already uploaded 16 episodes but haven't yet made them visible on the website).

Since there is no download option, users with slower internet connections can find the experience a bit painful. But then there are ways to store the files on your hard disk for future smooth viewing.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Young Salman and Lime n Lemony Limca

Salman Khan did a bit of modelling (like many other Bollywood stars) before making it big on the big screen. I remember having a poster of Salman in a bike advertisement (cant recall which).

This is a very young Salman (though he still doesn't look his age) playing football and quenching his thirst with some lime and lemony Limca.


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Who can forget his first victory?
Limca with isotonic salts to quench your thrist


Fun time Limca time
Young time Limca time
Masti time Limca time
Lime n Lemony Limca

Who can forget his first love?
Togetherness with lime n lemoni Limca

Fun time...

Who can forget his first journey?
Safely travel with zero bacteria Limca

Fun time...
Limca Limca


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