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For travel buffs, an old game with a new twist:?Recharge by Rachel Lopez

India, June 22 -- Were you paying attention in 2013? For about a week, everyone was talking about GeoGuessr, the virtual version of the atlas game we all played as kids. You'd be dropped onto a random... Read More


Mumbaiwale: Batting for Bombay

India, June 22 -- Thank the Parsis. They were the first community that began playing the game, to keep relations with the British. The earliest matches were played on the Esplanade, the patch of green... Read More


Topical for 25 years. Meet the Amul boys

India, June 15 -- Last month, a Facebook notification reminded Rahul da Cunha he, copywriter Manish Jhaveri and artist Jayant Rane had been working on the Amul girl topical ads for 25 years. They didn... Read More


Selling points: Memorable mascots in Indian ads

India, June 15 -- With her twirling, skirt spread out, this child of the 1980s gave the Gujarat detergent company great brand recall. The Onida devil: As a spate of TV brands struggled to make their ... Read More


Fluid thoughts for a rainy day

Mumbai, June 15 -- What does 'monsoon' even mean? At its core, it just means 'season'. The English monsoon, in use since the 16th century (after British presence on the subcontinent necessitated a la... Read More


Butter burned: When Amul's ads sparked controversy

India, June 15 -- In 1976, an Amul ad poked fun at the sterilisation drives conducted during the national Emergency. "We have always practised compulsory sterilisation," says the Amul girl, holding up... Read More


Mumbaiwale: Fluid thoughts for a rainy day

Mumbai, June 14 -- What does 'monsoon' even mean? At its core, it just means 'season'. The English monsoon, in use since the 16th century (after British presence on the subcontinent necessitated a la... Read More


Set phasers to stun: Your warp-speed guide to the Star Trek universe

India, June 8 -- Fifty years ago, on June 3, 1969, the Federation starship, Enterprise, set out on its last adventure in space. Captain Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Bones and the gang visited the planet Camus,... Read More


Chernobyl is everything they say it is. Watch it now

India, June 8 -- Quietly, without preamble or marketing blitz, HBO's miniseries Chernobyl became the highest-rated show on IMDB last week. It crept past Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Band of Brot... Read More


Mumbaiwale: What's your favourite city stereotype?

India, June 8 -- I promised myself I'd avoid writing about dabbawalas. Mumbai's tiffin-delivery servicemen are punctual, honest, well organised and indisputably enterprising. But they seem to me one o... Read More