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Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Simple, fun, democratic — why Microsoft Paintbrush was more than just a graphics tool

For almost two decades, Microsoft Paintbrush was effectively the last word in paint software in India, and virtually every urban Indian child's first digital painting canvas.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Hello Friends, the desi take on the American sitcom that netizens rediscovered after 21 years

The desi version of the cult American sitcom 'Friends' was a window into a new world for many who had little or no access to such a life.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Team

Gattu, the mischievous Asian Paints mascot who ruled Indian hearts for over 50 years

The iconic mascot was designed by renowned cartoonist RK Laxman and made the brand a major player in the paint market.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Picturpost, once the commuter’s favourite film magazine, is now a prized collector’s item

The pocket-sized film magazine featured actual movie posters as covers, which make it a prized possession for film enthusiasts these days.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Shyam Benegal’s DD show Yatra heroed the train in 1986, long before SRK and Kajol in DDLJ

The 15-part series came to life thanks to the Indian Railways, which provided Benegal with a 10-bogey train for 50 days at the cost of Rs 30 lakhs.

Amul’s chocolate powder Nutramul, whose USP was strength — and Jugal Hansraj

Developed in 1973, Nutramul was Amul's entry into the chocolate-based beverage market, and its tag line of 'Every cup builds you up' showed its focus on strength.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Nokia’s Snake, the mobile game that became an entire generation’s obsession

Launched in 1997 with Nokia 6110, Snake is said to have signalled a new era in mobile gaming but it was the game’s second version in 2000 that became a household name.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Doordarshan’s Buniyaad, a family drama that masterfully captured the pangs of Partition

Buniyaad was put together by stellar performances, writing that relied on realism and authentic production design that brought pre-Partition Hindustan to the small screen.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Cricket Samrat, the magazine that religiously spread the gospel of cricket for 42 years

The Hindi-language cricket magazine was the top-selling sports publication for years has been forced to shut in the wake of the Covid pandemic & lockdown.
Tulsi Comics illustration

Tulsi Comics, the labour of love that gave Hindi readers characters like Angara & Jambu

More than two decades after Tulsi Comics had to close down, fans still remember the iconic, unique characters & artwork.

On Camera

Diners at a restaurant in London, UK | Representational image | Bloomberg

Covid normal is becoming the new normal. But should it?

The world has entered a new paralysis because no one knows when things will return to normal, or what might become normal, or what might remain strange.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.