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Atlas Cycles, the wheels of Indian childhood, has put the brakes on a glorious ride

The bicycle maker was forced to layoff staff & shut its last manufacturing unit on 3 June after it ran out of funds during the Covid lockdown.

Bharat Ek Khoj: Shyam Benegal’s adaption of Nehru’s Discovery of India was a Sunday staple

The show covered a range of topics, from the Harappan Civilisation to the freedom struggle, along with mythological epics.

The Rasna girl who stole hearts one ’80s ad at a time

In the 1980s, juice concentrate brand Rasna's ads starred Ankita Jhaveri and a simple, effective tag line — 'I love you, Rasna'.

Big Babol, India’s beloved bubblegum that came with the quirkiest commercials

Launched in India in 1994, Big Babol, the 'bade kaam ki cheez', became a hit with its wacky commercials and gifts slipped into packaging.

Dhara’s ‘jalebi’ ad from the 1990s still means home and family

In 2018, UberEats recreated the classic ad with the same actor, the little boy from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, but with a biryani twist.

Chandamama, the magazine that taught generations about ethics and India for six decades

First published in 1947, the magazine survived for six decades and now loyal fans have taken to preserving its comics online.
Irrfan Khan in Chandrakanta | ThePrint Team

Chandrakanta, the show in which Irrfan won hearts four lines at a time

The 1994 Doordarshan show was a supernatural fantasy period drama based on an eponymous 1888 book, considered the first modern Hindi novel.
Graphic: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Trishna, the popular 1985 Doordarshan adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, is now on YouTube

Written by Kamna Chandra, the 13-episode serial is the perfect escape to while away a weekend in coronavirus lockdown.
Illustration: ThePrint Team

Filmindia, Baburao Patel’s irreverent magazine that could make or break a movie

From filmy gossip to political critique, the magazine reflected the culture of the times and created a lasting template for film journalism.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Manthan ad from the 90s, with which Amul joins TV nostalgia trip after Ramayan, Mahabharat

Amul’s 1996 ad titled Manthan tells the story of India's White Revolution using footage from Smita Patil's iconic film of the same name.

On Camera

Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot | ThePrint

Congress loses big when a Pilot or Scindia rebels but the ‘privileged’ are ultimate losers

Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia became ministers in Congress at an age when others like them were trying to make a name for themselves in student and youth organisations.
Inflation

Credibility of India’s statistics back in question over official inflation data

Economists aren’t buying the Statistics Department’s methodology for calculating India’s consumer price inflation numbers for April and May.

Defence

Lt Gen Panag and his daughter Gul Panag at the launch of his book, The Indian Army, Reminiscences, Reforms and Romance, on ThePrint's e-venue Soft Cover | ThePrint.

Indian Army will need another division in Ladakh to keep China out, says retd Lt Gen Panag

Former Northern Army commander Lt Gen Panag also said the strategic Darbuk-Shyokh-Daulat Beg Oldie would be rendered non-operational in case of a war with China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.