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Teen pregnancy, eating disorders, bullying — ‘Remix’ was India’s high school ‘telenovela’

Star One show 'Remix' — that centred around 4 high school students grappling with their teenage years — was relatable, fun and had something for everyone.
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Kids of ’90s will remember these ‘cigarettes’ fondly, despite its controversial, unhealthy tag

Over the years, Phantom sweet cigarettes have been called out for promoting smoking in children and being very unhealthy due to the high sugar content.

Convalescent, healthier than milk — Complan’s turbulent journey with its ‘tall claims’

Over the years, Complan has employed several advertising tactics to draw consumers including claiming that it is healthier than milk and that it increases children's heights.
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‘Wagle ki Duniya’, the lovable, comical hit DD show that captured 80’s Indian middle class

Based on characters originally created by noted cartoonist R.K. Laxman, the 13-episode show 'Wagle ki Duniya' aired on DD National from 1988-1990. A reboot of the show aired earlier this month.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Real story this Valentine’s Day is how heart-shaped chocolate became inseparable from 14 Feb

Cadbury to Kitkat, most every confectionary company and home baker goes for heart-shaped treats on Valentine's Day. The history of this association dates back to the 1800s.

50 yrs & still ticking — Ajanta, world’s largest wall clock maker, remains an Indian favourite

Ajanta, founded by Odhavjibhai R. Patel with Rs 1 lakh in 1971, is now being run by the third generation in the family and registered a turnover of Rs 1,200 crore in 2019.
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M.A.D with Rob, the 2000s craft show on Pogo that turned kids into DIY experts

M.A.D. was anchored by Harun Robert aka Rob, an NID graduate, who could used simple craft tools to turn everyday objects into art.
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From Amitabh Bachchan’s Coolie to Tata Nano & the tricolour — see India through a matchbox

Matchboxes are a blindspot for many, but if you pay closer attention, you'll see a showcase of India's vibrant culture in beautiful illustrations, no matter which 'brand' you pick up.

‘Wakao!’ — the whacky Vanilla Coke ad starring Vivek Oberoi that fizzled out very quickly

The retro-themed advertisement for Vanilla Coke, launched in 2004, was aimed at the youth and played frequently on channels like MTV, Channel [V], HBO and AXN.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Ruf & Tuf — the ‘fitted’ denims Akshay Kumar wore, your tailor stitched, & made 1990s ‘cool’

Ruf & Tuf jeans were the first 'branded' pair of denims for many Indians, and traces its origins to an Independence-era company that answered Gandhi's Swadeshi call.

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WPI inflation shoots up to 8-year high of 7.39% in March

The low base of March 2020, when the data was computed with a low response rate due to the nationwide Covid lockdown, also contributed to a spike in inflation in March 2021.

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CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Backed by disruptive tech, China tried push & shove tactics but India stood firm: CDS Rawat

At the Raisina Dialogue, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat says some countries seek to reshape rules that govern global order via geopolitics coupled with geo-economics.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.