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The Zee Horror Show — how the Ramsays created a cult TV series with jugaad, corpses & ghouls

'The Zee Horror Show' was among India's first weekly horror TV series which ran from 1993 to 2001. It was created by the 7 Ramsay brothers who relied on suspenseful music and jump scares for effect.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

RimZim, popular desi jeera drink bought and relaunched by Coca-Cola before it lost all fizz

Launched by Parle, RimZim's unique jeera flavoured soda was popular in the 1980s. It was acquired by Coca-Cola in 1994 and relaunched in 2018, but the revamped drink failed to catch on.
Illustration" Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Filmistan, studio that released many top grossing-films in 1940s-50s & then fell off the map

The production company was set up by Sashadhar Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar in 1943 and produced its last film in 1968. Today it functions only as a location for film shoots.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Nostalgia and a secret recipe — What makes Old Monk India’s favourite alcohol 

For nearly seven decades now, Old Monk, India’s iconic and popular alcoholic beverage, has been savoured by the young and the old, rich and the badly off.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

This 36-episode anthology was a launchpad for directors like Hansal Mehta, Anurag Kashyap

Star Bestsellers blended genres like drama, thriller, comedy and romance and aired from 1999-2000.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Cello — the plastics to steelware company that made owning a houseware business ‘fashionable’

Different people associate Cello with different products — plastic furniture, Opalware cookware, pens. The company has overtime tried to position itself as a 'go-to brand for everyone'.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

‘Dill Mill Gayye’ — India’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ that overdid the enemies-turned-lovers cliché

The show was really popular among the youth of the country, especially the central romance between Dr Armaan Malik played by Karan Singh Grover and Dr Riddhima Gupta portrayed by Oshanna Shivanand.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur

‘Asli swaad zindagi ka’ — this 90s Cadbury Dairy Milk commercial changed Indian advertising

In 1994, confectionery giant Cadbury Dairy Milk launched an iconic commercial featuring model Shimona Rashi dancing with abandon on a cricket field.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

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.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

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.

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US summit of democracy is like ‘ashwamedha yagya’, India can offer alt vision to pause China

India might have been dubbed a ‘democratic backslider’, but it could offer a new vision of democracy based on Dharma and the Bhagavad Gita.
Tea plantation workers pick tea leaves in Nagaon district in Assam | File photo: ANI

Govt order against blended ‘impostor’ can help reclaim glory of Indian tea, curb export dip

India's falling tea exports can be attributed to multiple factors, such as a dip in production leading to a surge in prices, making the commodity internationally uncompetitive, and blending.

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File image of Russia's S-400 Triumf multi-layered air defence system | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

From buyer of military goods, India wants to become Russia’s ‘development & production’ partner

India & Russia are looking at signing a defence logistics exchange pact when President Putin comes calling, with a ceremonial handing over of S-400 Triumf air defence systems likely too.

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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