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Indian comics Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha | ThePrint

Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha, the comics we grew up with that grew up with us

The iconic comics that were our best friends decades ago are still there for us while we self-isolate in lockdown.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Nukkad, Saeed Mirza’s DD classic that used humour and a gentle gaze to portray the poor

A home-run production, Leftist ideals and a talented cast and crew made the 1986 cult show 'Nukkad' worth remembering.
Illustration: ThePrint Team

Gems Bond: The Cadbury commercial that landed in legal trouble

India's much loved superhero whose weapon of choice was Cadbury's multicoloured crunchy candy.

Yamaha RX 100, the bike loved by Bollywood, bike enthusiasts and thieves alike

Launched in 1985, the RX 100’s sound, agility, reliability and lean beauty made it one of the most iconic bikes to hit the road.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Afghan Snow, India’s first beauty cream, was christened by a king and endorsed by Gandhi

Make-up base, sunscreen, moisturiser - the multipurpose cream was advertised as many things but never as a complexion lightener.

Dharmyug, a magazine that served as stepping stone for aspiring writers, artists

Hindi weekly magazine Dharmyug was 'read by everyone' and was the place where writers — across languages like Gujarati, Marathi Bengali, Tamil — were given their first break.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

The KamaSutra ad that changed the role of condoms in India from functional to pleasurable

Depicting a sensuous Pooja Bedi in the shower, the 1991 ad was a landmark for being the first in India to show the contraceptive as a tool of pleasure.
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The ad that made Godrej Storwel a family essential in the 1970s and ’80s

All anyone wants is a little space of their own, and Godrej Storwel recognised this.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Sorry Shaktimaan, it is Nagraj who was the first superhero of India 

Nagraj, the king of snakes, was first published in 1986. He has a green, muscular body, snakes flow in his veins, his venom is more lethal than cyanide — enough to melt metal.
Planet M

Planet M — brand that changed how Indians experienced music in new millennium

Planet M — a store where you could find music once and that can now be found only in musical memories.

On Camera

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.