Friday, December 9, 2022

Brandma

Chacha Chaudhary — Indian comic book hero who broke masculine archetypes like Superman, Batman

The character of Chacha Chaudhary filled a huge void in society in the 1970s — that of an Indian superhero — whom impressionable adolescents could admire and look up to.

Hari Sadu – Naukri.com’s bad boss from 2006 ad still present during ‘The Great Resignation’

Whether it is 2006 or 2022, navigating toxic workplaces and dealing with grumpy bosses continue to be a task for workers, making Haru Sadu a timeless presence.

‘Samvidhaan’: Shyam Benegal’s show that told young India what went into drafting constitution

The series crunches down three years of Constituent Assembly debates into a 10-hour mini-series for young India.

Two RSS comics that captured the imagination of kids & teenagers, inspired them to join outfit

Comic books 'Dr Hedgewar' and 'Shri Guruji' played an important role in capturing the imagination of teenagers, who were being introduced to concepts such as shakhas.

iPhone 1 — A ‘revolutionary’ smartphone that debuted at the 2007 Oscars

Apple's commercial for its first smartphone featured clips from over 30 different movies and TV shows, including ‘The Fugitive’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘American Graffiti’.

‘Rajiv Gandhi ka ailan/nahi banega Khalistan’: When ad agency helped Congress score big 1984 win

Rediffusion’s ad campaign with full-throated take on fears of separatism helped propel Congress to historic victory in the wake of anti-Sikh riots & Indira Gandhi’s assassination.

The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is making a ‘comeback’. Thanks to AAP’s CM candidate

Hours after results of Punjab assembly polls were announced, social media was flooded with episodes of Mann’s stint as a stand-up comic in ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’.

Office Office — Rajiv Mehra’s 2001 satire on the common Indian that gave everyone a chuckle

While helplessness of the show's protagonist Mussadilal against the Indian bureaucracy elicited laughter, it also acted as a social commentary on the failures of society.

Marbels – fruity candies everyone loved in the early 2000s which mysteriously disappeared

The chewy, sweet-sour Marbels were all the rage in the early years of the last decade. But despite its popularity, the candies disappeared from the counters in India.

From frosty reception to now making upma, how Kellogg’s found a place on Indian breakfast table

In 1994, Kellogg's opened a plant in Mumbai & launched its premier cornflakes, as well as products like basmati rice flakes & wheat flakes, but struggled to suit Indian palates.

On Camera

YourTurn

Why BIS guidelines on fake online reviews is difficult to implement

Fake reviews should be weeded out from digital platforms and BIS guidelines can help with it. But in order to be implementable it needs wider consultation with tech companies.
Representative image of cargo containers | Pixabay

Modi govt just expanded scheme to give exporters tax refunds. Why...

RoDTEP gives refunds to exporters on embedded taxes & duties. But, Indian Steel Association says govt's move doesn't cover sector, which remains weighed down by 4-12% of levies.

Defence

Border Security Force (BSF) troops at the Attari border | Image by special arrangement

No more mad rush, book online now to watch BSF-Pak Rangers’...

Online registration begins from 1 January, 2023 to ‘smoothen the process’ for visitors; the decision is part of Centre’s digital push, says BSF.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP...

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.