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Indira Gandhi Stoning, 1967

Indira Gandhi returns from electioneering in Orissa in 1967. A stone thrown at her split her lip and broke her nose. Found this PTI photograph in the book ' Indira Gandhi' (1980) by Dom Moraes. Would have made a nice byline last year to the newstory in which a stone tried to find its mark in Rahul Gandhi while he was traveling in a train.

Sardar Ji Chabhiwalay

goliyo ka bhi asar nahi, Kayam Churan Ad

The ad was sort of a cult back in the early 90s and had many takers, after all it dealt with some of the fundamental problems of man in a very imaginative way. It gave a new meaning to the thought - Man fighting his inner demons. Some believe it was ghost directed by David Lynch. Some even believe that the Baba ji in the Ad is David Lynch. I don't believe that. Not possible. There are no women in the ad. Anyway, I recently got to see the relieving old ad, aptly enough, on a Hindi News channel. A quick  search offered this - video link ( Uploaded to Youtube by tnadev1330 ) And enjoy some horny eye-candy -0- Previously: Marvel of Sat Isabgol

UV Ray Lamp beauty Ad, 1947

Thanks to Memsaab Greta who generously shared her collection of Filmindia magazines ranging from year 1939 to 1953 (actually she got them from her friend Shalini, so a big thanks to her too), I will be uploading ads back from those years. At first I thought of uploading ads in a chronological order but then this beauty of an ad (beauty ad?) was just too good to care about any sort of order. "Health giving & Vitaminising More Wonderful than Alladin's lamp is the Sun-Kraft Ultraviolet Ray Lamp." For Rs. 370 (that must have been a fortune back then) available at Connaught place, New Delhi. From Filmindia, June 1947  -0- 'The Oriental Watchman and Herald of Health: A Magazine for Health Home and Happiness' September 1952. Came across it in  Adventist Archives . -0-

Laughing Queen Victoria

Used this image for a blog post about how my ancestors probably worshiped the Queen . Found this rare image of Queen Victoria laughing in The People's Almanac presents The Book of Lists (Bantam Edition, 1978) by David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace.

Bollywood Converses with Gods or that one essential Showdown with God

video link From Nastik (1983), the Boy - Raju Shrestha, who grew up to be Amitabh Bachchan in almost every second film . The Mother - Nirupa Roy in a rare 'Showdown with God' scene from Badle Ki Aag (1982). The scene may well be cut from CDs and DVDs, couldn't find it in the versions available online, but found it thanks to Zee Cinema's obsession with showing some real Bollywood first thing in the morning. The Man - Amitabh Bachchan in the famous ' Aaj khush toh bahut hoge tum ' scene from Deewar (1975).

G Nirma Shilpa Chutki

Shilpa Bindi Woman + Nirma Girl + Parle G girl + Chutki woman =

Stealing Cable, the archaic ways

There are very few things which I can claim to have mastered through experience and rightful application of intellect. Ability to fly Kites tops the list but stealing cable is a specialty. Back in the late 1980s someone with a VCR and a color TV got tired of charging people for watching films in his establishment. The business model was too ineffective. There had to be a better way. The way was cable. A single cable fixed to the VCR was laid out, branched, which basically meant cut up at places and joined back by faithful plastic tapes, cables tied to electric poles and to telephone pole, where available, stretched across the rooftops, over atop the window panes, and into the television sets of the subscribers. The backbone of cable business had been laid. It's humble origin. The model was flexible. For a monthly fee, watch what you want. In fact it was so flexible that Sharma Ji could pass a few bucks and the VHS of his wedding to the cablewalla and for Prime Time Show your coul

Glo Friends Ad, 1980s

Hit the Indian market just about the time My Little Pony 'n Friends hit the television.

Oye! Bandar!

Splashing and flashing. With the blazing sun on his back, this fellow felt like having a little bath. The reason why some genius came up with the idea of 'bandar proof' water tanks and one of the reasons why people put bricks on the lid of their tanks. -0- Gurgaon May 2010

Some more Aahsome news

A couple of days back got an email from someone named Arun J . Told me he runs a quarterly PDF magazine called Aahsome (do check it out, really awesome! And it's all under Creative Commons license ) and that for their latest issue themed on 'food' the magazine had sourced vintage ads from my blog . It's really nicely done. You can download the issue Here Aahsome.

A Vintage Saree Story

A couple of months back I got an email from someone named Roopa Pemmaraju. She liked my Vintage collection . Told me she's a designer from Bangalore ( her website ) and was planning a vintage collection for her next season. Told me she could use some help with ideas and images. She was looking for 60's -70's style actress, images, styles, prints. I told her she was free to use stuff from my blog and directed she to some links. Sometime back she sent me the wonderful images from her Calantha Wardrobe’s Vintage Sari range (FB page link) Sample this. Her collection - modern, yet vintage. And this: from The Reader's Digest, March 1972 ( the post )

Tum se kahoon ek baat paron se halki

Rehana Sultan in song ' Tum se kahoon ek baat paron se halki ' from Rajinder Singh Bedi's Dastak (1970).