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Nimish Dubey

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Nimish is a freelance writer based in New Delhi. He writes about technology, books, sports and everything else

Ten things you might not know about Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Kundan Shah directorial Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta, was released on August 12, 1983.

The hug that started the Liverpool revolution
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

As Lallana walked off the pitch, Jurgen Klopp walked towards him and as the world watched in astonishment, enveloped him in a massive embrace. An embrace into which the exhausted Englishman collapsed - the first sign he had shown of exhaustion. It was like a father hugging a child who had done well.

Sunil Gavaskar birthday special: Sunny Days and not just in cricket!
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

The man went beyond cricket: Even as people pay tribute to his feats at the crease and recall his records on his birthday, here's a look at some other hats that this incredibly versatile cricketer wore (he never wore a helmet, so hats it would be)...

Basu Chatterjee, the man who delivered real life on screen with a smile
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

Basu Chatterjee's gift was making people realise that you did not need something fantastic to be happy. Your routine everyday life had its share of smiles too, and something extraordinary did not need to happen to make you smile.

Go ahead, make my (birth)day: 10 memorable lines from Clint Eastwood
Sun, May 31, 2020

So, as Clint Eastwood turns 90, we pay tribute to the Man With No Name who could be a Dirty Harry for a Few Dollars More but was never Unforgiven by his fans, because he was never shy of being In the Line of Fire, even if he was a Million Dollar Baby driving a Gran Torino, by compiling ten of the best known dialogues.

Suits of Sickness: How pandemics afflicted fashion over the centuries
Mon, May 18, 2020

As the world struggles to cope with Covid-19, masks have been added to most wardrobes. For centuries now, people have tweaked wardrobes to cope with illness and infections, from headdress to hems to shoes.

Agueroooooo – The goal that changed football
Thu, May 14, 2020

It did not involve any especially breathtaking piece of skill. But in terms of sheer impact and drama, Sergio Aguero's goal vs QPR in the 2012 season has perhaps no equal in football history.

Viral vessels: Five ships that carried disease
Mon, May 11, 2020

There was a time when the arrival of a ship from parts of the world infected with disease was treated as being on par with the arrival of an invading army at the gates.

Why Elon Musk Has a 2000 Video Game as his DP
Fri, May 01, 2020

Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, is a big fan of the original 'Deus Ex' game.

‘Main drop karwa doon?’ – Irrfan Khan, the actor everyone seemed to know
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Irrfan Khan made you feel like a better person. Because, somehow, he seemed just like you - Human. And as we realised today, all too mortal.

Missing football? Read these seven books during coronavirus lockdown
Mon, Apr 27, 2020

From Jonathan Wilson's historical book about football in Argentina to Sid Lowe's book about the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid, here are some football books to read during lockdown.

Lockdown reading: 5 long reads that will last you 10 days…and more
Sun, Apr 05, 2020

If you are wondering what to read, here are five books that will last long enough to get you to the end of the current lockdown.

5 long reads for the lockdown
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

These five books are rich not just in page count but also in terms of compelling content. Go ahead and lose yourself in them, even as we wait for the world to come back to normal.

Ram Ram, India: The return of Ramayana, the return of the 1980s Sundays
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Ramanand Sagar’s epic will be back on Doordarshan from March 28 onwards. This time we will get to see it in the morning as well as evening (9-10 am and 9-10 pm).

Notes of Bond: Billie Eilish’s No Time to Die and 10 other memorable James Bond songs
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Even as Billie Eilish's James Bond theme song "No Time to Die" is garnering great reviews, we take a look at ten fantastic songs sung for and inspired by secret agent 007.

Billie Eilish: Ten things you might not know about the new Bond singer
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

American singer Billie Eilish is indeed making headlines these days. And as she gets ready to sing for James Bond, here are ten facts you might not know about pop’s latest sensation.

How Lalitaji got Surf riding the washing powder waves
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

In its advertising charge against Nirma, Surf came up with a character no one would ever forget: Lalitaji. A housewife who would bargain for everything, but not on the price of Surf.

Indian Ad-age: How a jingle made Nirma sabki pasand!
Sun, May 31, 2020

In the 1970s, the Indian washing powder market was dominated by Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) and its Surf was pretty much THE detergent powder to use. That changed with the emergence of a washing power called Nirma.

Asterix and the Chieftain’s Daughter: New team, old magic, the hero of Gaul is back, by Toutatis!
Thu, Nov 21, 2019

The comic revolves around the discovery of the daughter of the Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix who Caesar defeated at Alesia.

Indian Ad-Age: How Lijjat Ad-ed value to the perfect Indian snack
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

You want to advertise the most Indian snack. Something that no one imagined could be a branded product, let alone advertised. You are literally on a shoestring budget, ruling out celebrities and fancy sets. So what do you do?

Indian Ad-Age: How Aamir Khan went through hell to get a Pepsi
Sun, Oct 06, 2019

Pepsi came up with the line “Yehi hai right choice, baby, Aha!” and in its initial campaign (directed by Mukul Anand) featured Indian pop star Remo Fernandes and film star Juhi Chawla. Although the jingle caught on, the drink itself was not really striking the sort of chord that the brand wanted. It would do so, with a little help from a current and two future Bollywood stars at the time.

Indian Ad-Age: How Cadbury ‘adulted’ chocolate
Sun, Sep 29, 2019

Through “Asli swaad zindagi ka”, Cadbury changed the perception that chocolates were for only children. The ad did not highlight or make the product the hero - it barely had a few glimpses of the chocolate itself. What it however focused was on humans and how they were feeling, right through the ad.

Indian Ad-Age: How Hamara Bajaj felt the heartbeat of a nation
Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Bajaj’s response to challenges from mainly motorbike-pushing brands like Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki in late 1980s was an ad campaign, called "Hamara Bajaj", that set a new benchmark for Indian advertising - not just motor vehicle advertising, but advertising in general.

Indian Ad-Age: How Cherry Charlie made Cherry Blossom Shine
Sat, Sep 14, 2019

How successful the Cherry Chaplin ads were can be gauged from the fact that they went on for quite a while, a rarity in an industry where change is almost constant.

How ‘Mummy, I am Hungry’ made Maggi a household name in India
Sun, Sep 08, 2019

Although simple, the “Mummy, I am hungry” ad had so many nuanced messages right under that surface. No one found it spectacularly entertaining, but it got the message across - moms trust Maggi for their kids. So it had to be good!

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