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Follies of the Madmen #234


Message: it helps to be crazy if you want to drink Gold Spot.

More info here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 10, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, India

Ayurvedic Remedies

Imagine what you'd smell like if you applied all three of these topical treatments at once! Probably pretty pungent. Not offensive exactly. But hungry street people with a hankering for curry would be following you and licking their lips. You might just as well roll around in your vegetable crisper and spice cabinet.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 02, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Body, Food, Medicine, New Age, India


Certainly this song from the hit film THUPPAKKI stands a chance at becoming the next "Gangnam Style" craze!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 28, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Dance, India


New sports are always being invented. But will they become universal? I am in doubt about Kabbadi. Although, as this BBC article tells us, there's a UK women's team. What do you think? USA Kabbadi leagues with primetime ESPN coverage?

I am a little unclear how any ref could enforce this rule during the melee: "Then the raider tries to return to his own half, holding his breath and chanting the word "Kabaddi" during the whole raid."

I think the announcers though will rival the Latino ones who shout "GOOOOAAAL!" in soccer matches.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 22, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Sports, Asia, Europe, India

Prince Ranjit, King of Curry


Even in this current age of celebrity chefs, no one has thought to impersonate a foreign Rajah in order to attract publicity for his restaurant, like "Prince Ranjit" did a century ago.

Full story here.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 07, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Food, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Restaurants, 1900's, India

Indian Disco Dancer

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 20, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Dance, Parody, India

Tinkle Comic


A most unfortunate choice of names for this Hindu comic.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 17, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Comics, India, Mistranslations

Follies of the Mad Men #99

Apparently, this behavior is endearing in India.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 19, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, India


Two nights ago I watched the Bollywood spectacular titled NAVRANG. It's full of absolutely insanely over-the-top song-and-dance numbers, of which the following will serve as example.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 29, 2008 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Foreign Customs, 1950's, Dance, India

Tiger Trouble

So far as I can tell, the tiger stalking Galveston is still on the loose. But the Galvestonians could have it much worse. Consider the plight of the citizens of the Sundarbans in India.

I first learned of the reign of man-eating tigers here ten years ago, watching this series of PBS's NATURE show. One episode revealed how the natives had to wear human face masks on the backs of their heads to avoid tigers pouncing on them and eating them. (It was not a totally successful tactic.) I believe this bit later showed up in the wonderful Calvin and Hobbes strip, with Calvin trying the same tactic to avoid Hobbes's attacks.

Well, the tigers of Sundarbans continue to feast on human flesh, as we learn in this new report. Read, and be happy no tigers roam your city's streets.

This photographer, who goes by the handle of Jimbojack, has some wonderful photos of the region for you to look at.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 21, 2008 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Death, Regionalism, Television, India
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