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May 22 6 tweets 2 min read
On December 13, 2001, a white Ambassador with a 'lal batti' and permission stickers passed through the gates of the Indian Parliament.

One person found that suspicious: Kamlesh Kumari. We should be thankful to her for that.

A thread 🧵 (1/6) Image The car, instead of slowing down or maintaining speed, suddenly accelerated.

Equipped with only a constable's baton and a walkie-talkie, Kamlesh Kumari began following the car. She soon spotted five men, all heavily armed, heading towards the building. (2/6)
May 21 14 tweets 7 min read
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If you know your Hindi films, the above is the number of Star fisheries... Or is it Star Garage?

A thread on the madcap Hindi film 'Hera Pheri'. Image Hera Pheri is a remake of a Malayalam film ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’, which itself is inspired by “See the Man Run” a 1971 film that revolved around a wrong number, ransom call and a struggling actor.
May 14 14 tweets 4 min read
This ad is considered among the greatest Indian ads of all time.

But the ad was a result of a panic phone call, a Diwali vacation interrupted and a music director who had a flight to catch to Kolkata.

Read on. 👇 Back in 1994, Ogilvy were on the verge of crisis. Cadburys were looking for a new direction.

They were being perceived as a children's product which wasn't appealing to adults.

The creative genius Piyush Pandey was on Diwali vacation in USA when his boss called him. Image
May 7 9 tweets 3 min read
A trip from Mysore to Bangalore is simply incomplete without indulging in the mouthwatering Maddur Vada in Maddur.

In 1938, the town of Shivapura in Maddur proudly hoisted the Indian national flag, leaving an indelible mark on India's freedom struggle!

A thread🧵 Image In 1938, The Indian National Congress held its session in Haripura village in Surat, Gujarat.

The session was presided by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. At a time when hoisting the national flag was banned by the British, the Indian flag was hoisted at the Haripura session! Image
May 5 19 tweets 8 min read
Arun Shourie once called the BJP government policies Congress plus Cow. During the first ever election in 1952, Congress had a pair of bullocks as its election symbol.

It is because of this lady from Tamil Nadu that the Congress Party has the hand as a symbol. 🧵 Image The very first elections took place in 1952. Given that the large portion of the population were illiterate, Sukumar Sen, India's first chief election commissioner decided on symbols to identify each party.

The congress party chose a pair of bullocks as its symbol. Image
May 2 10 tweets 5 min read
Jamnagar these days is famous for being the epicenter of Reliance industries and for welcoming the who's who of the world for a pre-wedding.

But in 1942, it played a significant role in saving over 1000 Polish children from certain death in WW2.

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In 1939, Nazi Germany attacked Poland which started World War 2. Some Poles tried to escape the wrath of the Germans by moving into Soviet territory.

The Soviet authorities forced hundreds of thousands of Poles to migrate deeper into Soviet territory, including Siberia. Image
May 1 20 tweets 10 min read
"Except for cricketers, poets, and singers, others found it relatively hard to come to India."

This was director John Mathew Matthan's rationale for portraying a ghazal singer as the villain!

25 years ago, crime drama changed forever with the release of Sarfarosh!

A Thread 🧵 Image John Matthew Matthan was an ad-film director, and "Sarfarosh" was his debut. But, he was an assistant to Govind Nihalani in Nihalani's first film "Aakrosh" and in "Gandhi," where Nihalani was the cinematographer!

He met Naseeruddin Shah on the sets of Aakrosh! Image
Apr 30 10 tweets 4 min read
Hindi film fandom is divided into two types: those who love Andaz Apna Apna and those who just don't get the love that this film garners.

A thread (🧵) on the iconic film that is often incorrectly thought of as Shashi Tharoor's cinema debut!Image Andaz Apna Apna's success is often attributed to its video release and repeat telecasts on TV (Zee Cinema, who remembers!).

@diptakirti notes that while the movie did have a good opening, it did not deliver what is typically expected of a multi-starrer. Image
Apr 27 21 tweets 7 min read
India's greatest cartoonist RK Laxman had a lot to say about Indian elections and politics.

A thread! 🧵

Rising gas cylinder prices:

"I gathered them from the street! The way they are increasing its price we can't afford gas any more." Image Hope:

"He wants a hope-oriented speech for 15th August, boosting people's morale, praising our achievements and progress." Image
Apr 13 28 tweets 11 min read
Babasaheb Ambedkar is one of the greatest thinkers ever!

The architect of the Indian Constitution was undeniably a GENIUS!

A thread 🧵celebrating this icon who said "Cultivation of the mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence" Image As a member in the viceroy’s council from 1942 to 1946, Dr Ambedkar was instrumental in bringing about several labour reforms.

He changed working hours from 12 to 8 in 1942.

He also introduced DA, medical leaves & periodic revision of pay.

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Apr 12 10 tweets 4 min read
Anil Kumble is one of India's greatest match winners. Today we talk about a a little known story of how a very much vegetarian Kumble ate 2 bears 🐻🐻

Setting the stage - 1995, hot and dry summer in the county championships in England. Kumble is playing for Northamptonshire. A Thread🧵Image They were second in the table going to take on the first placed team Warwickshire. Warwickshire, though without Brian Lara, were defending champions and were leading the table at that time.

Few years later, Kumble would dismiss Lara looking like this. Image
Apr 11 17 tweets 7 min read
Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) was incorporated in 1953 by the Government of India as a machine tool manufacturing company.

A watch division came up in Bengaluru in 1961. A guest thread 🧵about HMT by @nandyellidli Image If you suffer from #CollectibleLust, the first HMT hand-wound mechanical watch is likely the most coveted treasure among mechanical watch collectors.

Believe me, India boasts a thriving community of enthusiasts! Image
Apr 6 12 tweets 6 min read
Krishna Kumar was a huge fan of Sunil Gavaskar. When his son was born in 1985, this Dinesh Suitings ad was doing the rounds.

He decided to name his son Dinesh as a way to honour Sunil Gavaskar. Dinesh Karthik represented India over 170 times.

A thread about cricketers named after other cricketers. 👇 Sunil Gavaskar is adored all over Trinidad. When Shadeed had his first daughter, he wanted to name her Sunili. But his wife Christina put her foot down against it - they eventually named her Arima.

But when they had a son - there was no option. He was named Sunil. Sunil Narine has won 2 IPL's for KKR and a T20 world cup for West Indies.Image
Mar 19 15 tweets 7 min read
Temple rituals have fascinating origins!

Here is the story of how the 1982 Asian Games started a temple ritual that continues to this day.

A thread 🧵 Image Here's some context: Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, hosts the vibrant Thrissur Pooram festival annually at the Vadakkunathan Temple.

It takes place when the moon aligns with the Pooram star in the Malayalam month of Medam, typically around May.
Mar 18 17 tweets 7 min read
India is a chess SUPERPOWER today! 🇮🇳

But did you know, our journey probably began with a carpenter from Bhopal who taught himself the game by observing others play at a tea stall?

A thread 🧵 about the forgotten genius, Rafiq Khan -- silver medalist @ the 1980 Chess Olympiad! Image In 1927, the inaugural Chess Olympiad took place in London, with Hungary emerging victorious.

While the Olympiad aims to recognize the top chess-playing nation, individuals are highlighted with a set of gold, silver and bronze medals! Image
Mar 17 16 tweets 6 min read
He answered over 40,000 questions in his career! With this, he left behind a legacy of shattering taboos and offered practical education that our schools have long forgotten

A thread (🧵) on Dr. Mahinder Watsa, the genius behind the newspaper column "Ask the Sexpert". Image Dr. Mahinder Watsa the man behind the newspaper column "Ask the Sexpert" was known as Minny among his friends.

Dr. Watsa ran a sexology clinic and was a "Sexpert", his friends fondly called him "Sexy Watsa"! Image
Mar 16 12 tweets 5 min read
The Miss World pageant was held at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai recently.

In 1996, it was Bangalore that hosted Miss World!

The protests leading up to the event were so intense that the swimwear segment of the competition was relocated to Seychelles.

A thread 🧵 Image Amitabh Bachchan, then donning the corporate hat as chairman of ABCL, secured the rights to host the Miss World pageant in Bangalore.

The event was marred by demonstrations & threats of self-immolation. Protesters contended that the contest threatened India’s cultural heritage Image
Mar 13 30 tweets 12 min read
Are you tired of all the over-the-top action movies? Well, back in early 1994, the Indian audience felt the same way. But then, things changed, and HOW!

"Hum Aapke Hain Koun" turns 30 this year!

This remake, yes, a remake, changed Indian cinema forever! A thread🧵 Image When @rajshri adapted Keshab Prasad Mishra's Hindi novel "Kohbar ki Shart" into a film, they made a small change: they altered the novel's ending.

This adaptation became "Nadiya Ke Paar," which was released on Jan 1, 1982.
Mar 8 25 tweets 11 min read
Happy Women's Day!

We asked ChatGPT to create Women's Day posters inspired by leading Indian and global artists.

The results are fascinating! A thread🧵

#WomensDay poster in the style of Belur & Halebidu (Hoysala Empire style) Image We asked ChatGPT to create Women's Day posters inspired by leading Indian and global artists.

The results are fascinating!

#WomensDay poster in the style of Amrita Sher-Gil Image
Mar 7 28 tweets 12 min read
Are you surrounded by constant negativity or irrational exuberance?

Do you crave some lighthearted comedy that could potentially bring some light and positivity back into our lives? We've got your covered!

A thread (🧵) on one of India's finest comedies, Gol Maal! Image Actor Bindiya Goswami felt perfectly at ease during the filming of the movie. Not only did she share the screen with a stellar cast, but the movie was also shot at director Hrishikesh Mukherjee's home, fittingly named "Bindiya!"
Mar 4 23 tweets 11 min read
Until the 1997 Cricket World Cup hosted by India, countries like England, Australia, & New Zealand used to play in culottes or skirts!!

A Thread 🧵on the 1997 Hero Honda Cricket World Cup!

To take the story back a little, women’s world cups prior to 2005 were organized by International Women’s Cricket Council.

They merged with ICC in 2005. The world cup in 1997 was awarded to India and to be organized by Women’s Cricket Association of India. Image