Soumyadip Choudhury

  • Pran Kumar Sharma (19382014): The unofficial Google doodle 06-08-2014 03:53 PM

    Chacha Chaudhury, the man with a mind faster than a computer. I sometimes wondered which computer? One from 1971 when Pran Kumar Sharma's most famous creation was first published (the $750 8-bit Kenbak-1 from 1971 had a mere 256 bytes of memory)? Or did Chacha Chaudhary's brain continuously upgrade in...
  • 'PK' poster: All that you need to know about the National Panasonic twoinone covering Aamir Khan's privates 01-08-2014 01:52 PM

    New Delhi: Aamir Khan standing bare bodied on a railway track with a Dr-Spock-like expression on his face. Between us and his nakedness is what we used to refer to as a two-in-one, some variant of which some of us would recall possessing in the distant past. While the Indian...
  • Tatkal tickets on shorter train routes have become exorbitant. Here's why 18-07-2014 09:16 AM

    New Delhi: Indian Railways does not want passengers to Tatkal travel over short distances. Railways has therefore altered its definition of short-distance travel to charge an even higher premium from passengers. Many were in for a shock when trying to book Tatkal tickets for train journeys shorter than 500 kilometres...
  • Road accident map of India 06-06-2014 04:34 PM

    Union Minister Gopinath Munde's death in a road accident in New Delhi has brought the focus back on road safety in India. 138,258 lives were lost in 2012, a year which witnessed almost half a million road accidents, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.This data, seen in...
  • Road accident map of India: Deaths and accidents per lakh population 04-06-2014 05:30 PM

    Union Minister Gopinath Munde's death in a road accident in New Delhi has brought the focus back on road safety in India. 138,258 lives were lost in 2012, a year which witnessed almost half a million road accidents, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.This data, seen in...
  • Animated timeline: Creation of new Indian states from 1951 to Telangana 02-06-2014 09:16 AM

    On June 2, 2014, with the formation of the state of Telangana, India now has 29 states and 7 union territories. India's political map appears to be in a constant state of flux over the last seven decades. It isn't only that the state boundaries have been redrawn over and...
  • Twitter's new redesigned profile review: Bigger but not necessarily better 23-04-2014 11:42 AM

    Now that Twitter is letting all its users get a feel of its new profile design overhaul, here is an updated version of the review that was first posted two months ago, when Twitter let only a few users test the new super-sized Twitter profile. In the initial review, I...
  • Rufous Hummingbird, veiled chameleon, dung beetle, Japanese macaque, moon jellyfish, puffer fish in 6-in-1 Earth Day Google doodle 22-04-2014 10:05 AM

    New Delhi: To commemorate Earth Day 2014 Google has posted a 6-in-1 animated doodle on its home page with six representatives from the animal kingdom - Rufous Hummingbird, veiled chameleon, dung beetle, Japanese macaque, moon jellyfish and puffer fish. Google has been celebrating Earth Day through its popular doodles for...
  • Twitter@8: 8 years since the first tweet; 8 first-of-its-kind tweets 21-03-2014 08:37 AM

    New Delhi: On this day eight years ago (March 21, 2006), Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, posted the first ever tweet. "just setting up my twttr," read the tweet from @jack. At only 24 characters, the first tweet was way within Twitter's 140 character limit. The reason Jack Dorsey mentions...
  • Khushwant Singh (1915-2014): 'The Sardar in the lightbulb' switches off 20-03-2014 03:26 PM

    One of India's most renowed authors, columnists and journalists Khushwant Singh died in his Sujan Singh Park home in New Delhi on March 20, 2014. He was 99. The 'Sardar in the lightbulb' logo for Khushwant Singh's widely-read column 'With Malice Towards One and All' was designed by one of...
  • From 1951 to Telangana: 63 years of reorganisation of Indian states in 38 seconds 21-02-2014 05:53 PM

    A look at the political map of India over the last six decades years would give an appearance of it being in a constant state of flux. It isn't only that the state boundaries have been redrawn over and over again but India's international borders have also extended (Goa, Sikkim,...
  • Review: Twitter's new profile redesign is bloated but rich in information 17-02-2014 07:57 PM

    New Delhi: A few days ago Mashable assistant features editor Matt Petronzio spotted a major overhaul of his Twitter profile page and this morning it was my turn to be surprised with a super-sized Twitter profile. I would have thought it to be some CSS error, if I wasn't already...
  • Shifu todo app review: Holds promise, but still a work in progress 17-11-2013 07:42 AM

    Too little time and too much to do. For many, like me, who do not have much faith on their own memory to remind them about when to perform certain tasks, appear to be forever on the losing side in this battle against time. But no longer. We now have...
  • Watch: Google pitches emotion in separatedbyPartitionunitedbyGoogle ad 14-11-2013 07:47 AM

    New Delhi: At a time when to many of its users Google has long shed its "Don't be evil" image of its startup days and is resembling the evil corporate behemoths that it once appeared to stand against, Google is subtly attempting an image makeover by highlighting the good that...
  • 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' review: An 80 kmph ride through Shillong 21-10-2013 06:32 PM

    The barrel of a pistol stares at you and a girl with unkempt hair and piercing eyes has her fingers on the trigger. The cover of Ankush Saikia's 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' sets the mood for what is to follow. A novel set in Shillong. And comparisons with Anjum...
  • How Twitter's new blue-line conversations feature is a workaround for the 140-character limit 30-08-2013 10:51 AM

    New Delhi: 140-characters - the biggest limitation on Twitter is also its greatest advantage. To say more within that restriction some users get clever with words, others use SMS lingo or third-party services such as TwitLonger. But all this could soon end as more and more users discover an innovative...
  • Inflation-adjusted 3 Idiots beats Sholay, Mughal-e-Azam, Chennai Express as Bollywood's biggest blockbuster ever 27-08-2013 06:56 PM

    One of the many ever-raging debates in Bollywood is about which is the biggest blockbuster ever? Recent reports say it is the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chennai Express, but old-timers insist that they haven't seen anything that mesmerised the nation since K Asif's Mughal-e-Azam. Many like me, for so long...
  • Why 'Madras Cafe' is a genuinely 'hatke' Bollywood film 26-08-2013 08:18 AM

    New Delhi: The proud proclamations of the moviemen (and women) of their upcoming film being different has become so stale a joke that the same filmwallahs, notwithstanding their undying love for the banal, have drastically reduced their usage of the word 'hatke'. Interestingly, more 'hatke' movies are being made now...
  • Intex Aqua I-5 review: Where celebrity is the USP 23-08-2013 07:47 AM

    It is getting very crowded in the Rs 10-15K Android smartphone segment in India. Having seen so many such phones from Indian brands over the last few months, a feeling of numbness has set in. The latest phone from this category that I have been using for quite some time...
  • No sister of my own but lots of Rakshabandhan tales to tell

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    Not having a sister of my own had its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage being oh-poor-sisterless-me getting scores of invitations on Bhai Phota (Bhaiya Dhuj)...

  • Changing states: An animated political map of the Republic of India 31-07-2013 06:38 PM

    A look at the political map of India over the last 65 years would give an appearance of it being in a constant state of flux. It isn't only that the state boundaries have been redrawn over and over again but India's international borders have also extended by a bit...
  • VLC for iOS returns, version 2.0 now available on Apple's App Store 19-07-2013 06:34 AM

    New Delhi: After two-and-a-half years the VLC app for iOS devices has made a comeback to the Apple App Store. The open-source universal media player app was taken off after only a couple of months on the Apple App Store in January 2011 because of licensing issues. The GNU General...
  • After '60,000 views in 20 hours' narendramodiplans.com taken down 17-07-2013 12:29 PM

    Update 2: Rahul Roushan, editor Faking News, explains why he thinks narendramodiplans.com's motives seem suspect. Update: The narendramodiplans.com domain name now leads to a 404 GitHub page. In an email response to IBNLive, the creator of the website declined to elaborate upon the reasons behind taking down the site and...
  • Click me if you can: Narendra Modi plans vs Rahul Gandhi achievements 16-07-2013 03:16 PM

    New Delhi: 2014 is looming and the best of the BJP versus Congress battles are not happening in public rallies or inside television studios but out there in the wild and whacky world of the World Wide Web. While the website rahulgandhiachievements.com has been around for many years now, its...
  • Review: Dialup was better than the free WiFi on Indian Railways 29-06-2013 11:32 AM

    Aboard Kolkata Rajdhani: I am writing this lying on my berth on the New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express and even though Indian Railways claims that it offers free WiFi on this train, my phone (on which I am typing this) is connected via 3G/Edge. This in itself indication enough what my...
  • Verified! #Copycat Facebook 'follows' @twitter 13-06-2013 04:54 PM

    New Delhi: Facebook isn't an epitome of originality. Even its origin is mired in controversy. Facebook might be the world's largest social networking service, but it can't pause on innovation in the want to keep its billion plus users hooked. Innovation isn't easy but it is, of course, easier to...
  • LG Google Nexus 4 review: All value, no frill 03-06-2013 01:36 PM

    New Delhi: The first Apple iPhone was available more than a year before the first Android phone made its appearance. While the iPhone changed the definition of and expectations from what consumers identify as a smartphone, it is Android that democratised this new smartphone experience, more so in emerging economies...
  • CSK deletes all mentions of Gurunath Meiyappan from its website 24-05-2013 07:17 PM

    New Delhi: In tune with India Cements, the owner of the Chennai Super Kings, distancing itself from Gurunath Meiyappan, the Chennai Super Kings' official website seems to have scrubbed all references to the BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law. The India Cements statement said Gurunath Meiyappan "is neither the Owner, nor...
  • 100 years of Indian cinema: Top 50 handpainted Bollywood posters 03-05-2013 06:25 AM

    A hundred years ago when Dhundiraj Govind Phalke organised the first public screening of his film Raja Harishchandra, the publicity posters didn't have any images on them, but that changed soon after. A film's publicity poster also became an extension of the creativity expressed on celluloid and able artists highlighted...
  • 100 years of Indian cinema: Watch 'Raja Harishchandra' (1913) 03-05-2013 06:20 AM

    In India, cinema isn't just a passion. It is an obsession. We have perhaps inherited this acute addiction from the man who started it all, 99 years ago - the Father of Indian Cinema Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (1870-1944). Dadasaheb Phalke as we better know him as, held the first show...