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About Soumyadip

Soumyadip Choudhury aka Somu aka Chaiwallah is an internet addict. His wife and family suspect that he is secretly married to his laptop. The electric shock that he got while trying to fix a neighbour's TV set as a kid, perhaps ignited his interest in everything tech. A do-it-yourself guy, he doesn't believe in hiring electricians, plumbers or carpenters. But often ends paying the professionals more to fix his botched jobs. Somu secretly wishes he knew how to code and also grumbles a lot.

Cutting the Chai Effect: Guruji Sheds Copyrighted Material

Don’t mind the title of the post. I couldn’t help it. Afterall while T-Series’ army of lawyers couldn’t yet stop Guruji.com from indexing ‘pirated’ content, the previous post on Cutting the Chai seems to have got the website to remove … Continue reading

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On Guruji and Piracy

While one Guruji (Shibu Soren) has been upto his usual ways in the political arena, another Guruji, of the online sort, has entangled itself in the web of piracy allegations. According to media reports Anurag Dod, the CEO and founder … Continue reading

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Mouse left click not working? A quick fix solution

Before you proceed further reading this post, please note that this is just a quick fix solution, a jugaad, that will help you tide over a current crisis and shouldn’t be treated as a long term permanent solution. The trigger … Continue reading

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When the Indian Air Force bombed Aizawl

In the aftermath of the massacre of 76 security personnel by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh, a debate is on regarding the use of air power against the leftist militants. While the government might still be contemplating about initiating such action, … Continue reading

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Toffees for change? Take this sandal instead

My wife, Varsha, gets peeved whenever the attendant at the cash counter offers toffees instead of change. She refuses to accept the toffee-currency and has even offered to pay them back in toffees. But Nana Patekar in the forthcoming release … Continue reading

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Google Chrome’s IPL / Twenty20 Cricket Ad

With the IPL broadcasting (deferred) live on YouTube, the Twenty20 bug also seem to have bitten Google Chrome. Came across this online ad for Google Chrome: Fast cricketin a fast browser.Get Chromeby Google

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Why I hate the new Tata Sky Plus (Elevator) Ad

I stay on the 12th floor of a 14-storey apartment building. This morning I had to rush to work and was waiting for the elevator and it stopped at every floor before it could reach mine. No, as in the … Continue reading

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The Chaiwallah’s got a Chaiwali

It has been the longest pause on Cutting the Chai since I first began blogging almost five years back. In fact if you look at the archives, February 2010 will be the only month that has gone postless since May … Continue reading

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Cutting the Chai Calendar 2010

It’s that time of the year again. The beginning. And there are a lot of dates that we’d come across as we proceed further. To make your year a little simpler, quite like the previous three, here’s Cutting the Chai … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry Your Holidays are Safe. Ignore that SMS

Multiple instances of this SMS landed in my mobile’s inbox: Sare papo ka saja agle saal milegiholidays in 201026jan-sun16mar-sun/holi1may-sun15aug-sun2oct-sun17octsun/dussera5nov-sun/diwali25dec-sunday And in our holiday-obsessed nation it is spreading like wildfire. But the fact is that most of the date-day combinations do … Continue reading

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