Ministry of health

Ranbir Kapoor in a still from ‘Barfi’. In the film, for example, while the warning appeared every time Kapoor lit a bidi, when an elderly gentleman smokes a pipe, there are no dire threats on the screen. Our keen well-wishers don’t know that a pipe is also a smoking instrument! Or is this some class thing, awe at the implied aristocracy of the pipe?<br /> (Ranbir Kapoor in a still from ‘Barfi’. In the film, for example, while the warning appeared every time Kapoor lit a bidi, when an elderly gentleman smokes a pipe, there are no dire threats on the screen. Our keen well-wishers don’t know that a pipe is also a smoking instrument! Or is this some class thing, awe at the implied aristocracy of the pipe?)

The cigarette chronicle

5 min read . 14 Feb 2013
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