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Election Special Part 3

15:59 | Jun 7th

The concluding part of our three-part special on the Indian election.s
Election Special Part 2

26:43 | Jun 1st

Part 2 of our discussion on the recently-concluded Indian elections
Election 2019 Special: Part 1

17:31 | May 28th

The first of a 3-part series on the 2019 election results.
Episode 123: Exit poll numbers. True or crazy?

12:41 | May 23rd

Exit polls give the BJP and allies 300 plus seats. Craziness or accuracy? We discuss politics, polls, and predictions.
Episode 122: Indian Politicians' Favorite Fruits

17:07 | May 11th

Modi's fruit is the mango. What fruits go with other Indian politicians?
Episode 121: India's Notre Dame?

15:58 | May 3rd

What is India's equivalent of the Notre Dame cathedral? We discuss.
Episode 120: Religion, Politics, and Sadhvi Pragya

16:20 | Apr 21st

The BJP gives an election ticket to Sadhiv Pragya, accused of terrorism and currently under trial. We discuss
Episode 119: Indian Weddings, Indian Dances, and Indian Uncles

15:43 | Apr 19th

Indian uncles love doing snake dances at Indian weddings. We explore
Episode 118: The Phenomenon of Indian Elections

13:16 | Apr 17th

We discuss the scale, scope, size, and good, bad, and ugly about Indian elections
Episode 117: The IPL Phenomenon

15:20 | Apr 13th

We discuss the good, bad, and, ugly of the IPL phenomenon
Episode 116: Jet Airways Bailout

13:13 | Apr 5th

Jet Airways is grounded financially. Is a bailout justified?
Episode 115: Indian Local Philosophers (mildly NSFW)

16:25 | Mar 21st

We discuss the Indian habit of giving gyaan or expertise, and reminisce about some legendary local philosophers
Episode 114: Sandal Scandal

10:12 | Mar 11th

BJP MP and MLA thrash each other with sandals. We investigate why
Episode 113: Class vs Crass: Abhinandan vs Rambo Aunties

28:52 | Mar 3rd

We discuss the contrast between Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's dignity in the face of adversity and the repellent jingoism of the Indian government, media, and public seeking to capitalize on his experiences.
Episode 112: India's Semi-efficient Semi-fast Train

14:58 | Feb 24th

India's much touted indigenous fast train fails on its second day. What does this incompetence reflect?
Episode 110: India's Messed Up Mainstream Media

15:28 | Feb 22nd

We discuss the ethnocentric bias of Indian media and its debased culture of rage and rants
Episode 111: The Pulawama Terrorist Attack

14:08 | Feb 18th

We discuss some of the key issues raised by the Pulawama terrorist attack in Kashmir which took the lives of 37 Indian security personnel
Episode 109: Mamta Takes On Modi

13:14 | Feb 15th

Mamta gives Modi a taste of his own medicine. We discuss
Episode 108: Priyanka Gets Political

17:45 | Feb 8th

Priyanka Gandhi official joins politics with a Congress position. We discuss the event and its possible impact
Episode 107: Sadhu Babas with Pull

09:07 | Feb 5th

No Kumbh mela is complete, till some sadhu pulls a car with his genitals. We try and figure out why.
Episode 106: Hindu Rightwing Outrage on Twitter

09:36 | Feb 4th

In a richly ironic development, the Hindu Right in India protests against Twitter claiming it shuts down their free speech
Episode 105: Money for Moustaches

10:45 | Jan 31st

UP cops to get a monthly allowance for growing and keeping a robust moustache.
Episode 104: Mayawati's Birthday Cake

09:51 | Jan 26th

Mayawati fans and BSP members relish her 63rd birthday cake. We discuss
Episode 103: Pliable Journalists

14:42 | Jan 13th

Rahul Gandhi describes Indian journalists as pliable, because of the free pass they give Modi. Outrage ensues.
Episode 102: New Year Celebrations and Resolutions

12:28 | Jan 8th

We reflect on New Year celebrations and resolutions, with a dose of realism
Episode 101: Delivery Guy Eats Order

09:56 | Jan 5th

A deliveryman for Zomato is caught on camera eating from customer orders. We discuss
Episode 100: Indian cricket commentators /Harsha Bhogle

37:23 | Jan 2nd

We discuss Indian cricket commentators from Doordarshan legends to the ultra-cheerful Harsha Bhogle
Special Episode: The Art of Festive Branding

18:31 | Dec 25th, 2018

We discuss the art of branding products that draw on traditions, festivals, and social rituals.
Episode 98: Cow Belt Election Shock

11:03 | Dec 17th, 2018

The Congress takes back three states in the BJP's comfort zone. Anti-incumbency, farmer anger, or too much cow too little development? We discuss
Episode 97: The BJP's insane ad spend

13:20 | Dec 16th, 2018

The BJP spends a colossal sum on advertising. Anxiety, good strategy, or just modern politics?
Episode 96: Diasporic Desi Spitting

11:10 | Dec 14th, 2018

Gujarati expatriates in Leicester are fined for spitting paan product. We discuss.
Special Episode: Food in Delhi

12:39 | Dec 4th, 2018

Thoughts on Delhi food, since Bunty travels there this week.
Episode 95: Dog meat contraband

14:17 | Nov 27th, 2018

Dog meat found in train from Rajasthan to Chennai. We discuss.
Episode 94: Indian Honour and Touchiness

16:01 | Nov 23rd, 2018

We discuss the Indian proclivity for demanding symbolic honors and respect, especially among some communities
Episode 93: Of Statues and Men

11:10 | Nov 22nd, 2018

We discuss the giant statue of Sardar Patel built by the Modi government
Episode 92: Kohli's Nationalism: Just Not Cricket

11:36 | Nov 18th, 2018

Virat Kohli says Indians should only appreciate Indian cricketers. We discuss.
Episode 91: Low level politicians and their threats

12:02 | Nov 16th, 2018

We discuss the false bravado and toxic masculinity of low-level politicians in North India
Episode 90: Bunty Sees Tiger

22:46 | Nov 7th, 2018

Bunty sees a tiger in an Indian wildlife reserve, and reflects on all that the experience taught him
Episode 89: Pakodas, taxes, and money in India

10:27 | Oct 26th, 2018

A raid on a pakoda-seller yields Rs 60 lakhs. We discuss wealth, income, and cheating on taxes in India
Episode 88: Indians on Planes

16:00 | Oct 16th, 2018

We discuss weird Indian behavior on planes
Episode 87: Shilpa Shetty and Australian Airplanes

10:57 | Oct 6th, 2018

Shilpa Shetty screams racism when she turns up late for an Australian fiight and can't take a bag on board. Does she have a point or is it desi attention-seeking?
Episode 86: How to become an Indian godman

15:21 | Oct 1st, 2018

How do you become an Indian godman? What would a school for Indian godmen look like? We discuss.
Episode 85: Modi's broom adventure

12:26 | Sep 27th, 2018

Modi struggles to clean a piece of plastic with his broom, while lecturing school kids on the virtues of cleanliness
Episode 84: Indian Education as Children Abuse

11:31 | Sep 19th, 2018

One plank of the Indian philosophy of education has primarily been child abuse. Especially when it comes to religious instruction.
Special Episode: Subcontinental sustainability

12:24 | Sep 16th, 2018

We discuss the subcontinental habit of never throwing away anything, and its good and dark side
Special Episode: Indian Travel Idiosyncrasies

25:08 | Sep 15th, 2018

We discuss Indian travel habits, peculiarities, and idiosyncrasies, like getting to airports super-early. Enjoy!!!
Episode 83: Sport and Politics in India and America

10:50 | Sep 12th, 2018

We discuss the relationship between sport and politics in India and America. Would any Indian sportsperson have taken a stand and risked their career by doing what Colin Kaepernick has done?
Episode 82: SC strikes down 377

09:41 | Sep 8th, 2018

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of India decriminalizes same-sex relationships by striking down a criminal-era law
Episode 81: Dawood's Accountant Arrested

16:29 | Aug 30th, 2018

We may not have Dawood but we got his accountant. What does it mean?
Episode 80: Sidhu Hugs a Pakistani

11:36 | Aug 25th, 2018

Navjot Singh Sidhu hugs the Pakistan army chief. India loses its marbles.
Episode 79: Vajpayee's Legacy

09:56 | Aug 21st, 2018

We discuss former Indian PM AB Vajpayee's complicated legacy
Episode 78: Indian Cricket Commentators

18:00 | Aug 5th, 2018

We discuss the idiosyncrasies of Indian cricket commentators and compare them to commentators from other nations
Episode 77: Air India Business Class Bed Bugs

14:34 | Jul 26th, 2018

A family gets bitten by bed bugs in business class on India's flagship state-owned airline. We discuss.
Episode 76: Asrologer's Day

11:16 | Jul 6th, 2018

An Indian astrologer predicted Argentina would win the World Cup. We discuss the role of astrology in the Indian imagination.
World Cup: Spain-Russia part 4

10:16 | Jul 1st, 2018

Our concluding episode on the Spain-Russia match, wherein we discuss the shock defeat of Spain
World Cup Spain-Russia: Part I

05:49 | Jul 1st, 2018

Part I of our parallel podcast commentary on the Spain-Russia match
Episode 75: Mice and Money

06:46 | Jun 30th, 2018

Rats shred notes in an Assam ATM. We discuss
Episode 74: Nagaland Argentina Fans Union

05:14 | Jun 29th, 2018

The Nagaland Argentina Fans Union has a list of demands from Indian bureaucrats
Episode 73: FIFA Gupshup

12:02 | Jun 27th, 2018

We shoot the breeze about the football World Cup, especially India's unique relationship to it
Episode 72: Swaraj Attack

10:20 | Jun 26th, 2018

We discuss the recent Hindu rightwing troll attack on BJP minister Sushma Swaraj
IPL Special 2018

10:39 | Jun 21st, 2018

The IPL and MS Dhoni phenomenon
Episode 71: Dancing Uncleji

07:51 | Jun 17th, 2018

We discuss the dancing uncleji who broke the internet a while ago
Episode 70: AAP Ka Education

14:37 | Jun 8th, 2018

We discuss AAP's laudable achievements in education
Episode 69: NASA Natak

09:41 | Jun 3rd, 2018

We discuss the ingenious attempt to use a bogus NASA connection as part of a scam
Episode 68: Karnataka Elections

15:53 | May 27th, 2018

We discuss the drama around the 2018 Karnataka elections
Episode 67: Kalki the bureaucrat

11:21 | May 25th, 2018

An Indian govt employee claims he had to miss work since he is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu
Special Issue: A conversation with Snigdha Poonam about her book Dreamers

32:51 | May 21st, 2018

A conversation with Snigdha Poonam about her remarkable new book, Dreamers, on the hopes and challenges of small town India in the age of globalization
Episode 66: Mishraji

16:43 | May 16th, 2018

We discuss the concerns and worries regarding the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, including allegations about his proximity to the BJP
Episode 65: Women Trouble

12:00 | May 11th, 2018

We discuss the epidemic of violence against women in India
Episode 64: Rat Control

08:39 | May 7th, 2018

We explore the relationship between rats, corruption, and overbilling in the Maharashtra government
Episode 63: Restaurant Reinvention

10:00 | Apr 24th, 2018

We discuss how an old building found new life
Episode 62: Ding Dong

14:06 | Apr 16th, 2018

We discuss ding-dong diplomacy; India and Pakistan diplomats being harassed in both countries in silly ways
Episode 61: Bihar Roads

12:30 | Apr 5th, 2018

We discuss the claim that an improvement in Bihar's roads has led to a rise in accidents
Cricket Special: Sandpaper Balls

14:21 | Mar 29th, 2018

We discuss the flap over the Australian cricket team's ball tampering in the series against South Africa
Episode 60: Churchill: Bigot or Brave?

12:54 | Mar 21st, 2018

We discuss the Western deification of Churchill given his history as a perpetrator of colonial violence
Episode 59: Hero Hiralal

12:02 | Mar 16th, 2018

We discuss the CBI trying to tackle Nirav Modi's massive fraud which conned Punjab National Bank
Episode 58: Sinking Low

09:40 | Mar 11th, 2018

We discuss the falling and fallen standards of Indian news, as reflected in the coverage of Sridevi's death
Episode 57: Left Field Thinking

16:47 | Mar 6th, 2018

We discuss the decimation of the Left in the Indian northeast.
Special Episode on Tourism: Troubled Traveller (Part 2)

16:57 | Feb 24th, 2018

Part 2 of our special on Indian and foreign tourists, at home and abroad
Special Episode on Tourism: Troubled Traveller (Part I)

14:56 | Feb 16th, 2018

In the first of a two-part series, we discuss Indian tourists at home and abroad, as well as other global travellers
Episode 56: Moradabad Matchbox

16:27 | Feb 11th, 2018

An Indian official asks his junior to return a borrowed matchbox via official communication. We dissect this wonderful incident.
Episode 55: Fiction Fallout

17:47 | Feb 4th, 2018

We discuss the endless controversy over Padmavat
Ep54: Monkey to Man

14:15 | Jan 28th, 2018

An Indian minister claims Darwin's theory of evolution is wrong. We discuss
Ep53: An Uneasy Friendship

18:55 | Jan 23rd, 2018

We discuss the complex India-Israel friendship
Episode 52: Courting Trouble

18:35 | Jan 15th, 2018

On the extraordinary press conference called by four Supreme Court justices about the crisis in Indian democracy
Special Epiosde: Goodbye 2017

26:41 | Dec 14th, 2017

We bid farewell to 2017, with a review of events from the year that each of us considered to be especially significant
Episode 51: The Politics of Rahul's Religion

13:19 | Dec 11th, 2017

A discussion complementing our recent print article on the politics of Rahul Gandhi's HInduism
Episode 50: Pure Gold

28:43 | Dec 10th, 2017

In which we shamelessly congratulate ourselves on making it to episode 50
Special Episode: Breathing Cricket

13:15 | Dec 6th, 2017

India and Sri Lanka play cricket in a haze of pollution. We discuss
Episode 49: Train Troubles

15:05 | Dec 3rd, 2017

Train headed for Maharashtra winds up in Madhya Pradesh. We discuss
Special Episode: Judge, Jury, and Executioner

17:53 | Dec 3rd, 2017

We discuss the recent controversial allegations about judge Loya's death.
Episode 48: Go For It

15:11 | Nov 25th, 2017

Indigo staff assault a customer. We discuss customer service, rude customers, corporate reactions etc. in the Indian context
Episode 47: Smog-Shog

18:17 | Nov 24th, 2017

We discuss the deadly Delhi smog and the many political crises it represents
IPhones and horses

12:45 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Dude goes on horseback to collect his new IPhone. We discuss
Special Episode: Padmavati

12:41 | Nov 22nd, 2017

We discuss the controversy over the film Padmavati
Episode 45: Thinking Aloud

16:59 | Nov 18th, 2017

We discuss the India Foundation think-tank's links to the Modi government.
Episode 44: Sexual harassment in academia

16:03 | Nov 12th, 2017

We discuss the controversy over Indian lawyer Raya Sarkar's list of harassers in Indian academia
Episode 44: Anthem Antics

13:49 | Nov 8th, 2017

We discuss the ongoing brouhaha over whether one needs to stand for the Indian national anthem in movie theaters
Episode 42: Taj Tantrum

13:32 | Nov 4th, 2017

We discuss the controversy about dropping the Taj from a list of tourist attractions because of its Mughal provenance
Episode 41: Mister Maruti

12:10 | Nov 1st, 2017

Delhi CM Kejriwal's car gets stolen and found. We discuss
Episode 40: Feeling Hungry

14:51 | Oct 21st, 2017

We discuss India slipping in the World Hunger Ranking position
Special Episode: Mad Mullahs

12:58 | Oct 15th, 2017

We discuss mad mullahs and their penchant for absurd and dangerous fatwas
Special: Shah Tamasha

17:20 | Oct 9th, 2017

We discuss the sensational news of Amit Shah's son's company exponentially increasing its revenues since Modi's ascendancy
Episode 39: The Sky King

12:40 | Oct 9th, 2017

A tribute to IAF Marshal Arjan Singh and a related discussion on the politicization of the Indian army
Episode 38: Pigeon Problems

10:58 | Oct 1st, 2017

We discuss the strange case of a pigeon being fined and disciplined on an Indian bus
Episode 37: Dubious Didi

15:37 | Sep 25th, 2017

We discuss Mamta Banerjee's aspirations as a national Indian leader, and analyse her politics and rhetoric
Episode 36: Gauri Gone

14:21 | Sep 23rd, 2017

A tribute to Gauri Lankesh, and a discussion on the crackdown on dissent in India
Episode 35: Floodgates

14:07 | Sep 22nd, 2017

We discuss floods in the east and west, first world and third, and what they reveal about each culture
Special Episode: Money Troubles Part 1

15:03 | Sep 15th, 2017

The first of a 2-part series on demonetisation
Episode 34: Baba Ram Rahim

13:14 | Sep 10th, 2017

Baba Ram Rahim's shadiness and what it says about us as a society
Episode 33: Dancing in UP

10:10 | Sep 8th, 2017

We discuss the penchant of the good people of UP to dance in odd places
Independence Day Special: Part 3

11:05 | Sep 8th, 2017

The concluding part of our three-part special on independence day
Independence Day Special 2

16:34 | Sep 8th, 2017

Part 2 of our special on independence day
Independence Day Special - I

13:40 | Aug 29th, 2017

We discuss the many meanings of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence
Episode 32: State Apathy

12:17 | Aug 25th, 2017

We discuss the Indian state's lofty indifference to the hardship and death of its citizens
Episode 31: Watching You

11:02 | Aug 18th, 2017

Aayush Soni reports on, and we discuss, Project Insight, a government plan to track records ostensibly for tax evasion.
Episode 30: Lady Police

09:46 | Aug 16th, 2017

We discuss the challenges that policewomen face in India, given the fact that public space skews male
Episode 29: Thanda Baba

10:20 | Aug 16th, 2017

We discuss frozen mystics and the afterlife, in the context of a bizarre case involving a dead godman and a battle over his assets
Episode 28: Tiger Food

09:29 | Aug 10th, 2017

We discuss the practice of villagers leaving elders to be killed by tigers, for government compensation
The NRI -Part 2

12:51 | Aug 4th, 2017

The second part of our discussion on NRI attitudes and behaviors
Special Episode: The NRI Part I

15:40 | Jul 27th, 2017

The first of two parts. We discuss NRI attitudes, and behaviors
Episode 27: Nagin Dance

12:55 | Jul 19th, 2017

We discuss a bride backing off a wedding because of the nagin (snake) dance performed by the groom
Episode 26: GST Kicks Off

10:15 | Jul 13th, 2017

We discuss the new taxation regime with the kickoff of the Goods and Services Tax
Episode 25: What is in a Name?

12:22 | Jul 4th, 2017

We discuss the curious reaction to the "Not In My Name" citizen protests against lynchings of Muslims by cow vigilantes in India
Car Buying Special

13:26 | Jul 1st, 2017

Car buying in pre-liberalization India, US, and the UK
Iftar WTF

12:14 | Jun 28th, 2017

We look at the BJP boycott of the President's annual Iftar dinner and caste and religious identity calculations in the Indian political scene
Bihari Love

10:37 | Jun 25th, 2017

A snake bit a man in Bihar and the man bit is wife so she would be with him in the afterlife. We discuss
Special on India-Pakistan cricket

13:20 | Jun 18th, 2017

What the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry tells us about ourselves
Episode 22: Flying Low

16:25 | Jun 17th, 2017

We discuss the proposed privatization of Air India and union resistance to the idea
Episode 21: The Last Emperor

18:13 | Jun 14th, 2017

On the government's witch hunt against NDTV and Prannoy Roy
Episode 20: Pure & Clean

11:59 | Jun 6th, 2017

On the Indian obsession with caste and cleanliness
Episode 19: Paisa Wasool

10:56 | Jun 2nd, 2017

We talk about the vandalization of India's first luxury train, our public services, and our public attitudes
Episode 18: General Fear

10:37 | May 31st, 2017

Indian army chief Rawat says Indians should be scared of the army
Episode 17: Revolver Rani

09:02 | May 29th, 2017

We discuss the curious case of a spurned lover kidnapping a groom from his wedding
Episode 16: Judge Dredd

11:51 | May 29th, 2017

In which we discuss the unseemly fight between the Indian Supreme Court bench and a High Court judge and the implications for free speech
Episode 15: Shit Happens

13:50 | May 24th, 2017

We discuss the theft of toilets in India and the culture of official corruption
Episode 14: Justin Bieber

10:59 | May 24th, 2017

In which we discuss the Justin Bieber lipsync fiasco in Bombay and what it says about Indian intoxication with Western celebrities
Episode 13: Qurbani / Whatsapp

11:48 | May 19th, 2017

In which we discuss fake news, WhatsApp, and Qurbani
Special Episode: Celebrity Fluff Activism

11:30 | May 14th, 2017

In which we scrutinize the character and claims of Indian celebrity activism
Episode 12: Drunk Rats

11:53 | May 13th, 2017

Episode 12: Bihari rats steal and drink almost a million liters of alcohol
Episode 11: The Bookman

10:48 | May 10th, 2017

We discuss the bookman of Calcutta, who will deliver any book you want, any time, anywhere
Episode 10: Farmer Suicides

15:11 | May 7th, 2017

Our latest on India Explained examines farmer suicides, the government's response, and media coverage of the same
Episode9: Dabur Lal Dantmanjan

14:33 | May 6th, 2017

An analysis of a classic Indian advertisement from 80s India: Dabur Lal Dantmanjan or toothpowder
Episode 8: Gutkabaazi / Pan Paraag

14:43 | Apr 29th, 2017

We analyze an old classic from the annals of Indian advertising: the Pan Paraag advertisement with Ashok Kumar and Shammi Kapoor
Episode 7: Human Shields

14:43 | Apr 28th, 2017

We discuss the Indian army's act of tying a man to a jeep as a human shield to protect itself from stone pelting, and the subsequent fallout and reactions to the action
Episode 6: Red Beacon

11:45 | Apr 23rd, 2017

We speculate on the real intentions behind the Indian government's decision to ban red beacons from all official cars
Cadbury Ad Deconstructed

17:30 | Apr 17th, 2017

This week, as an Easter special, we inaugurate a series of specials on Indian advertisements. We deconstruct a much-loved 1990s Indian advertisement, "Swaad Zindagi Ka" for Cadbury's chocolates
Episode 4: complete

43:17 | Apr 10th, 2017

This week's stories, and media coverage thereof, discussed: the Indian ban on liquor 500 meters from a highway and the ingenious ways Indians are circumventing it; the BJP's Tarun Vijay says Indians can't be racist because they live with 'black' Sout...Show More
Episode 4 Story3

16:04 | Apr 10th, 2017

Bunty and Rohit discuss the phenomenon of the IPL, the Indian Premier League, cricket's attempt to emulate an American basketball and baseball league, cheerleaders and all
Episode 4 Story 2

15:10 | Apr 10th, 2017

Story 2 of Episode 4 addresses the controversy over BJP politician Tarun Vijay's remark that Indians can't be racist because they live with black Indians from the South
Episode 4 Story 1

12:02 | Apr 10th, 2017

Story 1 of Episode 4 on the new Indian Supreme Court ruling prohibiting the sale of liquor 500 meters from a state or national highway, and the creative ways in which Indians are working around this.
Episode 2

31:10 | Mar 29th, 2017

Episode 2 by India Explained
Episode 1

29:59 | Mar 19th, 2017

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March 11 2017 podcast

33:04 | Mar 11th, 2017

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