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Ambedkar on Indian Nationalism | Bookcast #89

March 04, 2021 12:20 - 22 minutes - 20.4 MB

Dr BR Ambedkar was arguably the finest Indian intellectual in 20th century. His writings are brilliant, especially when it comes to critiquing India. Irfan Habib, historian and writer, presents selected writings of Indian thinkers on the idea of Indian nationalism. I read out the chapter on Ambedkar in this podcast.

Muqaddimah by Ibn Khaldun | Bookcast #88

March 03, 2021 12:33 - 18 minutes - 17.5 MB

Ibn Khaldun was an Arab scholar of Islam, social scientist, philosopher and historian who has been described as the founder of the modern disciplines of historiography, sociology, economics, and demography. Let's learn a little bit about him through his great works.

Vestigia - A Spiritual Poem | Bookcast #87

March 02, 2021 10:32 - 1 minute - 1.79 MB

Bliss Carman's spiritual poem titled Vestigia touches the heart and soul and provoke the mind.

How to Think | Bookcast #86

March 01, 2021 10:59 - 10 minutes - 10.1 MB

In their book The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, Edward Burger and Michael Starbird explain how we can train our mind to think in an effective manner. I give you the overview of the book in today's podcast.

India-Pakistan Partition Stories | Bookcast #85

February 28, 2021 10:21 - 18 minutes - 16.7 MB

In her book "Divided by Partition United by Resilience: 21 Inspirational Stories from 1947", Mallika Ahluwalia brings the stories of some famous Indians who witnessed the horrors of the partition. I narrate the story of Gulzar in this podcast.

Lone Dog by Irene Rutherford McLeod | Bookcast #84

February 27, 2021 11:40 - 1 minute - 1.32 MB

Reciting a fun poem by Irene Rutherford McLeod as it talks about one of our favourite subjects: a dog.

Broken Republic by Arundhati Roy | Bookcast #83

February 26, 2021 12:02 - 13 minutes - 12.3 MB

Arundhati Roy's non-fiction work revolves around her role as a social activist. I read through some of her essays in this podcast.

A Letter to a Hindu by Leo Tolstoy | Bookcast #82

February 25, 2021 12:27 - 10 minutes - 9.79 MB

A letter written by Leo Tolstoy and published by Mahatma Gandhi. What can this letter teach us in today's world?

Indian Way of Thinking by AK Ramanujan | Bookcast #81

February 24, 2021 13:07 - 8 minutes - 8.19 MB

Is there an Indian way of thinking? What does the great 20th century poet AK Ramanujan think about this? Let's see.

Introduction to Sikhism | Bookcast #80

February 23, 2021 11:10 - 13 minutes - 12.9 MB

In this podcast, I throw light at some of the basic ideas of Sikhism and explain what this religion is all about.

A New Idea of India | Bookcast #79

February 22, 2021 11:47 - 15 minutes - 14 MB

Harsh Madhusudhan and Rajeev Mantri bring a new idea of India. That of India as a civilisational state. Which is not really a new idea but an ancient one. How's this shaping the new India? Let's find out in this book.

Woke Comedy by Titania McGrath | Bookcast #78

February 21, 2021 14:42 - 15 minutes - 14 MB

Titania McGrath is a fictional character created by comedian Andrew Doyle. She has written a couple of books which poke fun at modern social justice movements. Let's see.

Life by Emily Dickinson | Bookcast #77

February 20, 2021 15:10 - 1 minute - 1.72 MB

I read out this beautiful, short poem by Emily Dickinson.

Shiva (The Hindu God) by Devdutt Pattanaik | Bookcast #76

February 19, 2021 11:53 - 14 minutes - 13.2 MB

Devdutt Pattanaik in his book 7 Secrets of Shiva unfolds many stories related to the Hindu God Shiva. I read a few pages from the book.

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker | Bookcast #75

February 18, 2021 15:34 - 16 minutes - 15.5 MB

The popular work from the 20th century holds a great value even today. Let's read a little bit of it.

Gandhi's Murderer | Bookcast #74

February 17, 2021 10:20 - 22 minutes - 21.1 MB

Nathu Ram Godse, who murdered Mahatma Gandhi, had his own version of the political events of India. I share some of these controversial ideas from Godse's writings.

Death by Sadhguru | Bookcast #73

February 16, 2021 12:29 - 11 minutes - 10.5 MB

In his book Death, An Inside Your Story, Indian mystic Sadhguru explores the subject which we generally consider very dark. I read a few passages from the book.

Buddhist Meditations: Samatha and Vipassana | Bookcast #72

February 15, 2021 11:08 - 11 minutes - 11.1 MB

Two of the popular Buddist meditation techniques - Samatha and Vipassana - provide a great opportunity to train one's mind. Let's learn about them.

Man, Symbols and Dreams by Carl Jung | Bookcast #71

February 14, 2021 15:34 - 18 minutes - 16.8 MB

Carl Jung in his final work Man and His Symbols provides some interesting explanations which hold key to his other works. I read a few passages for you.

Jinnah by Ishtiaq Ahmed | Podcast #70

February 13, 2021 12:06 - 24 minutes - 23 MB

Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah has been a much talked about figure in the subcontinent history. A recent book explores his life a little more.

Jinnah by Ishtiaq Ahmed | Bookcast #70

February 13, 2021 12:06 - 24 minutes - 23 MB

Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah has been a much talked about figure in the subcontinent history. A recent book explores his life a little more.

Taliban in Afghanistan | Bookcast #69

February 12, 2021 12:04 - 22 minutes - 20.5 MB

What does the literature say about the origin and ideology of Taliban? How does impact the life in Afghanistan? I read a few passages from a book on the subject.

Taliban in Afghanistan | Podcast #69

February 12, 2021 12:04 - 22 minutes - 20.5 MB

What does the literature say about the origin and ideology of Taliban? How does impact the life in Afghanistan? I read a few passages from a book on the subject.

The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray | Podcast #68

February 11, 2021 10:39 - 16 minutes - 15.3 MB

Douglas Murray's recent book which talks about the madness prevalent in our society has become a huge hit. I read a few pages from the book.

The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray | Bookcast #68

February 11, 2021 10:39 - 16 minutes - 15.3 MB

Douglas Murray's recent book which talks about the madness prevalent in our society has become a huge hit. I read a few pages from the book.

Stories from India: The Caste | Bookcast #67

February 10, 2021 10:45 - 8 minutes - 8.12 MB

In this short story, I will bring your attention to the lower castes of Hindus in India.

Stories from India: The Caste | Podcast #67

February 10, 2021 10:45 - 8 minutes - 8.12 MB

In this short story, I will bring your attention to the lower castes of Hindus in India.

Stories from India: The Monsoon | Podcast #66

February 09, 2021 09:21 - 5 minutes - 4.74 MB

A lot has been written on Indian monsoons. I share a short piece with you.

Stories from India: The Monsoon | Bookcast #66

February 09, 2021 09:21 - 5 minutes - 4.74 MB

A lot has been written on Indian monsoons. I share a short piece with you.

Benedict Anderson on Nationalism (Imagined Communities) | Podcast #65

February 08, 2021 13:27 - 7 minutes - 7.38 MB

I read out a few excerpts from this wonderful book.

Benedict Anderson on Nationalism (Imagined Communities) | Bookcast #65

February 08, 2021 13:27 - 7 minutes - 7.38 MB

I read out a few excerpts from this wonderful book.

Introduction to Zen (Buddhism) | Bookcast #64

February 07, 2021 15:16 - 7 minutes - 7.24 MB

I briefly explain the idea of Zen through the words of Zen masters.

Introduction to Zen (Buddhism) | Podcast #64

February 07, 2021 15:16 - 7 minutes - 7.24 MB

I briefly explain the idea of Zen through the words of Zen masters.

Tagore on (Indian) Nationalism | Bookcast #63

February 06, 2021 12:48 - 15 minutes - 14.2 MB

Rabindranath Tagore, the great Indian writer, had quite strong views on Nationalism. I read a few passages from his writings.

Tagore on (Indian) Nationalism | Podcast #63

February 06, 2021 12:48 - 15 minutes - 14.2 MB

Rabindranath Tagore, the great Indian writer, had quite strong views on Nationalism. I read a few passages from his writings.

Aryan Invasion/Migration Theory | Podcast #62

February 05, 2021 13:03 - 10 minutes - 9.93 MB

Is the Aryan Invasion Theory a myth or plain truth? I explore some literature on the subject.

Aryan Invasion/Migration Theory | Bookcast #62

February 05, 2021 13:03 - 10 minutes - 9.93 MB

Is the Aryan Invasion Theory a myth or plain truth? I explore some literature on the subject.

Sigmund Freud on Psychoanalysis | Bookcast #61

February 04, 2021 11:15 - 13 minutes - 12.9 MB

Psychoanalysis introduced by the founder of the subject himself.

Sigmund Freud on Psychoanalysis | Podcast #61

February 04, 2021 11:15 - 13 minutes - 12.9 MB

Psychoanalysis introduced by the founder of the subject himself.

Travels in India by Pankaj Mishra | Podcast #60

February 03, 2021 10:40 - 11 minutes - 10.8 MB

Pankaj Mishra wrote his first book in 1995 where he described his travel experiences in the small-towns of India. I read through some of the pages.

Travels in India by Pankaj Mishra | Bookcast #60

February 03, 2021 10:40 - 11 minutes - 10.8 MB

Pankaj Mishra wrote his first book in 1995 where he described his travel experiences in the small-towns of India. I read through some of the pages.

Thomas Sowell on Race | Podcast #59

February 02, 2021 11:23 - 17 minutes - 16.4 MB

What does one of the brightest mind on earth has to say on Race? Let's find out.

Thomas Sowell on Race | Bookcast #59

February 02, 2021 11:23 - 17 minutes - 16.4 MB

What does one of the brightest mind on earth has to say on Race? Let's find out.

Understanding Myanmar (Burma) Crisis | Bookcast #58

February 01, 2021 14:56 - 11 minutes - 10.4 MB

There was a military coup in Myanmar today. What's the story behind? Let's explore that from the pages of history.

Understanding Myanmar (Burma) Crisis | Podcast #58

February 01, 2021 14:56 - 11 minutes - 10.4 MB

There was a military coup in Myanmar today. What's the story behind? Let's explore that from the pages of history.

Franz Kafka's Short Notes | Podcast #57

January 31, 2021 14:47 - 7 minutes - 6.72 MB

Franz Kafka left behind a large repository of unpublished works which deserve to be read. I read a few really short pieces here.

Franz Kafka's Short Notes | Bookcast #57

January 31, 2021 14:47 - 7 minutes - 6.72 MB

Franz Kafka left behind a large repository of unpublished works which deserve to be read. I read a few really short pieces here.

The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read | Podcast #56

January 30, 2021 14:14 - 7 minutes - 7.29 MB

What is Art really? This book by Herbert Read provides some answers.

The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read | Bookcast #56

January 30, 2021 14:14 - 7 minutes - 7.29 MB

What is Art really? This book by Herbert Read provides some answers.

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | Bookcast #55

January 29, 2021 14:39 - 21 minutes - 19.5 MB

I read the first few pages of this 20th century masterpiece.