Indicast # 221: RIP Diego Maradona

Sunday, 29 November 2020 17:33

Jadhav Payeng, the forest man of India made it in the curriculum of an American school, giving us an excuse to talk about him. Diego Maradona passed away. The Undertaker resigned after a career in wrestling that lasted over 30 years. And a train in Japan barks like a dog to keep deers from being overrun.

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Indicast # 220: Get married. Get paid.

Sunday, 01 November 2020 22:25

The Odisha government announced an incentive of Rs. 250,000 to promote inter-caste marriage. Same sex couples tied the knot for a first time in Taiwan's mass military wedding ceremony a year after it legalised gay weddings. Meanwhile, in a quirk of evolution, not all of us will get wisdom teeth. And Indian Super League that begins later this month, gives us an excuse to talk about the rich and illustrious history of Indian football.

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Indicast # 219: Whose Basmati is it anyway?

Sunday, 11 October 2020 21:22

Pakistan contests India's claim for an exclusive Geographical Indication tag to Basmati rice in the European Union. It has until December 10th to respond. Researchers in Scotland have figured out a way to test if a whiskey is authentic without having to open the bottle. And an Indian couple in the UK get married in a drive in ceremony to get around restrictions that allow only 15 people to gather at a time. In India, meanwhile, the arranged marriage industry has had to change its game with interviews and courtship being conducted over Zoom.

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The thirteenth edition of Indian Premier League kicked off in the United Arab Emirates. In a string of unfortunate events, Dean Jones died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest; former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passed away too; S P Balasubramaniam succummed to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the infamous Godman, Nithyanand is in exile and wants his own central bank. And a super rat is awarded a well deserved gold medal for detecting landmines in Cambodia.

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Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister called it a day and Pranab Mukherjee, India's former president passed away. We talk about their illustrious careers. India and Russia were announced as joint winners at the Chess Olympiad tournament, held once in two years since 1927, when a global Internet outage caused Indians to get disconnected. We digress, as always, to talk about doping in chess and segue into why Thar desert is turning green and why it is not a good thing. Meanwhile, amid the covid-19 pandemic, the Indian economy has shrunk by 23.9% in the April to June quarter.

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It is that time of the year when we get high on some Ganapati fever. This year though the coronavirus has subdued all celebrations. In this episode we talk about how the festival itself has evolved over the years. In other news, MSD announced his retirement from international cricket. Miles away, Kamala Harris was appointed as the vice presidential candidate from the Democratic party. And the hunt for a vaccine to beat the scourge is still on.

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India's National Education Policy of 2020, announced a few days ago, promises to ditch rote learning in favour of conceptual clarity. There's more to it, of course. In this podcast, we compare what it was like growing up in our existing system and what it promises to be under the new regime. And in other news, how could we not talk about the world's largest nuclear fusion reactor in France which took baby steps to begin its five-year assembly phase? Expect some science chatter as we discuss the mind-boggling project that is considered by some as the "most complex engineering endeavour in history.

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It has been a while. Now under lockdown and nowhere to go, we are back with a new episode after taking a four-year vacation. We yap a bit about what's been going on in our lives before talking about how coronavirus has changed the way we live and behave with others. How has it impacted various professions? What does it mean for love at first sight? What are some of the novel ways in which folks are falling in love all over again?

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