Vimoh Talks Podcast Episodes

Nostalgia and the death of the future

Oct. 19, 2021

This episode is about how we are ruining our future by forcing our past into our present. It's also about Star Trek, Star Wars, rebellion and tech utopias.

The problem with our debate culture

Oct. 15, 2021

We don't know what debate is. We are obsessed with debates. And finally, we stuff our faulty understanding of debates into areas where there should not be any debate.

Religion And Atheism

A response to Devdutt Pattanaik on Hindutva and Hinduism

Sept. 23, 2021

Mythologist and writer Devdutt Pattanaik recently gave an interview on Akash Banerjee's YouTube channel The Deshbhakt. In it, he made several comments that I felt oversimplified and misrepresented the truth about culture, re…

Storytelling And Society

Asimov, Nolan brothers, and learning from the future

Sept. 20, 2021

This episode is about a theme that I found common to the works of Asimov, Christopher Nolan, and Jonathan Nolan. It has to do with the future affecting the past and also perhaps with dropping our reliance on the past to some…

Making money as an independent creator in India

Sept. 13, 2021

This week's episode is about how many creative people in India hesitate to monetise their content by asking their followers and fans for money and why that tendency exists. It is also about how to overcome those mental block…

Fake fans, sneaky propaganda, and insulting atheists

Aug. 30, 2021

In this episode, I talk about how trolls can sometimes come disguised as fans and how they insidiously try to divert content creators from their goals. I also talk about how telling an atheist he will one day learn to believ…

How I annoy my followers and grow my account

Aug. 23, 2021

This week I talk about how my favourite way of growing my Instagram account has been to periodically challenge the preconceptions of my followers. Of course, what goes without saying is that my idea of "growth" is not simply…

Religion And Atheism

The Indian Atheist problem

Aug. 14, 2021

The thing that has been on my mind for the last week has been being an Indian atheist and the complications that come with it because much of the impetus behind the modern atheism movement comes from Western atheism movement…

Storytelling And Society

Instagram, Indian government, and He-Man

July 25, 2021

Review this podcast on Podchaser: [00:00:00] Intro to the episode [00:40:00] YouTube, Instagram, and the changing online video landscape - Some thoughts about how online…

On books, movies, social media, and some changes

July 21, 2021

[00:00:00] Introduction and an announcement about the podcast. [00:04:00] A rant about how books are better than movies. [00:08:00] A note about being careful with your time on social media as a content creator. [00:12:00] E…

Neil Gaiman once wrote a multiverse novel

July 21, 2021

So I launched a new YouTube channel this week. It's called temporal ideas. It's where I'm going to publish video essays about science fiction series, movies, books, et cetera, and themes. The first video is up and it's about…

Storytelling And Society

Loki, Kang, Thanos, and free will

July 14, 2021

If there is one theme the MCU has in place of a philosophy, it is probably a commitment to free will.

Justice nahi milega

June 24, 2021

Religion and justice have a deep connect, but not in the way you might expect. People are religious because of their faith in an extended definition of justice - one that stretches past death and into future lives.

Storytelling And Society

Star Trek, China, and leaving home

March 30, 2021

We all have homes. But we all have different ways of seeing home. And a lot of times, these ways are culturally defined. Today's episode is about leaving home and staying home.

Echo chambers can be good

March 1, 2021

We have grown accustomed to thinking of echo chambers as a bad thing. But in an atmosphere where free expression advocating equality, rule of law, and common sense are being penalised and discouraged through fear, they may b…

Doing what's easy, dooming what's hard

March 1, 2021

When the people applaud every easy antic undertaken by those in charge of doing the hard things, they put their stamp of approval on inept and irresponsible governance. And then begins the spiral of ease where those in power…

Wolves of India

Feb. 9, 2021

There are two wolves fighting inside you. Which one wins? It’s an old story but one that I feel can define our present political discourse aptly. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at…

Storytelling And Society

Superman, Zod, and cultural landscapes

Feb. 2, 2021

In India of 2021, there is a lesson to be had from the science fictional motifs of terraforming and bioforming. We encounter new cultural worlds all the time. The choice before us is between changing those worlds to suit the…

Deshbhakti vs Deshprem

Jan. 28, 2021

Bhakti makes way for putting the leader above the people. It turns representatives into rulers. It is against the basic principle of democracy where people are primary and eternal. Leaders come and go and though you may love…

Trailer: What this podcast is about

Jan. 25, 2021

Vimoh Talks is a podcast about Indian culture. Not just ancient Indian culture. Contemporary Indian culture and the culture that India might one day have. A culture which is being created by all of our actions and words righ…

Invisible people of the future

Jan. 24, 2021

Does your colony have a separate gate or elevator for maids, drivers, and workmen? Do you like to watch science fiction and can’t wait for the future where we all have robots working in our households? Today’s episode is abo…

Storytelling And Society

Star Trek and the illusion of eternal enemies

Jan. 19, 2021

I find it quite useful to evaluate the ups and downs of human history using the made-up future histories of science fiction. Star Trek has a future history that depicts the gradual demise of many enmities. It points in the g…

Power, bias, and the meaning of peace

Jan. 14, 2021

A good way to know your bias is to note who you have expectations from. Who are you talking to and who are you telling to change? In a domestic violence kind of situation, do you ask the abuser to change? Or do you ask the v…

Storytelling And Society

Nightfall, hope, and the Hulk

Jan. 13, 2021

I have been having conversations about the importance of hope and figured some of it was worth putting on the record. Isaac Asimov wrote Nightfall with different intentions, but one good thing about literature is that you ca…