Vimoh Talks Podcast Episodes

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…

YouTube, TikTok, and true cringe

Jan. 10, 2021

Today’s podcast episode is a brief rant about something I wanted to talk about a few months ago but the opportunity passed me by. It has to do with a particular manifestation of India’s class problem. Also, this podcast can …

Religion And Atheism

On hurt religious sentiments

Jan. 4, 2021

Getting hurt is okay. You are human. You are religious. It is only natural that something someone said about your gods has caused you pain. But what is not okay? What are the limits of the redressal you seek? Because if ther…

Corporate greed and farmer protests

Jan. 1, 2021

A little something I was reminded of after listening to some protesting farmers make a distinction between how we see far produce and supermarket consumer goods. Also, hey! This is the first episode of the Vimoh Talks podcas…

Storytelling And Society

Is India's past ruining India's future?

March 3, 2019

The stated purpose of a lot of writers who deal with mythology as subject matter these days is to make the younger generation aware of India’s rich culture and heritage by telling stories which have remained untold. But I ca…

Let's talk about privilege

Feb. 23, 2019

Nobody wants to admit that they had help getting where they are right now. In their heads, everyone is a hero who did it all by themselves. And this is why people hate it when their privilege is pointed out to them.