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The Bantermen

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Welcome to the Bantermen! TL;DR: we're two hipster jesters in a pod! We are Navin and Rishi, just two guys talking about things that interest us, mostly to amuse one another and occasionally to learn something! We'll do this in conversation with each other and maybe some guests. These will be Freewheeling conversations about things that interest and fascinate us. Each of us draws on our hobbies/ interests and the other takes more of a curious person role. (We take turns being Socrates and Plato if you want to be high falutin about it).

Welcome to the Bantermen! TL;DR: we're two hipster jesters in a pod! We are Navin and Rishi, just two guys talking about things that interest us, mostly to amuse one another and occasionally to learn something! We'll do this in conversation with each other and maybe some guests. These will be Freewheeling conversations about things that interest and fascinate us. Each of us draws on our hobbies/ interests and the other takes more of a curious person role. (We take turns being Socrates and Plato if you want to be high falutin about it).

Location:

India

Description:

Welcome to the Bantermen! TL;DR: we're two hipster jesters in a pod! We are Navin and Rishi, just two guys talking about things that interest us, mostly to amuse one another and occasionally to learn something! We'll do this in conversation with each other and maybe some guests. These will be Freewheeling conversations about things that interest and fascinate us. Each of us draws on our hobbies/ interests and the other takes more of a curious person role. (We take turns being Socrates and Plato if you want to be high falutin about it).

Language:

English


Episodes

S1E11 - Coffeeism

5/24/2020
Episode Notes Topic: Navin and Hrishi talk about their coffee obsessions, including the time when Navin's beard caught on fire because of it! Diversion: Hrishi and Navin talk about their vegetarian challenge - it's been more than 80 days, and they have some updates! Useful Links Our coffee comes from these responsible producers: Blue Tokai Flying Squirrel Black Baza Our Vegetarianism episode! License Info All rights reserved (c) 2020 Hrishikesh Diwan and Navin Sigamany Cantina Blues...

Duration:00:45:42

S1E10 - Bosses

3/22/2020
Episode Notes Topic: Navin talks about some bosses he has worked with, and what he's learned from them. Diversion: Hrishi tells us how a real life political maneuver was inspired by one on TV. Useful Links Make Sure Your Work Is Aligned with Your Boss’s Expectations Proven Ways to Earn Your Employees’ Trust 12 Ways Managers Can Establish A Trusting Relationship With Employees Are You Setting Expectations For Employees The 'Right' Way? 4 Basic Truths That Will Improve Your Leadership...

Duration:00:40:13

S1E9 - Creators

3/15/2020
Episode Notes Topic: Rishi talks about JK Rowling and other creators who cannot leave their creations well enough alone! Diversion: Navin shares his thoughts on the celebration of Holi Useful Links Rowling Outs Dumbledore: https://ew.com/movies/2007/10/20/jk-rowling-outs-dumbledore-gay/ History of discussing Dumbledore's Sexuality: https://ew.com/movies/2019/03/19/harry-potter-fantastic-beasts-jk-rowling-dumbledore-sexuality/ How do Wizards Poop?...

Duration:00:52:05

S1E8 - Vegetarianism

3/8/2020
Episode Notes Main Topic: Navin on his internal dilemma with environmental vegetarianism Diversion: Rishi on why we say See Saw and never Saw See (Ablaut Reduplication) Useful Links Environmental Vegetarianism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_vegetarianism Lent: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent The merits of giving up meat for Lent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/vegetarian-vegan-giving-up-meat-lent-why-and-how-to-do-it-a7606031.html Food Walk with Navin (part of...

Duration:00:41:18

S1E7 - Adieu, Facebook!

3/1/2020
Episode Notes Main Topic: Rishi on why and how he 'quit' Facebook a year and a month ago and how that has gone Diversion: Navin talks about knocking people up (!) Useful Links Facebook admits to Cambridge Analytica problems: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/04/technology/mark-zuckerberg-testify-congress.html Did Facebook learn anything from the Cambridge Analytica problems: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/opinion/sunday/facebook-privacy-breach-zuckerberg.html An in-depth piece from...

Duration:00:49:21

S1E6 - Travelogue - A Return to Egypt!

2/23/2020
Episode Notes Segment: Navin shares some experiences and adventures from his second trip to Egypt, after a ten year gap Diversion: Rishi shares some trivia on James Bond movies and the songs that kick them off! Useful Links The Pyramid of Teti (the one Navin visited!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PyramidofTeti Tripadvisor page for the Pyramid: https://www.tripadvisor.in/AttractionReview-g730107-d19392713-Reviews-PyramidofTeti-SaqqaraGiza_Governorate.html A Koshari/ Kushari recipe:...

Duration:00:44:13

S1E5 - Futures

2/16/2020
Episode Notes Short episode with a main topic and a single diversion! Segment: Rishi laments lost optimism in visions of the future in science fiction Diversion: Twofer! Navin talks about the Temple of the Pig, Rishi about the Smoking Trees! Useful Links A fantastic Asimov retrospective: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/01/isaac-asimovs-throwback-literary-legacy/605815/ Elon Musk alludes to Foundation:https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1226690465992409089 A...

Duration:00:47:18

S1E4 - Foodie - an Appalling Appellation!

2/9/2020
Episode Notes Shorter episode with a main topic and a single diversion! Segment: Navin hates being called a "foodie" Diversion: Rishi talks about brewing Kopi Luwak Useful Links Some of Navin's food writing: https://www.thenewsminute.com/author-articles/Navin-Sigamany Some of Navin's self-indulgent food writing: https://www.navinsigamany.com/category/food/ Kopi Luwak: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_luwak Truth behind Kopi Luwak:...

Duration:00:27:25

S1E3 - Resistance - is not Futile!

2/2/2020
Episode Notes Shorter episode with a main topic and a single diversion! Segment: Rishi talks about the scourge of WhatsApp forwards and how to resist it! Diversion: Navin talks about others coveting his Twitter handle Useful Links WhatsApp Forwarding Limits: https://blog.whatsapp.com/10000647/More-changes-to-forwarding WhatsApp FAQ/ Tips to prevent the spread of rumors & fake news: https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/26000216/?category=5245250 India Today Story on WhatsApp Forwards:...

Duration:00:29:37

S1E2 - Histories - Real and Imagined

1/19/2020
Episode Notes Part 1: Navin on the many versions of the founding tale of Hyderabad and how the versions don’t all agree Diversion 1: Rishi introduces to some fun, archaic words he recently learnt Part 2: Rishi on the Watchmen graphic novel and TV series and how they use history (no spoilers!) Diversion 2: Navin reads us a poem! Conclusion/Thesis Useful Links The Hyderabad Walking Company: https://www.thwc.in The Qutb Shahi Tombs:...

Duration:01:10:40

S1E1 - Obsessions - From Fitness to Fountain Pens

1/5/2020
Episode Notes Intro Segment 1: Rishi Talks about his Fitness obsession; how he lost 12 kgs and ran a Half-Marathon in 2 hours Diversion 1: Navin shows off his Namisu Fountain Pen! Segment 2: Navin talks about his obsession with Fountain Pens and the rabbit holes he discovered thereof Diversion 2: Rishi shares new learning about a childhood treat he loved! Conclusion: Bringing it all together Useful Links Hyderabad Runners: https://www.hyderabadrunners.com/ A primer on pronation and...

Duration:01:13:53