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In which Vijayendra Mohanty gets excited about ideas that have to do with media, culture, and creativity and sometimes even tells stories.

In which Vijayendra Mohanty gets excited about ideas that have to do with media, culture, and creativity and sometimes even tells stories.
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India

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In which Vijayendra Mohanty gets excited about ideas that have to do with media, culture, and creativity and sometimes even tells stories.

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English

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A YouTube for podcasts - Platform vs Protocol

3/10/2019
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We talk about platforms so often these days that it appears protocols don't exist. But they do, and they power large chunks of the internet. Email, blogging, and podcasting are perhaps the last vestiges of the open web publishing. So I try to make a case against the much-talked-about YouTube for podcasts. Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:19:23

Is India's past ruining India's future?

3/3/2019
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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 can’t help feeling sometimes that not enough attention is being paid to the shape of future India. What will these young people grow up to become? What kind of adults will they turn out to be? What manner of India will they build? Is it going to be more of the same — an...

Duration:00:13:11

Let's talk about privilege

3/2/2019
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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. Privilege, be it racial, caste-based, nationality or religion based, is always a hard pill to swallow. People would rather lash out and question their accuser's motives than face facts. And the simple fact of the matter is that there do exist social frameworks that benefit us...

Duration:00:10:14

Let's talk about privilege

2/23/2019
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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. Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:10:14

Don't be your own boss

2/21/2019
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Being your own boss probably isn't what you think it is. So I clarify a key thing you need to keep in mind before taking the plunge into self-employment. Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:09:54

What I hate about writers and artists

2/18/2019
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If you are a writer who believes it is not your job to market your work, this is for you. If you are an artist who thinks marketing is a dirty word and that capitalist forces are out to get you, this is for you. If you are someone who thinks the whole system is rigged against you, then consider this a whack on the side of your head. This is your age. This is your time. It is time you knew this. Music is *Werq* by Kevin MacLeod. Never miss an update. Get full access here:...

Duration:00:06:50

The thing I hate about artists and writers

2/18/2019
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There is this pretentious streak running through many artists and writers that I feel is counter-productive. It involves them not taking responsibility for their own success and blaming the market instead. A rant. Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:06:50

I ramble about time travel and trees

2/17/2019
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Me breaking from format and trying to do a completely unscripted episode. Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:05:58

Talking animals, gods, and aliens

2/16/2019
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A lot of cultural infrastructure that goes into the making of human civilisation is fictional in nature. For example, there is literally no difference between talking animal characters in children’s stories, aliens in adult science fiction… Read More Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:15:13

Do you like listening to stories?

2/14/2019
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Trying to test the new podcasting feature of Substack. So sending you all an episode of my podcast Radio Vimoh. It’s called The Imaginary Bridge and is a short story set in mythical Lanka of the Ramayana universe. In it, two guards discuss… Read More Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:04:02

The Imaginary Bridge

1/31/2019
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Two guards atop a fortress in lanka discuss the events of the day and trade rumours. A story set in Ramayana-era Lanka, but also, oddly enough, in the here and now. Music: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Sound Effects: Freesound.org Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:05:16

The Juggler's Joy

1/29/2019
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This is a story about the importance of making mistakes and how trying to avoid making mistakes is a sure way to drive joy out of your life. **Music:** Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:05:47

The Vaanar Who Flew (Hindi)

1/26/2019
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I have a problem with depictions of Hanuman where he is little more than an angry, brooding, musclebound hero. He has always meant something more to me -- someone brave enough to doubt himself. Valmiki Ramayan makes several mentions of Hanuman's fears. So I wrote a story about self belief and put Hanuman in it. This story is a personal favourite. Also, this is the first episode I have made with sound effects in it. I hope I didn't go overboard. Let me know! Also, this is the first episode...

Duration:00:10:14

The City God

1/23/2019
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When you think about it, omnipotence is a somewhat silly idea. We assign it to our gods unthinkingly, never stopping to wonder what we are burdening them with. So I wrote a story to put myself in a god's shoes. Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:06:17

Krishna's Song (Hindi)

1/16/2019
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Some say the Buddha said " I am but a finger pointing to the moon. Don’t look at me; look at the moon." Others say the Buddha didn't say so, thus missing the point completely. And the point is missed all around us all the time. So I wrote a story about the music that Krishna is said to have played to do my part in making sure people don't miss the point. **Music:** Kevin MacLeod Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:05:55

Talking animals, gods, and aliens

10/2/2018
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What can Duck Tales tell us about the human condition? What are we really doing when we tell stories about talking animals? What's up with Star Trek aliens? We are a storytelling animal and it is important that we do not forget that. Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:11:08

Where gods come from

9/7/2018
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In addition to telling us that gods created us and how the gods created us, creation myths also tell us WHAT the gods created us FOR. Creation myths they tell us what we are allowed to do and what we are not allowed to do. I believe that the gods come from a place that lies somewhere between two human impulses -- the impulse to cooperate and the impulse to destroy. What happens when an empathetic creature commits murder? The answer is guilt. Guilt happens. And what do we need when we feel...

Duration:00:21:01

Human exceptionalism - How language keeps us thinking we are awesome

8/26/2018
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What if I told you Cows do not give us milk? What if I told you Trees do not give us oxygen. What if I told you that we have lied to ourselves from the beginning of civilisation? The history of religion is the history of language. Religion and the law both seek to define what it means to be human and tell us how to behave. Both are human-centric. Both prioritise human beings. Both tell us the story of human exceptionalism. In the eyes of both worldviews, the human being holds a special...

Duration:00:14:03

The mark-fetching subject

8/20/2018
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In which I go on an elaborate rant about the Indian education system and how the middle-class relates with it. Get on the email list at vimoh.substack.com

Duration:00:11:18