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Our Last Week

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The most fun you'll have with your headphones on. Our Last Week is a fortnightly podcast by neuro-science researcher and physicist Anuvab Pal and world renowned philosopher Kunaal Roy Kapur. They come together to create an event horizon that looks at the black hole of human existence with a gravitational lens trained specifically on the human week that just went by. They’re just two guys trying to make sense of it all. Deep, bruv.

The most fun you'll have with your headphones on. Our Last Week is a fortnightly podcast by neuro-science researcher and physicist Anuvab Pal and world renowned philosopher Kunaal Roy Kapur. They come together to create an event horizon that looks at the black hole of human existence with a gravitational lens trained specifically on the human week that just went by. They’re just two guys trying to make sense of it all. Deep, bruv.
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The most fun you'll have with your headphones on. Our Last Week is a fortnightly podcast by neuro-science researcher and physicist Anuvab Pal and world renowned philosopher Kunaal Roy Kapur. They come together to create an event horizon that looks at the black hole of human existence with a gravitational lens trained specifically on the human week that just went by. They’re just two guys trying to make sense of it all. Deep, bruv.

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Episodes

#44: From ‘How Do You Do?’ to ‘What Do You Do?’

12/23/2016
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Do people greet each other properly only when they have an agenda? What do we need to do make moments ‘truly’ memorable? What makes you relate to characters in movies? Do we live in a post-truth world where nothing can be trusted or even distrusted? Is Twitter finally enabling people to be their ass***e selves? On this last episode of Season 1 of Our Last Week, listen to Kunaal Roy Kapur and Anuvab Pal looking back at a year of conundrums.

Duration: 00:25:26


#43: Who Owns Your Life?

12/9/2016
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With all Anuvab’s personal conversations with Kunaal are making it to the podcast, he laments their private lives have now become ‘conundrums’ for the benefit of the show’s producers. Which begs the question, do our personal lives even matter? For e.g. do the rights to Dhoni’s life belong to him or to the producers of his biopic? Also, how many middlemen do you need to get anything done? Can Indians ever have an event that doesn’t go into a crisis

Duration: 00:24:04


#41: Life’s Most Basic Assumptions – SHATTERED

11/11/2016
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This week there are no conundrums, life itself has become a conundrum. Kunaal and Anuvab contemplate the brave new world where Trump is President and their cash is worth nothing. They are distraught that the basic promise printed on our bank notes has been broken. Anuvab looks for all things he can barter for some tandoori chicken and they talk about how Donald Trump as president will change how we fundamentally look at the western world.

Duration: 00:22:32


#37: “We Believe in Following Dreams, They’re Just Not Ours”

9/16/2016
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Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur return with another set of fresh conundrums. Why we don’t take instructions very well. How we don’t follow our own dreams but follow someone else’s. And why a veteran film star went to an awards show dressed as a tomato. How Kunaal has a very keen sense of fashion, which is to be determinedly unfashionable. And how our self-expression is always about whom we hired to do it for us.

Duration: 00:22:07


OLW #31: What came first—the cat or the coffee bean?

6/24/2016
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Hens giving eggs is a usual occurrence, but Kunaal encounters a Coorgy cat who pushed coffee beans out of its backside! What did they call it though— potty spice latte? Anuvab wonders why restaurants have started barbecuing everything —pineapples, cricket bats and even children. Where do we draw the line? Also, do you want to scratch your head? Need to find where the remote is? Don’t worry— there’s an app for that! The duo shares it’s thoughts on Udta Punjab — and how some people in a...

Duration: 00:20:58


OLW #29: India — The No-Trust Zone

5/27/2016
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Have you ever counted your clothes before handing it to your dhobi? That’s because everyone in India is a conniving thief! Kunaal explains why he doesn’t take working from home seriously— how can you make a presentation when you’re cooking an omlette? Anuvab gives saintly advice to all lost souls — you can be successful if you do something, even if that something is a corruption scandal or a terrible reality show. They wonder why millenials are like immature 12-year-olds—they don’t want to...

Duration: 00:22:14


OLW #28: Real Political Slogans - Mera Vikas, Sabka Vikas

5/13/2016
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“Ma mati manush”— is that a campaign slogan or a password from Star Trek? Was the ‘Acche din’ slogan ‘inspired’ by the Chilean one ‘Happiness is coming’? In this season of elections, Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur decode campaign slogans. The duo talk about an African politician whose life story sounds like an episode of Game of Thrones and how anything that happens exactly as it is supposed to, is considered revolutionary in India. Lastly they are exasperated on being subjected to...

Duration: 00:21:39


OLW #26: British Royalty meets Bollywood Royalty

4/15/2016
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Anuvab brings his expertise on the British monarchy to this week’s episode and suggests the former Empire sent the less fun royals to India. Then talking about accountability in large organisations and how much Pepsi Indra Nooyi actually owns. Also, do urban folk ‘know’ something is ayurvedic if they can’t identify the smell? And Our Last Week actually solves the world’s problems with a simply brilliant tax-solution. Not even kidding.

Duration: 00:20:38


OLW #25: Why Batman vs. Superman Is Super Unnecessary

4/1/2016
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Casting decisions may or may not always make sense. Ask Anuvab! The duo discusses the way we benignly trust the drivers of kaali-peeli cabs, but always secretly question the new-age cabbies of Uber and Ola, who need GPS to get to the city’s iconic landmarks. Brokers are, apparently, really territorial. Who knew?

Duration: 00:19:50


OLW #24 Getting legally noticed. Stashing your cash (in London). The Hell of Living.

3/18/2016
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Several silly cases end up in the Supreme Court, but the OLW duo speculate that there is this one Bollywood case the judges might actually be interested in. Kunaal believes that in Mumbai, there is no art to living; it’s just the hell of living. Why is Donald Trump just like that Bengali uncle? Anuvab has the answer. The duo mourns the rampant misuse of “air-quotes” and talks about why Holi is fun, but a lot of fear.

Duration: 00:23:43


OLW #23: Leo gets an Oscar, 10 reasons listicles are the future, Instant justice

3/4/2016
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Anuvab and Kunaal discuss Leonadro Dicaprio’s arduous journey to an Oscar win – and did being (digitally) manipulated by a bear finally win it for him? Kunaal cannot understand why Mad Max:Fury Road won all the awards but not ‘Best Picture’. How justice in Indian courts can be served by a loaded gun. Anuvab, deeply disturbed by Kunaal’s weight-loss, consoles himself with donuts. And why there were too many issues at this year’s Oscars.

Duration: 00:18:32


OLW #16: The Escapades of an Indian James Bond

11/27/2015
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Anuvab meets a gem of a person who doesn’t think the Paris attacks, where 130 people lost their lives, are a big deal, because, “But, in the Bombay attacks, just at VT station it was 130!” Kunaal is preparing for his upcoming shoot, where he has to swim in a gutter… literally, and that’s when it hits him – “What am I doing here? Why didn’t I finish my education?” Also on the episode: What would an Indian James Bond be like? What if things such as tables and walls start becoming intolerant?...

Duration: 00:17:48


OLW #15: "Life is an EMI"

11/11/2015
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Anuvab and Kunaal muse about the loss of rock ‘n’ roll from an artist’s rock ‘n’ roll life and contemplate the idea of ownership in a digital age. Also on the episode: What’s the best way to protest against government policy? (Hint: it’s not so much about returning, than it is about asking for more.) Can you find a date at an NGO fundraiser? And, in a Chetan Bhagat moment, what if historians start thinking about what happened in the past?

Duration: 00:20:29


OLW #14: Sorry, Not Sorry

10/30/2015
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It was Kunaal’s birthday, and Anuvab has a conundrum (obviously!)… How can the passage of time be a reason to celebrate a person? But, it’s more about celebrating the fact that you managed to survive another year, says Kunaal. Also on this episode: the duo wonder why Indians are always rushing to places when they are never on time, discuss our tendency for talking during a movie and explain how the years between the ages of 35 and 40 are when you’re supposed to toast your successful...

Duration: 00:18:18


OLW #12: Going to court over Court

10/1/2015
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Director, check. Cinematographer, check. Casting director... NO! Amid the euphoria of Court being selected as India’s entry for the Oscars, Kunaal explains why firing the casting director is what you need to do to make films of such calibre. Anuvab, the authority on all things related to The Empire, traces the discovery of India back to the British civil servants. The duo then addresses a pressing conundrum – what would it be like if your child cheated on you with another set of parents?...

Duration: 00:17:57


OLW #11: Continental in Kolkata

9/18/2015
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Fresh off a trip to Kolkata, Anuvab & Kunaal have a new conundrum to solve – would you actually find Chicken a la Keiv in Keiv? More importantly, is ‘continental cuisine’ really from the continent or is it just an excuse to use a lot of butter and cheese? Also: the duo tells you why their funniest creative moments will go unheard (sure, we believe them!), discuss Europe’s migrant crisis and explain how Donald Trump proves that political ratings are the same as TRPs.

Duration: 00:16:09


OLW #10: TV barons make real life soap opera

9/4/2015
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Conundrums turn towards crime as Anuvab & Kunaal turn voyeuristic, watching the media circus around the murder coverage. Also: Does possessing an anglicised accent ensure you’re treated differently by judge and jury? Do political speeches focus only on entertainment? Why Kunaal is on a high-fat diet and how Anuvab is able to understand Mumbai real estate prices.

Duration: 00:19:25


OLW #9: Vladimir Putin – The real life Salman Khan

8/21/2015
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Anuvab & Kunaal discuss whether it really matters who heads the FTII and when it is okay to throw filmmakers in jail (hint: not when they are students of an institute, protesting at midnight). Anuvab also recounts his experience of being in the audience at a stand-up show and explains why he believes everyone was drunk on the eve of August 15, 1947. Kunaal meanwhile tries to understand why porn has become boring and reveals the strategy behind Indians having several children.

Duration: 00:19:57


OLW #7: Honesty is boring

7/24/2015
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In this episode of Our Last Week: From sports to public behaviour, the duo examines characteristically Indian quirks; Anuvab believes Kabbadi just mirrors the real-life Indian shoving and pushing experience, Kunaal thinks Batman is not a brooding saviour of the world but just a grown man in a black rubber suit and Anuvab explains Kolkata’s competitive fixation with medical conditions.

Duration: 00:16:08


OLW #6: What's life without conundrums

7/10/2015
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In this episode of Our Last Week: Anuvab explains why he loves using the word conundrum. Kunaal on why you can’t discover something that already exists (think: gravity). Attending a dinner party when you’re 40-years-old. Coldplay's impromptu gig in Delhi and Russell Brand’s funnily unfunny tour of India.

Duration: 00:18:03

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