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One Book A Day

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I Travelled Among Unknown Men by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH | Bookcast #42

One Book A Day

I Travelled Among Unknown Men by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH | Bookcast #42

One Book A Day

Broken Republic by Arundhati Roy | Bookcast #83
Arundhati Roy's non-fiction work revolves around her role as a social activist. I read through some of her essays in this podcast.
February 26, 2021
A Letter to a Hindu by Leo Tolstoy | Bookcast #82
A letter written by Leo Tolstoy and published by Mahatma Gandhi. What can this letter teach us in today's world?
February 25, 2021
Indian Way of Thinking by AK Ramanujan | Bookcast #81
Is there an Indian way of thinking? What does the great 20th century poet AK Ramanujan think about this? Let's see.
February 24, 2021
Introduction to Sikhism | Bookcast #80
In this podcast, I throw light at some of the basic ideas of Sikhism and explain what this religion is all about.
February 23, 2021
A New Idea of India | Bookcast #79
Harsh Madhusudhan and Rajeev Mantri bring a new idea of India. That of India as a civilisational state. Which is not really a new idea but an ancient one. How's this shaping the new India? Let's find out in this book.
February 22, 2021
Woke Comedy by Titania McGrath | Bookcast #78
Titania McGrath is a fictional character created by comedian Andrew Doyle. She has written a couple of books which poke fun at modern social justice movements. Let's see.
February 21, 2021
Life by Emily Dickinson | Bookcast #77
I read out this beautiful, short poem by Emily Dickinson.
February 20, 2021
Shiva (The Hindu God) by Devdutt Pattanaik | Bookcast #76
Devdutt Pattanaik in his book 7 Secrets of Shiva unfolds many stories related to the Hindu God Shiva. I read a few pages from the book.
February 19, 2021
The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker | Bookcast #75
The popular work from the 20th century holds a great value even today. Let's read a little bit of it.
February 18, 2021
Gandhi's Murderer | Bookcast #74
Nathu Ram Godse, who murdered Mahatma Gandhi, had his own version of the political events of India. I share some of these controversial ideas from Godse's writings.
February 17, 2021
Death by Sadhguru | Bookcast #73
In his book Death, An Inside Your Story, Indian mystic Sadhguru explores the subject which we generally consider very dark. I read a few passages from the book.
February 16, 2021
Buddhist Meditations: Samatha and Vipassana | Bookcast #72
Two of the popular Buddist meditation techniques - Samatha and Vipassana - provide a great opportunity to train one's mind. Let's learn about them.
February 15, 2021
Man, Symbols and Dreams by Carl Jung | Bookcast #71
Carl Jung in his final work Man and His Symbols provides some interesting explanations which hold key to his other works. I read a few passages for you.
February 14, 2021
Jinnah by Ishtiaq Ahmed | Bookcast #70
Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah has been a much talked about figure in the subcontinent history. A recent book explores his life a little more.
February 13, 2021
Taliban in Afghanistan | Bookcast #69
What does the literature say about the origin and ideology of Taliban? How does impact the life in Afghanistan? I read a few passages from a book on the subject.
February 12, 2021
The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray | Bookcast #68
Douglas Murray's recent book which talks about the madness prevalent in our society has become a huge hit. I read a few pages from the book.
February 11, 2021
Stories from India: The Caste | Bookcast #67
In this short story, I will bring your attention to the lower castes of Hindus in India.
February 10, 2021
Stories from India: The Monsoon | Bookcast #66
A lot has been written on Indian monsoons. I share a short piece with you.
February 9, 2021
Benedict Anderson on Nationalism (Imagined Communities) | Bookcast #65
I read out a few excerpts from this wonderful book.
February 8, 2021
Introduction to Zen (Buddhism) | Bookcast #64
I briefly explain the idea of Zen through the words of Zen masters.
February 7, 2021
Tagore on (Indian) Nationalism | Bookcast #63
Rabindranath Tagore, the great Indian writer, had quite strong views on Nationalism. I read a few passages from his writings.
February 6, 2021
Aryan Invasion/Migration Theory | Bookcast #62
Is the Aryan Invasion Theory a myth or plain truth? I explore some literature on the subject.
February 5, 2021
Sigmund Freud on Psychoanalysis | Bookcast #61
Psychoanalysis introduced by the founder of the subject himself.
February 4, 2021
Travels in India by Pankaj Mishra | Bookcast #60
Pankaj Mishra wrote his first book in 1995 where he described his travel experiences in the small-towns of India. I read through some of the pages.
February 3, 2021
Thomas Sowell on Race | Bookcast #59
What does one of the brightest mind on earth has to say on Race? Let's find out.
February 2, 2021
Understanding Myanmar (Burma) Crisis | Bookcast #58
There was a military coup in Myanmar today. What's the story behind? Let's explore that from the pages of history.
February 1, 2021
Franz Kafka's Short Notes | Bookcast #57
Franz Kafka left behind a large repository of unpublished works which deserve to be read. I read a few really short pieces here.
January 31, 2021
The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read | Bookcast #56
What is Art really? This book by Herbert Read provides some answers.
January 30, 2021
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | Bookcast #55
I read the first few pages of this 20th century masterpiece.
January 29, 2021
Kamasutra on Kissing | Bookcast #54
Kamasutra is a treasure when it comes to learning intimacy. I read the chapter on kissing.
January 28, 2021
Train to Pakistan | Bookcast #53
Khushwant Singh's much acclaimed novel still carries a lot of value. I read the first few pages.
January 28, 2021
Mahatma Gandhi on Ahimsa | Bookcast #52
Mahatma Gandhi's principle of non-violence in his own words.
January 27, 2021
Alain de Botton on Status Anxiety | Bookcast #51
I read out excerpts from Alain de Botton's bestselling book Status Anxiety.
January 26, 2021
Shortest Funniest Stories | Bookcast #50
In the 50th episode, I bring you some funny short-stories from a book called The Book of Heroic Failures.
January 25, 2021
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost | Bookcast #49
The two roads diverged and which one did I take? Let's recite this beautiful poem.
January 24, 2021
The Story of First World War | Bookcast #48
It's very hard to give a brief idea of this huge event but I try my best.
January 24, 2021
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou | Bookcast #47
I recite this passionate poem by Maya Angelou.
January 23, 2021
The Kerala Story by Shashi Tharoor | Bookcast #46
In this episode, I read out some excerpts from Shashi Tharoor's book India: From Midnight to the Millenium.
January 21, 2021
We Wear The Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar | Bookcast #45
I recite this poem on The Mask. Not the ones we are wearing during the pandemic but the ones we have been wearing all alone.
January 18, 2021
Introduction to The Theory of Evolution | Bookcast #44
It's a good idea to discuss some really good ideas out there. Which is exactly what I am doing in this podcast.
January 17, 2021
Arthur Schopenhauer on Authorship | Bookcast #43
Schopenhauer's perspective on writers and authors is quite interesting. Here I narrate one of essays on the subject.
January 15, 2021
I Travelled Among Unknown Men by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH | Bookcast #42
I recite this famous poem from an English poet.
January 14, 2021
A Journey Around My Room by Xavier de Maistre | Bookcast #41
In this episode, I read out a passage from an 18th century book which can help you survive a quarantine.
January 13, 2021
I Sit Beside the Fire and Think by JRR Tolkien | Bookcast #40
I recite this poem remembering Bilbo Baggins and the poet Tolkien himself.
January 12, 2021
How to Write a (Humorous) Story by Mark Twain | Bookcast #39
Mark Twain, perhaps the greatest humourist to have ever lived, also wrote on writing humour. I read from his writings.
January 12, 2021
Stationary Point by Pablo Nerudo | Bookcast #38
I recite the English translation of a Nobel-prize winning poem from Pablo Neruda. It is called "Stationary Point” and was published in Voyages and Homecomings, 1959, in Spanish.
January 11, 2021
Jonas Jonasson on Donald Trump | Bookcast #37
Jonas Jonasson's comic novel The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year Old Man covers some of today's world politics. I read a passage from the novel.
January 10, 2021
You're by Sylvia Plath | Bookcast #36
I recite this short and beautiful poem by Sylvia Plath.
January 10, 2021
Malgudi Days by RK Narayan | Bookcast #35
Let's visit a small fictional town in India called Malgudi.
January 9, 2021
O Me O Life by Walt Whitman | Bookcast #34
Reciting this beautiful poem from Walt Whitman.
January 7, 2021
Invictus by William Ernest Henley | Bookcast #33
A poem that never gets old.
January 6, 2021
How to Get Published in India | Bookcast #32
Meghna Pant's new book tries to answer this age old question: how does one publish a book in India?
January 6, 2021
January by Ruskin Bond | Bookcast #31
How the life is like in January -- from the notebook of Ruskin Bond.
January 5, 2021
Introduction to Buddhism | Bookcast #30
Let's talk about Buddhism.
January 5, 2021
Introduction to Jainism | Bookcast #29
Let's learn about Jainism or Jain Dharma.
January 4, 2021
If by Rudyard Kipling | Bookcast #28
Narrating this famous poem in this podcast.
January 4, 2021
Books Banned in Pakistan | Bookcast #27
The list of books banned in Pakistan is really long. I try to give you some idea about it in this short podcast.
January 3, 2021
On Lying in Bed by GK Chesterton | Bookcast #26
GK Chesterton wrote some beautiful essays in his lifetime. It would be unfair to not share them. I will bring more essays in the coming podcasts.
January 2, 2021
Manto: Why I Write | Bookcast #25
I bring you the essay written by Saadat Hasan Manto. It's called Why I Write.
January 1, 2021
George Orwell: Why I Write | Bookcast #24
From the pages of George Orwell's famous essay Why I Write.
December 31, 2020
December by Ruskin Bond | Bookcast #23
From now on, every month I will bring a passage from Ruskin Bond's writing journals.
December 30, 2020
Albert Camus on Suicide | Bookcast #22
There has been a long tradition of philosophers who explored the question of suicide. In this podcast, I read a chapter from Albert Camus's famous work The Myth of Sisyphus.
December 28, 2020
Sir Roger Scruton on Beauty | Bookcast #21
Sir Roger Scruton, in his book Beauty, explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object — either in art, in nature, or the human form — beautiful. Let's discuss.
December 16, 2020
Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude | Bookcast #20
One of the greatest novels of the 20th century One Hundred Years of Solitude is a classic example of magical realism. There is the historical element in it, there is magic, and there is a beautiful use of the language with long sentences, powerful imagery and subtle humour. I read the first couple of pages in this episode.
December 14, 2020
How Will You Measure Your Life | Bookcast #19
In this episode, I read an excerpt from Clayton Christensen's bestselling book How Will You Measure Your Life.
December 13, 2020
Reading Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children | Bookcast #18
In this episode, I read out a few pages of Salman Rushdie's Booker-winning novel, Midnight's Children.
December 12, 2020
Reading Saadat Hasan Manto Part 2 | Bookcast #17
Toba Tek Singh is one of the most popular short stories of Manto. I narrate the story in this podcast.
December 11, 2020
Reading Saadat Hasan Manto Part 1 | Bookcast #16
Saadat Hasan Manto was among the most powerful Urdu writers of all times. In this podcast, I read one of his satirical pieces where he is mocking the idea of a religious state.
December 10, 2020
A Story from The Upanishads | Bookcast #15
Narrating the story of Shvetaketu, a young boy who learns some profound lessons on the Hindu ideas of the Self from his father, Rishi Uddalaka.
December 9, 2020
The Travels of Ibn Battutah | Bookcast #14
Ibn Battutah was a traveller from Morocco who travelled across Africa, middle-East, Europe, central Asia, India and China. Let's travel through his travels.
November 5, 2020
The Story of Tea | Bookcast #13
Let's discuss the story of tea and how it became such an important part of our lives.
October 28, 2020
Why Men Rape ft. Tara* Kaushal | Bookcast #12
In this episode, I discuss the causes and various theories of rape. Author Tara* Kaushal joins me with her expertise on the subject.
October 6, 2020
India, Colonialism and Freedom | Bookcast #11
India just celebrated its idependence day and it's worth looking at the history of colonialism in India and how the country got its freedom.
August 16, 2020
Understanding Rabindranath Tagore's World | Bookcast #10
Rabindranath Tagore was a poet, lyricist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, philosopher among many other things. In order to understand the vast body of works that he has left behind, we must learn what it is all about.
June 30, 2020
Reading Richard Dawkins' Books | Evolutionary Biology and Atheism | Bookcast #9
Richard Dawkins has spent his life advocating the value of reason as opposed to organised religion. Let's understand his ideas through the books that he has written.
June 29, 2020
Books for Monsoon | Bookcast #8
As the monsoon arrives, what books can we look forward to? Especially that so many of us are stuck in our homes, it presents a perfect time to read more books as we watch the rains.
June 23, 2020
Books Banned in India | Bookcast #7
I discuss the books that were banned in India in the last one hundred years and the reasons why they were banned.
June 22, 2020
Story of Prophet Muhammad | The First Muslim | Bookcast #6
We don't witness history. But, through books, we can understand it. Let's visit the life of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
June 21, 2020
Mandukya Upanishad | Aum Mantra in Hinduism | Bookcast #5
Upanishads are important texts in Hinduism. In this episode, I discuss the shortest of them, perhaps most complicated. The Aum sound is important part of this text and is used to represent the states of consciousness.
June 20, 2020
Understanding Alain de Botton | Bookcast #4
I go through the works of Alain de Botton and discuss some of his books which you should read.
June 19, 2020
Is Morality Subjective or Objective? | Bookcast #3
Is morality subjective or objective? Can we have right and wrong answers on morality? I discuss Sam Harris's book The Moral Landscape and try to answer these questions.
June 18, 2020
Philosophy of Liberals and Conservatives | Bookcast #2
Let's understand the philosophy of liberals and conservatives through the lens of morality, psychology, and social behaviour.
June 17, 2020
How to Travel in Lockdown | Bookcast #1
Thank goodness! If not for books, we would find it so hard to experience the joys of travelling during the lockdown. But, what to read? Don't worry. We will help you out.
June 16, 2020