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The World of Momus Podcast

The World of Momus Podcast

By Momus Najmi
Interesting facts and stories from history and various mythologies, mixed in with my random thoughts and philosophy of life - anything that comes from my mind to yours.

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#4 No Human Labels (Random Thoughts)

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#4 No Human Labels (Random Thoughts)

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Biryani (Interesting Facts)
Here I have for you 10 interesting facts about Biryani - linked to the more indepth episode of The Story of Biryani Find out more:
January 16, 2022
Ep14. The Story of Biryani
First episode of the 2nd Season delves into a foody story about Biryani.  Apologies for the intro on Anchor/Spotify - I still don't have access to video format so could not show you my new mascot.  You can see the mascot in Podcast badge/profile pic - he is called Mo Bear.  Sources: · A Culinary Journey for the Love of Biryani: Over 100 Tantalizing Recipes – Tanuj Singh, Varuna Mathur · Biryani – Pratibha Karan · NPR: · Hindustan Times: · The Biryani Blogger: · News18: · BBC: · Crazy Masala Food:
January 15, 2022
Intro to the 2nd Season
I am about to start the second season of the podcast and I have made few changes, few improvements. Hopefully you will like them. Apologies for the bad audio, I used my phone to record this and it hasn't worked perfectly. I will try to fix it in the other episodes if it persists. A video version of this intro is available on:
January 05, 2022
#5 Christmastide (Random Thoughts)
As the last episode of the first season, I had some thoughts surrounding Christmas which I wanted to share with you all.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  PS: The cover picture is my messy little home office corner, which I made a bit Christmasy for the occasion. 
December 23, 2021
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (Bonus Episodes)
This is the reading of a Christmas short story by O.Henry written in 1905, The Gift of the Magi. It is about a young couple who sacrifice everything  they have of value to give each other the best Christmas present.
December 23, 2021
Ep13. Christmas Traditions from around the world
I have got together some Christmas traditions from all over the world with interesting facts in this episode, to get you all in the festive mood.
December 21, 2021
Ep 10. The History of Essex (The other lost episode)
Essex, my home county for the past decade, has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures, from Ancient Britons, Danes, Saxons, Normans, Vikings and Romans over the centuries. Situated in the south east of England, between London and the North Sea, with an area of 3,670 square kilometres and housing a population of 1.842 million people recorded as of 2019. It consists of 12 districts, with Chelmsford being its capital and two unitary authorities of Southend On Sea and Thurrock. Listen to the other lost episode, missed out in the series, about a brief history of Essex and some interesting facts.
December 12, 2021
#4 No Human Labels (Random Thoughts)
In this episode of the random thoughts, I discuss the need to move away from identities that we sometimes enforce on ourselves, move away from the labels and learn to be human again. 
November 29, 2021
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae (Bonus Episodes)
Reading of the poem, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, also in the previous WWI episode.  For Remembrance Day. 
November 11, 2021
Ep12. Guy Fawkes & the Gunpowder Plot
Bonfire Night or The Guy Fawkes Day is the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot planned for the 5th of November 1605 to blow up the houses of parliament and the monarch King James I along with it. It is a day to celebrate in Britain, the defeat of that plot. 
November 05, 2021
The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards (Bonus Episodes)
Reading of short story 'The Phantom Coach' written by Amelia B. Edwards in 1864. This is a Halloween bonus episode and the first time I have recorded a reading of a short story.  If you wish to read and listen to the story at the same time, I will put it up on my website so you can follow along.  For more information:
October 28, 2021
#3 The need for a bit of introspect (Random Thoughts)
It is important to once in a while take stock of ourselves, and understand our place in the universe. Find out more:   Website:
October 21, 2021
#2 My Feelings about 9/11 (Random Thoughts)
My thoughts on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attack.  Originally recorded and released on YouTube, a week after 9th September 2021.
October 12, 2021
#1 Mornings (Random Thoughts)
This is the first episode of the Random Thoughts. The episodes for this section will be numbered differently to distinguish them from the normal History and Myth episodes.  Find out more:
October 08, 2021
Ep6. Roller Coaster Ride (the lost episode)
This is a lost episode, missed out of the sequence, about the history and story of roller coasters with interesting facts and famous coasters from around the world. Sources:
October 04, 2021
Ep11. The Lost City of Atlantis
Was there any city like Atlantis, did Atlantis actually exist?  Resources:  Timeaus and Critias by Plato Plato on Atlantis – Voices of the Past on Youtube Lost City of Atlantis – Naked Science Documentary Legend of Atlantis – Drain the Oceans – National Geographic
September 06, 2021
Three poems from Mumblings of a Fool (Bonus Episodes)
This is a bonus episode, where I read 3 poems from my poetry collection, 'Mumblings of a Fool'.  This collection is available on amazon, as ebook or paperback and it is also available on Kindle Unlimited.  1. Cowards who fight 2. Living in an abyss of discontent 3. To War and Destruction 
August 13, 2021
Ep9. WWI (Brief summary & Interesting facts)
In this episode, I give a brief chronological summary of the first world war and then 40 interesting facts. I also read In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.
August 12, 2021
Ep8. Felis Catus - How cats became our purrfect companions
An introduction to feline species, the story of their domestication and some interesting facts - about our purrfect, furry companions.  Sources:  Britannica, National Geographic, Mental Floss The Carnivores by R.F Emer Big Cat Genomics, research paper by Stephen J O'Brien and Warren E. Johnson How the leopard got its spots by Lars Wordelin and Lennart Olsson
July 28, 2021
Ep7. Moirai - The Goddesses of Fate
Moirai (Pronounced Moy-rye in English or Mee-reh in Greek) were the 3 sisters and goddesses of fate according to Hesiod.  This episode gives a bit of overview about them and their disputed origins.   
July 18, 2021
Three of Aesop's Fables (Bonus Episode)
This is a bonus episode with 3 of Aesop's Fables:  1. The Bear and The two Travelers 2. The Father, his sons and the bundle of sticks 3. The Fox and the Grapes
July 09, 2021
Ep5. Early story of Radio & Marconi
This is a brief history of events leading up to the creation of radio and Marconi, with some other interesting facts.
June 30, 2021
Ep4. The Story of Ramen
The origins of Ramen, different styles of Ramen and other interesting facts. Sources:  Barak Kushner -Slurp! A Social and Culinary History of Ramen  George Solt - The Untold History of Ramen: How Politicial Crisis in Japan Spawned a Global Food Craze  Eric Rath - Japan’s Cuisines: Food, Place and Identity
June 24, 2021
Ep3. The Legend of Loch Ness Monster
A brief story with some interesting facts about the Loch Ness Monster or Nessie.  Sources used: The Scotsman, Live Science, Sky History, BBC, Britannica and other anonymous sources. 
June 21, 2021
Ep2. The Story of Sandwich
The Story of Sandwich - from one slice of bread to the other with a whole lot in between.  Visit:
June 16, 2021
Ep1. The History of Early Britain
Early Britain - From Stone Age to Norman Conquest Linked to
June 14, 2021
June 13, 2021
June 13, 2021