The Experience Delhi Podcast is the first ever podcast for travellers to Delhi.
Ketaki and Anubhav explore the streets to give you a rich context for your trip to Delhi. We cover lots of common questions from arranged marriages to the history of Delhi in the first six episodes of this podcast, its absolutely free. Have a listen. If you like it, take the shopping tour or buy our books.
Ketaki and Anubhav speak with their friend Akhilesh and try to make sense of the caste system. Unlike every thing else you’ll read about the caste system, we cover both the positives and negatives of the caste system in India. We discuss this system of social stratification and its lack of relevance in modern urban India society.
RJ Sarthak is the same age as Ketaki and I and we have a lot of shared memories. of Delhi. We discussed how things have become better and where is the heart of Delhi today and how to find it in your travel to Delhi. Hope you enjoy this conversation. We discuss Sarthak’s place in radio in Delhi and move onto a deeper discussion on Delhi, how to enjoy Delhi, what to eat in Delhi and so on.
Sarthak is incredibly funny and genuine. Hope you like listening to this episode
This is it. Ketaki and Anubhav speak with a close friend, Akhilesh to understand what is Hinduism? Why it is hard to understand Hinduism from a western perspective? We then talk about the goal of life as per Indian philosophy or Darshanas. We briefly cover a few of the nine philosophies in ancient India.
We attempt to answer common questions about Adwait Vedanta and the concept of the one in this philosophy. This then allows us to talk about the four aims of life or the Purusharthas – Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Akhilesh talks about Moksha and the “one” called “Bhrahma”. The goal in life is to realise you are the one or in unity with the one in all of us. We discuss how Hinduism is different from other semetic religions in the world because the path to Moksha is not dependent on the existence of one book or a founder or a leader. We understand what makes Hinduism a living tradition and how rituals are changing over time and are dependent on Desh (area), Kal (time) and Patra (person). There was a time when there were no temples in India. Hindus are concerned with the goal of life. We talk about the Aachar (actions) and Vichaar (thoughts) and how we should seek alignment between the two all the time. Finally we sum up by talking about Kabir and the elimination of the ego as a path to Moksha.
We are so pleased to bring this Episode to you. Ketaki and I spoke with Devdutt Pattnaik and got his answers to common questions asked by travellers to Delhi, India.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he focused on his passion full time. He is author of 30 books and 600 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series. He was a speaker at TEDIndia 2009 and spoke on Myths that Mystify, East versus West. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok
We cover a lot of questions in this conversation with Devdutt:
- When travellers check in to a hotel, the hotel greets them with a dot on the forehead or Tilak. These travellers often ask us, why? What is this supposed to mean? Is that how everybody is welcome home so why don’t we start with that?
- How is the Tilak different from the Bindi and a lot of different smears of ashes and other things that people have one their foreheads?
- We get a lot of questions around the millions of gods that exist in India. How do we make sense of it? Who do you pray to? Does everybody pray to the same god? or can you pick your own god or are these just symbols of a great person? What is the best way to interpret this?
- Ok so depending on your state of mind or state of being you can you change your God?
- And many-handed many-headed gods?
- How should someone make sense of Hinduism? Is it best understood as a philosophy first?
- Why is it that one god is worshipped on one day and another god on another day?
- A lot of guests talk about Buddhism, Hinduism and not as much about Jainism but what is a good way to contrast Buddhism and Hinduism? Some people say that Buddhism is a sanitised form of Hinduism, is that fair?
- I’m dealing with this right now, my daughter is 13 and she is asking us why are we doing these artis and bhajans. Our best answer is that its a ritual and do it until you have a strong point of view.
- Are there any unifying principles around the practice of spirituality in India?
- Would you say purusharthas are universally understood in India?
- What is the best way to understand India. Is it this concept of diversity?
- What about the use of drugs and pharmaceuticals in India. Bhang is understood to be ok to have in India. How should we talk about this?
- Talking about intoxicants, various temples in India offer alcohol and meat but we talk of Hindus as a vegetarian society. Are all hindu’s vegetarian?
- Yoga and Ashrams, does everyone do yoga and meditation in India?
- What are the other potted plants (exported ideas) from India?
- Why are certain plants and animals worshipped?
- What about Rangolis and Mandalas? Can anyone make them their own?
- People get worried when we say that you are born into a religion or a caste. How do we talk about the caste system in India?
- Its a form a limiting mobility?
- Two other potted plants come to mind, like a Guru. Do you have to have a guru?
- What is the difference between Gurus, Sadhu’s and Priests?
- What about Sufism, have you had a chance to explain it to people?
- As you’ve studied so much of Indian Mythology philosophy, has that led to a personal spiritual practice for you?
- Ted Talk: East vs West – Myths that Mystify
- Devdutt’s books on amazon
- Ted India talk: India is not chaotic
How are marriages arranged? What happens? What about matrimonial ads in newspapers, do they work? Do arranged marriages succeed, are they still popular and many more questions are covered in this episode.
Contrasting tales of a young jeweller who chose to open shop in old Delhi and of a 200 year old shop that sells perfumes on the same street.
Who lives in Delhi? What constitutes the 25 million people here? What do they do? Hear the heartwarming tale of a rickshaw driver, a migrant worker in Delhi
Meet Dr. Swapna Liddle – Author, historian and much more tells us what’s interesting about Delhi and what travellers should not miss on their trip to Delhi
Ketaki and Anubhav cover 900 years of the history of Delhi in 15 minutes.
Hosts Ketaki and Anubhav introduce the first ever podcast on Delhi for travellers to Delhi, India.