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What makes people tick? What are the stories they carry with them? In a world of shouting heads, veteran journalist, radio commentator and novelist Sandip Roy sits down to have real conversations about the fascinating world around us and the people who shape it. Catch these engaging interviews every other Sunday
 
The Indian Express brings you a podcast that peels back the layers of political mudslinging and campaign rhetoric to cover everything you need to know about India voting. Express Elections will equip you with expert analysis and commentary on the significant events and players, an assessment of where the current government stands, and an understanding of the electoral process in India.
 
The strength of Tribal Sovereignty not only rests with Tribal leaders and their communities, it's also dependent on its recognition by our Nation's leaders. Tribal sovereignty is expressly recognized in the United States Constitution, and American Indian Advocacy holds this Nation and its leaders accountable for honoring this sovereignty, as well as the treaty and trust responsibilities owed to Indian Country. This podcast series will speak to the importance of this advocacy, alongside curre ...
 
In American Notes, Rudyard Kipling, the Nobel Prize-winning author of the Jungle Book, visits the USA. As the travel-diary of an Anglo-Indian Imperialist visiting the USA, these American Notes offer an interesting view of America in the 1880s.Kipling affects a wide-eyed innocence, and expresses astonishment at features of American life that differ from his own, not least the freedom (and attraction) of American women. However, he scorns the political machines that made a mockery of American ...
 
Kabir (1440 - 1518) was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement.The name Kabir comes from Arabic Al-Kabir which means 'The Great' - the 37th Name of God in the Qur'an.Kabir was influenced by the prevailing religious mood of his times, such as old Brahmanic Hinduism, Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, the teachings of Nath yogis and the personal devotionalism of South India mixed with the imageless God of Islam. The influence of these various doc ...
 
This book features a series of short stories collected by renowned ethnologist Henry R. Schoolcraft. The stories are adapted from old Native American legends with the aim to protect their authenticity from future contamination. Schoolcraft made it his duty to learn the Native American folklore, after living among them in the Great Lakes region and experiencing their culture firsthand. The allegorical collection include tales of adventure, whilst offering exciting explanations for natural phe ...
 
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One thing that has now become clear about India's cricket squad, especially in limited overs, is that it has a great depth of talent. For every position there are multiple good options. For example, for openers alone we have Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and more. In this episode, Gaurav Bhatt is joined b…
 
All the food that we have ever eaten is archived in our memories. This is one of the central ideas behind Edible Archives, a restaurant-cum-research centre in Goa. The project has been spearheading a new way to think about food memory, food heritage, and food biodiversity. In this episode, Sandip talks to its co-founder Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar and …
 
Express Sports is on a two week break and our new episode will be released on 1st of May (Saturday). Meanwhile, check out this episode from our archives where we pit Rohit Sharma with Zaheer Khan and see who is the better cricketer. This episode was part of our fantasy match-up series, and was first published on 13th February, 2020.…
 
Some years ago, Deepak Pahal had been a junior India international boxer, an aspiring Olympian, and many believed that he had a bright future ahead. But Pahal's life took a dramatic turn. He is now one of the most wanted criminals on the radar of the Delhi police, carries a reward of 2 lakhs, and even has a unique modus operandi as a criminal. In t…
 
How far does tribal sovereignty extend when it comes to law enforcement, the identification of crimes, protection of the community, and integrity of tribal governance. The facts of the case now before the Supreme Court in US v. Cooley exposes the Court to a complicated and confusing web of federal law and case law when in comes to inherent sovereig…
 
West Bengal is perhaps the most highly contested state this poll season. The results of this election could change the fate of the two main parties involved - TMC and BJP. But what’s really at stake in these polls? Why is the BJP rolling out the big guns for one state election? And will Mamata Banerjee's slew of welfare schemes help her beat back a…
 
The latest Bollywood sports biopic that has been in the news is the Parineeti Chopra starrer ‘Saina’ based on the life of Badminton champion Saina Nehwal. In this episode, hosts Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda, along with producer Shashank Bhargava review the film, discuss how it compares to other Indian sports biopics, and recommend movies they lik…
 
One of India’s best-selling writers, known for her romantic comedies like Those Pricey Thakur Girls and The Zoya Factor, recently released her first murder mystery titled – Club You To Death, which is set in an elite Delhi club. In this episode, Anuja joins Sandip to talk about the new novel, the politics of Delhi (and Bangalore) clubs, the perils …
 
Last week, Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararamana Bhavani Devi became India’s first ever fencer to qualify for the Olympics. In this episode, Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda are joined by Shivani Naik to talk about what Devi’s qualification means for India, what led to her rise, and the challenges she faced. And if your only frame of reference for fenci…
 
This month is a busy one for sports with multiple international tournaments happening for a variety of different sports. In this episode, hosts Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda catch you up on the big events in Badminton, Boxing, Wrestling, Hockey and Shooting that have happened this month. They talk about why PV Sindhu could have lost at the Swiss O…
 
As multiple states get ready for elections this year, there is a lot that they can learn from this year's polls in Bihar and how politics in the region has evolved over the years. In this episode, Sandip talks to Indian Express' Associate Editor Santosh Singh, who has been following Bihar politics for over two decades, about what Bihar politics wil…
 
Mumbai City coach Sergio Lobera has had a profound impact on the Indian football scene. The number of players he has improved, his unique coaching style, and the goodwill he brings to the Indian Super League is unparalleled. In this episode, Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda talk to Lobera about Mumbai City making it to the AFC Champions League, the c…
 
As Congress begins its work, what's in it for Indian Country? Pandemic Relief has been leading congressional activity in 2021... so what does Congress have in store for Tribal communities? The new Administration has promised better relations with Indian Country, and evidence emerges showing that to be true. And finally, what should the 117th Congre…
 
After long breaks and several (COVID-19 induced) disruptions, events in various sports are now scheduled to take place in full swing. In this episode, Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda are joined by Shivani Naik to talk about PV Sindhu training for the Olympics, Gnanasekaran Sathiyan winning his first Table Tennis National finals, the upcoming Rome Ra…
 
The devastating floods in Uttarakhand that have killed atleast 65 people (139 people still remain missing) were yet another wake-up call to remind us just how fragile mountains are. In this episode, Sandip talks to author Stephen Alter about his latest book, 'Wild Himalaya: A Natural History of the Greatest Mountain Range on Earth'. They discuss wh…
 
The February 24-28 day-night India-England Test is scheduled to take place at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad – the world's biggest cricket stadium. The stadium has the capacity of 1,10,000, and its complex has two practice grounds with nine pitches, and another 11 on the central square. But this impressive stadium also has an intriguing political …
 
In a response to enormous voter turnout in the 2020 general election, that in part has been fueled by the loud but baseless cry of voter fraud and election irregularities, state legislators across the country have introduced hundreds of bills that impact access to the ballot box… some restrictive and many expansive. So far this year, 165 restrictiv…
 
The remote broadcasting of sports, during the pandemic, faced many challenges but it also gained its fair share of rewards. In this special episode of Express Sports, Mihir Vasavda and Gaurav Bhat talk to Sanjog Gupta, head of sports at Star India, about remote broadcasting, increase in cricket viewership, the huge success of last year's IPL, the o…
 
While the SARS- COV 2 virus surges around the world and mutates, India's number of COVID-19 deaths went below 100 for the first time since May. So, what's with the COVID-19 mystery in India? Are we heading towards herd immunity? In this episode, microbiologist Dr Gagandeep Kang and Sandip Roy discuss why South Asian and Sub-Saharan countries have s…
 
Sitting together for the first time in a year, our hosts discuss the recently-concluded wrestling nationals and the upcoming Australian Open. Mihir Vasavda shares his experience of covering the men's wrestling nationals in Noida and the women's meet in Agra, and what the results mean in the Olympic scheme of things. Afterwards, Gaurav previews the …
 
With the new incoming Administration, there is new hope that Indian Country needs will be properly addressed. The new Administration has pledged a commitment to Indian Country, and knowing and understanding the pledges is important to Tribal leaders and advocates as this Administration's agenda rolls out. It will be important to hold the Administra…
 
After the historic Test series win Down Under, Team India is preparing to take on England at home. English cricket writers Lawrence Booth and Ali Martin join Sriram Veera to discuss how India's triumph in Australia was viewed in England and whether the England vs India rivalry is on par with The Ashes.…
 
2020 was a year like no other — it saw streams of migrant workers walking home, millions dying from coronavirus and revealed India’s inadequate health infrastructure. The lockdown also forced us to stay at home, but that is a privilege that still belongs to only a select few. So what do we know about what India's lockdown meant for those without a …
 
In this week's episode, Mihir Vasavda is joined by Sriram Veera and Sandip G to talk about India's dramatic series win against Australia. They also shed some perspective on why this triumph is regarded as generation defining, the making of this team and how the team can build on this.Door The Indian Express
 
In order to effectuate meaningful and lasting change, voices of concern must be heard. For the American Indian, all too often, tribal issues and concerns have been an afterthought. This country needs to honor its treaty and trust responsibilities to Tribal Nations, and American Indian advocacy must play the role of ensuring voices are heard, and ho…
 
In this episode, Indian Express’ sports writer Shivani Naik joins Mihir Vasavda to first talk about the significance of the Sydney Test being stopped after Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah allegedly faced racial abuses from the crowd, and whether this will lead to lasting changes in cricket and make players introspect. And next, they discuss India…
 
Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda discuss R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari’s stunning resilience, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant’s intent and the ugly scenes from the stands, which held-up play on Sunday, as a battered, bruised and abused India snatched a draw from a precarious position in the third Test against Australia.…
 
A witch with a beak eats a girl’s brain, a gibbon-like monster shrinks when a person looks at its feet, a boulder demon seduces women — India’s folklores are limitless and have a long history. Folk tales vary across Lakshadweep, Kashmir and Mizoram and travel between religions. Some of them are told to scare naughty children, a few are veiled attem…
 
A number of sportspersons, from different sports, have now expressed their annoyance at the ongoing restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. But is that annoyance really justified? In this episode, Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda discuss this, along with the struggles of sportspersons during the pandemic, and how the vaccine might change the sporting …
 
What are the challenges of promoting the Olympics? Is hosting the sporting event becoming too much of a challenge for any one city? Will breakdancing, surfing and esports become mainstream in the future? And what will Olympians look like in the future? To answer these questions and more, in this episode Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda talk to Michae…
 
In this episode, Sriram Veera, Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda talk about India's win over Australia in the Boxing Day Test, regarded as the most significant away win yet. Sriram gives a peek into what transpired inside the dressing room after the Adelaide debacle, how debutant Mohammed Siraj reacted when his teammates raised a toast to his performa…
 
How much has the BJP veered away from the Vajpayee style of governing? Could you really have called Vajpayee a moderate and LK Advani, a hardliner? And what can be learned from the sense of unity in the BJP? In this episode, Sandip talks to political scientist Dr Vinay Sitapati about his latest book, Jugalbandi: The BJP before Modi, in which he dea…
 
From Tokyo Olympics getting postponed and the sporting world coming to a grinding halt, to now tournaments taking place inside bio-bubbles and players being cheered on by the sound of a fake audience, 2020 has come with a lot of changes. In the last episode of the year, Gaurav and Mihir take a look back at 2020, discuss what it has meant for the sp…
 
In the debut episode of Express Delivery, a show where we will provide a quick take on breaking sports news, Gaurav Bhatt and Mihir Vasavda are joined by Sriram Veera to discuss the scarcely-believable performance by Virat Kohli’s ‘New India’, who were dismissed for 36 against Australia in the first Test. The trio also talks about India’s recurring…
 
From the Ranji Trophy in the 60s to the IPL now, the nature of the game has rapidly changed in many ways. But has this change been for the better? In this episode, Historian, author and cricket fanatic Ramachandra Guha talks to Mihir and Gaurav about his latest book 'The Commonwealth of Cricket', how cricket has changed over the years, the dangers …
 
Anti-national seems to have become an umbrella term to cover all manners of dissent – protesting students, writers, journalists, separatists, anti-CAA protesters, and even someone reading the preamble. But what does nationalism really mean in the Indian context? And how is it different from patriotism? In this episode, Sandip talks to Dr Shashi Tha…
 
It has been over two weeks since farmers have been protesting in the national capital. And now, a number of sports persons, including Kartar Singh, Gurbax Singh Sandhu, Vijender Singh and Bajrang Punia, have come forward to speak in support of them. There are also those who have said that they will return their award to express solidarity with them…
 
Last week, the legendary footballer Diego Maradona, aged 60, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. In this episode, IE sports writer Sandip G joins Gaurav and Mihir to talk about what made Maradona one of the biggest legends in football, his lasting impact on Indian football's psyche, and Kerala's obsession with Latin America. Later in the …
 
The news about COVID-19 has shifted from daily death tolls and infection numbers to vaccine prospects. The Prime Minister is discussing rollout strategies and touring labs. Amidst the heated debate about the pros and cons of Oxford vs Moderna vs Pfizer vs Covaxin it’s easy to forget that the virus is still surging. Countries in the West are contemp…
 
In this episode, Gaurav and Mihir first talk about Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma being ruled out of the first couple of matches in the upcoming four-Test series in Australia, then discuss Novak Djokovic wanting only three sets at the Grand Slams, the latest season of the Indian Super League (ISL), and finally Mike Tyson making a comeback.…
 
On Friday, football’s Indian Super League (ISL) kicked off its new season. In this episode, Gaurav and Mihir discuss why this season is the one to look forward to, how it will see much better players, and the introduction of ATK Mohun Bagan into the league. Also later in the episode, Mihir talks to Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the goalkeeper for the Indi…
 
Before she was hosting fitness training masterclasses, Mandira Bedi has, among others, worked in advertising, been one of the biggest TV actors of the 90’s and a prominent cricket commentator. In this episode, Sandip talks to Mandira about her career, how she has reinvented herself over the years, and her memoir, Happy For No Reason.…
 
This season of IPL ended with Mumbai Indians (MI) defeating Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets and winning their fifth IPL trophy. Over time, MI seems to have become a sporting dynasty. But what has made that possible? In this episode, Gaurav and Mihir discuss the various factors that have contributed to their success, and whether Rohit Sharma should beco…
 
The Express Sports podcast is now 100 episodes old, and to celebrate this milestone, the co-founder and former host of the podcast, Daksh Panwar joins Mihir and Gaurav as they look back at how it all started, the journey so far, and the way ahead. And as a special surprise, we invited two of our superfans to join us for a chat – listen in!…
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, a lot of people remain hopeful for a vaccine. And right now several vaccines are in the works. But how will we know which is the right one? How effective will it be? Will there be enough for all of us? And will we be able to stop social distancing then? To answer these questions and more, Sandip speaks…
 
The tour of Australia, which comprises three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and four Tests, is scheduled to start on November 27. Earlier this week, the BCCI senior national selection committee announced the three teams for the series. The selection however created a controversy because it left out players like Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, and Su…
 
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