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EXPLOCITY PODCASTS presents The Literary City With Ramjee Chandran. This podcast is devoted to words—written, spoken or signed. Words rule everything...song lyrics, a movie script, a play, prose, poetry or a podcast. We will feature readers and writers, publishers, people of prose and poetry and playwrights. The Literary City podcasts will feature English language teachers, grammar police, literary lounge lizards...and, oh yes, a cunning linguist or ten.

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EXPLOCITY PODCASTS presents The Literary City With Ramjee Chandran. This podcast is devoted to words—written, spoken or signed. Words rule everything...song lyrics, a movie script, a play, prose, poetry or a podcast. We will feature readers and writers, publishers, people of prose and poetry and playwrights. The Literary City podcasts will feature English language teachers, grammar police, literary lounge lizards...and, oh yes, a cunning linguist or ten.

    The Importance Of Being Seated Opposite Oscar Wilde And The Love Story In Wordle

    The Importance Of Being Seated Opposite Oscar Wilde And The Love Story In Wordle

    If there is, at all, succession in life cycles, Prasad was a child of the Roaring Twenties. And not— as many might fall to wrongly assume—a lapsed constituent of the flower power years of the 60s, nor of the decade of anti-establishment protest that was the 70s.

    Free of dogma, and always curious about where style is headed next, Prasad Bidapa is  Downton Abbey meets The Devil Wears Prada.

    Most people of talent communicate naturally. They use words, sometimes pictures and sometimes fashion; sometimes all of the above. Prasad is a writer, an incessant reader and a sponge to contemporary style.

    In this episode, Ramjee Chandran talks to Prasad about his affinity for Oscar Wilde, the eclecticism in his reading and his curiosity for the movement in popular culture.

    Prasad talks about education and the experiences he shares with wife Judy in parenting their children, Aviva Bidapa (see Instagram), a designer rising in popularity, and son Adam, who runs a homestay in the pretty hamlet of Pollibetta in Coorg. (Great for a weekend getaway, Adam Bidapa's homestay is Coorg Kolamotte Homestay, and can be found here: https://explo.in/3FATCqO.)

    As someone who is non-judgmental, Prasad is not beyond letting a biting witticism escape him. Listen to Prasad reading Meryl Streep's monologue from The Devil Wears Prada with the conviction that only an insider can rock.

    Prasad opens the session with a reading of an excerpt from "The Philosophy Of Dress" by Oscar Wilde. Here's the excerpt:
    "Fashion rests upon folly. Art rests upon law. Fashion is ephemeral. Art is eternal. Indeed what is a fashion really? A fashion is merely a form of ugliness so absolutely unbearable that we have to alter it every six months! It is quite clear that were it beautiful and rational we would not alter anything that combined those two rare qualities. And wherever dress has been so, it has remained unchanged in law and principle for many hundred years."
    NEW RELEASES
    WORDLE has swept into the hearts of lovers of things that people do with words, beyond reading and writing them. Was Wordle a gift of love? A romantic story? With spinach? Find out!
    (Play: https://explo.in/3tCRYm5)

    WHAT'S THAT WORD?! - "THE WHOLE NINE YARDS"
    Co-host Pranati "Pea" Madhav joins Ramjee Chandran in the segment titled "What's That Word?", or titled in whichever way Ramjee fumbles the title. They dive into the usage and etymology of the oft-used phrase, "the whole nine yards".

    If you have a word, expression or phrase you would like to know more about, we would love to have you join us live on the show. You can reach out to us by mail: theliterarycity@explocity.com or simply, tlc@explocity.com.
    Or, you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bangaloreliterarysociety.
    Or you can go to our Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/explocityblr/.
    If your word or phrase is selected, we will call you.

    Join our Facebook group, Bangalore Literary Society. It does not matter if you are not in Bangalore. This group is for anyone interested in language and words.

    HELP EDUCATE A NEEDY CHILD
    The Literary City encourages you to give to those children who struggle to get an education. A shoutout to all institutions who help needy children get this education. We ask you to contribute whatever you can to The Association of People with Disability. The link to donate is: https://www.apd-india.org/donations. Visit their site and take a look at the wonderful work they do and find it in your heart to, well, teach

    • 32 min
    How To Hurl A Critic With Great Force. Also Bodice Ripper Romances.

    How To Hurl A Critic With Great Force. Also Bodice Ripper Romances.

    Anita Nair is one of India's best known authors, whose books have been translated variously and widely, into many languages and across the world.

    Anita and Ramjee Chandran talk about literary critics with some funny examples of the acerbic wit that gives a knowledgeable and competent literary critic the right to "biting sarcasm". Anita is candid about her reaction to receiving a bad review.

    Ramjee talks about what makes Anita Nair special. Her work ethic. Her training as an advertising copywriter and importantly, her sense of romance.

    To us (Explocity) Anita is not only lovely and charming, but special. She is one of our earliest columnists going back to the late 90s. Her column "The Economical Epicurean" was her earliest effort at writing about food.

    In this episode, Anita also talks about her mentoring program, "Anita's Attic". Aspiring writers looking to find their muse, and potentially their Mammon, can apply to become one of her pigeons. The next season of Anita's Attic is coming up to roost. This is a good time to apply. Here are all the details: https://anitasattic.com/

    Anita and Ramjee, friends of decades, are both funny and inspiring in this conversation.  He asks her if, in fact, she is Barbara Cartland. She responds that her study is pink.

    Anita opens the session with a reading of an excerpt from her book, Alphabet Soup For Lovers.

    WHAT'S THE WORD - "SEMINAL"
    Co-host Pranati "Pea" Madhav joins Ramjee Chandran in the segment titled "What's That Word?", or titled whatever Ramjee decides to call it. They dive into the usage and etymology of the word, "SEMINAL".  And its naughty undertones. "Pea" offers up a hilarious joke in this segment.

    If you have a word, expression or phrase you would like to know more about, we would love to have you join us live on the show. You can reach out to us by mail: theliterarycity@explocity.com or simply, tlc@explocity.com.
    Or, you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bangaloreliterarysociety.
    Or you can go to our Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/explocityblr/.
    If your word or phrase is selected, we will call you.

    Join our Facebook group, Bangalore Literary Society. It does not matter if you are not in Bangalore. This group is for anyone interested in language and words.

    HELP EDUCATE A NEEDY CHILD
    The Literary City encourages you to give to those children who struggle to get an education. A shoutout to all institutions who help needy children get this education. We ask you to contribute whatever you can to The Association of People with Disability. The link to donate is: https://www.apd-india.org/donations. Visit their site and take a look at the wonderful work they do and find it in your heart to, well, teach a kid to fish.

    • 33 min
    When Schubert Met Shakespeare. And Spilling The Beans About Coat-tails

    When Schubert Met Shakespeare. And Spilling The Beans About Coat-tails

    What do you ask a guy who is one of the country's foremost classical pianists, a Shakespeare fanboi, a theatre company founder and now, an actor on a Netflix series?

    Well, Ramjee Chandran asks Preetam Koilpillai everything.

    In a fun, laughter-speckled interview, they discuss the problems with stilted education methods and the snobbery surrounding western classical music, which is why Koilpillai will not wear coat-tails and a bowtie in a performance.

    In a double header, Preetam Koilpillai performs Schubert's Impromptu No 2 in Eb and he recites Shylock's speech from Merchant of Venice, exclusively for The Literary City.

    WHAT'S THE WORD - "SPILL THE BEANS"
    Co-host Pranati "Pea" Madhav joins Ramjee Chandran in the segment titled "What Was That Word?", or titled whatever Ramjee wants it to be titled. They dive into the usage and etymology of "SPILL THE BEANS".  And—inspired by Preetam Koilpillai—"coat-tails".

    If you have a word, expression or phrase you would like to know more about, we would love to have you join us live on the show. You can reach out to us by mail: theliterarycity@explocity.com or simply, tlc@explocity.com.
    Or, you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bangaloreliterarysociety.
    Or you can go to our Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/explocityblr/.
    If your word or phrase is selected, we will call you.

    Join our Facebook group, Bangalore Literary Society. It does not matter if you are not in Bangalore. This group is for anyone interested in language and words.

    HELP EDUCATE A NEEDY CHILD
    The Literary City encourages you to give to those children who struggle to get an education. A shoutout to all institutions who help needy children get this education. We ask you to contribute whatever you can to The Association of People with Disability. The link to donate is: https://www.apd-india.org/donations. Visit their site and take a look at the wonderful work they do and find it in your heart to, well, teach a kid to fish.

    • 34 min
    Arm Wrestling Women At Koshy's. And What's A "Duffer"?

    Arm Wrestling Women At Koshy's. And What's A "Duffer"?

    As everybody knows, the principal measure of gender equality is arm wrestling. Our guest on the show today is well-known actor and TV boss, Darius "Tuffy" Taraporvala. Tuffy handles his roles easily, whether he's playing a petulant Mozart, a clueless spy Bernard Boursicot, caught in his honey trap with Shi Pei Pu, a Peking opera singer or one of the Marx Brothers. Ramjee Chandran peels the layers off Tuffy in a fun, freewheeling interview.

    THE WORD - "DUFFER"
    Co-host Pranati "Pea" Madhav joins Ramjee Chandran in the segment, titled "What Was That Word?" or titled whatever the host wants it to be titled. They dive into the usage and etymology of "duffer". Heaven knows there are so many of those who plague us every day.
    If you have a word, expression or phrase you would like to know more about, we would love to have you join us live on the show.
    You can reach out to us by mail: theliterarycity@explocity.com or simply, tlc@explocity.com. Or, you can visit our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bangaloreliterarysociety. Better join the group. It does not matter if you are not in Bangalore. This group is for anyone interested in language and words.

    EDUCATE A CHILD
    The Literary City encourages you to give to those children who struggle to get an education. A shoutout to all institutions who help needy children get this education. We ask you to contribute whatever you can to The Association of People with Disability. The link to donate is: https://www.apd-india.org/donations. Visit their site and take a look at the wonderful work they do and find it in your heart to teach a kid to fish.

    • 22 min
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    Explocity Podcasts presents The Literary City With Ramjee Chandran. This podcast is devoted to words—written, spoken or signed. Words rule everything...song lyrics, a movie script, a play, prose, poetry or a podcast. We will feature readers and writers, publishers, people of prose and poetry and playwrights. The Literary City podcasts will feature English language teachers, grammar police, literary lounge lizards...and, oh yes, a cunning linguist or ten.

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