Vijayendra Mohanty on media, culture, and creativity. A podcast about where India came from and where it is going.
A response to Devdutt Pattanaik on Hindutva and Hinduism
Mythologist and writer Devdutt Pattanaik recently gave an interview on Akash Banerjee's YouTube channel The Deshbhakt. In it, he made several comments that I felt oversimplified and misrepresented the truth about culture, religion, and politics. So I decided to make a response to the video. I highly recommend that you watch the video before listening to my response.
Asimov, Nolan brothers, and learning from the future
This episode is about a theme that I found common to the works of Asimov, Christopher Nolan, and Jonathan Nolan. It has to do with the future affecting the past and also perhaps with dropping our reliance on the past to some degree.
Making money as an independent creator in India
This week's episode is about how many creative people in India hesitate to monetise their content by asking their followers and fans for money and why that tendency exists. It is also about how to overcome those mental blocks.
Fake fans, sneaky propaganda, and insulting atheists
In this episode, I talk about how trolls can sometimes come disguised as fans and how they insidiously try to divert content creators from their goals.
I also talk about how telling an atheist he will one day learn to believe is actually quite insulting.
How I annoy my followers and grow my account
This week I talk about how my favourite way of growing my Instagram account has been to periodically challenge the preconceptions of my followers. Of course, what goes without saying is that my idea of "growth" is not simply increasing my follower count or my post views.
I also spend some time explaining why I am wary of the appearance of being intelligent and how that has to do with toxic strains of Indian culture.
The Indian Atheist problem
The thing that has been on my mind for the last week has been being an Indian atheist and the complications that come with it because much of the impetus behind the modern atheism movement comes from Western atheism movement, a cultural movement which was primarily anti-Abrahamic religions. And Abrahamic religions are followed in India by persecuted minorities. This episode is mostly me talking out aloud about how to strike an internal balance.