Welcome to What's a Man? Masculinity in India podcast with your host, Deepa Narayan, an award-winning writer, and researcher, as she explores what it means to be a man today. The series explores power and love in different aspects of men’s lives in homes, schools, and offices. Listen to the responses of some of the 200 educated middle and upper-class boys as young as 7-years old and men across the LGBTQIA + spectrum in Delhi, Mumbai, and other cities with special guests in each episode. These educated boys and men believe in gender equality and are often impatient with the male-female binary.
The goal of this 10-episode podcast series is to open up compassionate, slow conversations through deep listening about what it means to be a boy or man in India today. Know more here and subscribe: www.whatsaman.com
Ep 4 Men & Sex
Sexual power rather than sexual desire dominates the sexual arena in the absence of sexuality education. In this episode of the What’s A Man? Masculinity in India podcast, we explore men’s experiences with their own sexuality. It is based on interviews with over 250 educated middle and upper-class youth and men in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities; and two special guests: Paromita Vohra, filmmaker and founder of Agents of Ishq; and Dalip Tahil, veteran Bollywood actor and theatre artist. The absence of education on sexuality as a normal integrated part of human life is astounding.
Ep 3 Men's Bodies
Men’s bodies are no longer just bodies, they have been monetized to sell muscle as power and success. Welcome to the third episode of What’s A Man: Masculinity in India podcast, in which Dr. Deepa Narayan explores men’s relationships with their bodies. In this episode, you will hear from some of the 250 young boys and men from middle and upper-class families. Special guests for this episode are Dutch anthropologist and author of Muscular India Michiel Baas, who researched Indian men and their bodies for over 10 years; Pradeep Bhatia, a fitness trainer to Bollywood stars, a true rags-to-riches story; and Sahiba Dhupar, an image consultant who trains men in power dressing and confidence projection. Through all of these conversations, Deepa traverses the landscape of the male body and discovers how men’s bodies have become sources of anxiety and trauma and how most educated parents in the big cities still avoid talking to their boys about their bodies.
Ep 2 What does power mean to men?
This is the second episode of What's a Man? Masculinity in India podcast in which your host Deepa Narayan, an award-winning researcher, explores what power means to young boys and men.
The questions we ask are simple. You will first hear the most common responses about power from some of the 250 middle and upper-class boys (including 7-year olds) and men interviewed for this podcast.
Deepa Narayan then explores the nature of power and its consequences in different models of masculinity. Special Guests include General Panag, a retired army general, Anand Giridharadas, a New York Times Bestselling author and political commentator, and Vishal Talreja, head of an NGO who gave up his CEO role to learn to exercise power in a more feminine way.
Ep 1 What does it mean to be a man today?
Welcome to the first episode of What's a Man? Masculinity in India podcast where your host, Deepa Narayan, guides you through an auditory experience exploring what it means to be a man today. Based on over 200 in-depth interviews with middle and upper-class men in Delhi, Mumbai, and other cities. It features special guests Amish Tripathi - India’s superstar mythologist, and Sushant Digvikar - a gay man, actor, singer, and drag queen, we’ll explore how the myths and expectations of being a man box many into a narrow definition of masculinity--damaging men and perpetuating gender inequality.