Ep. 103: (Visarjan Special Shortie!) Eco-Friendly Ganeshas: What's that all about?

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It's submerjan time! The annual festival celebrated in the name of the Hindu pachyderm-headed God, Ganesha involves dunking decorated idols into water bodies. And while it's likely that the average Simblified listener is more likely to be listening to a podcast than throwing Gods into the Sea (good name for a novel!), it's a good time to look at the trend of 'eco-friendly Ganeshas'. Does a more organic idol pollute less? Is this a fringe trend or something sustainable? Join Chuck, Naren and Srikeit as we take a look.

And hey, if you're running a Visarjan procession - why not blare out a Simblified episode instead of an item number?

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit@srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn@shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
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Ep. 102: Pride, Simblified - A Look at Section 377 Which is now History

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On 6 September, India took a massive step forward when the regressive Section 377 (a law that has its roots in the 14th century!) was scrapped, giving members of the LGBTQ community recognition. It's not the end of the battle, and there's a long way to go before they have other rights the rest of us take for granted - such as unions & marriage - not to mention acceptance by society at large and bigoted uncles on Whatsapp Family groups.

The Simblified trio look at the history of the law, and laws pertaining to homosexuality around the world (including some surprising countries where it's legal and illegal).

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit@srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn@shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 101: Window Shopping: European Football Transfer Windows Explained

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Football (or Soccer as the ingrates across the Atlantic call it) sees some ridiculous amounts of money thrown around. Like PSG paid €198 million (over 1700 crore INR) for Neymar but despite spending the annual GDP of a smallish country for a bloke who can kick a ball somewhat well, they can only make the transfer during a specific window of 3 months - which is the football transfer window.
Join the Simblified trio is understanding the quirks of how the transfer window rules work across European football and how the English did a Brexit-style idiocy in their transfer window timings for this season.

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 100: #Simblified100 the Live Recording feat. Amit Varma and Varun Duggirala

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Woohooo! We collectively raise our podcasting bats towards the crowd, who we affectionately call the MBA of Simblified listeners (to recall the collective term). For we have reached our century!

To celebrate, we did a live recording at Doolally, Khar on Aug 25! What's more shocking is that people actually turned up to see us make total arses of ourselves! It was a fabulous couple of hours, and you get here is an edited version of the show.

We talk about fake news - the history, the origins, we do an Irish drinking song, and we speak with the man who runs one of India's best podcasts, The Seen And The Unseen - Amit Varma! We also speak to Varun Duggirala of digital agency The Glitch - about content in the 21st century and why some things become more popular than others, and what the future holds.

The show was one of the most fun things the 3 of us have ever done! But we start off with the origins of Simblified and how a random idea about a music podcast with me and another friend led to the, um, well, whatever Simblified is today.

The three hosts would like to personally thank everyone who's ever been involved on the show - from our producers (Siddhant, Vageesh, Navin and long-suffering Abbas), the sound guys and graphic folks and everyone else at IVM podcasts (esp. Amit and Mae!), and of course - you people who listen and give us feedback and even read these descriptions.

You can find the visual references and slides referred to on the episode here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/bVVxpWMZqWGLSJnX9

Here's the video of the dancing uncle https://bit.ly/2PnFZ4v

On with the show, then. If you'd like to tell us what you think about the show, find us on Twitter: We're @chuck_gopal, @shenoyn and @srikeit!

Ep. 99: How Many Calories Do We Burn Staying Alive?

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A surprising amount of energy is spent just keeping the engine of life inside you going. And a fair bit of that is used up just digesting food. Your Simblifiers go into how our body spends this energy, how other creatures spend it, and whether we can have negative calorie foods - that is foods that will use up more energy being digested than they contribute after being digested.

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 53 (Rebroadcast): Grubs Can Be Grub

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The podders get together this time for a culinary special. But put away your MasterChef fantasies, this is about gourmet… bugs. Enter the fascinatingly terrifying world of entomophagy - the practice of using insects as food.
Listen in to learn about the cultural practices of insect eating, why it can be more nutritious, necessary and even tasty. Find out what your favourite insects taste like and let Chuck ‘bug’ you with an creepy-crawly pun-run.

Do give us a shout on Twitter and let Naren (@shenoyn), Chuck (@chuck_gopal) and Srikeit (@Srikeit) know what you think of this episode and Simblified.

The Simblified podcast is also available on iTunes: https://goo.gl/S5t15w
You can find us on Audioboom: https://goo.gl/43zsI7
Or generally, on just about any app you use to get your podcasts; Stitcher, Overcast, Beyond Pod, Podmalaxmi (that is not real, but don't you wish it was?)

This is an IVM Production; for more such awesome podcasts on the go, download the IVM Podcasts app on Google Play: https://goo.gl/bI1toI and on iOS: https://goo.gl/9UhnGd

Ep. 78 (Rebroadcast): The Russian Moscow-rade that was the US Elections!

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Hey there! We couldn't make it to the studio this week, so here's an old episode again!
Given what L'Orange did in Finland, it's worth re-looking at how the Russians meddled in the US Elections. And given Putin gifted Trump a football that apparently has a chip inside, we might re-re-broadcast this in the future, who knows.

For now, enjoy.

Even if you haven't been following global politics in the last couple of years, you will know two things:
1. Trump is president (yes, sorry, that was not a bad dream)
2. Russia poked its nose in the elections

This week, the intrepid hosts of your favourite Malad-based podcast risk their lives as they do investigative journalism, deep into the Wikipedia article called 'Russian interference in the 2016 US Elections' to bring you this lowdown as to what actually happened, and importantly, why. We end with some glorious puns which will make you wish it was Chuck who was hacked, instead of the Democrats.

Check out this educational episode about how Trump won thanks to the Russians, and why the hosts think that Russia's efforts are actually the best example of 'content marketing' ever executed.

What's Simblified again?
A fortnightly Indian podcast which breaks down things around you - news, interesting careers and things you might not have thought about - in language that you can understand. Expect several poor jokes, PG Wodehouse references and Wikipedia-pilfering. Hosted by Chuck, Naren and Srikeit : Say hello to us on Twitter! @chuck_gopal, @shenoyn, @srikeit.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 98: Simblifying Mental Health with Zain and Avanti

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On this special Simblified episode, Naren and Srikeit talk to Zain Calcuttawala and Avanti Malhotra about their the very relevant and equally misunderstood topic of mental health. We discuss their personal struggles and breakthroughs along with the common misconceptions and taboos surrounding mental health. Also do check out Zain and Avanti's delightfully named podcast 'Marbles Lost and Found' where they have casual yet insightful conversations on mental health issues.

You can start listening to the 'Marbles Lost & Found' podcast here: https://ivm.today/MLF-01

Follow Marbles Lost & Found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marbleslostandfound/

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 97: Assassins and Hasheesh - What's the Connection?

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Join your admittedly ninety pound weakling Simblified hosts as they display some courage and look at Assassins and Hasheesh, and into the legend that the former did the latter before doing their job.

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 96: Near Death Experiences - What ARE they?

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Most of us would have seen death depicted in movies as your spirit leaving your body and going towards a light. Many people who have had near death experiences and have lived to tell the tale report similar experiences.
But what are they really? Your intrepid Simblified hosts dive into this dangerous sounding subject to find out The Truth!

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 95: The FIFA World Cup: History, Trivia and Bad Jokes

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In this World Cup special episode, our trio dig into the annals of the tournament's past: Its origins, where it began, why we have the Chinese to thank for even this, and how the word 'soccer' is, shockingly, a British invention. Oh, and there are plenty of fun facts and bad jokes in there also, which is now signature when Chuck has too much time on his hands. Join in to celebrate the joy of the World Cup with us, even if the Dutch and Italians can't. Heh.

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 94: What's the Procedure to Qualify for the FIFA World Cup?

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The FIFA World Cup is here! As everyone transforms into armchair football fans, we want to give you an edge by Simblifying the complex qualification process to the most popular event on earth. Hear Chuck, Naren and Srikeit talk about each continent's qualification chances (Asia is the hardest, obviously), the expansion of the World Cup over the years and bust the myth about why India didn't participate when they qualified in 1950 (Did you really think it's because they weren't allowed to play barefoot?)

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 93: About that Yanny-Laurel thing that went viral (aural)?

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Audio illusions are an interesting thing. It's when you think your boss said "Wow, amazing job, here's a 15% hike" when what she actually said was, "Holy crap, you're useless. You have 15 minutes to clear out". But apart from that, our brain works in amazing ways to conspire to make us hear and see things that actually don't exist. Fanny-Laurel is one such, and our sagacious hosts take you through several others as well. At the end of this episode, you will question reality, but hey, you listen to Simblified, so you already do, no harm done!

You can check out the audio illusions mentioned on the episode here:

The McGurk effect: https://youtu.be/G-lN8vWm3m0

Shepard Tone: https://youtu.be/BzNzgsAE4F0

Binaural beats: https://youtu.be/SAyA7rfyF38

Virtual barbershop: https://youtu.be/8IXm6SuUigI

Brainstorm/Green Needle: https://youtu.be/1okD66RmktA

Laurel/Yanny: https://youtu.be/7X_WvGAhMlQ

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 92: Schizophrenia and Split personality - are they the same thing?

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Thanks mostly to Hollywood, most people think that Multiple Personality Disorder is the most common manifestation of schizophrenia. But are these two disorders really the same? Your Simblified hosts dig into the matter and split things up for you.

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 91: All You Need to Know about the Flipkart Walmart Deal (Almost)

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Walmart bought Flipkart in a 20 billion dollar deal, recently, dividing thinkers into three groups: one, the people who think it's a brilliant, farsighted decision by Walmart
Two, the people who think it's a terrible disaster and the money is just down the drain and
Three, the rest of us who are wondering how much 20 billion is and is Flipkart giving them a discount
Join your Simblified hosts as they dig deep into things and try to find some answers.

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 90: Why Do We Still Have a British Royal Family?

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Someone from the British Royal Family got married and the world celebrated for some reason. But nobody really knows why - after all, nobody knows what the British Royal family does apart from being a nice tourist attraction. In this Simblified Shortie episode, Chuck and Naren look at how we got here and whether you can be eligible to get the throne on yer cranium some day.

YouTuber CGP Grey has a brilliant history of the Royal Family here. Check it out: https://youtu.be/jNgP6d9HraI

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 89: How Facebook Targets You (And Other Creepy Tales)

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Everyone's suddenly talking about how Facebook used Facebook targeting sneakily and possibly illegally to 'hack' the American Elections. So here's the thing - they actually used Facebook quite legally - if in a manner that would make conscientious people blush. In this episode, Chuck and Srikeit shock Naren with the several targeting parameters that Facebook offers to anyone who wants to advertise on the platform. What you will learn is that everything you do - everything you post, like, share, and every time you use Facebook to log in to an app, there is data collected about you that can be used to target something to you. That's either creepy or awesome depending on your point of view. The glorious thing is that you can check out all these options yourself on facebook.com/ads. Join in for this Digital Marketing 101 class packaged with several bad jokes!

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 88: Do Inuit Really Have a 100 Words for Snow?

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Popular myth has it that Inuit have hundreds of words for snow, because that's pretty much all their life. But do they, really? Your Simblified hosts go into the truth and find out that... well, listen to it.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 87: Swinging Either Way

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Recently, some people brought the glorious game of cricket into disrepute, but enough of the IPL commentary. There was an incident where some silly Australians tried to tamper with the ball to gain some advantage. Now, what that advantage is, and indeed, why do cricket balls behave the way they do, is something the Simblified trio tries to unravel. So this episode has a little bit of physics, cricket trivia and well, poor jokes. As we look at why ball tampering, how reverse swing happens, and all that.

NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It's an Indian podcast - probably the best to come from Malad West - that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on.

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts

Ep. 86: How Google Maps Works

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It's an incredible software, if you think about it, and how it works is even more ingenious. Chuck finds out how, and in 15 minutes tells you all you need to know about Google Maps, and gives you some fun trivia as well. Now if only someone can figure out why Ola keeps loading at that random road near Bangalore.

You can find the blog post from 2005 mentioned on the episode here: https://googleblog.blogspot.in/2005/02/mapping-your-way.html

For more awesome IVM podcasts,find us at: 
Website: Indusvox.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ivmpodcasts
Twitter: twitter.com/ivmpodcasts
Instagram: instagram.com/ivmpodcasts