Ep. 77: The Tea Totaller: Ajit Bhaskar tells us all about being a 'Tea scientist'

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What happens when three Pun lovers who run a podcast meet their spiritual Punning guru? That's right, a conversation on how to make tea. Ajit Bhaskar, whose puns on Twitter (@ajit_bhaskar) resulted in him being honoured with a unit (the worst Simblified pun is only. 6 Ajits), and whose incredible cooking skills have made many drool over at Instagram (@macroajit), is actually a PhD who now is a food scientist. He joins the Simblified crew for a fascinating chat on what happens behind the scenes of your favourite tea brew.

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Ep. 76: A CES-spool of Gadgets, Technology and Needless IOT Things

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Ah, Consumer Electronics Show. The annual excuse for tech companies to create new products we didn't know we needed, and to put semiconductors into places they really don't need to be. Join Chuck and Naren as they talk about what went down at the world's most anticipated tech expo. Your hunt for a wifi-connected toilet seat ends here!

Simblified is an Indian podcast brought to you by three fine young gentlemen - Chuck (@chuck_gopal), Srikeit (@srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn). Say hello to us on Twitter! We aim to break down things to make you appear smarter. We succeed, sometimes.

Ep. 75: A look back at 2017 - Part 3: A.I, #metoo and Climate Change

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Like Lord of the Rings & The Matrix, all good things must come to an ending in their third part. So we end our depressing trilogy of the 2017 rewind with a look at how artificial intelligence made some interesting leaps over the year. Then, we look at how a sleazeball named Harvey was the best thing to happen to feminism since it got the whole world talking. And then, we round up our talking about depressing matters with cheerful news - none of it really matters, because climate change will ensure we won't have a planet in a few years anyway. So go ahead, break that FD and partay!

Simblified is an Indian podcast brought to you by three fine young gentlemen - Chuck (@chuck_gopal), Srikeit (@srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn). Say hello to us on Twitter! We aim to break down things to make you appear smarter. We succeed, sometimes.

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Ep. 74: A look back at 2017 Part 2: Of Covfefes and Cows

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In 2017, palmistry became a legit thing in India, because one could tell how smart you were by checking how far your face was implanted into your face.

Yeah, it wasn't a particularly pleasant 2017 if you were:
1. In India
2. Were not dispossessed to waving non-football orange flags
3. Reasonably smart

Chuck, Naren and Srikeit look through a grim year in the country and discuss the effects of the trio of GST, Aadhaar and Demonetization and the larger ramifications for the country, not just political. In what might be the podcast's darkest episode, your three hosts inject levity by means of poor jokes and Trump-based comic relief. Don't worry, 2018 will be better (hey, if nothing else, Simblified will keep chugging along, there's still 0% GST on listening to podcasts!).

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Ep. 73: A look back at 2017, Part 1: What's left when the world went right (and how India's doing)

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Happy new year folks! Before you leap into the chasm that is 2018, we have have a Simblified reminder trilogy of the WTF that was 2017.
Join Chuck and Srikeit as we revisit the opening third of 2017 which included Trump's inauguration, Serena Williams' incredible Aus Open win, ISRO's launches, Dutch and British politics and many more milestones of the year.
We know your new year's resolution is to listen to more podcasts so this is the best place to start!

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Ep. 72: Being Happy (no really)

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We've finally asked it - what makes us happy? Turns out it's not a new Iron Maiden album, a Liverpool victory or favourable GST rates (respectively for hosts), but just a bunch of chemicals. That's right, everything that we think makes us happy boils down to 7 fluids sloshing around in our heads. Naren has taken the effort to do a crash course on said chemicals and tells you how you can elevate them and generally feel happier: Some will come via sex, some via music, some via exercise. To this date, the only known thing that can give you all 7 chemicals at the same time is listening to Simblified.

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Ep. 71: What goes behind Mood Indigo?

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Every year, thousands... Lakhs, actually, of people look forward to IIT Bombay's annual cultural festival in December, Mood Indigo. It's a massive show that sees engineering students (and then some) from all over briefly forgetting Fermat and Mass Transfer and focusing on rock shows, events and informals. As one can imagine, pulling off an event of such scale is a huge process that starts way back in April itself. Simblified speaks to Karan and Chaitanya from the current Mood Indigo organising team to learn how it's done and it's a fascinating chat!

While entry to Mood Indigo is for students, anyone can attend the famed pro nite concert, which this year, will feature British progressive metal giants Haken (much to Chuck's glee). Tickets here: https://insider.in/haken-livewire-nite-at-mood-indigo-dec22-2017/event

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Ep. 45: Rebroadcast: A Chat About NH7 Weekender with OML's Vijay Nair

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With the country's most anticipated music festival coming up in a couple of weeks (Dec 8-10), we thought now would be the perfect time to re-broadcast an episode we did this time last year: An interview with Vijay Nair of OML Entertainment, the company that runs the NH7 Weekender. It's a fascinating conversation that talks about what it takes to put together a music festival and the independent music scene. There are hilarious anecdotes from Vijay's earlier days when he used to manage Pentagram and their trip to Estonia (!). If you're a fan of OML's work, or music festivals, or entrepreneurship, you'll enjoy this chat!

Follow Vijay on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vijay_nair
Check out Weekender at https://insider.in/nh7-weekender

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Ep. 70:Exploring LIGO Land (And Gravitational Waves) with @SandyGrains

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Suddenly, everyone seems excited about gravitational waves. Wait, wasn't this a fad a couple of years ago? Well, yes, but some more stuff has happened which warrants a re-look. G-Waves could fundamentally change the way we look at the universe. Or rather, hear it. What's more, we've got someone way smarter than ourselves (not a tall ask, actually) in the form of science writer, Sandhya Ramesh aka @sandygrains.

Join Srikeit, Chuck and Sandy as they celebrate the presence of gravitational waves in the universe and lament the absence of Naren in the studio (alas).

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Ep. 69: The World is (North) Korea-lly screwed!

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We discuss the the crazy dictatorship that is North Korea, home to the Little Rocketman that could and a whole bunch of bizarre and scary laws. We delve into why Korea got this way, what's their beef with the US and why they're treating non-proliferation norms like Delhites treated the cracker. Tune in to hear why poop theft is a big deal in North Korea and why Kim Jong-Un's temper may be because he's having a bad trip.
And if the nukes have already launched by the time you get this and you've got no time for the whole episode, just skip to the end where Chuck and Srikeit (and sadly no Naren) perform an Irish Drinking Song for our North Korean overlords.

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Ep. 68: Living Cities

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On this episode of Simblified, Naren and Srikeit (minus an absconding Chuck) talk about cities. The ecosystems that develop within our cities, how city planning may actually be detrimental and what the cost of 'free' parking really is. Plus the usual terrible humour you've come to love.

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Ep. 67: Everything You Wanted to Know About Berklee School of Music but Didn't Know Whom to Ask

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This week, we have a guest on the show (and Simblified listener!) Ashvala Vinay (www.twitter.com/Ashvala), who recently graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He tells us what the school is all about, what type of courses happen there, what the prospects are like and totally geeks out on some music terms. The usual smattering of what we call 'humour' makes its way into what is otherwise an uncharacteristically classy show.

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Ep. 66: A Full House with Poker Maven, Peter Abraham

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There are two kinds of people - those who're nuts about poker and those who have no clue what it is. We're proud to announce that all three co-hosts of Simblified have absolutely no idea what it is - hence marking one of the two points of our common ignorance (the other being MBA-level marketing). To fix this, we have with us on this episode, Peter Abraham - a stalwart of the Indian Poker scene, and the founder of SpartanPoker, and the Indian Poker Championship. We chat about his journey as a Poker-ster and societal acceptance (or lack thereof) of the sport. Plus, the usual bunch of bad jokes.

PS: Peter will be starting a new podcast, 'The Spartan Poker presents Mera Kaam Poker' on the IVM Podcasts network shortly - so look out for that shortly on all podcast apps!

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Ep. 65: Simblifying Solar Eclipses

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Recently, a certain someone looked up at the solar eclipse when that was literally the only thing he was told not to. We wouldn't normally worry, except this certain someone has access to nukes. But let's move away from such apocalyptic gloom and look at the bright (dark?) side of the phenomenon that is solar eclipses and how they occur. And why you should use special glasses while looking for them. Also, we make plans for Simblified's first live episode, roughly 2 decades from now.

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Ep. 64: A Chat with Girish, the Guy Behind Your Favourite AIB Sketches

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Over the last few years, the quality of AIB's video production and writing has gone through the roof (although, YouTube comments superstars will lead you to think otherwise). And that is in no small part thanks to one of their head writers, Girish Narayandass. He's been the brains behind several of their sketches (including the epic Honest Campus Placements trilogy). In this interview, we talk about his career, how he got into AIB, what the process of writing a sketch typically is like - and all the hard parts of what is perceived as a super-fun job (it is!).

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Ep. 63: Are you bored?

Are you bored (hopefully not after listening to this show)? Well, there's science for that. In this random episode which has nothing to do with global happenings, Chuck and Naren explore the psychology of being bored and why a little bit of that is probably good for you, creatively. Featuring some research and the usual dose of poor jokes. This episode sadly, does not feature Srikeit :-(

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Ep. 62: Yes, President

Did you know the President of India has a function other than being the answer to a GK question for 4th standard schoolkids? In this episode, Chuck and Naren look at what the President of India actually does, and how he / she gets picked for the job. Also, who's your pick for worst president ever? What's the difference between the President and PM? Why do some countries have a president that does nothing (India) and others have a president that does a lot but probably shouldn't (the US)? All this and more. Additionally, we also take a look at yet another tragic Whatsapp forward for the infamous Profundity of the Day section. Fans of Srikeit will miss him in this episode. Alas.

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Ep. 61: Corbyn May be PM

We know that American politics may be a lot more fun with the Trumpocalypse happening but that doesn't mean we forget about the original white oppressors - the British.
The podders get together for a British election special. We talk about Theresa May's snap election blunder, Jeremy Corbyn's socialist manifesto and election oddities that require the British PM to receive her election results standing on a stage with a man with a bucket on his head.

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Ep. 60: The Science of WhatsApp Fakeology

Have you ever wondered what makes perfectly sane people forward messages which claim that cows exhale oxygen? Have you observed how the canniest people seem to relish sending you messages of spectacular inanity? Well, you're in good company because Simblified hosts Naren, Chuck and Srikeit have been wondering about these things as well and try to analyze what makes this parallel universe go around.

Follow them on Twitter @chuck_gopal, @shenoyn, @srikeit

Check out Sidin Vadakut's book, The Sceptical Patriot here: http://www.amazon.in/Sceptical-Patriot-Exploring-Truths-Glories/dp/8129129035

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Ep. 59: I/O! Ayayyo!

Google had their annual developer conference recently and there were quite a few fun things that went down. They're going to start printing photo books. They're going to have a version of Android for low-end devices that doesn't suck. They're going to help you get even lazier using AI and Google Assistant. Technology correspondent Chuck has that (And sadly some sad jokes) and more for you, along with able support from Naren and Srikeit.

Follow us! @chuck_gopal@shenoyn@srikeit

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