Special Interest Podcasts From Mumbai To Follow

While we work on fine-tuning our own podcast (it will be back, we promise), we’ve come across a handful of new series based out of Mumbai. Here are three that focus on specific subjects and offer a depth of information you’re unlikely to find on air.

Maed In India

If you listen to Radio One 94.3FM (where you can also hear The Daily Pao giving you our weekly recommendations of things to do in the city on Drive Mumbai), then you’re familiar the voice of with RJ Mariyam ‘Mae’ Thomas, who’s won fans with her easy-going conversational style. In June, Mae launched the podcast Maed In India, which showcases Indian indie music from across the country.

Each 50-minute episode is broken up into segments such as Stripped Down, which is an acoustic version of a popular song; Maed My Day, a track by an act that Mae recommends; Just Out, a new tune; and the Headliner, which takes up the bulk of the podcast. This section comprises an interview with an artist or band interspersed with live performances of three or four of their tracks.

So far the Headliners have included alternative rock group The Koniac Net, electro-rock outfit Laxmi Bomb, and singer-songwriters Nikhil D’Souza and Mohit Mukhi. Our only complaint is the length of the chat. It’s 30 to 40 minutes long, which means there’s a chance the listener’s attention will drift. Editing this segment down would also leave more time for songs by other newer acts. So far, the podcast has mostly (though not only) featured names familiar to most Indian indie fans. A weekly show that’s out every Monday, Maed In India is is produced by Indus Vox Media, the company that’s also behind comedian Cyrus Broacha’s Cyrus Says podcast. Listen to Maed In India here.

The Adventures Of Cheap Beer

This podcast, which started as a blog, takes listeners into the city’s dive bars and permit rooms. So far, they’ve visited such well known spots as the recently-renovated Kit Kat in Dhobi Talao and Yacht in Bandra and neighbourhood gems such as Aparna in Sion and House of Food in Andheri. In each episode, copy writer Suyash Barve, TV writer Karan Agarwal and journalist Siddhant Mehta recall their visit, commenting on, apart from the pricing of the beer of course, the ambience (or lack thereof), service, food, crowd and ‘female friendliness’ of the place.

The self-produced podcast, which they record out of Barve’s house, is approximately 20 minutes long, which is just the right amount of time for them to go through all the criteria. Towards, the end, the establishment is rated out of five pints (pints, not points, geddit?). Theirs is not always the populist view. The legendary Yacht gets a thumbs down from the trio for the lack of hygiene and infestation of rats. “It’s their bar, you happened to be in it,” quips Mehta while Agarwal suggests you wear “closed shoes and full pants” if you don’t fancy being brushed by rodents.

They plan to soon launch a website for the podcast, on which they will run some of the content from the blog, and have photographs of the bars being reviewed on the show. Listen to The Adventures Of Cheap Beer, which is published every second Friday, here.

The Real Food Podcast

City-residing journalist Vikram Doctor’s food podcast isn’t specifically about Mumbai, but it talks about a lot of Mumbai foods. In the six episodes published so far, Doctor has taken us through the history of such iconic city foods as the Alphonso mango and Bombay duck as well as such national favourites as Amul butter and Parle’s Marie biscuits.

Doctor takes a journalistic approach with his podcasts and each episode, which is under 15 minutes, includes interviews with experts on the subject. Those who have read Doctor’s food columns in The Economic Times, which he has been writing for over a decade, will be familiar be with much of material covered. Some episodes almost play like podcast versions of the columns but nevertheless make for interesting listening. He occasionally includes a recipe in the podcast, which you can also read on a blog related to it.

The Real Food Podcast is part of the network of shows produced by new podcast company Audiomatic, which was launched in April. New episodes are published every second Tuesday. Listen them to here.

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