Tall Tales Takeaway is India’s first storytelling podcast. Featuring all true stories told by the people who experienced them, the season is curated by Tall Tales’ Michael Burns. The podcast is a genre-hopping buffet of delights – tantalize your mind with the taste of fear, feel the suspense, or indulge in a good belly laugh. Be surprised, be delighted.
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Episode 12: Jashn
Here in India, sometimes when you think you need space in life, like when a loved one passes away, society doesn’t let you have it. We have rituals that include feeding strangers, having ceremonies and rights on the 4th day, the 13th day … and at age 12, Saurabh Jain encountered this when his grandmother passed away when he was with her in Gaya. His story is called Jashn, which means celebration or a festival. The story is in Hindi, but the Q&A after is in English, so stick around.
Episode 11: No Ticket
In some way, we’re all held hostage by our mobile phones. Not just us individually, but humanity in general. Imagine all the hours that we’re constantly wasting that could be more productive. Just how mesmerising things devices can be came into sharp focus for Anurag Byas recently after his move to Mumbai. Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 10: Cat Dog
Some bonds transcend all boundaries. And some are so deep that they suggest that the boundary itself is an illusion. Alisha Parekh describes one such relationship. Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 9: The skeleton
Apala Battacharya’s family always wanted her to be a doctor. So much so that the matriarchs saw to it that oh-so-subtle reminders were always on hand–you know, just in case you need them. Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 8: Little Green Men
Crunchy politics gives way to far more unconventional things in this story by our host Michael Burns about a seemingly normal ride home one night that goes awry (from the time BT: Before Trump). Stick around for the Q&A, this time hosted by another story teller, Matt Daniels.
Episode 7: Law Boys and Girls Together ::
While a graduate student at Yale University, Gauri Balani had the chance to meet a lot of students. The One was James, oh! James. She’ll never forget him! Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 6: Size Zero ::
What does it really mean to grow up? Maybe it has something to do with accepting who you are and seeing yourself in a healthy and accurate way rather than how other see you. This is a struggle that Archana Ramanathan has been through. Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 5: A room for two by Chandrima Das ::
A few years ago, Chandrima Das went to New York for work and she rented a room in Manhattan. Just for herself. Or so she thought. Listen to her story, but keep the lights on … Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 4: I hate Rahul Singh ::
All of us are less put-together than we let on. But we don’t like to be reminded of that fact. Yogesh Upadhyaya remembers a time when a colleague from work showed him up, with that single perfectly timed stroke of panache. Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 4: The Age of Aquarius ::
Horoscopes are fun for a lot of reasons. Maybe above all, they’re written for everyone but somehow feel like they were written for each of us. In some parts of the world, however, they’re taken quite seriously. Perhaps too seriously. Gayatri Aptekar tells us about her family’s relationship to the stars. Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 2: Master 214 ::
Efficiency isn’t just admirable; It’s beautiful too. Coordination. Confidence. It’s all part of the package. Matt Daniels is unique in that he’s on the lookout for it, and found it one day in the most unlikely of places. Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.
Episode 1: There are no trashcans in Tokyo ::
Trying new food is one of the best things about travelling abroad. But eating is 95% of the experience. There’s the minor detail of getting rid of the evidence. Mukul Chadda takes us to the scene of the cultural crime. Stick around for the Q&A with host Michael Burns after.