Reviving Love for Old India’s Story Telling Through Podcasts
A podcast is (for the many of us who don’t know) a digital audio recording uploaded onto the internet, to be streamed or downloaded and played via a media player.
Sachin Garg is a young author and one of the best selling authors in India. His last published novel was topped the Hindustan Times AC Neilsen charts within a week of its release. “When I was young I remember seeing an elder sitting on a raised platform with children or younger people sitting around, listening to the stories recanted by the elder. People used to carry famous films recorded on radio cassette tapes”. He is talking of bringing back this love for listening to stories and telling stories to provide entertainment and as a way of forming stronger social bonds.
“India has a rich history of story telling traditions. But they [the traditions] have been forgotten”. This is why the speaker and author of novels such as “Never Let Me Go…”, “I'm Not Twenty Four... I've Been Nineteen for Five Years...”, “It's First Love!: ...Just Like The Last One!” started the podcast website igvpod.com – the Indian Grapevine Podcast. Launched about two months ago, it’s touted as India’s first story-telling podcast website. Sachin already has a publishing company named Grapevine India Publishers started in 2011. The podcast website is currently a one man band. But Sachin is breaking ground with his unique stories. Especially the latest one about how the 19th century elite of India using ice (literally, ice: frozen form of water) all the way from Boston, USA in their sherbets and alcohol. This one has caught the imagination of The Huffington Post and the transcript of the podcast was published as an article. Here’s the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/sachin-garg/the-astonishing-story-of-how-ice-was-made-in-19th-century-india/?utm_hp_ref=in-blog
“I am also working on collaborating and getting these stories on other podcast platforms across Indian audiences. Stories like the one about bringing ice all the way from the US is unique, have you ever heard of such a thing happening? I think there so many other stories unique to Indian traditions that we can bring alive through podcasts. It’s a forgotten art, but technology like podcasts are bringing them back to life.”
PS - A podcast is (for the many of us who don’t know) a digital audio recording uploaded onto the internet, to be streamed or downloaded and played via a media player. Podcasts are usually available in series or episode form which if subscribed to will be automatically downloaded to the subscriber’s PC or media player when each new podcast is released.
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