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Creators – Expecto Tinkerum!

The Bantermen
S1E9 – Creators
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Topic: Rishi talks about JK Rowling and other creators who cannot leave their creations well enough alone!

Diversion: Navin shares his thoughts on the celebration of Holi

Useful Links

Rowling Outs Dumbledore: https://ew.com/movies/2007/10/20/jk-rowling-outs-dumbledore-gay/

History of discussing Dumbledore’s Sexuality: https://ew.com/movies/2019/03/19/harry-potter-fantastic-beasts-jk-rowling-dumbledore-sexuality/

How do Wizards Poop? https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/91548/how-do-wizards-poop-jk-rowling-just-told-us

Other Schools (OG post): https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wizarding-schools

Reddit Thread on Japanese School Name: https://bit.ly/38Xm4TC

Changes in SW Re-releases: https://bit.ly/2IMzneH

Trailer for Dear Mr Waterson, an excellent documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtmV7-f_j7Y

Alan Moore on Adaptations: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/dec/15/alan-moore-why-i-rejected-hollywood-interview

Arthur Conan Doyle on Sherlock Holmes (and more!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWjgt9PzYEM

The Many Forms of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: https://bit.ly/38MvvVz

Holi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

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Vegetarianism – An Internal Dilemma

The Bantermen
S1E8 – Vegetarianism
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Main Topic: Navin on his internal dilemma with environmental vegetarianism

Diversion: Rishi on why we say See Saw and never Saw See (Ablaut Reduplication)

Useful Links

Environmental Vegetarianism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_vegetarianism

Lent: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent

The merits of giving up meat for Lent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/vegetarian-vegan-giving-up-meat-lent-why-and-how-to-do-it-a7606031.html

Food Walk with Navin (part of The Hyderabad Walking Company): https://www.thwc.in/tours/old-hyderabad-food-walk-evening-tour-3-hours/

Are human beings truly ‘designed’ to be meat eaters? (TL;DR – No!) https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/05/19/478645426/humans-are-meathooked-but-not-designed-for-meat-eating

The Next Dilemma? Vegetarianism vs Veganism: https://bbc.in/38wP1W0

The Tweet That Sent Rishi Down a Linguistic Rabbit Hole: https://twitter.com/susie_dent/status/1230446578323927043

Ablaut Reduplication: https://www.rd.com/culture/ablaut-reduplication/

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Adieu, Facebook!

The Bantermen
S1E7 – Adieu, Facebook!
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Main Topic: Rishi on why and how he ‘quit’ Facebook a year and a month ago and how that has gone

Diversion: Navin talks about knocking people up (!)

Useful Links

Facebook admits to Cambridge Analytica problems: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/04/technology/mark-zuckerberg-testify-congress.html

Did Facebook learn anything from the Cambridge Analytica problems: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/opinion/sunday/facebook-privacy-breach-zuckerberg.html

An in-depth piece from Wired on Facebook’s horrible 2018 from early 2019: https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-15-months-of-fresh-hell/

Facebook’s Trust Problem: https://www.theverge.com/interface/2020/1/31/21115104/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-liked-understood-trust

How to set all past posts on your timeline so they’re private: https://www.facebook.com/help/236898969688346

Deactivating/ Deleting your Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/help/250563911970368?helpref=hcglobalnav

Counterpoint: Stay on Facebook but make it useful! https://www.popsci.com/dont-delete-facebook-change-it/

Rishi’s Final Post to his Facebook Timeline: https://www.facebook.com/hrishidiwan/posts/10157177371194391

Knocker Uppers Defined: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocker-up

A BBC Feature on Knocker-Uppers: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-35840393

Life of a Knocker Upper: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/11/28/the-life-of-the-knocker-upper/

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Travelogue – A Return to Egypt!

The Bantermen
S1E6 – Travelogue – A Return to Egypt!
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Segment: Navin shares some experiences and adventures from his second trip to Egypt, after a ten year gap

Diversion: Rishi shares some trivia on James Bond movies and the songs that kick them off!

Useful Links

The Pyramid of Teti (the one Navin visited!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PyramidofTeti

Tripadvisor page for the Pyramid: https://www.tripadvisor.in/AttractionReview-g730107-d19392713-Reviews-PyramidofTeti-SaqqaraGiza_Governorate.html

A Koshari/ Kushari recipe: https://www.daringgourmet.com/koshari-national-dish-of-egypt/

Were Ancient Egyptians vegetarians? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/egyptians-vegetarian-mummy-studyn5297691

The Spy Who Loved Me Pyramid Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOjcEO-2Tg0

Every James Bond Theme Song, Ranked: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/g26729930/james-bond-theme-songs-ranked/

Rishi’s source for the Bond number trivia! https://twitter.com/ItsAndyRyan/status/1228390015870341120

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Artwork: Photos by Navin Sigamany

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Futures – Optimism in Science Fiction

The Bantermen
S1E5 – Futures
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Short episode with a main topic and a single diversion!

Segment: Rishi laments lost optimism in visions of the future in science fiction

Diversion: Twofer! Navin talks about the Temple of the Pig, Rishi about the Smoking Trees!

Useful Links

A fantastic Asimov retrospective: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/01/isaac-asimovs-throwback-literary-legacy/605815/

Elon Musk alludes to Foundation:https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1226690465992409089

A philosopher analyzes Star Trek: https://fabiusmaximus.com/2018/02/11/the-philosophy-of-star-trek/

Jeff Bezos saves The Expanse: https://www.space.com/the-expanse-how-amazon-jeff-bezos-saved-scifi.html

A plea to stop being pessimistic in Science Fiction (By Neal Stephenson): https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dear-science-fiction-writers-stop-being-so-pessimistic-127226686/

Navin’s blog on The Temple of the Pig: https://www.navinsigamany.com/2008/09/10/temple-of-the-pig/

Temple and Pig Redux (not Navin’s tale!): https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Pig-enters-temple-pooja-performed-as-cleansing-act/articleshow/23670193.cms

Ganesha idols drinking milk: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-38301718/the-milk-miracle-that-brought-india-to-a-standstill

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Foodie – An Appalling Appellation!

The Bantermen
S1E4 – Foodie – an Appalling Appellation!
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Shorter episode with a main topic and a single diversion!

Segment: Navin hates being called a “foodie”

Diversion: Rishi talks about brewing Kopi Luwak

Useful Links

Some of Navin’s food writing: https://www.thenewsminute.com/author-articles/Navin-Sigamany

Some of Navin’s self-indulgent food writing: https://www.navinsigamany.com/category/food/

Kopi Luwak: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_luwak

Truth behind Kopi Luwak: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/04/160429-kopi-luwak-captive-civet-coffee-Indonesia/

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Resistance – is not Futile!

The Bantermen
S1E3 – Resistance – is not Futile!
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Shorter episode with a main topic and a single diversion!

Segment: Rishi talks about the scourge of WhatsApp forwards and how to resist it!

Diversion: Navin talks about others coveting his Twitter handle

Useful Links

WhatsApp Forwarding Limits: https://blog.whatsapp.com/10000647/More-changes-to-forwarding

WhatsApp FAQ/ Tips to prevent the spread of rumors & fake news: https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/26000216/?category=5245250

India Today Story on WhatsApp Forwards: https://www.indiatoday.in/fyi/story/anatomy-of-a-whatsapp-forward-why-people-spread-fake-news-1389242-2018-11-15

Verge Story About the WhatsApp Lynching: https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/20/17595478/whatsapp-message-forwarding-end-violent-lynching-india

Mat Honan’s Account on Being Hacked for his Twitter handle: https://www.wired.com/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/

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Histories – Real & Imagined

The Bantermen
S1E2 – Histories – Real and Imagined
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Part 1: Navin on the many versions of the founding tale of Hyderabad and how the versions don’t all agree

Diversion 1: Rishi introduces to some fun, archaic words he recently learnt

Part 2: Rishi on the Watchmen graphic novel and TV series and how they use history (no spoilers!)

Diversion 2: Navin reads us a poem!

Conclusion/Thesis

Useful Links

The Hyderabad Walking Company: https://www.thwc.in

The Qutb Shahi Tombs: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/images-hyds-qutb-shahi-tombs-reopen-after-5-years-peek-restoration-80395

Dumfungled (and other fun words): https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/tv/2483312/countdown-language-expert-susie-dent-brings-some-old-english-words-back-to-modern-day-conversation/

Smellfungus: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smellfungus

A Fandom Timeline of the Watchmen Universe: https://www.fandom.com/articles/watchmen-alternate-reality-timeline (Spoilers!)

Marc Bernardin Interviews Damon Lindelof (creator of the Watchmen TV Series) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmC08TGaMFI (Spoilers!)

(Extra!) A study of the Watchmen Film: https://www.ukessays.com/essays/film-studies/alternate-history-in-watchmen-film-studies-essay.php (Spoilers for the novel/ film)

More of Navin’s angsty poems to read: https://www.navinsigamany.com/writing/poetry/

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The Watchment graphic novel/ TV series and any other intellectual property referenced in this podcast is copyright their respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.

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