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Ask Aakar Anything

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Ask Aakar Anything is a weekly show where Aakar Patel shares his views on topics that you raise (and sometimes on those you should have raised). Each week Aakar answers questions sent to him from across the country on subjects as diverse as politics, current affairs, sports, entertainment and social issues answering them with a unique perspective on things, the way only he can. Irreverent, serious, insightful, analytical, funny, angry, passionate but never dull: that’s Aakar’s answer to your question about what his show is about.
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access_time3 years ago
This week, Aakar answers questions about what insights Ramayana and Mahabharata provide into modern-day India, whether the Congress can pull off its aggressive avatar, who really invented Urdu, if we would have been better off with an Indic governance structure. Also, he tells us what men and women expect from Tinder.

Music - Josh Woodward
access_time3 years ago
This week, Aakar answers questions about why he thinks the Ambani residence, Antilla, is the perfect representation of power, what the porn ban says about the government’s mode of functioning, why we get interested when Deepika talks of depression, what a day job can add to a writer’s craft, and what turns cricketers into icons.

Music - Josh Woodward
Photo Credit: Vijay Chennupati/Wikipedia
access_time3 years ago
On this week's show, Aakar Patel answers questions about whether India and China can overtake the US economy, why success is defined differently for men and women, what makes saas-bahu relationships in India so emotionally charged, and the reason behind the lack of sporting prowess in Indians. Also, he tells us why he would like to bring Gandhi back to life.
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In this week's episode, Aakar answers questions about the recent shenanigans at Housing.com, what he makes of the Prime Minister's central Asian adventures, which is the best city to live in (spoiler: it’s neither Mumbai nor Delhi), and how Hobbesianism explains some Indian cultural traits. Bonus: Aakar Patel’s desert island wish-list.
(Music - Josh Woodward)
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This week, Aakar answers questions about whether business sense comes naturally to certain castes, what he thinks of the Indian media’s reluctance to scrutinize the personal lives of politicians, why he prefers physical books to e-books and what he thinks of veganism.
(Music - Josh Woodward)
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This week, Aakar answers questions about whether India would be better off under British rule today, which art form Indians are best at, the relevance of vernacular media, which questions humans are most afraid to ask and what he'd wish for if he had three wishes.
(Music - Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
Aakar answers questions about whether he has ever considered migrating to another country, what he makes of the Indian English accent, which actors he would cast to play PM Modi, Amit Shah, Arvind Kejriwal and the Gandhis in a film, and whether the AAP can make a mark in Mumbai's municipal elections. Also, his recommendation for a definitive book on Indian history.
(Music-Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
This week Aakar answers questions on how technology is changing personal relationships, whether we build fancy airports because VIPs use them, the significance of religion in modern life, why Piyush Pandey and Prasoon Joshi are brilliant and is India disabled unfriendly.

(Music - Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
Aakar answers questions on what's making us Indians so angry on social media, what factors influence the high prices that Bollywood stars command, why is Kamaal R Khan so popular, how higher grades have little to do with a successful career and how you can be sensitive to your cross-dressing friend.

(Music - Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
This week: Is your surname more important than your talent in Bollywood? Is the world's leading film-festival sexist? The pettiness of "go to Pakistan" and the lack of translations for Indian language literature.
(Music-Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
In this episode Aakar Patel talks about whether Anurag Kashyap is a tormented genius or an insufferable bore, why Marijuana is illegal in India, why Japan is his favourite country and why Indian fiction writers avoid small-town India.
(Music-Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
Is there a Mumbai vs. Delhi war? Which are Shashi Kapoor's best films? The effectiveness of the dowry calculator? Should artists be admired for their work irrespective of their personal lives? Is PM Modi's govt trying to influence how the SC, ECI and CBI function?
(Music - Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
Who would be the ideal guests at your dinner party? Does Rahul Gandhi have a plan? Why do we honk so much? Why was there a backlash against Indian media in Nepal? Why are Indian TV shows so bad? How do you rate Chetan Bhagat’s performance on a reality show? Ask Aakar Anything - because he has the answers.
(Music - Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
Why do we take so many selfies? Why are so many Bollywood films so bad? Why do Indian men dress badly? The three Khans rule Bollywood – does this mean Indians are inherently secular? Do men become better lovers as they get older? These are questions that need answers and Aakar Patel has them.
(Music: Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
Could you be a better TV news anchor than Rajdeep and Arnab? Has PM Modi done a good job in his first year in office? Should I force my husband to learn how to cook? Do I have it in me to become an entrepreneur? Can India ever be corruption free? You asked the questions, Aakar has the answers.
(Music - Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
Aakar answers questions about: Why Twinkle Khanna puts his job in danger, whether the IPL is more than just a tamasha, the compulsory screening of Marathi films: fair or foul, and if our beloved local baniya will be forgotten soon.
(Music - Josh Woodward)
access_time3 years ago
Aakar answers questions about: His Favourite Bollywood Actress, Rahul Gandhi’s career coach, Apple’s $10,000 watch, Air India:the world’s worst airline? (Music: Josh Woodward)
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