Rajesh Tahil on His 7 Favourite Podcasts

Date: 22/01/2020

  • gallery



The founder of Audiomatic on the fascinating world of podcasts and the ones he listens to

The podcast scene in India has been steadily growing, and we’re big fans of the medium. Podcasters on Podcasts is exactly what it sounds like. It’s where we ask the people behind podcasts, whether seasoned or newbies, to share their favourite podcasts.

Rajesh Tahil has worked in media and communications for over two decades — across music television, FM radio, newspapers and digital news. He also created India’s first podcast network, Audiomatic, which is behind some of the country’s most beloved podcasts, like
The Intersection with Padmaparna Ghosh and Samanth Subramanian and The Real Food Podcast with Vikram Doctor. Here, he writes about the world of podcasts and lists his favourites.

More than anything else, podcasts are a great medium for learning. They are such an easy and accessible way — not to mention absolutely free — of getting familiar with a new topic through very high-quality minds on the subject. And what’s especially great (for me) is that these may have nothing to do with your line of work or stated interests. I never thought I could or would follow deep dives into Roman history, natural science or design thinking with such fascination.



One of the first podcasts I ever really ‘nerded out’ on was WNYC’s Radiolab, as someone who had worked in commercial radio for many years, I was just simply blown away by the range and diversity of the topics that they covered and the depth of research with which this was done. This is one of my favourite episodes.

It was our mutual love for Radiolab that got Samanth (Subramanian) and me chatting about ‘doing something like this for India’ that would eventually lead to The Intersection, Audiomatic’s first show. I actually didn’t think it would be possible to create an Indian version of Radiolab but Padmaparna and Samanth manage to do an incredible job. The Intersection just moved to its new home on Audible.in and will be back with a third season in the next few months.


Philosophy Bites and On Being

These days, I begin so many conversations with ‘As I get older’ and this should be no exception. As I get older, I’ve gotten more interested in philosophy (i.e. “will someone please tell me what’s the f**cking point of it all?”) and these two podcasts do a good job of addressing our existential crises.


Conversations with Tyler and Recode Decode

These are two podcasts I really like for businessy stuff — Tyler Cowen’s podcast and Kara Swisher’s podcast Recode Decode.


No Such Thing as a Fish and Our Last Week

Just so I don’t seem like a Joyless Joe, here are two of my favourite fun podcasts: No Such Thing as a Fish from the QI people, and our very own, Our Last Week with Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur, which is back with a new season on Spotify.

Q&A: Studio UF+O on Its New 3D-Printed Desk Object

A desk object that can go from card holder to spinning top in a second

See This: Producing Nostalgia for Paper Boat

Ashwini Deshpande of Elephant Design on the pathbreaking packaging and identity design for the beverage brand

Eye Candy: Fierce Femininity with Tara Anand

On control, community building and complex portraits

What to Expect from Design in the Twenties

Greater sustainability, a keen awareness, and more — India’s leading designers and design thinkers on a new decade of design

Heads-Up for Design this January

A round-up of design events happening this month in cities around the country

Pantry-Trippin’ with the Crown Cap Bottle Opener

The origins of a nifty gadget with one incredibly specific and indispensable function

Varun Duggirala on His 4 Favourite Podcasts

Tech, fitness and film — the host of ‘Advertising is Dead’ tells us what he listens to

15 Classy Additions to Your Festive Feast

Let your decor and dinnerware be as merry as your gatherings this Christmas

See This: Creating Patient-First Packaging for Pills

Mohor Ray and Rajesh Dahiya, the founders of Codesign, discuss the challenges of streamlining packaging design for Dr. Reddy’s Schedule-H drugs

Eye Candy: Priyanka Pachpande on Tigers, Blooms & More

This illustrator’s art is vibrant, mystical and slyly funny

All We Want For Christmas

The Paper Planes editorial team shares their Christmas wish lists

Select your currency
  • Sign up
Join our community of curious readers and seekers of good design.
Password Strength Very Weak
Or log in using
Forgot your password? Please enter your username or email address. You will receive a link to create a new password via email.