It's been two weeks since I have begun listening to podcasts diligently and I have learnt more in these two weeks than I have learnt in months together. Learnt about Personal Finance, Payments Business, Reading Habits, Google Maps, Monkey Mind, Obstacle Racing and a lot more than what I can remember right now!
Though I make notes after listening to every podcast how much I retain after a week is questionable. I am still figuring out the system. Probably review the notes every two weeks? Maybe.
I listen to a podcast every morning while I am walking in the park. Earlier I walked without the earphones plugged in. My mind would go haywire. Now with podcasts, I look forward to walking every day.
The Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish is my current favourite podcast. I am exploring a lot of others but usually realize that Shane's quality is top notch. His questions, research and subjects are fascinating. The people he invites to the show are harbingers of their fields. I am yet to find a better podcast.
I have also tried a few Indian podcasts like “The Seen and the Unseen” by Amit Varma, “Paisa Vaisa” by Anupam Gupta and a few others. The interesting aspect of the Indian podcast scene is that there is a group called IVM Podcasts which produces a lot of good quality podcasts. I believe they get enough traction to sustain their growth. However, their social media following is far from inspiring.
I personally believe podcasts can add value to your lives. It is another source of learning. Similar to books you learn from experiences, stories and expertise of others. I listen to Podcasts during my commute, walking and other times when I can get through life on automatic mode.
The good thing is there are a wide variety of options for you to choose from. You think of a subject and you will find a relevant podcast. The other day I heard a story of an Indian Gay activist and how difficult it is to grow up as a Gay in India. It was a heartwarming experience.
I would like to believe this isn't a fad that goes away after a few weeks. I hope to stick to this medium of learning. It augments well with my reading habit. Podcasts also make me use my idle time better. I can continue doing my must-do activities while listening and learning on the go. I wonder what took me so long to explore the world of Podcasts.