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A weekly podcast from India, that is not about Science, Pop Culture, Technology, Sport, News, Sociology, or the Internet, and yet, all at once it is. Far From Fact is designed to cater to your basic need for ignorance. Catch the lads, as they fake-solve real problems on a weekly basis.

This podcast is presented by Husein Merchant and Keshav Naidu. Husein is an optimist who loves observing things while being lazy. He is observing you even as you read this. Keshav recently came out as a comedian, and his family is still processing the embarrassment, but he is confident they will come around and accept him for the person he is.

You can follow them on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/farfromfact/) @farfromfact and if you still prefer sending emails ¯\_(ツ)_/¯write to them at hello@farfromfact.in
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It’s a new week, a new beginning. Husein shares the big news of the birth of his niece as the highlight of the personal diaries. Keshav's big news pales in comparison. The big story of the week is patients overdosing on immunity medications like Vitamin C, zinc, turmeric etc. Doctors in India seem to be treating patients for all the wrong reasons, them being too cautious or too healthy. Join the lads as they try to fix this peculiar predicament.  Mukesh ad link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMiz7sSNqP8 + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
The lads are back, Husein informs us about the joys of pregnancy as part of the personal diaries section, even as Keshav informs us about a setback in his quitting journey. The big story for the week is a COVID-19 piece where American scientists are finding it hard to test vaccines due to a shortage in Rhesus macaques. This leads to an interesting development, where labs are deciding to skip directly to human trials. Catch the nincompoopery masquerading as scientific journalism. Only two animals were hurt in the making of this episode, and that’s because you didn’t send them any love on Insta. + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Husein joins us from Seattle, as the lads connect using the miracle that is internet. He continues to garden even on foreign soil. Meanwhile, Elon Musk is busy planting chips into humankind. In all fairness though, they are starting with a pig. So yes, animals were hurt in the making of this concept. This episode? Not so much. + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Lockdown diaries continue, but Husein is talking to us from a secret location. He also has some very personal news to share. All this and more this episode. The big story of the week being, rape accused Swami Nityananda who fled the country is now claiming to have started the world’s first Hindu nation called Kailasa complete with its passport, currency and flag. Except no one recognises its existence, and citizenship is virtual.  + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
The lads share a glimpse into their lives, continuing the tradition of the lockdown diaries. This week Husein informs us about his new bird feeder, while Keshav is having some rotten luck, trying to hire a maid. What is also seeing some continuity is the pandemic tour, taking us to historic Hyderabad and back. But first, the ridonculous story of a man who finds his wallet after 14 years.  + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
The obsession with animal stories continues this week. But first a few personal life stories from the lads. Before they dive into the story of a nudist who chases a boar near a nudist camp in an attempt to recover his laptop. Followed by the continuation of the pandemic tour. This week the lads set their sights on... you know what? Listen to the episode, you’ll find out. + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Husein and Keshav exchange tips on mosquitoes or how not to breed them this dengue season. Hilarity ensues as they realise they both have some fun stories to share. The big news story of the week is the pigeon who was accused of being a Pakistani spy and then given an honourable discharge and all accusations dropped. Catch the lads as they try to speculate this thriller of a news piece that is giving our security forces sleepless nights. The FFF virtual tour continues and the lads take you to Kochi this week with their ignorance shining through about this international port city in Kerala. Enjoy. + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Catch the lads talk about procrastination and move on to Husein’s kitchen garden woes. While travel bans may still continue, the lads are making the best of the new virtual travel series via listeners. Listen in, to find out this week’s fun trivia destination. But first, the burning question of the week -Why were 15 goats were arrested in Telangana?  + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Another uneventful lockdown week unfolds, as always with the good cheer that makes us all grin from ear to ear. The big story this week is the 70-ton ISRO payload that took a truck almost a year to travel from Nashik in Maharashtra to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Catch the lads dissect this sitting duck and lap it up with some disdain sauce. No scientists were hurt in the making of this episode. + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/ Picture credit - S. Mahinsha
The lockdown journals are as fascinating as watching paint dry. Luckily the big story comes all bazookas blazing with a Chennai-based trio who not only opened a fake SBI branch, but according to customers, were doing a good job of it. Catch the lads bite into this juicy piece with relish and come up gasping for breath.  Edit note: One of the lads have their ignorance shining through, as they refer to Triplicane in Chennai as Triplicate, but we aren’t at liberty to tell you which one.  + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
The lockdown is back in force in many parts of the country, and Mumbai is no exception. But the big story of the week is the theft of wheels from SUVs in Delhi. Join the lads for yet another misadventure of super-fake problem solving. Their capes are on and so are their thinking caps, get ready for a trip around Logictown. Disclaimer: No car owners were hurt in the making of this episode. + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Uneventful stories abound in this edition of unlockdown diaries, but as always there is a little nugget of truth that shines through. Moving on to the big story of the week, the lads trains their sights onto the delicate debate of freedom of expression on social media. Fuelling the debate is the decision of major brands to boycott ad spends on Facebook in light of hate speeches and racially motivated content surrounding the death of George Floyd. Listen to find out who’s right, who’s wrong, or if it's even that simple. But don't worry, cutting the seriousness of this piece is a fun listener story at the end.    + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Light years from the core of the India-China conflict is this story from Asansol. But unlike the conflict, this piece is extremely entertaining and is just the thing we need right now. The big item of the week is the misadventure of a BJP worker from Asansol, who angry with China, took out a rally to burn Kim Jong-Un’s effigy. Join the lads as they try to speculate what really must have happened, and what lies ahead for us in the near future. But first, they must talk to you about appendicitis. Why? There’s only one way to find out. Here’s a link to the video of the BJP party worker from Asansol  https://twitter.com/LavanyaBallal/status/1273568716110913537 (https://twitter.com/LavanyaBallal/status/1273568716110913537?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1273568716110913537&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news18.com%2Fnews%2Fbuzz%2Fangry-with-china-confused-bjp-workers-in-asansol-took-out-a-rally-to-burn-kim-jongs-effigy-2675915.html) + Music credit - Simon D’Souza + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Things are slowly opening up, and the lads bring you a little peek into their own lives. Quickly followed by the story that had Indian Twitter in splits. Two Pakistani news presenters were seen enjoying a juice box on air and selling the virtues of the juice along with a special offer. Catch the lads as they try to understand the various sides of sponsored journalism. Disclaimer: No journalists were hurt in the making of this episode. Video link to the News story  https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/viral-videos-trending/pakistani-news-anchors-promoting-juice-brand-on-air-has-netizens-in-splits-6458199/ + Music credit - Simon D’Souza  + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
The country has opened up malls and places of worship but the lads are still recording by distance. This episode features, apart from the usual tomfoolery, a good deed by one of the lads. The big story revolves around a teacher in UP who earned over Rs. 1 crore in salaries by ‘teaching’ in 25 schools at the same time. News Flash - The teacher’s real identity has been discovered, read all about it here https://rb.gy/11glvh. BONUS feature is singer-songwriter Tejas Menon’s new track Lead from his upcoming album Outlast. Enjoy! Track credits - Music and Lyrics by Tejas  Produced by Tejas and Jehangir Jehangir  Vocals, Guitars, Synth, Keys, Percussion by Tejas Menon Bass, Percussion by Adil Kurwa  Drums, Percussion by Jehangir Jehangir  Backing Vocals, Percussion by Mallika Barot  Backing Vocals by Aria Nanji  Trumpet, Fluglehorn and Trombone by Will Allen Jr. Mastering by Shawn Hatfield at Audible Oddities.  You can find Tejas here - Website http://www.musicbytejas.com/ FB https://www.facebook.com/musicbytejas Twitter https://www.instagram.com/tejasmenon1989/ Insta https://www.instagram.com/tejas1989/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/tejasmusic FFF credits + Music credit - Simon D’Souza  + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
100: 100th Episode Special

100: 100th Episode Special

2020-06-0201:27:292

This episode is one big thank you note for all the love and laughter. The lads respond to voice and text notes from listeners and self-confessed fans. Listeners featured on this extra-special milestone of an episode are - Abhijato Sensarma, Bhuvna Sharma, Rithik Singh, Mariyam Merchant, Jay Radhanpura, Gaurav Dahiya, Ravi, Rubal Ahuja, Vineet Anand, Fatema Merchant, Achutan, Jatan, Krutant, Ellen DeSouza, Ajay Choudhary, Akil Merchant, Joel, Sagar, Anita Mane, Tarun Kaushik, Sakina Merchant, Lavanya Ullas and Allwyn Rodrigues. Thank you lovely people for sharing all these wonderful thoughts and stories with us. This episode wouldn't have been possible without you. Love and hugs, The lads. 100th Episode artwork by our dear listener friend Bhuvna Sharma. + Music credit - Simon D’Souza  + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
Air travel has resumed in the country but Mumbai is still under lockdown. The lads continue their tryst with domestic battles and kitchen stories. But IRCTC comes to our rescue with a great story where a Mumbai - Gorakhpur train ends up in Rourkela, Odisha. Join us as the lads try to figure what could have gone wrong. Also in this episode, a special announcement about our 100th episode. That’s right, three digits baby! + Music credit - Simon D’Souza  + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
It’s lockdown 4.0 whatever that means, the lads are still on Ignorance 1.0 and there’s plenty of it this week. A quick round up of hyper-local news, some might say building gossip is followed by a remarkable invention by an Israeli individual that allows you to eat while wearing a mask. So many questions, right? Well lucky you, this episode has it all covered.  + Music credit - Simon D’Souza  + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
We’ve lost track of how long it’s been since the lockdown began, but there is never a dull moment. The stories keep coming, and the news keeps getting more interesting. This week, catch the lads as they dissect the peculiar case of kids blinding themselves with bows and arrows. Inspired by the epic shows on DD, parents are rushing kids to hospitals and doctors are saying, “We’ve seen this before, it’s a rerun.” But first, they must tell you a quick story about adrak. Enjoy! + Music credit - Simon D’Souza  + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
It’s week six and the lockdown isn’t going anywhere, and neither are the lads. Back with a weekly round up of their 'dramatic' weeks and a patriotic top-story. Catch them as they grapple with the idea of what it really means to show your love and support to true heroes who are helping us in these crazy corona times. Truth bomb alert - 3… 2… Boom! BONUS content - New Mali single - Age of Limbo. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbDBRsOhpRA Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/7GgzqYTqvEeMc56Ui10uAr + Music credit - Simon D’Souza  + Write to us - hello@farfromfact.in (mailto:hello@farfromfact.in) + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/
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Comments (75)

Vee Seth

I support the CAA and NRC.

Sep 17th
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Gaurav Dahiya

Great episode lads!!! As usual listened to it while running, and when Hussein started his story of him getting on that bus, I laughed so hard that I actually doubled down wheezing and laughing. A car passing me by on the road slowed down, there was a young guy driving. He asked, dude, everything all right? I just smiled and said yes thank you, just this podcast. He gave a strange look and drove on haha :D

Aug 20th
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Terra Rik

Please consider talking about Hyderabad in your (city) pandemic tour for the next episode.😃

Aug 11th
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Terra Rik

I can hear crows and some rustling noise from mic ig, just saying not complaining.i understand it very hard for u to record staying at home during these times. Dont misunderstand me. Im a huge fan.

Jul 28th
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Gaurav Dahiya

Amazing episode lads!! was laughing every minute of it :D and I was just wondering, the tarpaulin also has an interesting advantage-it gives the impression the truck is carrying something cheap. so imagine if thieves like the tyre thieves from last episodes were to come after the truck, they'd be busy all night taking out the tyres, not even bothering with what's below the tarp :D

Jul 23rd
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Terra Rik

it always feels nice to be included in a sentence someone says Ty

Jul 7th
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Gaurav Dahiya

My 2 cents on the topic - social media shouldn't censor at all. we cant expect a platform which handles so much data to filter content along categories which are so poorly defined. What is racist or sexist or hate speech for one may not be for another. Let the people decide what they want to see. Even if we remove facebook, another one will take its place. I think they should stop censoring completely.

Jul 1st
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Terra Rik

I love the way how keshav says 'byee' lol

Jun 30th
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Terra Rik

I love the way how keshav says 'byee' lol

Jun 30th
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Terra Rik

First❤️

Jun 30th
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Terra Rik

How about 8 shows per month,plzz Im bored at home

Jun 29th
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Phillip J. Fry

I just thought Hussain should know that we can taste food during a fast with the tip of the tongue. Maybe not really helpful but better than nothing. Fun listening to you guys as usual. Hope you are well!

May 26th
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Gaurav Dahiya

Fantastic episode guys, loved it!! I was just wondering, how will the operators eat at the restaurant? They would need their own operators as well haha! We can call them junior operators :D

May 21st
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Gaurav Dahiya

I had been listening to your podcasts over the last 6 months, but the wife had never had this pleasure. So I played this episode for her today, and we both laughed like mad at the dog making tea joke. What I love most is the slow buildup to your jokes. there's always a story before it, and it makes you so much more involved. Love, love, love you guys so much! You're awesome :)

May 14th
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Mohit Agarwal

Ye lo, comment manga tha so de diya

May 13th
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Shubham Gupta

stop laughing that will make more sense

Feb 2nd
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Archana Asok Nair

What is with all this laughing? Super annoying.

Jan 28th
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Rahul Kapoor

so he's angry becoz we have assumed that there would a cow whose Urine you would drink. A liberal trying to impress his friend making fun of someone's religion. slow claps.. then they say are ye toh facists hain...

Jan 22nd
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Punya Juneja

Missed the golden opportunity for a gau-mootra joke when talking about Gujarat

Oct 30th
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Ayush Mourya

One suggestion, You should start creating a one specific podcast on major events in sports world.

Oct 22nd
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