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What’s in a name? Astrologers would argue two syllables might entail your entire destiny; such is the power of a name. But what if your life is the exact opposite of what your name portends? Our protagonist today bears such a name. Her name is Jolly. Jolly Joseph. One of her neighbors went on record to say, “Jolly seemed like the perfect woman to us.” If you didn’t know any more about her, you’d assume that praising a person in a true crime podcast implies that they are the victim, or soon to be victim. Here you have a pretty girl, everyone loves her, and her name means ‘joy’. But I urge you to keep aside your preconceived notions for this episode. This is the story still shakes Kerelaites to their core; this is the story of Jolly Amma Joseph.

EP. 80 – CHAI & CHITHI 9

Welcome to Chai and Chithi, a segment where we take fan stories mailed in to us, as well as share some of our more personal ghastly experiences.


Did you know a woman is raped every 16 minutes in India? That adds up to 90 rapes a day, 630 rapes in a week and 2,700 rapes in a month. These are the official government figures from the year 2019. But most of these rapes never make it to the front page of your newspapers or the screens of your TV; they get lost among thousand other news pieces. But occasionally comes across a case that shocks a country to its core; a case that brings millions to the street in a fight for justice. In 2012, we all heard of a rape like that. This is the story of how India’s daughter was raped in the country’s capital and left to die; this is the story of Jyoti Singh.


Every film industry seems to have a dark underbelly. It seems to have countless unexplained murders, mysterious disappearances and ties to high profile criminal activity. Bollywood is the same way. From Sri Devi to Jia Khan, from Pratyusha Banerjee to Raj Kiran, crime seems to seep through our industry, leaving behind death and devastation. This is the story of one such crime that shook Bollywood, the story of a family, massacred. This is the story of Laila Khan.

Desi – (ˈdsiˈdɛsi/; Hindustani: [d̪eːsi]Used to describe the people, cultures, and products of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and their diaspora, derived from Sanskrit देश (deśá), meaning “land, country”.

The Craziest True Crime on the Indian Subcontinent

Jack the Ripper, Zodiac, Son of Sam – yeah, yeah… Those are the ones you know…But where are the Dons of Delhi and Killers of Karachi? From The Lost Debate, The Desi Crime Podcast brings you Desi Killers, Desi Kidnappers, and Desi Criminal. Every week, Aishwarya and Aryaan will take you on a journey through the goriest, most corrupt, and rarely covered cases from South Asia. Did you know that the Guinness World Record for the most prolific murderer of all time belongs to an Indian, with over 931 murders? I bet you didn’t! But those are the kinds of stories you’ll hear on The Desi Crime Podcast…So, if you’re looking for a different kind of true crime, The Desi Crime Podcast brings you DESI crimes from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and other brown communities.

The Hosts


Half “Joe-Rogan-listening-gym-bro” and half “Rupert-Brooke-reading-romantic,” Aryaan Misra’s name means “destined to do something great.” So naturally, he embarked on the noble path of creating a true-crime podcast. Although Aryaan was compelled to choose between the noble professions of engineering or medicine while growing up in India after much thought and contemplation (and to his mother’s disappointment) he majored in philosophy. As any good philosopher would do, he wrote a campus-wide memo on the importance of protecting free speech, which unsurprisingly didn’t get the most positive reception from his fellow students. His free speech shenanigans led him to work with filmmaker Ted Balaker on “The Coddling of The American Mind” documentary, announce that he’s a liberal on Fox and Friends, and serendipitously meet his boss, Ravi. Aryaan has served as a mentor to aspiring podcasters for Spotify and he’s hitchhiked across Africa and Asia. He’d be happy to tell you all about the adventure many, many, many, many, many times.


Originally born in India, Aishwarya Singh is a world traveler. Having lived in 20 different cities spanning four countries and four continents, she finally decided to settle down in the good ole’ USA in 2019. When Aishwarya isn’t getting her weekly dose of adrenaline by turning off the lights and tuning into the “Crime Junkie” podcast alone at night, she is thinking about those pesky nuclear weapons running amok all around the world. Aishwarya has previously interned under Shelton Williams, an advisor to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and was a special assistant to Madeleine Albright. When she isn’t working on her own podcast or thinking about the thermodynamic stability of the atomic nucleus, Aishwarya can be found buried under a pile of LSAT books, volunteering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or hunting on Zillow for real estate beyond her reach.


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“I came across this podcast just randomly browsing through the list. At that point I did not have any peculiar interest in true crime as well. However just taking a step forward I played one of the episodes. I was truly amazed by how exceptionally well the case was presented in a duration of about 30 minutes. The narrative skill of both the speakers is commendable. What makes this podcast unique for me that it is one of a kind focusing on crimes either happening in India or done by people somehow related to India. This Indian perspective make me more attached the story and even makes me wonder that how volatile our surrounding are. Truly amazing work, both the speakers. Keep up the good work."
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“Coming up with the most interesting and intriguing true crime stories for people. Love the detailed research and I end up reading about it myself. My favourite True Crime Podcast, no questions asked. 🙌🏽🔥”
Gold Standard of True Crime
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“The genre of true crime in podcasts has propelled this medium further especially in the Indian subcontinent and it’s thanks to shows like The Desi Crime. While it is still early days for The Desi Crime to be competing with shows like Morbidology or Casefile, their touch of focusing on South Asian crimes makes them unique. The proficiency of its hosts Aryaan and Aishwarya supplemented with well-researched and structured content indeed makes them a show to watch out for. I would highly recommend tuning into The Desi Crime!”
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“If I could I would give this podcast a 10/10 because it is just that good. I’ve listened to a lot of true crime podcasts but the way Aryaan and Aishwarya carry this podcast is commendable. The podcast is so professional and just how a true crime podcast should be. Just like them even I’m a college student in the US so I know how stressful life here is. Despite this they deliver quality content that will satisfy your desi crime cravings”
A real thrill crime podcast
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“The podcast is actually the definition of quality over quantity. They take their time and if they have some issues, they actually post it on their insta or twitter handle to inform us. Other podcasts don’t even care to state the reason for their delay. I usually listen this podcast on Spotify, but because of the content they were giving I had to open apple podcasts on my Mac just to write this review. It’s worth giving a try and I hope you like it dear desi-crime fan. :)”
A place to listen, know and understand the darker side of our DESH
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“Aishwarya and Aryaan, you have no idea how you guys have hooked me. Crime- check, Reality- check, unparalleled narrative- check. This podcast has it all. For all crime stories lovers, this is your station!!”
Well Told and Fills Much Needed Niche
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“As an avid crime podcast listener, this is one of the best ones I’ve heard and much needed. It fills a niche in the crime world, for a region filled with crimes that need to come alive publicly but often fail to gain any international or even regional recognition. Thanks both, for creating this podcast and doing the immense research that goes into your very well told narratives.”
Keeps me on my toes
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“I love this show sooo much! I literally wait every week for a new episode so I can listen to it before bedtime! The best thing about this show is the narration from both hosts - very well edited and narrated in a story telling fashion with a bit of cheeky banter :)”
Great Story Tellers!
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“I love this podcast! I got the opportunity to visit India 🇮🇳 in February and March of 2020 and fell in love with the country. The two hosts are great story tellers! ❤️”
Detailed research and amazing narration.
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“Loved the gripping stories you guys are narrating. Keep up the good work Aryaan and Aishwarya.”
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“I literally wait every week for another thrilling episode.”
I’m addicted to this show
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“I started last week and finished this podcast in 7 days. Loved how each story is narrated and researched. I generally listen to this while driving, it makes the Bangalore traffic bearable. Can’t wait for the next episode!”

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