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La popular cantant Nria Graham es transforma en entrevistadora i, per sort, en Roger i l'Albert no es transformen en cantants, noms en mers espectadors. S'hauran encarregat de portar-li un entrevistat a la Nria sense haver-li donat cap pista de qui s fins que no es trobin a l'estudi. Aix, els dos presentadors riuran per sota el nas en directe, com dos nens petits, embafats del seu enginy.
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Was the Delhi Sultanate a barbaric and bloodthirsty line of rulers who imposed Islam in the Indian subcontinent by the force of their sword? Were there Muslim rulers in the South of India? How so we separate fact from fiction in understanding our complex and multi-dimensional past? Syed Ubaidur Rahman, a New Delhi-based author and columnist answers…
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For countless Bengalis, Anjan Dutt is an emotion. From Bela Bose to Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na, Mary Ann to Bhalobasha, his songs captured a particular zeitgeist of 90's Kolkata. For a generation coming of age at the time, in his music, they found an unforgettable voice for their heartbreaks and hopes, their aches and aspirations. Anjan Dutt is also a…
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Despite increasing visibility, there remains a profound lack of understanding about the transgender experience in our society. Too often, trans individuals face discrimination, violence, and appalling prejudices rooted in ignorance about what it means to be transgender. In this episode, Celia Sandhya Daniels courageously takes us through her journe…
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We’re thrilled to host interculturalist Pratha Shetty, who guides us through the fascinating world of cross-cultural understanding. We learn about Pratha’s early fascination with why people from diverse cultures think and act differently. This curiosity sparked a career unveiling complex cultural concepts through educational tools, speaking, and wr…
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In this episode, Shilpa offers wisdom on nurturing your passions with patience, making time for what inspires you, looking beyond labels to live authentically, and uplifting others along the way. With humor and compassion, Shilpa opens up about her multifaceted life, from balancing family and work to staying motivated through struggles. Learn Shilp…
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On our show today is the multi-talented Aarti! With degrees in two seemingly contrasting fields – psychology and computer engineering – Aarti has cultivated a distinctive perspective that fuses logic and artistic creativity. Aarti talks about her interests, from nurturing her flair for writing and painting, to channeling her energy into Bollywood d…
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Anu Sehgal is a spirited cultural educator whose adventure spans over 25 years from India to the US. Hers is a heartwarming story of craving authentic Indian experiences and how that desire transformed her into an advocate for cultivating cultural awareness, heritage, and language in children. “The Culture Tree,” Anu’s brainchild initially focused …
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Meet Anuradha Gupta, a passionate angel investor and the creative mind behind Vows for Eternity, a globally renowned matchmaking firm. Anuradha’s journey is all about following her heart, understanding people, and taking a unique path in the business world. Growing up in India and later living most of her life abroad, Anuradha sensed a missing piec…
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Meet Sharan, the creative soul with Becker Muscular Dystrophy, who, despite the challenges, remains a creator, an inspiration, and a unique voice in the big conversation about life. This conversation isn’t about putting a spotlight on someone because they are differently-abled; it’s an open invitation for all of us to think about how we see and con…
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Roshni isn’t just making waves in the fast-paced world of PR marketing – she’s leaving an unforgettable impression on high-profile South Asian celebrities, not just in North America but globally. Beyond being the co-founder of the wildly popular Urban Asian news platform, her story goes way beyond the usual tale of success, reaching past the shiny …
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It is an honour to begin the first season of NRI Affairs, Pause with Nandini, 2024, with the exceptional Pallabi Ghosh, a woman who has rescued 10,000 people from traffickers, child marriage, forced marriage, child labour, and prostitution. Pallabi takes us through hidden passages in big city brothels, to villages in Haryana with their kidnapped br…
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In this episode, we explore the fascinating journey of manifestation through quantum jumping through Bianca’s lens. Discover how she taps into intuition and spiritual insight to navigate the complexities of life, offering a refreshing perspective on creating your reality, even in the face of uncertainty. Bianca shares her personal stories and insig…
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Devashish Makhija often tells stories of people he doesn't belong to; of people who have been deliberately silenced or ignored by the majority, or the powerful. While he battles unimaginable odds to bring those stories to light, telling them comes with their own, often heartbreaking pitfalls. We continue our conversation through somewhat contentiou…
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Devashish Makhija is arguably one of the most important voices in independent cinema in India today. His latest feature film Joram, produced by Zee Cinema, is set for a worldwide theatrical release on December 8, after a whirlwind global festival tour following its debut at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival. In a no-holds-barred conversation,…
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Shelly Oberoi, the academic-turned-politician now runs the second largest municipal corporation in India, as the mayor of India's capital city, New Delhi. Recently in Brisbane at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit, we sat down with the Mayor for a quick conversation about the Kejriwal model of urban planning, why she left academia for politics, and som…
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Trigger warning: This episode includes references to domestic violence, child abuse, suicide, and mental health issues. This may be traumatising for some people. Caution advised. Shivam Patil is an Indian actor and activist who champions men's mental health, child safety, and gender issues. He is also a climate change activist. Shivam is a domestic…
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Our first politician on the show, who is also a practicing doctor, with a Master's degree in film, television and media writing, Dr. Sapna Samant is an exemplary leader who is equal parts dreamer and doer. She joins us to talk about her work as a Greens Party candidate in New Zealand, why she decided to join active politics, the changing diaspora e…
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Welcome to an animated, wholly embodied discussion with the inimitable Yogesh Parmar. Yogesh is a leading behavioural scientist and the founder of GameChangers, India’s first fully integrated and diversified learning and development services enterprise. He is one of 100 Emerging Leaders in Asia, awarded by World Consulting & Research Corporation (W…
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Babu Gogineni is an Indian humanist, rationalist, and human rights activist who has served as Executive Director of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and is also the founder of, South Asian Humanist Association and Indian Humanists. He is also the founder and owner of Skillguru, a training organization. On this episode of Pause wi…
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This is more than a conversation. This is a video essay of a purposeful life, well-lived. My guest on this episode is Sushama Deshpande, writer, journalist, actor, director and all round awe-inspiring human. She is playful and passionate, a serious feminist and a delightful trouble maker, who shows us things ‘polite’ society would much rather not f…
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Nandita Das is a curious mix of passionate purpose and laid-back charm. Director, producer, actor and activist, she brings a uniquely humanistic sensibility to all she does, exploring lesser explored facets of life through nuance and empathy. After the much acclaimed film, Manto, she now presents Zwigato, a slice of life film that holds a mirror to…
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Provocative, pragmatic and pioneering; Hansi Mehrotra is a force unto herself in the world of financial education. Founder of The Money Hans and one of Linkedin's top 10 voices in Money and Finance, Hansi talks us through her life and choices, the perils and pitfalls of following fads and unqualified 'finflueners' and the most sensible pathways to …
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From theatre to television to film, Vinay Pathak is an acclaimed actor with extraordinary flair who slips in and out of roles with consummate ease. We travel with him to Bhojpur and Allahabad, to New York and Bombay, while he talks about his craft, how he keeps it honest, and why less is more when it comes to the portrayal of truth. Thank you for l…
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Cultural-political activist and feminist, Radhika Ganesh talks passion, politics, and privilege as we uncover what Ek Potlee Ret Ki is, if young people are even interested in politics, and the issue with the single story - tune in as we explore all of this and more. Thank you for listening! Watch all episodes of Pause with Nandini on https://youtub…
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Darshan Mondkar, a keen social commentator takes us through his experience of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, his insightful conversation with Rahul Gandhi, and what this may mean for all Indians who want to move away from hate and divisiveness. Thank you for listening! Watch all episodes of Pause with Nandini on https://youtube.com/c/NRIAffairs…
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In this unusual episode, Nithya Shanti, international teacher, speaker and author of Unburden (Penguin, 2022), responds to words that encapsulate many of the preoccupations of our times with wisdom, clarity and grace. Connect with Nithya at www.nithyashanti.com. Listen to his weekly podcast on www.roundglass.com. Thank you for listening! Watch all …
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Urmi Chanda is a peace builder with a difference. From studying comparative mythology to comparative religion to interfaith studies to peace work, her journey is unusual and inspiring. She speaks with Nandini Sen Mehra about Seeds of Peace, the challenges and opportunities in peace building, and what fuels hope in these fractured times. Thank you f…
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Zehra Naqvi calls herself a wanderer, a seeker and a scribe. She is also the author of The Reluctant Mother, a story that no one wants to tell - a searingly honest look at motherhood, identity, marriage and love. She joins us on Pause with Nandini to talk about her book, what brings her solace, and the myriad ways in which she stays curious about h…
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Yogesh Maitreya, poet, translator and founder of Panther’s Paw Publication, a publishing house for Ambedkarite and Dalit literature, in conversation with Nandini Sen Mehra. Yogesh Maitreya shares his views on the dynamics of caste discrimination as they exist today, what being an ally means, and the journey that led him into the world of literature…
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A scientific temper meets a passion for the arts: The acclaimed Avijit Sarkar, in conversation with Nandini Sen Mehra. The quintessential Renaissance Man, Avijit Sarkar speaks with Nandini Sen Mehra about his inspiring musical and literary journey, his diverse passions and interests, and his recently launched book, The Coronavirus Files. Avijit Sar…
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Decolonised, art-based therapy, sexual health in the age of social media, integration, sex and spirituality, mental health - we cover a lot of ground in this episode of Pause with Nandini with the exceptionally insightful and empathetic Neha Bhat. Thank you for listening! Watch all episodes of Pause with Nandini on https://youtube.com/c/NRIAffairs…
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Meet Gaurav Somwanshi, Co-Founder and CEO, EmerTech Innovations, who is paving the way for using technology for social good. He joins us to talk about his inspiring journey, the possibilities with blockchain, ways in which we can create a more equitable society, and his thought provoking perspective on racism and identity. Thank you for listening! …
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We couldn’t have picked a more informative episode to end our season with. Sanya Sharma is a 19-year-old law student based in the UK and the founder of the global organization Scarlet Udaan. The aim of the organization is to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation. The team has members from different parts of the world including India, UK, Ind…
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Pooja Tripathi is a first-generation Indian American actor, filmmaker and violinist based in New York City. She grew up in Pittsburgh & NYC, and studied at Carnegie Mellon University. Pooja is the co-creator of new Dutch American dramedy series Amsterdam Ave. which was created by a 90% female crew and takes place in The Netherlands and NYC. Having …
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Yashi, as she’s popularly known, is a Connecticut based homeopath with nearly three decades of experience in the medical field. Yashi’s way of practising homeopathy is a bit different from the traditional way. She strives to empower and educate families that are looking for a safer, alternative way to good health. She does this by teaching them the…
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Karthika Gupta’s career has been a wonderful mix of corporate, technology and creativity. Currently based in Chicago, but having lived and worked in many parts of the world, she was always surrounded by so many amazing people who brought a rich cultural diversity into her life. And these interactions led her to want to know more about not just her …
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Anahata Meher is a Shamanic practitioner based in Goa. Before finding Shamanism, she was a city brat living a comfortable life with no worries or ambition. Despite having all the comforts, Anahata found that she was angry all the time, to the extent that her husband suggested she seek help to manage the anger. She sought help from a hypnotherapist,…
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Water is the most important natural resource in the world; without it, life cannot exist. 2.1 billion people across the world lack access to clean drinking water. Marita Peters, the Executive Director of Surge UAE chapter, is determined to change that. Marita’s childhood friend, Shilpa Alva, is the founder of Surge. Growing up together, they had a …
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Dipti Mehta is a scientist, entrepreneur, writer and an award-winning artist based in New York. She grew up in a conservative, patriarchal family in India. But she was not one to keep quiet; she questioned everything, especially why she was treated differently from her brothers. At twelve, an All India Radio executive discovered Dipti at an elocuti…
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“Don’t you have long sleeves you can wear while you’re outside?”, “I brought a new brightening face scrub for you to try.”, “Try not to stay in the sun too long, you’ll get dark.” South Asian kids listen to these kinds of comments all the time. And not from outsiders but people close to our hearts. This was also the case for Anu Kumar. Born in New …
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Avani Modi Sarkar is the co-founder of Modi Toys a family-owned small business, that honours her Indian roots. They’re the first-ever makers of the original and mantra-singing Baby Ganesh, Baby Hanuman and Baby Krishna plush toys, which are both fun and cultural. Avani shares her story about building a generational brand that she hopes will help ma…
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Today, Vandana Shah is amongst the top divorce lawyers in India. The story of how she got there is unique. Vandana was in an abusive marriage and only got out of it because her in-laws pushed her out of the house one night. With only 10 dollars in her account, Vandana rebuilt her life taking every opportunity that came her way. When she found that …
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Bhavna has a career in IT, but her passion lies in connecting people through food. She’s the author of the blog, Just a Girl from Aamchi Mumbai which featured in the top twenty blogs in Perth. Her most recent venture, The Modern Desi, a culinary experience represents both, the girl holding on to her culture and roots in India and the newer her as s…
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Suzanna grew up surrounded by nature and by all things natural in Munnar, India. When she moved to the city, she quickly adapted to the city life of access and “use and throw” mentality. All that changed when Suzanna’s daughter was born. She wants her daughter to grow in a world that is not being crushed under the burden of consumption. And so, Suz…
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Priti Raman Vishwakarma’s love for travel began after her first solo trip to Himachal Pradesh in India. Despite her initial apprehensions, she found the courage to travel alone, and her life was forever changed. She hopes that by sharing her experience, others are encouraged to travel more. That’s how Womaniya on road trips, a travel company for wo…
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Reshma is an artist-activist advocating and supporting several issues from mental health and sexuality to human rights. Val Resh as she’s popularly known was diagnosed with schizophrenia at twenty-two. Since then she’s had many diagnoses. She does not let these labels define her and calls herself the schizophrenist, combining the words schizophreni…
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Sonam Shekhawat is the first Indian to win an Emmy Award for writing. She shares her story of growing up in Jaipur, India, watching cartoons all day to becoming one of the most coveted animation series writers. Sonam had offers to pursue a degree in medicine or engineering from some of the most prestigious colleges in India, and she chose to pursue…
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Isha Soni has moved between twelve apartments, four cities and two countries over the past three years and is currently settled in Canada. She shares her story of growing up in India and then moving to the west and finding herself in an environment that felt completely alien, causing a kind of cultural chaos she hadn’t expected. She chats about her…
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