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Join Sameer Desai as he chats with South Asians around the world to uncover their identities, successes, failures, and most importantly, stories. He profile artists, writers, filmmakers, athletes, entertainers, and many more to discover insights that you can incorporate into your daily life. Visit www.southasianstoriespodcast.com for full list of episodes and show notes!

Latest Episodes

Kiran Gandhi – Musician, Activist, and Music Industry Thinker and her Mission to Elevate and Celebrate the Female Voice as Madame Gandhi

E“Look inward to serve your purpose outward.” Kiran Gandhi Kiran Gandhi, who performs as her stage name Madame Gandhi, is a Los Angeles-based musician, activist and music industry thinker who was recently listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019. She has drummed for M.I.A, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Kehlani and Lizzo and currently DJs, drums and produces music under her own name. Madame Gandhi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Women’s Studies from Georgetown and an MBA from Harvard. Madame Gandhi is a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY). She has scored original music for Calvin Klein, New York Times, Adidas, Gap, and Vogue. Her summer merchandise line has been worn by Sophie, TV on the Radio, Jarina De Marco, Miya Folick, Sudan Archives, Garbage, Syd, Kehlani, Amber Coffman of The Dirty Projectors and more. In 2015, she ran the London Marathon free-bleeding to combat period stigma around the world, sparking a global viral conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures. Her 2018 TED Talk “Own Your Voice” about making music that is purposeful and accessible to all people, has been viewed over 200,000 times. She now travels often to perform and speak about modern gender equality, and will release her EP Visions in Fall 2019. Madame Gandhi’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice. In this conversation, we discuss: The amazing story of how she toured as M.I.A’s drummer while getting her MBA at Harvard Her identity as an Indian-American growing in NYC and her first memory of music The variety of sounds, music, and artists that inspired her EP VIsions Much, much more… This was one of the most interesting interviews I’ve ever done – you will love this episode! Connect with Kiran * Website * Facebook * Instagram * Twitter * YouTube Listen to the podcast! (And please leave a review if you enjoyed it!)

47 MINSEP 15
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Kiran Gandhi – Musician, Activist, and Music Industry Thinker and her Mission to Elevate and Celebrate the Female Voice as Madame Gandhi

Swati Teerdhala – Author of “The Tiger at Midnight” and the amazing story behind publishing her first book!

“The Tiger at Midnight did not shy away from cultural identity. Diverse storytellers sometimes feel the need to make their story more palatable for a general audience. ” – Swati Teerdhala. Swati Teerdhala is the author of the brand new book The Tiger at Midnight published by Harper Collins. This is the first book in an epic heart-pounding fantasy trilogy inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Finance and History, Swati stumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry but always wanted to explore her writing side. Swati currently lives in New York City, and she’s passionate about many things, including how to make a proper cup of chai, the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart, and diverse representation in the stories we tell. In this conversation, we discuss: Swati’s favorite books growing up and how her love of storytelling was shaped early on Swati’s journey to find strong mentors and community that helped her develop as a writer The exact moment when she found out “The Tiger at Midnight” was going to be published! Much, much more… Swati goes deep into what it took to publish her first book – a combination of years of hard work and a little luck. Please enjoy my conversation with Swati Teerdhala. Connect with Swati * Instagram * Twitter * Website Listen to the podcast! (And please leave a review if you enjoyed it!)

56 MINJUN 22
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Swati Teerdhala – Author of “The Tiger at Midnight” and the amazing story behind publishing her first book!

Melony Mahaarachchi – SpaceX and NASA Mars 2020 Engineer and how she became a Real-life Rocket Scientist

“Within my first three months as SpaceX, I was in charge of rocket engine electrical cables. My heart was pounding and I wanted to run and come home – it was a huge responsibility. ” – Melony Mahaarachchi Melony Mahaarachchi is a prolific mechanical, robotics, and rocket engineer. She came to the United States with her husband and two young children from Sri Lanka, and built her career completely from scratch after graduating from UCLA with a degree in mechanical engineering. Melony has worked at SpaceX, Boeing, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the Mars Rover 2020 mission. At SpaceX, Melony worked very closely with the one and only Elon Musk on Merlin Engine design team for the Falcon 9 rocket. (Read her story on Refinery29)! Influenced by her own personal and professional experience, she founded a non-profit iSTEM Without Borders in 2015 to empower young women in STEM careers. In this conversation, we discuss: What working with Elon Musk was REALLY like at SpaceX Breaking barriers and overcoming adversity in her early life in Sri Lanka The importance of asking for what you want and learning how to negotiate Much, much more… Melony’s stories are incredibly inspiring, open, and honest – it’s one of my favorite interviews to-date. Please enjoy! Connect with Melony * Email * Instagram * LinkedIn Listen to the podcast! (And please leave a review if you enjoyed it!)

74 MINAPR 6
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Melony Mahaarachchi – SpaceX and NASA Mars 2020 Engineer and how she became a Real-life Rocket Scientist

Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka – Forbes 30 Under 30 Cancer Researcher and her amazing discovery on how to slow the spread of cancer cells

“Cancer is an extremely smart disease. It’s one of the reasons we’ve battled it for so long.” – Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka. Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka (@hasinijt) is an acclaimed cancer researcher, scientist, and TED speaker. She grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and pursued her BS and PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At 28, Hasini made it the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 under the science category for her extraordinary research work. She discovered a signaling pathway that controls how cancer cells spread through the body and a way to block that pathway (Watch her TED talk!). This has led to the development of new therapeutics currently moving through the pipeline aimed at targeting tumor growth and metastasis. Hasini is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford studying childhood leukemia. In this conversation, we discuss: Hasini’s childhood growing up in Sri Lanka during a civil war The incredible story behind her ground-breaking research on cancer cells as a sophomore at Johns Hopkins The future of cancer therapy in the next 10-15 years Dealing with “The Impostor Syndrome” and believing in yourself Much, much more… You’re going to love this – I learned a TON! Please enjoy! Connect with Hasini * Website * Twitter * Facebook Listen to the podcast! (And please leave a review if you enjoyed it!)

63 MINMAR 15
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Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka – Forbes 30 Under 30 Cancer Researcher and her amazing discovery on how to slow the spread of cancer cells

Episode 10: Raj Jana – Founder & CEO of JavaPresse Coffee Company and how to kick-start your journey to extraordinary living

“Be grateful for what you have and ambitious for what you want.”– Raj Jana Raj Jana (@rajer_thatt) is an impact-driven entrepreneur, podcast host, & keynote speaker who’s passionate about using capitalism and business as a vehicle to make the world a brighter place. He has been featured in Inc, Entrepreneur, and Forbes Magazines while mentored directly by Daymond John. After his mentor died of a heart attack just three months short of retirement – Raj felt compelled to step up and do something meaningful to challenge conventional ways of thinking. So he launched JavaPresse Coffee Company – a lifestyle brand that helps people use coffee to live happier lives by transforming ordinary coffee rituals into extraordinary daily experiences. Raj scaled his company from a tiny side hustle into a 7 figure brand in less than a year – no small feat. In this conversation, we discuss: * How Raj explored his entrepreneurship early in college while founding his fraternity * The importance of...

76 MINFEB 7
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Episode 10: Raj Jana – Founder & CEO of JavaPresse Coffee Company and how to kick-start your journey to extraordinary living

Episode 9: Raj Bhavsar – Olympic Athlete and his groundbreaking journey to become a world-class gymnast

“Believe what you want to achieve.”– Raj Bhavsar Raj Bhavsar (@Rajnastics) is Olympic Athlete, world-class gymnast, entrepreneur, and artist. His accolades are simply outstanding: Bronze medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, World championship silver medals, 3 world cup medals, 3 U.S. national titles, 3 NC Double A national titles, 11 years on the senior national team, and the creation of 2 new gymnastics skills, now called “The Bhavsar” on rings and parallel bars. In 2004, Raj missed competing in Athens and was named alternate to the team, after which he turned to yoga, philosophy, and personal transformation to garner an Olympic birth four years later in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.Despite being underdogs, Raj and his teammates brought home a bronze medal, and the story became a sentimental favorite of the Beijing games. After retiring from gymnastics in 2009, Raj performed with Cirque du Soleil show “IRIS” as an acrobat and artist . He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, and...

70 MINJAN 7
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Episode 9: Raj Bhavsar – Olympic Athlete and his groundbreaking journey to become a world-class gymnast

Episode 8: Arsalan Shirazi – Actor, Rapper, Writer and how he’s building a media empire from scratch

“There are moments where you can’t hide from what you want to do.”– Arsalan Shirazi Arsalan Shirazi (@entitldartist)is the quintessential multi-hyphenate artist: he’s an actor, writer, rapper, and founder of ENTITLD ARTISTS. It’s a media and entertainment company that develops film, series, and music for millennials with a focus on first-generation stories. Arsalan’s debut project was the feature film “On Again Off Again“ which had two sold- out screenings at the Mosaic Film Festival and has amassed 4 million minutes of viewership in less than a year on Amazon Prime Video. Healso wrote, directed, and played the lead role of “Sami,” as well as served as the film’s executive producer Arsalan also releases alternative hip-hop under the artist name ENTITLD and his latest track “Millennial Woman (Get Loose)” has over 50k streams and 15k monthly listeners on Spotify. It’s been featured on exclusive Sony and Universal releases with artists Snoop Dogg and Raekwon. In this con...

72 MIN2018 DEC 3
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Episode 8: Arsalan Shirazi – Actor, Rapper, Writer and how he’s building a media empire from scratch

Episode 7: Shabnam Samuel – Powerful stories on marriage, hardship, and healing

“Writing completely soothes me and is form of healing.”– Shabnam Samuel Shabnam Samuel (@panchganiwrites) is a writer, coach, social media trainer, and the founder of the Panchgani Writers’ Retreat.Shabnam just released a memoir A Fractured Lifethis year in September 2018. The retreat incorporates mindful living along with creativity and wellness following Ayurveda principles, with yoga, meditation and writing workshops. Shabnam has been writing ever since she can remember. Her essays have been published online in Brain Child Magazine and Your Tango. As a coach, Shabnam mentors with Empowered Women International in Alexandria, Virginia, an organization that helps train low-income, immigrant, and refugee women how to be a successful entrepreneurs.. As a TV host, Shabnam hosts Dew Drops and Words. The show broadcasts to 6.1 million viewers in the Washington DC area. In this conversation, we discuss: * The eye-opening story behind her groundbreaking book A Fractured Life * The boar...

52 MIN2018 NOV 1
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Episode 7: Shabnam Samuel – Powerful stories on marriage, hardship, and healing

Episode 6: Hema Kundargi – The surprising science behind nutrition and the benefits of going back to school after 30 years

“You’re never too old to set another goal or a dream.”– Hema Kundargi Hema Kundargi is a registered dietitian, culinary artist, and TV host. Hema went from being an accountant to hosting and producing her own TV show called Indian Vegetarian Gourmet. She simplifies Indian cuisine and aims to remove the myths and mysteries associated with it. Then, as her youngest child went to college, on her fiftieth birthday, she went back to school to earn graduate degree in Nutrition and became a registered Dietitian. Recently, she has also become the first author in a Journal of the Academy of Nutritionand Dietetics. Currently she is working in a corporate wellness group. She has some amazing stories throughout her journey, and you will find her zest for life contagious. Change is the only constant in life and she has reinvented herself many, many times. In this conversation, we discuss: * Her vegetation cooking show and what she learned from producing it * How she overcame her fear of fail...

54 MIN2018 OCT 2
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Episode 6: Hema Kundargi – The surprising science behind nutrition and the benefits of going back to school after 30 years

Episode 5: Lavesh Pritmani – Founder and CEO of Learn Bhangra and his story on building a business from your passion

“Bhangra is a dance that combines both energy and grace.” – Lavesh Pritmani Lavesh Pritmani(@LearnBhangraNow)is the founder and CEO of the Learn Bhangra. In less than three years, his app achieved over 70,000 downloads and 25,000 registered users. No small feat. Bhangra is an energetic, folk dance and music form that originated from Punjab, India. Today, it’s the newest dance, music, and fitness phenomenon spreading all over the world.Lavesh began teaching Bhangra in 2006, and for 10 years, he taught 300+ students and started the independent Bhangra movement in North Carolina. Lavesh learned the folk elements of Bhangra from his coach from India. This completely transformed Lavesh’s approach towards Bhangra, and showed him how Bhangra’s teachings of discipline, confidence, and respect could be incorporated into everyday life. Lavesh and his team have now expanded the Learn Bhangra app to workshops, choreography, and instructor certifications around the world.Lavesh is extremel...

55 MIN2018 AUG 1
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Episode 5: Lavesh Pritmani – Founder and CEO of Learn Bhangra and his story on building a business from your passion

Latest Episodes

Kiran Gandhi – Musician, Activist, and Music Industry Thinker and her Mission to Elevate and Celebrate the Female Voice as Madame Gandhi

E“Look inward to serve your purpose outward.” Kiran Gandhi Kiran Gandhi, who performs as her stage name Madame Gandhi, is a Los Angeles-based musician, activist and music industry thinker who was recently listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019. She has drummed for M.I.A, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Kehlani and Lizzo and currently DJs, drums and produces music under her own name. Madame Gandhi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Women’s Studies from Georgetown and an MBA from Harvard. Madame Gandhi is a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY). She has scored original music for Calvin Klein, New York Times, Adidas, Gap, and Vogue. Her summer merchandise line has been worn by Sophie, TV on the Radio, Jarina De Marco, Miya Folick, Sudan Archives, Garbage, Syd, Kehlani, Amber Coffman of The Dirty Projectors and more. In 2015, she ran the London Marathon free-bleeding to combat period stigma around the world, sparking a global viral conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures. Her 2018 TED Talk “Own Your Voice” about making music that is purposeful and accessible to all people, has been viewed over 200,000 times. She now travels often to perform and speak about modern gender equality, and will release her EP Visions in Fall 2019. Madame Gandhi’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice. In this conversation, we discuss: The amazing story of how she toured as M.I.A’s drummer while getting her MBA at Harvard Her identity as an Indian-American growing in NYC and her first memory of music The variety of sounds, music, and artists that inspired her EP VIsions Much, much more… This was one of the most interesting interviews I’ve ever done – you will love this episode! Connect with Kiran * Website * Facebook * Instagram * Twitter * YouTube Listen to the podcast! (And please leave a review if you enjoyed it!)

47 MINSEP 15
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Kiran Gandhi – Musician, Activist, and Music Industry Thinker and her Mission to Elevate and Celebrate the Female Voice as Madame Gandhi

Swati Teerdhala – Author of “The Tiger at Midnight” and the amazing story behind publishing her first book!

“The Tiger at Midnight did not shy away from cultural identity. Diverse storytellers sometimes feel the need to make their story more palatable for a general audience. ” – Swati Teerdhala. Swati Teerdhala is the author of the brand new book The Tiger at Midnight published by Harper Collins. This is the first book in an epic heart-pounding fantasy trilogy inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Finance and History, Swati stumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry but always wanted to explore her writing side. Swati currently lives in New York City, and she’s passionate about many things, including how to make a proper cup of chai, the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart, and diverse representation in the stories we tell. In this conversation, we discuss: Swati’s favorite books growing up and how her love of storytelling was shaped early on Swati’s journey to find strong mentors and community that helped her develop as a writer The exact moment when she found out “The Tiger at Midnight” was going to be published! Much, much more… Swati goes deep into what it took to publish her first book – a combination of years of hard work and a little luck. Please enjoy my conversation with Swati Teerdhala. Connect with Swati * Instagram * Twitter * Website Listen to the podcast! (And please leave a review if you enjoyed it!)

56 MINJUN 22
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Swati Teerdhala – Author of “The Tiger at Midnight” and the amazing story behind publishing her first book!

Melony Mahaarachchi – SpaceX and NASA Mars 2020 Engineer and how she became a Real-life Rocket Scientist

“Within my first three months as SpaceX, I was in charge of rocket engine electrical cables. My heart was pounding and I wanted to run and come home – it was a huge responsibility. ” – Melony Mahaarachchi Melony Mahaarachchi is a prolific mechanical, robotics, and rocket engineer. She came to the United States with her husband and two young children from Sri Lanka, and built her career completely from scratch after graduating from UCLA with a degree in mechanical engineering. Melony has worked at SpaceX, Boeing, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the Mars Rover 2020 mission. At SpaceX, Melony worked very closely with the one and only Elon Musk on Merlin Engine design team for the Falcon 9 rocket. (Read her story on Refinery29)! Influenced by her own personal and professional experience, she founded a non-profit iSTEM Without Borders in 2015 to empower young women in STEM careers. In this conversation, we discuss: What working with Elon Musk was REALLY like at SpaceX Breaking barriers and overcoming adversity in her early life in Sri Lanka The importance of asking for what you want and learning how to negotiate Much, much more… Melony’s stories are incredibly inspiring, open, and honest – it’s one of my favorite interviews to-date. Please enjoy! Connect with Melony * Email * Instagram * LinkedIn Listen to the podcast! (And please leave a review if you enjoyed it!)

74 MINAPR 6
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Melony Mahaarachchi – SpaceX and NASA Mars 2020 Engineer and how she became a Real-life Rocket Scientist

Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka – Forbes 30 Under 30 Cancer Researcher and her amazing discovery on how to slow the spread of cancer cells

“Cancer is an extremely smart disease. It’s one of the reasons we’ve battled it for so long.” – Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka. Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka (@hasinijt) is an acclaimed cancer researcher, scientist, and TED speaker. She grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and pursued her BS and PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At 28, Hasini made it the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 under the science category for her extraordinary research work. She discovered a signaling pathway that controls how cancer cells spread through the body and a way to block that pathway (Watch her TED talk!). This has led to the development of new therapeutics currently moving through the pipeline aimed at targeting tumor growth and metastasis. Hasini is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford studying childhood leukemia. In this conversation, we discuss: Hasini’s childhood growing up in Sri Lanka during a civil war The incredible story behind her ground-breaking research on cancer cells as a sophomore at Johns Hopkins The future of cancer therapy in the next 10-15 years Dealing with “The Impostor Syndrome” and believing in yourself Much, much more… You’re going to love this – I learned a TON! Please enjoy! Connect with Hasini * Website * Twitter * Facebook Listen to the podcast! (And please leave a review if you enjoyed it!)

63 MINMAR 15
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Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka – Forbes 30 Under 30 Cancer Researcher and her amazing discovery on how to slow the spread of cancer cells

Episode 10: Raj Jana – Founder & CEO of JavaPresse Coffee Company and how to kick-start your journey to extraordinary living

“Be grateful for what you have and ambitious for what you want.”– Raj Jana Raj Jana (@rajer_thatt) is an impact-driven entrepreneur, podcast host, & keynote speaker who’s passionate about using capitalism and business as a vehicle to make the world a brighter place. He has been featured in Inc, Entrepreneur, and Forbes Magazines while mentored directly by Daymond John. After his mentor died of a heart attack just three months short of retirement – Raj felt compelled to step up and do something meaningful to challenge conventional ways of thinking. So he launched JavaPresse Coffee Company – a lifestyle brand that helps people use coffee to live happier lives by transforming ordinary coffee rituals into extraordinary daily experiences. Raj scaled his company from a tiny side hustle into a 7 figure brand in less than a year – no small feat. In this conversation, we discuss: * How Raj explored his entrepreneurship early in college while founding his fraternity * The importance of...

76 MINFEB 7
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Episode 10: Raj Jana – Founder & CEO of JavaPresse Coffee Company and how to kick-start your journey to extraordinary living

Episode 9: Raj Bhavsar – Olympic Athlete and his groundbreaking journey to become a world-class gymnast

“Believe what you want to achieve.”– Raj Bhavsar Raj Bhavsar (@Rajnastics) is Olympic Athlete, world-class gymnast, entrepreneur, and artist. His accolades are simply outstanding: Bronze medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, World championship silver medals, 3 world cup medals, 3 U.S. national titles, 3 NC Double A national titles, 11 years on the senior national team, and the creation of 2 new gymnastics skills, now called “The Bhavsar” on rings and parallel bars. In 2004, Raj missed competing in Athens and was named alternate to the team, after which he turned to yoga, philosophy, and personal transformation to garner an Olympic birth four years later in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.Despite being underdogs, Raj and his teammates brought home a bronze medal, and the story became a sentimental favorite of the Beijing games. After retiring from gymnastics in 2009, Raj performed with Cirque du Soleil show “IRIS” as an acrobat and artist . He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, and...

70 MINJAN 7
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Episode 9: Raj Bhavsar – Olympic Athlete and his groundbreaking journey to become a world-class gymnast

Episode 8: Arsalan Shirazi – Actor, Rapper, Writer and how he’s building a media empire from scratch

“There are moments where you can’t hide from what you want to do.”– Arsalan Shirazi Arsalan Shirazi (@entitldartist)is the quintessential multi-hyphenate artist: he’s an actor, writer, rapper, and founder of ENTITLD ARTISTS. It’s a media and entertainment company that develops film, series, and music for millennials with a focus on first-generation stories. Arsalan’s debut project was the feature film “On Again Off Again“ which had two sold- out screenings at the Mosaic Film Festival and has amassed 4 million minutes of viewership in less than a year on Amazon Prime Video. Healso wrote, directed, and played the lead role of “Sami,” as well as served as the film’s executive producer Arsalan also releases alternative hip-hop under the artist name ENTITLD and his latest track “Millennial Woman (Get Loose)” has over 50k streams and 15k monthly listeners on Spotify. It’s been featured on exclusive Sony and Universal releases with artists Snoop Dogg and Raekwon. In this con...

72 MIN2018 DEC 3
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Episode 8: Arsalan Shirazi – Actor, Rapper, Writer and how he’s building a media empire from scratch

Episode 7: Shabnam Samuel – Powerful stories on marriage, hardship, and healing

“Writing completely soothes me and is form of healing.”– Shabnam Samuel Shabnam Samuel (@panchganiwrites) is a writer, coach, social media trainer, and the founder of the Panchgani Writers’ Retreat.Shabnam just released a memoir A Fractured Lifethis year in September 2018. The retreat incorporates mindful living along with creativity and wellness following Ayurveda principles, with yoga, meditation and writing workshops. Shabnam has been writing ever since she can remember. Her essays have been published online in Brain Child Magazine and Your Tango. As a coach, Shabnam mentors with Empowered Women International in Alexandria, Virginia, an organization that helps train low-income, immigrant, and refugee women how to be a successful entrepreneurs.. As a TV host, Shabnam hosts Dew Drops and Words. The show broadcasts to 6.1 million viewers in the Washington DC area. In this conversation, we discuss: * The eye-opening story behind her groundbreaking book A Fractured Life * The boar...

52 MIN2018 NOV 1
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Episode 7: Shabnam Samuel – Powerful stories on marriage, hardship, and healing

Episode 6: Hema Kundargi – The surprising science behind nutrition and the benefits of going back to school after 30 years

“You’re never too old to set another goal or a dream.”– Hema Kundargi Hema Kundargi is a registered dietitian, culinary artist, and TV host. Hema went from being an accountant to hosting and producing her own TV show called Indian Vegetarian Gourmet. She simplifies Indian cuisine and aims to remove the myths and mysteries associated with it. Then, as her youngest child went to college, on her fiftieth birthday, she went back to school to earn graduate degree in Nutrition and became a registered Dietitian. Recently, she has also become the first author in a Journal of the Academy of Nutritionand Dietetics. Currently she is working in a corporate wellness group. She has some amazing stories throughout her journey, and you will find her zest for life contagious. Change is the only constant in life and she has reinvented herself many, many times. In this conversation, we discuss: * Her vegetation cooking show and what she learned from producing it * How she overcame her fear of fail...

54 MIN2018 OCT 2
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Episode 6: Hema Kundargi – The surprising science behind nutrition and the benefits of going back to school after 30 years

Episode 5: Lavesh Pritmani – Founder and CEO of Learn Bhangra and his story on building a business from your passion

“Bhangra is a dance that combines both energy and grace.” – Lavesh Pritmani Lavesh Pritmani(@LearnBhangraNow)is the founder and CEO of the Learn Bhangra. In less than three years, his app achieved over 70,000 downloads and 25,000 registered users. No small feat. Bhangra is an energetic, folk dance and music form that originated from Punjab, India. Today, it’s the newest dance, music, and fitness phenomenon spreading all over the world.Lavesh began teaching Bhangra in 2006, and for 10 years, he taught 300+ students and started the independent Bhangra movement in North Carolina. Lavesh learned the folk elements of Bhangra from his coach from India. This completely transformed Lavesh’s approach towards Bhangra, and showed him how Bhangra’s teachings of discipline, confidence, and respect could be incorporated into everyday life. Lavesh and his team have now expanded the Learn Bhangra app to workshops, choreography, and instructor certifications around the world.Lavesh is extremel...

55 MIN2018 AUG 1
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Episode 5: Lavesh Pritmani – Founder and CEO of Learn Bhangra and his story on building a business from your passion
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