Life is better when you are laughing: Sameera Khan #20

Sameera Khan comes from a traditional Muslim Indian family and she's decided to pursue a path, unlike others who come from a culture similar to hers. She's a standup comedian. Ten years ago Sameera's exposure to standup was limited to watching Russel Peters on YouTube, she never thought then that ten years on she would…

Love makes a family: Jennifer D’souza #19

Jennifer Dsouza, our guest on today's show chose to become a single mother at the age of 45 via adoption. Adoption by single women in the Indian culture is uncommon. Recent changes by CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority) giving preference to single, financially stable women over 40 means that it is changing and more single…

Don’t Give up: Caroline Monteiro #18

Season two begins with the inspiring and surprising story of Caroline Monteiro. She was lost on the streets of Mumbai when she was just seven years old. From living on the streets to finding a home with an adoptive family to building her own family, Caroline has come a long way. We all need something…

Every family has a story: Aashna Mulgaonkar #017

For our season finale, we're talking about a subject that is mainly Indian- Joint families, an arrangement where many generations bound by a common relationship live together in the same household. It’s common to see this kind of living arrangement in Indian families residing outside India as well. Some of us may have grown in…

We RISE by lifting others: Padmini Gupta #016

Our guest, Padmini Gupta, is an Oxford graduate, World Economic Forum Fellow and a social entrepreneur tackling a USD 5 billion industry in the Middle East. She combines her passion for solving social issues with building an enterprise that is sustainable and profitable. RISE, her fintech company, is her first foray as a social entrepreneur, and…

Feng Shui: Samita Khanna #015

Feng Shui means wind and water and is a traditional Chinese concept linking the destiny of a man to his environment. Samita Khanna is a master consultant of Feng Shui with over twenty years of practice. The fundamental principle is that energy known in China as "Chi" flows through one's environment and all objects possess…

It’s never too late for new beginnings: Sanyukta Kumar #014

From a psychotherapist to a makeup consultant after a 20-year gap, our guest today Sanyukta Kumar is an exemplar of new beginnings. She moved to a new country with her kids when the youngest one was just three months old and her older daughter was four. Sanky, as she is lovingly known, decided like so…

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life: Harsha Makhija #013

Ikigai is a Japanese word that roughly translates to the reason for being. Why are we here? What is our purpose? Are these some of the questions you ask yourself? Some of us would have spent our whole lives without finding or knowing it. Our guest today Harsha Makhija believes she has found her Ikigai.…

Anxiety, depression & bubbles! Sharon Bender #012

Sharon Bender has moved countries three times in two years with two children under the age of four. She is now settled and considers South Africa home. She is a single parent, loves even numbers, dreams of becoming a teacher someday and suffers from anxiety and clinical depression. On this episode of the podcast, Sharon…

Only a life lived for others is one worthwhile: Padmini Stump #011

Child loss is like a loss no other. It's grief of a lifetime, and there is no getting over or moving on from it. Our guest today Padmini Stump lost her son Steven in tragic circumstances 11 years ago. The days, months following his death left Padmini devastated, numb and depressed. On a night when…