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Jessica Kumar is an American development advocate living in Bihar, India. She engages in powerful & empathetic interviews to shed light on lesser known aspects of Indian culture, founded in cultural anthropology, sprinkled with hints of modern relationships. Join us to hear diverse voices, stereotype breakers & interesting people who are experts in: -language learning (specifically acquisition of South Asian languages) -breaking stereotypes about racial identity -cross-cultural parenting -in ...
 
Welcome to the Stars & Startups Podcast with me, Varun Vummidi. We discuss entrepreneurship, technology, product, business & Startups. Indian startup founders, investors and the best operators in the business world. Occasionally we will crack open a beer, chat about travels, books & make poor jokes. You can also subscribe to the newsletter via https://stars.substack.com/ Sign up now so you don’t miss the any episodes.
 
Maharajas of Scale is a Podcast focused on Indian Entrepreneurs. It is hosted by Krishna Jonnakadla, Co-founder of Mango Mobile TV and Flit. Over the years, India has been home to many stellar startups. These startups have scaled, have travelled the world and created a pathway for others to follow. We, at Maharajas of Scale, celebrate the creative mind. We will take you on a journey to understand, to dissect and to learn from the masters who have scaled it Big.
 
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The dissonance caused by learning a new culture and language can be one of the most disorienting things that humans can go through. How can one respectfully and responsibly learn a new language without doing harm to those around them or losing themself in the process? Join Jessica Kumar, Invisible India Podcast host and lifelong Hindi learner as sh…
 
LoanTap's Satyam Kumar enjoyed a cushy life as a senior banking executive. By the mid-2010s, he experienced a glass ceiling and felt that he had plateaued. In addition, the growing Indian vocal and connected millennials, the black swan event of demonetization, and the startup wave pushed the market in a new direction. Users who wanted better produc…
 
Anshoo Sharma joined Bain Consulting in Boston and cut his teeth in the world of management consulting. Anshoo moved to India when Bain opened an office and soon moved to the emerging world of Venture Capital. After watching startups rise and fall, he was itching to start one himself. He teamed up with one of his buddies and soon they launched Magi…
 
In this episode Suhag Shukla speaks with Dr. Indu Viswanathan. Viswanathan has worked in education for more than two decades as a teacher, curriculum developer, teacher educator, and non-profit research director. They talk about the conference on Hinduphobia she helped organize at Rutgers University, the problems with controversial upcoming Dismant…
 
What does it take to successfully learn Hindi? Jessica breaks down tips and tricks and answers the most common questions about how to learn Hindi fluently. -What is unique about learning Hindi? -Why is it so hard to learn Indian languages from a book? -Is language school worth it? -Is it more important to focus on Hindi pronunciation or vocabulary?…
 
Jumbotail's Karthik Venkateswaran is an interesting man. He came from a middle class background and rose to the rank of a major in the Indian Army. After a decade of serving in the army, his heart bled for something else. That something else was a larger goal - a goal of makings people's lives better. Making people's lives better is a common thread…
 
In this episode HAF Human Rights Director Deepali Kulkarni speaks with a Pakistani Hindu leader, who for his safety wishes to remain anonymous, about the latest attacks on Hindu temples and Hindus in Pakistan, and what’s going on with the young Hindu boy charged with blasphemy.על ידי Hindu American Foundation
 
Viraj Bahl of Veeba sauces is an interesting man. Upon graduation, his father told him that he would have to earn his way into a life of prosperity. His father told him that he would have to earn outside the family business. He would have to establish a basic lifestyle before participating in the family business. Once he established a basic lifesty…
 
Welcome to Season 2. After a rocking Season 1, we are back yet again with amazing speakers. In this Episode 1 of Season 2, we feature Amit Gupta of Yulu Bikes. Remember those cute small little bikes that we see in the central business districts of cities such as Bangalore, that's Yulu for you. Amit has seen a startup or two in his life. Amit was a …
 
Are you in a relationship with an Indian? Overwhelmed by the differences between your culture and Indian culture?In Episode 59 of the Invisible India Podcast | Navigating Indian Culture with Love.... we dive in!As a veteran in India (15 years) and being married to Abhishek from Bihar for 11 years, Jessica shares 3 main tips for engaging with Indian…
 
In this episode HAF Human Rights Director Deepali Kulkarni continues her exploration of the history of why Indian South Africans have been targeted in recent violence, speaking with South African Hindu community leader Yashika Singh. They go over how Indians were strategically placed as a buffer between other communities in South Africa during the …
 
In this episode HAF Human Rights Director Deepali Kulkarni speaks with South African Hindu community leader Lux Maharaj. They discuss the history of Indians in South Africa, and Africa more broadly, what led up to the looting and violence directed at South African Indians in the past few weeks, and what the Indian community there may be facing in t…
 
"Maid in India" is a masterful work that not only uncovers some of the biggest challenges to India's informal labor sector, but some of the greatest opportunities it presents. Jessica rates it as one of the best books she has read on Indian culture as a whole, as it highlights the invisible aspects of hierarchy and classism through storytelling and…
 
This weeks show is the audio version of a side event HAF held at the International Religious Freedom summit, held in Washington DC last week. The focus of the panel is the 1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide and the ongoing challenges of the Hindu population in Bangladesh. Featured speakers include HAF Human Rights Director Deepali Kulkarni, Dr. Richard Be…
 
"Maid in India" is a masterful work that not only uncovers some of the biggest challenges to India's informal labor sector, but some of the greatest opportunities it presents. Jessica rates it as one of the best books she has read on Indian culture as a whole, as it highlights the invisible aspects of hierarchy and classism through storytelling and…
 
In this episode Mat McDermott speaks with Grammy-nominated musician, multi-instrumentalist, and world music pioneer Jai Uttal. They discuss Jai’s path through sacred chanting, the evolution of the Western kirtan scene over the past several decade, and the line that separates cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation. www.jaiuttal.com Jai’s l…
 
In this episode Mat McDermott speaks with Dandapani, a former Hindu monk turned international speaker. in the Saiva Siddhanta tradition, currently living at in Nosara, Costa Rica. Dandapani is now an international speaker helping people understand and leverage their mind and be the best version of themselves in order to live a life of purpose and j…
 
{Karthik Venkateswaran, Co-founder & CEO of Jumbotail} Karthik served with the Indian army in hard combat and had successful stints with marketplaces such as eBay in the US and Flipkart in India before launching Jumbotail along with his Stanford University batchmate Ashish Jhina. On this episode I chat with why Karthik & Ashish united behind this p…
 
Jessica hosts Anita Sachariah to share on tidbits of how to teach Indian origin children heritage languages like Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Tamil, Punjabi and many more. Jessica and Anita speak about their experiences teaching their own children and creating resources for children and adults to bridge the gap in learning Ind…
 
In this episode, a rebroadcast of a recent HAF webinar, Samir Kalra speaks with Dr Michael Rubin, from the American Enterprise Institute, on contemporary politics in Pakistan and the region, the nation’s support for terrorism, and how this affects the United States.על ידי Hindu American Foundation
 
{Jitendra Chouksey, Co-Founder of FITTR} The latest episode is with Jitendra Chouksey, aka JC, Founder & CEO of FITTR. FITTR has a highly engaged 2 million strong community focused on getting healthy and transforming themselves with the help of FITTR coaches, using the resources available. On this episode we chat about the journey from a small What…
 
Our Season Finale - Grand 50th Episode features Anupendra Sharma of the Startup Leadership Program. Today, Startup Leadership Program has grown to enable 4000 entrepreneurs who have raised $3.5 Billion in funding for 2000 ventures spread across 28 cities in 14 countries. Around the year 2006, two different types of people embarked on creating an or…
 
In this episode Suhag Shukla speaks Dr Prakash Shah a professor at Queen Mary, University of London. Dr Shah specializes in cultural diversity and law, religion and law, caste and law, immigration, refugee and nationality law, and comparative law. They discuss the Western conceptions of caste in India, the complexity of adding caste discrimination …
 
Vaishali Patel is passionate about passing on the Gujarati and Hindi languages and cultures to others! Hear her story of how she immigrated to the US and started teaching others Gujarati. Her company, Sanskar Teaching, includes a number of programs both online, live classes and products to bring students closer to Gujarati, Hindi and Punjabi langua…
 
In this episode Suhag Shukla speaks with Ankit Bhuptani, the chairman and founder of the Queer Hindu Alliance in Mumbai, India. He is an advisor to corporations on inclusivity and diversity, the editor of a Gujarati literary magazine, and has participated in the Mumbai Pride Parade since 2010. They speak about being gay in India, the state of homop…
 
In this episode Sheetal Shah speaks with Shreya Mahasenan, a junior at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Shreya founded the McGill Dharma Society, when she realized there was no Hindu representation for students. They talk about the hurdles she overcame to create the society, the future of MDS, and her strong Hindu faith, which she credits to…
 
Enjoy this conversation lesson including Hindi words with English explanation. The lesson is 10 minutes, including simple instructional vocabulary and vocabulary about fruits (mango, lichi and banana.) Learn more about Indian culture from Jessica's perspective (an American living in India since 2006.) She shares her learnings about cultural signifi…
 
In this episode Taniel Koushakjian speaks with Michigan state representative (and former HAF board member) Padma Kuppa. They discuss Rep. Kuppa’s journey from being an engineer to the first Indian American elected to the Michigan legislature, her passion for environmental advocacy, and her newly introduced legislation recognizing Diwali, Vaisakhi, …
 
In this episode Mat McDermott speaks with Parth Parihar. Parth is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hindu Students Council and a PhD candidate in economics at Princeton University. Earlier this spring he organized, along with Dr Indu Vishwanathan, a conference on Hinduphobia at Rutgers University, which brought together a wide range of speakers …
 
EP54: {Ashish Singhal, Co-Founder of CoinSwitch} Hi Stars! Apologies for the sporadic episodes and the long gap between the last episode! Hope you and your family are safe and well during this crazy time. Go get vaccinated, please don’t wait. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — → Go Subscribe to the Newsletter via stars.su…
 
In this episode Sheetal Shah chats with Shivali Bhammer, the youngest recording artist to be signed by Sony BMG for bhajans and one of the Top 25 Under 25 South Asian music artists. Her two albums The Bhajan Project and Urban Temple have reached #1 on the iTunes World Music charts. Today, we talk about Shivali’s journey from working in finance to p…
 
Rashmi Chadha is an entrepreneur, travel influencer and international speaker. Despite her ever smiling persona, there is depth and pain in her story. Overcoming sexism at many junctures, the tragic loss of her mother and obstacles from society, she continues to push forward to make the world a better place for women. She is the founder of wovoyage…
 
In this episode Sheetal Shah talks with Riki Warren, one of the top global movement coaches. His London-based movement school, Bodyweight Gurus, qualifies fitness professionals and therapists with accredited certifications. Riki has been practicing advanced bodyweight movement, yoga, and mixed martial arts (including the ancient Indian martial arts…
 
What is really happening in India right now with the COVID Crisis? Jessica, an American living in India with her family tells a first hand account of what it feels like to be in the midst of India's huge COVID crisis. How did we get here and what was the progression like from lockdown #1 in 2020 to a life of normalcy in late 2020, to complete chaos…
 
Kinner is an unlikely entrepreneur from the likes of it. With a master’s in molecular biology, he jumped into management consulting. Along the way, he discovered that one of the challenges that enterprises and companies grappled with was making knowledge and learning available to their employees and team members. In the process of helping companies…
 
Patna, Bihar’s historical sites are in danger. Kunal Dutt shares about the top 5 historic sites in Patna, the capital of Bihar, India. Kunal founded the Save Historic Patna Collectorate campaign to raise awareness of how Patnaites are allowing their history to be cannibalized in the name of becoming a “smart city.” He shares the tragic story of los…
 
While on a vacation in Mexico, Sunil Patro, an IIT grad and a software engineer at Microsoft, got a call informing him about a job that he had been offered. All he needed to do was sign the acceptance letter and send it back. Simple right? Well not so much. It was like as if he was like stuck in a government office! The struggle in finding a printe…
 
Every year, Monica watches about 10,000 startups go thru the motions, highs and lows. She watches it from close quarters and gets to see varied practices from across the globe. She sees myths being broken and new models formed. She heads up the Wadhwani Foundation's NEN Program that focuses on teaching entrepreneurship to students. Monica is an ent…
 
In this episode Samir Kalra speaks with Ashok Karmakar, attorney and chairman of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, USA. They speak about the events of the 1971 Bengali Hindu genocide and how it affected his family personally.על ידי Hindu American Foundation
 
From dreaming of being an engineer to then being an entrepreneur, the story of Issac Wesley from Inkmonk is truly remarkable. Low scores in mathematics led this young tech enthusiast to take up a design course rather than engineering. Yet, it was Issac's father, an artist first and a printing guy second, who inspired him to start Inkmonk and the re…
 
In Jessica's 15 years in India, there have been countless interesting and exciting moments. Here in our 50th EPISODE she reflects on 2 dumb newbie mistakes, 1 religious experience, 1 natural disaster and 1 wild animal story. Hear about the crazy, dumb mistakes that Jessica made as a young intern in India and the other wild experiences that come wit…
 
In this episode Mat McDermott speaks with Prof Chris Fici. What sets Chris apart is that he manages to stand balanced authentically in a couple of worlds that don’t always, shall we say, play well together: The academy and the world of devoted Hindus. He was born a Catholic and went on to be a monk in the Gaudiya Vaishnav lineage, before embarking …
 
An engineer who had the desire to build something after attending the Stanford Insight Programme on entrepreneurship and leadership and here, she also met her Co-Founder Venkat, that is Neha Suyal for you. Her humble beginnings and what she has built, go hand in hand. Checking off entrepreneurship from her own bucketlist despite her simple backgrou…
 
In this episode Suhag Shukla speaks with Aditi Banerjee. Aditi is a book author, essayist, and attorney, whose first novel, The Curse of Gandhari — which gives a perspective on the Mahabharata from the unique viewpoint of one of the matriarchs of the Hindu epic. Hope you enjoy it.על ידי Hindu American Foundation
 
Yogesh and Kulin can be called the Jai-Veeru of the Insurtech start-up space. The two met at ACKO, a private sector general insurance company. And since then, the two have a strong entrepreneurial bond which led them to start Onsurity in early 2020, with the primary goal being enable to allow SME’s to provide their employees with proper healthcare …
 
In this episode HAF Director of Human Rights Deepali Kulkarni speaks with Bhuwan Pyakurel, a refugee from Bhutan who emigrated to the United States, settled in Ohio, and is now a city council member. He talks about what led to the Hindu community of Bhutan to be expelled from the Himalayan nation, the challenges of being a refugee in India, and his…
 
In this episode Mat McDermott speaks with Mandar Apte. Mandar’s a former petroleum engineer turned filmmaker meditation teacher, and ambassador for peace. We discuss his documentary From India With Love, his work teaching police officers how to meditate, and how the pandemic his changed his teaching. More info: Cities4Peace.…
 
EP53: Pivots and the story to selling a majority stake to Reliance {Harsh Shah, Co-Founder of Fynd} Are you enjoying the new episodes of S&S? Do write to me! Also, do recommend amazing founders & stories that are worth spreading from the Startup scene in India. On the episode, I speak with someone I have known a while from the early days of ecommer…
 
Is COVID really worse in American than India? What did it feel like on the ground in India during the world's biggest lockdown. Why on earth would anyone travel between the US and India right now? Listen to Jessica and Abhishek share about their experience traveling from Bihar, India to Chicago and BACK AGAIN in the middle of a pandemic! Why did th…
 
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