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You know how they always say 'live and learn' after a deeply personal and often surprisingly unpleasant experience? Well I aim to turn that idiom on its head, with more positive reinforcement through this Podcast. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to dig much deeper and take those life lessons forward to make the most of the tools, time and talent that we have. The folks I feature on my episodes have all taken that leap of faith to bring you the means to live a better life.Hi, I am Shivr ...
 
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How many times have you walked into a room with a beaming smile and gotten exactly what you wanted from everyone? A true smile is one of the most reliable forms of communication, and the effect it has on others is powerful. In this episode, we examine the benefits of smiling and we do a quick mindfulness practice of smiling even if you are having a…
 
Do you get really frightened or nervous at the prospect of speaking before a crowd? Don’t worry you’re not alone. I’m here to give you 3 simple tips to overcome your fear. Followed by a quick 5 minute meditation practice to Regain Calm, Clarity and Confidence. I recommend listening to this episode just before your next public speaking or public eng…
 
Real life involves speaking and communicating every day. Today I want to talk you through a brief meditation practice to just train yourself to make mindful communication a habit. The goal here is to get you to speak mindfully. Taking note of the way you speak and how it impacts others. This means removing unnecessary gossip, unkind and divisive wo…
 
June was Pride month with the corporate spotlight on LGBTQ+ inclusion. But what about the remaining 11 months? Get your pens and papers ready for this crucial conversation with Aparna Mittal, Founder of Samāna Centre for Gender, Policy and Law. She addresses very existential questions: Do issues of differences like gender, sexuality, other identiti…
 
What do you know about the 1% formula that can give you the financial freedom to quit the rat race by 40. Sound too good to be true? Well, our next guest, Deepak Mullick, founder of SimplyMutual breaks it down for us. As a former mutual fund adviser and investment professional Deepak lays great emphasis on investing in easy installments through equ…
 
What is your relationship with money? Are you intimidated at the prospect of investing and saving and managing your finances? What is the right asset allocation. All these questions can possibly stress you out, especially in the time we live in. Which is why this episode is such a critical one. We speak to Atul Shinghal the founder and CEO of Scrip…
 
‘Making spinach into bubble gum!’ In today’s frenetic pace where we drive our children to focus on beating the competition and vying for the awards and that prized place in college and career, we often forget to equip them with the essential life skills like social and emotional well. This is where my next guests come in; Vinati Dev and Deepti Sen …
 
‘A cardinal rule to sticking to your diet or health goals is really to love yourself.’ 2020 and 20121 have definitely increased the complexity with how we do just about anything, forget even achieving any of our goals. Which is why my next guest…health coach Ritu Sharma is just so central to that conversation on how we can remain healthy in the fac…
 
Coming out can be a scary proposition for anyone on the spectrum of LGBTQ+. Yet, with a little guidance and support it can also be revealing and give you a sense of peace of mind. Which is why this episode is even more special. I’m joined from Switzerland by Lucie (Mind Coach) and Vanessa (Body Coach) who call themselves The Coming Out Coaches. In …
 
In this critical episode of the Live & Learn podcast we speak to Suman Kher a communication and soft skills powerhouse. She has one central message: At a time when we are all stuck in a virtual world, the only way you can be successful is by honing your communication skills. And the only way to be confident and ace those skills is to practice, prac…
 
What is your relationship with food? Are you happy with your health and weight? Or are you hitting the gym and can't shed that weight? Or worse still popping those protein shakes, gummy bears and granola bars and still not able to look or feel good? In today's Live & Learn Episode we catch up with Dhruv Bhushan CEO of Habbit Health who tells us how…
 
It is the bane of every listener or reader's existence. Those long winded sentences that seem to tell you very little. And confuse you too! Back by popular demand, Live & Learn Host Shivraj Parshad dons his Public Communication Coach hat again to give you some tough love and tricks to just opt for the active voice versus the obfuscating passive one…
 
Distraction words or filler words like 'ummm', 'aahh', 'like', 'you know' can all be pretty annoying when you use them while speaking or listening to others. Right? Back by popular demand, Live & Learn Host Shivraj Parshad gives you 3 ways you can avoid the things that make you go 'um'. What are those filler words or distraction words that annoy yo…
 
'Always be ready with a Plan B!' That's the message from Zain Khan, outplacement coach and author of the self-help book - 'Bouncing Back from a COVID Layoff' in our final conversation with him. In Episode 4 of the Live & Learn podcast, Zain lays out the roadmap for anyone who has lost their job or livelihood due to the pandemic. Learn more, earn di…
 
'People hire useful and hands-on professionals and not the easily available and desperate ones' Sage advice from Zain Khan a recruitment specialist and outplacement coach. In this third episode with Zain, author of 'Bouncing Back from a COVID Layoff', we get down to practical tools and tips to enhancing your job search, networking right and acing t…
 
In this second episode with Zain Khan, author of 'Bouncing Back from a COVID Layoff', we get a little real, about what happens to you after you lose your job and face the danger of going broke. Here Zain, a recruitment specialist and outplacement coach, spells out some practical tips from the book on how to Beat the Stress and Get Hold of your Mone…
 
In this first of a 4-part series, I speak to Zain Khan, the author of 'Bouncing Back from a COVID Layoff' which he describes as a practical guide on survival and starting over. An estimated 12.2 crore (120+ million) people have lost their jobs and we are probably still counting. Given the desperate calls he received from family and friends for help…
 
Welcome to this trailer of Season 4 of the Live & Learn Podcast. You know how they always say 'live and learn' after a deeply personal and often surprisingly unpleasant experience? Well I aim to turn that idiom on its head, with more positive reinforcement through this Podcast. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to dig much deeper and take those…
 
Our next guest on the Weekend Playlist, Anubha Bhonsle is a well known journalist and founder of Newsworthy, an independent media outlet. We discuss critical issues about the state of the media and her future plans. In this no holds barred conversation we explore existential questions for the news media in India; In this 24/7 cacophony of news, whe…
 
Here's a sneak preview to our Weekend Playlist conversation with Anubha Bhonsle; independent journalist and founder of Newsworthy, an independent media outlet. We explore real issues; In this 24/7 cacophony of news, where are the real stories? What really is newsworthy enough to make us stop, listen and really care? And how can we support those new…
 
Our next guest on the Weekend Playlist, is Vineet Bakshi, a graphics designer, a media maven and presenter of car shows, but more importantly one of India’s largest die cast car collectors. Vineet has been dubbed the ‘Godfather’ of India’s Hot Wheels collectors. Vineet is a serious hobbyist, who has not only spearheaded the Hot Wheels community in …
 
In this trailer to Episode 3 of the Weekend Playlist , Vineet Bakshi, one of India’s largest die cast car collectors, tells us why being a hobbyist can really be career shaping. Vineet has been dubbed the ‘Godfather’ of India’s Hot Wheels collectors. So as a serious hobbyist, he believes that playing with models cars can really help young children …
 
Listen to this quick preview of Episode 3 of the Weekend Playlist . We speak to Vineet Bakshi, a graphics designer, a media maven and presenter of car shows, but more importantly one of India’s largest die cast car collectors. He has been dubbed the ‘Godfather’ of India’s Hot Wheels collectors. Vineet is a serious hobbyist, who has not only spearhe…
 
Our next guest on the Weekend Playlist, Saurabh Kirpal is a noted senior advocate ,one of the lawyers who argued against Section 377 and also the editor of an anthology of essays; Sex and The Supreme Court. In this conversation, Saurabh tells us why he felt this book is so critical for our understanding of issues of gender identity, sexual choice a…
 
One last preview of this Weekend Playlist conversation with Saurabh Kirpal on his anthology of essays; Sex and The Supreme Court. Saurabh's parting message to all our listeners; We must learn to stand up and fight, put ourselves in the other person's shoes and work towards an India that is just, equal and leaves no one behind. What do you think? Yo…
 
Hear this trailer of our conversation with Saurabh Kirpal on his anthology of essays; Sex and The Supreme Court. Saurabh tells us how the book closely examines issues of gender and personal agency. In one essay, what is shocking, is the insight that 160 year old Victorian laws which viewed women as chattel or property still govern the Indian Penal …
 
Is it the end of the road for Good Morning Grammar? What do you think? Can we do better? In this special message your host Shivraj Parshad would like Good Morning Grammar listeners to send in their feedback, suggestions, idea or critique - so that when we return, we do so in an avatar to your liking. All you have to do is either write to shivraj@br…
 
How you avoid basic grammar slip-ups? Being more specific helps. This Thursday, Malini Kumar from the UAE returns to give a few simple tricks to avoid being vague when referring to entities, like a brand or business. Malini is really keen to hear from you! YOU too can have your say on any episode, depending on who you address. Send in your voice me…
 
What is the difference between 'Few and a Few? or Little and a Little?' While they are all quantifiers, this Wednesday, Padmasini from Bangalore decides to take on these words and explain the difference. But be certain to listen till the end as Padmasini asks you to fill in some blanks. What say you? YOU too can have your say on any episode . Send …
 
The use of articles; A, An and The, always merits a revisit. Especially, when you may be confused about their pronunciation. Our Tuesday expert, Pallavi Narain gives us the tricks and tips to remembering just how to. She signs off asking you to send her more ideas. So what do you think? Listen till the end. YOU too can have your say on any episode …
 
Ooooh! In this Monday episode., Rajesh Joshi a freelance or as he put it 'azaad' journalist, continues his tirade against the new breed of Hindi news anchors. His charge is that they are twisting Hindi or Urdu words to suit ratings and by doing that are twisting the very essence and meaning of these terms. This ex BBC journalist, warns us not to tr…
 
Our first guest on the Weekend Playlist; Sonam Kalra is a multiple award winning singer-songwriter and composer trained in both Indian and Western traditions. She leads the multi-genre Sufi Gospel project and made it her mission to use her music to spread important messages, both social and political. Her latest project - which you can tell from th…
 
Hear this Weekend Playlist trailer with our first guest Sonam Kalra - multiple award winning singer-songwriter and composer. She leads the multi-genre Sufi Gospel project and made it her mission to use her music to spread important messages, both social and political. Which you can tell from her latest Log Down Song lyrics, that hopes to raise awar…
 
Friday's are all about Fun, so when we heard from publishing professional Divya Munjal, we decided to play that clip without any editing. That's because she brings up a very moot point, when you write English, you mustn't confuse words, as they may completely change the meaning. What do you think? YOU too can have your say on any episode. Send in y…
 
Did you know what the term 'homophone' means? Each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings. This Thursday, Malini Kumar from the UAE returns to give a few simple tricks to avoid misusing 'Bear' and 'Bare'. Malini is really keen to hear from you! YOU too can have your say on any episode, depending on who you address…
 
Now Good Morning Grammar isn't always about the serious stuff. We can have a lot of fun too. That is what our Wednesday expert Preeti Singh decided to do, pick up words that sometime kids say and most often adults, misuse. Preeti now throws a question to you listeners, she wants to know what words or phrases you would would to hear more about. So w…
 
Our Tuesday expert Pallavi Narain, loves taking on Tricky words to give us short bursts of lessons in correct usage. So riding on past episodes that covered 'Who vs Whom' and 'That vs.Which' She takes on gaffes made by many adults and children alike when using Who as opposed to That. So what do you think? Listen till the end. YOU too can have your …
 
For language purists in today's milieu this may be a tricky question; 'Can Hindi do without Urdu?' In this special Good Morning Grammar episode, Rajesh Joshi a freelance or as he put it 'azaad' journalist, harks back to the socio-cultural norms and mannerisms of the past (Ganga–Jamuni Tehzeeb) and explains that the two languages actually share a sy…
 
Welcome to this preview of the Weekend Playlist. Your slow listening podcast with Shivraj Parshad. We understand that after a hectic week you really want to just dial it down. Therefore the Weekend Playlist is a more languid laid back conversation series with really interesting folks. Their stories will give you alternate ideas, inspiration, habits…
 
Our Friday special guest Puja Talwar speaks to actor Arjun Mathur (lead actor in web series Made in Heaven) who raises the question about missing punctuation in the emails that he get's. He promises not to miss out on those in his Emmys, thank you speech. Fingers crossed. What do you think? YOU too can have your say on any episode, depending on who…
 
It all began with his South Indianisms, and now Manjunath Gangadhar is getting more specific with the use of unique English lingo in Bangalore. This is special, since Manju always finds the time for Good Morning Grammar despite being really with his new venture Smartsustain.in What do you think? YOU too can have your say on any episode, depending o…
 
There are some words in the English language that can be palindromes. What are they? Our Wednesday guest Nilova Roy Chaudhury decided to send us this clip while watching her Labrador Butter eat a banana . Listen to this veteran journalist walk us through those grammar intricacies. What do you think? YOU too can have your say on any episode, dependi…
 
The casual thanks can often be misconstrued as dismissive or snarky as opposed to the proper Thank you! Our Tuesday expert Pallavi Narain, characteristically takes on these Tricky words and tells us why it doesn't hurt to make just that little extra effort. What do you think? Listen till the end. YOU too can have your say on any episode . Send in y…
 
Now this is a very tricky question for non-native Hindi or Urdu speakers. What determines gender of certain words or terms? In this special Good Morning Grammar episode, Rajesh Joshi a freelance or as he put it 'azaad' journalist, is candid about his explanation for the correct usage of gender in both languages. This ex BBC journalist also throws u…
 
We have covered 'Would' 'Should' and so on, but what about referring to the future with a little 'Will or Shall?' This Friday, Malini Kumar, returns with another clip from the U.A.E. What fun, as she takes on talking about the future. What do you think? YOU too can have your say on any episode, depending on who you address. Send in your voice messa…
 
The English language has certain words, that can either confuse you or be misused and have you look silly. This Thursday we bring back, Padmasini a retail trainer from Bangalore. And she gets theatrical as she walks us through some examples and anecdotes. What do you think? YOU too can have your say on any episode, depending on who you address. Sen…
 
It's International Podcast Day! So we decided to have a little fun with that impish 'apostrophe'? Our Wednesday expert Preeti Singh (and fellow podcaster) makes it sound so easy, with concrete examples and a simple explanation for why apostrophes are important, as they can change the meaning of certain words. What do you think? Listen till the end.…
 
Our Tuesday expert Pallavi Narain, characteristically takes on Tricky words she encounters in every day communication. This week it is the plea to 'respond urgently'. As Pallavi points out that usage is not quite correct. What do you think? Listen till the end. YOU too can have your say on any episode . Send in your voice messages on WhatsApp at +9…
 
Do you often hear people confusing For with Since? Well an old friend and content expert decided to clear the air on their usage. Diya Koshy from Bangalore sent us this short and snappy lesson for our Monday Musings. You can see she means business when she breaks it down step by step and leaves us with some really critical grammar hacks. Tell us wh…
 
What happens to gender, when we use Hinglish or the mix of Hindi and English with greater frequency? Now that is a very interesting question, given that Hindi is a gendered language and English isn't. Our Friday special guest Puja Talwar speaks to actress Rasika Dugal (starring in web series A Suitable Boy, Mirzapur and Made in Heaven) who raises t…
 
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