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In Confluence, Canada's Tech Envoy in Silicon Valley, Consul General Rana Sarkar delves into issues shaping technology and diplomacy through the lenses of Silicon Valley, Canada, and the world. Each episode, Sarkar presses critical topics with subject matter experts to gain an unrestricted, deep dive into the tech policy issues defining our times.
 
Biker Radio Rodcast is a podcast on motorcycling in India, celebrating its heroic riders, legendary mechanics and iconic builders through stories told by members of the community, one legend at a time. Each episode cradles an interview with a rider, a ride report, an expert advisory and a road safety meme that conjure up the very popular Biker Radio Rodcast. Winner of The Whickers award in the UK and with a BBC World Service audio documentary to boot, the RODcast (Radio On Demand) is a prove ...
 
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Climate change is one of the most critical challenges of our generation. On this week’s episode of Confluence, host Rana Sarkar discusses with guest Vijay Vaitheeswaran recent policy developments and the role of technology and innovation in supporting the global transition to net zero. Vaitheeswaran is the Global Energy and Climate Innovation Edito…
 
How do we regulate the Internet when there are so many components and so many ways it can go wrong? That’s what host Rana Sarkar discusses with guest Taylor Owen on this week’s episode. Taylor Owen is the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications, and founding director of The Center for Media, Technology and Democracy, and an Associate …
 
Welcome back for season two of Confluence! On this week’s episode, host Rana Sarkar sits down with James Crabtree, Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies - Asia office to discuss the current geopolitical and geoeconomic moment. Prior to joining the IISS, James was a Singapore-based author and journalist, and an Asso…
 
On this week’s episode of Confluence, we tackle the critical issue of diversity in company leadership. Host Rana Sarkar speaks with two experts on the topic: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder and Chair of theBoardlist, and Jennifer Holmstrom, Head of Platform at GGV Capital. Both women have long histories of advocating for both inclusive talent acqu…
 
On this week’s episode of Confluence, host Rana Sarkar sits down with Dr. Janice Stein, founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, to discuss how organizations and leaders must adapt to our rapidly changing geopolitical moment. Dr. Stein shares observations and lessons from years of advising with leaders an…
 
A 'Bonafide Saint' albeit charged a sinner, Wg. Cdr. Retd. Koka Rahul Rao is a son, a husband and a father. He's been a fighter pilot, a racer, a national level rallyist, a navigator, a mechanic, a dog lover, a farmer, a golfer, a chef and a bonsai specialist. Tall, dark and handsome, it would be unfair to fault him for his affinity for wine, women…
 
Starry, starry night Paint your palette blue and gray Look out on a summer's day With eyes that know the darkness in my soul... An associate creative director at Ogilvy Mumbai, the painter at heart who’s discovered a penchant for riding; Ganesh Shinde’s evocative story is that of a man who far from being born with a silver spoon in his mouth was de…
 
With massive global shifts happening due to forces like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, people have started to migrate further away from cities. To understand how people, ideas, and innovation are moving around the world, host Rana Sarkar talks to geo-strategist Parag Khanna: Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario-…
 
One of India's senior travel and auto journalists who's spent over two decades exploring exotica across the Indian landscape and also all over the world. Rishad Mehta’s pieces featured across India's top magazines are insightful, well measured and delightfully original. He's also authored three travel books; Hot tea across India, Fast cars and fidg…
 
Yari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi...Friendships have defined the life of Bobbee Singh. He's valued each relationship and each of those relationships has helped Bobbee as he's made his way through his troubled years almost to a point of a self correcting being. Learning from every loss and building on them until he makes a success of it.The tril…
 
Rebellion is an infliction. Wired to rebel even against one’s self, the only peace one can derive is the proximity to the answer … why rebel? Bobbee Singh of Old Delhi Motorcycles leads a life that is charged, intense, dramatic yet Spartan. Behind the liveries and the grandeur is a man living in his quiet riot at an ease he has winnowed. He’s an ac…
 
How does immigration policy impact Canadian tech’s ability to thrive globally? How do flows of both Canadian and foreign talent into and out of the country work? How can the private sector work to actually make companies, and their leadership, more diverse? And what ‘secret sauce’ makes Canada such an amazing place to work? To help us better answer…
 
Our platinum episode features rare-earth restorer of vintage Royal Enfields, the one and only Bobbee Singh of Old Delhi Motorcycles. The side car revival man, he is India’s most sought after artist who can breathe new life to ever rare barn finds into motorcycle heirlooms. He stirs up nostalgia, celebrating the days when all good things in life, wa…
 
In order to understand what’s happening in Silicon Valley today, we look back at the history of the world’s most famous innovation hub. On this week’s episode of Confluence, host Rana Sarkar speaks with Margaret O’Mara, Professor in the Department of History at the University of Washington and author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of …
 
On this week’s episode of Confluence, we speak with President of Microsoft, Brad Smith. In 2019, Smith penned Tools & Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, a book which explains how Big Tech has a core responsibility to address the issues and potential harms of the technologies they create. This year, Smith updated the book with a …
 
On this week’s episode of Confluence, we continue our conversation with leading Canadians who are at the forefront of global tech. Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder of Cloudflare, is back to talk about whether or not there is a special Canadian sauce that puts Canadian entrepreneurs in a unique position to foster innovation. We also spoke to Atlee Clark,…
 
On this week’s episode of Confluence, we’re coming back home and talking about Canada’s role in defining the future of tech. There seems to be a special Canadian sauce that gives us an edge. To help us figure out where Canada belongs in this conversation, we’re talking to three powerhouses in the tech landscape (who also all happen to be Canadian!)…
 
It perhaps all started with the cave paintings. A canvas perhaps of one’s identity. The most prized portrayal of one’s achievements. As time went by the expression found its place as the mantel piece, or the framed photo with a celeb, the Hussain in the living room, but the Yamaha RX 100 in your bedroom? That is our guest, the enigmatic Parakram Ha…
 
The need to create and shift towards pro-human tech is more important than it’s ever been. The question is, how do we get there? Do we leave it up to the governments, policy makers and diplomats to figure out or do we let Big Tech answer this for us? Does a world exist where they can all work together while our democracy is at stake? This week, Ran…
 
Parakram Hazarika's is one of the coolest beards on the circuit, he’s a #foodie, a #pogonotrophe (thanks Shashi Tharoor), an ex PR and communications man Friday, a social media marketing specialist, ex customer experience lead at Harley Davidson with the key responsibility of the Harley Owners Group or H.O.G. a vibe he liked so much, he even likes …
 
In this episode of Confluence, host Rana Sarkar takes a closer look at what techplomacy is, how it works, and why it’s important. To better understand the global stakes at play, we hear from two experts from Stanford University: Eileen Donahoe—Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator and former US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights …
 
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Confluence! Meet Consul General Rana Sarkar, Canada’s Tech Envoy in Silicon Valley. In this first episode, Sarkar introduces the concept of techplomacy, or technology diplomacy. Over the past five years, Sarkar and his team at the Consulate of Canada in San Francisco have been using diplomacy to help shape the fu…
 
56 Days, 17000 kms, 4 girls, 6 countries across #India, #Bangladesh, #Myanmar, #Laos #Thailand and #Cambodia. Jai Bharthi leads from the front and that is a brutal sport as it takes a combination of thinking on our feet and calculated belligerence to make headway. There of course is always a price to pay and the scars you carry are for life but the…
 
In the Consulate of Canada’s first podcast, Rana Sarkar, Canada’s Tech Envoy in Silicon Valley, will delve into the issues shaping technology, diplomacy, and economic recovery through the lenses of Silicon Valley, Canada, and the world. In each episode, he will discuss pressing topics with subject matter experts to gain an unrestricted, deep dive i…
 
Self-actualisation is a hunger, un-famished, self- fueled in perpetuity powering the wheels of a spirit called Jai Bharathi. The name says it all. Inspired by ‘Udaan’ a TV show hosted by #KiranBedi, that showcased the unprecedented achievements of less than ordinary people to positions of power and acclaim, this girl from #Hyderabad has made women’…
 
Would you ride around the #Himalayas for seven and a half weeks, then finish a five day #RaidDeHimalaya successfully and then ride across all the way from #Kashmir, right across India through #Myanmar, #Thailand, #Laos, #Vietnam, #Malaysia, #Singapore and then onwards from #Darwin to #Sydney in Australia? What if your 10 year old child and your wif…
 
Wrap your head around this one; he’s an athlete, a keyboardist, a coder, a financial analyst, a guitarist, a hiker, a biker a national medal winning racing cycler, a father, a son, a husband a friend, a photographer, a music producer, a painter and them some. He’s walked for weeks on end among glaciers signing off on a no rescue agreement with the …
 
Shutterbug, motor head, architect and biker, armed with a sharp wit, a sharper tongue, never bothering to measure his words; only numbers as a design implementation manager with the luxury hotel trade moving on to real estate before joining GMR’s battle room at the IGI airport in New Delhi. We're back with the concluding episode of Mihir Misra on t…
 
A father of two sons, a husband, a friend, he’s an architect, an artist, a photographer, a problem solver, a biker, a single malt lover, a catador, a carnivore, a motorsport junkie, a wild lifer, an admirer of big engines in small cars, slow cooking and slow driving in a world that is rushing to get a speeding ticket. Please welcome our latest frie…
 
Biker Radio Rodcast embarks on its 66th episode of the Long Way Home featuring an iconic café that has become a sanctuary for DIYers but is essentially an overgrown man cave that doubles up as a garage, a tattoo parlour, a rescue home for pets, a kitchen for the hungry, and a hangout for motorheads as country Midwest meets the dhaba slam bang in a …
 
The vision of foreigners travelling around India on vintage Royal Enfield rentals from Karol Bagh is a story that has intrigued us for many reasons. Until then, most Indians took a train or a bus and the better heeled took a car or a van to go on a vacation because the motorcycle was considered unreliable perhaps even unfit for travel. Just like th…
 
The Motozeil Experience was a motorcycling utopia unheard of in India. A motorcycling experience zone which was a combination of an international motorcycle accessories store, a rental, an touring company, a restaurant, a brewery, a tattoo shop and a builder’s workshop spread across over 20000 square feet on the Golf Course Extension road in Gurgao…
 
When passion, skill, ambition and failure come together in one melting pot, it churns a butter known locally as "noni makkhan" ... the creamy goodness of success. Co Founder and CEO Motoziel, a motorcycling experience zone well before its time; BB weaves a yarn that takes him from fashion tech thru motorcycles and down to Earth in farming. He’s a s…
 
There are some who face life’s battles with a tankful of gas and then there are those, who don’t. Some use the ride to think things thru and some who do it to abandon thought itself… Sukesh Viswanath is a thinking man. A cinematographer, he’s good to go on land, in the air and underwater as well. Born to academicians, Sukesh is well read but his pe…
 
You could be forgiven for assuming he missed the Aussie cricket team bus, because he’s tall, wiry, athletic and demonstratedly antipodean in every sense of the word but get a selfie as your jaw drops when he lashes out in the Terrai lingua franca. He might have two left feet but he sure can yap in chaste Hindi. And why not… Born Australian he's spe…
 
O Calcutta! …because some journeys take you inwards… A pioneer of the digital media in India, an advertising and media veteran, he’s a motorcycle rider, an excellent photographer, a whiskey lover, a music priest, a beard grower, an animal lover, a voracious reader, a movie buff, copybook TDH, a doting husband, crisis chef and a traveler in love wit…
 
Motorcycle rider, outdoors man, off road explorer, mountain goat, DIY specialist, electronics enthusiast, meticulous planner, social media distance err…and work from anywhere practitioner. On a fireside chat Jobin George, who’s made Zanskar almost his backyard, frequently riding among the inhospitable terrain, shares what seduced this hermit from K…
 
Sometimes a square peg is exactly what you need in a round hole…especially if the whole thing needs to be rethought. Rohith Subramanian imaginatively christened @misfitmagellan, prefers to square up with the hole sellers and the nay sayers as he does over 50 countries on his motorcycle in less than 4 years, on a budget and a quest. While some of us…
 
A traveler, artist, dreamer, entrepreneur, explorer, content creator, coffee lover and a very avant-garde human being, Rohith Subramanian celebrates everything life has to offer, from free wardrobes to sleeping in busses, from International travel to demonetization in a brothel and from the joys of riding through Patagonia to looking at death squar…
 
"DAKAR", the toughest race in the world is "A challenge for those who go and a dream for those who stay behind." Courtesy of this great conviction and a modicum of madness peculiar to all great ideas, it attracts the world’s toughest challengers like moths to a flame where cars, trucks, quads and motorcycles compete for glory. Its toughest on a mot…
 
This is the story of an unassuming champion who almost stumbled on the sport of, off-roading, at the age of 34 and made it his own, overcoming challenges of age, resources and then some. This is a story for that victor that lies hidden in your soul. A marine engineer by profession, the value of the time he spends on the high seas seldom equals what…
 
Imagine you have an inspiration and it lodges itself deep in your subconscious. Sooner than you know it, that seed germinates and an idea is born, gradually taking over your mind until you are driven, to the point of obsession to, live it, love it and build it. This is the story of a little boy who stood gobsmacked in awe of a war ravaged vintage, …
 
Imagine you have an inspiration and it lodges itself deep in your subconscious. Sooner than you know it, that seed germinates and an idea is born, gradually taking over your mind until you are driven, to the point of obsession to, live it, love it and build it. This is the story of a little boy who stood gobsmacked in awe of a war ravaged vintage, …
 
There’s a man behind every motor. One who toils hard, away from the arc lights and the smoke guns of the PR events. He’s never felicitated at an awards function nor will you find him at the launch of a new ride. He’s the Unknown Soldier, the man who has dirt and grease under his nails but is the brightest engineer in the stable, a true martyr in th…
 
The Alchemist is back to refine our golden episode. On the 51st episode catch him reveal what goes on before rolling out a set of wheels from the factories. From Rajiv Bajaj, Sid Lall, Anand Mahindra to JRD, Adil has his take. Arguably the top Indian auto journalist, Adil wears the crown choosing a light head for balance. The concluding part of a t…
 
2020 is here and our golden milestone of episode 50 is out there with a guest who is the “Soné pe Suhaga”. Actually as his name camouflages, Adil Jal Darukhanawala is dynamite masquerading as Madeira. To know how, find the play button and that’s just half the story, because this a twin episode; truly "Soné pe suhaga"...(icing on the cake would be a…
 
When the memory of as unfulfilled promise made to an old soul brings tears to your eyes. Join us on the Long Way Home as Biker Radio Rodcast chats up the quintessential Jawa collector, Kaustubh Thengodkar in an emotional recollection of his story. The story of how this Pune resident fell in love with the machine he bought with his savings and could…
 
Group Manager Marketing, Santhosh is rider in chief at the Royal Enfield rides experince. For a Bangalore boy who's just got back from the Everest Base Camp - Rongbuk, Shishupangma and Choyu in Tibet, never having visited Nandi Hills is a sickness self induced due to lack of altitude? Database designer, telematics engineer, petrol head and lock pic…
 
Established in 1938,the international courtyard of motorcycling idling on the edge of London town on the A 406 Northern Circular Road, The Ace Cafe has stood witness to history, infamy, war and glory, growing up with Britain as it raced into the world of motorcycling and music, thru the hey days of the 50's and 60's and beyond It is the cathedral o…
 
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