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Happy 2022! To kick off this New Year, I’m delighted to bring you someone who has energized the online sari world with her style and substance! Amanpreet Birgisson joins me in this chat and shares her journey from her childhood in a Sikh family in Ranchi to designing homes in Washington D.C. where she lives with her Icelandic husband and two sons. …
 
Give kids the gift of an adventurous palate this holiday season! My New York based guest Sarah Thomas has followed her passions from the worlds of Renaissance literature to food and wine and now children’s picture books as founder of a new company Kalamata’s Kitchen. I love her commitment to sharing her knowledge and passion with kids and their gro…
 
Ever wondered what really goes into a bottle of fine fragrance? Join me down the rabbit hole of niche perfumery with perfume creator, entrepreneur, architect and author Jahnvi Lakhota Nandan. Now based in Paris and Goa, Jahnvi trained with master perfumers in France before launching her own line, available at Good Earth stores in India, and online,…
 
Grab a cup of chai, a glass of champagne, or go for a walk and hear how my new favorite book series starring Perveen Mistry, lawyer and sleuth extraordinaire, was created! Author of this historical mystery series which includes The Widows of Malabar Hill, The Satapur Moonstone, and The Bombay Prince, Sujata Massey tells me her own story of journali…
 
How does someone with an Economics degree turn a love of stories into a career? Tune in to hear Bombay-based Tara, the founder of Bound India, share her journey from book-loving kid to publishing entrepreneur and podcaster. You maybe surprised by her favorite format and time of day for reading, and stay tuned until the end for reviews to find your …
 
Happy October! The podcast is back! Join me and my delightful new guest in a journey to the Great North - Shayan Pandole is a food & beverage industry veteran who found herself leaving New York and moving to Iceland to join her husband’s family restaurant in the remote Westfjords. The Soho House and Ritz Carlton seem a world apart from the fish res…
 
I had so much fun speaking with author Sonali Dev, creator of Bollywood-style love stories with a multicultural cast of characters you will definitely root for! I love her Bay Area based, Jane Austen inspired series based on the Raje family - the latest of which just released and is a great end of summer read! Join me in hearing how this architect …
 
As I travel around the sheep-dotted fjords of Iceland, I’m reminded of the stunning landscape of a part of the world that my latest guest has made her home. Looking to work with a textile community, Catherine Allie moved from Germany to Ladakh in the High Himalayas, sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir. Together with her Ladakhi husband and his nom…
 
Georgia-based human rights attorney and newly minted Picture book author Shelly Anand joined me for this wonderful chat about body positivity and championing immigrant rights. Her new book Laxmi’s Mooch is out now and another one is due next year! Listen now on your favorite podcast app, Spotify or www.theindianedit.com and please take a second to …
 
From her childhood in a small town to leading an internationally known brand, Anavila Misra has grown her fashion design label while remaining grounded in both innovation and tradition. Anavila reinvented the sari by using linen, while maintaining a strong connection with the artisan craft clusters who create her beautiful clothing. Join me as she …
 
Teaching mindfulness in the US as a South Asian immigrant, my latest guest Zeenat Potia is working to make meditation instruction more inclusive and sustainable. She shares her journey from Bombay to the US, her own experiences with meditation and so many MANY wonderful and wise suggestions for us beginners. We discuss the reasons why people medita…
 
Curious how this British journalist and mother of three went from idea to (physical) product launch within a (global pandemic) year? London-based Nishika Patel shares how she recruited the right help to create a high-quality and fun kids magazine focused on India, Koolfi Club. I learned so much from the magazine and this chat, and stay tuned until …
 
Two wonderful cultural entrepreneurs - Anu Sehgal of The Culture Tree in NYC and Shikha Malhotra of IFNet in Boston - share how and why they launched their organizations to bring South Asian cultural programming to their communities. Two different backgrounds and journeys, but the same passion for ensuring their and other families could connect wit…
 
The best sort of cookbooks (and conversations! ) expand your world view by taking you on a journey - whether it’s a new place, new techniques or just new ways of using age-old ingredients. I’m so grateful I got to have this chat with the Adelaide-based restaurateur, writer and activist Durkhanai Ayubi, who, along with her family, is bringing Afghan…
 
A Dutch family’s love affair with heritage Indian jewellery began with their mother Bernadette and continues on with my latest guest Noelle Van Gelder and her sister Fleur. The challenges of finding and valuing vintage fine jewellery in India makes this family’s commitment to their work truly remarkable. Noelle takes us behind the scenes of how thi…
 
I thought, “Wow! I can't imagine I'm in America and I have to make this choice — to either have a family or to work... and that's when I thought to myself.. this is what I needed, a kick in the pants to launch on my own.” My latest guest belongs to a lineage of independent, female interior designers, but has carved out her own unique style and desi…
 
“If you have an idea, don't just sit on it, honestly just go for it! Don't be scared of failing!” Thrilled to bring you this energizing conversation with the founder of STAC Jewellery (and my cousin) Aakriti Tapuriah! Listen in as we chat about Bombay-based Aakriti’s start in the NGO world, her desire to create something independent from her family…
 
Drawing on her own American childhood as the daughter of immigrants from Kerala, and parenting her own kids as an expat in Hong Kong and Amsterdam, my newest guest Dr. Anisha Abraham has built on her training and expertise in adolescent health to create a fabulous resource for parenting cross-cultural kids. If you have or will have a teen in your h…
 
“If I don’t back myself now, then who will?” My dynamic Singapore-based guest Kshama Alur left her corporate branding career to start Indigrow Kids along with her co-founder and child development expert Akhila Das Blah. They’ve set out to diversify kids’ playrooms with their sustainably produced, multicultural books and games focusing on India and …
 
For so many of us, a New Year dawns with thoughts of restrictive eating and dissatisfaction with our bodies. I hope this conversation brings a healthy dose of caution, optimism and balance to start the year off on a more joyful, self-accepting note. My friend and Eating Disorders coach Lindsay Ronga shares how she overcame her own crippling anorexi…
 
Have a kid? Know a kid? Were a kid? This final episode of 2020 is a must listen! Honored to have publishing powerhouse Namrata Tripathi (founder and publisher of Kokila Books) join me in this wonderful chat where she talks about the power of representation in children’s literature, how her international upbringing has shaped her, and what it’s like…
 
My dearest friends Priya, Kanchan and I had a little too much fun recording this live Zoom call where a few of you joined! We chat about holiday traditions, menus, gift ideas and of course what we are each reading, watching and listening to this December. Grab a chai or champagne and join us in this Happy Hour which was recorded live on Dec 4, 2020…
 
Growing up in a family of Sindhi entrepreneurs based in Morocco and Ghana, my guest Sandhya Nankani grew up speaking French, Twi, English and Sindhi. Join me as she shares what it was like growing up between Ghana, India and the US, and how she came to launch her children’s media production studio Literary Safari. Her studio focuses on using eviden…
 
My guest in this episode is the ambitious, yet modest entrepreneur and architect, Anjali Mangalgiri, who has built her business Grounded on sustainable principles that she also abides by in her daily life. After training at premier institutions in India and the US, Anjali jumped in the deep end by launching her own practice in Goa to build hand in …
 
“It is so important for our kids to be seen. The importance of seeing a Black-Indian girl exploring these traditions from South Asia, I think the value of that is intentional.” My chat with preventive medicine physician, meditation and yoga teacher, and mother of two young girls moved me to tears but was so hopeful! Rashmi shares both her journey a…
 
“When I felt like I wasn’t growing in a job, I just left. I was not there for the comfort zone, I was not there to look good! My career graph!? Let’s just say a corporate wouldn’t hire me!” My latest guest embodies the entrepreneur’s need for freedom to pursue a vision, even when others can’t understand what it is. Delhi-based cultural entrepreneur…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 37: Pravini’s website and instagram The Uprising full film on YouTube Books and other things we discussed: Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake Indian Matchmaking on Netflix Follow us on Instagram for more on Pravini and everything we mentioned in this episode! Special thanks to Varun Dhabe, Aman Moroney and the team @ Flying Carpet P…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 36: Gunjan’s art website and instagram Flyover Fritterie website and instagram Books and other things we discussed: The Social Outfit (an Australian fashion label celebrating creativity & diversity, providing refugees 1st Australian jobs) where you can find Gunjan’s designs on scarves, notebooks and other cool stuff Podcast th…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 35: Upma’s company Arsenal Medical Books and other things we discussed: Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake Upma’s Peloton obsession (we joked she would bring one in her car to a recent Air fryer for instapot Follow us on Instagram for more on Upma and everything we mentioned in this episode! Special thanks to Varun Dhabe, Aman Moron…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 34: Veera’s books on Indiebound Connect with Veera on instagram or her website Books and other things we discussed: Veera’s ground-breaking publisher Kokila Books The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master Veera makes Sai Bhaji on KiLitTV (recipe also in The Night Diary) 1947 Partition Archive - an in…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 33: Rakhi and Marco’s social enterprise MicroHomeSolutions More on social enterprise and other things we discussed: Grameen Bank Banker to the Poor by Grameen Bank’s founder Muhammad Yunus Ashoka Fellows Rhodes Scholarship A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield Teaching b…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 32: Diaspora Co.’s website where you can find links to order their amazing single origin spices, and to Sana’s fantastic newsletter (highly recommended even if you’re not a spice fanatic!) Diaspora Co. on instagram Sana’s Bombay restaurant favorites: Soam Swati Snacks Bombay Canteen BOOKS and other things we discussed: Homegoi…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 31: Christine’s beautiful website where you can find links to her book and instagram account Order this fabulous book through her website and also here BOOKS and other things we discussed: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Jhumpa Lahiri’s books The God of Small Things by Arundhati Ro…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 30: Saathi Pads are chemical-free and biodegradable - they’re currently available in India directly from Saathi or here @saathipads on instagram More on Kristin from the Cartier Women’s Initiative BOOKS and other things we discussed: Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart - an important read for anyone creat…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 29: F45 Training Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries - so gorgeous if you’re ever in London BOOKS and SHOWS we discussed: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Becoming by Michelle Obama Succession on HBO Catastrophe on Amazon Prime Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime Sex Education …
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 28: Learn more about Maitri and support their work here BOOKS we discussed: The 100-Year Life by Lynda Gratton & Andrew Scott The Disruption Mindset by Charlene Li Follow us on Instagram for more on Sonya and everything we mentioned in this episode! Special thanks to Aman Moroney @ Flying Carpet Productions for audio post-prod…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 27: Connect with Akshita on instagram Nimita’s Place on Amazon US and India Beauty Queens of Bishan OTHER BOOKS and STUFF we discussed: National Library of Singapore Esplanade Performing Arts and more in Singapore Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Lois McMaster Bujold’s Chalion Series https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780061134241 Fo…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 26: Sudarsna’s website https://www.sudarsna.com/ and instagram https://www.instagram.com/sudarsnak/?hl=en Urban Nutcracker - read more about the show and buy your tickets now! http://urbannutcracker.com/ BOOKS and OTHER STUFF we discussed: To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel - a graphic memoir which captures a dan…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 25: Follow us on instagram for more on Atika! The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity where Atika spoke on Awakening the Lioness - read more about the panel here BOOKISH STUFF we discussed: SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard The Jaipur Literature Festival (take virtual trip there with Shuchi Saraswat on…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 24: Chief Spice Mama on instagram and iTunes BOOKS and PRODUCTS we discussed: Atomic Habits by James Clear Diaspora Co and Burlap and Barrel for all your spice needs! (Don’t miss Kanchan’s discount code on the episode!) Saint Jane Luxury CBD Beauty Serum Tata Harper natural skincare Follow us on Instagram for more on Kanchan a…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 23: Meenal’s beautiful website where you can find her books and some gorgeous photos, including some of her lovely work space. Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala on Amazon Please support the Kickstarter for What Color is My Hijab? by Hudda Ibrahim, which Meenal illustrated!! Other books and podcasts we discussed: Nimita’s Pl…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 22: The pilot Episode of the podcast with Priya More on Priya’s work with the India Center here Lovesick The Film TV Shows we discussed: Amazon’s Made in Heaven Amazon’s Mirzapur Amazon’s Four more Shots Please Netflix’s Sacred Games Little Lunch on Netflix Yeh Meri Family on Netflix FILMS we discussed: IFFLA’s 2019 line-up Ha…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 21: Follow Sadhna at Artem Jewelry online and on instagram Her Future Coalition in Kolkata Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne at the Villa Borghese Daphne du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now and Rebecca Richard Wright’s Black Boy Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu (not Netflix!! I now have something in common w…
 
Apologies - sound quality wasn’t the best in this out-take! SHOWNOTES: Anita’s website which has a page devoted to the book Amrita Sher-gil, Rebel with a Paintbrush’s page on Instagram and Facebook The book on Amazon in the US and India Follow us on Instagram for more on Anita, Amrita and everything else we discussed in this episode!…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 20: Anita’s website which has a page devoted to the book Amrita Sher-gil, Rebel with a Paintbrush’s page on Instagram and Facebook The book on Amazon in the US and India Anita’s reflections on the Soviet kids books and Target magazine that she credits as major influences The brilliant Possession by A.S. Byatt A.K. Ramanujan’s …
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 19: Joya on Instagram @Rajovilla and her website Joya Logue Case for Making watercolors and more in San Francisco Charles Reid’s watercolor books Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center Joya’s current favorite camera the Fujifilm X-T20 Daily Rituals by Mason Currey Raw Mango Anavila Follow us on Instagram for more on Joya and th…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 18: Take a virtual trip to the MFA through Google Arts & Culture Laura’s favorite museum in India: Jawahar Kala Kendra, the cultural institution designed by Charles Correa in Jaipur The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, some of whose works are included in the Google Art Project A NYT review of “Th…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 17: Gayatri’s website Culinary Nirvana and instagram The Japanese foodie film I watched on a plane - if you liked Eat, Drink, Man, Woman you’ll love the food porn in this! The Last Recipe Trattoria La Pacchia Hokkaido India Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant Rick Stein's Long Weekends: Over 100 New Recipes from My Travels Around Europe…
 
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 16: Jaipur Literature Festival website The JLF programme - Click on Watch Session under each and you can see complete video - Colson Whitehead, Mary Beard and so many more incredible speakers, enough to keep you occupied until next year’s festival! Jaipur Bytes podcast where you can hear most sessions from the festival Sohaila…
 
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