Episode 96 – Creating Fiction Podcasts with Mantra

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are back with another episode as part of Podcast month.

30th of September is International Podcast Day and just like they celebrated Father’s Month in June this year, the Pop Duo are this month celebrating podcasts. They are going to speak to fellow podcasters and professionals from the podcasting world in India. Their next guest is Mantra

Mantra has done everything in the entertainment business that you could possibly think of – Started his career as an RJ then moved on to being host and Anchor. He has Acted in theatre, TV, Films… BUT… he’s come full circle by becoming a prominent fiction Producer, Director and Voice actor in podcasting. You may know him as the voice of Bhaskar Bose – and today he is a guest on POPS IN A POD!

Mantra spoke to us about:

  1. Fiction podcasting
  2. how radio was such an important medium in the country and how much power it had in terms of reaching the masses.
  3. The incredible growth of podcasts and why it too will gain prominence in the future
  4. While podcasters always consider SERIAL is the inspiration, Mantra had an interesting show for his inspiration… *hint hint*, it came from radio
  5. Interesting connection with Hozey Covaco and none other than Amitabh Bachchan

Listen to the entire episode here:

Do let us know what you thought of the episode, we would love to hear your feedback on this episodes on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Pops in a Pod is available on all major podcast platforms, so just hit play and continue doing what you were engaged in – cooking, working out, driving, walking, even showering 

If you like what you hear on the podcast then please do share it along with your friends, families, colleagues or anyone you think should listen to POPS IN A POD.

Stay tuned next week as Nadir Pop and Peter Pop come up with their last episode for Podcast Month. Who is it going to be? Well you’ll just have to wait and see

Episode 95 – Anyone can be a podcaster – Neela Ingle

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are back with another episode as part of Podcast month.

30th of September is International Podcast Day and just like they celebrated Father’s Month in June this year, the Pop Duo are this month celebrating podcasts. They are going to speak to fellow podcasters and professionals from the podcasting world in India. Their next guest is Neela Ingle.

Neela Ingle is a retired professor who taught Civil Engineering at National Institute of Engineering, Raipur. Where one journey ended, another one began – Podcasting. She took to podcasting in 2020 by recording Marathi literary content both long and short form. Neelaji has produced over 70 episodes. All of this at a young age of 76 years.

She is also an avid traveller, trekker, yoga practitioner and a marathon runner.

Highlights from the chat are :-

  • Neela Ingle’s introduction to podcasts through her daughter.
  • The skills that she developed before starting the podcast, Vachu Anande
  • Process that she follows to research and record for the podcast
  • Response that she has received from writers and listeners alike.

Do let us know what you thought of the episode, we would love to hear your feedback on this episodes on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Pops in a Pod is available on all major podcast platforms, so just hit play and continue doing what you were engaged in – cooking, working out, driving, walking, even showering 

If you like what you hear on the podcast then please do share it along with your friends, families, colleagues or anyone you think should listen to POPS IN A POD.

Stay tuned next week as Nadir Pop and Peter Pop continue with Podcast Month and invite some very interesting podcasters to share their stories with us

Episode 94 – Rise of podcasting in India – Ishani Dasgupta – JioSaavn

This month of September 2021, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are taking a break from parenting, well, virtually speaking. In real life we could only wish to take a break from parenting.

30th of September is International Podcast Day and just like they celebrated Father’s Month in June this year, the Pop Duo are this month celebrating podcasts. They are going to speak to fellow podcasters and professionals from the podcasting world in India.

The first guest in this mini series is Ishani Dasgupta, Lead – Podcast Partnerships at JioSaavn. Ishani has spent close to five years in the podcasting space and we talk about the rise of podcasting in India. Here is the jist of the conversation we had on the episode:

You can listen to the full episode here

  1. What’s a podcast and did she have to explain to people the meaning of a podcast?
  2. The popularity and the gains podcasts are making in India
  3. The importance of story-telling and content
  4. Ideas and content around podcasts that surprised her
  5. Podcast and reaching out to a larger audience

Do let us know what you thought of the episode, we would love to hear your feedback on this episodes on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Pops in a Pod is available on all major podcast platforms, so just hit play and continue doing what you were engaged in – cooking, working out, driving, walking, even showering 

If you like what you hear on the podcast then please do share it along with your friends, families, colleagues or anyone you think should listen to POPS IN A POD.

Stay tuned next week as Nadir Pop and Peter Pop continue with Podcast Month and invite some very interesting podcasters to share their stories with us

Episode 93 – Entrepreneur Parent – Pooja Sardana – Skoodo

A year ago Nadir Pop and Peter Pop started the regular (almost) series of Entrepreneur Parents. Their first guests were Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik, founders of Slurrp Farm. Over the past year, there have been a variety of entrepreneurs featured on the podcast, ranging from nutrition to security and even a podcaster.

On this episode, the Pop duo speak to Pooja Sardana. A graduate of IIM – Ahmedabad, Pooja worked at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and  Hindustan Lever Ltd. before turning entrepreneur.

Pooja Sardana is the co-founder of Skoodo, a footwear brand she started with her friends, Parul and Kannan Sari.  The idea behind Skoodo is to come up with wearables that allow kids to walk, run, skip, jump, grip, climb, kick – all in one session! 

Highlights from the chat are:

  • The impact of the book “Born to Run” on Skoodo
  • The journey before launching Skoodo
  • The differences between shoes for kids and adults
  • Children in India are wearing shoes of the wrong size
  • Being “TheBackpackingMama” and her experience travelling to over 30 countries with her kids.

Do share your feedback on this episodes on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Pops in a Pod is available on all major podcast platforms, so just hit play and continue doing what you were engaged in – cooking, working out, driving, walking, even showering 

If you like what you hear on the podcast then please do share it along with your friends, families, colleagues or anyone you think should listen to POPS IN A POD.

Stay tuned next week as Nadir Pop and Peter Pop have something fun planned for next month.

Episode 92 – Relationship Status: Dating in the Digital Age

Nadir Pop and Peter continue their focus on relationships, this time from a different perspective, from those who are looking for a partner.

A bit of background before we get to the episode. Nadir Pop and Peter Pop met their partners and got married much before the digital wave hit India. They didn’t even have a Shaadi.com profile.

In recent years, digital media has played an important role in dating in India especially with the rise of apps. This has completely changed the experience of dating and it’s unsaid rules.

The Pop duo are joined by journalist Samreen Tungekar and digital marketer Aditya Rao to discuss this change and also their experiences using dating apps and more.

Highlights from the conversation

  • The adoption of digital apps for dating in recent years.
  • The different dating apps and experiences on them
  • Ghosting, Orbiting and other phenomena online
  • The impact of the pandemic on online dating
  • Rules and guidelines while using dating apps

Do share your feedback on this episodes on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Pops in a Pod is available on all major podcast platforms, so just hit play and continue doing what you were engaged in – cooking, working out, driving, walking, even showering 

If you like what you hear on the podcast then please do share it along with your friends, families, colleagues or anyone you think should listen to POPS IN A POD.

Stay tuned next week as Nadir Pop and Peter Pop look into a different aspect of being a parent.

Episode 91 – Relationship Status: Married With Kids – Pops In A Pod

In their endeavour to create engaging content for a parenting lens, Nadir and Peter want to expand their horizons and enter into conversations surrounding relationships, of the adult kind.

Their first attempt is on how a spouse’s relationship changes with their significant other in the due course of parenting. For this, they invited Seema Kazi Rangnekar, pre-natal and post-natal expert to talk about the experiences that she has gone through, after having been married for two decades and being a parent to two children.

Unlike their regular episodes, this episode had equal participation from both hosts and guest. It was a well-rounded dialogue on what aspects of their relationship with their respective wives have changed.

Seema brought up some very interesting points on how she had to change in order to accommodate after she got married. But the change didn’t stop there, after kids, more transformations took place.

We urge you to listen to the episode and let us know what aspects of our experience did you connect with.

We are available on all major podcast platforms, so just hit play and continue doing what you were engaged in – cooking, working out, driving, walking, even showering 😀

If you like what you hear on our podcast then please do share it along with your friends, families, colleagues or anyone you think should listen to POPS IN A POD.

If you have an interesting story or experience to share then please write to us on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Stay tuned next week as Nadir Pop and Peter Pop look into a different aspect of being a parent.

Ep 90 – Changing Perceptions – Nutrition

Nadir and Peter have always maintained that parenting is a journey filled with joy, happiness and various other emotions. But it is also a journey of learning. The day we think that we have learnt enough, the joy in parenting fades away.

Keeping this philosophy in mind the Pops have started a series called CHANGING PERCEPTIONS on the podcast. What they intend to do via this series is share their experiences about specific topics that influenced them while they were kids and how their thinking has changed now that they are parents.

They plan to have an open chat with each other, not as experts but as ever-learning parents about the changing times and perceptions. But by the end they will leave you with a lot of questions to ponder over.

The first episode in the series is about NUTRITION and they have specifically chosen four food types:
Aerated Drinks
Packaged + Instant Foods
Fast Food
Milk

The pops discuss the stories and significance behind these food items while they were growing up. They had an open conversation about various things, not as experts but as observers, gauging the shifting perception of food consumption then and now.

  1. What was a soft drink for them when they were kids? Would they give it to their children today? Did they know the downside of excess sugar?
  2. Were they hooked on to packaged good? Was that their go-to snacking food? Was Maggi Noodles an important part of their lives? What does the snacking regime for their kids look like today?
  3. The emergence of fast food was a turning point for them when the economy opened up? Do they remain as excited about it today as they were 20 odd years ago?
  4. Will they push milk as the superfood to their children like how it was sold to them by their family members when they were growing up?

If you have an interesting story or experience to share in terms of Changing Perceptions then please write to us on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Stay tuned next week as Nadir Pop and Peter Pop look into a different aspect of being a parent.

Episode 89 – A Father’s role in Breastfeeding

This week is World Breastfeeding Week and this year is focused on how breastfeeding contributes to the survival, health and wellbeing of all, and the imperative to protect breastfeeding worldwide. So after reading this far, you must be wondering, what are Nadir and Peter going to talk about breastfeeding? Well, quite a bit.

They are joined by a guest, Dr. Mugdha Joshi, who spoke to them about the role of a father in breastfeeding

Dr. Mugdha Joshi is a Lactation Consultant and Paediatric Nutritionist. She has been working in the field of Lactation for over 8 years. She is very passionate about helping new mothers. She also provides Prenatal Breastfeeding guidance.

Fathers may feel left out but, they have a profound effect on breastfeeding as well as well being of the wife and child

Highlights of the chat are :-

  • The father’s role starts even before the child is born
  • The use of the breast pump and how fathers can help
  • Tips that Mugdha has for fathers

If you have an interesting story or know of someone with an interesting story then please write in on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Stay tuned next week as Nadir Pop and Peter Pop look into a different aspect of being a parent.

Episode 88 – Three Moms & a Kid

This past weekend was a personal win, for both Nadir Pop and Peter Pop. The newspaper, Mid Day, featured them in their Sunday Edition. The article is available in the media section.

In the past 87 episodes, the Pop duo have covered many different aspects of  parenting, kids, entrepreneurship and even entertainment on the podcast, on this episode they got someone from the LGBTQA+ to talk about her parenting journey. 

Chitra is a mother, a trans woman, a lesbian, and is raising her preschool age child along with her ex and her partner. She writes as @threegirlfamily on Instagram, Twitter and Substack about her experiences of balancing motherhood and her career with life as an ‘out’ queer woman.

“A good thumb rule is to not say to / ask queer people something that you would not say to / ask a cis heterosexual person.”

Some of the highlights from the chat are :-

  • Chitra’s experience co-parenting
  • The challenges that Chitra faced with her family
  • Her daughter’s school admission experience
  • The Representation of the Trans community in Indian Media
  • The future of @threegirlfamily as a platform

A must listen episode for all!

Thanks to Natasha Kini for introducing the Pop duo to Chitra.

If you have an interesting story or know of someone with an interesting story then please write in on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Episode 87 – Our Kids And the City – Advait Sambhare

We are so tired of starting practically every blog with the line “During this lockdown…”, but here it goes.

During this lockdown we have achieved a heightened sense of attachment towards our respective cities (Mumbai in our case). This of course has a lot to do with the fact that we are not moving out much. But every time we do, we just want to stay out and our kids are just looking for every excuse to step out of the house even if it means just going down to the car and retrieve what you might have forgotten.

Just today, Nadir opened the door to walk up to the terrace to check out a hanging wire, before he knew it his daughter was ready with her shoes and following him. She didn’t even know where he was headed but not the one to miss out on going outdoor. Today’s kids, at least in Mumbai are evidently missing open space, to just walk, run, jump around or just be.

What are we going to leave behind for our kids in this closely embroidered city with barely any open spaces? How do we explain to our children that when we were young we exploited whatever space we could find to play sports, run around and even learnt how to drive/ride a vehicle.

We invited Advait Sambhare, an urban planner and architect to talk about this forever changing relationship between kids and our city. What can we do with the city? How can we make it better for these little tots? The importance of culture and design on a city scale.

Advait, Peter and Nadir discuss for almost an hour what was it like for them to grow up in a magical city like Mumbai and their kids experience with it today. How do other cities compare to Mumbai and what can we expect in the future for the city and the space that we inhabit.

Advait Sambhare is an architect and urban designer based in Mumbai with GDS Design and Development Consultants. He is deeply interested in cities and enjoys traveling. He is currently obsessing over his two year old daughter. 

Check out the full episode here or any other podcast platform that you use to listen to podcasts

Podcasts are of the ways that the Pop duo get through their boring and mundane chores, hope that podcasts help you get by your tasks too. And if you haven’t tried it out yet, we strongly suggest you give it a shot.

If you have an interesting story or know of someone with an interesting story then please write in on popsinapod(at)gmail(dot)com.

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