Episode 61 – Entrepreneur Parents – Priyanka Loonker (MyCoup)

The Pop duo are back with another episode of Entrepreneur Parents

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop joined by Priyanka Loonker of MyCoup , a platform with news and current affairs for children. Updated every Friday with a wide range of topics.

Priyanka shares her journey of self discovery from a fashion writer to entrepreneur, starting Mycoup and the response received by MyCoup over the past year.

A few highlights from the chat

  • Newsjoy a monthly magazine that Priyanka read growing up was a inspiration for her when starting out.
  • Ways to encourage children to read in the age of Youtube and OTT Platforms.
  • Mycoup has an Help Room section with guidelines on how to deal with news that can be upsetting.

Tune in to the full episode to find out Priyanka’s future plans for MyCoup.

The episode is available on all podcast platforms, including Saregama Carvaan on channel 269.

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Episode 60 – Parenting and Fitness

“Lose weight” and “Exercise more” are 2 of the most common new year resolutions every year. On this episode Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are joined by fitness trainer Ishav Mehta Lamba to discuss some of these and a lot more.

Ishav Mehta Lamba is a ACE Certified Professional Trainer and Health Coach based in Ambala, India. She is a parent to a 3 year old daughter.

Some to the topics covered on this episode are : –

  • Ways that parents can start their fitness journey
  • The different aspects that impact health
  • Common myths around health and fitness
  • Introducing fitness to kids

The episode ends with some simple ways that parents can stay fit while working from home.

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Episode 59 – We turn 1

It’s one year since Nadir Kanthawala & Peter Kotikalapudi released the first episode of Pops in a Pod

To mark this occasion, they decided to make their debut on video.

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop look back at the unforgettable episodes, their learnings and everything in between.

Here are the episodes they spoke about

The Episodes we won’t forget

Warren Mendonsa – First guest we recorded with. The first one is always the most memorable. And this is a special one because 20 minutes into the conversation we realised that we forgot to hit the record button on the sound recorder. But Warren was a true professional and restarted the entire conversation. Check it out what he had to say

Jose Covaco – Peter missed out, sadly and Nadir was laughing throughout the episode, even when Jose wasn’t being funny… that was weird.

Wives – Because, well, we just had to or else they wouldn’t let us forget it. Technically first set guests. They spoke about life pre-pregnant and post-pregnancy

The Expert guests

Kerry Bajaj – How Nadir wished he had met Kerry before, she is the author of the book “Sleep Baby Sleep“.

Dr. Munjaal – You’ve heard of postpartum in mums but you can imagine the pops’ surprise when they found that it’s common even among dads.

Engaging Kids series – The month of October we decide the curate and create content dedicated to kids, especially during lockdown. We got some very interesting guests to talk about the various mediums used to keep engaged and busy

Indian Dads Abroad

Rahul Donde (Switzerland),
Shabbir (Canada),
Yunus (USA)
Sandeep (UK),

Yusuf (India)

First Collab – Maitri

The Pops on Little Fixes Podcast

Entrepreneur Parents – The Pops strongly believe in creativity and keep the content exciting and that’s how they started the series Entrepreneur Parents. Check out the episodes that we recorded in the links below

Parenting in Reel World – We hear so many parenting stories in the real world but sometimes it’s nice to analyse what parenting characters in films and shows as well. There is always a learning

The episodes that our new listeners should check out

Episode 2 & Episode 3 where the Pops talk extensively about planning before becoming parents

Episode 1 – The Delivery. The story of the day that changed Nadir Pop and Peter Pop’s lives.

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Episode 58 – Parenting in Cobra Kai Pt. 2

New year and new season of Cobra Kai.

In September, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop discussed parenting in the first 2 seasons of the karate themed series.

This past weekend the Pop duo binge watched the 3rd season of Cobra Kai on Netflix and met after 9 months to talk about it. They discuss the changes in the main parent characters in the series – Johnny Lawrence, Daniel LaRusso and also of John Kreese. Nadir Pop and Peter Pop also share their take aways from this season of Cobra Kai.

No spoilers ahead.

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Episode 57 – 2020 Wrap Up

It’s the last episode of 2020. Nadir Pop and Peter Pop look back at the year.

They also reflect on an important question

What would 2020 look like if COVID did not happen?

Last year before launching the podcast, we had a list over of 50+ topics ready however due to the pandemic we covered not even 20% of it. Most of our efforts were directed towards topics related to the coronavirus.

Some keys things we spoke about are:

Parents during the the lockdown. We spoke to other parents about the balancing the work load, house work, kids, online schooling, anxiety and more.

We also got an insight from Bilal Khan, an activist and social worker on what it was like on the ground and how are the masses were coping up with the lockdown in Mumbai.

We explored the effects of the lockdown on parents with Sudha Ravishankar and Dr. Swati Deepak and also on children with Shobika Jaju.

Education was one of the fields that was affected by the pandemic. Jeetu Karsan CEO of Kido India spoke to us about the importance of technology in pre school education. We also  delved into the different aspects of online education and discussed the online learning experiences with Rohit Sarma

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Episode 56 – Entrepreneur Parents – Sanjay Chakrabarti – Tag8

The year 2020 has passed by quickly, we are on our 56th episode and already in the last week of 2020. Our guest this week is another Entrepreneur Parent.

In July we started the monthly series with guests who started a business post becoming parents. We have a variety of guests who have shared their entrepreneurship journey, starting with Vijay Basrur (Oklisten), Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik (Slurrp Farm), Shradha Sud (Mama Couture) and Aswani Chaitanya (Timios)

In our latest and last episode of “Enterpreneur Parents” of 2020 we are chatting with Sanjay Chakrabarti, Founding Partner of Tag8, a company that helps you find and return of misplaced or lost valuables.

It is rare to see an entrepreneur who has started a venture on the other side of 40 years. Usually you hear of stories where people have founded a start-up in their early 20s or 30s. But then you have someone like a Sanjay who comes from a solid employment background and gives it all up for a chance to start his own business.

Some of the topics we spoke about:
1. The journey towards entrepreneurship and leaving a lucrative job and comforts
2. The difficulties and hurdles
3. The advise he received
4. The pressure of coming from a family of highly-educated members
5. Giving up a childhood dream
6. technology and kids

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We are not yet done for this year and have something special planned for our our last episode of this year. Stay tuned! Follow us on our social media handles below for more updates.

Episode 55 – The Little Prince

Earlier this month, Peter and I read the French classic novella, the Little Prince/Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, released in 1943. Now the novella is classified for children but take it from me, this book is meant for adults

I can’t believe it that it took me 36 years to read The Little Prince for the first time. I just feel I missed out on a lovely piece of literature during my formative years.

This book teaches you things, especially as a parent. it has so many morals to choose from that after a point you’ll start prioritising it

On this episode we are joined by Laora Ny a graphic designer and educator by profession. Someone who works very closely with children, Laora shares her insight on the importance of The Little Prince in French literature and if it is still relevant today.

Peter and I share what they enjoyed about the Little Prince, the lessons that we learnt and our lines from it.

Here are some of the themes that the book tackles

Discourage – When he was 6 years old and adults discouraged him to draw because they couldn’t understand his work. and asked them to take up stereotypical careers.

Western Supremacy – Turkish Astronomer not wearing western clothes to prove his discovery

Innocence – Adults ask questions that are numerical in nature but wont ask questions that are personality driven. Also it is wonderful that kids ask these beautiful questions, completely unadulterated by the world realities

Curiosity – Every planet the The Little Prince visits teaches him something about the ruler. He is seeking meaning.

Growing up – As an adult you need to realise that one cannot ask direct questions to children and expect direct and professional answers. The books tries to explain to us that time needs to be spent with children to truly understand their personality and what they like, dislike,  think, etc.

Random – Kids are very random they ask.all sorts of weird and random questions and you habe to indulge them (Sheep eat shrubs…)

Socializing – So important in today’s day and age, to connect with people, to make a connection with people

Preoccupation – Parents are always doing something “serious” or “important” while their kids are trying to get their attention or having a conversation with them.

Life lessons – Judge yourself is a good lesson for adults and children. Once a child knows not to judge someone without knowing them well.

Every planet the The Little Prince visits teaches him something about the ruler. He is seeking meaning.

King – Authority, Judgement and Unrealistic demands

Vain Man – Vanity, false sense of praise, so relevant in today’s day and age of social media

Busineesman – owning things for no reason, only getting rich

Streetlamp Lighter – Slow down, doing something just because it has to be done.

Geographer – Short-lived, Exploring, Sitting in office all day

Interesting lines that we came across

You know… when you are very sad, you love sunsets

“I have to put up with two or three caterpillars if I want to meet some butterflies.”

“Then you will judge yourself,” the king replied. “That is the most difficult. It is harder to judge yourself than to judge others. If you succeed well in judging yourself, that’s when you are truly wise.”

“Grown-ups are really so strange,”

For, to those who are vain all others are admirers you only truly see with your heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.

If you have read this book, tell us what really struck you and if it is not too much then share it with us. If you want us to review and dissect an other children/parent book then please do recommend it and we will be happy to partake.

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Episode 54 – Musician Dad – Gaurav Chintamani (Advaita, The Dirt Machine)

In the past year, we’ve had only one musician guest on the podcast so far, ace guitarist Warren Mendonsa . He told us about Bedtime with The Beatles an album where musician Jason Falkner transformed The Beatles songs into lullabies. This episode is also connected with the The Beatles.

Earlier this year in June, Peter Pop came across a video on Instagram of a young boy singing the The Beatles song Blackbird.

Peter Pop later recognized the guitarist in the video as Gaurav Chintamani, the bassist of fusion rock band Advaita. The boy singing in the videos is his 6 year old son, Ishaan. Since then they have released many more videos and have gone truly viral. On this episode the Pop duo find out how it all started.

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop speak to Gaurav about Ishaan & the The Beatles, the balance between being a parent and musician and also becoming a parent during the pandemic.

The episode features Gaurav and Ishaan singing The Beatles – Penny Lane and also Get off from The Dirt Machine EP It’s About Time

Go ahead and listen to the episode and tell us what your favourite The Beatles song is? Do your kids enjoy the same music as you?

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Episode 53 – Travel in the time of a pandemic

Pops in a pod - Travel in the time of a pandemic with Peter Kotikalapudi and Nadir Kanthawala. Dads.
Pops in a pod – Travel in the time of a pandemic with Peter Kotikalapudi and Nadir Kanthawala. Dads.

This was the most “looking-forward-to” event in 2020 – going away for a short trip over a long weekend. We would get excited to go for coffee run before this happened to us. So you can imagine what a huge upgrade it felt like; leaving behind the city vistas and going to a place closer to nature.

Peter Pop went a place called Alibaug which is a beach town just a couple of hours away from Mumbai city, even closer if you take the ferry and sail across the bay.

I went to a vineyard, 330 kms from Mumbai, which was owned by Fratelli Wines. Lovely little places, it has just four rooms and 300 acres of vineyard. And guess what? It was just the wife and I, no pesky daughter around.

It was a much deserved break for both the families, no laptop, no phone calls, no work… just a relaxing trip.

On this episode we discussed:

1. What was it like to travel in a pandemic?
2. Did the establishment, where they we went, adhere to safety standards?
3. What was it like taking a toddler?
4. What were the pre-requisites of travel?
5. Did they go in their own vehicle?

Go ahead and listen to the episode and tell us what if you have a pandemic travel story? Was it relaxing or the the kids create havoc 😀 ? Write to us with your stories, feedback and/or comments on popsinapod@gmail.com

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Episode 52 – Games People Play – Lalit Parmar – Hasbro India

As kids we played a lot of games and I just don’t mean outdoor games but also indoor ones. Peter was telling me that “When growing up my uncles and aunts were avid Scrabble players. The games got really competitive and they would play with a dictionary in case anyone cheated. As I got older, I become part of these games and enjoyed them. This helped me develop my vocabulary unknowingly.”

I had a huge collection of G.I. JOEs and HE-MAN action figures and conjured up some crazy imaginative worlds within the confines of my home. But the one that really challenged me and my imagination was Monopoly. This game has broken friendships and family ties more than diplomatic breakdowns between countries.

On this episode we talk to Lalit Parmar who heads the marketing division at Hasbro India. He is currently responsible for driving brand-building initiatives for Hasbro Franchise, Partner and Emerging brands in India. 

Peter, Lalit and I spoke about various topics on gaming, toys, board games, parenting and of course Monopoly. We discussed, at length, what it was like being in lockdown and bonding with the family. Lalit also spoke avidly about learning and development of children via playtime and toys and how Hasbro is evolving in this digital-first age.

Go ahead and listen to the episode and tell us what was the one game that makes you feel nostalgic. Were you also a sore loser when it came to Monopoly :D? Do you have memories of playing board games with your family? Let us know and you can write to us with your stories, feedback and comments on popsinapod@gmail.com

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