Episode 105 – The Science of Dads – Part 2

The Pop duo are back with Part 2 of the Science of Dads with Dr. Rakesh Kapur. In Part 1, Dr. Rakesh shared with the Pops, the biological changes that happen in a man’s body while his wife is pregnant and men also get morning sickness.  He also spoke about the importance of a father’s role in raising his child.

Here is Part 2 of Nadir Pop and Peter Pop’s chat with Dr. Rakesh Kapur.

An encouraging fact is that there is an increase in Indian fathers spending time with their children, on an average 64 to 70 hours per month. More than 50% of fathers are spending more than 80 hours.

While Dads have to get more involved in every day care of their children, according to research done by Dr. Kapur’s team – 95% of fathers have changed their diaper/nappies of their child, more than 35% of fathers have cooked meals for their children.

Dr. Rakesh brought up the example of the Flipkart campaign of “Penguin Dads” and the perception of Stay at home Dads. However there are barriers that fathers face in society – in schools and even on the playground.

Dr. Rakesh shared facts on the father’s involvement impact on the Intelligence quotient (IQ) Emotional Quotient (EQ), Social Quotient (SQ) and life expectancy of the child.

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Episode 104 – The Science of Dads – Part 1

Peter Pop and Nadir Pop’s journey as parents so far has been fulfilling to say the least. They took a conscious decision to involve themselves wholly in all parenting duties and have shared diverse experiences on POPS IN A POD ranging from changing diapers to setting up their kids’ online school.

The Pop duo’s parenting journey has introduced them to wonderful people through the podcast, learning new experiences and different aspects of parenting. They are involved parents as they are constantly learning new things from family, friends, peers, experts and of course their own children.

After speaking to this particular guest – Dr. Rakesh Kapur* (MBBS and Director of the NGO BambooTree), Nadir Pop & Peter Pop realised that there was so much more to parenting other than varied experiences, especially when it comes to fatherhood. For the first time they got an understanding of being a father from a pure scientific point of view.

Ideologies and practices that they thought arose through years of conditioning and social constructs, in actuality, stems from science. And needless to say, it blew the Pops collective minds.

Dr. Kapur passionately advocates the importance of a father’s role in raising his child. Through research internationally and in India, he explained to the Pops how a child’s upbringing is impacted by the father’s constant presence. He had so much to share that the Pops decided to break up the chat into 2 parts.

The Pops urge all parents (new, old, to-be) to listen to this episode and reflect. Think of your children and their future.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of this episode on 30th of November, 2021

*Dr. Rakesh Kapur is a physician and management graduate from ISB, Hyderabad. He helped set up the healthcare management consultancy practice at Ernst & Young and was corporate head of Max Hospitals. While consulting for a children’s mental health project, he became passionately involved and co-founded BambooTree, a NGO which conducts research and advocacy on Child Rights. The NGO’s current focus has been on ensuring rights of children of separated parents, the role and importance of fathers in children’s lives and raising awareness about Parental Alienation, a form a severe child abuse. For the past 8 years he has been working with judicial academies & NCPCR conducting training workshops and has also started a YouTube channel (BambooTree Children’s Foundation) to help eradicate child abuse by raising awareness.

Episode 103 – Always remember Movember

The views expressed on this episode are of an expert, it is not a substitute for medical advice. Listeners are encouraged to seek medical advice before taking up any new treatment. Please seek professional medical advice.

This month is observed as Movember around the world. Men grow moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. This movement started in 2003.

On this episode, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are joined by Dr. Vashistha Maniar to discuss one of the aspects of Movember, cancer among men.

Dr. Vashishth Maniar is a Medical Oncologist, Hematologist and Hematologic Oncologist in Mumbai, India and has a total experience of 10 years, with 6 years as a specialist. He is a member of European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Indian Society of Medical and Paediatric Oncology (ISMPO)

Highlights from the chat are :-

  • The social taboo around cancer among family
  • The early symptoms of cancer to look out for
  • Myths about the disease
  • Creating awareness around cancer

The episode is also available on Youtube

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Episode 102 – Changing Perceptions – Career

Earlier this year in August Nadir Pop and Peter Pop started the series Changing Perceptions. Their intention via this series is to share their experiences but at the same time ask a lot of questions and open up a conversation on the subject of their choice.

The first episode was about Nutrition do check it out here if you haven’t already.
On this episode they are discussing a change in perception towards career.

Highlights from the chat are :-

  1. Do we always know what we wanted to do in life, professionally speaking
  2. What prompted us to pursue a certain kind of career
  3. The guidance we get from parents/peers/counsellors
  4. The importance of skills
  5. The significant economy crashes in the last two decades and the effect it had on our jobs
  6. What sort of jobs will be relevant for our kids in the future?

Check out the episode and let us know what you think about your career today and/or the potential career choices of our kids in the future.

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Episode 101 – Celebrating Festivals in 2021

Last year, 2020, Peter Pop and Nadir Pop did a two part special on celebrating festivals during a pandemic you can check it out here – Part 1 & Part 2. The modern world was experiencing this for the first time and everyone was being, their own version of, cautious.  

Now in 2021, we are on the cusp of the pandemic dissipating and things returning to normal. How will this impact the way we celebrate festivals and special events? Will it be any different than last year? What about the kids’ safety? 

Discussions on the above questions and more in this episode. Check it out.

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Episode 100 – Something Special

After close to 2 years, numerous emails, lots of late night recording sessions, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are here with the 100th episode. 

This episode is special, you’ve heard the wives and many other guests and experts, so the Pops decided to feature the direct inspiration behind the podcast, the reason why they started it, their kids. 

Tune in to find out a bit about Nadir Pop’s daughter and Peter Pop’s son. 

Some of the highlights from the episode

  • The kids talk about their favorite book and tv shows.
  • Music is another favourite topic about the children
  • With the festive season, the kids share their favourite festivals.
  • Finally, the kids share their thoughts on siblings. 

 Special thanks to Animesh Das for the production.

Sabiha Ghiasi and Karen Alfonso for their constant support.

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Episode 99 – Entrepreneur Parents – Pritesh Asher (Juicy Chemistry)

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are back with another episode of Entrepreneur Parents. On this episode they speak to Pritesh Asher from Juicy Chemistry.

Juicy Chemistry was founded by Pritesh and his wife Megha in 2014. Over the past 7 years they have built a product line of 100% organic skin care. Pritesh looks after the production, supply chain and operations at Juicy Chemistry and the passion that he talks about the company is very evident.

Note: Pritesh is the first parent in Entrepreneur Parents series that started his company before becoming a parent.

Highlights from the chat are :-

  • The start of Pritesh’s entrepreneurship journey
  • Learnings from his family business
  • The origins of Juicy Chemistry
  • The process to setting up a 100% organic skin care line
  • Future plans of Juice Chemistry

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Episode 98 – Parenting in Films – The Namesake

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are back with a new episode of Parenting in Films. They last discussed the Netflix movie, Fatherhood back in July. The next movie is a Hollywood one that features actor Irfan in the lead role. This is the 3rd movie that the Pop duo have featured in this series. 

The Namesake is directed by Mira Nair and is based on the novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri. The movie released in 2006 tells the story of the Ganguli family, Ashoke (Irfan) and Ashima (Tabu) first-generation immigrants to the United States, and their American-born children Gogol (Kal Penn) and Sonia (Sahira Nair).

Highlights from the chat are :-

  • The dichotomy of the Indian and American identity
  • Parents holding on to their Indian traditions
  • Dealing with children’s choice as teenagers and accepting them as they become adults
  • The struggles of life as a immigrant

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Podcast Recommendations 2021

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It’s International Podcast Day! Peter Pop and Nadir Pop are back with new podcast recommendations.

Nadir Pop’s picks

Stories From Among the Stars. Nadir is a huge sci-fi reader and when he discovered The Three Body problem in audio format by Chinese author Liu Cixin, he binge heard it in less than a week. It’s a trilogy and the story is about an alien super-species that was invited to take over Earth because humans didn’t deserve it. Very dark, but very entertaining.

ThroughLine by NPR, a historical podcast, features in Nadir’s TOP 5 podcasts. It’s hosted by Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah. Most of the stories revolve around politics which have directly or indirectly affected USA. They’ve covered so many interesting events about Venezuela, the history of Afghanistan, the history of Israel, so many interesting topics.

Dr. Death – Americans really know how to produce their true crime and this crime docu series is so well drawn out. Dr. Death is one such podcast. It’s just a very freaky series and sad at the same time. And throughout the series, you keep hearing about Dr. Duntsch and the number of people he has killed. The interesting part is that you hear the story not through him but through his family, friends, colleagues, batchmates and patients. These are the ones who actually built the story around this murderer.

Peter Pop’s picks

“King of the World”: A seven-part podcast series about a Pakistani American Muslim teenager who comes of age post-9/11 and, twenty years later, tries to figure out what the hell happened to him and to us. Hosted by Shahjehan Khan.

377 is a scripted narrative podcast about the legal action and accompanying social movement against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Pretty cool podcast from All Things Small.

Passenger list. A mystery thriller podcast from PRX’s Radiotopia. The show is about the Atlantic Flight 702 that has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le, a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth.

What are you currently listening to? Let the Pops know

Episode 97 – Celebrating podcasts

International Podcast Day is a couple days away and Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are here with the last episode of podcast month on Pops in a Pod.

There have been some really insightful conversations on podcasting in India over the last few weeks, do check out all the episodes as part of Podcast month.

This episode has just the Pop duo talking about their podcast listening habits and more.

Highlights of the chat are :-

  • The first podcasts that the Pop duo heard
  • Topics that they learn about through podcasts
  • Their podcast recommendations
  • Their thoughts on the future of podcasting in India

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.

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