Episode 72 – Learning with Kutuki – Sneha Sundaram

Kutuki  is a kids learning app that teaches students through their proprietary stories and songs-based curriculum. Founded by the duo of  Sneha Sundaram and Bharath Bevinahally, the couple have combined their love for the creative arts with teaching. They won the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge last year

Sneha Sundaram shares with the Pop duo the journey of Kutuki so far.

Kutuki is a play on the word kautuka, meaning “the curious one” in Sanskrit. We really wanted to create a word that is Indian. That’s very rhythmic, playful and something that kids, just sort of roll off the tongue when trying to say it.

– Said Sneha about the name

Highlights from the chat are :-

  • Sneha and Bharath origins as trained musicians
  • Working among pre primary school students and identifying a gap
  • The time spent in research before starting Kutuki
  • The process of creating the stories and songs
  • Their plans for the future.

Are you children/students using an interesting learning aids or app, do share it with us at popsinapod@gmail.com

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Episode 71 – Parenting in Crazy Rich Asians

In the new episode of “Parenting in Films“, Nadir Pop & Peter Pop watched Crazy Rich Asians.

The movie features Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, an Economics professor and Henry Goulding as Nick Young, a couple living in New York. They take a trip to Nick’s childhood friend’s wedding and also to meet his family. The rest of the movie is nothing short of a Bollywood masala.

Tune in to find out what the Pop duo thought about the parenting characters in the movie.

The parenting characters that Nadir Pop and Peter Pop discuss are 

  • Nick’s cousin Astrid and her husband Micheal 
  • Rachel Chu’s friend Peik Lin’s parents – Wye Mun and Neenah
  • Nick’s mother – Elenor Young
  • Rachel’s mother – Kerry Chu

The movie has strong matriarch characters which reminded the Pop duo of 80s and 90s Indian dramas.

There is a clear distinction in the characters of Elenor Young and Kerry Chu. Elenor Young sacrificed her ambitions to be a lawyer to support husband to run the family business whereas Kerry Chu is a self made woman and single Parent.

There is a strong thread of identity through the movie, of being Chinese Vs American Chinese. The passing on of traditions is another recurring factor, evident in the family scenes.

Our Indian listeners and readers will be able to relate strongly to the characters in this movie.

Those who enjoyed this movie will be glad to know that two sequels to this movie based on the books are currently in production so stay tuned.

If you have watched an interesting movie recently, do share it with us at popsinapod@gmail.com

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Image courtesy: Warner Bros.

Episode 70 – The Lockdown: A Year Later

On 23 March 2020, India went into lockdown. Initially for 21 days, the lockdown continued for over 3 months. Described by many as one of the harshest lockdowns in the world.

A year later, Nadir Pop & Peter Pop look back and discuss their learnings as parents and also individuals.

Some of the highlights from the chat are :-

  • Rise of virtual Meetings and also recording on Zoom
  • Disruption of Sleep
  • Impact of the lockdown on Parenting
  • Online schooling

Listen to the Quarantine Catch up episodes from last year below

How did you manage during the lockdown? Let us know, write to us at popsinapod@gmail.com

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Episode 69 – Importance of Sleep for Parents – Dr. Manvir Bhatia

India is the most sleep-starved country in the world -93% of the population have complained about broken sleep.  Last week 19th of March was World Sleep Day and the slogan was Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop did an episode on sleep for children last year with Kerry Bajaj, author of Sleep Baby Sleep. This year they decided to focus on sleep for parents

The Pop duo are joined by Dr. Manvir Bhatia, Director of Neurology Sleep Centre, New Delhi. She is a Senior Neurologist and Sleep Specialist with 25 years of experience.

Some of the highlights from the chat are :-

  • Causes of Sleep Deprivation
  • Relationship between child’s sleep & parent’s sleep
  • Impact of the lockdown on sleep
  • Myths and Facts around sleep
  • Ways to improve sleep

If there is a topic that you would like us to talk about or a guest that we should features on the podcast, please write to us at popsinapod@gmail.com

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Episode 68 – Parenting a special needs child – Kavita Baluni

This Sunday, 21st March is World Down Syndrome Day and Nadir Pop & Peter Pop fully support this day. 

Last year they spoke to India’s youngest single dad Aditya Tiwari who adopted a child with Down Syndrome, Avnish 

In this episode the Pop duo are joined by Kavita Baluni in a candid chat about being a parent to a special needs child. Kavita reminisces her journey with her husband from their courtship to being parents.

Kavita also shares the lessons she is learning on a daily basis from Veda and how the society needs to be more inclusive and understanding towards children with special needs

A few highlights from the chat :-

  • The spectrum of Down Syndrome
  • Myths around Down Syndrome
  • The importance of inclusiveness in society

If you have an interesting story to share or know of someone with a unique parenting journey then please write to us at popsinapod@gmail.com and we’d be happy to invite you/them on the podcast.

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Episode 67 – Women in the Workforce – Priya Krishnan

In the past week or so, the Pop duo have noticed a variety of companies sharing their women’s day and in some instances week long campaigns and offers. Instead of promoting their products, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop feel that it is important for companies to review the environment that they created for their women employees.

To help them understand the current realities faced by women in the workforce, they are joined by Priya Krishnan who sheds more light on it along with some ways that business leaders can encourage more women to join the workforce.

Priya Krishnan is currently Sr. VP, Bright Horizons and previously founded the KLAY preschools in India and Founding Years Learning Solutions. She is currently based in Boston, USA and has 2 teenage sons.

Some of highlights of the chat were:

  • Priya’s experiences when she started working
  • The support she has received from her family and also her “tribe”
  • Her goals and plans when she started Klay
  • The impact of the the lockdown and work from home on women
  • Ways that business leaders can encourage more women to participate in the workforce

If you have an interesting story to share or know of someone with a unique parenting journey then please write to us at popsinapod@gmail.com and we’d be happy to invite you/them on the podcast.

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Episode 66 – Entrepreneur Parents – Basel Anabtawi (Rising Giants Network)

A new episode of Entrepreneur Parents, this time with an international guest, all the way from Dubai, UAE.

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are joined by Basel Anabtawi, CEO, Rising Giants Network, a podcast network. Basel started the Basel Meets podcast in 2017 and also hosts another podcast, Legendary Rock Stories. The “Biggest Metallica fan in the region” is dad to a 1 year old boy.

Basel shared with the Pop duo his journey from a podcaster with Basel Meets to starting the Rising Giants Network. A must listen for for all podcasters and also those who are planning on starting their own podcast.

Some of the highlights from the chat are :-

  • The origins of Basel Meets
  • Starting the Rising Giants Network
  • Being a parent during the pandemic
  • Balancing being a dad and running a podcast network
  • The future of podcasts and audio

A video Basel meeting James Hetfield (Metallica), that was mentioned during the episode.

If you have story to share or know of someone who has an interesting entrepreneurship or parenting story then please write to us at popsinapod@gmail.com and we’d be happy to invite them on the podcast.

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Episode 65 – Money and Parenting – Mrinal Ghosh

The phrase ‘money makes the world go round’ was first used in the 1960’s in a musical play ‘ Cabaret’. It stands true 50 years later, every parent will agree.

Nadir Pop has touched upon the aspect of financial planning before becoming a parent in Episode 3 – Planning Pt. 2 A year later, here is an entire episode on the topic of money and financial planning. Since neither Nadir Pop or Peter Pop are finance wizs they are joined by someone who has more experience in this subject, Mrinal Ghosh.

Mrinal Ghosh is a Chartered Accountant and MBA with over 20 years of work experience working with multi‑national consulting companies in the US and in India. He is also a parent to a 4 year old daughter.

Some of the highlights from the chat are:

  • The importance of budgeting and saving before becoming a parent
  • Different types of life insurance available
  • Different financial schemes that can be invested in
  • Common Financial Myths

The financial schemes discussed were:

  • Term insurance – A type of life insurance that provides coverage for a specific period of time or years.
  • Public Provident Fund (PPF) – A tax-free saving scheme regulated by the Indian Government. It is a long-term investment scheme with a lock-in period of 15 years.
  • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) – A savings scheme as part of the Government initiative Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign to provide a bright future for the girl child.
  • Equity Linked Saving Scheme (ELSS) – A type of mutual fund scheme that primarily invests in the stock market or Equity. They have a lock in period of 3 years.

If you would like us to do another episode on Finance or have a subject you want us to do an episode on, please write to us at popsinapod@gmail.com

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Episode 64 – Valentine’s Day (Not) Part 2 – Shruti Seth & Danish Aslam

In Part 2 of Valentine’s day, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are joined by another couple, Shruti Seth & Danish Aslam.

Actor Shruti Seth has starred in films like – Slumdog Millionaire, Fanaa and Rajneeti, TV shows like Shrarat, Suite Life of Karan and Kabir, Comedy Circus and recently in Mentalhood a show on parenting. Director Danish Aslam is best known for the film Break Ke baad and recently the web series Flesh. They are proud parents to their 5 year old daughter, Alina.

Shruti & Danish share about marriage, parenting and much more in a candid conversation with the Pop duo.

Some highlights from the chat are:

  • Shruti shared that Danish is a very hands-on-dad unlike many of her friends whose husbands had no idea about kids’ schools and education. He knows exactly what is happening in her life.
  • Danish felt that grandparents are the best support system and did not find it ideal to leave their child with the help.

The episode is also available on video below

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Episode 63 – Valentine’s Day (Not) Part 1 – Jishnu & Shreya Dasgupta

Come February, and the colour red takes over shops no matter where you live and it is hard to ignore that feeling of love in the air thanks to Valentine’s Day being just around the corner.

On Pops in a Pod last year, we didn’t have a Valentine’s day special episode but had 2 episodes with our wives talk about pre pregnancy and post pregnancy.  This year we decided to do something a bit differently and get couples as guests. To talk about not  just their love stories but also their relationship post becoming parents. 

Our first set of guests are Jishnu and Shreya Dasgupta. Jishnu is well known as the bassist of Indian rock act Swarathma and his wife Shreya is an electrical engineer. They live in Bengaluru with their 2 sons.

Jishnu and Shreya share with us their love story which is straight out of a Bollywood movie minus the disapproving parents and villain. They speak about their relationship post becoming parents, the realities of it especially in the last year during the lockdown.

Tune in to hear some hilarious stories and anecdotes from Jishnu and Shreya.

We are joined by another couple next week, to find out who keep an eye on our social media handles below.