Episode 110 – What Millennials Want – Vivan Marwah

In August last year, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop discussed dating the Digital Age with journalist Samreen Tungekar and digital marketer Aditya Rao. On this episode they discuss dating and marriage across India with author Vivan Marwah

Vivan is a user researcher and the author of What Millennials Want. He traveled more than 30,000 kilometers across 13 Indian states to interview more than 900 millennials, educators, business leaders, and policymakers to investigate the economic aspirations, social views, and political attitudes of young India.

The Pop duo discuss with Vivan dating and marriage among millennials across India and insights from his book about it.  

Highlights from the chat are :-

  • Why are millennials in India an important generation?
  • Role of caste and religion in marriage in India
  • Impact of dating apps across India
  • Millennials preferring arranged marriages
  • Anecdotes of some of the people interviewed for the book

What Millenials Want is available on Amazon and bookstore across India. 

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Episode 109 – From Piggybank to Portfolio w/ Binal Gandhi & Soneera Sanghvi

Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are back with another episode on Finance. They are joined by two moms, Binal Gandhi & Soneera Sanghvi, authors of the recently released book, “From Piggybank to Portfolio – How to Raise Financially Smart Kids” 

They spoke to the Pop duo about their book, introducing kids to the concept of money, their own experiences with finance growing up and as an adult and much more 

Binal Gandhi is CEO of The Learning Curve Academy and the creator of the gamified financial wellness program, Finance GYM (Grow Your Money). She is visiting faculty at NMIMS and SP Jain, where she teaches courses in Corporate Finance and Wealth Management. Binal has two daughters, ages 13 and 18, who have been a strong source of inspiration for her work in financial education.

Soneera Sanghvi is a writer and former lawyer. She has also co-founded an education consultancy, High Skies Co, which helps students craft stand-out college application essays and is a mom of two kids (age 3 and 7). 

Highlights from the chat are :-

  • How Binal & Soneera developed an interest in finance?
  • Their experiences with money as young adults
  • Binal and Soneera’s motivation behind writing the book
  • Their experiences with teaching their kids about money
  • Why they don’t believe in giving kids money for completing chores?

Stay tuned to the end to hear about Peter Pop and Nadir Pop talking to their kids about money

You can buy the book here

Have you started speaking to your children about money? Let us know.

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Episode 108 – Entrepreneur Parents – Sean Li (Clever.FM)

New year and new episode of Entrepreneur Parents. On this episode, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop are joined by serial entrepreneur Sean Li.

Sean is a serial entrepreneur having launched and sold multiple businesses over the past 10+ years. He has founded a co-working space in Downtown Los Angeles, multiple e-Commerce companies focused on inbound content marketing for DIY products, and numerous podcasts. His work in podcasting has led him to launch 2 companies in the space Alumni.FM,and Clever.FM

Sean shares with the Pop duo, his entrepreneurship journey, interest into podcasting that led to launching 2 businesses in the space, balancing being a parent and running a business and more.  

Highlights from the chat are :-

  • How Sean started podcasting?
  • The origins of Alumni.FM and Clever.FM
  • Balance between doing a MBA, starting a business and being a parent
  • Growing up as American with Chinese parents
  • Opportunities for podcasting in 2022
  • Advice for parents who want to start their own business

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Episode 107 – Welcome to 2022

WHEN YOU REALISE THAT 2022 IS ACTUALLY 2020 TOO! The meme on social media is sad but true.

The Pops are back from their break only to discover 2020 too! So it only makes sense to start the year with what Pops In A Pod is expecting from 2022. There is just so much happening around us and certain expectations everyone has from this year, especially parents. And that is what The Pops discuss in the opening episode of 2022, keeping various aspects in mind and what they think could potentially happen.

Highlights from the Pops discussed:

  1. Nadir Pop and his new job, Peter Pop and recording on his birthday!
  2. What are we feeling about 2022? Excited? Optimistic?
  3. Will the pandemic ever go away? Booster Shots?
  4. What they are unsure about?
  5. What they are looking forward to from 2022?

Well they are hoping that this year has enough positives to keep them motivated both professionally and personally

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Episode 106 – A look back at 2021

It’s December already and it’s been quite a year for Pops in a Pod. The recent Spotify Wrapped campaign gave Nadir Pop and Peter Pop quite a few data points about the podcast. They share some of it on this episode along with discussing the episodes from the past year that have stood out in their memory.

Here is some of the data from Spotify Wrapped

  • 2018 minutes over 45 episodes and listened to in 19 countries. Heard for the first time in Philippines, Malaysia and Netherlands
  • 80% more Followers
  • 42% more Listeners
  • 35% more hours listened
  • 7% more streams

Check it all out here – https://wrappedforpodcasters.byspotify.com/?id=ce0ac1400ea0adec7e6f5a2de3680043993d73f0aeee5be340884303d4a33257&

Here are links to the episodes mentioned

An episode that the Pops think that everyone should listen to

Episode 99 – Pritesh Asher from Juicy Chemistry. Pritesh shared with the Pop duo learnings from his family business, the origins of Juicy Chemistry, the process to setting up a 100% organic skin care line and much more.

Episode 95 – Anyone can be a podcaster – Neela Ingle During Podcast month, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop spoke to Neela Ingle, host of a Marathi literary podcast, Vachu Anade. She shared her podcasting journey of over 70 episodes at the age of 76.

Episode 88 – Three Moms and a Kids Chitra spoke to the Pop duo about co-parenting, her transition journey, the representation of LGBTQA+ community in popular media and much more.

Episode that surprised the Pop Duo the most

Episode 104 + 105 – The science of Dads Part 1 & Part 2 Dr. Rakesh Kapur from BambooTree shared the Science of Dads with the Pop duo using some interesting studies and anecdotes.

Episode 63 – Valentine’s Day (Not) Part 1 Jishnu and Shreya share with the Pop duo 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.

Episode that the Pops learnt the most from

Episode 65 – Money and parenting Mrinal Ghosh shared with Nadir Pop and Peter Pop a few effective ways to plan finances for your children and also dispel some myths.

Episode 78 – Teaching Kids Finance Sandeep Suri, Co-founder, CEO – MyDigitalCube spoke to the Pop duo about lessons in finance from their childhood, the origins of BirdFin, using experiential learning to teach children about finance and the future plans of BirdFin.

Episode 73 – Challenging Gender Stereotypes Nadir Pop and Peter Pop spoke to Rajat Mittal about this journey as an author, working on two books and the inspiration behind Boyish. They also discuss the changing gender stereotypes and the role that the media plays in it.

Finally, something that listeners should expect more from in 2022 – more episodes on relationships.

In Episode 91, Relationship Status: Married With Kids, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop discussed with Seema Kazi Rangnekar how a spouse’s relationship changes with their significant other in the due course of parenting.

Episode 92, Relationship Status: Dating in the Digital Age, Nadir Pop and Peter Pop were joined by journalist Samreen Tungekar and digital marketer Aditya Rao to discuss the change in dating in recent years and also their experiences using dating apps.

That’s all from the Pop Duo in 2021.

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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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