Podcast Recommendations

Today is International Podcast Day and both Pops spend a part of their day listening to podcasts on various topics. Here are a few podcasts that they recommend.

Nadir Pop’s pick

SERIAL My very first podcast experience and something that I’ll never forget. A heady blend of mystery, investigation and human element. It’s just all so gripping. Praise-worthy production scale and so well researched.

The Seen and the Unseen Is a weekly podcast hosted by Amit Varma, a seasoned journalist. It gives you a glimpse into what India was, what India is and what India has the potential to become. A long format podcast that can really get you to think about this beloved country of ours.

DUST Is a sci-fi podcast that truly paved the road for me to listen to fiction. I have always connected podcasts to non-fiction formats but with DUST’s world-class production and seminal storytelling, it takes you to multiple worlds, literally. Note- Crazy score with that mesmerizing voice over

TED Radio Hour The best interview based podcast, in my opinion. I love the fact that they get at least 3-4 guests per episode to give you a multi-angle view of a single topic. The simplicity of the subjects that they select is the biggest draw. And it’s from the house of TED so content is top notch, rest assured

The History of Philosophy I was very intrigued with philosophy as a subject and there is just so much to read. So I turned to podcasts and this gem turns up. Right from the pre-Socrates to the modern age philosophers, it’s just so calming, listening to not just what people thought of life, but how they tried to live it. The host Peter Adamson speaks in such a measured tone it’s almost like you are having a conversation with him

Peter Pops’s picks

Andy Social Australian musician Andy Dowling interviews people from all walks of life. The chats are quite detailed which make it a good listen during a run/walk. I am featured on Episode 196

Dumb and Dumbest A daily podcast (I have no idea how they do it) focused on the music business. Hosted by consultant Matt Bacon, Music Publicist Curtis Dewar and Social Media expert Keith Chachkes

History in 5 songs with Martin Popoff Author Martin Popoff is a human encylopedia on rock and heavy metal music. He packs in a lot of trivia in a short time (Averages episode is 20 minutes). You will look at your favourite rock/heavy metal artist with different eyes after listening to just one episode.

Tales of the Trade A podcast featuring Dubai’s pioneers & the stories behind their companies and communities. Host Chirag Desai goes through many aspects of their entrepreneurial journey. Latest season of the podcast is focusing on how companies and their people are coping post the lockdown due to the global pandemic.

The Origin of Things A short-format podcast hosted by Deepak Gopalakrishnan aka Chuck delves into the history brands and companies. Told in a dramatized manner with some creative liberty, you are always left guessing who the story is about till the last minute.

So what are you favourites?

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Nadir currently leads the Business Development division at a digital agency. Prior to this he spent just over a decade in TV and digital video production – producing, directing, developing content and writing.  www.linkedin.com/in/nadir-kanthawala-47249814/

Peter is a marketing guy. He has a decade experience with companies ranging from startups to public listed companies. http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterkotikalapudi

Episode 44 – Online Education – The Journey so far

For a parent, a child’s education is of utmost importance. They will turn the world upside down to get the best for their kids. Little did they know, with work from home came online schooling and now they are going to remain in that upside down world for some time

Every idea needs time for it to either succeed or fail and online education falls right in the middle. There is the “good” balanced with the “bad”, in this episode Peter Pop and Nadir Pop delve into the different aspects of online education (primary) along with a gentleman who did his English Literature Honours and went ahead and got an MBA from IIM Bangalore, Rohit Sarma knows a thing or two about getting a good education.

I think it is safe to assume that none of us, and I mean NONE OF US, saw online education coming, at least in the primary sector. Yes, we have the new ed tech companies mushrooming everywhere but your very own brick and mortar schools going digital that was hard to digest. And yet it was the need to the hour.

Peter Pop moderated the episode where Rohit and Nadir Pop spoken extensively about our children’s online school experiences – From patient teachers to impatient parents and everything in between.

Go ahead give the episode a whirl and let us know if you have any experiences to share with us.

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You can also listen to other education based episodes that POPS IN A POD produced. You can check them out below:

EP 36 – New Education Policy 2020

EP 34 – Grades, marks and everything in between

EP 33 – Selecting Schools

EP 32 – Pre school education – Jeetu Karsan

Nadir currently leads the Business Development division at a digital agency. Prior to this Nadir spent a decade in TV and digital video production – producing, directing, developing content and writing.  www.linkedin.com/in/nadir-kanthawala-47249814/  

Peter is a marketing guy. He has a decade experience with companies ranging from startups to public listed companies. http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterkotikalapudi

Episode 43 – Entrepreneur Parents -Shradha Sud (Mama Couture)

Shradha Sud had a telling journey to entrepreneurship, she’s been a corporate lawyer for 13 years before founding her very own maternity fashion label – Mama Couture. And she didn’t have to look very far to come up with this idea, her own pregnancy led to a light-bulb moment and the path to become an entrepreneur became very clear.

Shradha brought up something fascinating during her chat, she said that India was in the midst of a start-up revolution and she was drawn by that entrepreneurship energy but it was all about a social cause directed towards women. It was during her pregnancy that she came up with the idea for Mama Couture, listen more about that journey in the episode.

She goes on to talk about the perfect marriage of fashion and comfort especially in the maternity clothing range because it is so important for even working women to feel motivated when you have something stylish and comfortable to wear to work. With the population of India and the number of pregnancies that happen in this country it is truly alarming that we didn’t have a brand that represented these women.

Go ahead have a listen to the entire episode on what Shradha has to say about the women of India, her venture Mama Couture and work life balance

Episode 42 – Parenting in Cobra Kai

We love doing podcasts around entertainment. It just pushes us in a fantasy-fiction world and try and imagine what it’s like to live the life of those characters, especially the parents.

This week we picked up Cobra Kai which is currently streaming on Netflix and both Peter Pop and Nadir Pop ended up watching with of our own accord. So it was a very obvious choice for our film episode.

Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso are character that are on two ends of the spectrum as people and especially as parents and both have their own interesting traits and flaws.

We discuss the different facets of parents, especially Lawrence and Larusso, in the Cobra Kai episode. So go ahead and listen to it and let us know what you think about it.

If you have any film or show suggestions that you would like us to dissect then please write to us on social media or you can mail us on popsinapod@gmail.com

Episode 41 – Parenting during the festive season Pt.2

Maitri Verma little fixes podcast

In Part 2 of Parenting During Festivals Peter Pop and Nadir Pop are joined by fellow podcaster Maitri Verma of the Little Fixes Podcast. Maitri shares how she celebrated her lockdown birthday, her experiences with her daughter during the festive season and more.

Little Fixes Podcast talks to experts from various fields and chat about career, self-care, mental health, social-media tips, fitness, parenting and relationships. Their honest stories, experiences and ideas help you thrive and take you closer to the kind of life you want to live. The podcast is in Hinglish and love to laugh.

Episode 40 – Parenting during the festive season

This season is going to be a strange one as far as festivals is concerned, especially for a country like India, where its people just needs an excuse to celebrate, make merry and get out of their homes. 2020 will be the year of non-celebratory celebrations. The spirit is there but heavily waned. Nadir Pop is loving this whereas Peter Pop not so much because he is going to miss all the food.

Although both of us feel bad for our kids because being trapped in the home for 6 months is not easy. And now to go about celebrating festivals without all the fun and fanfare… it’s going to be worse.

On this episode the Peter Pop and Nadir Pop share their stories and experiences of parenting during the season of festivals and what it was like to deal with a kid such crowded events. Be it weddings or other ceremonious events, “having fun” has changed forever for them.

Stay tuned for Part 2 with a guest, a mom podcaster who shares her perspective on parenting during festivals.

Episode 39 – Entrepreneur Parents – Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik – Slurrp Farm

In this edition of Entrepreneur Parents we have a really fun chat with Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik, founders of Slurrp Farm.

Meghana and Shauravi were such delightful guests to talk to. Their brand image is a clear extension of their gregarious personality. They spoke to us in detail about their journey moving from a power suit jobs to plunging into the tough world of entrepreneurship.

It was never going to be easy but these champions made it happen, they stuck to the plan (and each other) to achieve what they set out to get. And all this while balancing their professional and parental roles.

Meghana and Shauravi explained in detail how they went about their research, speaking with food technologist, preparing the product, diving into their family recipes, sampling with the neighbours before taking it live to the market.

We also discussed the importance of family support especially when you get into business and what a rock solid family support they received.

Go ahead and have a listen to this episode. Not only was it fun but very informative as well.

If you have an interesting story to tell then please do write to us on popsinapod@gmail.com . We would also be happy to receive your feedback and suggestions on the podcast.

Episode 38 – When I Grow Up by Pratha Shetty

As dads we are constantly looking for content that marshals the cause of equality through gender or otherwise. When we received a mail from Pratha Shetty we were so excited about her book because we realised that such a deep and complicated topic need to be inculcated at a very young age. This is what her book tries to do.

The beauty of When I Grow Up is that it doesn’t necessarily need to be given ONLY to a girl child but we insist that every boy also reads it to comprehend the concept of achievement.

Children need to realise and accept the fact that achievement has nothing to do with gender at all. We want today’s kids to look at achievement as a human thing and nothing else. If you endeavour and are passionate about something then go ahead and make it happen.

This is where parenting comes into focus, we need to help our children realise their hunger and drive to achieve something in life and we must provide the guiding light on a dark road.

Peter Pop and Nadir Pop spoke intensely with Pratha on the role of men and women in our society and what we all need to do, to give courage not just to our children but to each other. This episode is just not about gender equality but about hope for the future generation.

When I Group Up is available on Amazon Notionpress

Episode 37 – Parenting in Bollywood Films – Hindi Medium

Films are a great source of entertainment, more so, every Bollywood films. And a lot of times you learn a thing or two about the society. You can relate to the story or the characters in the film.

Something similar happened to us when we watched the Bollywood film HINDI MEDIUM where a couple from old Delhi (Chandani Chowk), India aspire to give their daughter the best school education and do unimaginable things to get her there, even if it means stooping really low, literally.

The film stars the late actor Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar as the disgruntled parents. They are also supported by veteran actor Amrita Singh, and character actor Deepak Dobriyal.

We discussed the role of the parents in the film and the journey they go on to secure the admission of their only daughter. The film opens with establishing the fact that with every new generation the level of modernity keeps rising, which is great for human evolution but not everyone embraces modern fixes.

Here are some of the things that we could really relate to:

Iss des mein angrezi zaban nahin hain, class hai

TRANSLATION – “In this country English is not a language but a class”.

It’s amazing how much this holds true in our society, especially with the National Education Policy updated last month. It’s a classic struggle of Hindi speaking parents and English speaking parents. We also discuss the importance of knowing local languages in your own country.

  • How every parent is concerned about mosquitoes in their child’s lives. It’s almost as if they’ve found a fix to Coronavirus
  • Parents made sanitizing a thing before we were hit by COVID-19
  • If a child goes to a government/public school she will not learn anything and the “elite” class of the society will judge them and will not befriend their daughter.
  • The things you have to do to secure the admission for your child and yes parents fo to weird lengths to make it happen. Of course the film exaggerates a tad too much but the stuff they do in the first half of the film is spot on.
  • Consultant scene is very true. The kind of pressure they put on parents is ridiculous. We know parents who have done this, not just prepping up the child but also the parents as to how to talk in an interview. It’s absurd.
  • We also had a conversation on how school boards prefer professional parents as opposed to “small business owners” and it’s kind of absurd to think like that and these parents resort to donations, fake jobs and all sorts of other illicit fixes just to get their kid into that school
  • The biggest aspect that we took away from the film is that this entire school admission situation creates visible issues between husband and wife and it can in certain cases cause problems in the relationship simply because both of them are not on the same page.
  • The end of the film brings up something very thought-provoking about the English language

The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime

If you have an interesting story or a great film recommendation either Indian or international then please do write to us on popsinapod@gmail.com . We would also be happy to receive your feedback and suggestions on the podcast.

Episode 36 – National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 – Bright future for India?

The new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a massive update to India’s education policy. The last time a new education policy was brought into effect was back in 1986 before India’s economy was liberalised. That’s the broad framework on which our current education system rests on.

5 years in the making, it went through multiple drafts before the cabinet approved it on 29th August 2020. It seems that it has left the country divided on various fronts but the most talked about aspect is the medium of instruction, which we have discussed at length in this episode.

The NEP 2020 seems like a robust document and they have said all the right things but we will only be able to tell if it worked once it has been implemented in the year 2030. Yep! we have to wait for another 10 years for it to come into effect.

Peter Pop and Nadir Pop hand picked a few interesting points in the 60 odd page document and discussed it on the episode.

  • The most crucial and important one is the medium of instruction in home/state/local language apart from English only
  • Recognizing, identifying, and fostering the unique capabilities of each student
  • No hard separation between arts and sciences, between curricular and extra-curricular activities, between vocational and academic streams, etc. in
  • The change from the current 10+2 system to a 5+3+3+4 system
  • Emphasis on conceptual understanding rather than rote learning and learning-for-exams
  • Creativity and critical thinking to encourage logical decision-making and innovation; ethics and human & Constitutional values like empathy, respect for others, cleanliness, courtesy, democratic spirit, spirit of service
  • Extensive use of technology in teaching and learning, removing language barriers, increasing access for Divyang students, and educational planning and management;
  • Life skills such as communication, cooperation, teamwork, and resilience
  • A pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) of under 30:1 will be ensured at the level of each school; areas having large numbers of socio-economically disadvantaged students will aim for a PTR of under 25:1.
  • Educators to significantly reduce the weight of school bags and textbooks.
  • Discourage dropouts

Peter Pop and Nadir Pop have a though-provoking discussion on the above pointers and also tried to answer some basic questions through the lens of a parent

  • Will affect us as parents considering we have toddlers at our homes?
  • Will lead to our kids will not having the stress and anxiety of exams?
  • Will this put less pressure on us for our kids to perform? Will we still chase marks because clearly the policy has completely watered it down
  • What about extra classes? Music, arts, sports, etc. Will these gaps be filled with the new regime?
  • Do we have something to look forward to?

You can read the complete document here