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Melting Pot shares some human stories from all over the world though conversations with inspiring and interesting people. Despite there being so many diverse cultures, languages, physical appearances, geographical boundaries and locations; there is just one commonality binding us altogether and that is the human story. The commonality between these people is passion or a calling and they have dared to make it their personal reality, by following their dreams, some have tried to introduce unknown aspects of their culture to the world, others have simply made it a way of life and then there are yet others who have made a difference and transformed lives. Payal has been in awe of most of her guests through her podcasting journey so far and she feels humbled at how they have opened up their hearts and shared their life stories with her which she is then able to bring to listeners from all over the world to enjoy, listen, appreciate, absorb and take away from. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Melting Pot shares some human stories from all over the world though conversations with inspiring and interesting people. Despite there being so many diverse cultures, languages, physical appearances, geographical boundaries and locations; there is just one commonality binding us altogether and that is the human story. The commonality between these people is passion or a calling and they have dared to make it their personal reality, by following their dreams, some have tried to introduce unknown aspects of their culture to the world, others have simply made it a way of life and then there are yet others who have made a difference and transformed lives. Payal has been in awe of most of her guests through her podcasting journey so far and she feels humbled at how they have opened up their hearts and shared their life stories with her which she is then able to bring to listeners from all over the world to enjoy, listen, appreciate, absorb and take away from. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Location:

Singapore

Description:

Melting Pot shares some human stories from all over the world though conversations with inspiring and interesting people. Despite there being so many diverse cultures, languages, physical appearances, geographical boundaries and locations; there is just one commonality binding us altogether and that is the human story. The commonality between these people is passion or a calling and they have dared to make it their personal reality, by following their dreams, some have tried to introduce unknown aspects of their culture to the world, others have simply made it a way of life and then there are yet others who have made a difference and transformed lives. Payal has been in awe of most of her guests through her podcasting journey so far and she feels humbled at how they have opened up their hearts and shared their life stories with her which she is then able to bring to listeners from all over the world to enjoy, listen, appreciate, absorb and take away from. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Language:

English


Episodes

A journey of courageous adventures as a journalist with Sarah Mcdonald

1/21/2021
Meet the very talented Sarah Mcdonald, the director of Makewaves, an award winning film company. With incredible experience as a creative individual and her passion for human rights, hear Sarah's intriguing journey as a journalist who was born and raised in New Zealand. From her journey with BBC in the UK from the age of 20 to moving to a more documented style of journalism, Sarah talks about the journey of Makewaves, developing her skills in production and investigation, her role as an...

Duration:00:39:37

A sneak peek into the life of well known Israeli singer-songwriter and actor, Idan Amedi

1/14/2021
An acclaimed Israeli singer-songwriter and a martial arts expert, Idan Amedi has been very recently recognized for his performance in the Netflix series, Fauda. In conversation with Melting Pot, Idan talks about his simple early childhood years, his Kurdish-Jewish family background, his love for music and his family and most importantly an advice for young artists who are currently in a state of confusion and become successful in the music industry. From releasing four albums to working...

Duration:00:45:21

Lubomila Jordanova Founder and CEO of PlanA.Earth, a Berlin-based startup

1/7/2021
Originally from Bulgaria, Lubomila Jordanova is the founder and CEO of PlanA.Earth, a Berlin-based startup developing an algorithm which predicts where and how climate change will hit the hardest. Lubomila also recently founded the Greentech Alliance a community of 300+ startups and holds years of experience in the finance industry as an investment banker and venture capitalist in Asia and Europe. Recently announced as Marshall Fund Fellow for 2021 and 30 under 30 Social...

Duration:00:20:50

Zafer Elcik, Turkish Social Entrepreneur & the Founder of Otsimo

12/31/2020
We welcome 2021 with our conversation with Zafer Elcik, the founder of Otsimo. Zafer identifies himself as a multi disciplinary computer scientist and is a young role model for the autistic community. As a social entrepreneur based in Turkey, Zafer is working to make a change in the education sector with special focus on children with autism. Zafer talks about Otsimo's work as a powerhouse creating affordable, easily accessible and impactful educational materials for families and...

Duration:00:33:18

The life of Singapore Entrepreneur Weiting Tan

12/28/2020
Weiting Tan has worked in leadership roles in an array of industries, such as Human Resources and Technology. Now he has unleashed his entrepreneurial spirit to launch a new startup called El Masnou. El Masnou is a collective of passionate, yet quirky, individuals who constantly seek to create experiences that bring joy, excitement, and delight, through its work. The new company was named after a place in Catalonia, Spain, which also translates from the Catalan language to mean “the new...

Duration:00:23:00

Year End Reflections with host Payal Nayar

12/24/2020
It’s hard to believe how the year has just flown by. Lives of millions of people have been impacted by the covid-19. Precious lives have been lost and many are grieving for their loved ones who were suddenly taken away from them because of the pandemic. But for millions of others who have been fortunate, 2020 has been a year of reflection and self exploration. Host Payal Nayar reflects on her podcasting journey, why she started the podcast, the insights and meaningful conversations she has...

Duration:00:06:30

The Artist Within Tsuyumi Miwa

12/21/2020
Originally from Nagoya, Japan, Tsuyumi was involved with the arts from a young age. After a career in TV and Radio, she moved to Singapore in 2012. Now in a new chapter of life, she has dusted off my easel and rediscovered her love of painting. She is currently establishing herself in the local arts scene. Colour and light are very important to her as her artworks are an expression of feeling. Her works are often interpretive rather than photo-realistic and because of this she prefers not...

Duration:00:28:58

Finding her voice in a memoir with Jaishree Misra

12/17/2020
Jaishree Misra is an Indian author whose debut novel Ancient Promises was published and sold worldwide by Penguin UK and became a major bestseller in India. It is now a prescribed text on several University BA Eng Literature courses. Her most recent book ('A House for Mr Misra') is an amusing non-fiction account of building a studio by the sea in her home state of Kerala. It is also her first work of non-fiction. Jaishree has an MA in English Language & Literature and two post-graduate...

Duration:00:34:24

From a passion to a life mission with Tri Phan

12/14/2020
At the age of 19, Tri Phan was named the first-ever Vietnamese MasterChef Runner-up. But his food journey started way earlier, from turning his hobby into a passion and now it is an ongoing life mission. Since then, Tri has been continuously honing his skills through various apprenticeships and jobs. He is currently based at Spiced, a coworking and hangout space and is keeping himself busy with Spiced signature community lunch, selective food consultancy, menu development and...

Duration:00:40:27

Lost at 15, Found at 50 with Ashwini Devare

12/10/2020
By the time she was in her late teens, author and journalist Ashwini Devare had lived in six countries. As the daughter of an IFS officer, Ashwini was witness to life in the Soviet Union, Burma, Sikkim and Seoul. Her latest book, Lost at 15, Found at 50: Travel, trials and tribulations in foreign lands is a memoir where the Singapore based author reflects on her life and growing up in countries across the world, against the backdrop of major historical events. The Times of India describes...

Duration:00:26:38

Baking their way to success with Jerome Buzenet

12/7/2020
By profession Jerome is a corporate lawyer in Vietnam. But during weekends, he swapped his briefcase for the apron and rolling pin to pursue his passion for baking. Now he is a born owner of Café Tartine Saïgon, a café-bakery focusing on sourdough. At the age of 11 he was working on weekends and on school holidays at a small mountain village in the south of France at the border with Italy. Since then he occasionally home baked bread until he got into the magic world of sourdough about 3...

Duration:00:21:43

Original Art for a Cause ft. Hanming Wang

12/3/2020
Hanming works in the tech sector and calls Singapore her home. She is also an artist and illustrator. What started as a casual brunch conversation with her friend Aditi turned into this charity fundraising campaign for this season of gifting. Together they are running an Art Sale-cum-Charity-Fundraiser from 20 November to 15 December 2020 where everyone can gift an artwork of Hanming to your loved ones this festive season and give back to the community.:...

Duration:00:18:58

Integrating mindfulness practice into high pressured corporate life with Subba Vaidyanathan

11/26/2020
After 3 decades of corporate life, Subba Vaidyanathan swapped his high-pressure world of Finance and Banking to focus on preparing leaders and organisations for a fast-changing world. The experienced mindfulness practitioner and corporate leader, has a deep personal practice of yoga and meditation spanning 20 years. His fifteen years of annual practice of silence & solitude has been the source of many of the programs that he runs today. He is also well researched in the ancient wisdom of...

Duration:00:31:49

A Life in Art with Sunil Padwal

11/19/2020
Bold, simple, immaculate - are a few adjectives that would describe Sunil Padwal and his work. They catch your eye even if you are just passing by and this glimpse takes you into a journey of thought and reflection. Every time you view Sunil's paintings they reveal a new facet, pushing you into a new realm of thought. We speak to renowned Mumbai visual artist Sunil Padwal about his artistic journey and the process to create his paintings. Sunil Padwal’s recent solo exhibitions...

Duration:00:32:46

The journey from Chef to content creation with Justin Foo

11/12/2020
At an early age of 16, Justin Foo embarked on his career with food and never looked back. During his fourteen years experience in the business, Justin has worn his chef hat and led teams operations in both food and media industries. Since 2017, Justin has shifted his focus to producing videos and events, taking advantage of his unique position as both a chef and content producer. Despite having travelled much around the world, he maintains a strong passion for Singaporean food and her hawker...

Duration:00:33:51

Life lessons learned in poker from professional player Rishabh Chawla

11/5/2020
Underneath the poker face is a quick-witted, well-travelled professional poker player who is all about striking a balance in his life. Rishabh Chawla, co-owner of India's largest growing poker community, IPPA - India Poker Players’ Association, talks about his game plan for work and life. For a quick insight into business strategy and growth, tune in to the latest episode of Melting Pot and discover his entrepreneurial spark. Original music credit: Rish Sharma. His music is available on...

Duration:00:29:25

How Holistic Health Impacts Your Wellness from Chiara Squinzi and Pascale Fioretti

10/29/2020
Holistic Health is an ancient approach to health that considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body and spirit. La Holista is the story of two women coming together with a mission to transform lives through wellness. Besides wholesome foods and drinks, La Holista offers a range of services such as lunch deliveries, cooking classes, hikes, retreats, after-school activities, documentary screenings, corporate consulting,...

Duration:00:37:09

Using technology to drive positive change with Federico Folcia

10/22/2020
Federico Folcia wants to use technology to make a meaningful impact and drive positive change in our communities. The CEO and founder of Crane is passionate about improving the quality of life of our silver generation. Crane is a Singapore based ecosystem for lifelong learning born to help different generations of people relate and socialise based on common interests, in an inclusive and affordable way. Federico is also the founder of Powerhouse, a business innovation firm helping companies...

Duration:00:22:02

From High School Dropout To Successful Businesswoman Brittany Cosgrove

10/15/2020
Brittany wants people to feel strong and empowered by the Nope Sisters clothing and use them as a tool for change, just like herself. The high school dropout found success in running her own business. Nope Sisters was originally started by Brittany and her sister and is now just run by her as a way of starting conversations about social issues that need to be addressed. Original music credit: Rish Sharma. His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming...

Duration:00:25:45

Eye surgeon turned writer Shibal Bhartiya

10/8/2020
Shibal Bhartiya is an eye surgeon who has transformed lives through her expertise in India. She also is the founder of Vision Unlimited, a bootstrap social organisation, involved in skill transfer, disaster relief, food security and health care access. Apart from a million prescriptions, she regularly writes up randomised control trials on glaucoma for medical journals, and contributes to major textbooks of ophthalmology. However, that’s not all, her other writing consists of notes to...

Duration:00:37:43