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At Baachu Scribble, our mission is to DEMOCRATISE THE BIDDING KNOWLEDGE, sharing best free bid and proposal content in the known universe. One way we will be accomplishing this goal is through our NEW Podcast - Scribble TALK. Scribble Talk is a weekly show produced by Baachu Scribble and hosted by Baskar Sundaram and Ashley Kayes (Season 1) ​ Every week, we will be sitting down with our industry veterans to share their stories, discuss their career, and learn how to make an impact in the industry. https://baachuscribble.com/scribbletalkpodcast/

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At Baachu Scribble, our mission is to DEMOCRATISE THE BIDDING KNOWLEDGE, sharing best free bid and proposal content in the known universe. One way we will be accomplishing this goal is through our NEW Podcast - Scribble TALK. Scribble Talk is a weekly show produced by Baachu Scribble and hosted by Baskar Sundaram and Ashley Kayes (Season 1) ​ Every week, we will be sitting down with our industry veterans to share their stories, discuss their career, and learn how to make an impact in the industry. https://baachuscribble.com/scribbletalkpodcast/

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@baachuworks

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English

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Episodes
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Scribble Talk Teaching - Episode 33 - AI Powered Bidder - AI Tools, Hacks & Ask Me Anything (AMA) March

4/2/2024
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Duration:00:52:29

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Scribble Talk Teaching - Episode 31 - AI Powered Bidder - AI Tools, Hacks & Ask Me Anything (AMA) October

10/22/2023
Welcome, eager minds, to an extraordinary edition of AI Unveiled! 🚀 Do you recall our thrilling "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session last October, where we explored the vast universe of AI tools and technologies? Brace yourselves, because we've refined and prepared a mesmerizing auditory adventure just for you! Embark with us on a compelling journey as we decode the marvels of Microsoft Co-Pilot and ChatGPT Enterprise, two giants reshaping the AI landscape. Dive into the brilliance of Microsoft Co-Pilot, a revolutionary creation that has taken the software development world by storm. Discover how Co-Pilot accelerates the coding process, generating intricate code snippets and offering intelligent suggestions, thereby redefining the way developers collaborate and innovate. Learn about real-world applications where Co-Pilot has streamlined complex coding tasks and amplified the efficiency of development teams. Then, immerse yourselves in the sophistication of ChatGPT Enterprise, a pinnacle of conversational AI developed by OpenAI. Explore its versatility in transforming customer support, sales, and marketing endeavors. Delve into the realm of personalized customer interactions, as ChatGPT Enterprise seamlessly engages users, enhances customer satisfaction, and propels businesses toward unprecedented success. But our exploration doesn't end there. Engage with us as we dissect the nuances of these cutting-edge technologies. Delve into the ethical considerations surrounding their usage, ponder the challenges faced by businesses in their implementation, and contemplate the boundless future possibilities they unlock. Hold your breath as we unravel intriguing insights and tackle thought-provoking questions live. Participate in our exclusive "AI Empowered Writer 1 Day Workshop" giveaway, where you can immerse yourself in the art of crafting AI-driven narratives. Are you ready for the most comprehensive, insightful, and exhilarating AI odyssey of the season? Let's embark on this thrilling journey into the heart of Microsoft Co-Pilot and ChatGPT Enterprise together! 🎧 Support the Show.

Duration:00:46:28

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Scribble Talk Teaching - Episode 31 - AI Powered Bidder - AI Tools, Hacks & Ask Me Anything (AMA) September

10/2/2023
Welcome, future AI pioneers, to a SEPTEMBER edition of Scribble Talk Teaching! 🌐 Support the Show.

Duration:01:10:54

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Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 8 with Jane Elliot (Childhood Indoctrination, Removing Indoctrination, Reaction to MLK Assassination, Blue/Black Eyes Excercise, Impact on Kids,, Witnessed discrimination, Justice = Just Us, Question of Race, Stereotype

9/18/2023
In this captivating episode, we have the privilege of hosting a truly exceptional figure, Jane Elliott. She's not just a globally recognized educator, lecturer, and diversity trainer; she's a unique voice with profound insights that seem to have sprung from a prejudice-free vacuum. Honored with the prestigious National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, Jane Elliott has dedicated her life to shedding light on the baselessness of prejudice and bigotry. Her journey, marked by fearless determination, has left an indelible mark on the world. Jane Elliott's story unfolds in response to the tragic event of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968, when she conceived the groundbreaking "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise." This transformative experiment, now celebrated worldwide, assigns individuals as inferior or superior based solely on their eye color, immersing them in the profound experience of marginalization. Through lectures, workshops, and videos, Jane Elliott's teachings continue to impact all who encounter them. Listening to Jane Elliott is like entering a world where insightful opinions flow effortlessly, as if she were born in a prejudice-free vacuum. With unwavering determination, she dismantles defenses, prompting profound introspection and stirring uncomfortable emotions. We cannot shy away from the discomfort and unease she invokes as she fearlessly challenges, exposes, and confronts. In the midst of these stark moments, Jane Elliott emerges as a beacon of inspiration, motivating us all to confront our biases and embrace the transformative power of change. Join us as we delve into her extraordinary insights and the enduring legacy of her work. Support the Show.

Duration:01:59:50

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Scribble Talk Teaching - Episode 30 - AI Powered Bidder - AI Tools, Hacks & Ask Me Anything (AMA) August - Perplexity's Edge Over ChatGPT, GPT-5 Unveiled, McKinsey's Forecast, EU AI Act's Challenge, Advanced Conversational AI Rise, Hireguide's Interview

9/4/2023
Welcome, future AI pioneers, to a special edition of Scribble Talk Teaching! 🌐 Remember our high-octane "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) webinar in August, where we dived deep into AI tools, tricks, and trends? Now, it's been revamped, enriched, and ready for your ears! "Journey with us as we decode the prowess of Perplexity AI, a formidable counterpart to ChatGPT, now reimagined for precise web searches, equipped with citations for every query. Discover the mystique of Claude v2.0 and immerse yourself in Quora’s cutting-edge Platform for Open Exploration (POE). Stay updated with the latest in AI news, and dissect McKinsey's piercing insights into Generative AI's ripple effect on our workforce. But the marvels don't end there. Step into the contentious ground where not a single foundational American model meets the rigorous EU AI Act rules. Hungry for more? Unravel the distinctions between GPT-5 and its predecessor, GPT-4, and understand the monumental rise of advanced conversational AI. Meet Pi, boasting the most refined EQ amongst chatbots, and familiarize yourself with Hireguide, the game-changing AI-driven platform revolutionizing interviews and enhancing candidate experiences. Hold tight as we tackle 25 burning AI-themed questions live, offering you an exclusive gateway to our "AI Empowered Writer 1 Day Workshop". Share, win, and delve deep with us into the intriguing 'Psychology of Money'. Ready for the most authoritative, comprehensive, and exhilarating AI odyssey of August? Let's dive in together! 🎧" Support the Show.

Duration:00:46:22

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Scribble Talk Teaching - Episode 29 - AI Powered Bidder - AI Tools, Hacks & Ask Me Anything (AMA) July - AI Triumphs & Tools: 20+ Success Tales, Latest AI News, NIST Framework, PMP's AI Shift, and Mastering ChatGPT with Google Search Plugins"

9/2/2023
"Gear up for an AI rollercoaster this July! 🌟 Kickstart with heartening stories of 20+ AI victories that redefine success. Stay abreast with the top 10+ AI tools and groundbreaking news shaking the AI realm. Delve deep into the intricacies of the NIST AI Risk Framework and explore the novel twist in PMP's Project Management Certification that now embraces AI. For the ChatGPT enthusiasts, we've got a treat! Master the art of fusing ChatGPT with Google search through three game-changing plugins. And as a cherry on top, get acquainted with the futuristic vibes of Perplexity AI and the revamped wonders of Claude v2.0. Plug in for a whirlwind of AI insights, revelations, and hands-on guides. Let's ride the AI wave together! 🎧" Dive into a captivating exploration of AI’s grip on our world! 🌐 This isn't just a podcast; it’s your golden ticket 🎫. We're rolling out 35 fresh, AI-driven sessions spanning the globe from North America to APAC. Whether you're in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, India, Africa, the Middle East, or the APAC region, we've got you covered. Take this chance to amplify your bidding and proposal prowess with next-gen AI strategies. Why settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Elevate above the crowd, sharpen your bidding game, and watch your business or career trajectory skyrocket. 🌌 Check out our live workshops at https://baachuscribble.com/live%20workshops/? And that’s not where it ends! Our commitment to you goes beyond a one-off session. Our course materials get a monthly makeover, ensuring you're always a step ahead. As part of our elite alumni, get exclusive quarterly invites to refresher courses. Stay sharp, stay updated, stay unbeatable. Plug in, power up, and let Baachu AI guide you to the future of bidding and proposals. Register TODAY and harness the AI revolution! 🎧" Support the Show.

Duration:00:46:54

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Scribble Talk Teaching - Episode 28 - AI Powered Bidder - AI Tools, Hacks & Ask Me Anything (AMA) June - Bing in ChatGPT, Google's Bard Wonders, ForeFront & Ora AI Spotlight, Top Sales Tools, UK's AI Summit, and 45 New Bootcamps & Workshops

8/29/2023
Welcome, future AI pioneers, to a special edition of Scribble Talk Teaching! 🌐 Remember our high-octane "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) webinar in June, where we dived deep into AI tools, tricks, and trends? Now, it's been revamped, enriched, and ready for your ears! Prepare to be spellbound as we unravel June's most electrifying AI revelations! 🌐 First off, imagine ChatGPT, but supercharged with Bing, delivering unparalleled real-time answers right from the web's vast expanse. Got it? That's what's coming your way! But the marvels don't stop there. Dive deep into the mystique of Google's Bard Workspace: from the magic of instant 'Googling' to generating three immersive drafts at the snap of your fingers and even beaming Bard responses directly to Gmail or Docs. It's pure sorcery! And there’s more brewing on the horizon. Ever heard of ForeFront AI and Ora AI? We’re about to take you on a tantalizing tour! For all the sales enthusiasts out there, gear up for a masterclass on cutting-edge presentation tools, showcasing the might of Remini, VennGage, Designs AI, Slides.AI, Decktopus, and Tome. And if you're seeking to be at the forefront of AI advancements, look no further! The UK is setting the stage this autumn for a groundbreaking global summit on AI safety. 🌍 To top it all, if you're hungry to supercharge your AI journey, get the inside scoop on 45 freshly minted AI bootcamps and workshops ready to catapult you to new heights spanning the globe from North America to APAC. Whether you're in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, India, Africa, the Middle East, or the APAC region, we've got you covered. Take this chance to amplify your bidding and proposal prowess with next-gen AI strategies. Why settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Elevate above the crowd, sharpen your bidding game, and watch your business or career trajectory skyrocket. 🌌 Check out our live workshops at https://baachuscribble.com/live%20workshops/? And that’s not where it ends! Our commitment to you goes beyond a one-off session. Our course materials get a monthly makeover, ensuring you're always a step ahead. As part of our elite alumni, get exclusive quarterly invites to refresher courses. Stay sharp, stay updated, stay unbeatable. Plug in, power up, and let Baachu AI guide you to the future of bidding and proposals. Register TODAY and harness the AI revolution! 🎧" So, buckle up, tune in, and embark on this exhilarating AI expedition with us! 🎧"* Support the Show.

Duration:00:51:43

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Scribble Talk Teaching - Episode 27 - AI Powered Bidder - AI Tools, Hacks & Ask Me Anything (AMA) May 2023 - ChatGPT Privacy, GPT Zero Detection, Power Bidding to $61M, and a Special Announcement" 🌌

8/27/2023
Welcome, future AI pioneers, to a special edition of Scribble Talk Teaching! 🌐 Remember our high-octane "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) webinar in May, where we dived deep into AI tools, tricks, and trends? Now, it's been revamped, enriched, and ready for your ears!Step into the dazzling world of AI breakthroughs and mysteries! 🌐 This episode is your passport to the hidden alleyways of OpenAI's ChatGPT privacy features. Ever paused to marvel at the magic behind AI Detectors, especially the awe-striking GPT Zero? Well, lean in, because we're spilling the beans! 🕵️ Now, imagine supercharging your tasks – be it content creation, presentations, videos, or writing – with top-tier, budget-friendly AI tools. Sound too good to be true? It’s reality, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way! 🚀 Stay ahead of the curve with the latest scoop on AI regulations sweeping from the bustling streets of the UK 🇬🇧, across the vast landscapes of the US 🇺🇸, to the rich cultures of Europe 🇪🇺. As we dig deep, witness the mastery behind securing a staggering $61m through 12 bids in just 10 exhilarating weeks, all thanks to our trusty sidekick, ChatGPT. But wait, there’s a twist! 🌀 Navigate the art and science of AI-powered bidding and proposals through our exclusive three-phase blueprint. And here's a golden nugget: avoid the pitfalls of misleading AI chatter and stay alert when diving into sponsored industry events. They may not always be what they seem! 🕶️ By the grand finale of this episode, a special announcement awaits! So, grab your headphones, amp up the volume, and join us on this whirlwind AI adventure. Ready, set, explore! 🎧"* Dive into a captivating exploration of AI’s grip on our world! 🌐 This isn't just a podcast; it’s your golden ticket 🎫. We're rolling out 35 fresh, AI-driven sessions spanning the globe from North America to APAC. Whether you're in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, India, Africa, the Middle East, or the APAC region, we've got you covered. Take this chance to amplify your bidding and proposal prowess with next-gen AI strategies. Why settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Elevate above the crowd, sharpen your bidding game, and watch your business or career trajectory skyrocket. 🌌 Check out our live workshops at https://baachuscribble.com/live%20workshops/? And that’s not where it ends! Our commitment to you goes beyond a one-off session. Our course materials get a monthly makeover, ensuring you're always a step ahead. As part of our elite alumni, get exclusive quarterly invites to refresher courses. Stay sharp, stay updated, stay unbeatable. Plug in, power up, and let Baachu AI guide you to the future of bidding and proposals. Register TODAY and harness the AI revolution! 🎧" Support the Show.

Duration:01:04:15

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Scribble Talk Teaching - Episode 26 - AI Powered Bidder - AI Tools, Hacks & Ask Me Anything (AMA) April - AI Impact Analysis: Job Transformations, ChatGPT Tool Insights, and Global Regulation Updates

8/26/2023
Welcome, future AI pioneers, to a special edition of Scribble Talk Teaching! 🌐 Remember our high-octane "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) webinar in April, where we dived deep into AI tools, tricks, and trends? Now, it's been revamped, enriched, and ready for your ears! With Baachu AI, we're reinventing the learning curve. It’s more than just keeping pace - it's about blazing the trail. Ever felt the past held you back? Wave it goodbye! 🚀 In this episode, we dissect the seismic shift AI promises to our job landscape, especially those at high risk. Ever wondered why there are no more lost bidders at the beach? 🏖️ We’ve got you covered. Unlock the boundless potential of merging AI with tasks in capture, proposal, and marketing – it's no longer the future; it’s NOW. 🚀 Stay updated with the latest in AI with our comprehensive news update. Plus, we’ve taken a magnifying glass to the grand release of over 1000 ChatGPT AI Plugin tools this past April, spotlighting 20 of the most transformative tools just for you. But that’s not all! Navigate the intricate web of AI regulations spanning from the UK 🇬🇧 to the US 🇺🇸 to Europe 🇪🇺, and join us as we finally lay to rest the age-old debate of machines versus humans. In the new world order, it's AI + Human. It's coexistence, it’s collaboration, and it’s revolutionary. 🤖💡 End your journey with a reflective dive into the strengths and weaknesses of ChatGPT. By the episode’s end, you'll be nothing short of an AI aficionado! So, plug in, power up, and let’s embark on this AI odyssey together! 🎧"* Dive into a captivating exploration of AI’s grip on our world! 🌐 This isn't just a podcast; it’s your golden ticket 🎫. We're rolling out 35 fresh, AI-driven sessions spanning the globe from North America to APAC. Whether you're in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, India, Africa, the Middle East, or the APAC region, we've got you covered. Take this chance to amplify your bidding and proposal prowess with next-gen AI strategies. Why settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Elevate above the crowd, sharpen your bidding game, and watch your business or career trajectory skyrocket. 🌌 Check out our live workshops at https://baachuscribble.com/live%20workshops/? And that’s not where it ends! Our commitment to you goes beyond a one-off session. Our course materials get a monthly makeover, ensuring you're always a step ahead. As part of our elite alumni, get exclusive quarterly invites to refresher courses. Stay sharp, stay updated, stay unbeatable. Plug in, power up, and let Baachu AI guide you to the future of bidding and proposals. Register TODAY and harness the AI revolution! 🎧" Support the Show.

Duration:00:47:53

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Baachu Talk Equity Matters episode 7 with Beena Pallical (Intersectional Feminist, Dalit Women Leader, General Secretary at UN Mechanisms Engagement, NCDHR-DAAA)

8/16/2023
Introducing Beena J Pallical, a catalyst for change in marginalized communities and a dedicated advocate for gender equality. With unwavering determination, she has ignited policy shifts within both Central and State governments, advocating for the inclusion of Dalit women in policy formulation. Beena J Pallical is an Intersectional Feminist and Dalit women Leader and currently General Secretary, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-DAAA. After about a 10-year stint in the corporate sector in marketing, she decided to move to the social sector because of her interest in human rights and taking up social causes. Over the last thirteen years she has been with the NCDHR working on Dalit Economic Rights. Her focal point remains Economic Justice, meticulously addressing Gender Equity, targeted budgets, fiscal accountability, and governance. For the past five years, her energy has been channeled into enabling youth to access education, yielding scholarships for over 1 lac students across 10 states. She also holds the helm of the Asia Dalit Rights Forum, ensuring Dalit concerns reverberate on both regional and global platforms. A member of the board at Victims Advocate International, Beena champions intersectionality as the bedrock for women's economic freedom and gender equality. Her impact resonates globally, notably through her work with UN mechanisms like OHCHR in Geneva and the High Level Political Forum in New York. As a pioneering Dalit woman, she has been a frontrunner in the sustainable development goals, emphasizing marginalized voices and equitable financial management for their attainment. With fervent dedication, she embodies the ethos of change through capacity building, representation, and a gender-focused lens. Her journey amplifies Dalit and Adivasi voices through international seminars, cultivating stronger policies for effective implementation and forging a brighter future. Support the Show.

Duration:01:24:57

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Baachu Story - Living as the Sun: Embracing the Sun's Light in Buddhism and Tamil Culture - Episode 36

8/8/2023
Welcome back, dear listeners, to episode 36 of our podcast! This is your host Baskar Sundaram, and today, we're diving into a deeply personal and meaningful topic close to my heart - the majestic Sun, its spiritual symbolism in Buddhism, and its deep-rooted resonance in Tamil culture and my personal journey. You may know that my name, Baskar, translates to 'the Sun' in Tamil. The sun, a life-giving force, is the ever-glowing source of all light, warmth, and energy. It's an emblem of enlightenment and growth that resonates deeply in various philosophies and cultures, including Buddhism and my own Tamil heritage. In the realm of Buddhism, the sun symbolizes enlightenment and the illumination of the mind, lighting the path to Nirvana, liberating us from the cycle of existence. Buddha once said, "Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life." Isn't the sun that very fire, that spiritual life that fuels our existence? Allow me to share a compelling story about Buddha and an angry man who spat on his face. Unfazed, Buddha wiped it off without anger, asking, “What next? What do you want to say now?” The man was left speechless. Buddha's response was like the Sun - unaffected and resilient. The angry man's actions only reflected back on him, much like when you spit towards the Sun. This powerful tale of resilience aligns perfectly with a Tamil proverb about the sun, translating to "If a man tries to cover the sun, he would only stand in his own shadow." It's a profound reminder that truth and light will always find their way to shine through, just like the sun. As the sun doesn't cease to shine even when veiled by clouds, individuals of strong character continue to uphold their principles amid adversity. They remain resilient, their inner light illuminating the path for others. I strongly believe that some people radiate positivity, optimism, and strength just like the Sun - undeterred even in the face of adversities. And much like the Sun nurtures life on Earth, we, as individuals, should consider it our duty to nurture, guide, and support those around us, sharing our light and warmth with the world. In the spirit of Buddha, let's strive to be like the Sun - a beacon of light guiding others, remaining resilient in adversity, and always pursuing enlightenment. Remember, "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." My beloved grandmother, a beacon of wisdom in our family and community, predicted that I would carry the energy of the Sun, bringing light and warmth to the world. My parents, deeply moved by her words, named me Baskar. They hoped that I would embody the sun's resilience, warmth, and illumination, becoming a source of light in the lives of those around me. In Tamil tradition, the sun is more than a celestial body. It symbolizes life, illumination, endurance, and hope - the tireless spirit that rises even after the darkest night. Thank you for embarking on this illuminating journey with me today. Remember, embody the Sun's spirit, share your warmth and light, and continue to shine bright, irrespective of the clouds in your path. And for anyone attempting to obscure the light of the Sun, remember the Tamil proverb - you only stand in your own shadow. Stay tuned for our next episode. Until then, let's keep shining like the sun. Support the Show.

Duration:00:14:03

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Baachu Story - Unmasking APMP Board Lies with Tamil Valor: Baskar Sundaram Navigating through Tamil Bravery and Jallikattu Revelations - Episode 35

8/5/2023
Welcome to a new episode of Scribble Talk where we take a thrilling ride into the heart of Tamil culture and bravery, featuring the ancient sport of Jallikattu - a testament to the resilience, courage, and the Tamil spirit. In episode 34, our host Baskar Sundaram, drawing from his rich Tamil heritage, offers an engaging narrative about the vibrant festival of Pongal - a Tamil Thanksgiving celebrating the harvest season, the bonds of community, and symbols of bravery. This episode takes a unique turn as Baskar finds himself at the intersection of Tamil traditions and his professional challenges, finding strength and inspiration in an ancient sport - Jallikattu. Dive deep into the electrifying world of Jallikattu, an ancient bull-taming sport rooted deeply in Tamil culture, celebrated during Pongal. It's not just a sport; it's a symbolic demonstration of human endurance against the raw power of nature, embodied in a bull. This adrenaline-charged tradition serves as a metaphor, reminding us that we are equipped with the determination and inner strength to face our challenges head-on and emerge victorious. Experience the cultural wealth of Tamil Nadu as Baskar shares insights into the role of Jallikattu in preserving native cattle breeds, its significance as a rite of passage for many young men, and the lessons of bravery it holds for us all. Listen to Baskar as he brings to life the vibrant atmosphere of Pongal and the riveting sport of Jallikattu, weaving together threads of culture, tradition, and personal experiences. In the midst of professional challenges, Baskar reflects on the Tamil spirit of bravery - an unwavering commitment to justice, fairness, and the courage to face adversities. Inspired by a popular Tamil saying that acknowledges the emotional strength of motherhood, Baskar highlights that true bravery isn't just about physical strength; it's also about resilience and moral courage. From the legendary Chola Empire's maritime prowess to the enduring vibrancy of the Tamil language, this episode takes listeners on a historical tour, celebrating the tenacity and resilience of the Tamil people. Explore everyday acts of courage in Tamil culture, and be inspired by the words of renowned Tamil poet, Bharathiyar - "Fear not, fear not, there is no room for fear." Join us on this inspiring journey of Scribble Talk as we delve into Tamil traditions, engage with captivating stories, and explore the spirit of bravery through the lens of Tamil culture. Celebrate Pongal with us, embrace the courage of Jallikattu, and share in the resilience of the Tamil spirit in the face of adversity. Get ready for an episode that is as enriching as it is exhilarating. Support the Show.

Duration:00:14:09

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Baachu Story - Debunking Blue Monday: A Journey Towards Everyday Mental Wellness - Episode 34

8/4/2023
Hello, dear listeners! Welcome back to another riveting episode of Scribble Talk. I'm your host, Baskar Sundaram, and today we're unravelling the mystery of what has been dubbed as the "most depressing day of the year"—Blue Monday. You may be asking, "What's Blue Monday?" Traditionally falling on the third Monday of January, it's reputed to be the gloomiest day of the year. But, hold onto your hats, folks, because I'm about to debunk that myth! Blue Monday, in reality, is nothing more than an invention, a whimsical concept with absolutely zero scientific backing. This idea sprouted from a supposed calculation incorporating elements such as dreary weather, lingering post-holiday debts, the disappointment of abandoned New Year's resolutions, and that dreaded Monday morning alarm signaling the end of holiday relaxation. Despite its popularity, remember, this theory isn't grounded in scientific fact. We all have off days, times when we feel down or sad, and that's perfectly normal. Human emotions don't follow a linear path. But it's critical to differentiate between a run-of-the-mill bad day and a genuine mental health issue, which can significantly impact our daily lives. "Why bring up Blue Monday at all then?" you might wonder. Maybe the real purpose behind Blue Monday is to remind us all that mental health is real, vital, and something we should nurture and protect every day. Let's embark on this enlightening journey together and explore some daily steps we can take to bolster our mental health: And lastly, remember, every problem has a solution. Instead of getting bogged down, visualize a different path, focus your attention, and act on it. Distractions will come and go, but it's crucial where we choose to focus our energy and thoughts. In the grand scheme of things, dedicating one day to mental health doesn't cut it. Let's endeavour to make mental wellbeing a priority each and every day of the year. Until next time, folks, take care of yourselves and each other. Support the Show.

Duration:00:12:14

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Baachu Story - A Temple's Tale: The Majestic Vinayagar and My Transformative Mornings in Coimbatore - Episode 33

8/1/2023
Step into a time machine with Baskar Sundaram on Scribble Talk as he embarks on a nostalgic journey back to his school and university days (1995-2003) in Coimbatore, India. Discover a special place he visited daily at 7 am, the Arulmigu Mundhi Vinayagar Temple in Puliyakulam, and meet his old friend - the deity Vinayagar. Constructed in 1993, the temple houses the largest Vinayagar, or Pillayar idol, crafted from a single monolithic stone. Marvel at the awe-inspiring idol standing about 20 feet tall, over 11 feet wide, and weighing a colossal 190 tonnes. Explore how this monumental sculpture was carved over six years by the skilled hands of 21 sculptors. Baskar also shares an intriguing custom practiced in Pillayar temples - Thoppu Karanam or Superbrain Yoga. Laugh along with his school memories of this ritual-turned-punishment that has roots in ancient wisdom. Discover the science behind this seemingly simple exercise of holding earlobes and performing squats - a brain-boosting ritual believed to enhance alertness and consciousness. As Vinayaka Chaturthi, the festival honoring Vinayagar, approaches, Baskar extends his heartfelt wishes for a joyful, colorful, and harmonious celebration. He invites you to spread the message of peace, kindness, and unity in your community. Join him this October, as he plans to revisit the temple and rekindle his connection with Vinayagar, and shares a slice of his past that continues to influence his present. Support the Show.

Duration:00:08:39

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Baachu Story - A Tale of Two Battles: A Son's Tribute to his late father and A Thanksgiving Reflection - Episode 32

7/31/2023
Hello everyone, Baskar Sundaram here. In this deeply personal and emotional episode, I take you through two significant journeys of my life - the battle my beloved father waged against Myeloma, and the path of gratitude I tread every day. Join me as I share the intimate details of my father's struggle with Myeloma and the effects it had on me, both as a son helplessly watching a loved one suffer and as a father striving to shield my own children. I vividly recount the tribulations of taking up my first interim role while battling chicken pox and the life-altering impact it had on me. I dive into the depths of my memories, sharing moments from my father's final years - heartrending, poignant deathbed scenes that have since become engraved in my heart. Through his dedicated efforts to educate his children using his savings, my father taught me lessons that went beyond academia, lessons of sacrifice, love, and resilience. This episode serves as my tribute to him. In the latter half of this emotional journey, I shift gears to something more uplifting - Thanksgiving Day. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to my family, friends, and every individual who's made a difference in my life. I delve into the essence of the old saying, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'Thank You', it will be enough", underlining the immense power of gratitude. I encourage you to find your points of gratitude, even amidst the challenges, and truly embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving. So, bring your tissues and tune in for a journey filled with profound emotions, lessons, gratitude, and a deeper appreciation for the ties that bind us. Support the Show.

Duration:00:32:11

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Baachu Story - Armistice Day Reflections - The Untold Valor of Indian Soldiers in WWI - Episode 31

7/30/2023
Join your host, Baskar Sundaram, as we commemorate Armistice Day with a riveting dive into the unexplored history of Indian soldiers in the First World War. This single episode weaves a three-act narrative, transporting you from the battlefields of the Western Front to the homecoming of these unsung heroes, and finally, contemplating the lasting legacy they left behind. In the first act, we journey back to the early 20th century, when over 1.5 million soldiers from Undivided India were dispatched to fight on foreign soils. Discover how they bravely navigated new cultures, languages, and landscapes, their courage resonating in every bullet fired, every trench dug. The second act focuses on the aftermath of the war, the hero's journey home laden with unseen scars of battle. Feel the palpable struggle as they wrestle for recognition and rights amidst a society grappling with its own transformation. Finally, in the third act, we reflect on their sacrifices and draw lessons for our time. We ask essential questions about why they fought, what they gained, and what these stories teach us about our shared humanity, even in times of conflict. This Armistice Day, let's honor those who fought for our freedom, remember their sacrifices, and learn from their stories. With every tale spun, every lesson learned, we shape a better future. Tune in to Scribble Talk for this extraordinary journey into our shared past. Support the Show.

Duration:00:12:26

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Baachu Story - Making Each Day Count: A Journey to Luxembourg and Discovering the Big Five For Life - Episode 30

7/29/2023
Hello, it's Baskar Sundaram here, inviting you to join me in a truly intriguing episode. Today, I'm going to share the incredible journey I embarked on to Luxembourg, a captivating land rich in history, adorned with picturesque villages, majestic cathedrals, and enchanting castles. Come, let me take you through my adventures of hiking the magical Mullerthal Trail, fondly known as Luxembourg's Little Switzerland. It was a trek that stirred up echoes of my earlier expeditions in the majestic Himalayas. During this journey, I had the fortune to spend time with a dear friend of mine, an NLP trained primary school teacher. She ushered me onto a path of self-discovery, nudging me to confront challenges and open myself up to life-altering perspectives. Together, we dived into "The Big Five For Life" by John Strelecky, a profound exploration of the question: What are the five things you most want to do, see, or experience while you're on this wonderful planet? This exploration led me to a profound contemplation about my life and desires. In this episode, I grapple with the sobering reality of our finite time on Earth and share how this revelation imbued me with a newfound urgency - an urgency to live each day to its fullest. Together, we'll delve into the world of self-discovery, personal change, and growth. This episode is all about shifting our perspective, focusing on the myriad opportunities that encircle us, and leveraging them to unleash our full potential. It's about cherishing and measuring our days not merely by their count but by the rich experiences, personal growth, and fulfillment they bestow upon us. So tune in, embark on this exciting journey with me, and perhaps, you too will find the inspiration to uncover and pursue your own "Big Five." Let's start making each day count, together. Support the Show.

Duration:00:13:58

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Baachu Story - Legacy on the Rugby Field: A Father's Pride, A Son's Triumph - Episode 29

7/28/2023
Hello again, dear friends. It's Baskar Sundaram here, but this time, we're not going to delve into our usual business growth strategies. Instead, I want to invite you into a more personal space, a cherished slice of my life. I'm sure many of you can relate to the whirlwind of emotions that come with parenthood. It's a rollercoaster ride, isn't it? The pride, the concern, the hopes, the fears. And every now and then, there comes a moment that just, well, it takes your breath away. For me, one such moment happened recently when my 11-year-old son, Kai, lifted the U13 2023 Surrey Cedar Cup for his rugby team. Rugby, for those unfamiliar, it's not a sport that pulls any punches, literally and metaphorically. It's a game of physical strength, resilience, and a fighting spirit. And my Kai, he has that in spades. You see, despite his smaller stature, Kai has a heart that's larger than life. Over the past four years, I've watched him take hit after hit, each time bouncing back stronger, that infectious smile never leaving his face. And it's not just about the sport. I've seen a leader being forged in him. The kind of character, determination and team spirit he's been showing - it's truly heartwarming. This whole journey got me thinking about my own childhood. You know, my father left us when I was seven to work in the Middle East. He was away for most of my formative years, sacrificing his time with us to provide for our family. It was hard, I won't lie. But I understood why he did what he did. Now, as a father myself, I have the privilege to be a part of my son's journey. To cheer him on, to support him, to witness his growth first hand. And believe me when I say, it's an absolute honor. So, this is not just a father boasting about his son. No, this is a tribute. A tribute to every parent out there making sacrifices, fighting their own battles to pave a better future for their children. I see you, I salute you. In the end, it's about creating a legacy, isn't it? To pass on the love, dedication, and opportunities for our children. It's a journey, a beautiful, often challenging journey. But together, let's make it count. After all, our children are the future. Their dreams, their successes are the testament of our love. Let's create a future filled with love, sacrifice, and boundless possibilities for generations to come. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing this moment with me. Until next time, dear friends, take care." Support the Show.

Duration:00:08:09

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Baachu Story: Unveiling Adenomyosis - Our Journey Through Silent Struggles - Episode 28

7/26/2023
Join Baskar Sundaram on a deeply personal journey, as he unfolds his wife's ongoing battle with Adenomyosis - a relatively unknown, yet prevalent condition that touches millions of women globally. In this five-part series, Baskar lends his voice to shed light on the silent struggles, exploring various aspects of living with Adenomyosis, and sharing valuable insights into potential treatments, coping strategies, and the power of empathy. His personal story and the lessons learnt aim to start essential conversations and bring this overshadowed condition into the forefront. Support the Show.

Duration:00:08:06

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Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 5 with Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn ( Author of 12 books & 200 journal articles, US Top Diversity Scholar, Professor of Education & Psychology, Dir of Center for the Study of HBCUs at Virginia Union University)

7/25/2023
Today I have the honor of hosting an exceptional guest, Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn. Known as a monumental figure in the realm of education and psychology, Dr. Strayhorn has dedicated his life to deepening our understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, or as we know it, DEIB. His insights have earned him a spot among the country's 'Top Diversity Scholars' by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and he's widely recognized as a 'Bridge-Builder' between academic and student affairs. Dr. Strayhorn's contributions to the field are both extensive and profound. He has authored 12 books, including the award-winning 'College Students' Sense of Belonging', and over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and academic publications. His ground-breaking research has not only garnered over $10 million in support from premiere agencies like the Lumina Foundation and National Science Foundation but has also found its way into numerous respected publications such as The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Strayhorn wears multiple hats. He's the President and CEO of Do Good Work Consulting Group, where he partners with a multitude of institutions to bolster their culture and inclusivity. He's also a professor of Education and Psychology and the Director of the Center for the Study of HBCUs at Virginia Union University, leading their 'Belonging Lab'. His influence extends to being a Diversity Scholar-in-Residence at Harrisburg Area Community College, a Fellow of AGB's Institute for Leadership & Governance, and an active member of several non-profit boards. Notably, he's a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Dr. Strayhorn, we're truly thrilled to have you with us today." One of his core passions is translating research-to-practice in ways that improve the material conditions and lived experiences of our most vulnerable populations. Tune in to the episode and get deep dive insights on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and be inspired by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn's personal experiences Connect with Terrell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrell_Lamont_Strayhorn https://www.linkedin.com/in/terrell-strayhorn-phd/ https://terrellstrayhorn.com/ Support the Show.

Duration:01:35:49