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Join Sameer Desai as he chats with South Asians around the world to uncover their identities, successes, failures, and most importantly, stories. He profiles artists, writers, filmmakers, athletes, entertainers, and many more to discover South Asians who have taken a different path. Visit www.southasianstoriespodcast.com for full list of episodes and show notes!

Join Sameer Desai as he chats with South Asians around the world to uncover their identities, successes, failures, and most importantly, stories. He profiles artists, writers, filmmakers, athletes, entertainers, and many more to discover South Asians who have taken a different path. Visit www.southasianstoriespodcast.com for full list of episodes and show notes!

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United States

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Join Sameer Desai as he chats with South Asians around the world to uncover their identities, successes, failures, and most importantly, stories. He profiles artists, writers, filmmakers, athletes, entertainers, and many more to discover South Asians who have taken a different path. Visit www.southasianstoriespodcast.com for full list of episodes and show notes!

Language:

English


Episodes

Dr. Arati Kreibich – Neuroscientist, council member, and politician and her story running for New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District

6/28/2020
Dr. Arati Kreibich is a Democratic Council Member in Glen Rock, New Jersey who is running for election to the U.S. House to represent New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District! She is a trained neuroscientist who earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with her research focused on opiate addiction. In 2016, she... The post Dr. Arati Kreibich – Neuroscientist, council member, and politician and her story running for New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District appeared first on...

Duration:01:11:38

Wardah Khalid – Policy analyst, activist, and speaker on U.S. foreign policy and her role in strengthening Muslim-American engagement with Congress

5/23/2020
Wardah Khalid is a policy analyst, activist, and speaker on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, refugees/immigration, and Islam in America. She currently works on Capitol Hill as an APAICS Congressional Fellow and is the Founder and President of Poligon Education Fund, a national civic education and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening Muslim American... The post Wardah Khalid – Policy analyst, activist, and speaker on U.S. foreign policy and her role in strengthening...

Duration:01:05:29

Brian Benni – Family Karma Bravo TV Star and his role in the 1st Indian-American Reality Television Show

4/22/2020
Brian Benni is one of the stars of the hit show Family Karma on Bravo and one of my favorites on the show. Family Karma (See Vogue review!) tracks the stories of seven first-generation Indian Americans and their parents in Miami. Growing up in traditional, multigenerational households, this group is bonded by their strong cultural... The post Brian Benni – Family Karma Bravo TV Star and his role in the 1st Indian-American Reality Television Show appeared first on South Asian Stories.

Duration:00:42:56

Vikram Vij – Celebrity Chef and Owner of Three World-Famous Restaurants and his story to elevate Indian cuisine

3/28/2020
Vikram Vij is an Indian-born Celebrity Chef and Owner of three Indian restaurants Vij’s Restaurant, Rangoli Restaurant, and My Shanti. He has received numerous accolades and awards – including Vancouver Chef of the Year, Best Indian Award, and Best Restaurant. Vikram has been a guest judge on Top Chef Canada, Chopped Canada, as well as... The post Vikram Vij – Celebrity Chef and Owner of Three World-Famous Restaurants and his story to elevate Indian cuisine appeared first on South Asian...

Duration:01:05:32

Pooja Tripathi – Indian-American filmmaker, actress, and musician and founder of Dutch American Dramady web series Amsterdam Ave.

2/29/2020
Pooja Tripathi is an Indian American filmmaker, actress, and musician. She grew up in Pittsburgh & New York City, and studied Business Administration and Violin Performance at Carnegie Mellon University. Pooja began her career in the fashion industry, working in buying and digital marketing at top brands including Fendi, Bloomingdale’s, and Dior. She entered the... The post Pooja Tripathi – Indian-American filmmaker, actress, and musician and founder of Dutch American Dramady web series...

Duration:01:05:32

Aman Advani – Co-founder and CEO of Ministry of Supply and his mission to Make Dress Clothes feel like Gym Clothes

1/12/2020
Aman Advani is Co-founder and CEO of Ministry of Supply, a clothing brand inventing a new category: Performance Professional OR performance dress clothes. The company was founded in 2012 with the mission to make dress clothes feel like gym clothes by incorporating fundamental engineering and performance principles into dress clothing staples, ultimately building a wardrobe... The post Aman Advani – Co-founder and CEO of Ministry of Supply and his mission to Make Dress Clothes feel like Gym...

Duration:00:46:14

Sandeep Gill – Celebrity Stylist and Image Consultant and her mission to help people look and feel their best

12/28/2019
“Continue to create stuff that’s valuable and that makes you happy.” – Sandeep Gill Sandeep Kaur Gill, better known as TheSandyLion, is a stylist and image consultant with the simple goal of helping people look and feel the best about themselves. With over 102k followers on Instagram, 3.21k on YouTube, and 8k on Twitter, Sandeep uses... The post Sandeep Gill – Celebrity Stylist and Image Consultant and her mission to help people look and feel their best appeared first on South Asian Stories.

Duration:00:52:28

Gotham Chopra – Sports Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker and Director and how he partnered with LeBron James, Tom Brady, and Steph Curry to tell their stories

11/24/2019
“Always look for components of a good story – character, conflicts, intimacy, access.” – Gotham Chopra Gotham Chopra is a Sports Emmy award-winning director of “Tom vs Time,” Kobe Bryant’s ”Muse,” and the Sports Emmy-nominated documentary series “Shut Up & Dribble” in partnership with NBA All-Star LeBron James, Springhill Entertainment, and Showtime Networks. Currently, Chopra... The post Gotham Chopra – Sports Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker and Director and how he partnered with LeBron...

Duration:00:53:44

Kiran Gandhi – Musician, Activist, and Music Industry Thinker and her Mission to Elevate and Celebrate the Female Voice as Madame Gandhi

9/14/2019
“Look inward to serve your purpose outward.” Kiran Gandhi Kiran Gandhi, who performs as her stage name Madame Gandhi, is a Los Angeles-based musician, activist and music industry thinker who was recently listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019. She has drummed for M.I.A, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Kehlani and Lizzo... The post Kiran Gandhi – Musician, Activist, and Music Industry Thinker and her Mission to Elevate and Celebrate the Female Voice as Madame Gandhi appeared first...

Duration:00:47:18

Swati Teerdhala – Author of “The Tiger at Midnight” and the amazing story behind publishing her first book!

6/21/2019
“The Tiger at Midnight did not shy away from cultural identity. Diverse storytellers sometimes feel the need to make their story more palatable for a general audience. ” – Swati Teerdhala. Swati Teerdhala is the author of the brand new book The Tiger at Midnight published by Harper Collins. This is the first book in... The post Swati Teerdhala – Author of “The Tiger at Midnight” and the amazing story behind publishing her first book! appeared first on South Asian Stories.

Duration:00:56:37

Melony Mahaarachchi – SpaceX and NASA Mars 2020 Engineer and how she became a Real-life Rocket Scientist

4/5/2019
“Within my first three months as SpaceX, I was in charge of rocket engine electrical cables. My heart was pounding and I wanted to run and come home – it was a huge responsibility. ” – Melony Mahaarachchi Melony Mahaarachchi is a prolific mechanical, robotics, and rocket engineer. She came to the United States with... The post Melony Mahaarachchi – SpaceX and NASA Mars 2020 Engineer and how she became a Real-life Rocket Scientist appeared first on South Asian Stories.

Duration:01:14:56

Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka – Forbes 30 Under 30 Cancer Researcher and her amazing discovery on how to slow the spread of cancer cells

3/14/2019
“Cancer is an extremely smart disease. It’s one of the reasons we’ve battled it for so long.” – Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka. Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka (@hasinijt) is an acclaimed cancer researcher, scientist, and TED speaker. She grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and pursued her BS and PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins... The post Dr. Hasini Jayatilaka – Forbes 30 Under 30 Cancer Researcher and her amazing discovery on how to slow the spread of cancer cells appeared first on...

Duration:01:03:42

Episode 10: Raj Jana – Founder & CEO of JavaPresse Coffee Company and how to kick-start your journey to extraordinary living

2/6/2019
“Be grateful for what you have and ambitious for what you want.” – Raj Jana Raj Jana (@rajer_thatt) is an impact-driven entrepreneur, podcast host, & keynote speaker who’s passionate about using capitalism and business as a vehicle to make the world a brighter place. He has been featured in Inc, Entrepreneur, and Forbes Magazines while mentored... The post Episode 10: Raj Jana – Founder & CEO of JavaPresse Coffee Company and how to kick-start your journey to extraordinary living appeared...

Duration:01:16:02

Episode 9: Raj Bhavsar – Olympic Athlete and his groundbreaking journey to become a world-class gymnast

1/6/2019
“Believe what you want to achieve.” – Raj Bhavsar Raj Bhavsar (@Rajnastics) is Olympic Athlete, world-class gymnast, entrepreneur, and artist. His accolades are simply outstanding: Bronze medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, World championship silver medals, 3 world cup medals, 3 U.S. national titles, 3 NC Double A national titles, 11 years on the senior national... The post Episode 9: Raj Bhavsar – Olympic Athlete and his groundbreaking journey to become a world-class gymnast appeared...

Duration:01:10:51

Episode 8: Arsalan Shirazi – Actor, Rapper, Writer and how he’s building a media empire from scratch

12/2/2018
“There are moments where you can’t hide from what you want to do.” – Arsalan Shirazi Arsalan Shirazi (@entitldartist) is the quintessential multi-hyphenate artist: he’s an actor, writer, rapper, and founder of ENTITLD ARTISTS. It’s a media and entertainment company that develops film, series, and music for millennials with a focus on first-generation stories. Arsalan’s debut project... The post Episode 8: Arsalan Shirazi – Actor, Rapper, Writer and how he’s building a media empire from...

Duration:01:12:04

Episode 7: Shabnam Samuel – Powerful stories on marriage, hardship, and healing

11/1/2018
“Writing completely soothes me and is form of healing.” – Shabnam Samuel Shabnam Samuel (@panchganiwrites) is a writer, coach, social media trainer, and the founder of the Panchgani Writers’ Retreat. Shabnam just released a memoir A Fractured Life this year in September 2018. The retreat incorporates mindful living along with creativity and wellness following Ayurveda principles, with yoga,... The post Episode 7: Shabnam Samuel – Powerful stories on marriage, hardship, and healing appeared...

Duration:00:52:18

Episode 6: Hema Kundargi – The surprising science behind nutrition and the benefits of going back to school after 30 years

10/1/2018
“You’re never too old to set another goal or a dream.” – Hema Kundargi Hema Kundargi is a registered dietitian, culinary artist, and TV host. Hema went from being an accountant to hosting and producing her own TV show called Indian Vegetarian Gourmet. She simplifies Indian cuisine and aims to remove the myths and mysteries associated... The post Episode 6: Hema Kundargi – The surprising science behind nutrition and the benefits of going back to school after 30 years appeared first on South...

Duration:00:54:20

Episode 5: Lavesh Pritmani – Founder and CEO of Learn Bhangra and his story on building a business from your passion

7/31/2018
“Bhangra is a dance that combines both energy and grace.” – Lavesh Pritmani Lavesh Pritmani (@LearnBhangraNow) is the founder and CEO of the Learn Bhangra. In less than three years, his app achieved over 70,000 downloads and 25,000 registered users. No small feat. Bhangra is an energetic, folk dance and music form that originated from Punjab,... The post Episode 5: Lavesh Pritmani – Founder and CEO of Learn Bhangra and his story on building a business from your passion appeared first on...

Duration:00:55:10

Episode 4: Asha Rangappa – Former FBI Special Agent and her stories behind catching spies, overcoming barriers, and creating your own career path

7/2/2018
“My advice would be to ignore your parents. At some point you have to decide what you want to do for yourself.” – Asha Rangappa Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) is a former FBI Special Agent in the New York Division specializing in counterintelligence investigations. Her work at the FBI involved assessing threats to national security, conducting classified investigations on... The post Episode 4: Asha Rangappa – Former FBI Special Agent and her stories behind catching spies, overcoming...

Duration:00:41:00

Episode 3: Srihari Sritharan (Dr. Srimix) – How to become a top DJ with millions of listeners

5/19/2018
Srihari Sritharan (@DrSrimix) aka Dr. Srimix is an extremely talented DJ and producer who blends South Asian music with Western influences. He is one of the most popular DJ’s in the Bollywood-Fusion Dance Circuit, and has produced thousands of tracks with millions of listeners with one of his most popular tracks being “Lean on Rangeela”. Sri... The post Episode 3: Srihari Sritharan (Dr. Srimix) – How to become a top DJ with millions of listeners appeared first on South Asian Stories.

Duration:01:05:58