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Episode 30 - QnA: Season 2 Finale

In season 2, we discussed many issues affecting us all around the globe and here we are at the Season Finale, discussing the most crucial of them all - who really is the ‘sexier’ one at the Desi Outsiders HQ (not including Shane). This episode brings you all the unanswered questions that may have been swimming in your brain the past few months, including why we’re not called the ‘Desi Insiders’ :D

Duration: 00:32:01

Episode 29 - The one where Meenal left

Meenal left and Shane grabbed on to the opportunity to replace her. The result: a very poor reflection on Shane and Ankita's marriage. They reveal things about themselves that the other didn't know, and about each other that nobody wants to know. When Meenal gave her blessing to the couple to record without her, she probably intended for it to be a disaster.

Duration: 00:47:59

Episode 28 - Simar Singh on Un-Erasing Poetry

The first time we came across Simar’s ‘The Legal Rapist’, we were totally attracted to his pink shirt and Khaki pants combo. Oh, and his performance was pretty okay too ;) At the age of 16, Simar took the initiative to start Unerase Poetry. But at the end of the day, he’s just another schoolboy who doesn’t want to go to college. For the first time, we bring you his story in his own voice (and ours too!).

Duration: 00:55:48

Episode 26 - Priyanka Madan on Burning the Candle at Both Ends

This week, we’re in conversation with Priyanka Madan, a lawyer based in London. She learned the value of hard work and discovered what it means to be independent from the age of sixteen when she bagged a scholarship to complete her high school studies in Singapore. And then, there was no looking back. Tune in to follow this incredible success story!

Duration: 00:36:03

Episode 24 - Following Your Artistic Passions : A guest interview with Lasya Esha

We’re so excited to share our conversation with Esha Malkani from Lasya Dance where we talk about how she found the time to build her dance empire while handling the demanding career of a Chartered Accountant. Girls and boys, it looks like you don’t have to choose between a career and a hobby these days when people like Esha are setting an example by making it all work out with grace.

Duration: 00:35:59

Episode 23 : Braindump - March 2017

This week we have another braindump for you! As always, the tangents are unexpected and this time, it ranges from Meenal’s birthday celebrations to the human instinct of fixating on romantic relationships. Stay tuned till the end for a lesson on psychology and we’re quite confident you’re about to put on your thinking caps after listening to this episode.

Duration: 00:35:12

Episode 21: Holi Guacamole - Celebration or Bane?

We hope you’re as excited about the changing seasons as Ankita is about the one day of sunshine in Edinburgh. This week, we discuss the onset of spring, the festival of colours that celebrates this welcome change, and the consequences that women face during public festivities and celebrations in India. We try to understand the core of this problem and what we can possibly do as a society to see some incremental change.

Duration: 00:35:29

Episode 20 : Braindump

HOLY COW! This is our 20th episode and we can’t believe it either. We think it’s quite fitting that this episode is a braindump. And boy, are you not ready for the tangents because we sure weren’t. You’ll hear about topics ranging from women who inspire us, to Ankita's antisocial tendencies, all the way to the births and deliveries Meenal has witnessed in all the different continents she’s visited. Fasten your seatbelts, this is one rollercoaster of a conversation.

Duration: 00:36:10

Episode 19 : Influence of the affluent - Freedom of speech

A lot has happened this week as far as Indians worldwide are concerned and we’re here to bring you a fresh perspective on all these issues. We discuss the murder of a fellow Indian at the hands of a xenophobe, the casual rape threats sent out to a 20-year-old, and also look at the influences that led to these eventualities. But most importantly, we tackle the influence of the affluent in our society. Show notes :

Duration: 00:18:15

Episode 18 : Time to Silence the Trolls #WITHYOUBHAVANA

This week, we discuss the horrific incident that took place in Kerala where popular actress Bhavana was the victim of abuse. We also dig deep into the comments sections under most of the news articles that reported this incident and we try to figure out the influences that make some people feel that it’s okay to poke fun at another person’s misfortune. Show notes: Aishwarya’s article - Indian Express article:...

Duration: 00:28:19

Episode 16 : Are we in love with the idea of love?

As promised, we have a Valentine’s special episode this week where we read hilarious accounts on dating sent in by our listeners. But as usual, it’ not all fun and frolic - we also bring you some food for thought during this season of love. Show notes - The News Minute article:

Duration: 00:17:54

Episode 15 : New Year Newness!

We’re back with season 2 and we have updates to share with you! Meenal now has straight teeth and Ankita got a nose job. Just kidding! Meenal still has those braces and a peacock beak continues to replace Ankita’s nose. But what actually got a makeover is our website. Tune in to find out what else is new!

Duration: 00:18:08

Episode 14 : QnA - Season 1 Finale

It’s been 15 weeks of Desi Outsiders - yes, you have been putting up with our lame jokes and high pitched giggles for that long. You’re welcome. As promised, this final episode of Season 1 is a QnA where we answer all the questions you asked us! Thank you for sending them in! For any questions we haven’t answered, stay tuned for either a part 2 or a blog post :)

Duration: 00:32:18

Episode 13 : Season's favorites and GIVEAWAY!

Christmas Mubaarak to all our listeners! This holiday season, we want to share our season’s favourites with you and also treat you to pretty things. So do stick around till the end of the episode to find out how to enter our special end of season GIVEAWAY. We hope you find our list of favourites interesting, and we’re looking forward to announcing the winner of this giveaway in next week’s episode. Here are the links to some of the things we mention in the episode.: [The Legend of Lakshmi...

Duration: 00:28:12

Episode 12 : 'From Engineering to Journalism' with Abhishyant Kidangoor

This week we chat with a fellow Desi Outsider, Abhishyant on his radical change of career choice during his final year of Mechanical Engineering. Abhishyant chose to complete his studies in Engineering, only to make the switch to Journalism immediately after his graduation. We discuss his journey from VIT to CNN-IBN to Columbia School of Journalism in New York. We absolutely loved speaking to him, and hope that you enjoy listening to our conversation. You can find Abhishyanth on twitter...

Duration: 00:28:30

Episode 10 : Female, Male and Sexual Hygiene

In our final episode on period, sex and reproduction, we come to you with a discussion on hygiene - female, male and even sexual hygiene. We round off our series on sexual health with an insight into the importance of maintaining proper hygiene, and stressing on the impact it can have on your body if this is neglected. If you know anyone who you feel may benefit from this, please do share this episode with them - it may just help them more than you think.

Duration: 00:30:32

Episode 4 : The Career Dilemma of Indian Millennials

In this episode, we discuss how we embarked on our respective career paths and the things that influenced these choices. Meenal dishes out on how she failed to get into medical school, only to find an opportunity that changed her outlook on life, while Ankita tells the story of how she climbed on hostel toilets to look at boys.

Duration: 00:55:40

Episode 3 : The untold story of the younger Indian daughter

This week, we discuss the untold story of the younger Indian daughter. Being a younger Indian daughter who has been left behind in a household that has suffered the loss of an eloping child is not an easy situation to be stuck in. We reflect upon the root causes of all treatments in a setting like this. Image Credit:

Duration: 00:44:12

Episode 2 : Wedding Fallacies - A Reality Check

In this week's episode, Ankita and Meenal dig deeper into the topic of marriage in India. Not only do they discuss the fallacies of love and marriage in the Desi culture, but they also attempt to give their listeners a reality check by shedding light on their own personal experiences.

Duration: 00:42:49

Episode 1 : What Marriage Now?

This week, we discuss the biggest business transaction in India - marriage. Ankita shares her personal story of introducing her parents to a guy of her choice while Meenal gives Ankita the shock of her life when she tells the story of an Indian family in Europe. But they don’t stop there.

Duration: 00:47:57

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