• In case you folks were missing me and wondering where the hell Naga vanished to, here is a quick snippet!

    Feel free to reach out to us at naagasubramanya@gmail.com/@ThePassionPeop1 with your thoughts, comments and feedback and what you think about having a passion people podcast meet-up!

  • I'm narrating a small story of how our passion also helps us to survive during our difficult moments as part of our update for a mid-season break that the Passion People Podcast would be on until late June, 2019.

    Until then, stay tuned @ThePassionPeop1 on Twitter!

    Stay Passionate,

    Love - Naga

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  • In conversation with the award winning voice actor and genius story teller of Indian Noir - Nikesh Murali for our first ever, remote interview!

    Horror is about existential problems that we tackle with. Issues in our family, death, fears we have about work, parents, spouses and our worries when we hear something in society.

    Why audio as a medium of story telling? The theatre of the mind of course!

    The speed of technological change has forced creative and non-creative folks alike to constantly adapt and hone their craft and Nikesh is a great example of someone who's transitioned through mediums be it short stories, graphic novels, full length books and now audio dramas through Indian Noir.

    Reflecting on his child-hood, Nikesh remembers being drawn towards movies like Evil Dead, The Exorcist and Texas Chain Saw Massacre at the tender age of 8 thanks in part due to his parents not filtering the content that he consumed.

    To make his point about creating audio dramas and why this medium is different from the others, in the middle of the podcast, there is an special bonus episode of Fear FM which features the first ever Lovecraftian horror story written by an author of Indian origin!

    "I have a good career and I can pay my bills out of it. What I wanted was to blend my unique storytelling abilities to showcase it to an audience who are looking for this kind of stories and to win their trust. It is so important to me that for this, I will prioritize my time." is what Nikesh had to say when asked about his Passion and how he balances it with work and a personal life.

    If you are creative and you have a creative pursuit, that generally means that you are a very intelligent person. Some application of mind, identification  of a niche and a lot of hard work will go a long way in making you successful!

    Tune in to Indian Noir - https://audioboom.com/channel/indian-noir

    Listen to the episode with Rupen Paul here - https://radiopublic.com/the-passion-people-podcast-6VollX/ep/s1!22f27

    Stephen King's N - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i454o7ijabI

    Reach out to Nikesh -
    Website - https://www.nikeshmurali.net/
    Twitter - @_nikeshmurali / @indiannoir

    Check out Hereditory - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHxcDbai7aU

  • This is who Tanushree Ishani Das is in her own words -"Dibrugarh, Assam, Bangalore, London and now Hyderabad, I believe the world is my oyster. The year 2017 gave me the opportunity to venture into the entrepreneurial world. It was exciting but at the same time nerve wrecking because I realised that I have a huge responsibility on my shoulders- what I think or how I think could probably shape other people’s thoughts, what I do could inspire or influence the actions of people; but I’m here to make a difference, break stereotypes and grab every opportunity possible to do my bit and strongly contribute to a community of womenpreneurs. Ex Goldman and KCL alumni, a publisher author, I am a daughter, sister, friend, wife and a human in progress."Tanushree’s tryst with entrepreneurship initially started with leading the Mount Carmel College Entrepreneurship cell Initium. Her career started with Goldman Sachs in 2010 from Mount Carmel College (Bangalore). She then went down to London, to pursue M Sc. in Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology from King’s College and finally at LookUp where she did her last gig before starting BodyCafé. Her research “How Appraisal affects motivation in India & UK,” has recently been published in the form of a book by Lambert Academic Publishing.Tanushree is ‘one of the founders’ of BodyCafé :) BodyCafé is an organic health and wellness brand to inspire people to adopt to a healthy lifestyle and make real choices.One of the interesting bits of conversation was where Tanu speaks of her GOT-Soap (Dracaris) which had an infusion of dragon-fruit. It was in response to a question on what keeps her creative juices flowing that Tanu brings this up and the answer is something worth listening to.When asked what her inputs would be for people who would want to chart a path towards their passion, she says -"Don't follow trends, listen to your gut. Do things yourself and never expect things to arrive on a platter. In case it happens, one will never realise it's value."Tanu fondly reflects on how set-backs are a part of the journey and the way it helps her stay grounded when asked how she deals with the incredible ebbs and flows that come with being an entrepreneur.A huge thanks to Vishnu from Writer and Geek Show who helped set up this interview and for permission to use the swanky recording set up!Read More -https://yourstory.com/2018/02/body-cafe-tanushree-das-pooja-karegoudarhttps://www.time8.in/body-cafe-tanushree-ishaanis-organic-enterprise/Get in Touch -Instagram - https://instagram.com/bodycafe.in?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=5r6d59arh92yFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/Bodycafe.in/e-Mail - tanushree.bodycafe@gmail.comRead Tanu's Book - https://www.amazon.com/Appraisal-motivation-Relationship-Performance-Motivation/dp/3659950483

  • This episode in so many ways is a reminder for us. It is a reminder that you can accomplish and do whatever you set your mind to, regardless of your age. Monish's story is a trail-blazing example of how small nudges in one's childhood can transform someone.

    Monish, age 18, is one of the youngest Computer Scientists working in the field of Deep learning, Cognitive Computing, and Cloud Computing. Monish, a child prodigy, excelled in several Olympiads and went on to pursue research in mathematics at Harvard University.

    Over the past several years, Monishwaran has developed numerous projects, using Artificial Intelligence, that target the field of healthcare ranging from accelerating the diagnosis of Schizophrenia to combating Malaria using blood diagnosis. Monishwaran has been invited by several universities to give Master Classes and Guest Lectures in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. Besides, he is a TEDx speaker, and keynote speaker at several international tech conferences. Monishwaran aims to spread the knowledge of computer programming and guide novice developers and children through his books and lectures. His project, The Neural Connect, uses deep learning to change the way humans interact with the environment and provides a new communication media for people who can't communicate effectively. His other inventions include Project TAR-Teaching Through Augmented Reality, Assistive technology for the Hearing and Visually Impaired, Anti-traffic congestion system, Air mouse. He is currently involved in bringing the power of Quantum Computing to the hands of common people.

    "I made a washing machine when I was in primary school, by 8 I was proficient in 3 programming languages (!!) My life long curiosity to know about how things work started at an early age when my dad and I used to dismantle and put together various machines around the house."

    Monish was moved after he witnessed an accident of a visually impaired individual and wondered how the technologies that he was so taken to, could help. As someone familiar with Machine Learning(ML), he set out to build an ML-Computer Vision based interface that provided voice feedback to the user augmenting their auditory abilities.

    Monish says, "my goal is to use technology to improve the lives of people."

    The projects he's worked on range from computer vision for the blind to tools that aid doctors in diagnosis of neurological conditions like ALS and Parkinsons in collaboration with India's leading mental health institutes NIMHANs.

    "Everyday, I say to myself, have I done something to improve the life of another person?"

    Learn More and Reach Out -

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sudomonish
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monishwaran/
    Email: monishwaran2000@yahoo.com

  • Honored to be presenting this wonderful conversation with Yogesh that covers aspects like control of time, self-awareness, brain-food and better decision making. All of which will nudge you towards your passion and making it manifest. Here's a small write up by Yogesh for us -

    Reach out to Yogesh - https://www.facebook.com/yogesh.parmar

    Reach out to us  - naagasubramanya@gmail.com / Twitter - @ThePassionPeop1

    Everyday reading/unreading recommendation(s) for 2019.

    Twenty months back, I finally unsubscribed to the Times of India. Delighted to report a substantial, discernible and tangible reduction in everyday anxiety and existential angst. Do note that not reading it is not the same as not subscribing to it. I stopped reading TOI 3-4 years back but was loathe to unsubscribe because of habit and the fact that between 5-10% of the content was still worth its while.

    Here’s the thing though. You cannot unknow something after you have known it. You cannot unread stuff. And heavens know, there is much we can do without knowing. What we know, can exhaust us. Newspapers, like everything else, have energy. The undesirable ones, like an abscess, can be a total drain.

    The presence of somethings may seem irrelevant, but prove to be harmful nevertheless. This has proved to be the a simple, zero effort, zero cost hack to improve my day - at a preternatural level. If meditation is proving to be too difficult, this may be your fix.

    The challenge with newspapers such as Times of India and its ilk is not the content. The content, whether trivial, farcical or comical is frankly, irrelevant.

    For anyone who has limited time, attention and bandwidth, here are -from a behavioral sciences perspective - five things for your consideration.

    (A) Creation of false binaries: Have you noticed how choices and decisions across a spectrum of subjects get hijacked by the clever creation of the 'other' in our minds - whether imagined or real? This other is then embellished with a narrative that is extreme and as a threat to the very survival of your way of life. Everything is Us versus Them. The deviousness of this strategy is outdone only by its astonishingly high hit rate. Keep shrinking the lowest common denominator with a new level of petulance and you will have an audience that is likely to miss the forest for the trees.

    (B) Echo-Chamber effect: Post - truth or not, we are being choicelessly led to embark on a one way journey from looking for evidence to seeking confirmation. Most news stories begin with a conclusion and end with supporting facts that fit the conclusion. Research has reached a point where data can be tortured to confess to any story you want to tell. The key words in our searches have inbuilt biases and on the internet you will find everything about everything. Everything is intuitive and counterintuitive at once. Add analytics to the game and you have passing for news is little more than confirmation bias.

    (C) Breathlessness in tonality : Everything is reported with a tone of voice that is designed to make you feel left out or hard done in life or both. Creating FOMO( Fear of Missing Out ) is at the very DNA of how a story is framed and reported. By way of example, one way of doing this is to be utterly facile and casual about a start up raising a few million dollars in seed or series A. The subliminal impact on the reader is that it was for there the taking and s/he missed the bus. The enthusiasm on offer when a start up raises that million dollar round in funding makes it seem as if that money was found under one's pillow upon waking up in the morning.

    Elsewhere, some newspapers are equal opportunity offenders. Everything from farmer suicides and economic growth figures to the opening weekend numbers of a film to five ways of fixing cellulite is reported with the same shrillness and without any discretion. There is a ton of research correlating increase in heart rate and intake of news.

    (D) Shallownes...

  • We hosted a cool meet up! The Bangalore Meet-Up with the podcasters and listeners was the largest one yet and we got covered by podnews :)

    Read more here -

    a. https://podnews.net/update/close-captioning-google-podcasts

    b. https://medium.com/o2pod/bangalore-podcast-and-listener-meetup-12-january-2019-786c2afd464b



  • Anu is a true multi-potentialite. She's a carnatic vocalist, an Odissi dancer, a Warli artist, a playback singer, a music guru who run's her own academy and a lot more. She's sung scores for popular Kannada TV Shows like Shani/Mahakali.

    During our conversation we covered areas including
    the speed of decision making, importance of something to do apart from work and the toxic corporate culture where one wears extra work time spent in the office as a badge of honor.

    Anu is living her passion full time, but it is not a fairy tale. Planning your passion is equally important.

    We dive into critical aspects of connecting different passions, the role of Anu's parents and a lot more. Tune in to find out.

    Learn More and Reach Out -

    Natyashastra - http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Natya_Shastra

    Here is the link to the Facebook page:

    Here is the link to the Instagram account:

    Here is the link to Anu's debut movie song:

  • I was interested in Economics because it is a smart way to deal with the problems faced by people. However, as I grew up, the choices I made deviated more and more from where I started in the first place - Larger impact.

    Freelancing allows Rishika to go where the work is and more autonomy over the number of pieces and regulate the level of editorial control and pressure to contribute, just to keep up with the frantic pace of publishing.

    What's endearing about Rishika is the free spirited nature with which she looks at the world. Ethics and principles in Journalism, the need to write with your heart and the ability to show empathy (to the people one is writing about) are facets of her personality that difficult to come across.

    Rishika encourages our listener to get rid of our inhibitions and reach out to make our dreams manifest! She did it the first time she was reaching out to the editor of the prestegious New Indian Express and subsequently The Wire, both where her first articles were published.

    Our favorite parts of the podcast included not being bogged down by another good story or piece that is out there and having the conviction in our ability to put out good work.

    Read More -

    1\. The Guardian

    * https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/16/how-new-tech-is-helping-india-farmers-tackle-air-pollution-smog

    2\. Mongabay (India)

    * https://india.mongabay.com/by/rishika-pardikar/

    3\. The Wire

    * https://thewire.in/author/rpardikar

    4\. Firstpost

    * https://www.firstpost.com/author/rishika-pardikar

    5\. Huffington Post (India)

    * https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2018/10/16/climate-change-a-scientist-explains-why-it-s-not-radical-to-say-people-should-have-fewer-children_a_23562346/?utm_hp_ref=in-homepage

    Book Recommendations -

    1\. Jack Karouac - On the Road - https://amzn.to/2BscrNV

    2\. Gerald Durrell - The Corfu Trilogy - https://amzn.to/2PLMle1

  • Today, we are in conversation with Rahul Nair of Storiyoh. Storiyoh is a podcast social network. What does that mean? Why don't you try out Storiyoh to find out?

    However, this episode is not about Storiyoh, it is about the man behind it. What inspires one about Rahul is the varied kind of experiences that he brings to the table, ranging from stock broking, trying to become an accountant, managing IPOs to coffee shops, heading education innovation at a global education company and finally to where we are here today.

    A diverse set of experiences mean that Rahul has constantly changed and adapted to the challenges that have some his way. Passionate about making podcasts mainstream, he has gone to great lengths to make his passion manifest.

    Find out more  -


  • This is part 2/2 of our conversation with Hera Hussain.

    We explore the following broad questions in this episode -

    How are Startups and social enterprises similar and different?

    The thing that stands out is the need to drive productivity and having a tight feedback loop that gets integrated into the product that is being built.

    Chayn works on a more, feet on the ground approach where solutions are being crafted for survivors, by survivors. It is unlike an academic study where an established academician comes up with a thesis that is then modified and studied by the people it is intended to serve. Chayn has worked things the other way round and the solutions(crafted by survivors) are being presented to other people to study it and make it better.

    How do you handle time?

    "I handle time by being self aware. I know when I have too much on my plate and tend to drop stuff or I do not take up new projects. Whenever there is work for me to do, I make sure I do it at the time of the day that I am most productive, do things in bursts, compartmentalize my day, work out of a new cafe or corner in the house because it what works for me."

    2 years into Chayn, Hera realized the need to take a break during the week. She emphasises the difference she feels due to the "day off" she gives herself.

    Accountibility, power getting to head, self-awareness, importance of self care, being open minded and receptive to feedback.

    Importance of empathy, especially with people one disagrees with. When disagreeing with someone, ensure to see things from their perspective. This is especially important given what Chyan is doing, helping women get out of abusive relationships. It is the first step towards making things better.

    Aspire for a win-win situation not just a "win" situation!

    Importance of a strong personal and professional support system.

    Employers have been extremely receptive and open to projects not just because it helps Hera to get additional exposure and skills but also because if she's fulfilled personally, she would be able to contribute better professionally.

    The family was initially sceptic of Chayn but they eventually came around once they started to see the impact of Chayn's work.

    Identification and participation in communities that align with goals.

    Hera follower her curiosity and jointed communities from entreprenuership to tech. Join communities to not only get back but also give something to the community. Parasites are bad for communities.

    Chayn builds effective communities by -

    a. Making the right people join
    b. Helping them in the first few weeks
    c. Quick task assignment

    d. Co-working and related sessions
    e. Providing a distraction if they are looking for one
    f. Aligning people to a common purpose and strategy

    Advise for people who are trying something new or diving into their passion?

    Be honest with yourself, maintain grit, never lose your purpose, remember why you are doing this.

    Recorded at - Newspeak House, Shoreditch, United Kingdom.

    Find out more -

    Hera's TEDx talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJGAgQzmG3E





  • Given the depth of our conversation with Hera, this episode would be released in 2 parts of about 30 minutes each.

    In her day job, Hera works at the open contracting partnership as a senior community manager.In 2018 alone, Hera has been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Tech Review’s list of 35 Innovators Under 35\. She also received the UK Prime Minister’s Points of Light award in July 2018\.

    "I got into what we do at Chayn because gender based violence was something that really made me angry."

    As Hera tried to figure out what she wanted to do in her life, she was in the explorer mode. Trying to start-up but eventually getting involved in a lot of volunteer programs that did work in the field of prevention of sexual abuse but given the rigor the program entailed, when Hera missed a few days she was asked to leave the program. Given that Hera was a high achiever, she took it was particularly hardly to internalize that she was asked to leave a program that she felt so strongly about. The depth with which Hera talks about her feelings is a testament to her level of self-awareness which is a great quality for anyone to have, especially for someone who runs a large scale social impact organization the way Hera does with Chayn.

    A social change business model hackathon was a watershed moment when it struck Hera that there are so many ways that scaleble social change organizations were being built and reflected on how she could build one as well, but that happens a bit later in the story. (The rest as they say in history, but keep reading…) Or to put it in Hera's words, where she thought - "If she can do it, I can do it as well."

    Interesting that she mentions that since the premise of a podcast like the Passion People Podcast is one where we encourage people to pause and reflect on this exact thought with the idea being access to extra-ordinary stories to catalyze that person to dive into something that matters to them by drawing on the inspiration of others, just like them.

    The second and more defining moment came when Hera helped 2 of her friends, one in Pakistan and one in the UK get out of abusive relationships / marriages and rebuild their lives. The more she spoke the problems of women with Asia backgrounds with regard to domestic abuse, violence or relationships a narrative evolved. One that was being narrated by men or middle aged folks running organizations where they are supposed to help people that they themselves are so disconnected to.

    Another interesting observation in the sector was the lack of a data driven approach to help the people approaching organizations where there was tremendous traffic coming to the website but the organizations were able to reach out to only a fraction of that number which is one of the things that Chayn (I believe) has done a great job in addressing with -

    a. Having survivors be the volunteers in the organization.
    b. Leveraging technology to make an impact on the lives of people.

    Hera goes on to talk about how she has gone on to build the Chayn community of volunteers and the way they operate. They have a concept of an executive team where identified volunteers take on additional oversight responsibility for short periods of time and people get rotated in these positions to ensure that everyone gets an organizational perspective. Another interesting as aspect of how Chayn works is the 4 month-cycle. During a 4-month cycle, specific agenda items are worked on by the whole team and seems to be working well.

    In a world of distractions and scatter brained-ness, focusing and mastering one thing at a time seems like an obvious thing to do but that isn't the case.

    That's about it for part 1/2\. Tune in to the next one, in our next episode.

    Recorded at - Newspeak House, Shoreditch, United Kingdom.

    Find out more -




  • Jaideep wasn't really given an option to figure out what he liked or what he wanted to do. The conventional career path awaited him as his parents thought it to be a fitting start to his journey. (he had very different plans for himself which we will find out in a short while)

    The impact of one of Jaideep's teachers (Mrs. Rashmi) cannot be understated as she was the one who posed faith and confidence in his ability to study and perform.

    We see so many such stories that with just a single person or set of people who back you can lead to such extra ordinary developments. It would not be unfair to say that teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world, that of molding young and impressionable minds. (sorry, got deviated)

    45% of people regret the life choices they have made. Unsurprisingly, this number goes up as people age. Which means, people need to be a lot more mindful about their life choices!

    Jaideep's project Know Your Star is currently working towards developing role models for children so that they are aware of the possibilities that exist for the children around them. As part of their program, they try to develop the following by showcasing role models who embody the -

    a. Self Awareness
    b. "I Can" Mindset
    c. Unstoppable Spirit

    Knowyourstar (KYS) has mapped almost 200 professions that exist, 100 kilometers around you, no matter where you are.

    Social change is not something that happens overnight. Jaideep displays immense amounts of perseverance and patience as he tries to figure out what it takes to bring about grass roots change, his example of Dahi or Yogurt Theory is a profound one where the curdling of milk is likened to social change that needs the right ingredients but also a lot of patience and faith.

    "Tactically I would be impatient but strategically I would wait for the change to come about."

    An interesting tangent that comes out of the conversations is also the "gardeners' mindset" as against the "manufacturing mindset" where the importance of long term strategic thinking is brought about with a need for good plan, creating the right environment for success and figuring out that there isn't a cookie cutter model that works for everyone.

    Reach Jaideep at - jaideep@knowyourstar.com

    FB - https://www.facebook.com/KnowYourStarCommunity

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/knowyourstar

    Book Recommendation -

    Wings of Fire - Dr. Kalam - https://amzn.to/2NW5etI

  • **7% discount for all listeners who've got cravings for the artisan chocolate that Earth Loaf makes at https://earthloaf.co.in/ Coupon Code - PASSIOPEOPLE1018**

    Food and drink professional, pastry chef, Chocolatier, Earth Loaf - First bean to bar chocolate house in India.

    David is a fan of harmony and does a brilliant job blending in his different interests ranging from math, geometry and alcohol to baking and making chocolates. For me, he is a great example of how going broad helps you go deep by forming connections that never existed in the past and provides a unique perspective to whatever you do.

    Earth Loaf was an en devour to showcase the flavors of India, from the impact of the soil and weather on the cocoa to the use of indigenous ingredients like Jamun and Moosambi.

    "I quickly learnt that being adaptable is very important and what is meant to be is upto me and not my circumstances or the environment that I am put in."

    He doesn't just preach it, he also practices it. How? He learnt Kannada, the local language of Karnataka where Mysore is located. The factory and himself being in Mysore, he saw the kind of value it would add to learn the local language, which for someone from South Africa/UK is definitely not easy. It was a shocker for me too when I heard him for the first time struggling with a few sentences but the man has made the effort, got to give him credit for that.

    Finding the commonality between languages, people, supply and demand ratios and not being bothered about circumstance. David hasn't just lived here, he has made an active attempt to become one of us. The insights he shares about being an entrepreneur in India and how dynamics of the environment is profound and breathtaking.

    Social media platforms are fickle. A like is a like is a like. The only way to truly measure engagement is to interact face to face with your target audience to find out what you can do to help them get better.

    Social Media has the uncanny ability to bring out the best in people. That doesn't mean that they're made up of fairies, rainbows and unicorns. It is just the representation. What it essentially leads to is a disoriented world where regular people compare their ups and downs in life to the life highlights of another individual. The result is obvious, a lack of focus, direction and a regular feeling of "what am I doing in life".

    "Work hard, earn the respect of your peers and if you work hard they will teach you what they know."

    The fear of failure, I deal with in a very simple way. Everything is going to be okay. Just tell yourself that!

    Read more about Earth Loaf -

    Vice - https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/598w83/inside-the-weird-and-wonderful-world-of-david-and-his-chocolate-factory

    Order Chocolate Earth Loaf - https://earthloaf.co.in/ (PS - Don't forget the discount code if you're ordering from the Earth Loaf website - PASSIOPEOPLE1018)

    Book Recommendations -

    1\. Fabric of our Lives - https://amzn.to/2OJS3QX

    2\. Dare to Dream - https://amzn.to/2OJT5fN

    3\. The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent - https://amzn.to/2PpiEzY

    Listen to Gary Vee for Motivation!!  (https://www.youtube.com/user/GaryVaynerchuk)

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/earthloaf/ or @earthloaf

  • We get together with the gang from #TheMusafirStories and #WriterandGeek Show to interview Naga from the Passion People Podcast on the very special occasion of International Podcast Day.

    This episode focuses on the genesis of the podcast and how we make this magic happen on a regular basis.

    You can tune into the Musafir Stories here - http://themusafirstories.com/

    Writer and Geek - www.writerandgeek.com

    Tune in to find out more!

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    You may find somebackground noise due to the recording location, I trust it would add to the overall feel of the episode :)

    "My passion to travel manifested with my mobility start-up, Royal Brothers where we're disrupting the way people move within and across cities on motorbikes."
    An impression was created when dad elaborated on the responsibility of having familes who's livelihood is dependant on working at our farms. It made a huge impact and to this day, the responsibility having employees depend on the Company has been a big factor during any decision making process.
    The summer vacations were filled with business learnings ranging from stationary to footware that nudged Abhishek towards Entreprenuership from an early age.
    An evident perspective shift is observed with the clarity that Abhishek brings to the table with an early attempt at starting a Graphic Design Company with an old friend with good traction.

    "What will happen if I fail? What wil they think?"

    It is interesting to note how Abhishek handled set-backs and thought about the worst case scenarios. The willingess to fail and the strength to perservere is strongly corelated to the ability to take a high risk/reward bet.
    "Shed the inhibition of what would others think, because it is about you, not about others."

    The kind of effort and research that is put around learning business aspects of Finance, Operations, Taxation and Competition shows the kind of work, knowledge and connections one requires to set up and run a potentially large organization. When we're planning something new, it would help to keep in mind the kind of large scale endeavour that we're embaring on so we don't get fatigued on our way.

    There is no such thing as an overnight success. It's easy to see people or organizations from the outside and consider them lucky without knowing the kind of work that has been put for that organization or individual to reach that level. Insted, it would make an impact if an attempt is made to figure out what it takes for our us to get there and start taking the required steps.
    We need to be inspired enough to come to work everyday regardless of whether we profit or not. Work forms a large part of our day and it is important how we think and experience it that is where Abhishek feels that building a fun team and a great environment to work is crucial.

  • Software engineer by profession, mountaineer by passion

    Never scolded for falling down or getting a cut. A rugged childhood.

    Asthma diagnosis at an early age of 17 made a drastic change in life, things being done to reduce dependency.

    If someone had told me at this point of time that I am going to Mount Everest, it would have been a cruel joke, but it's funny how life comes around!

    Inflection point when a friend showed a picture of a trek in Tamil Nadu, Parvathmalai in 2005, it was the first time that the call of the mountains and adventure was felt it was like a palpitation!

    My friend told me that as we grow older and wiser, our ability to rationalize any thing that we do increases!

    Bangalore Mountaineering Club(BMC) and perspective of Bangalore that was limited to Malls, Pubs and Clubs. It was a lot like a small town. When I discovered trekking through BMC, it was as though I had found another layer through which to experience the city.

    When I became a trek guide with BMC, I felt like I was living the dream because I followed my passion and got paid for it.

    2010 December - First High Altitude Trek - Everest Base Camp - First view of Everest. Promised to Mt. Everest that I would come back.

    Getting ready for a big leap. Having everything needed in place so that I could take the decision once the resources were ready by taking the Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI. (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute)

    The next expedition I undertook was to Mount Kilimanjaro due to the adventures I had read in Chander Pahar, a Bengali novel that most of us would have read, growing up. It was here that I learnt of the 7 summits. I closed my eyes and visualized a way to make it happen dreaming about traveling the world and have a brilliant excuse to do it!

    Laughed at myself and thought that here I am struggling to scale Everest, then I took a leap and created a map of what sequence I would be undertaking these executions and once again visualized having completed all these summits.

    It's interesting to note the way Satya describes his thought process before embarking on his journey, reflecting on how we seldom allow ourselves to dream first thinking of the constraints instead of the potential opportunity before us and figuring out a way to achieve it.

    **Read more about**

    a. **Malli Mastan Babu** -

    b. **Mountaineering in India -** https://medium.com/@naagasubramanya/the-brotherhood-of-the-rope-e28a558d81a1

    **Book Recommendations -**

    **Chander Pahar - The Mountain of the Moon** - https://amzn.to/2CCr0lO

    **Power of Moments** - https://amzn.to/2NzMaFC

    7 Summits: **Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania,Africa):** June 29, 2012 and June 14, 2018 **Mt Elbrus (Russia,Europe)** : June 27, 2013 **Mt Aconcagua (Argentina ,South America)** : January 13, 2014
    **Mt Denali/McKinley (Alaska, North America)** : June 23, 2014
    **Mt Mont Blanc (France, Europe)** : September 23, 2014
    **Mt Kosciuszko (Australia)** :  June 12, 2015
    **Mt Everest (Nepal, Asia)** : May 21, 2016
    **Mt Carstensz Pyramid (Papua New Guinea, Oceania)**: June 13, 2017
    **Mt Vinson Massif (Antarctica)** : December 15, 2017

    Please note, there are 9 mountains in 7 summits. There are different views in which is the highest mountain for Australia: According to Messner's list it is Carstensz Pyramid (Papua New Guinea, Oceania), According to bass List it is Kosciuszko (Australia)
    Europe: Technically highest mountain of Europe is Mt Elbrus in Russia. But Many people consider Mont Blanc (France) of Alps as the highest of Europe.

    To prevent disputes, Satya climbed all the 9. **7 Volcanic Summits:

    Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, Africa):** June 29, 2012 and June 14, 2018 **Mt Elbrus (Russia,Europe):**  June 27, 2013
    **Mt Ojos Del Salado (Chile,South America):**  January 15, 2018
    **Mt Damavand (Iran, Asia):** Scheduled for 6 September

  • Intro - Welcome to podcast, customary introduction, how I know abhishek, some thoughts on a gap year.

    "I started with fitness but now I test the limits of my own body and I help others test their own limits." - Abhishek on what his Passion is. 

    Interesting to note the transition from an engineer to a fitness coach and the requirement to engage with people that Abhishek initially found tough but managed to get around with time.  

    Abhishek has a very unique perspective around what it means to be a coach vis a vis a trainer which can be applied across domains apart from fitness. What it all gets down to is experience, expertise and open mindedness.

    Being from a highly educated and forward thinking family where his father was a Degree college principal, siblings now teaching at prestigeous universities in the US and India did not make it easy for Abhishek to pursue.

    While Abhishek talks about fitness, there is an undertone of curiousity. The pursuit of the "why" is something that echoes loudly throughout the conversation. He mulls on what the philosophy of our work out is, what the reason for the movements we do are. Extending this philosophy, it's to difficult to step back and question the things we do with a "why". 

    There is the privilage of making someone start a new endeavour, all becuase they saw someone like them doing something extra ordinary. Abhishek saw Naga and thought, if he can do it so can I. That is what the premise of this entire podcast series is about.

    Book Recommendations - 

    1\. The Exuberant Animal by Frank Forencich- https://amzn.to/2wp9X09

    2\. The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson- https://amzn.to/2wtO9QY

    Check out Simon Sinek on Millenials  - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/success-insider/success-talks/e/50628746

  • Kerala has been hit with torrential rains over past few weeks and things are getting really difficult down there. In this short conversation, we request you to be a part in helping to rebuild the God’s own country. Below are the details on how you can contribute to this cause.

    Here is the link to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund -


  • Books as a leading force for change.

    As I edit the episode, a smile spreads on my face just because of the sheer number of times that we laughed or smiled while recording this episode.

    My greatest fear was whether I could sustain myslef, atleast have enough financially for things like food and shelter. You know, the basics. When I computed the amount and how low it was, it made me feel really good.

    Always days of self doubt where I think whether I am crazy for doing what I am doing and my support system is always there to tell me that I am not crazy.

    Non profit to profit - everything is inter-related, you should constantly connect the dots. Grandfather did social work, college and volunteer for NGOs and now I am doing all that I am doing. Did i know that all of this would lead up to this?

    Thoughts on overthinking -

    The inhibitions that come with overthinking is tremendous. Sometimes, we just need to figure out a way to move forward with whatever decision we have made. Inaction is still a decision, one not to do anything. It is important for us to make sure that we move forward on a regular basis to prevent stagnation.

    What move forward may mean can be interpreted based on your specific context, but sticking to what one has decided and taking steps to make things materialize goes a long way.

    "If I had any idea that my life after the move (from corporate to non profit) was like this, I would have made the move a lot sooner." - Ruchi

    email - teamloab@gmail.com

    Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/letsopenabook/

    Book Recommendations - How to be a Bawse - Lilly Singh - https://amzn.to/2w0eOod

    The Little Prince - https://amzn.to/2MIPVo8

    Episode Layout - 

    1:00- 1.54 – Podcast and Ruchi Introduction.

    2:00 – 2:21 - Introduction to LOAB and her influences growing up.

    2:22 – 5:40 Early brushes with social work. Connecting past to present.

    Calcutta environment of reading influence – Books can influence a child’s belief system from an early age.

    5:41 – 8:55 Winding back – Formative years.

    9:30 – 13:30 Transforming schools and how does she measure progress.

    14:00 – 21:28 Connecting the dots and the importance of flexibility.

    22:00 – 25:00 - Asking for help and thoughts on making a  career transition.

    25:52 – 29:30 - Answers to standard questions and book recommendations!

    (Practical advice, her inspiration (people who have made the transition, have the strength), self doubt  – bunch of friends – the importance of a support system.