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RareErth Podcast

RareErth Podcast

By Manoj Radhakrishna
RareErth Podcast explores work, creativity and entrepreneurship. Over the years we’ve all found ourselves asking that question, “What am I passionate enough about to take risks for?” RareErth podcast is a collection of insights and conversations with some of those who have heeded their creative spirit or entrepreneurial calling.
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The Woman with a Mission to Build India-Dr. Saraswathi Hegde

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Bringing Neuroscience to the Masses: Dr. Siddharth Warrier
Dr. Siddharth Warrier is a Neurologist with close to a decade experience. He is an MD Medicine with super specialisation DM (Neurology). He also holds his MRCP-UK degree from London. Dr. Siddharth, off duty is an impressive Youtuber. On his channel, he explores science, mental health and human behaviour through the perspective of Neuroscience. He likes to share his enthusiasm and knowledge through his Podcasts, Instagram Live Sessions, Public Speaking and Poetry. In fact one of his poems won a special prize in the International Hippocrates Conference for Medical Poetry in London. He has also appeared on TedX explaining the Neuroscience behind learning. In this episode, Dr. Siddharth explains: -How our Brain functions towards social expectations and Internet trolls -How our environment directly affects our behaviour change -What are the optimal practices to boost Brain Health -How consumption and elimination of information leads to Brain Hygiene and much more. He also discusses skill acquisition and habit formation.It was an honour to have him join on the RareErth Podcast. You don't want to miss this one. Here are few notable quotes from this conversation "In today's world, being literate means being technically capable" "Poetry is a play with language" "Habits are outsourcing decision making" "Happiness is a scam" "Neuroscience is beautiful. Don't be harsh on your Brain" Siddharth Warrier social coordinates: Website Twitter Instagram Youtube For detailed show notes, please visit
June 15, 2021
Raghav Somani-An Unconventional Audiophile Entrepreneur
On this Episode of the RareErth Podcast, Manoj talks with Raghav Somani, Founder and CEO of Headphone Zone. India's first exclusive Headphone Retail Chain. With over 800 different headphones from 35 major international brands across the world, Headphone Zone boasts South Asia's largest Collection of Headphones under one roof.  Raghav Somani, is not only a 9th Generation Entrepreneur but also holds a Guinness World Record for the highest collection of Airline Baggage Tags for the past 16 years. Raghav is an audiophile and a driven entrepreneur. He has always been passionate about music and understands the feelings it brings to an individual. A few years back although a business school graduate, he recognized there was an opportunity to cater to all the music enthusiasts who wanted to get hands-on with high-end audio equipment normally used by professionals. Raghav has been widely successful in building a sound reputation of his brand over the years. He believes in defining his brand's niche as India’s best destination for Headphones, Earphones and Personal Audio Products. He focuses on delivering the Best Headphones from around the world, not necessarily the best selling. Raghav explains why the Brand's USP is mainly focused on customer service. He loves to engage with every customer and believes in helping them choose the right pair of Headphones. Raghav also explains jargons like a "DAC" and "Amp" and how its usage can make a huge difference in the way we listen to our Music. He defines what success means to him in a very special way, and end the conversation by sharing few of his best read books and documentaries. Come join Manoj and Raghav in this deep dive conversation about Headphones and much more. Check out Raghav and his company here: Linkedin Instagram Headphone Zone All show notes at
March 15, 2021
Upgrade Your Public Speaking Game with Rahul Kolle
Rahul Kolle is a Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco and provides Business-Critical network solutions and recommendations to large-scale Enterprises. He is also very passionate about the Art of Public Speaking, Business Storytelling, and Design Thinking. As a Public Speaking and Presentation Coach, he has trained over 5,000 professionals from diverse backgrounds. He has also been a TedX Curator in the past. He is very eloquent and artful in his conversations. On this episode of RareErth podcast, Manoj gets into a deep conversation with Rahul about the Art of Public Speaking.  His passion for stage first manifested when he was just four years old. He shares how it taught him to 'Embrace the uncertainty' when on stage. Had it not been for his parents encouragement and his teachers efforts, his life would have taken a different path. Rahul strongly believes that age and language is never a barrier to becoming a fantastic speaker. He breaks down the three major mistakes to avoid when addressing an audience. He shares the lessons learnt from his previous gigs and how a mental framework helps him to produce a methodized speaking. A lot of us have heard the importance of storytelling, but very few actually develop it as a habit. Rahul explains the importance of storytelling in public speaking context. He explains why video etiquette has become a necessity these days and few tips to make a good impression on video calls. Rahul reveals how the pace of a speech can help in engaging the audience. He provides tactical advice on how to break through a complete cold audience, and how to build rapport with people who are much smarter than you. He elaborates on how design thinking helped him to make the other person think outside the box and be more vulnerable. Concluding this super informative conversation, Rahul shares how he handles FOMO and how one can overcome Impostor Syndrome. He mentions a few of his favorite speakers and a few books that have had an impact in his life. The ability to communicate effectively is possibly the single most important life-skill. In this episode we discuss how to become a great speaker and unleash your ability to persuade, influence and connect with other human beings. You will learn why speaking skills are so incredibly important and how having them can accelerate your success in business and beyond. Come join with Manoj. Show Notes: Rahul Kolle: -Instagram -Website
February 1, 2021
A Rare Autodidact-Preethi Kasireddy
On this Episode of RareErth Podcast, Manoj sat down with Preethi Kasireddy. Preethi Kasireddy who was the Founder & CEO of TruStory. She was previously a partner at Andreessen Horowitz , an investment banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs, and a software engineer at Coinbase. From studying industrial engineering to becoming a CEO, Preethi’s career path has been a fascinating one. Preethi is also a well-known figure in the world of Blockchain and Crypto economics. When she’s not immersed in  Cryptocurrencies, Functional Programming, or giving back to the tech community through her writing and teaching you can find her sharing her excitements on fitness and food on Instagram. Preethi writes on a wide range of topics at her website, She has also participated in a few events like Open Source Summit North America 2018, Slush 2018, and EDCON. In this conversation Preethi talks about her brand new online course 'A Step-by-Step Introduction to Cryptocurrency' which is free and accessible to anyone who sign's up. She also runs a private community on 'Discord' where members can have direct access to her and can discuss many topics including the future of technology, finance and cryptocurrency. She elucidates why her writing is mostly from a beginner's point of view. On quoting, "Go deep into one thing, than shallow into five things", She explains How to build trust and fight information asymmetry when the internet is flooded with infinite options. She shares her wisdom on how to train our minds to perceive a particular topic we choose to learn. She discusses the importance of health and fitness and gives three specific advices for today's youth. She strongly believes Discipline is much more important than intelligence and how she turned this into an advantage in her company. Ending the conversation by mentioning a few books she is currently reading and the biggest takeaways from the past year. Tune in to know and learn from one of the Rare Autodidact . Show Notes:
January 15, 2021
The Woman with a Mission to Build India-Dr. Saraswathi Hegde
Dr. Saraswathi Hegde, the founder of Unnathi Healing Foundation is a Pranic Healer, Sanskrit Scholar, Acharya, Mentor and a Social Activist. On this Episode of RareErth Podcast, Manoj talks with Dr. Saraswathi about Pranic Healing and how her curiosity guided her into finding her own purpose. She shares her wisdom on specific practices that helped her connect both her inner peaceful being and the outer chaotic world. One of the fascinating thing she does every year is a Annual Re-Energizing Retreat, where she treks up the Himalayas along with a group of interested volunteers for inner reflection, self-realization and meditation. Even as a child, Dr.Sarswathi was extremely fearless in exploring the unknown and She firmly believes 'Snana is for the Body as Dhyana is for the mind.' She shares how her role models inspired her to follow the path of spirituality and the importance of Research and Experiments in gaining immense knowledge in this divine path. She is working on a mission called "Build India Movement" aimed at growing a nation of healthy, community oriented, service minded population of young citizens. She briefly talks about how right parenting skills help in influencing the Childs development and maintaining their positive and negative behaviors. In today’s fast paced world the skill of listening has become a lost art. Dr. Saraswathi shares her perspective on the power of listening and taking the time to connect deeper with family, friends and strangers. Learn how enthusiasm and curiosity is the key to a healthy and happy life. How Practicing Self love and Self appreciation are the little things we need to learn. Listen to this episode as it might be the one conversation you need to hear the most now. Show Notes: Contact Dr.Sarswathi: Unnathi Healing Foundation 
January 1, 2021
Inside The Mind of A Bold Entrepreneur - Anand Bhargava
In this episode, I converse with Anand Bhargava, who by no means is an average man with average ambitions. He loves to defy conventions, dares to take risks, and is driven by instincts. Being in powerful leadership positions that merely boosted his ego nudged him to make a shift and choose a life of freedom and fulfilment. Despite having no business background, Anand Bhargava went on to create a niche for himself. He built a massive business enterprise that helped him achieve financial freedom by the age 33. Anand is now an Independent Businessman who also mentors aspiring entrepreneurs accomplish their goals. Anand’s personal choices also reflect his personality. When his son in Grade 4 developed a strong inclination towards cricket, he did what fathers usually don’t do. (No spoilers here!) As I delve deeper into his choices and the philosophy behind them, I see how any person from any walk of life can take back something valuable from his experiences. Anand defines success in a way you have never heard before, provokes you to take risks, offers tips to deal with naysayers and bad recommendations, and suggests what not to do as a budding entrepreneur.  If you want to Do More, Dream BIG, Think way out of the box, then join me in this episode of the RareErth Podcast where you'll meet a truly self-made individual.  Enjoy. Shownotes:  Anand Bhargava's Instagram
December 15, 2020
Revamping the Automotive Future-Narayan Subramaniam & Niraj Rajmohan
In this episode of RareEarth podcast, I speak with the co-founders of Ultraviolette Automotive - Narayan Subramaniam (CEO) and Niraj Rajmohan (CTO). Founded in 2016, this Bengaluru-based company-Ultraviolette Automotive specialises in sustainable mobility and energy infrastructure. Soon will be launching their first ever electric motorbike F77 in India. This is my first two guest episode and these young founders share a ton of knowledge and wisdom. We explore how the duo went through the initial steps of actually starting out with a prototype, the lessons learnt by gathering feedback from others and quick to implement them. They share their college years, and few interesting aspects of their competitive nature. They also talk about few key learnings while pitching to VC/investors in their earlier days.. According to them to create something unconventional, one must relentlessly look around with as many perspectives as possible. They both are constantly looking for new ideas from multidisciplinary approach to improve .How sometimes not having access to all the resources and dealing with uncertainty is the solution. In this fascinating conversation you will discover how Niraj is an avid reader and explorer of ideas. Whereas Narayan is passionate about creativity and fitness. How both of them complement each other with these cross skills. Niraj and Narayan both obviously possess immense technical skills, but they also have the intellectual curiosity and drive to do some really interesting work. This conversation will showcase how incredibly thoughtful and hard-working they both are. We also talk about their favourite movies and books. The future according to them will be full of possibility. If you have an idea but don't know how to make it work, this is the episode for you. Detailed show notes at  Narayan Subramaniam Instagram page Niraj Rajmohan Instagram page Ultraviolette Automotive Website
December 1, 2020
The Game of a Ghostwriter - Joshua Lisec
My guest in this episode is Joshua Lisec, The World’s Only Award-Winning, Celebrity-Recommended, #1 International Bestselling Certified Professional Ghostwriter. He has been featured in TED, TEDx, Foundr Magazine, American Express, Yahoo!, Fatherly, The Huffington Post, and numerous other outlets. Joshua has Not only been Winning awards for himself but also won awards for books he has ghostwritten, which went on to become bestsellers. To add on to his victory, he has Successfully ghost written 55+ books, Politician speeches, TED and TEDx talks, and company emails and blogs. On Coffee with Scott Adams, Dilbert creator and New York Times bestselling author of The Dilbert Principle and Win Bigly Scott Adams recommended that aspiring authors talk to professional ghostwriter Joshua Lisec. In this conversation we talk about what it’s like to be a Ghostwriter, how the movie Toy story-2 ignited his desire to be a professional storyteller and How the very first writing gig he took gave a kickstart to his unique career. The anonymous penman spills the beans on working with Celebrities, A-listers, Entrepreneurs and Public figures. He Narrates his TED Talk journey and how he prepared for the same. He discloses a detailed framework on Ghost writing a book for his clients. He shares the importance of studying and understanding the Client’s voice as each personality has a unique voice print. Jousha talks of how Endorsing oneself and reaching out to the right audience is the key to marketing. In addition to writing many best sellers for his clients, he has launched two writing programs "The Best Way to Say It" and "The Best Way to Tweet It" which has transformed the work of hundreds of people around the world! If you want to know the inside scoop on Ghost Writing or Writing in general for a Blog, Speech, or a Book, this episode is for you. I had such a great time talking with Jousha, and I can’t wait for you guys to listen to this conversation.  Tap the Play button right away! Detailed Links and Resources available at Contact Jousha Lisec: Twitter Jousha's Website Youtube
November 15, 2020
Ask Marriage Broker Auntie- Priyanka Bharadwaj
Presenting Priyanka Bharadwaj, the founder and CEO of Marriage Broker Auntie, a Marriage Advisory Service. Apart from being an Entrepreneur, she is a Writer, YouTuber, and active Content Creator. We kickstart this episode by getting to know her journey, from an employee of Amazon-UK to becoming the CEO of Marriage Broker Auntie (M.B.A.). We speak about how she came up with such a quirky and interesting name for her brand and how she charted the unconventional path for herself. Priyanka & I discuss "Decision Fatigue" & how it is affecting today's generation, why people find "Ghosting" not a big deal and what causes people to do so? She shares about her experimental project "Dinner Club",a virtual dating project for single professionals where she sets up 100+ blind dates on the basis of each other's preferences. We discuss the roadblocks one might face while searching for a potential partner. Priyanka speaks of her passion project and why decisions in the arranged marriage market are taken in one of two ways - the “Amazon Way” or the “Toyota Way”. By the end of this episode, Priyanka shares what success means to her and how intelligence is alluring to women, How "Indian Matchmaking" the Netflix movie gave her work more recognition and acknowledgement. She also shares the books she indulges in & some of her funny moments while interacting with her clients. If finding a life partner seems overwhelming to you then this conversation attempts to answer few of those questions. Chatting with Priyanka was super fun. Please enjoy. Contact Priyanka: Youtube Website Twitter Instagram
October 31, 2020
From a White Collar Worker to being the Voice for Waste Pickers - Lakshmi Karunakaran
My guest today is Lakshmi Karunakaran, a communication specialist and an educator currently working for Hasiru Dala, a Bangalore based social impact organisation. They work primarily with the waste pickers communities and strive each day to ensure they have dignity, social equality and mobility. This conversation was a big eye opener for me, especially when it comes to understanding the lives of these Waste Pickers. In this episode, Lakshmi shares how she switched from a promising corporate job to becoming a community social worker. How she followed her inner voice and paved her own path. And how she deals with all the emotional overwhelm while maintaining a personal-professional balance in her life.She also provides guidance for children and parents. As Lakshmi quotes 'Waste pickers are Environmentalists/Silent Green Collared Workers.' We speak how these Waste pickers contributed in saving 85 Crore Rupees per year from the work they do, How Bangalore was the first city in the country to get Occupational Identity Cards for them, How the organisation helped them gain respect and freed them from the harassment and the abuse they go through each day. Lakshmi runs the Buguri Community Libraries. We discuss how these Community Libraries help the children of Waste pickers to transform their lives by various programs and entitle them to the 'Right of Choice' in terms of occupation.  And in conclusion Lakshmi rightly advises, 'Invest in Small Projects with a Big Heart.' Lakshmi is doing incredible work in the world today, and I’m grateful she came on the show to share and spread her message. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Lets dive in. Website: Hasiru Dala:
October 15, 2020
A Fitness Ninja with a Monk Mind -Devrath Vijay
Meet Devrath Vijay, a fitness enthusiast, the first ever Master Instructor for Animal Flow in India and also an IFAA (International Fitness and Aerobics Academy) Master Trainer. In this Episode Devrath and I talk about how he got started in Martial Arts and sports early on, then went on to become an Engineer working in the corporate world. How he switched his career and went on to set a path for himself in functional training. Today after years of sheer dedication and focus, along with his childhood friend Suhail he founded ‘Academy of Strength’ a Functional Training gym and also managing ‘Sweaty Ninjas’, an online training program along with his friend Swetha. We also spoke about Animal Flow’, a fitness form designed to improve strength, power, flexibility and mobility. Then we plunged into some of the beliefs Devrath holds closely. Why he feels responsible towards people who look up to him, who inspires him the most, his definition of success, his thoughts on Relationships and marriages, what kind of assumptions people hold of him, his few unusual habits that are smart and productive. He also shares the podcasts and music he listens to, the kind of books he enjoys reading. And lastly he also shares a few fun stories encountered in his journey as fitness coach. “Teaching is the best way to learn” Believing in this quote, Devrath speaks how he continues his learning everyday to become a better version of himself by being committed and focussed on what he loves. As a closing remark Devrath shares his wisdom stating “If you could change Compulsiveness into Consciousness, it can be life transforming”. Devrath's instagram:
October 1, 2020
Relationships and Marriages with Dovid Feldman-Part 2
This is the in continuation to our last episode, in conversation with Dovid Feldman.  He talks about relationships and marriages, giving tips and insight that will help you have a happier and healthier relationship with your spouse. We discuss different aspects of relationships and marriages giving accurate and helpful answers to various questions.  Dovid is a licensed family and marriage therapist based out of Chicago,USA I f you want to learn more about Dovid you can find him on Twitter at @dovidfeldman or at his blog,  For all show notes visit
September 18, 2020
Relationships and Marriages with Dovid Feldman-Part 1
In this 2 part conversation I dive in deep with Dovid Feldman. He talks about relationships and marriages, giving tips and insight that will help you have a happier and healthier relationship with your spouse. We discuss different aspects of relationships and marriages giving accurate and helpful answers to various questions.  Dovid is a licensed family and marriage therapist based out of Chicago,USA  If you want to learn more about Dovid you can find him on Twitter at @dovidfeldman or at his blog,  For all show notes visit
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