Manoj Speaks

Manoj Speaks

By Manoj Kumar
On his podcast, Manoj speaks on things that keep the world and humans ticking. It has his personal point-of-views touching on philosophy and spirituality. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
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Interview: Aryeh Sternberg on Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality is expected to be a billion dollar tech industry over the next 5 years and Aryeh Sternberg, Director of Media and Technology at a leading marketing and advertising company, helps me understand the basics. I loved this talk and have already started researching on how I can create content for a VR audience!
51:28
May 30, 2020
Why We Suffer?
I am sure you have seen & experienced suffering around you or within yourself. Have you wondered why different types of sufferings keep coming & going, like the changing seasons? In this episode, I touch a little bit on some of the main reasons. 
08:00
May 28, 2020
Interview: Nick Dunn on his false imprisonment
Today, I speak with Nick Dunn from the United Kingdom, who will be sharing his story that is both gripping, inspiring & sad. Nick was working on board an anti-piracy vessel to protect shipping from Somali pirates when he and five of his colleagues were arrested by the Indian maritime authorities & falsely charged with intruding in Indian waters, and thrown into prison for 4 years in South India. Together, they came to be known as the “Chennai Six" across the world with their families, friends, well-wishers & the government trying to get them out. Since being freed, he has launched a book, "Surviving Hell" & many have claimed it to be a very good read. Let's listen to his story as told by the man in question & also hear from him the lessons learnt. 
55:37
May 24, 2020
Interview: Joel Connolly on Promoting entrepreneurship in Australia
Today I speak with Joel Connolly, Creative Director at Blackbird Venture capital firm in Australia. Together, we discuss the state of startups in Australia and what is required to push it along to the next phase of growth for the Australian community. Joel is very passionate about channeling more of the country's youth into pursuing their dreams or to consider taking up jobs at a startup company for the first few years upon graduation. He feels that both of these steps will help promote a strong entrepreneurship culture in the country. Please join me in listening to his thoughts in this episode.
45:19
May 23, 2020
Understanding the mind
Many of my colleagues, friends & family members have been asking me about how the mind works. I am not a mind expert or a scientist, but in this episode I share what I learnt from the ancient spiritual wisdom of the East. As you can imagine, talking about the mind is a very big subject but for the sake of easy listening & to reduce confusions on such a complex matter, I have kept it very short. Hope you get something out of it. I shall come back with more episodes on this subject, so please come back & check.
08:49
May 17, 2020
Interview: Jennifer Hamady from Finding Your Voice
Today, I am joined by Jennifer Hamady, a singing & voice coach from Washington D.C, USA. Her clients include Grammy Award Winners, performers in Tony and Emmy winning productions, and corporate clients across an array of industries. She is the author of 3 best sellers: The Art of Singing: Discovering and Developing Your True Voice The Art of Singing Onstage and in the Studio Learning to Sing She also runs a successful coaching clinic in the US, and online at findingyourvoice.com where she offers incredible programs to help people find their voice in their singing, in their self-expression & general communication. In this episode, we speak about life, parenting, fear, expectations & mentors. She even sings for us! What a beautiful voice! Thoroughly enjoyed the time together!
40:16
May 10, 2020
Interview: Teresa Tiong talks about her hotel quarantine
The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in thousands of people stranded overseas and still waiting for those special rescue flights to take them out. In Australia, those who do make it back, have to spend a mandatory 14 days in isolation in a hotel chosen by the government. Today, I speak with Teresa Tiong from Sydney, Australia, who will share her positive experience of her 14 day hotel isolation and how she kept herself occupied during that time. Teresa is an entrepreneur and founder of AU REVOIR LES FILLES, an online jewellery store. She also maintains a blog where she has written about her hotel experience and is a very worthwhile read. Her design blog is here.
38:39
May 9, 2020
Great expectations
We have so much expectations of others, that we often forget the burden it can have on others and on us.  In this quick episode, I talk about how we need to manage this part of ourselves, so we can lead a much more productive life, and make a positive difference to other people's life.
07:10
May 3, 2020
Interview: Jennifer Curcio on the rainbows of Germany
In this episode, I speak with Jennifer Curcio (twitter @DecisiveCraving & blogger at Decisive Craving), an Australian based in Germany, who talks about  what kids there have been up to, during the COVID19 pandemic lockdowns. The talk is motivational & cheerful at the same time.  This is the news article that I am referring to in the talk: Why there are so many rainbows on German windows and footpaths.
26:40
May 1, 2020
Hey, you! Wait in line!
I had a few situations where I saw people break lines. I felt so angry but then quickly decided to do something about it - to go understand their psychology for doing it. In this episode, I talk about my learnings.
07:24
April 27, 2020
Story: The tiger and the greedy man
In this episode, I narrate a short story to help you become aware of a great enemy within us all. Always watch out for this wild foe, because you never know when it can pounce on you! Take care all.
03:16
April 18, 2020
Interview: Matt Novacevski on caring for international students affected by COVID19 lockdowns
In this episode, I speak with Matt Novacevski, a blogger from Melbourne, Australia who penned a thoughtful article called, "Whose side are we on?", in which he stresses the importance of dealing with Australia's international students and short term visa holders, with compassion & ethics. A calm & thoughtful person, Matt brings a philosophical aspect to the crisis of COVID19 response management. Please listen, like and share :)
23:19
April 17, 2020
Interview: Plight of overseas students in Australia during COVID19
In this episode, I speak with Devendra Singh, the International Officer for the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA), who will take us through the issues facing international students in Australia during this very difficult time that's gripping humanity.
31:58
April 15, 2020
Volunteer - A great way to succeed
They say, "Never underestimate the heart of a volunteer". It's true. When you give yourself to others, there is only care & hope. In this episode, I give a quick talk to inspire you to become a volunteer to a worthy cause & how you can benefit from it also.  
02:22
April 14, 2020
Karma - a slightly deeper understanding
In this episode, we take a slightly deeper look at what KARMA is all about. You know the basics right (action & reaction)? Now, let's get to understand it a little deeper.
05:17
April 13, 2020
Health is Wealth!
Our body is the most important asset we have! Yet, we ignore it often to focus on the maintenance of external assets like car, house, clothes etc. In this short episode, I share my thoughts on maintaining a good health, so that we can live a painless life as far as possible. Hope you like it. Note: This talk is not a medical advice. Please consult a qualified nutritionist or a doctor for your health needs.
03:48
April 12, 2020
Hotel COVID19 quarantine policy for returning travellers
In March 2020, in order to battle the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, the government not only initiated touch partial lockdowns nationally, but they implemented a policy whereby returning Australian citizens & residents, would need to isolate in hotels across the country for 14 days. They wouldn't be able to isolate like everyone else in their own homes. This is my super quick thought on the matter and also happens to be my first podcast episode. I can't promise the next lot will be so short though :) 
01:36
April 11, 2020