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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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 :)