Anurag and Shalaj discuss India's run in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, the highs and the lows, as well as where India could have planned better. They also chat about the future of Indian cricket, make some bold strategic predictions, and chat about legends of the sport in India. Few controversial thoughts, but mainly just two cricket fans chatting about the sport they love.
Apart from being a life-long cricket fan, Shalaj Lawania works at the intersection of technology and education in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. You can find his acclaimed blog, Dark Oblivion at www.sadisticshalpy.com
Link to Shalaj's recent article on cricket: https://www.sadisticshalpy.com/2019/07/the-cricket-world-cups-of-our-lives.html
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In 2017, Anirudh was diagnosed with a rare blood disease that threatened to derail his life. Anirudh shares the incredible story of how he battled the disease twice, receiving two bone marrow transplants, before setting on his path to recovery. As a rising star in the healthcare policy field, and having experienced first hand the challenges of healthcare in America, Anirudh is one of the best young voices on healthcare policy reform. Anurag and Anirudh chat about America's healtcare system, a move towards value-based healthcare, and other innovations in the field.
Anirudh Srirangam works at Roivant Sciences, a healthcare company based in New York City. His mission is to increase access to high quality, high value healthcare for patients in need.
Mehek shares her inspirational story of her work as a game-changing visual artist, and the founding of her studio, Giggling Monkey. Anurag and Mehek also chat about the power and importance of trying to do a task yourself, as well as the challenges of being a young woman entrepreneur in India.
Mehek Malhotra is an award winning designer and visual artist who is the founder and CEO of Giggling Monkey Studio, based in Mumbai, India. You can follow her work on Instagram @giggling_monkey.
Anurag and Payton discuss all things leadership and highlight what it means to be authentic and compassionate in today's society. Payton shares his inspirational story leading the University of Missouri's student body to rise against systemic injustice, and how in the process, he spearheaded conversations about race relations in the entire United States. Finally, he shares his thoughts on what makes an ideal millennial leader.
Payton Head is a rising community leader in the United States, student at the University of Chicago, and an international speaker. In his work, Payton details the adversities caused by race, gender and sexual orientation discrimination to facilitate open dialogue and embrace marginalized communities. He served as the student body president of the University of Missouri, and led a student movement to fight systemic injustice that inspired the country.
Anurag and Varun chat about the American education system--Varun's experience as a public school teacher with Teach For America, the challenges to equitable distribution of education, and the benefits and drawbacks of charter schools. Varun also shares his experience founding a successful education technology startup, and discusses his political affiliations.
Varun Gulati is a New Yorker and a child of Indian immigrants. He is a former public school teacher who has worked a variety of roles in education technology, including as co-founder and CTO of a startup. Varun is a proud Democratic Socialist, and an advocate for racial justice and equity in public education.
Anurag and Varunya discuss the importance of making kindness a part of our daily lives, and the challenge of finding balance between the many hats we wear. Varunya shares her insights on how to find this balance, while at the same time avoiding burnout. She shares the experience of her 25 week awareness initiative, #Project25, where she used her art as a medium to discuss topics that are considered "taboo" in our society.
Varunya Venkatesh works at The Boeing Company, and has made kindness a central part of her daily life. She is based in Dubai, and can be found spreading smiles by giving out heart-shaped pins to people she meets.
Anurag chats with Ravindra to understand what makes him a big supporter of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Set in the backdrop of the 2019 Indian general elections, they chat about a wide range of topics, all the while emphasizing on the importance of having respectful conversations with those across the political aisle.
Ravindra Kenchappa is a writer, actor, and dancer originally from Bangalore, but currently based in Mumbai.
Anurag and Newman discuss the impact and legacy of Michael Jackson, as well as the sexual assault allegations that have resurfaced due to the new HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland. Having been greatly influenced by Michael Jackson's artistry, they discuss whether it is possible to separate the artist from the art, and the difficulty of continuing to consume the work of a disgraced artist.
Newman is an artist, and a former dancer-choreographer, based in Mumbai, India. You can follow and support his art on Instagram @indrathe2nd.
Anurag and Shalaj chat about the Pulwama terror attack, and the resulting conflict between India and Pakistan that has gravely escalated security concerns in the Indian Subcontinent. They cover various dynamics of the conflict including the politics and diplomacy, as well as the reactions and influence of media and journalism. Other topics covered include Trevor Noah's controversial segment on the conflict, as well as the evolving nature of social media.
Shalaj Lawania works at the intersection of technology and education, and is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. You can follow his acclaimed blog, Dark Oblivion at www.sadisticshalpy.com
Andrea opens up about her struggles with alcohol addiction, her journey in sobriety, and how she turned the camera on herself to film an incredibly beautiful and vulnerable documentary on her journey seeking a liver transplant, and an unexpected discovery that changed the course of her treatment.
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Andrea Gonzales-Paul is a writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She recently completed her documentary, Live or Failure, which chronicles her journey seeking a liver transplant that she didn't end up needing. You can connect with her on Instagram @andreagonz_
Anurag and Farhaj talk about an eclectic range of topics including growing up in Dubai, moving to the United States, joining a fraternity, traveling around Europe with nothing but RedBull cans, and the founding and growth of Farhaj's company.
Farhaj Mayan is the Co-founder and CEO of FADE, a personalized barber marketplace for men. He is a World Robot Olympiad Champion, Red Bull Can You Make It? Finalist, and MassChallenge Alumni. Find out more about his company on www.fadenow.com.
In the second episode of Millennial Musings, Anurag and Ami chat about South Africa, and the challenges of moving to a new country for love.
Ami Bhatt is a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University, and had spent the better part of the last four years living and working in South Africa.
In the first episode of Millennial Musings, Anurag and Narayan discuss climate change, energy, and policy making in today's global context.
Narayan Subramanian is a Joint MPA/JD Candidate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and Columbia Law School. He is a rising star in the climate action field, and has previously worked extensively in policy and diplomacy.