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The Chords of Life - Vineet Tandon

The Chords of Life - Vineet Tandon

By Vineet Tandon
In this podcast discover simple things that can make a big difference to your life. It could be an idea, a thought, a process, a lesson or just someone's personal experience. No great theories or models of change. Just a candid spark!
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Digital Daan - In Conversation with Osama Manzar
Covid Pandemic has changed the world for many of us and Digital Inclusion has become an overnight priority. With schools being shut and classrooms moving to digital, the gap between thos who have access to digital and those who do not have only tells us part of this challenge. So many children that i personally know of have given up studying because they don't have either a smartphone or a laptop or a computer. Those who have also one of these also cannot afford data recharges needed every month to be able to access online education. While this is good news for entreprenuers and telco providers (they have an opportunity to bridget), this is certainly not an encouraging statistic for the nation where few million students complete education and enter the labor market every year.  It was with this thought in the background, when i came to know of the concept of Digital Daan, i reached out to Osama Manzar, Founder & Director of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to understand the initiative and learn more. Osama started DEF at a time when Digital had not yet arrived. His struggle for years at the beginning of his career, leadership in setting up digital initiatives for leading print media houses, experiences in social enterprise, entreprenuership, ability to innovate, experiment and create opportunities are a phenomenal account that one can listen and learn from.  Listen to this interesting Podcast (Listening Time: Approx 38 Mins) and yes, if you are a reader and listener of this Podcast, you can definitely action digital karma by offering some digital daan here.
October 04, 2020
#BEAT2020 - In Conversation with Shreyasi Singh
In this brand new podcast episode of #TheChordsOfLife, my guest, Shreyasi Singh, Founder & CEO of Harappa Education shares her interesting journey from being a journalist to the CEO of an EduTech company, HARAPPA EDUCATION. Born and brought up in Bihar, she moved to Japan in the early years of her life and her experience of having lived in multiple cities made her agile and adaptable to change. Shreyasi believes that while her past defines her to a point, it is her actions today that have a larger bearing on the life!  Back in March 2020, when the world was slowly awakening to the disruption caused by #Covid19, Shreyasi and her team were quick enough to realise this and introduced a campaign called #BEAT2020. The campaign is about embracing change, rising to the opportunity and being a role model in the face of crisis. No wonder, the campaign saw phenomenal response. As part of this campaign, her team introduced a free course, Embracing Change and no wonder, over 0.12 million people have logged into this course in last five months.  Know more about the exciting journey of #SHREYASI and be ready to #BEAT2020 by listening to this episode. If you have questions or suggestions, please visit: and drop in your suggestions! 
September 12, 2020
Learning to Dance In The Moment - In Conversation With Jaba Menon
This week i have Jaba Menon, an Executive Coach sharing her perspective on our Podcast - The Chords of Life. Jaba has over three decades of experience and in her last assignment was working as Vice President, Marketing Communications at Centum Learning, a Bharti Group Company. A diligent practitioner of Nicheren Buddhism, Jaba consults global clients spread across 14 countries in her new avatar as an Executive Coach.  I was fortunate to have worked with her in early part of my career and I would not hesitate to admit that some of the marketing acumen i developed was under her able guidance.  Having spent her early childhood days in Ranchi, Jaba emerges as a strong independent woman for whom sense of purpose and work shapes her identity. Music has always been part of her life and whenever she finds herself, overhwhelmed, the song Que Sera Sera, What Will be Will Be offers hope and guidance. Having worked in Corporates for over three decades, Jaba realised that the support system for Senior Leadership is hardly adequate and this was her starting point of her journey into Executive Coaching.   Check out this interesting episode where Jaba shares her journey through the years and her commitment to reduce what she refers to as "Wastage of Human Potential". If you have questions or suggestions, please visit my website: and write to me.  I personally answer all questions that listeners may have about the Podcast. 
August 29, 2020
Un-Judge Your Teenager: In Conversation with Rajat Soni
This week i have a very interesting personality, probably India's First Teen Life Coach, Rajat Soni, sharing his perspective on our Podcast - The Chords of Life. Rajat has over two decades of experience and over the years has impacted over 500 families and 20000 teenagers with his coaching programs.  A B.Tech Graduate, Rajat was working like many of us in corporate sector, when he quit his job and moved to executive coaching. He armed himself with a certification from International Coaching Federation (ICF) and changed his career path. It was during his executive coaching, when a CXO shared a challenge he was facing with his child, that's when Rajat got introduced to Teen Coaching. Since then there has been no looking back.  Check out this interesting episode where Rajat shares his journey from a B.Tech corporate professional to a Teen Life Coach through his own shares of experiences & learnings from this interesting journey.  Rajat's book, Un-Judge your teenager is a must read considering that sooner or later we all end up judging our teenagers and trust me, there is a better way to unlock many of those challenges that you will discover in his book.  If you have questions or suggestions, please visit my website: and write to me.  Will be glad to listen to you and respond. 
August 15, 2020
Tum Kya Jaano Dosti Kya Hoti Hai - A Poetry About Friendship Day
This episode of the Podcast, titled "Tum Kya Jaano Dosti Kya Hoti Hai" takes a trip down the memory lane of what Friendship used to mean in the early days of my life, when i was still in the school. Internet has not yet arrived and friendship experiences were all in the real world. We would sit and chat (not text) for hours, spend quality time doing nothing (productivity was yet to be discovered) and fight on things that these days we would simply ignore.  Today, as i scroll over the list of hundreds of friends i have on social media, i feel that absolute numbers don't really mean anything. What matters is how deeply we have interacted and engaged with a few quality friends from this list and how much value we attach to these real relationships.  This Podcast Episode is in Hindi and format is Poetry. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me via my website:
August 05, 2020
Lessons In Humility & Hope - In Conversation with Dr. Raj Dravid
Dr. Raj Dravid has over 40 years of experience and has led leadership roles at IL&FS Skills and Centum Learning Africa. Dr. Raj personal career journey spread over four decades is testimony of the fact that success in career is very much a product of hard work and doesn’t happens overnight. Here are a few interesting takeaways from this Podcast – In Conversation with Dr. Raj Dravid: 1) There is no substitute for on-ground experience: If you think that you are from a premiere institution and you can start working on strategy and take high level decisions without working on the ground, you are destined to fail and learn the hard way. 2) Embrace Change: Covid19 has taught the world a few hard lessons and the best one to take forward is to embrace change. If we are not resilient and don’t embrace change, we are going to be left behind. Learn in his own words, how Pager Industry was introduced and wiped out in almost 14 months'. 3) Everyone needs a job & dignity of work: If skills that we provide people with are useful on the job or create employment, there are high possibilities that people will come for it, undertake training and will settle for jobs. The failure that we see today when people are let go with the onset of Covid-19 is because we never created that environment where workers were treated as kind of extended families. 4) Favorite Quote from The Podcast: Ask people one question, “what can you do to help others so that they can in turn help you”. 5) Love for Music: In the words of Dr Raj, “Music gives you oxygen and allows you to extend creative expression in life”.  He enjoys listening to Carnatic Music, Marathi Music, Chamber Music and enjoys Ragas and classical Hindustani as well. He has authored a book titled “Listening to Bismillah Khan” which is a standard textbook in multiple universities. If you have questions & suggestions about this Podcast, please visit: and share your feedback. 
August 01, 2020
In Conversation with Kamal Karanth: Co-Founder Xpheno
Humble beginnings and playing the right bets - is how I would describe the phenomenal journey of Kamal Karanth, Co-Founder, Xpheno (Extend Your Expression). A Post Graduate in Microbiology, Kamal started his career as a sales trainee in a pharmaceutical company and rose to phenomenal heights where he lead leadership positions for two of the largest staffing companies worldwide including MaFoi and Kelly Services.  Born and brought up in in a middle-class family in Karnataka, Kamal family followed cricket and movies very seriously. The challenges he faced in the early days of life armed him with right package of discipline, change and relationships that formed the source-code of his successful journey and shaped him as a person.   Listen to this authentic, unplugged and interesting journey in this brand new podcast episode of #TheChordsofLife.  Do share your feedback or thoughts on my website: 
July 19, 2020
In Conversation with Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak - Director Projects, GAIL India (Pvt) Ltd.
In this special episode, i am happy to share a unique perspective on life, careers and inspiration by none other than Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, Director Projects, GAIL India Pvt. Ltd. I first read his book Yes You Can way back in 2008 and never imagined that one day i will meet him and have a such heart warming discussion with him on various aspects of life.  Dr Karnatak was born in an ordinary family, had very ordinary schooling and yet he managed to rise to being the Managing Director of such a large Public Sector Undertaking. His passion towards Karma, commitment to make teams succeed and revolutionary ideas like "Plus Meditation" makes him a leader worth talking about.  To read more about this podcast, please visit: 
May 31, 2020
Kisi Khayaal Ko Khwaab Mat Hone Do - In Conversation With Kavish Seth
A lot of people reach out to me to ask how can they take a leap in their creative careers - like how can they be successful musicians, how can they monetize their talent and become successful artists so on. Being a musical motivational speaker myself, i know these challenges are very much there and i also know there aren't any straight forward answers.  In a quest to search for these answers, i bumped upon the interesting journey of Kavish Seth who is definitely a voice to take note of. Being an IIT Mumbai Graduate, he carved out his own journey into independent music and founded Zubaan. He curated a musical instrument called Noori which is a collaborative instrument that can play different styles of music. His poetry can mesmerize you, his voice can take you places and his authenticity is his unique signature mark.  If you are an artist or a professional with creative side hustle, there is something we all can learn from his interesting yet exemplary journey.  Read more on
May 17, 2020
Happiness In Times of Social Distancing
March 20 was International Day of Happiness and the theme chosen for this year was being Happier Together. However, with the outbreak of #COVID19, forget happiness, the recommended course of action is “social distancing”, so as to prevent and contain the outbreak of disease any further. Can we be happy living in isolation? Does happiness necessarily involve being close to people? Does happiness and its meaning change if our environment change? What can we do to be happy in times of social distancing?      According to different researches, there are as many definitions of happiness as many researchers are there.  Kenneth Benjamin, Founder of Happiness International says, “Happiness is when your life fulfills your needs” (1). Martin Seligman in his book Authentic Happiness published, Happiness, H = S+C+V, i.e. Happiness is a sum of persons generic capacity to be happy (S), Life Circumstances (C) and Voluntary Control (V).  Happiness (or lack of it) is omnipresent. Lot depends upon our mental construct how and do we perceive it. For some of us it is in the present moment, for others it is an enduring experience. For some of us, it is about reliving experiences of the past and for some of us it is about imagining the future. For some of us it is an outcome, while for a few others, it is part of the process. For some of us, it’s about spending time alone, while for others, it’s about being with people who matter!    Here’s how to find happiness amidst times of social distancing:   1) Use Technology: Whether we prefer solitude or we prefer to live in company of people, technology can be a great enabler for times like these. If you are a people’s person, use technology, do video calls with people who you care about and stay virtually connected! Have a coffee or a drink together over a video call.  The experience may not be exactly the same, but it’s quite closer!   2) Re-visit Old Hobbies: We all have hobbies which got somewhere lost in the daily grind of life. Revisit some of our old hobbies like playing an instrument, reading books, bird watching or simply anything! Picking up your old hobbies will provide much needed escape from pessimism that’s all over.    3) Be Innovative: Just because we are advised to be in confinement and isolation doesn’t mean we compound this experience with a flavor of sadness. People around the world are innovating the way they cook, the way they do lectures, the way classes are held, the way they relax and so on. May be its time you decide what you can innovate – may be your next meeting or your next morning meditation practice and share it online.   4) Pick Up A New Skill: Pick up a new skill, a new language, a course that can sharpen your existing knowledge or can start your journey into something totally new. Attending an online course will not only occupy your mind, sharpen your skill-sets but will also keep you away from the unhappiness that stems from nothingness.   5) Follow Gratitude: No one chooses to be in the times we are currently in, however, despite all the bad situation world over, follow an attitude of gratitude. There is always something in our lives that we can be thankful for – the fact that we are reading this, the fact we are breathing and healthy, the fact that we can spend this time with our family and so on. Gratitude polarize our mind towards the positive things, thus removing unwanted unhappiness.  If you have a question about Podcast, please feel free to write to me on or visit
March 22, 2020
Things You Should Know - Before You Go For a Counselling Session
April – July is considered as admission season in India considering that Class XII board exams conducted by leading boards including Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) and various state boards are over. Large number of students need guidance on which career path to follow, which college to seek admission, which exams to apply, understanding the admission process of various Universities and so on. If you are a student who is seeking answers to questions like these, here are a few tips that will come handy in your decision-making process: # 1: Know your Interests: By the time you have finished your class XII, it is understood that you already have some idea of your strengths and career interests. It is possible to change that, but it is very unlikely that you will take up anything totally unrelated.   # 2: Know Your College / Counselor:  Know your college / counselor - read every detail before you go for any admission fair or counselling session. All information and knowledge will come useful during admissions time. # 3: Do Your Home Work:  Go to a counselling session with full preparation, prepare a list of questions you might ask from the counselor, from the college authorities and so on. # 4: Validate Information: Once you have attended multiple counselling sessions don’t take any information on the face value of the counselor or the brand name of the institution. Why I am saying this is because we live in the world of information overload and unless you re-check and re-validate all the information to your satisfaction, blind trust on it can land you in trouble. Ask mentors, teachers, seek guidance from college seniors and so on. # 5: Evaluate Future Prospects: Whatever be your assessment of the future course of action, always evaluate the decision with yardstick of future possibilities. For example, there is no point in joining a less popular course of a reputed college, since there must have been a reason for its low popularity.  About Vineet: Vineet is a Motivational Speaker and a Certified Career Counselor. He inspires students via his motivational talks. To know more about him, please visit:
March 14, 2020
Developing School Leaders - In Conversation with Ashok Pandey
Of the many challenges Indian Education System faces, one that always bothers me is the quality and quantity of teachers in the Indian Education System (across schools, colleges, universities and autonomous institutions).  I mean at First there is more than adequate shortage of teachers in the country (despite of the fact that we keep talking about our demographic advantage); Second, teaching is no where closer to being considered as a preferred career of choice (which means most individuals who are in teaching are rarely cut-out for the task) and Third teachers who are serious about their profession and willing to put their heart and soul into it, rarely have good mentors and rarely do they have a clear career growth path.  In my quest to seek answers to some of these questions, i reached out to Ashok Pandey Sir, Educationist and Director Ahlcon Group of Schools who passionately shared his own journey and shared his perspective on "What does it take a school teacher to transition into a school principal"?  If you are a teacher seeking career growth or a school leader seeking inspiration to groom next level of leadership, this podcast offers a very passionate account from the life of a teacher, mentor, educationist and a thought leader!  If you have any questions or suggestions about this podcast, please feel free to reach out to me on my website: or write to me on 
March 05, 2020
Five Inspirational Quotes To Get Started
We all need motivation. Many a times in our lives we need motivation for different reasons. Sometimes we need motivation to develop a new habit, sometimes we need it to overcome an old habit. Sometimes, we need motivation to keep going and sometimes we need motivation to get out of a troubled relationship that is no longer worth it! Sometimes, we need motivation to leave our job and start something of our own; and at other times we need motivation to stay-put in the dream we cherish despite failures and rejections. What will motivate us at different points in our lives will vary, however, I am sharing few of my all-time favorite quotes about getting started. These quotes are part of my research over the years and perspective which keeps evolving over a period of time.  #1 The best time to start anything is now! Proverb Explanation – It’s human nature to put off things unless they are very sure about it… However, trust me, if you keep pushing off that idea you are so passionate about, just do it. Only once you do it will you come to know that probably it was so doable and not all that tough! #2 You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky   Explanation – Getting started is the scariest part of anything big. You fear the risk of getting failed, you fear your reputation and what not. However, we don’t win, unless we play the game. We will never have all the information, never have all the resources and never have all the answers needed to succeed. Go ahead. You will discover them during the journey. # 3 Don’t let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started – Marilu Henner   Explanation – Lot of times in the quest for perfection, we just procrastinate and defer decisions. Start small, make mistakes and improve on the way. There is nothing perfect the way we know it when we compare it with what it started. #4 You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great – Zig Ziglar  Explanation – No one became great on day one. Everyone started ordinarily, faced hardships, made some mistakes, learnt from failures and eventually reached their goals. No one who has achieved anything worthwhile achieved anything without getting started. #5 What would you do if you weren’t afraid – Sheryl Sandberg  Explanation - Imagine that you have all the power and resources to work on your dream project. Would you still not start? So, are you afraid of lack of resources or are you afraid of failing when you start? Think and think deep and the answers will emerge from within! This podcast is about inspirational quotes to get started and inspired in life. Quotes referred here belong to respective authors. Explanation of the quotes is as understood by Vineet Tandon, India's leading #MotivationalSpeaker.  If you have questions about the podcast, please write to me on 
February 29, 2020
Seeking True Happiness?
Imagine all the good things in life that we seek like happiness, peace, serenity were available in a store near you at 90% discount. If you were given an option to buy only one of them from the store, which one would you pick up and why? I am sure, the way we normally think, entire family would have gone, each one to pick up something different, so that as a family you got everything in place.  This podcast offers an interesting perspective about how a businessman, who was a miser, went to the shop where all these things were available on huge discount and ended up paying a convenience fee for visiting the store, while he didn't even purchase anything.  Listen to the podcast to know more.  This podcast is in English and listening time is: approx 7 minutes.  If you have questions or need clarifications, please feel free to contact me on 
February 23, 2020
Music Was My Hero - Anita Karwal, Chairperson, CBSE
We all have different forms of association with Music. For some, it is a healer, for some it is an escape from the harsh realities of life and for few others it can be a source of inspiration and even a childhood hero!  In this guest episode with Vineet Tandon, learn, what Anita Karwal an IAS Officer and Chairperson Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has to say about her association with Music and the role music plays in Cognitive Development.  If you have any thoughts, suggestions and feedback, please feel free to reach out to me on or send me an email on 
February 16, 2020
Prabhu Se Prarthna - प्रभु से प्रार्थना
What is the best prayer you can offer to the lord or to the divine power? Well, i think the best prayer is when you have a dialogue with the god in your own words - a pure heart to heart conversation. This podcast, Prabhu Se Prarthna - is in Hindi and if about offering prayers to lord in the most simplest words. 
February 09, 2020
कहानी आत्मविश्वास की - The Story of Self Belief!
This is the story of a family of eagles who have three little eaglets - Ena, Meena and Deeka. When one of the eaglets Meena failed to fly high and fell down from an astronomical height, she and her younger sister felt terrible and gave up hope of flying again. Her mother persisted and with proper training and care all the three eaglets were able to fly and live their life fully. This is a modified version of the story that originally appeared in the book, Even Eagles Need a Push by David McNally. This Podcast is in Hindi.  यह कहानी ईगल्स के परिवार की है जिसमे अभी तीन बेबी ईगल्स यानी eaglets ने जनम लिया था । उनके नाम थे ऐना, मीना और डीका ।जब एक दिन उड़ान का प्रयास करते समय मीना ज़मीन पर आकर ज़ोर से गिरी, तो उसका आत्मविश्वास गिर गया । मीना और डीका को लगा शायद वह अब कभी नहीं उड़ सकेंगी। उनकी माँ ने उनको हिम्मत बांधते हुए बार बार प्रशिक्षण दिया और अपने आप पर भरोसा करने के लिए कहा। अपने आप पर भरोसा करते हुए, उन्हें अपनी आत्म स्वरुप का ज्ञान हुआ और तीनो बेबी ईगल्स आसमानो की बुलंदिया छूने लगे और उड़ने लगे।यह कहानी संशोधित संस्करन है उस कहानी का जो मूल रूप से पुस्तक  Even Eagles Need a Push by David McNally में प्रकाशित हुई है!       
January 25, 2020
Demystifying Passion
A lot of people get confused when they hear the word passion and the confusion is amplified many times over when we hear Global Leaders, Sportsmen, Thinkers, Hollywood and Bollywood actors & actresses using the words like “follow your passion” in their interviews and tweets. The problem worsens further when the most authoritative names in the world of media publish stories with contrasting headlines: For example, there was an article published in New York Times titled, “Why Find Your Passion is such a terrible piece of advice” and Time Magazine published an article “How to Find Your Passion”.  This podcast attempts to demystify the word passion and how people can identify what their true passion is. A post about this is also available as an article on my website, please visit the link: 
January 13, 2020
How Much Of You Are You Today?
When someone asks us, how are you, we normally give a response basis our life role, as a student, as a working professional or as a family member - which is not a representation of who we actually are. This Podcast, answers, why we need to look at life objectively and how we can actually do it. If you like this podcast, do subscribe / follow to this channel and get a fresh new perspective every week!  To know more about Vineet, please visit, or follow him on any of his social media channels. 
January 06, 2020
What Keeps One Going? - In Conversation With Nupur Jain
Loosing one's eyesight can be one of the most traumatic experiences one can ever have! How does one emerge successfully from such a situation? Nupur Jain lost her eyesight due to a medical condition, but never lost her vision! Nupur worked hard to earn a graduation from LSR college and a Post Graduate  degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai. A President of India Awardee, she currently works at GAIL India as Senior HR Officer. Listen to the story of Nupur Jain as she shares her journey on the Podcast #TheChordsofLife #Episode3 #InspirationalStories #VineetTandon #MusicalMotivationalSpeaker #Ideasforabettertomorrow
December 31, 2019
Which Career Option Should You Choose?
When faced with an opportunity to take career decisions, lot of people find decision making extremely difficult. Obvious reasons for this confusion are variety of choices, parental pressure, peer pressure and attractiveness or future potential of the option chosen. This can be stressing and mistakes can be very costly. This podcast, Which Career Option Should You Choose, helps you navigate some of these questions in a simple manner. To know more about the host, please visit: 
December 10, 2019
Campus Placements - Three Things To Keep In Mind
Lot of students in India who are in the final year of their college worry about placements. Few of them get placement support, however, not everyone is lucky enough. This is because, opportunities are limited and they want to ensure that they make most of every opportunity given. In this podcast, students will learn about the three important things they will need to keep in mind to emerge successfully during the campus placements interviews.  To know more, please visit:
December 09, 2019