PODCAST

Taking Chances

Anupama Bhalla & Soela Joshi

Life’s greatest lessons come when we shift our focus out of our comfort zone. We grow tremendously when we take the road less travelled, creating our own trail, and freeing ourselves from the “what ifs”! Our podcast is a candid conversation with creators, business leaders, entrepreneurs, sport heroes and celluloid icons who have dared to take chances, followed their dreams, risked it all, believed in themselves, made mistakes, started over and found success and happiness . This podcast is our chance to listen, speak, grow and have fun with our guests.

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EP. 00: Introduction
Feb 26 2021
EP. 00: Introduction
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EP 29: Using Her Voice with Shubha Mudgal
1w ago
EP 29: Using Her Voice with Shubha Mudgal
Our guest today is the prolific vocalist - Shubha Mudgal. Born into a musically dedicated family, Shubha has been trained by some of the finest musicians and musicologists in India.  In addition to being a performer she is also a composer and has received numerous awards including The Padma Shri, The Gold Plaque Award at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival and the Yash Bharati Samman from the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Shubha has been closely involved with several projects related to music education in India and has an online distribution platform for musicians specializing in diverse forms of Indian music. Shubha continuously perseveres to preserve the rich musical heritage of India. This is Taking Chances.
EP 28: Landing on my Feet with Anand Chakravarthy
May 16 2022
EP 28: Landing on my Feet with Anand Chakravarthy
Our guest today is Anand Chakravarthy – Co founder of Eleves who thrives working with young brands and businesses; helping them setup, scale up and succeed. Anand has been recognized by Impact magazine as amongst the Top 100 digital marketers in India. In this episode Anand talks about his journey from corporate leadership to entrepreneurial chaos. His insights are pragmatic and his journey is that of a complete chancer taker. His belief that he will land on his feet is inspiring. This is Taking Chances.
EP 27: Lets collaborate, not compete with Steve Augeri
May 1 2022
EP 27: Lets collaborate, not compete with Steve Augeri
This episode features Steve Augeri. Steve has worked in the field of education for the last 23 years, having begun his career as a public school teacher in the U.S. An interest in life beyond America led him on a series of adventures at international schools in Bangladesh, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, and India. Along the way, Steve transitioned out of a teaching role and into leadership, culminating in his current role  as the founding Head of School at Oberoi International School - JVLR Campus. In this episode Steve shares his education philosophy, his views on topics such as competition, inclusion, mental health and the importance of failure for growth. It's critical for students and parents to have a listen, and I promise it will lead to interesting dinner table conversations.
EP 26: Creating Queeristan with Parmesh Shahani
Apr 16 2022
EP 26: Creating Queeristan with Parmesh Shahani
Our guest today is an author, public speaker, culture curator, and inclusion advocate - Parmesh Shahani. He is the author of Queeristan - an award winning book about LGBTQ inclusion in the Indian work space. Parmesh has a career that has spanned academia, media and the corporate world -  including founding India’s first youth expression website, editing fashion and lifestyle magazines, setting up a media convergence think tank at MIT and a lot more. A Ted Senior Fellow and a Yale World Fellow, he has done and continues to do a lot to serve the community and to create a better and inclusive country. In this episode he shoots straight from the hip and speaks his mind about diversity and inclusion, the LGBTQ situation in India and the role  of family, law, the community itself and society at large in making the world a more empathetic and accepting place. This is Taking Chances.
EP 25: Wit and Wisdom with Vrajesh Hirjee
Apr 1 2022
EP 25: Wit and Wisdom with Vrajesh Hirjee
In this episode we have with us actor, Vrajesh Hirjee. He is an actor who sees things differently. Perspective is his true skill. He is entertaining for sure but what he really brings to the table is ideas, innovation and the ability to reframe concepts. Vrajesh lightens up serious situations and invites you to live in the moment. This is Taking Chances.
EP 24: Food for Thought with Ashwin Bhadri
Mar 17 2022
EP 24: Food for Thought with Ashwin Bhadri
Our guest today is Ashwin Bhadri, Founder and CEO of Equinox Labs. Ashwin is a serial entrepreneur, international speaker and a pioneer in food safety compliance.  In this episode, he shares his entrepreneurial journey with all its ups and downs, his passion for food and its safety and the importance of leadership and innovation to build a successful business. This is Taking Chances.
EP 23: Nothing Trumps Execution with Sunil Kumaran
Feb 23 2022
EP 23: Nothing Trumps Execution with Sunil Kumaran
Our guest today is Sunil Kumaran, Chief Brand & Digital Officer with Reliance Broadcast Network Limited. Sunil is an MBA and has worked in reputed organisations like Dentsu Aegis Network, Universal McCann, Rediffusion DY&R and Lowe Partners. Sunil's vast experience and expertise in media and advertising is on full display. In this episode he discusses the importance of brands, defines what good content means and the criticality of understanding the consumer. His life and work insights will help you experience true success. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 22: Print is not dead with James Hewes
Feb 1 2022
EP 22: Print is not dead with James Hewes
In this episode we speak to the President and CEO of FIPP James Hewes, who having worked with some of the best media companies and magazine brands in the world, knows print media inside out. Having held various positions in his 12-years at the BBC, most notably leading the international development of the magazines business, he was also the Publishing Director for Top Gear, Good Food, Easy Cook and Lonely Planet Magazine and a Director of BBC Haymarket Exhibitions. He has also worked with Gulf News Publishing running more than 30 products. He sits on various boards, is an Advisor to Dojoko, an education-focused start-up and the Founder & CEO of Soho Consulting In this episode he talks about the value of print publishing and its challenges, the need for adaptability and what FIPP is doing to show the path ahead. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 21: The Leading Lady with Apurva Purohit
Jan 11 2022
EP 21: The Leading Lady with Apurva Purohit
Our Season 2 starts with the inspirational Apurva Purohit – Co Founder Aazol Ventures, Independent Director and Author. Apurva is well known for her people oriented leadership and focus on culture in all the organisations she leads. Her 2 books “Lady you’re not a man” and “Lady you’re the boss” are pertinent and real for women in the workplace. This episode is for everyone who wants to find their voice and lead with confidence. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 20: Destined To Be with Anuradha Gupta
Dec 14 2021
EP 20: Destined To Be with Anuradha Gupta
Our guest Anuradha Gupta has an innate ability to connect with people and infuse her positive approach to living life. And her work naturally follows her personality. She is the CEO and Founder of Vows for Eternity, a global matchmaking service that stands apart for its personalised and confidential approach, specialising in bringing together individuals based on shared values, education, socio-economics and a commonality of interests. Anuradha also feels very strongly about giving back to society and is an involved investor in several not for profit organisations. In this conversation she talks about her journey, her beliefs and insights, and what it takes to get two people to come together and make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Match making across borders! This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 19: So much more to do with Harshil Karia
Nov 29 2021
EP 19: So much more to do with Harshil Karia
We have with us Harshil Karia – Founder Schbang. Harshil has been in the digital space in India for over 12 years. He has set up 2 agencies - Schbang and FoxyMoron. He has been selected as the top 50 Individual in the Digital Eco System in India and has won multiple Indian and Global awards like The Shorty’s Award, The Internationalists Award, and is part of the first team from India to win a Facebook Studio Award. Brand Equity has consistently labelled his agencies as the ‘Hottest Digital Agencies in India’. In this episode Harshil talks about his journey, his future plans and what success means to him. His ambitions sound daunting but his track record speaks for itself. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 18: Words Matter with Mohammed Sadriwala
Oct 29 2021
EP 18: Words Matter with Mohammed Sadriwala
Our guest today is Mohammed Sadriwala – a writer, storyteller and poet from Mumbai. In this episode Mohammed uses the power of words and introspection to touch on thought provoking aspects of life, philosophy and love. He also shares a heart breaking poem that will stay with you forever. Mohammed talks about his journey of becoming a writing and gives interesting lessons and tips for budding writers. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 17: Dare to Dream with Brinda Miller
Oct 6 2021
EP 17: Dare to Dream with Brinda Miller
Our guest today is an artist who lets her art and her life flow spontaneously. Everything about her is unrestrained. It is a pleasure to meet Brinda Miller - a master of many forms and mediums. She is well recognised and well awarded in the world of art and deservedly so. She is presently the honorary Chairperson of the Kala Ghoda Association and has been responsible for bringing art into public places. In this episode she speaks to us about her passion, style and ambition. And her appreciation of what art galleries have done for the arts. She believes that you have to not just dare to dream but follow it to its conclusion.   This is Taking Chances . --- Send in a voice message:
EP 16: Nurturing a Legacy with Polina Bosca
Sep 18 2021
EP 16: Nurturing a Legacy with Polina Bosca
Our guest today is an Italian winemaker who calls India her second home - Polina Bosca. She is a 6th generation member of the 190 year old Bosca wine company in Canelli where she heads R&D and multiple other functions.  Polina has given life to many a new flavours. Anyone who has had Dia wine from the Sula stable in India will have tasted one of her many creations.   In this episode she talks to us about her vision to take the company to new heights across generations, her challenges, the importance of family and why she loves India so much. Innovation and invention are very important. You have to keep giving the consumer new experiences - she says. That is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 15: Frankly Speaking with Prashant Panday
Aug 29 2021
EP 15: Frankly Speaking with Prashant Panday
Our guest today is the ever frank and candid Prashant Panday - MD and CEO - ENIL. With over 30 years of experience across companies like Citibank, Pepsi, HUL - he has, in his current role, been an integral part of the growth and success of the only public listed company of the Times of India. In this episode, Prashant shares with us his experiences, challenges, concerns and regrets. Here is a man who strives to make a difference and calls for responsibility and accountability in the media world. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 14: Living in the Now with Abraham Thomas
Aug 6 2021
EP 14: Living in the Now with Abraham Thomas
Our guest today is Abraham Thomas - CEO, Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd. Abe’s track record of building brands and his ability to scale businesses is well known. He has worked in varied industries, grown many a companies and understands the media and entertainment landscape best. His leadership style is transformational and his personal style is cool. In this episode, Abe shares with us his professional journey, his life experiences, his love for coffee, music, trashy movies and a new perspective on the role of the CEO today. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 13: Walk the Talk with Pooja Jauhari
Jul 20 2021
EP 13: Walk the Talk with Pooja Jauhari
In this episode, we have with us Pooja Jauhari CEO Glitch & Founder Seat at the Table. Her journey is truly inspirational. Pooja started working at age 15, right after class 10 and completed her education through work credits. She has worked in JWT, Unilever and Worldwide Media (WWM) before joining Glitch. She has built an organization that is gender blind, inclusive, progressive and high-performance. Pooja firmly believes that marketing must have a positive impact on society. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 12: Luck by Chance with Nikhil Gandhi
Jun 25 2021
EP 12: Luck by Chance with Nikhil Gandhi
In a career spanning over 2 decades Nikhil Gandhi has donned many hats - a media executive, a career coach, a mentor and an angel investor. And has made a grand success of all. As he readies to move on from TikTok, where he headed India, Middle East, Africa and more, this avid marathoner shares with us his luck by chance stories and what it took to be where he is today, personally and professionally. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 11: Exploring and adapting with Siddharth Rajsekar
Jun 11 2021
EP 11: Exploring and adapting with Siddharth Rajsekar
In this episode we have Siddharth Rajsekar the founder of the Internet Lifestyle Hub, one of the world's largest communities for coaches, trainers, teachers and experts. Sid has developed and perfected the Freedom Business Model which focuses on helping people take their expertise online and building a super-profitable digital coaching business, without an office or employees. His mission is to reform the education and employment system by building a new breed of digital leaders, based on the core principles of humanity, simplicity and social skills. This is Taking Chances. --- Send in a voice message:
EP 10: Life in the Sweet Lane with Pooja Dhingra
May 24 2021
EP 10: Life in the Sweet Lane with Pooja Dhingra
Our guest today has featured in the 30 under 30 list of Forbes both in India and Asia - Pooja Dhingra. Pooja is not just any chef but someone who has taken India by storm, with just a little bit of magical sugar. A passionate entrepreneur who introduced India to the French macarons, she is the founder of the Le15 chain of patisseries and cafes. She firmly believes that success is tied to values and not to things. Steeped in colors and flavors, she is deservedly the Macaron Queen of India. This is Taking Chances --- Send in a voice message: