A new radio show in Mumbai that breaks the fourth wall of traditional media


February 21, 2011 - On this episode we talk to Raj Janagam, the founder of Cycle Chalao.  Cycle Chalao is a bicycle sharing program that Raj started at Kelkar College in Mulund to rent bicycles to students at two points: the railway station and the college entrance.  Bicycle sharing, already an idea popular in Europe and other cities around the world, has proven to be popular and Raj has already broken even on operational costs.  He is a finalist in the Unreasonable Institute business challenge.  To learn more, visit Cycle Chalao’s website.

Next we talk to Dr. Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri.  In 1995 they founded Laughter Yoga and since then it has grown to thousands of clubs in over 60 countries.  I visited the couple and had them guide me through their Laughter Yoga practice and describe some of its benefits.  To learn more about their work, click here.

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Arvind Narrain & Aniruddh Vasudevan on the one year anniversary of the Delhi High Court decision that de-criminalized homosexuality.  Arvind is director of the Alternative Law Forum in Bangalore and Aniruddh runs the Shakti Resource Center.


Sean Blagsvedt, the founder of, discussing his site, which has been called the “LinkedIn for the village.”

Michael Delfs on the NBA-Mahindra partnership to bring basketball to India.


Vijay Pratap Singh, founder of Ekgaon, on his company that provides SMS updates to farmers on pesticide application calendars, market prices, etc.

Malini Agarwal, AKA Miss Malini, on DJing, radio, and blogging about Bollywood.

US Consul General Paul Folmsbee on US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s visit to India.


Nandu Madhava, founder of MDhil, on his service that delivers health info via SMS.

Bhavesh Mistry, a student of industrial design reflects on his time in Mumbai.

Manjeet Kripalani, the founder of Gateway House - India's first fully independent and non-government supported think tank - discusses foreign policy.

Jeff Wilson and Dhananjay Mohabey, two paleontologists who discovered a fully intact snake fossil in Gujarat.

Taylor Barnes, a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, discusses the Indian IT industry

Anand Mahindra, Managing Director of the Mahindra Group, about Mahindra's role in social infrastructure and his plans for other aspects of his company. 

Sonya Vajifdar and Sougat Paul, two emerging fashion designers, about fashion and the recent Lakme Fashion Week. 

Subhash Arora, the founder and President of the Delhi Wine Club, about wine in India.

Rishi Jaitly, former head of Public Public and Government Affairs for Google in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, about government regulation of the internet.

Alain Bertaud, former urban planner for the World Bank, regarding Floor Space Index (FSI) in Mumbai.

Scott Norton and Woody Schneider about their work for AsiaWheeling, an entrepreneurial travel venture.

Professor Patrick Heller from Brown University about the Shiv Sena and how nativist groups affect development.

Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet, about the new India magazine.

Sheela Patel, founder of NGO SPARC that deals with slum dwellers and housing, about the recent Supreme Court decision mandating homeless shelters.

William Dalrymple, author, historian, and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival about he started it and its growth over the years.

Dr. Nandini Sundar of Delhi University about the Naxalite insurgency.

Kenneth Lobo, co-founder of the Bombay Elektrik Projekt - a Mumbai music and art group - about the music scene in Mumbai and how it is evolving.

Cyril Almeida, a Rhodes Scholar and editor for The Dawn, on the meetings between India Minister of External Affairs, and his Pakistani counterpart that concluded on July 16 in Islamabad.

Vijay Anand, the President of 5th Pillar, on his organizations quest to eliminate poverty and the unique strategy they have created - the zero rupee note.

Neeraj Thakur, a correspondent from DNA, talks about the BP Oil Disaster and whether it will affect India and in what ways. 

Anuradha Sengupta and Taran Khan talk about their organization, Jalebi Ink, which connects youth with journalism.  One of their participants, Maitri, also joins the conversation.

Sumana Ghosh, head booker at Elite Model Management on trends of beauty in the wake of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People list.

Parasher Baruah interviewed by Jalebi Ink correspondent on his documentary, Waste, that follows ragpickers in Mumbai’s dumps.

Abheek Bhattacharya, an editorial writer at The Mint, on India’s independence and where the nation is today.

Deval Sanghavi, the founder of Dasra, an organization that connects donors with causes and NGO’s, talks about philanthropy in India.

N.R. Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, on governance in India.

Rajeev Jhaveri, author of I, Romantic, talks about his book - tale of an Indian soldier and his struggle with military service and romance.

S. Narayan, Director of the Mumbai Film Festival, on this year’s festival and its future growth.

Jalebi Ink correspondent Shagorika Ghosh talks to a manager from Childline, a pan-India phone service for children.

Imad Ahmed, a prominent journalist from Pakistan, on the aftermath of the floods.

Shaili Sathyu, founder of ‘GILLO,’ an independent children’s media group, about engaging youth with theatre and drama.

Mitesh Panchal, a self-described forest and nature enthusiast who started an NGO relating to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park on the forest and conservation.

Pashington Obeng, a professor from Wellesley and Harvard, on Indians of Africans descent and the African diaspora in India.

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Kabi, the creator of the the award winning blog Meter Down, which chronicles the stories of Mumbai’s taxi drivers.

Jill Beckingham, the woman who re-walked the route of Gandhi’s Salt March to Dandi in order to raise money for charity

Nancy Barry, founder of Enterprise Solutions to Poverty and former President of Women’s World Banking on microfinance.

Casey Nolan, videographer, on Artefacting Mumbai, an installation art project in Dharavi.