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

 

THE CURRENT GUESTS

THE GUESTS

Here you can find information about the guests on the show.  This section is constantly being updated and will eventually include transcripts of all the interviews as well as the audio of each interview separately. 


Guests are listed alphabetically by last name.  Click on a guest’s name to be taken to their page which includes their background, links to their website (if available), and the audio of their interview.


If you have feedback about an interview, an idea for a guest, or you want to be a guest, email us at info@tiffintalk.org

PREVIOUS GUESTS

Malini Agarwal, better known by her radio personality Miss Malini.  Malini is a DJ for RadioOne, 94.3, where she hosts her own show on Saturday nights called Pirate Radio, but she also runs a social network called the Friday Club, writes a column for Mid-Day, and chats weekly on the BBC Asia Network.

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Subhash Arora is the founder and President of the Delhi Wine Club.  We talk to him about the wine industry in India, the consumer’s attitude about wine, and how it stacks up against India’s favorite: whiskey.

Subhash Arora

Cyril Almeida

Cyril is a former Rhodes Scholar who now works as an editor and columnist at The Dawn in Karachi. 


India Minister of External Affairs, and his Pakistani counterpart, met in Islamabad on July 16, 2010 and we talk to Cyril Almeida to get a sense of the results.

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Taylor Barnes is a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and she comes on TiffinTalk to discuss the Indian IT industry and the outsourcing of the US Health Care Bill.

Parasher Baruah

Parasher Baruah, originally from Dibrugarh, Assam is one of India’s young and upcoming film makers. A cinematography graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Parasher has been working as a Director of photography in various projects, both in regional cinema as well as mainstream commercial work in Mumbai.

Sean Blagsvedt is the founder of Babajob an online social networking and employment site.  Babajob has been described as the "LinkedIn for the village" and is a job search site for low income Indians.

Alain Bertaud

Alain Bertaud is the former principal urban planner for the World Bank.  We talk to him about  the Floor Space Index (FSI) in Mumbai.  Most major cities set theirs anywhere from 5-15. Mumbai’s is 1.3. Alain discusses the effect this has had on Mumbai and what it means for other world cities.

Abheek Bhattacharya

Abheek Bhattacharya is an editorial writer at The Mint.  We talk to him about Independence Day, the state of India on this 63rd anniversary of independence, and what should be the focus of Indians during the 64th year of the republic.

Vijay Anand

Vijay Anand, the President of 5th Pillar.  5th Pillar is an organization dedicated to the eradication of corruption and has gotten some international media attention recently for their creation of the zero rupee note, a tool in the fight against graft.

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Michael Delfs is one of the minds behind a recent partnership between the NBA (National Basketball Association, USA) and Mahindra to bring the sport to India. They launched a community basketball league right before the end of the 2010 IPL and have registered about 100 teams.

William Dalrymple, author, historian, and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.  We chat with him about what it takes to organize the Jaipur Festival, his take on Indian literature and how, as a festival organizer, he has noticed it change.

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Paul Folmsbee

Paul Folmsbee is the Consul General of the US Consulate in Mumbai.  Prior to his assignment to India, Paul was the Dept. of State’s Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader for Sadr City and Adhamiya in downtown Baghdad.  Prior to Baghdad, he was assigned to Islamabad, Pakistan where he was the Country Director for the Intl. Narcotics and Law Enforcement program.

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Sumana Ghosh, the head booker for Elite Model Management, about the changing face of beauty in India.  People released their list of the 100 Most Beautiful People in June and TiffinTalk asks about the trends in beauty and what advertisers are looking for in today’s models.

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Rishi Jaitly

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

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Manjeet Kripalani

Manjeet Kripalani is the former Indian bureau chief for Business Week and the founder of Gateway House - India's first fully independent and non-government supported foreign policy think tank. 

Patrick Heller

Dr. Patrick Heller is a professor of sociology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  His current area of research is how institutional designs and civil society configurations promote more participatory forms of governance.   Much of his research has focused on India, particularly Kerala.  We chat about the effect nativist groups like the Shiv Sena have on urban development.

Taran Khan is an independent writer and filmmaker in Mumbai and one of the co-founders of Jalebi Ink.  Jalebi Ink is an organization that educates youth about media and involves them in the creation of original work and publications.

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Kenneth Lobo is the co-founder of the Bombay Elektrik Projekt.  Bombay Elektrik Projekt is a pioneering arts & culture enterprise intent on changing the nightlife scene across the country, one city at a time.  They work with a variety of mediums, including local and international DJ gigs to live bands, poetry slams to short film screenings, stand-up comedy to world cinema.

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Nandu Madhava

Nandu Madhava is the founder of MDhil. MDhil provides basic healthcare information to our users via text messaging, mobile web browser, and interactive digital content.

Bhavesh Mistry

Bhavesh Mistry is a student of industrial design who just finished a year stint in Mumbai.  We talk to him about industrial design and what he observed while he was here.

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Anand Mahindra

Dhananjay Mohabey is a paleontologist from the Geological Survey of India who discovered a fully intact snake fossil in Gujarat.  Working with him in the discovery was his colleague, Jeff Wilson, from the University of Michigan.

Anand Mahindra is the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Mahindra Group.  We talk to him about Mahindra's role in social infrastructure and his plans for other aspects of his company including the Mahindra United Football Club and his movie production house, Mumbai Mantra.

Arvind Narrain is the director of the Alternative Law Forum in Bangalore and was one of the key lawyers in the Delhi case.

Scott Norton

Scott Norton is one of the creators of AsiaWheeling, the purpose of which is to “bicycle through Asia with as few preconceptions, and as open a mind as possible, to shirk from the opportunity for new experience only when it endangers the body or mind, and to report our findings in the most diligent and evocative manner we can.”

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Sheela Patel

Sheela Patel is the founder of the NGO SPARC that deals with slum dwellers and housing.  We talk to her about the early 2010 Supreme Court decision mandating homeless shelters in the major metros.

Sougat Paul

Sougat Paul is an emerging fashion designer who was featured at the Lakme Fashion Week in the Spring of 2010.  He designs denim and women’s evening wear, among other things and the Lakme website writes that “he has gotten international acclaim for his use of innovative texture and embroidery development.”

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Deval Sanghavi

Deval Sanghavi is the founder of Dasra, an organization that connects donors with NGO’s and worthwhile causes in India deserving investment.  We chat with him about the state of philanthropy in India as some of the world’s wealthiest answer Warren Buffet and the Gates’ call to pledge 50% of their wealth to charity.

Anuradha Senguta is one of the founders of Jalebi Ink, an organization that connects youth with journalism. Before Jalebi Ink, Anuradha conceptualised, launched and edited YA!, a socially conscious children’s newspaper.

Vijay Pratap Singh is the founder of Ekgaon.  Ekgaon is a company that provides agricultural information - such as market prices, weather conditions, and pesticide application advice -  to farmers via SMS.

Woody Schneider

Woody Schneider is one of the creators of AsiaWheeling, the purpose of which is to “bicycle through Asia with as few preconceptions, and as open a mind as possible, to shirk from the opportunity for new experience only when it endangers the body or mind, and to report our findings in the most diligent and evocative manner we can.”

Nandini Sundar is Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, and Co-editor, Contributions to Indian Sociology.  In January, 2010 she participated in a Gateway House panel on the Naxalite insurgency and we thought she had some interesting things to say, so we tracked her down.

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Neeraj Thakur is a columnist from DNA who covers the Energy and Natural Resource news in India.  In light of his coverage of the oil scene here in India, we thought he would be a good man to speak to about the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico and what effects, if any, it would have in India.

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Sonya Vajifdar

Sonya Vajifdar is a new entrant to the Mumbai fashion scene, but you could say she has made a pretty big splash.  She studied fashion in Italy and has returned home to begin her fashion line.  Her rainwear collection has been featured in the Pre-London Fashion Week and her other work is getting wide praise on shelves in designer stores throughout the city.

Aniruddhan Vasudevan is a performer, writer and activist based in Chennai. He runs The Shakti Resource Center, a non-profit organization engaged in creating spaces and models for dialoguing on issues related to gender and sexuality.  He has also done extensive work on HIV/AIDS in Chennai and was one of the chief organizers of Chennai’s first gay pride parade in 2009 and then again this year.

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Tony Wheeler

Tony Wheeler and his wife, Maureen Wheeler, founded the Lonely Planet travel book dynasty after completing an overland trip from Europe to Australia.  Today, the company is 75% owned by BBC Worldwide and just launched Lonely Planet Magazine in London, followed by India.  Tony was in Mumbai for the launch, so we met up with him for a chat.

Jeff Wilson is a professor of Geological Sciences and assistant curator for the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan.  After looking inside a fossil found in the late 1980’s by Dhananjay Mohabey, Jeff discovered an almost fully intact snake skeleton from Gujarat.

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Narayana Murthy is an Indian businessman, software engineer and the founder of Infosys Technologies, a consulting and IT services company based in India.


We talk to him about governance in India and some of the views he expressed in his book A Better India, A Better World.  We also ask him about the recent visa hikes and what he thinks should be the top priority for India in the coming year.

Rajeev Jhaveri is the author of the new book I, Romantic.  I, Romantic chronicles the journey of a young soldier as he falls in love and ultimately becomes disenchanted with his role in the Indian Army. 


Rajeev talks about what his inspiration was for writing the book and some of the tough questions he asked himself during his own military service.  He also reads a brief selection from the book.

Imad Ahmed is a journalist from Pakistan who has written for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Internationale Politik, and was a Features Editor for The Friday Times in Pakistan.  He talks to us about the government of Pakistan’s handling of the floods, the international response, the role of India, and what the effects will be going forward.

Nishna Mehta, a correspondent from Jalebi Ink, interviews Shaili Sathyu. 


In 2009 Shaili Sathyu  established ‘GILLO’ an independent children's media group based in Mumbai with work ranging from education to the arts and the media.   Nishna asks her about the creation of GILLO and what it is like to engage with youth in theatre and drama.

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Pashington Obeng

Pashington holds a Ph.D. from Boston University specializing in religion and cultural communication.  He teaches at Wellesley College and Harvard University.


Pashington is the author of Shaping Membership, Defining Nation: The Cultural Politics of African Indians in South Asia and Asante Catholicism: Religious and Cultural Reproduction among the Akan of Ghana, and numerous articles on religion, culture and African diaspora studies. His current research focuses on the cosmologies and ways of life of African Indians of Karnataka in south India.

Mitesh Panchal

Mitesh is an avid and knowledgable outdoorsman and has been traveling into Sanjay Gandhi National Park for more than 10 years in addition to numerous other treks around Maharashtra and India.


Mitesh founded his own NGO to rehabilitate animals from the park and to do park outreach - teaching everyone from tribals to school children about responsible park use.

Kabi has lived all over the world, including Los Angeles where she drove a taxi for 3 years on the night shift.  In 1993 she returned to Mumbai and has since begun Meter Down, a blog that chronicles the stories of Mumbai’s ubiquitous taxi drivers.

Kabi

Jill Beckingham, wife of British Deputy High Commissioner Peter Beckingham, is a social activist who walked the famous route of Gandhi’s 1930 Salt Satyagraha.  The walk lasted from November 18, 2010 to December 4, 2010 and it raised 10 lakh for each of the six charities chosen by Jill: Magic Bus, Muktangan, Apnalaya, The Akshar Trust, Shram Mandir, and the Bhasha Center.

Jill Beckingham

Nancy Barry

Nancy Barry is the founder and president of Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. Launched in September 2006, ESP works with major corporations, emerging entrepreneurs, and leading business schools to build business models that engage low-income producers. Nancy worked for the World Bank from 1975 to 1990 before becoming President of Women’s World Banking from 1990 to 2006. She has a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard.

Casey Nolan

Casey Nolan is part of a team, called Artefacting Mumbai, that organized art classes for kids in Dharavi while also completing a large scale installation art project. 


Casey received his BA in environmental studies at University of Montana (2002) and Masters in urban planning at Portland State University in 2005. He currently works as a freelance photographer and videographer in Portland, Oregon.

Raj Jaganam is the founder of Cycle Chalao.  Cycle Chalao is a pioneer bicycle sharing business in Mumbai - having created a financially viable platform for students at Kelkar College to borrow bicycles during the final leg of their commute.  Raj has been recognized multiple times domestically and abroad for his work on Cycle Chalao.

Raj Jaganam

Dr. Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri, a yoga instructor, founded Laughter Yoga in 1995.  Since then, thousands of laughter clubs have started in over 60 countries around the world.  Beyond the physical health benefits and improvements to the immune system, the Kataria’s promote Laughter Yoga for the profound effect it has on mood and energy levels.

Madan and

Madhuri Kataria

Laughter Yoga