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Desi Outsiders

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A podcast by two young Indian women who want to be the voice of reason that fails to be heard in certain Indian households. The podcast is designed to bring meaningful conversations on relationships, dating, education, and feminism into Indian homes. Meenal is an Indian who was raised outside of India in a very traditional Indian household while Ankita was raised in India in a more liberal household. So when these two girls get together, the conversation gets rolling.

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A podcast by two young Indian women who want to be the voice of reason that fails to be heard in certain Indian households. The podcast is designed to bring meaningful conversations on relationships, dating, education, and feminism into Indian homes. Meenal is an Indian who was raised outside of India in a very traditional Indian household while Ankita was raised in India in a more liberal household. So when these two girls get together, the conversation gets rolling.

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wow amazing podcast by young girls

By Ruchika C - Aug 26 2019
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amazing topics great maturity and good content.. keep it up girl power

Its just like chatting with your desi friends

By ash15Oct!! - Jul 21 2019
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Love the insights from these two girls. They are really mature and their take on life is so relatable. I live in California far away from home and listening to this podcast makes me a bit less homesick 😍

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16 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
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wow amazing podcast by young girls

By Ruchika C - Aug 26 2019
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amazing topics great maturity and good content.. keep it up girl power

Its just like chatting with your desi friends

By ash15Oct!! - Jul 21 2019
Read more
Love the insights from these two girls. They are really mature and their take on life is so relatable. I live in California far away from home and listening to this podcast makes me a bit less homesick 😍
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Desi Outsiders

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A podcast by two young Indian women who want to be the voice of reason that fails to be heard in certain Indian households. The podcast is designed to bring meaningful conversations on relationships, dating, education, and feminism into Indian homes. Meenal is an Indian who was raised outside of India in a very traditional Indian household while Ankita was raised in India in a more liberal household. So when these two girls get together, the conversation gets rolling.

Rank #1: Episode 32 - Dealing with a break up

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This week, Ankita exposes the truly lowest points in her life - her relationships PRE SHANE. And Meenal tells us about the half date she had before her Mummy came in and ruined everything. We also share our four gems of wisdom regarding how to deal with a break up. Let us know what you think!

Jun 07 2017
40 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 2 : Wedding Fallacies - A Reality Check

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In this week's episode, Ankita and Meenal dig deeper into the topic of marriage in India. Not only do they discuss the fallacies of love and marriage in the Desi culture, but they also attempt to give their listeners a reality check by shedding light on their own personal experiences.

Oct 06 2016
44 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 43: The Story of Shanti Bhavan

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This week, we bring you our conversation with Ajit George who helps run Shanti Bhavan, the institution showcased in the Netflix documentary ‘Daughters of Destiny’. Shanti Bhavan is a free residential school for underprivileged children in India. Every year, the school enrolls 24 children at the age of four and takes care of their needs and expenses all year round, supporting them till they land a job and become capable of taking care of themselves and their families. 95% of these children come from the Dalit or ‘untouchable’ communities in India and almost all of them are from impoverished families that survive on less than $2 a day.

Tune in to hear about the 20-year journey of this institution that starts with Ajit’s father, Dr Abraham George’s dream to uplift the Dalit community in India.

Aug 24 2017
1 hour 58 mins
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Rank #4: 26: Episode 80 - A non-traditional Indian wedding

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As we prepare for the Asian Media Awards, we wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your love and endless belief in our project. We are sending you all a big, virtual hug!

This week, we discuss how Desi weddings aren't exactly the norm anymore - we're all adapting to our needs and desires when it comes to what we believe is the perfect wedding. But can we still keep traditions alive if we continue to veer away from how our ancestors conducted weddings? How important is to us, as a generation, to pass these traditions forward?

Oct 25 2018
36 mins
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Rank #5: 25: Episode 79: Sabarimala verdict: Religion vs Law

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The Sabarimala verdict was a great day for women across the country.

Ankita had visited this Temple as a child to make sure she received her blessings before hitting her menstrual age.

We both dig into what the Vedas say about women being impure and why we all need to extend our knowledge and read further into historic textbooks to understand why these rules still live within our society.

Oct 04 2018
33 mins
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Rank #6: 53: Episode 53 - In Conversation With Sandy Kaur Gill aka TheSandyLion

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This week, we had the pleasure of speaking to TheSandyLion who confessed that this was her debut podcast interview!

Sandy is a full-time elementary school teacher and a fashion stylist based in Toronto. In this interview, Sandy takes us through her 4-year journey to bring her where she is now, working with big stars like Lilly Singh, Humble the Poet, and even styling in some music videos!

Nov 30 2017
32 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 3 : The untold story of the younger Indian daughter

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This week, we discuss the untold story of the younger Indian daughter. Being a younger Indian daughter who has been left behind in a household that has suffered the loss of an eloping child is not an easy situation to be stuck in.

We reflect upon the root causes of all treatments in a setting like this.

Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bhagathk/3084924167/in/photostream/

Oct 13 2016
45 mins
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Rank #8: 1: Episode 55 - Season 5 Premiere

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We warned you that we were coming back although the last time you heard from us, we had no idea that we were about to leave you for a month without a warning. As usual, we jumped from topic to topic in this episode and ended up discussing Zaira Wasim’s flight incident and how these situations contribute to the discourse around feminism. And then, again without a warning, and completely ignoring Meenal’s pleas to be spared the image, Ankita describes a very graphic incident of a man who stood in the middle of a flight with his pants undone.

We leave you with a food for thought - how important is it to be mindful of the way we represent our Desi community when we travel abroad? 

Ankita's blog - http://ankita.ink

Jan 25 2018
31 mins
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Rank #9: 21: Episode 75 - Braindump

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After almost half a year, we bring you another Braindump! We use this episode to explain why we've been off the radar for some time, and you'll also hear about why some of our episodes have been released on random days of the week. Both of our lives have changed quite drastically. 

Thank you all for being patient with us as we settle into our new lives. After we recorded this episode, it reminded us how much we love doing these braindumps! If you agree, comment below!

Jul 20 2018
40 mins
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Rank #10: 30: Episode 84 - When the going gets tough

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Life can get busy. 

So busy that we both didn't even get a moment to sit and record an episode last week. But it's okay, because sometimes we have to accept that life can get crazy and we can always find ways to work around it. We are currently learning how to deal with our hectic work schedules and still have time to record a podcast and also deal with our ongoing daily life activities. We talk about our struggles and how we have found our own personal ways of overcoming our anxiety of trying to get enough done during our working days. 

If you have any suggestions for us, please send them over - as you'll listen, you'll realize we need all the help we can take!

Nov 29 2018
41 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 46 - In Conversation with Jasvinder Sanghera CBE

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Jasvinder Sanghera CBE is a UK born and raised Sikh-Indian who narrowly escaped a forced marriage by running away from home at the age of sixteen. She is the founder of Karma Nirvana, a national award winning charity that supports both men and women affected by honour based abuse and forced marriages.

She was listed in the Guardian’s top 100 Most Inspirational Women in the World in 2011. She was awarded Commander of the British Empire in 2013 in recognition of her outstanding contribution for the victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse. In fact, Prime Minister David Cameron stated that her work “turned his head on the issue of forced marriage” and her work is recognised as being pivotal to the creation of a specific UK forced marriage criminal offence in 2014.

Sep 14 2017
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #12: 2: Episode 56 - In Conversation With Supriya Joshi

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This week, we bring you our conversation with Supriya Joshi, a stand up comedian and writer who’s worked extensively with All India Bakchod.

Supriya enlightened us on what it means to be at the forefront of both the feminist movement as well as the change happening in the comedy circles in India today. And as you can imagine, we shared a lot of giggles along the way and hope you enjoy listening to the three of us as much as we enjoyed recording this episode.

You can find out more about our orphanage and our Foundation right here: www.altcricketfoundation.org

Feb 01 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 35 - Living Life Plus Size with Sukhminder Kaur

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Meet Sukhminder Kaur from Leicester, a beautiful young woman who suffered as an emotional eater from a young age. A lack of self esteem was both the cause and result of a pattern she was falling into, and the loneliness she experienced as an outsider in a setting very different to her traditional Indian home was not helping in any way. Tune in to our conversation with Sukh where she tells us all about her journey from a cycle of unhealthy eating to that of a finalist in the Ms Plus Size North India 2017 pageant - India’s very first plus-size beauty pageant.

Jun 28 2017
40 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 4 : The Career Dilemma of Indian Millennials

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In this episode, we discuss how we embarked on our respective career paths and the things that influenced these choices. Meenal dishes out on how she failed to get into medical school, only to find an opportunity that changed her outlook on life, while Ankita tells the story of how she climbed on hostel toilets to look at boys.

Oct 20 2016
57 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 29 - The one where Meenal left

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Meenal left and Shane grabbed on to the opportunity to replace her. The result: a very poor reflection on Shane and Ankita's marriage.
They reveal things about themselves that the other didn't know, and about each other that nobody wants to know. When Meenal gave her blessing to the couple to record without her, she probably intended for it to be a disaster.

May 11 2017
49 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 10 : Female, Male and Sexual Hygiene

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In our final episode on period, sex and reproduction, we come to you with a discussion on hygiene - female, male and even sexual hygiene. We round off our series on sexual health with an insight into the importance of maintaining proper hygiene, and stressing on the impact it can have on your body if this is neglected.

If you know anyone who you feel may benefit from this, please do share this episode with them - it may just help them more than you think.

Dec 01 2016
32 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 27 - Braindump

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This week, we come with the last Braindump of the season. As always, nothing can prepare you for the tangents because, at the end of the episode, we ourselves struggled to figure out where it all started. But we’re sure the image can give you a gist of where the conversation took us this time. Enjoy!

Apr 27 2017
40 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 6 : Re-evaluating our career choices

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This week, as we discuss the various options available to us before going into University, Meenal’s Dad makes a special guest appearance and reminds us that things don’t suck as much as we make them out to. We also go into horrifying CA pass rates in the country and talk about the importance of looking into all the available options before making an important decision.

Nov 03 2016
56 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 9 : The Talk - Periods, Sex & Reproduction

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This week, we bring you ‘The Talk’ in the form of a Youtube video. Sit back, and join us as we discuss all the things you need to know about puberty and sexual reproduction. This is for anyone who hasn’t been given the talk yet, or is unsure of the concept of reproduction. But mainly, we encourage parents to watch this video so that they have an easier time imparting this knowledge to their kids. We also hope that parents show their kids this video and watch it with them, to break all communication barriers.

Original Video: https://youtu.be/nKthChB5CMc

Please share, comment and subscribe to our YouTube channel if you feel this video is helpful.

If you have any other queries or confusions, we’d love to help you out! All you have to do is drop us an email to mail@desioutsiders.com

Nov 24 2016
10 mins
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Rank #20: 14: Episode 68 - In conversation with Shreya Nallapati

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This week we spoke to Shreya Nallapati, an activist, entrepreneur and high school senior. Like many of us, Shreya watched Emma González’s speech after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February of this year. But instead of using tech to send just thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, Shreya decided to use her tech skills and knowledge to build a product that uses predictive analytics and artificial intelligence in order to both predict and prevent future school shootings in America.

What started out as a one girl team with a big dream, soon grew into an organisation with 200 enthusiastic contributors - most of whom are female teenagers, just like Shreya. She talks to us about the future of this project and the milestones ahead of her and we couldn’t be more proud to share this conversation with you!

Apr 25 2018
37 mins
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