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The Early Twenties Podcast

The Early Twenties Podcast

By The Early Twenties Podcast

This podcast attempts to spark conversations on navigating our early twenties in a more meaningful way. We are a gang of four college friends -- Gyani(24), Sodhi(24), Shubhu(24) & Preet(23), figuring out life in runtime. And we wanna document it, sharing our experiences with the world! Every Sunday, one of us takes the lead on a topic that has been most pressing in our professional/social lives, and all of us take it from there :)
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quarter-life bliss!

The Early Twenties PodcastApr 30, 2022

quarter-life bliss!

quarter-life bliss!

Apr 24 2022

Creators of Early Twenties podcast got together after a hiatus of a year only to realise that they are aging beyond their early twenties! Bids for takeover might be considered.

Lot has changed since we recorded last- we've moved across continents, startups and relationships have been shut, personalities have shifted, jobs have been switched and ankles have been broken.

Tune into this episode as we draw upon epiphanies like 'there is no point of money if you cannot say no to more money', 'having children is like IPO' and 'sub-consciously asking yourself about whether the woman will be the right mother of your children, on the first date, but sub-consciously'!

Apr 30, 202201:32:24
Be flexiple! | Guest episode with Karthik Sridharan
Mar 26, 202101:06:53
Guest Episode with Debarghya (Deedy) Das!
Jan 31, 202101:44:41
New Year, New Me - 2021 Kickoff episode

New Year, New Me - 2021 Kickoff episode

On this episode of the Early Twenties podcast, the four of us sit down to do a review on 2020(as they say, Hindsight is 20/20), and discuss goals for the new year. We discuss finance, relationships, work and martial arts - along with the usual bakchodi that comes with our episodes. 

Tune in and let us know whether you like these free-flowing conversations better than the scripted ones? Well, we never did scripted ones anyway :)

Jan 28, 202101:26:20
 Nobody said it was easy! | Guest Episode with Anirudh Singla (Founder & CEO at Pepper)
Dec 19, 202001:25:06
Changing the world, one programmer at a time | Guest episode with Abhishek Gupta (CEO @ NavGurukul)

Changing the world, one programmer at a time | Guest episode with Abhishek Gupta (CEO @ NavGurukul)

If we don’t take responsibility of weeding out unwanted societal elements, it will eventually come back and bite us! — Abhishek

On this episode of the Early Twenties Podcast we learn about Abhishek’s journey of navigating from the helm of capitalism to an agent of change. 

He sold a startup right after college and now runs Navgurukul, a foundation that enables youngsters from under privileged communities to get high paying jobs in the industry.

We dig deep into his quest for happiness and meaning, evolving through experience instead of intellect and how everyone can contribute towards a better society. Fun fact- Abhishek went from being a temperature sensitive person to living without a fan in Delhi summer and bathing in the river in hilly winter.

He is an intense personality and so is this episode. Rest assured, it’s going to be a lot of learning and unlearning. Jump right in!


Abhishek Gupta-


Work with Abhishek-

Dec 02, 202001:42:02
Running a thousand kilometers in eight months | Celebration Episode with Gyani

Running a thousand kilometers in eight months | Celebration Episode with Gyani

On this episode, we are celebrating Gyani's 1000 kilometer running goal this year. On the one-year anniversary episode of the Early Twenties, we had committed to mileage goals for 2020, Gyani went ahead and killed it in eight months! 

We go behind the scenes, and talk about Gyani's running consistency and how controlling the diet helped him lose 16 kilos in this time period. Running is one of those things that are discussed often on this podcast, and we never get bored of it. Continuing on the thread of making commitments on this public platform, we commit to training goals for our full marathon attempt in Jan/Feb 2021.

Drawing parallels between running and life isn't much of a stretch, and that's why they say, Keep hammering.

Oct 10, 202001:17:50
Breadth-first search in life | Guest episode with Aayush Jain(Co-Founder & CEO at Greendeck)
Sep 19, 202001:56:13
Our experiments with NoFap | Thoughts about male sexuality
Aug 31, 202001:38:29
Cut to Scene! Guest episode with Aditya Vijaykumar & Devansh Chaudhary
Jun 21, 202001:21:55
Guest episode with Mishti Khatri: What we talk about when we talk about running!
Apr 07, 202001:38:00
Sodhi, tu karna kya chahta hai!
Mar 07, 202001:15:38
Moving into the mid twenties | one-year anniversary!

Moving into the mid twenties | one-year anniversary!

Kaafi banter! This was super fun for us to record and listen to. Hope y'all enjoy this too! Keep slaying, people!
Dec 15, 201901:17:08
Charting out your own path, and living a good life! | Guest episode with Abhishek Nayak
Jul 14, 201901:51:27
Putting yourself out there, & being okay with rejections! | Guest episode with Gargi Sharma!

Putting yourself out there, & being okay with rejections! | Guest episode with Gargi Sharma!

"You'll get a lot of rejections, and you'll eventually become good at handling them -- and they sometime suck, but that's the way to live life. You put yourself out there!" -- Gargi Sharma On the latest episode of the Early Twenties Podcast, we sit down with Gargi Sharma and dive real real deep into everything under the sun! No seriously, we talk about Systems Programming, Universal Basic Income, Women in Tech & very interestingly, Gargi's favorite Recurse Center!  Gargi graduated with a degree in CS from Pilani in 2017, and has been working at Bloomberg since. 2019 has been her year of exploration, as she has spent six weeks at Recurse Center, and will now be a part of Addiscoder in Ethiopia later this year! We talk about all the tech conferences she's speaking at, and how she managed to get these opportunities. We dive into the experiences women often feel in tech companies, and where the institutional problems arise from, and how reservation might solve that in the short-term future. That, and a lot more packed into this two-hour episode over drinks at Sodhi's place! Shownotes - Gargi's Github: - Gargi's Twitter: - Recurse Center: - Addiscoder: - Outreachy: - Never Split the Difference(Negotiating as if your life depended on it):
May 13, 201902:06:36
Taking the leap of faith! | Guest episode with digital nomads, Andy Mathews & Gaurav Chandrashekar!

Taking the leap of faith! | Guest episode with digital nomads, Andy Mathews & Gaurav Chandrashekar!

It takes a lot more courage to say, "I don't know, but I'll just give this a shot" and that is very very important. -- Gaurav  On this episode of the Early Twenties podcast, we sit down with Andy & Gaurav, two digital nomads who have been living the nomadic lifestyle for the better part of the last 3 years! Gaurav has now settled into a one-place lifestyle in Singapore, while Andy is still moving around every three months and is currently based out of Bali.  Gaurav & Andy first met in Dojo Coworking in Bali, and then have travelled to Mexico together -- all while Gaurav explored the Galapagos in Ecuador, learnt Spanish and travelled through Latin & Central America, while Andy skied in the Alps and surfed in Bali! We talk about their remote work lifestlyes, how they view the early twenties as the time to explore, discuss the not-so-good aspects of living as a nomad, and also peek into a couple crazy travel stories! The whole discussion centers around the theme of "Taking the leap", which is good advice when it comes to skydiving, but honestly, it scales really well to almost every aspect of life! If there is one Early Twenties podcast you have to listen to, this is it! And as always, we are looking forward for your feedback(both the good & the bad!) -- shoot it our way, we are @earlytwentiespodcast on Instagram!  Shownotes: Gaurav's Twitter -- Gaurav's Blog -- Gaurav on the World Wanderers podcast -- Dojo Coworking ( in Bali & Sayulita Cowork( in Sayulita, where Andy & Gaurav spent their time working! -- created by Pieter Levels ( Andrey Azimov ( -- ProductHunt Maker of the Year Visa requirements for Indian citizens (
May 05, 201901:15:05
Let's live befikar! | Guest Episode with Dhairik Fuletra!
Apr 30, 201901:25:08
Is Work-Life Balance a myth?!

Is Work-Life Balance a myth?!

When you’re gone would you rather have your gravestone say, ‘He never missed a meeting.’ Or one that said, ‘He was a great father.’ - Steve Blank

On this episode of the Early Twenties podcast, the three of us sit down to have a conversation around work-life balance -- we discuss our personal definitions of balance, what we think about on Friday evenings, and also get in an interesting discussion around money and work.

Being weirdo engineers that we are, we discuss about some time-tracking tricks to quantify 'balance' in our lives. We also take on audience responses from our Instagram poll on their definitions of work-life balance. That, and some random Arabic rap from the one and only Arabian superstar, Gyani! 

Hope you derive some value out of this episode, let us know how you liked/hated it! We're always looking forward to your feedback :)

Apr 21, 201932:07
Sher Aaya Sher! | Guest episode with Nilay Singh!

Sher Aaya Sher! | Guest episode with Nilay Singh!

I would go back and slap my 19 year old self and say that, Bro, Books are important!

On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Filmmaker, Beatboxer, Drummer, Nilay Singh!
With multiple viral hits under his belt, Nilay, who is currently working as a Director at
Schbang Motion Pictures, talks about his journey into music and film-making. He touches on his experiences of being from a middle class family and tackling social, peer and family pressures.

Specifically, Nilay also spoke to us about choosing to drop to take another stab at the entrance exams jazz and how that went for him. We spend a lot of time discussing his progress through his Bachelors of Mass Media journey and how he was gigging for five bands during university.

Towards the end we talk about his own venture @stopmotionwaale, how that came into being, what's his plan for the near future and more!
With a lot of stories with drama and comedy packaged into this episode, this will be so worth your time!

Oh and don't forget to check out Nilay mind blowing Instagram and other socials below!


Team Patil: Short Film
Seth Godin: Purple Cow
Gliding friends video  This gave the intial idea about @stopmotionwaale

Apr 14, 201901:29:59
The Ultimate Information Broker from Pilani! | Guest Episode with Nirant Kasliwal!

The Ultimate Information Broker from Pilani! | Guest Episode with Nirant Kasliwal!

I went to the hospital for six days straight, and i thought there was something physically wrong with me. I couldn't breathe -- Nirant Kasliwal

On this episode of the Early Twenties podcast, where we are joined by our very own Bitsian senior, Nirant Kasliwal! For all of us Bitsians, this name shouldn't be new to the ears -- you might like him, you may not like him, but you can't ignore him!

A semi-celebrity on Quora, and quite a sensation in the Bitsian elections, Nirant has worked in three Machine Learning/AI jobs over the last couple of years -- and has quite a lot to share for folks looking to get into Artificial Intelligence. Over the last year, Nirant even wrote a book on Natural Language Processing, which is just crazy, to say the least! Being a very active reader, we talk about the books and authors he's been reading, and also geek out over Naval Ravikant!

Nirant also shares with us about the mentally tough times he faced during his college years and how his internship at Belong helped him counter that. We talk about his process of finding mentors, and taking decisions with contradictory pieces of advice and biases. That, and a lot of Pilani masala packed into this wide-ranging conversation with Nirant Kasliwal. Tune in!!!

You can find him almost everywhere on the socials, go say hi :)

- Twitter

- Quora

- Facebook


- For the first time on the show, a book written by our guest themselves -- Natural Language Processing with Python Quick Start Guide

- Keep your identity small: 

- Don't call yourself a programmer: 

- A Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington: 

- The courage to be disliked:

- The Prophet:

Apr 07, 201901:26:10
Fashion ka hai ye jalwa! | With future(🤞) Miss India, Nikita Tanwani!
Mar 31, 201901:22:48
All the world's a Stage! | With Dr. Shamoly Khera!

All the world's a Stage! | With Dr. Shamoly Khera!

You have got to move forward with what you have! -- Shamoly Khera 

Dr. Shamoly Khera(@shamoly.khera) is a multi-faceted speaker, a TV presenter, producer, and speaking coach -- and very interestingly, a MBBS and Cosmetologist by training! 

Founder of her Content Production company 'One Take Media', & previously a TV Presenter on UTV & Zee TV, Shamoly takes us through the insecurities and struggles in her Early Twenties -- This episode will make you pause and appreciate the moment. We talk about her early days in the entertainment industry, the pressure from her parents to stick to the 9-5, and much much more!

She ends with "Be okay with rejections...", tune in to know why!

You can find her almost everywhere on the socials, go say hi :)

Mar 25, 201939:01
 Part 2 of 2 -- The Supernetworker of Pilani! | Guest episode with Siddharth Seth
Mar 17, 201944:39
Part 1 of 2 -- The Supernetworker of Pilani! | Guest episode with Siddharth Seth
Mar 10, 201950:49
The Baahubali of Singapore! | Guest episode with Ramsri Goutham!
Mar 03, 201901:14:02
On Friends, old and new!

On Friends, old and new!

Welcome to the 10th Episode of The Early Twenties Podcast.

On this one, we attempt to discuss Friendships. We talk about the way we try to maintain them, how we create new ones and how much do we actively think about all this. On an absolutely unrelated note, we also discuss
Sodhi's love for telegram!

I feel it's a rather different topic for us and we would love to hear how you felt about this!
No show notes for this one, but I'd like to take this opportunity to look back on the 10 episodes we have created in little over two months now and would like to thank all our listeners who take the time to listen and often reach out to us with feedback or just supportive messages. We absolutely love receiving these and they personally make my day every single time!

If you liked what you heard, please share the podcast in your network, tag us and let us know!

Feb 24, 201941:10
One third of our lives, Jobs!

One third of our lives, Jobs!

Welcome to the 9th episode of the podcast!

In this episode we talk about jobs, the transition from university to our first jobs and what we learnt in that exercise.

The episode was made to be a shorter one and we'd love your feedback on how do you think that went!!

Show Notes:

  • Clean Code by Robert Martin is a very popular book on writing clean code. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to writing production quality code which works and is maintainable.

    Always listen to Uncle Bob!

  • Amazon's 14 leadership principles: Amazon does an amazingly good job at instilling their culture throughout their organisation (500K strong). I've found these principles to be very true even in my personal life and would recommend going through the list!

As always, Request you to follow us at
Early Twenties Instagram
Early Twenties Twitter
Early Twenties Website 

for getting the latest updates and for sharing any feedback that you might have for us.
Finally, thanks for taking the time and have an amazing week ahead!

Kill'em ⚔

Feb 17, 201932:54
Feb 10, 201951:52
Apna Time Aayega | It's all in the mind!
Feb 02, 201950:45
Sid ke siddhanto pe charcha [Hindi]

Sid ke siddhanto pe charcha [Hindi]

In the sixth episode of the early twenties podcast, we move towards a more conversational format and explore topics ranging from  Collateralized loan obligations to Underground communities for music and other things with Siddhant Bhardwaj.

Siddhant, graduated out of BITS Pilani in 2015 and has since been working at Credit Suisse. He is currently based out of New York and loves composing music in his free time.

Show Notes:

We had an amazing time recording this one and hope you guys love it as well. As always, Tell us what you liked, and what you didn't! What would you like to listen about? Anybody in the early twenties we can have on the podcast as a guest?

We're excited!! You can find us at Shubhu, Sodhi and Gyani.  

Jan 27, 201901:27:22
Making Decisions with Aditya Vijaykumar
Jan 12, 201901:04:60
Execution! ⚔️

Execution! ⚔️

Show notes! 







 - Tail end -- Tim urban: 

 - Joe Rogan's podcast with Elon musk podcast: 

 - Tim Feriss' podcast with Jocko Willink:

 - Seinfeld's Productivity Secret:

Jan 06, 201944:44
Discussion on Gratefulness and SciFi
Dec 30, 201853:21
Welcome to The Early Twenties Podcast!
Dec 23, 201829:55