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RareErth Podcast

By Manoj Radhakrishna

RareErth Podcast explores work, creativity and entrepreneurship. Over the years we’ve all found ourselves asking that question, “What am I passionate enough about to take risks for?” RareErth podcast is a collection of insights and conversations with some of those who have heeded their creative spirit or entrepreneurial calling.
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An Actuary's Musings on Life & Financial Independence-Sumit Ramani

RareErth PodcastMar 29, 2023

An Actuary's Musings on Life & Financial Independence-Sumit Ramani

An Actuary's Musings on Life & Financial Independence-Sumit Ramani

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Sumit Ramani - Actuary and Co-Founder of ‘Protect Me Well’. In a touching homage to his parents during the interview, Sumit shared his unique journey to becoming an expert in the field of finance. We lamented about how financial companies have made financial products too complicated and we laughed as he shared some interesting anecdotes. From the people, instances, and books that have influenced his own perspective on money, to how he imbues responsible financial literacy in his young daughter, we’ve covered it all in this super-interesting season finale! Key Points: 1. Sumit sheds light on the relatively lesser-known Actuary profession and Actuarial Science. 2. How Sumit used his actuarial skills to help a gaming company design their gaming engine. 3. How his father, a wise and well-read medical doctor, instilled some great values in him including admirable conflict management skills. 4. Sumit’s other passion, fitness, and how he makes time for it every day despite his busy schedule. 5. Importance of financial independence, and the difference between retirement and financial independence. 6. How investing is more of a behavioral game than a skill game and shared his thoughts on common money mistakes people make, especially in insurance. With plenty of laughter and fascinating stories along the way, this episode is the perfect way to wrap up our season 2 and leave you excited for what's to come. So, tune in and get ready to be inspired! Show notes can be found here

Mar 29, 202301:56:06
From Ideas to Ideals - Product Management and more with Aishwarya Ashok

From Ideas to Ideals - Product Management and more with Aishwarya Ashok

In this episode of the podcast, I have an in-depth conversation with Aishwarya Ashok, Product Manager at Zoho and Creator of “The Prodcastt”, “The Founder’s Foyer”, “One Good Thing” and “100+NotTech”. The Founder's Foyer is a space where creators, founders, and builders look for all the foundational concepts and support to grow their ideas into products. We discuss a broad-spectrum of topics ranging from her transition from Product Marketing to Product Management, advice for future and current Product Managers, product sustainability factors, Carnatic music, heritage walks, possibilities for AI, and much more!

Key points in this episode:

  1. Emphasis on empathizing with users, picking and solving the right problems, and keeping personal preferences in check when giving feedback.
  2. Her comparison of Product Management to Stand-Up comedy.
  3. An in-depth analysis of the success of Duolingo and how it has proved to be a great example of a win-win for both the product and the user.
  4. The importance of social metrics and her non-belief in labels that restrict thinking.
  5. A closer look at her strong work ethic and how she’s given herself the freedom to explore new things, including her newfound love of ‘urbanscaping’.
  6. Her love for her home city, Chennai, and how it influenced her thinking.
  7. How her grandparents instilled in her a sense of punctuality and a proactive spirit that she carries with her to this day.

Additionally, this episode features an interesting ‘Deep Fire’ (questions) round filled with some fun, deep, and detailed responses by Aishwarya.

Show notes can be found here

Mar 14, 202301:58:38
The Backstory, Journey of Local Ferment Co - Akash & Noopur

The Backstory, Journey of Local Ferment Co - Akash & Noopur

Join me in this episode as I chat with Akash Devaraju and Noopur Porwal from Local Ferment Co (LFC), a micro-brewery and kitchen that specialises in all things probiotic and non-alcoholic drinks. We'll take a deep dive into their startup journey and their passion for aesthetics and design, which is evident in their visually appealing website.

The LFC team places great importance on creating a brand that not only functions well but is also visually attractive to their customers. They share their experience in creating a positive work environment, where they prioritise enjoying the process of creating and producing their products, rather than solely focusing on the end result.

We'll also get a behind-the-scenes look at their micro-brewery setup, which they lovingly refer to as their "brewery." You'll learn how their focus on quality and innovation has helped them gain recognition and appreciation from their customers, and how they're constantly experimenting with different flavors and ingredients to keep their offerings fresh and exciting.

Throughout the episode, we'll dive into the importance of effective marketing and the power of a good newsletter in promoting and growing a business.

Tune in for a lighthearted and fun conversation with the founders of LFC, and gain valuable insights into the startup journey, creating a positive work environment, and the power of effective marketing and innovation.

Click here for the show notes.

Feb 26, 202301:42:50
The Story of Hungry Eyes-Nandini & Soubhik

The Story of Hungry Eyes-Nandini & Soubhik

In this episode, I interview Nandini Nair and Soubhik Hazra. Both of them had a background in hospitality industry, but decided to try their hand at the pet food business with their brand, "Hungry Eyes."Who would have imagined that two people from the hotel industry would end up starting a business for dogs? But that's precisely what they did. 

We discussed their experiences as entrepreneurs, the challenges they encountered when launching their business, and, of course, their passion for pets. Nandini shared her insights on the importance of respect and trust in pet ownership, while Soubhik shared his thoughts on the freedom that comes with being an entrepreneur. They also shared their experiences with pet ownership and gave some advice for first-time pet owners.

We also had a fun rapid fire round, where Nandini and Soubhik shared their favorite books, movies, and music.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of building confidence and never undervaluing oneself.
  • The freedom and accountability of being an entrepreneur.
  • The responsibility of pet ownership and the rules that need to be set.
  • The possibility of having a celebrity endorse the brand.
  • Recommendations for books and movies that the couple enjoyed.

Join me and enjoy this lovely episode with Nandini & Soubhik!

Detailed show notes here.

Feb 11, 202301:22:19
Exploring the World of Recommendations with Vaibhav Munjal of Chalchitra Talks

Exploring the World of Recommendations with Vaibhav Munjal of Chalchitra Talks

In this episode of the podcast, I have an in-depth conversation with Vaibhav Munjal, the co founder of the popular YouTube channel "Chalchitra Talks."  If you do not know about Chalchitra Talks, it’s a one-stop destination for all your recommendations...movies, books, podcasts, TV shows, poetry, sports and so on! So, in this episode Vaibhav shares the story behind the creation of the channel, how he came up with the name, and his insights on his journey towards reaching 100K subscribers.

The episode covers:

  • How Vaibhav created a sense of discipline in his life early on as a freelancer and how it has helped him to be more productive.
  • His experiences of securing interviews with high-profile guests and how he has learned to organically build relationships with them.
  • His thoughts on discipline, trust in instincts, and how he prepares for his interviews.
  • Chalchitra Talk's journey towards reaching 100K subscribers.
  • Vaibhav's passion for screenwriting, and the concept of probable impossibilities.
  • His thoughts on his fear of failure and how he's working on overcoming it.
  • Vaibhav's own online course on networking.

Also, a fun filled rapid fire round of questions where I discuss various topics such as Vaibhav's experience with 100 days of solitude, the qualities he admires most in his parents, and what outfit he would wear for the rest of his life.

Be sure to check our website here for detailed show notes and more information on Vaibhav and his channel.

Jan 19, 202301:08:33
Mindfulness, Self-Discovery, & Inner Peace with James Pierce

Mindfulness, Self-Discovery, & Inner Peace with James Pierce

Join me for an enlightening conversation with James Pierce on this brand-new episode of the podcast! James is a philosopher, a writer and an entrepreneur. We delve into James' journey towards spiritual growth and explore themes of mindfulness, self-discovery, and personal development. Along the way, we discuss the human desire for acceptance, love, and validation, the role of the ego, and the importance of self-acceptance and finding purpose in life. James also shares his insights on the power of questioning one's beliefs and his work with clients seeking inner peace. 

Plus, don't miss the fun filled Rapid-fire Q&A session where James reveals personal details about his interests and experiences. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking spiritual growth and personal development.

Show Notes can be found here

Jan 04, 202301:00:14
Debunking Quack Science-Pranav Radhakrishnan

Debunking Quack Science-Pranav Radhakrishnan

Pranav Radhankrishnan is a Youtube content creator known for his science based educational videos. I had the opportunity to sit down with him and discuss his background, his process for creating content debunking myths, and how it feels to be involved in the debate on scientific topics.

Pranav was fascinated by science at a young age. He remembers reading an encyclopedia when he was only six years old. Pranav says that his channel, Science is Dope, was created because he noticed that there weren't any Indian channels that dealt with simplifying scientific, mathematical, or other pseudoscientific concepts.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The difference between Evidence based thinking and Intuition based thinking.
  • Why Evidence is important in drawing conclusions, and How intuition can also be a valuable tool.
  • Points out that correlation does not necessarily mean causation and that many factors should be taken into account.
  • Over time, How Pranav learned to adapt his manner of speech in order to debunk some myths and eliminate any misperceptions about himself..
  • Debunks some Pseudoscience Buzz words like Vibration, Quantum, Frequency, Dimension.
  • Explains Survivorship bias in terms of Law of Attraction.

Pranav shares the books he's most enjoyed reading, as well as some people who inspire him. He talks about some beliefs he had and how those have changed over time. We finish with a quick round of rapid fire questions.

Pranav concludes this conversation by sharing one practical advice: “Think Rationally.”

To learn more about this fascinating individual, click Play.

Show notes:

Jun 14, 202201:08:03
Author, Entrepreneur & Activist- Aamina Azhar

Author, Entrepreneur & Activist- Aamina Azhar

I have a very special guest in this episode: Aamina Azhar. She is one of the youngest people I've ever had on the show; she's a published author and co-author of four books. She is also the founder of Sweet Retreat Cakery. Additionally, she is a very well-known member of Bangalore Student Community and Safe Space Project. All of this while studying Journalism and English Literature in Mount Carmel College. She has even appeared in Swadhyay Publications - listed in the top 50 poets.

Aamina’s love of reading began at age nine, when she was already writing her own poems. At fifteen she published her first book. Writing is a form of expression for her, but Aamina makes sure to unplug from time to time, where you’ll find her baking some delicious-looking treats.

In this episode we talk about

  • What sparked her love of writing, and how her parents influenced her passion for literature.
  • How the best things in life don't come planned and that spontaneity works for her when it comes to writing.
  • Her Experience and the story behind publishing her very first book.
  • How has baking aided her in her journey to become an entrepreneur.
  • How being a rebel since a young age has helped her break all the stereotypes surrounding her culture.
  • How she is learning to deal with Imposter Syndrome.
  • The Safe Space Project and the other political and social causes she has been a part of.

She talks about the achievement she's most proud of, and why. Shares  the books that have had an impact on her and offers advice that she has found to be helpful. We finish our conversation with a fun rapid-fire round of questions .

Click Play to hear a very young and talented individual speak.

Show Notes can be found here

May 28, 202201:04:27
Kenny DeGiglio- Why You Better Believe In Bitcoin Before It's Too Late

Kenny DeGiglio- Why You Better Believe In Bitcoin Before It's Too Late

In this episode I sit down with Kenny DeGiglio, the Director of Education at Pomp's Crypto Academy. I had the pleasure of speaking with Kenny at the Crypto Academy Course earlier this year, and we wanted to share a bit of it with you. Kenny joined us from Pennsylvania and we talked all things Blockchain, Bitcoin, and why everyone should be spending time educating themselves on this revolutionary technology.

Being a rather disagreeable personality from a young age, Kenny had a lot of learnings (and failures) to understand what he was most passionate about. And that passion turned out to be Bitcoin. He shares how his skeptical personality led him in making decisions that changed his life.

Key points in this episode:

  • His journey towards Bitcoin, how he got started and why he is passionate about it.
  • Simplifies some of the common terms used by people in the Crypto World - Hash rate, Public and Private Keys, Nodes, Blocks, Bitcoin Mining, Blockchain and Digital Signatures.
  • How the first Bitcoins were mined and who published the original Bitcoin whitepaper.
  • The innovation of the digital currency Bitcoin.
  • Describes how Bitcoin has allowed for a truly censorship-resistant digital currency. He explains how it resolves the double-spending problem, is seizure resistant, and like gold it's a barrier asset that can be exchanged with anyone anywhere in the world—and instantly at that!
  • How thinking from First Principles can help hone your skills and expertise in the right direction.
  • Debugs the commonly misunderstood concepts about Bitcoin.
  • How Printing Money is a challenge for a country’s Economy.
  • How Money Fringing causes Price Inflation and how Price Inflation is essentially another form of Taxation.

Kenny shares some of the best pieces of advice he has received, as well as some books that have had the biggest impact on his thinking. We delve into these topics before finishing with a fun Rapid Fire session!

For show notes, click here

May 23, 202201:19:55
A Student Of The Cosmos-Sitara Srinivasan

A Student Of The Cosmos-Sitara Srinivasan

In this episode of the RareErth podcast, I'm speaking with Sitara Srinivasan. She is the founder at Naxxatra Sciences and an independent researcher and educator. Sitara is also the youngest guest we've had on the show so far. As a child, she was curious about topics such as the origins of the cosmos and how life arose on Earth. She had a strong interest in science and philosophy, and at first she was only interested in astronomy because it fulfilled a kind of curiosity within her that she couldn't explain. In time, she found herself drawn to the intricacies of the subject. Key points in this episode: At 22, how she developed a sense of vision for what she wanted and started Naxxatra.  How she began by reaching out and building a community that shared the same passion. The many setbacks she has endured in fulfilling her dream of creating a company and the vision to create 100’s of scientists through the brand that she runs independently. How as a child, she knew that Science was her way to make the world a better place and reach her own goals. Why Science is fueled by curiosity. And how it's a vehicle that can take us to a place where we can discover the mysteries of life. How to ask questions daily, some will be purely challenging and others will help you reach a new understanding. How debates can have lasting effects on your mindset. There are many different ways to enrich your life if you keep asking the right kinds of questions about them. She elaborates the variables in Newton's Second Law and explains the equation in a concise, simplified manner. How pseudoscience is a problem in our society and how it can be avoided by questioning everything we hear, no matter how popular it is. One could ask questions and open up a world of endless possibilities. How to get work done as an entrepreneur with lot of priorities. What can we do to encourage children to be critical and rational thinkers instead of just absorbing knowledge. The study of astronomy & the many different job opportunities. How Generalists will do better than Specialists in near future. Explains the Butterfly Effect and the Non Linear Dynamics and Chaos Theory. She discusses what success means to her and shares some of the books she's enjoyed. We end the interview with a round of Rapid Fire Questions. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did. Show Notes can be found here.

Apr 21, 202201:25:28
The Contrarian Entrepreneur - Arun Benty

The Contrarian Entrepreneur - Arun Benty

My guest this episode is Arun Benty, Co-founder and Head of Business Development at Fandefi (a platform to create and sell utility NFTs.) He is also a Co-founder and Director of Business Development at Trellisys and Co-founder and Head of Business Development at Papertrell.

Arun, being a contrarian, sought opportunities in college that were not typical for his age group. While starting out, he ran a small magazine with a few friends, learning the basics of advertising sales. Soon he was earning money and had his mom to thank for being his first business partner. Arun tells us about how he learned to overcome the early confusion of his career choices and began a quest for visionary ideas in software development. In addition to his existing businesses, Arun actively develops business-based solutions for the artists community through Fandefi.

This episode covers a lot of ground, including Arun's childhood, his early work years, his passion for technology and his philosophy towards life and entrepreneurship.

Below are the highlights of this episode:

  • How he started his first company "Trellisys" 22 years ago and what services the company provides for its customers.
  • Why he believes entrepreneurship is a team sport.
  • NFTs and how it’s the latest emerging trend in blockchain technology.
  • About Fandefi: a crowdfunding application that lets innovators sell their artworks where the artists can gain directly from non-fungible tokens (NFTs.)
  • How Digital Platforms are becoming a very important aspect of everyday life.
  • How social media platforms and private companies use principles from human-machine interaction to maximize the user's experience.
  • How technology is disrupting society.
  • Explores the concept of Asymmetric Returns and explains how non-fungible tokens and crypto will be reshaping the future of investing.

Arun says that every person can hone their ability to look at both sides of an argument, because it’s a skill that will always serve them well. He also mentions books that have shaped his thinking over the years and some of his favourite pieces of work from various genres. We conclude our time together with a lighthearted round of rapid fire questions.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you're interested in learning more about what we spoke about, click here for the show notes.

Apr 10, 202201:32:51
A Life of No Excuses-Swetha Devaraj

A Life of No Excuses-Swetha Devaraj

My guest this episode is Swetha Devaraj, a Vascular Radiologist, a certified Animal-Flow Master Instructor, co-founder of Sweaty Ninjas and a passionate Fitness Coach. She shares how she juggled multiple roles to create a work life that integrates her passion for health and fitness with her medical career. Swetha says no matter what career you choose or switch between, one thing is certain: you'll have to work hard at it, and you'll have to bring a lot of sustainability and passion to your work. In this episode we discuss: Things the Fitness Industry doesn't want you to know. The importance of doing proper research before choosing a trainer. Why setting goals, staying motivated, and not burning out is important. How sleep, movement, and nature often go overlooked when it comes to taking care of oneself. How empathy is a valuable quality when you're working with clients. Debunks some popular myths about the benefits of weightlifting for women. How to listen to your body, and what kind of food is best for it. How anxiety has impacted her life and how does she cope with it. In Swetha’s life, the joy of being part of Mysore has been a major positive force. The city imbues her with pride and joy, which she makes evident in her Instagram bio. She has a reputation for being a prankster with her loved ones, something that keeps her from taking herself too seriously. Her idea of success is making a positive contribution to people's lives, whether it's one person or thousands. She also mentions a few of the podcasts she likes to listen to and the documentaries that helped her shift to a meat-free diet. We conclude this conversation with a fun round of rapid-fire questions. We hope you will enjoy this conversation with Swetha as much as we did. Click here for all the show notes.

Apr 01, 202201:23:53
Bringing Neuroscience to the Masses: Dr. Siddharth Warrier

Bringing Neuroscience to the Masses: Dr. Siddharth Warrier

Dr. Siddharth Warrier is a Neurologist with close to a decade experience. He is an MD Medicine with super specialisation DM (Neurology). He also holds his MRCP-UK degree from London.

Dr. Siddharth, off duty is an impressive Youtuber. On his channel, he explores science, mental health and human behaviour through the perspective of Neuroscience. He likes to share his enthusiasm and knowledge through his Podcasts, Instagram Live Sessions, Public Speaking and Poetry. In fact one of his poems won a special prize in the International Hippocrates Conference for Medical Poetry in London. He has also appeared on TedX explaining the Neuroscience behind learning.

In this episode, Dr. Siddharth explains:

-How our Brain functions towards social expectations and Internet trolls

-How our environment directly affects our behaviour change

-What are the optimal practices to boost Brain Health

-How consumption and elimination of information leads to Brain Hygiene and much more.

He also discusses skill acquisition and habit formation.It was an honour to have him join on the RareErth Podcast. You don't want to miss this one.

Here are few notable quotes from this conversation

"In today's world, being literate means being technically capable"

"Poetry is a play with language"

"Habits are outsourcing decision making"

"Happiness is a scam"

"Neuroscience is beautiful. Don't be harsh on your Brain"

Siddharth Warrier social coordinates:





For detailed show notes, please visit

Jun 15, 202101:16:46
Raghav Somani-An Unconventional Audiophile Entrepreneur

Raghav Somani-An Unconventional Audiophile Entrepreneur

On this Episode of the RareErth Podcast, Manoj talks with Raghav Somani, Founder and CEO of Headphone Zone. India's first exclusive Headphone Retail Chain. With over 800 different headphones from 35 major international brands across the world, Headphone Zone boasts South Asia's largest Collection of Headphones under one roof. 

Raghav Somani, is not only a 9th Generation Entrepreneur but also holds a Guinness World Record for the highest collection of Airline Baggage Tags for the past 16 years. Raghav is an audiophile and a driven entrepreneur. He has always been passionate about music and understands the feelings it brings to an individual. A few years back although a business school graduate, he recognized there was an opportunity to cater to all the music enthusiasts who wanted to get hands-on with high-end audio equipment normally used by professionals. Raghav has been widely successful in building a sound reputation of his brand over the years. He believes in defining his brand's niche as India’s best destination for Headphones, Earphones and Personal Audio Products. He focuses on delivering the Best Headphones from around the world, not necessarily the best selling. Raghav explains why the Brand's USP is mainly focused on customer service. He loves to engage with every customer and believes in helping them choose the right pair of Headphones.

Raghav also explains jargons like a "DAC" and "Amp" and how its usage can make a huge difference in the way we listen to our Music. He defines what success means to him in a very special way, and end the conversation by sharing few of his best read books and documentaries. Come join Manoj and Raghav in this deep dive conversation about Headphones and much more.

Check out Raghav and his company here:



Headphone Zone

All show notes at

Mar 15, 202157:03
Upgrade Your Public Speaking Game with Rahul Kolle

Upgrade Your Public Speaking Game with Rahul Kolle

Rahul Kolle is a Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco and provides Business-Critical network solutions and recommendations to large-scale Enterprises. He is also very passionate about the Art of Public Speaking, Business Storytelling, and Design Thinking. As a Public Speaking and Presentation Coach, he has trained over 5,000 professionals from diverse backgrounds. He has also been a TedX Curator in the past. He is very eloquent and artful in his conversations.

On this episode of RareErth podcast, Manoj gets into a deep conversation with Rahul about the Art of Public Speaking.  His passion for stage first manifested when he was just four years old. He shares how it taught him to 'Embrace the uncertainty' when on stage. Had it not been for his parents encouragement and his teachers efforts, his life would have taken a different path.

Rahul strongly believes that age and language is never a barrier to becoming a fantastic speaker. He breaks down the three major mistakes to avoid when addressing an audience. He shares the lessons learnt from his previous gigs and how a mental framework helps him to produce a methodized speaking.

A lot of us have heard the importance of storytelling, but very few actually develop it as a habit. Rahul explains the importance of storytelling in public speaking context. He explains why video etiquette has become a necessity these days and few tips to make a good impression on video calls.

Rahul reveals how the pace of a speech can help in engaging the audience. He provides tactical advice on how to break through a complete cold audience, and how to build rapport with people who are much smarter than you. He elaborates on how design thinking helped him to make the other person think outside the box and be more vulnerable.

Concluding this super informative conversation, Rahul shares how he handles FOMO and how one can overcome Impostor Syndrome. He mentions a few of his favorite speakers and a few books that have had an impact in his life.

The ability to communicate effectively is possibly the single most important life-skill. In this episode we discuss how to become a great speaker and unleash your ability to persuade, influence and connect with other human beings. You will learn why speaking skills are so incredibly important and how having them can accelerate your success in business and beyond.

Come join with Manoj.

Show Notes:

Rahul Kolle:



Feb 01, 202101:36:17
A Rare Autodidact-Preethi Kasireddy

A Rare Autodidact-Preethi Kasireddy

On this Episode of RareErth Podcast, Manoj sat down with Preethi Kasireddy. Preethi Kasireddy who was the Founder & CEO of TruStory. She was previously a partner at Andreessen Horowitz , an investment banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs, and a software engineer at Coinbase. From studying industrial engineering to becoming a CEO, Preethi’s career path has been a fascinating one. Preethi is also a well-known figure in the world of Blockchain and Crypto economics. When she’s not immersed in  Cryptocurrencies, Functional Programming, or giving back to the tech community through her writing and teaching you can find her sharing her excitements on fitness and food on Instagram. Preethi writes on a wide range of topics at her website, She has also participated in a few events like Open Source Summit North America 2018, Slush 2018, and EDCON. In this conversation Preethi talks about her brand new online course 'A Step-by-Step Introduction to Cryptocurrency' which is free and accessible to anyone who sign's up. She also runs a private community on 'Discord' where members can have direct access to her and can discuss many topics including the future of technology, finance and cryptocurrency. She elucidates why her writing is mostly from a beginner's point of view. On quoting, "Go deep into one thing, than shallow into five things", She explains How to build trust and fight information asymmetry when the internet is flooded with infinite options. She shares her wisdom on how to train our minds to perceive a particular topic we choose to learn. She discusses the importance of health and fitness and gives three specific advices for today's youth. She strongly believes Discipline is much more important than intelligence and how she turned this into an advantage in her company. Ending the conversation by mentioning a few books she is currently reading and the biggest takeaways from the past year. Tune in to know and learn from one of the Rare Autodidact . Show Notes:
Jan 15, 202147:49
The Woman with a Mission to Build India-Dr. Saraswathi Hegde

The Woman with a Mission to Build India-Dr. Saraswathi Hegde

Dr. Saraswathi Hegde, the founder of Unnathi Healing Foundation is a Pranic Healer, Sanskrit Scholar, Acharya, Mentor and a Social Activist. On this Episode of RareErth Podcast, Manoj talks with Dr. Saraswathi about Pranic Healing and how her curiosity guided her into finding her own purpose.

She shares her wisdom on specific practices that helped her connect both her inner peaceful being and the outer chaotic world. One of the fascinating thing she does every year is a Annual Re-Energizing Retreat, where she treks up the Himalayas along with a group of interested volunteers for inner reflection, self-realization and meditation.

Even as a child, Dr.Sarswathi was extremely fearless in exploring the unknown and She firmly believes 'Snana is for the Body as Dhyana is for the mind.' She shares how her role models inspired her to follow the path of spirituality and the importance of Research and Experiments in gaining immense knowledge in this divine path.

She is working on a mission called "Build India Movement" aimed at growing a nation of healthy, community oriented, service minded population of young citizens. She briefly talks about how right parenting skills help in influencing the Childs development and maintaining their positive and negative behaviors. In today’s fast paced world the skill of listening has become a lost art. Dr. Saraswathi shares her perspective on the power of listening and taking the time to connect deeper with family, friends and strangers.

Learn how enthusiasm and curiosity is the key to a healthy and happy life. How Practicing Self love and Self appreciation are the little things we need to learn.

Listen to this episode as it might be the one conversation you need to hear the most now.

Show Notes:

Contact Dr.Sarswathi: Unnathi Healing Foundation 

Jan 01, 202101:28:22
Inside The Mind of A Bold Entrepreneur - Anand Bhargava
Dec 15, 202001:29:35
Revamping the Automotive Future-Narayan Subramaniam & Niraj Rajmohan

Revamping the Automotive Future-Narayan Subramaniam & Niraj Rajmohan

In this episode of RareEarth podcast, I speak with the co-founders of Ultraviolette Automotive - Narayan Subramaniam (CEO) and Niraj Rajmohan (CTO).

Founded in 2016, this Bengaluru-based company-Ultraviolette Automotive specialises in sustainable mobility and energy infrastructure. Soon will be launching their first ever electric motorbike F77 in India.

This is my first two guest episode and these young founders share a ton of knowledge and wisdom.

We explore how the duo went through the initial steps of actually starting out with a prototype, the lessons learnt by gathering feedback from others and quick to implement them. They share their college years, and few interesting aspects of their competitive nature. They also talk about few key learnings while pitching to VC/investors in their earlier days..

According to them to create something unconventional, one must relentlessly look around with as many perspectives as possible. They both are constantly looking for new ideas from multidisciplinary approach to improve .How sometimes not having access to all the resources and dealing with uncertainty is the solution.

In this fascinating conversation you will discover how Niraj is an avid reader and explorer of ideas. Whereas Narayan is passionate about creativity and fitness. How both of them complement each other with these cross skills.

Niraj and Narayan both obviously possess immense technical skills, but they also have the intellectual curiosity and drive to do some really interesting work. This conversation will showcase how incredibly thoughtful and hard-working they both are.

We also talk about their favourite movies and books. The future according to them will be full of possibility.

If you have an idea but don't know how to make it work, this is the episode for you.

Detailed show notes at 

Narayan Subramaniam Instagram page

Niraj Rajmohan Instagram page

Ultraviolette Automotive Website

Dec 01, 202001:51:47
The Game of a Ghostwriter - Joshua Lisec

The Game of a Ghostwriter - Joshua Lisec

My guest in this episode is Joshua Lisec, The World’s Only Award-Winning, Celebrity-Recommended, #1 International Bestselling Certified Professional Ghostwriter. He has been featured in TED, TEDx, Foundr Magazine, American Express, Yahoo!, Fatherly, The Huffington Post, and numerous other outlets.

Joshua has Not only been Winning awards for himself but also won awards for books he has ghostwritten, which went on to become bestsellers. To add on to his victory, he has Successfully ghost written 55+ books, Politician speeches, TED and TEDx talks, and company emails and blogs. On Coffee with Scott Adams, Dilbert creator and New York Times bestselling author of The Dilbert Principle and Win Bigly Scott Adams recommended that aspiring authors talk to professional ghostwriter Joshua Lisec.

In this conversation we talk about what it’s like to be a Ghostwriter, how the movie Toy story-2 ignited his desire to be a professional storyteller and How the very first writing gig he took gave a kickstart to his unique career.

The anonymous penman spills the beans on working with Celebrities, A-listers, Entrepreneurs and Public figures. He Narrates his TED Talk journey and how he prepared for the same. He discloses a detailed framework on Ghost writing a book for his clients. He shares the importance of studying and understanding the Client’s voice as each personality has a unique voice print.

Jousha talks of how Endorsing oneself and reaching out to the right audience is the key to marketing. In addition to writing many best sellers for his clients, he has launched two writing programs "The Best Way to Say It" and "The Best Way to Tweet It" which has transformed the work of hundreds of people around the world!

If you want to know the inside scoop on Ghost Writing or Writing in general for a Blog, Speech, or a Book, this episode is for you.

I had such a great time talking with Jousha, and I can’t wait for you guys to listen to this conversation. 

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Nov 15, 202001:09:35
Ask Marriage Broker Auntie- Priyanka Bharadwaj

Ask Marriage Broker Auntie- Priyanka Bharadwaj

Presenting Priyanka Bharadwaj, the founder and CEO of Marriage Broker Auntie, a Marriage Advisory Service. Apart from being an Entrepreneur, she is a Writer, YouTuber, and active Content Creator.

We kickstart this episode by getting to know her journey, from an employee of Amazon-UK to becoming the CEO of Marriage Broker Auntie (M.B.A.). We speak about how she came up with such a quirky and interesting name for her brand and how she charted the unconventional path for herself.

Priyanka & I discuss "Decision Fatigue" & how it is affecting today's generation, why people find "Ghosting" not a big deal and what causes people to do so? She shares about her experimental project "Dinner Club",a virtual dating project for single professionals where she sets up 100+ blind dates on the basis of each other's preferences. We discuss the roadblocks one might face while searching for a potential partner. Priyanka speaks of her passion project and why decisions in the arranged marriage market are taken in one of two ways - the “Amazon Way” or the “Toyota Way”.

By the end of this episode, Priyanka shares what success means to her and how intelligence is alluring to women, How "Indian Matchmaking" the Netflix movie gave her work more recognition and acknowledgement. She also shares the books she indulges in & some of her funny moments while interacting with her clients.

If finding a life partner seems overwhelming to you then this conversation attempts to answer few of those questions.

Chatting with Priyanka was super fun. Please enjoy.

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Oct 31, 202001:30:14
From a White Collar Worker to being the Voice for Waste Pickers - Lakshmi Karunakaran

From a White Collar Worker to being the Voice for Waste Pickers - Lakshmi Karunakaran

My guest today is Lakshmi Karunakaran, a communication specialist and an educator currently working for Hasiru Dala, a Bangalore based social impact organisation. They work primarily with the waste pickers communities and strive each day to ensure they have dignity, social equality and mobility. This conversation was a big eye opener for me, especially when it comes to understanding the lives of these Waste Pickers.

In this episode, Lakshmi shares how she switched from a promising corporate job to becoming a community social worker. How she followed her inner voice and paved her own path. And how she deals with all the emotional overwhelm while maintaining a personal-professional balance in her life.She also provides guidance for children and parents.

As Lakshmi quotes 'Waste pickers are Environmentalists/Silent Green Collared Workers.' We speak how these Waste pickers contributed in saving 85 Crore Rupees per year from the work they do, How Bangalore was the first city in the country to get Occupational Identity Cards for them, How the organisation helped them gain respect and freed them from the harassment and the abuse they go through each day.
Lakshmi runs the Buguri Community Libraries. We discuss how these Community Libraries help the children of Waste pickers to transform their lives by various programs and entitle them to the 'Right of Choice' in terms of occupation. 

And in conclusion Lakshmi rightly advises, 'Invest in Small Projects with a Big Heart.'

Lakshmi is doing incredible work in the world today, and I’m grateful she came on the show to share and spread her message. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Lets dive in.


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Oct 15, 202001:49:27
A Fitness Ninja with a Monk Mind -Devrath Vijay

A Fitness Ninja with a Monk Mind -Devrath Vijay

Meet Devrath Vijay, a fitness enthusiast, the first ever Master Instructor for Animal Flow in India and also an IFAA (International Fitness and Aerobics Academy) Master Trainer.
In this Episode Devrath and I talk about how he got started in Martial Arts and sports early on, then went on to become an Engineer working in the corporate world. How he switched his career and went on to set a path for himself in functional training.
Today after years of sheer dedication and focus, along with his childhood friend Suhail he founded ‘Academy of Strength’ a Functional Training gym and also managing ‘Sweaty Ninjas’, an online training program along with his friend Swetha.
We also spoke about Animal Flow’, a fitness form designed to improve strength, power, flexibility and mobility.
Then we plunged into some of the beliefs Devrath holds closely. Why he feels responsible towards people who look up to him, who inspires him the most, his definition of success, his thoughts on Relationships and marriages, what kind of assumptions people hold of him, his few unusual habits that are smart and productive.
He also shares the podcasts and music he listens to, the kind of books he enjoys reading. And lastly he also shares a few fun stories encountered in his journey as fitness coach.
“Teaching is the best way to learn” Believing in this quote, Devrath speaks how he continues his learning everyday to become a better version of himself by being committed and focussed on what he loves.
As a closing remark Devrath shares his wisdom stating “If you could change Compulsiveness into Consciousness, it can be life transforming”.

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Oct 01, 202001:28:21
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