Lessons for Life: new podcast series

Aditya Mhatre of the Indicast Podcast Network emailed me after a Mint column about the podcasts I listen to. He introduced me to his podcast network at The Indicast and helped me learn how to do a podcast. We talked about formats and brainstormed about ideas. I’d like to do humour but that’s very hard. Aditya (even though I’ve never met him) generously offered to host my podcasts on his network. Yesterday, while walking my dog, I called him impulsively and told him that I had an idea for a podcast but wasn’t sure it would fly. It’s called Lessons from Everyday Life, and like my column for Mint, I use events and people as a springboard for ideas. We recorded this podcast the same evening. At 10 PM, Aditya called me up on Skype and I spoke into it. There were iterations. When I faltered over sentences, I would just say, “i’d like to redo that,” and repeat it. All the bad stuff has been edited out.

I have miles to go and need to figure out my tone, attitude, humour, confidence and audio=manner. But this is a start. I’d love feedback and having grown up with boys, I have a fairly thick skin. So please, hammer away.

The piece at Indicast’s website

I was also taught how to embed it in my website, so here it is. For now, Aditya and I have a very loose arrangement– actually no arrangement, no contract, nothing. I am doing this to get better at it and he is doing it…well, I don’t know why he is hosting my podcasts.

Introductory Podcast

It took me ten days to record this one because I wasn’t really sure what it was about. Finally, I decided to stop fussing about making it perfect and simply decided to try out this new and exciting medium. I am posting it here to remind myself of how bad my first podcast was. Of course, I am assuming that I get better with more ones.

Click here to go to my archive.org page and then click on 8.3MB

Or click here to go directly to my podcast

My First Podcast

Charlotte visited from Boston and inspired me to do something that I have long been wanting to do. Aditya Mhatre of Indicast told me to set it up at archive.org
I recorded the piece using Apple’s built in Garage Band program. Didn’t have a mike or any of the other audio set ups so not sure of the sound quality. Both Charlotte and I were nervous and I guess it shows. But I am pretty kicked about recording my first podcast and hope it will be the first of many.
Thank you, Aditya Mhatre of The Indicast Podcast Network. Check them out.

My podcast page on archive.org:

Listen to the podcast here

NPR Commentaries

Years ago, when I lived in New York, I did a series of commentaries for NPR.
You can find the NPR Link Here.
My producer was this fabulous lady called Davar Ardalan. Basically, I would write a commentary and email it to Davar. She would coach me on how to speak it so that it sounded conversational, not stilted. I had to change the words because the written rhythm is quite different from the speaking rhythm. Then I’d go downtown to the NPR studio. Davar would phone in from Washington where she was based. I would speak my commentary into the mike. The local producer and Davar would correct certain words and then, we’d do a take. Radio is an accessible conversational medium. Now that I am thinking about doing podcasts, I am thinking of my first voice coach, the fabulous Ms. Davar.

‘Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes’
April 26, 2003 Shoba Narayan has written about her journey from southern India to the United States in her new book Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes, celebrating food …

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1244700

all things considered

Hindus and Muslims
December 29, 2001
New York writer Shoba Narayan grew up in India. She offers this personal account of the complicated relationships between Hindus and Muslims in India.
all things considered

Indian Chic
January 23, 2000 With the popularity of all things Indian — henna, silk saris, and body piercing — essayist Shoba Narayan finds that her Indian-American niece is suddenly cool …

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1069508

all things considered

Sari Essay
October 03, 1999 After a decade of wearing western style clothes in America, writer Shoba Narayan experimented with wearing a sari for a month on the streets of New York. …

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1064842

all things considered

Who Wants To Arrange a Marriage?
March 11, 2000 New York writer Shoba Narayan had an arranged marriage eight years ago. … She has some advice for the producers of the controversial TV show, Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1071467

all things considered

India’s Population
August 29, 1999 India has just surpassed the one billion population mark. Writer Shoba Narayan of New York says traditionally in India, pregnant women are considered symbols of prosperity and fertility has always played an important role in the country’s psyche. But she says now it’s time for some changes.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1057790

all things considered

An Internet Wake
August 13, 2000 Essayist Shoba Narayan recalls spending “quality time” with family on the Internet…where they recently held a wake for a deceased relative. …

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1080672

All Things Considered

Cricket Memories
March 19, 2000 Essayist Shoba Narayan remembers playing cricket as a girl, and she still marvels at how a game can bring together sworn enemies. …

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1071792