Radio & Television

Overseas Correspondent

For the last several years, I have been commenting for Radio New Zealand as its overseas correspondent.

You can see all my shows here and below.

1211, 2009

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie: TV shows that I was part of

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

I was involved in a TV show called Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. It is an award-winning show aired on Public Televsion stations all across the US. My job was to find experts who would appear several episodes. This is the second season of the show. The first season is available from the itunes store for free. Anyone interested in food should watch it.

Here are some of the episodes in which I was involved with blurbs from the show.

1. Southern India: the Spice of Life

Join us as we experience the flavors that define South Indian cuisine. […]

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1002, 2011

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 […]

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2702, 2011

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
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 […]

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603, 2011

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 page and then click on 8.3MB

Or click here to go directly to my podcast

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903, 2011

Sam Gosling Interview

Here is a podcast I uploaded in which I interviewed Professor Sam Gosling via Skype.

The page is here. You have to click on 9.3 MB

Click here for the podcast

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2403, 2011

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 […]

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104, 2011

Friendship podcast

This week’s podcast about Friendship. Here at the Indicast site. Also below.

This week’s lesson from life is inspired by Dr. Manmohan Singh’s invitation to Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the Semi-final match between India and Pakistan. The incident was neither about cricket nor about politics.

Shoba Narayan tells us how this incident teaches us about friendship.

Listen Online (07:30 mins)

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1304, 2011

Why are they even together?

About good relationships and bad ones?

Kate and Will are getting married. Do you have a good marriage? Find out.

Here is the page on the Indicast Podcast Network

Lessons From Life #3: Successful Marriages

Wednesday, 13 April 2011 15:59

Royal WeddingMarriages might be made in heaven but have to be maintained in the real world. This week’s lesson from life is inspired by upcoming Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Everyone is sure that it’ll be a fairytale wedding ceremony, but will the couple have a […]

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2903, 2012

Adam Bly

I met Adam Bly in Bangalore, thanks to my friend, Sriram.  We had a few meals together and I interviewed him at Inklude Labs’ offices.  Here is a video recording of the interview.  We were laughing a lot because I had to repeat lines.


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2903, 2012

Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand and I had fixed up a time for a live-show a few weeks ago.  On the appointed day, I miscalculated the time difference.  So here I am, in Commercial Street, Bangalore, showing around friends who have just arrived from Singapore.  I haven’t seen them for years and there is a lot of hugging and “Oh, how much you have grown!”  My mobile phone rings and it is Robyn from New Zealand saying, “We are at Skype and you were supposed to.  Where are you?” So I sputter that I cannot be at Skype in two minutes and […]

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