4 Podcasts You Need to Listen to this World Podcast Day

Binge watching a show or doing a movie marathon may seem like good ways to wind down over the weekend. But, the winding down need not be saved just for the weekend. Podcasts are a great way to relax even when you’re on the go. Besides, podcasts can also be a valuable source of information.

Over the past couple of years, we aren’t the only ones who have absolutely enjoyed listening to podcasts. The podcast scene has been booming with so many new creators to choose from, especially in the Marketing and Media fields. So, this World Podcast Day, we’re celebrating some of our favorite episodes that could help you learn something new, motivate you to do more or maybe just help you calm yourself!

  1. Advertising is Dead.

Advertising is Dead is a weekly podcast hosted by Varun Duggirala. Varun delves into all things media, startups and brands with fresh insights and new takes. The podcast often brings on experts in the industry that make for riveting discussions.

Episodes we recommend:

In this episode, Varun speaks with Rishabh Sharma– Head at TwitterNext India. They discuss the India Twitter Trends report and highlights. Rishabh Sharma delves into the trends in detail and even takes you through the research process.

Here Advertising is Dead brings on Manish Pandey– Content Strategist, Photographer and Consultant to discuss the ever evolving creator/influencer scene. The episode discusses experimenting with content creators like Ranveer Allahbadia, Prajakta Koli, Bhuvan Bam, etc, optimizing content and many useful insights.

  1. Founder Thesis

Founder Thesis by ThePodium.in, is a podcast hosted by Akshay Datt. Akshay is a serial entrepreneur and a LinkedIn Micro-influencer with a fascination for people who disrupt the norm. The Founder Thesis podcast talks about just that. The podcast discusses the stories of many successes and failures, and of hardworking entrepreneurs who have made a mark.

Episodes we recommend:

The episode delves into a candid conversation with Malika Sadani and Mohit Sadani, the founders of The Moms Company– a Mom and Baby Care brand. They discuss the journey of building The Moms Company as well as the fundamentals of building a contemporary brand.

  1. The Seen and The Unseen.

Hosted by Amit Varma, The Seen and The Unseen gets its title from a popular essay written by Frédéric Bastiat. Much like the essay, the podcast discusses the intended and unintended consequences of public policies on society. Later the podcast delves into in depth interviews on philosophy and thought with multiple guests.

Episodes we recommend:

Though all of the episodes on the podcast have a lot to offer, we recommend this one. In the episode Amit interviews Nishant Jain, a.k.a Sneaky Artist on his journey as an artist. Nishant Jain also discusses his insights and thoughts on the current creator economy.

  1. The Social Pros.

The Social Pros Podcast is one of the most popular marketing podcasts in the world. Created by Jay Baer and Adam Brown, Social Pros gives you valuable insight into the marketing world by inviting real people in the social media world to give you the inside scoop.

Episodes we recommend:

In this episode, José Avila– Customer Engagement Transformation Lead at Sanofi, takes center stage to discuss breaking out of your comfort zone within Pharma. He talks of wanting to make the Pharma landscape more transparent and helpful to customers. This episode is packed with helpful tips and genuine advice that could help you with your own media strategy.

Taking the Road Less Travelled

The world came to a complete standstill after the most unanticipated global pandemic. Since then, we’ve seen a myriad of changes in our last two trips around the sun. The pandemic has slowed down life, bringing a newfound sense of responsibility and love for our earth. The need for an adventure and to get lost in a strange, new place is urgent.  All we need are a couple of tour guides to help manifest our nomadic dreams. 

So, as a part two to our list of favourite bloggers, we’re sharing with you some more creators that have evolved with the times and celebrate their love for what the earth has to offer. Responsibly, of course.

  1. @honey.imm.home

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If you haven’t heard of them already, ‘Honey I’m Home’, or @honey.imm.home on Instagram is a travel vlogging couple named Atulan and Divesh. Having met at dance class, their love for each other slowly grew to a point where finally they decided to pack their bags and take to the road. They created their travel vlogging adventures on their very first trip to Goa and have been doing it ever since. Honey I’m Home celebrates their love for travel and each other. As queer men in a country so hostile to the community, Honey I’m Home gives a sense of hope and safety to queer folk who wish to travel and live candidly.

  1. @travelpilgrimage (sustainable travel and living)

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Aishwarya a.k.a @travelpilgrimage on Instagram, is an Instagram travel influencer. Recently having moved to Toronto, Aishwarya identifies as an eco traveller. She takes her time as she goes through different cultures and landscapes and her Instagram is an archive of her memories. She believes in slowing down otherwise fast paced travelling, promoting the idea of a calm, relaxed way of living. Along with the breathtaking sights of the northern Indian mountains, @travelpilgrimage is also a writer and often posts the poetry she has written throughout her adventures.

  1. Workaway (volunteering, culture exchange, language exchange, work exchange tourism) @workawayinfo

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The idea of slowing down life, especially tourism, is one that is currently resonating with a lot of folk. WorkAway.info is a network that has been making this possible and creating attainable travel goals. WorkAway connects people who wish to travel and explore different cultures with hosts who need help building their businesses or simply just need a helping hand. With little to no money, travellers can learn languages, explore cultures in exchange for handy work or creating art and many other fun activities. @workawayinfo on Instagram, chronicles the adventures of many people as they work away from home, exploring paradise in every corner of the globe.

  1. @kipepeoindia (sustainable tourism)

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@kipepeoindia is an Eco Tour Agency based in North East India. They help transport you into the very unexplored and underrepresented regions of Bhutan and The North East of India. Their Instagram takes you through the nooks and crannies of some of the most spectacular landscapes and cultures. Kipepeo creates unique experiences in socially responsible ways, educating explorers on the communities through immersive treks and camps. They celebrate adventure and exploration through means that are safe and protective of the environment and cultures. *aggressive starts packing*

  1. @thehottestmowgli (animal rehabilitation)

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Abhirup Kadam a.k.a @thehottestmowgli on Instagram, is a wildlife influencer. Like his username, Abhirup is truly a character taken right out of The Jungle Book. He is a wildlife enthusiast who travels the world looking for creepy crawlies all over. Closely working with reptilians and animal rehabilitation, @thehottestmowgli is also the CEO of MARA (Maharashtra Animal Rescue Association). Abhirup is as offbeat as it gets, showcasing his love for reptiles and travel. He also shares this love for animals by conducting immersive and informative experiences for people who want to know more. Abhirup is slowly helping people learn and develop empathy for the stereotypically antagonised species, one scaly friend at a time.

Embracing the road less travelled definitely makes for the best travel stories. This World Tourism Day, let these unique travel experiences inspire you to live your life on your own unique terms, and just have fun. Happy travels!

Beyond Pride Month

Around the world, June is commemorated as Pride Month, in memory of the Stonewall riots that led to the queer rights movement in the US. Every year, Pride Month sees global and local initiatives highlighting LGBTQIA+ issues and acknowledging milestones in the history of the movement. It has also become a mainstream practice for brands to participate in this celebration with “pride-themed” logos, campaigns and promotions. And while this can be a tool to build awareness, it often ends up becoming yet another employer branding tactic that doesn’t necessarily benefit those that it’s meant to; come July, it’s back to business as usual with the promise of inclusiveness long buried and forgotten. 

So what’s the right way to go about it? How can cis-het people go beyond performative gestures, to offer sustained support and authentic solidarity?

Be it larger companies with proactive HR policies, smaller organisations wondering if they have the means to make a difference, or individuals wanting to be better allies — the 101 of true inclusiveness is listening to the voices that matter. There is no resource more insightful than people from within the community sharing their lived experiences; and a lot of them are using Social Media in powerful ways to share their stories, struggles and success. 

Here are some useful, reliable resources — a list of organisations and people using the digital medium to amplify the voices of queer-trans persons and those working in this sphere: 

Organisations and Collectives 

Repository of resources on queer affirmative mental health and affiliated issues, curated by the mental health practitioners and participants of MHI’s Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice (QACP) cohort. 

As a funding agency for innovative mental health initiatives, MHI focuses on making mental health accessible to marginalised persons and communities. Follow @mariwalahealth for insights on queer lives, issues and mental health.

Queer Feminist Resource Group working with queer women and trans persons. 

Nazariya works towards affirming the rights of queer people (LBT) by enabling an environment where their lived realities are non negotiable and inform the work and discourse of organisations and institutions. Read more

Organisation run by transgender persons that has contributed to the legal recognition of the transgender community in India. 

They continue to make milestone changes in the lives of transgender people through art. 

LGBTQ+ Allies Youth Network/Collective to educate, equip and empower adolescents and the youth of Manipur and North East India, through advocacy and capacity building services on health, education and sexuality.

India’s first archive of politicians supporting LGBTQIA+ rights. 

Located at the intersection of politics, queerness, and technology, they aim to push for accountability and transparency from our elected representatives. Check out State of the Qunion, their largest project so far. 

Student-run organisation working to create awareness about the issues faced by Indian LGBTQIA+ people around the world. Read more.  

Blog for LGBTQIA+ identifying people to share their personal stories. 

What began as a platform for LGBTQIA+ identifying folx from the South Asian subcontinent has now evolved into a space with diverse content from authors across the globe. Read more.  

Thought Leaders 

Shruti is a queer feminist psychotherapist. She is the Chief Advisor at Mariwala Health Initiative and part of the Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice (QACP) faculty. Her areas of engagement include mental health, gender, sexuality and human rights.

  • Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju 

After two decades of feeling like she had lived in the wrong body, Trinetra decided to change her social, legal and biological identity to match what her mind was telling her. Here, she shares her experience and talks about the importance of empathy and acceptance.

Follow @ind0ctrination

Social Communities 

Stories that counter queerphobia 

Archive of India’s queer history 

Community that raises awareness about LGBTQIA+ issues in India

Allyship is an ongoing journey — a continuous process of unlearning and relearning, of engaging with one’s own discomfort, questioning it and demonstrating solidarity through actions. So let’s look beyond the rainbows and unicorns and seek real change.   

 

 

5 Swiggy Campaigns We Absolutely Love!

Started in 2014, the food ordering and delivery startup Swiggy has emerged to become India’s most valuable food delivery platform within just 6 years from its inception. Starting out as a late entrant in an overcrowded market, the brand has carved a niche for itself by becoming a dynamic brand that connects with their consumers through short, relatable stories rooted in real consumer behaviour.

Speaking of the brand’s creative success, here are 5 Swiggy campaigns we absolutely love:

  1. #WhatsInAName

In a heart-warming video that struck a chord with millions of Indians, Swiggy’s #WhatsInAName campaign urged their users to acknowledge the unique identity of their delivery partners and to address them by their names. The video showcases an intriguing flashback about the delivery partner’s past and blends it in with the present day, wherein it has become a practice to address them simply as “Swiggy”. The video conveys a powerful message that these hunger warriors – like each one of us – have a name that they would like everybody to acknowledge.

 

  1. Voice Of Hunger

Swiggy’s innovative campaigns have proved to be a gamechanger in the brand’s onward success and boosted its following on the digital platforms. Through an indigenous Voice Of Hunger campaign using Instagram’s audio note feature, they challenged the users to create sound waveforms in the shape of different food items and send them via direct messenger to the brand’s Instagram. As a reward to their consumers, the brand handed out a year’s worth of food vouchers to the users completing the five-day challenge. The challenge received more than 10,000 entries a day during its run, making it one of their most well-received campaigns till date.

 

  1. Swiggy Karo, Phir Jo Chahe Karo!

Some of Swiggy’s best work came in during IPL 2018. The platform’s witty campaigns with simple storylines and minimum dialogues became a rage. A 20-second spot highlighting the brand’s ‘Swiggy Karo, Phir Jo Chahe Karo’ campaign was one of the best from the series. A middle-aged man orders just one piece of gulab jamun from Swiggy and pops it in his mouth without his wife getting to know about it. The ad has no dialogue between the characters but with endearing expressions from the actors and running commentary on TV during a cricket match, it sends across the brand’s promise to deliver even the smallest order to their customers. The narrative focusing on how Swiggy brings convenience in the lives of the consumers reigned over the hearts of people.

 

  1. Swiggy Stores

Continuing its creative spell, Swiggy unveiled its latest venture – Swiggy Stores, a delivery system designed to instantly deliver anything you need from any store across your city. The brand promoted this service through a series of campaigns that portray relatable situations when you really need something but just can’t leave your home to get it.

 

 

  1. Changing the Way India Eats

Back in 2018 when Swiggy was emerging as one of India’s popular online food delivery services, they rolled out one of their first TV campaigns to strengthen their presence beyond the digital platforms. As part of the campaign, Swiggy came up with five spots showcasing different occasions like a house party, cooking gone wrong, parents out of town, unexpected guests and game nights, when people order food.

 

So, that was our take on some of the most loved Swiggy campaigns of all time. Tell us about your favourite Swiggy campaign in the comments below.

– Chirag Shetty

5 Bang on Diwali Campaigns

Ah! Diwali…the festival of lights, sweets and awesome brand campaigns! That’s right; Diwali hits the motherload when it comes to creative communication. Brand creativity is really pushed to its finest limits – All those hours spent ideating for a creative brand-centric campaign do pay off, as you can see with the five campaigns we’ve chosen from last year.

  1. Canon

Reminding us to shift the focus of our Diwali celebrations from ‘me’ to ‘we’ is this ingenious campaign conceived by Canon.

The festive season is always looked at as a time of happiness and enjoyment, Canon encourages its customers to magnify their Diwali celebrations by focusing more on giving rather than receiving.

Posted across all social media platforms with the hashtags #ShiftYourFocus and #SpreadTheFestivity Canon’s campaign takes us through a number of causes one can give to, to spread the festivity.

  1. Coca Cola

Trust Coca Cola to always deliver a heart-warming connect to their campaigns. Their campaign ‘Iss Diwali, Har Dil Bola Tere Naam Ki Coca-Cola’ aims to connect cultures in this time of festivity, through a heart-warming one-minute video. Coca-cola’s approach to Diwali as being a time for cultural harmony is what gives this message an edge and makes it memorable for many.

  1. Oppo F9 Pro

Oppo integrates their brand message into their campaign with subtlety, reminding us that the best Diwali gifts are the ones that keep us connected. In four and a half minutes, Oppo manages to weave a touching tale about a mother and her adoptive daughter. We loved the positive way in which Oppo has approached the discourse around adoption, giving us a message that families are not made by blood, but by bond and acceptance.

  1. Saregama

Saregama’s #ShorYaSangeet Diwali campaign shows us how a social message coupled with ingeniously understated product promotion makes for a great campaign. This campaign urges people to be considerate of the safety of not just aged people, but also of animals, bringing a humane touch to Saregama’s product.

The ad’s use of an old couple’s home, an Indian dog-breed and old Hindi songs brilliantly brings a little nostalgia and an Indian cultural connect to their brand.

  1. Vodafone

A simple message reminding us to take our Diwali celebrations from the mobile screens to experiencing it ourselves is Vodafone’s #LookUp campaign. This video underlines how technology has gripped us and distanced us from the true warmth and essence of Diwali, but finally ends on a happy, positive note.

Turns out some of the best Diwali brand campaigns are not only ones that are brand centric but also ones that help us attain a new perspective on how we celebrate our Diwali, which is exactly why this campaign makes it to our list of 5 best Diwali Campaigns of last year.

 

– Donna Amo

 

Travel with a Twist

They say that “Travel Makes The Heart Grow Fonder,” but in this digitally-led environment that we live in, it seems like our hearts grow fonder just by scrolling through our screens. A thrilling adventure here, a beautiful setting there, all experienced through a picturesque phone screen, has made the concept of travelling so personal and intimate. Remember those computer wallpapers that made us to dream of a getaway ever so often? Well, it seems like now we’re smitten and inspired by people instead, who bring us enticing experiences and striking snapshots in just a click.

Thanks to them, we get bitten by the travel bug and influenced in so many positive ways. And so, we’ve rounded up our list of favourite Travel Influencers a.k.a Digital Nomads who make venturing into the unknown so alluring!

  1. Shivya Nath – The Shooting Star

Image by Shivya Nath

This fierce lady right here quit her corporate job to travel the world. Sounds inspiring, doesn’t it? She says, “It was impossible to tame my cubicle-bound soul, I quit my job with the dream of travelling the world on my own terms.” And she did! As you scroll through her blog or Instagram you’ll see the spellbinding mountainous beauty of India to captivating streets of cherry blossom-filled Japan! She has also been location independent since 2013 and claims that the road is her home now. Apart from just posting pretty pictures, one can always find a takeaway on her blog. From gaining tips on how to save for travels to how one can manage visas smartly, Shivya gives you a 360-degree guide to traveling the world, on your own terms of course!

 

2. Anu & Pavan – Hungry Travellers

Image by HUNGRY TRAVELLERS

Anu, Pavan and cute little Kabir bring you travel adventures with a delicious twist. They bring you their experience one step at a time, one bite at a time and one place at a time. These foodies cum travellers’ vision was to build a community of like-minded people who share the same passion when it comes to food and travel. They launched their own café named ‘Hungry Travellers Café’ that serves earthy food with a touch of warm rustic décor. Being parents of a two year old, they also have some tricks up their sleeve, when it comes to travelling with a toddler. So if you have one of your own, you know who you need to stalk! If you’re looking to scout some perfect places for food all over the globe, head to their blog as they detail out every restaurant in every city that’s loaded with deliciousness.

 

3. Siddhartha Joshi – The Wanderer

Image by Siddhartha Joshi

He uses the hashtag #SidTheWanderer and trust us when we say it’s aptly put because as soon as you scroll through his feed, you seem to have wandered away into his inspiring escapes. Rated as one of India’s Top Travel and Living Blog, his space not only encapsulates artistic imagery but also covers travelogues, travel tips, photography tips, and travel videos. His dreamy feed makes you want to book your tickets right away and let’s not forget that his portrait-clicking-flair is quite heartwarming to look at as well. If you’re looking to transcend into a magical space in a World Without Borders (as he rightly believes in), this one’s your inspiring go-to!

 

4. Joshi Daniel

Image by Joshi Daniel

Vibrant setting, enticing snaps and perspective photography is what makes Joshi Daniel a favourite. His passion lies in capturing images of people he’s intrigued by – their stories, faces, cultures, lifestyles etc. A true nomad, Joshi trots down any street to get that perfect click. With several accolades bestowed on him, he truly captures moments with a creative edge. With a burst of colours and spaces, one can scroll through his feed endlessly. See the world through his eyes as he takes you on a journey that’s filled with story-telling and inspiring photography.

 

5. Prasad NP – Desi Traveler 

Image by Prasad Np

Having had enough of his desk job, Prasad realised that he had to stop running the rat race and start travelling, and boy, aren’t we glad he did! His travel stories fare quite differently as there’s always a personal element attached to each of them. He believes in not just showcasing the places, but also the human element in them. His travel blog features almost every state in India that he has explored, to full glory! With his fascinating Instagram feed, one can say that he brings food, people and places together quite effortlessly. If you’re looking to plunge into the authentic Indian world with a Desi twist, your search for an inspiring travelogue ends here. ­

And there you go, this World Tourism Day is dedicated to celebrating those wild souls that run on the fuel of passionate traveling and unfold adventures of nature’s beauty whilst inspiring us to take that picturesque leap!

A Rhyme for a Reason

It’s the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi,
a day that ushers in much joy and piety,
As the festive spirit begins to spread,
let’s make a promise to our Bappa beloved..
Let’s keep our environment safe and clean
and welcome Bappa to grace the scene.

The oceans too are His abode,
Tainting them is something we cannot afford.
Let’s try to celebrate pollution-free,
Have you heard of the idol that becomes a tree?
Music is part of Bappa’s “thaat,”
but He cringes at the deafening decibels of “Zingaat!”
So turn down the volume, noise is no fun
Instead, let aartis rule this season.

Festivities have their own special charm
They can be enjoyed without causing any harm
So round up the family, get in the festive mood,
And don’t guilt-trip yourself for binging on good food!
Make sure you get your fill of yummy modaks,
then rejoice to the rhythm of taasha-dholaks!
Forget all your worries, fling your problems away,
and join us to say, “Bappa Morya re!”