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Kalki Presents: My Indian Life

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Life for young Indian adults in the 21st Century explored by Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin. Real stories from India - sometimes raw, often uplifting.
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Dating special

Dating special

2020-01-2446:5319

A listener emailed us about breaking-up. It was tough, so it’s time to talk about love. Students chat about relationships with Kalki and poet Priya Malik. This is the season finale and Kalki reveals how she has dealt with the relationship rollercoaster. Please send us your stories for future episodes: myindianlife@bbc.com And let us know what you think. #MyIndianLife
The first human on Mars - that’s Gadhadar Reddy’s goal, and he’s working on the technology to take him there. He launched a space tech company after people told him he could never do it. Now Gadhadar has made the Red Planet his next mission. “If you set a goal, say something audacious, the universe finds a way to make things happen.” Send us your stories: myindianlife@bbc.com Let us know what you think of our podcast. #MyIndianLife
Sonagachi in Kolkata is a hub for sex trafficking. Leena Kejriwal wants to end the exploitation of young women. “It's all happening because nobody's doing anything about it.” Send us your stories: myindianlife@bbc.com And let us know what you think of the podcast. #MyIndianLife
Saving the planet

Saving the planet

2020-01-0320:002

Two young Indians on a mission to make the world a better, cleaner place to live. Aarushi Majumder got her whole neighbourhood recycling in inner-city Mumbai. And Arun Krishnamurthy’s fight to clean waste from his village pond in rural Chennai kick-started a national campaign for cleaner water. #MyIndianLife Send us your stories: myindianlife@bbc.com And let us know what you think: #MyIndianLife
New York to Shimla

New York to Shimla

2019-12-2821:298

Ilma’s life was in the USA. Then a call to her mum made her decide to return home to India and find a new career - as a police officer. Ilma Afroz had attended the best universities, and was building an international career in the Big Apple, but she wanted India to benefit from her experience. “My talent, my education and my whole self is for my country,” she says. Send us your stories: myindianlife@bbc.com And let us know what you think #MyIndianLife
Saving Nagaland

Saving Nagaland

2019-12-2023:174

His brother died from an overdose. His dad was an alcoholic. Now Jenpu Rongmei is saving others from a similar fate. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a dropout – what matters is you are human”. Tell us your stories about being young and Indian in the 21st Century: myindianlife@bbc.com And let us know what you think of the podcast. #MyIndianLife
Kalki in Parentland

Kalki in Parentland

2019-12-1320:424

“I’m pregnant!” Attitudes to unmarried mothers, feeling overwhelmed and morning sickness - Kalki Koechlin is having a baby and she has lots of questions. “I feel this feeling that I don't belong to myself”. This special episode teams up with Mercy Haruna from our Parentland podcast. Send us your stories: myindianlife@bbc.com And come to Parentland: www.bbcworldservice.com/parentland #MyIndianLife #Parentland
The drag king

The drag king

2019-12-0625:254

“I can be whoever I want to be.” Bidisha is a singer and she performs as a Persian prince called Badshah. “Drag is about breaking apart norms”, she says. And we catch-up with male belly dancer, Eshan Hilal (Season 1, Episode 1). Bidisha Mohanta and Eshan talk about sexuality and attitudes to being gay in India. Send us your stories: myindianlife@bbc.com Let us know what you think: #MyIndianLife Watch our video of Eshan: https://bbc.in/2RreFqv
Rapping Kashmir

Rapping Kashmir

2019-11-2925:395

A voice from the Valley. Ahmer Javed grew up making music under curfew in Kashmir. Send us your stories: myindianlife@bbc.com And let us know what you think: #MyIndianLife
Rescued

Rescued

2019-11-2217:0010

The baby left at the orphanage. She’s been spat at and told her ancestors must have “done something terribly wrong”. Nisha Lobo has a skin condition called ichthyosis and was adopted. This is her story. She says happiness is a mindset. #MyIndianLife
Kalki Koechlin is back – with big news! We have ten new stories from across India. Season 2 begins on 23 November 2019. #MyIndianLife
Election special

Election special

2019-05-0723:285

Schools, jobs, women’s rights: being young and Indian during the 2019 elections! At the Cuckoo Club in Mumbai, first time voters talk to Kalki about the issues that matter to them. #MyIndianLife
LIVE from Mumbai

LIVE from Mumbai

2018-10-2026:3915

The big end of season show! Kalki is joined by guests Insia Dariwala, Rahul Sonpimple and Diskit Angmo at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, where they talk to students about being a young adult and Indian in the 21st century. Includes some difficult issues. #MyIndianLife The My Indian Life team: Presenter: Kalki Koechlin Senior Producer: Geeta Pandey Producer: Medhavi Arora Music: Aditya N Audio Mixing: Prabhjit Bains Live Events: Jim Frank and Aashish Yadav Editorial Advice: Cathy Derrick Series Editor: Jasper Corbett Podcast Editor: Jon Manel Video and Digital Team: Katherine Campbell Rajni Boddington D8 Anna Doble - Digital Editor
LIVE from Delhi

LIVE from Delhi

2018-10-1327:417

A special episode recorded with university students in Delhi. Singing, dancing and a whole bunch of questions with guests Eshan Hilal, Mallika Taneja and Aditya N at St Stephen's College. #MyIndianLife
India on Ice

India on Ice

2018-10-0623:316

In a mostly tropical country, an ice hockey player has Olympic dreams. She converts frozen lakes into rinks, endures broken bones and apathy in a nation obsessed with cricket. How far would she go to fulfil her sporting ambition? Kalki meets Diskit Angmo. #MyIndianLife
The Sexpert

The Sexpert

2018-09-2919:0920

Sex advice for the land of the Kama Sutra. This episode discusses sex in a detailed way. Kalki meets Dr Mahinder Watsa, the 94-year-old who writes the sex advice column in The Mumbai Mirror. #MyIndianLife
What happens when you don't feel comfortable in your own skin? This is the story of the transformation of a small-town boy into a diva who is setting the ramp on fire as a transgender, plus-size model. Kalki meets Mona Varonica Campbell. #MyIndianLife
A Question of Caste

A Question of Caste

2018-09-1523:3019

The man refusing to fit in with an ancient class hierarchy. From the bottom of the caste system to fighting for a more equal society - Kalki meets Dalit activist Rahul Sonpimple. Please tell us your stories of being young and Indian in the 21st century – head here to leave us your message https://bbc.in/2OmbcoK
The Kids Are Not Alright

The Kids Are Not Alright

2018-09-0825:1221

India’s child sexual abuse problem. This episode discusses important but difficult issues. Insia Dariwala was sexually abused as a child and is now helping other children in India. If you need to talk about something that is affecting you, do speak to someone you trust or find a recognised organisation that is there to help.
Rocket Woman

Rocket Woman

2018-09-0125:2528

From India to Mars, how a leap of faith became a journey into space. Kalki meets rocket scientist BP Dakshayani, from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who programmed a satellite on its mission to the red planet. #MyIndianLife
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Vedanshi Pal

Awesome

Aug 4th
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Saatvik Rawat

haha this hoe ....spreading her pseudo intellectual far left man hating agenda

Jul 11th
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Aanisha Mishra

will there be season 3?

Jun 18th
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akanksha pandey

I found this episode very much one sided, no mention about Kashmiri pandits, because this epidose mentioned about Kashmir being a Muslim state of India which is for a reason, so had to mention this. Talking about Indian army being gruesome, nobody mentioned about the stone pelting and how army helped them through the situation of flood.

Feb 19th
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Venkat M

what's wrong with you guys?? you gave all elaboration about in English in the beginning then the main person content starts with hindi?!?!?

Feb 15th
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Prithwish Chakrabarti

Love this channel. Clearly focuses the minute parts of the INDIAN life. Helps to concrete the focus on those who couldn't get easy limelight. 💎

Feb 13th
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Shivani Rawat

As the title of the show represents I thought it to be a biography of Kalki ,only to discover later the repository of all the inspirational podcasts. You have no idea how much inspiring this show can be , when you are hitting the rock bottom in your life. Kudos to the "Kalki" for bringing such a cool show in India.

Feb 8th
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sternen_meer

Great episode. Bottomline: There is India and then there is Kashmir. Never shall the twain meet.

Feb 6th
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sundar jayakumar

Such an inspiring story....I wish u could elaborate why u felt the confidence that he could reach his goal

Feb 1st
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sundar jayakumar

I witnessed the water shortage in Chennai when all the natural resources were tapped out.... I jus wonder Chennai Zero couldn't be a myth afterall

Feb 1st
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sundar jayakumar

i looked the quote,"failure isn't the problem, the problem is when u stop trying.... never stop trying"

Feb 1st
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jeyachandran jehan

Hi kakli.., felt great after listening to this episode.. congrats to Ghadhadar for making NOT POSSIBLE- NOW POSSIBLE..

Jan 31st
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my.android. Mfz

Ilma in arabic means knowledge..

Jan 18th
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sushma yadav

Kalki ma'am you are a great speaker🥰.. you soothe us not only with your soothing voice but also by the inspiring stories you bring up.. thank you ma'am.. loads of love 💌

Dec 23rd
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manish singh

Thanks to BbC world and Kalki for bringing this story to world. Really inspiring, small efforts make the world better.

Dec 22nd
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Deeksha N Amruthesh

one of the best podcasts!!

Dec 19th
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sundar jayakumar

Congratulations Kalki...... God bless

Dec 14th
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sundar jayakumar

i love ur podcasts......there is always this uniqueness feeling while I listen to it....love u kalki

Dec 8th
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vidhyan mandal

listening this episode, I realized I am in Kashmir and feeling exactly, thanks for such consistent natural podcasts. I would like to know, what situation is prevailing now there? 🇮🇳🇮

Dec 1st
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amol kasbe

loved the podcast, amazing views, lot' many things to learn from it , thank for this great initiative ,looking for more:)

Nov 26th
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