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Author: Payal Nayar

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Melting Pot shares some human stories from all over the world though conversations with inspiring and interesting people.


Despite there being so many diverse cultures, languages, physical appearances, geographical boundaries and locations; there is just one commonality binding us altogether and that is the human story. The commonality between these people is passion or a calling and they have dared to make it their personal reality, by following their dreams, some have tried to introduce unknown aspects of their culture to the world, others have simply made it a way of life and then there are yet others who have made a difference and transformed lives. 


Payal has been in awe of most of her guests through her podcasting journey so far and she feels humbled at how they have opened up their hearts and shared their life stories with her which she is then able to bring to listeners from all over the world to enjoy, listen, appreciate, absorb and take away from.



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Meet Julia Atzesberger who is passionate about living healthy and sustainably. She shares her mission to inspire others enabling them to make meaningful changes in their lives.An Austrian with a mediterranean soul, Julia has called Barcelona her home since 2001. She pivoted from fashion studies in New York to marketing and technology positions before becoming a skincare pioneer.Julia is the founder of LE PURE, the purest organic high-performance skincare.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Holistic Health is an ancient approach to health that considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body and spirit.La Holista is the story of two women coming together with a mission to transform lives through wellness. Besides wholesome foods and drinks, La Holista offers a range of services such as lunch deliveries, cooking classes, hikes, retreats, after-school activities, documentary screenings, corporate consulting, public speaking & events.It is founded by Chiara Squinzi  Italian Functional Medicine Practitioner, Health Coach, Vegan Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher, and managed along with Pascale Fioretti, an experienced hospitality professional, NLP & Executive Coach. Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Federico Folcia wants to use technology to make a meaningful impact and drive positive change in our communities. The CEO and founder of Crane is passionate about  improving the quality of life of our silver generation. Crane is a Singapore based ecosystem for lifelong learning born to help different generations of people relate and socialise based on common interests, in an inclusive and affordable way.Federico is also the founder of Powerhouse, a business innovation firm helping companies reinvent themselves for the digital world with a specific focus on community building and the sharing economy.Prior to Powerhouse he was the CEO and co-founder of Roomorama, a NY based hospitality company that grew to a million users worldwide. He also worked for Bloomberg LP and Brunswick Group both in New York and London.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Brittany wants people to feel strong and empowered by the Nope Sisters clothing and use them as a tool for change, just like herself. The high school dropout found success in running her own business. Nope Sisters was originally started by Brittany and her sister and is now just run by her as a way of starting conversations about social issues that need to be addressed.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Shibal Bhartiya is an eye surgeon who has transformed lives through her expertise in India.  She also is the founder of Vision Unlimited, a bootstrap social organisation, involved in skill transfer, disaster relief, food security and health care access.Apart from a million prescriptions, she regularly writes up randomised control trials on glaucoma for medical journals, and contributes to major textbooks of ophthalmology. However, that’s not all, her other writing consists of notes to herself, her son’s football coach as well as for her first book. While being largely autobiographical, Bena's Summer mixes the deeply personal with momentous societal changes of the near past. It is, as they would say, an intimate account of a small, compelling history.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A crypto and blockchain enthusiast, Dominic Kapalu turned his interests into a thriving career. He became a network marketer and is the Chairman of the recently formed Blockchain Zambia Limited. He is also a published author of two books, The Financial Fitness System and THINK an acronym of Thoughts, Humour, Ideas, Notes and Knowledge.  He is also passionate about youth development who are now the target of his talks. Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
“I am a good actor, but let me forget all this. Let me understand what is required in this play. Who is this character I am doing?”Did you enjoy my conversation with Preeta last week? Join me for part 2 of the conversation where Preeta continues to chat about her passion for theatre.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Preeta Mathur Thakur is a respected game changer in the India theatre world. She shares her experience as a woman in the industry who has broken the glass ceiling while innovating and excelling as a theatre professional.As a leading  figure, with almost 4000 shows of about 50 plays she has made significant contributions to the Mumbai Theatre world. She possesses a unique knowledge and first hand experience from being a revolutionary theatre personality and actress with over 30 years of experience in the Hindi theatre world. Preeta’s work with Dinesh Thakur and ANK Theatre, one of the oldest and most prolific theatre groups in the country is crucial in the context of any discussion of Theatre in this city. Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jolene Lo quit the corporate world 3 years ago to discover the future by finding the next destination to continue her passion in online healing, food, and charity businesses. Having lived a roller coaster life, the World Spiritual Traveler believes in self-awareness and shares with us how she hopes to impact lives by bringing in love, peace and happiness to every situation. The Malaysian is also a Reiki Master/Teacher and Energy / Sound / Spiritual Counsellor who is fascinated with the Egyptian Goddesses. Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For our first episode of Season 2, meet Galo Blanco who has been impacting lives through tennis. We speak to Galo about his athlete and coaching career as well as his plans to champion the sport of tennis to a new generation of audience and new players through Davis Cup. A professional tennis player from 1994-2006, he has a career-high singles ranking of No. 40.  and his best result in Grand Slams is in the Quarterfinal round of Roland Garros 1997. Galo has had wins over top 10 players such as Sampras, Rafter, Safín, Moya, Kuerten, and Ferrero.Galo is now an accomplished and very successful tennis coach, who has coached upcoming and established tennis players such as Feliciano López, Milos Raonic, Karen Khachanov and Dominic Thiem. In 2010 Galo co-founded 4Slam Tennis Academy in Barcelona together with Fernando Vicente and Jairo Velasco. Since end 2018, he is also the chief Competition Officer at Kosmos Tennis, the company that has bought the rights to organise the Davis Cup for the next 25 years.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to a new season of Melting Pot! The past three months have been an incredible journey for us, where we had the opportunity to meet with some very inspirational people. In the first season, the focus was on guests from diverse cultures with  a common passion for food. We are so excited to now launch season 2.which will also  focus on diverse cultures from all over the world, featuring some amazing guests from the sporting industry, multidisciplinary arts, entrepreneurs and people who are deeply connected with wellness and believe in a holistic way of living. It is our attempt through Melting Pot in a very small way to create motivational storytelling for a community of listeners from all over the world. We hope you will be inspired and motivated listening to these incredible personal journeys. Most of all, we are also very grateful to each and every one of you, our wonderful listeners who have listened to, appreciated and have been a part of the Melting Pot journey so far. Do continue to tune in for exciting stories in the next few months. Listen now for a sneak peak at the season 2 episodes. The new season will premiere on 4 September, with new episodes every Friday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Scott Marquis is an American Chef making his home in Vietnam. La Fiesta was an opportunity to fill a niche here in Saigon, as there weren't that many places taking Tex-Mex/Mexican seriously when he and his wife opened up 6 years ago. They worked hard to build themselves a great reputation for making tasty Tex-Mex food and drinks, with big portions and great service. Their second location La Fiesta Phu My Hung has been open for almost 2 years now. Scott has been in the F&B industry since high school, and has been cooking for 30 years now. He is self taught, and has been lucky to have some great teachers. Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Noor Khan is an educationist by profession and supporter of Lucknowi/ Awadhi culture by passion.Specialising in English, she taught for many years at the Karamat Husain Muslim Girls' College from where she retired as the Principal.Currently she is an Executive Committee Member of Alliance Francaise in Lucknow.She works closely with Sanatkada, a weaves and crafts outlet in Lucknow.Sanatkada also organizes an annual 5 day festival highlighting various aspects of Lucknowi/ Awadhi culture.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Awadhi cuisine is famous for its cooking style achieved through the magical blending of spices, slow-fire cooking and its seasonal harmony with nature. Prashant , a senior advocate from Lucknow, is an ardent connoisseur of Awadhi food and takes great pride in his knowledge of all things food. He was once featured on an episode of “Lost Recipes” (History Channel), where he demonstrated wood fire cooking of a partridge, a game bird. Apart from food, his affinity to the Awadhi culture shines through in his love for Ghazals and shayari (forms of Urdu poetry) which also lead him to self-learn to read and write Urdu. Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As a feminist,Tanushree uses her words to inspire other women to question the norms of our largely patriarchal society. She aims to employ more women into her business due to their better work ethic and resilient nature. She and Ram Gupta are not just the dynamic duo which makes Mr.Brown bakery such a hit, but more importantly they are each other’s better halves. Listen to her story to know about this vibrant persona and her journey to success.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ruchi, considers herself a wall painter and a mom above all the other roles she plays in her life. Art changed her life and helped define who she is. Now she makes it her mission to help children from low-income and vulnerable communities find themselves through art. A self-taught artist and art teacher, she's been a part of the Akanksha Foundation India for 17 years and developed a visual art program that reaches 9300 children and has been an integral part of the life of many Akanksha alumni.She and art for Akanksha are now poised to take art to many more children.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
“I once was lost but now I'm found; Was blind, but now I see”!  Five is the number of times Bruce Mathieu, 50, has been in and out of prison for drug-related offences. He started drugs at 13 and spent the next 30 years in the bondage of drug addiction, including a sentence for about 20 years for drug consumption and drug related offences. Now Bruce has been out of prison for 4 years. He is currently working as a Brand Ambassador for The Living Well, a social enterprise. He volunteers his time with the CNB, SPS and Teen Challenge Singapore. Bruce is also an anti-drug advocate and motivational speaker.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Did you enjoy my conversation with Jo last week? Join me for part 2 of the interview this week.Like her mother and grandmother, Jo loves cooking. Encouraged by friends who loved her recipes, Jo launched Jo's Kitchen in March 2019 and now enjoys a long list of regular clients for her trademark Pork Vindaloo, Konkan Coast seafood, and many other delicious dishes.Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jo imbibed a love for cooking from her mother, her treasure house of recipes includes old favourites and new discoveries across Indian and International cuisines.  Encouraged by friends who loved her recipes, Jo launched Jo's Kitchen in March 2019. Jo's Kitchen is a small home business that is an outpouring of her passion for great food and offers high-quality home-cooked food in Singapore. Now Jo's Kitchen enjoys a long list of regular clients for her trademark Pork Vindaloo, Konkan Coast seafood, and many other delicious dishes. Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 Growing the vegan community in Vietnam with Anya June 26 2020Meet Anya who makes healthy & delicious cakes without the need of an oven. She is working on developing new recipes and contributing to the growth of the vegan community in Saigon, Vietnam.Born and raised in Ukraine, she is currently living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Anya has always been interested in cooking,but never took it seriously until she was fueled by an introduction to Veganism. Anya was excited by the innovations in the edible use of a variety of plants, vegetables and fruits. Anya started working with plant-based desserts, which drove her all along the way to switch something that was her personal hobby into a business. Besides spending hours in the kitchen, Anya enjoys strolling around the city and discovering new places, not to forget to mention her love for dancing lindy hop. Original music credit: Rish Sharma.His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Audio post production at HNM Studios New Delhi India.October2019 voicesandmore Pte Ltd All rights reserved See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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