The true essence of a city is not in the famous monuments it houses, or the delicacies available in the crowded bylanes, nor is it its proximity to the sea, mountains, or beaches. The true essence of a city are the people it houses – their spirit, their often-unheard stories, their unrealised/realised aspirations.
In this episode of Take aPause, Varun Duggi talks to Karishma Mehta, the founder of Humans of Bombay. She shares her journey from as a post-grad student in the UK to returning to India to follow her passion for writing, and the need to tell heartfelt stories. Karishma recalls a time when reticent actorAamir Khan was brought to tears during an interview and confesses that she was purely driven by the organic flow of conversation and not the need to probe.
Karishma has given a voice to the diverse and often unheard perspectives of Mumbai's residents. Each post on Humans of Bombay provides a window into the lives and experiences of individuals, capturing the emotions, struggles, and triumphs that make up the fabric of the city. Despite its success, Karishma remains dedicated to maintaining the authenticity and intimacy of each story, showcasing the power of storytelling to bring people together, and shining a light on the complexities of the human experience.
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About the show
“Take apause with Varun Duggirala” ( previously “The Varun Duggi show”) is a twice a week podcast that’s meant to enable its listeners to take a pause amidst the chaos of their daily lives to learn tools, embrace ideas and soak in concepts that will help them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform at their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds of truly interesting people to give listeners a learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.
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