Kalki Presents: My Indian Life

BBC World Service


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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India on Ice

23:07 | Oct 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More

LIVE from Mumbai

26:25 | Oct 20th, 2018

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 iss...Show More

LIVE from Delhi

27:13 | Oct 13th, 2018

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

The Sexpert

18:43 | Sep 29th, 2018

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

The Goddess of Big Things

20:24 | Sep 22nd, 2018

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. #MyIndianLif...Show More

A Question of Caste

23:04 | Sep 15th, 2018

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 ce...Show More

The Kids Are Not Alright

24:44 | Sep 8th, 2018

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 t...Show More

Rocket Woman

24:43 | Sep 1st, 2018

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

Peace and protest

23:37 | Aug 25th, 2018

She is a student activist who finds herself at the heart of the Kashmir dispute. Death threats on one side, support on the other. Kalki meets Gurmehar Kaur. #MyIndianLife

Singing to a different tune

26:07 | Aug 18th, 2018

He struggles to speak but has found his voice. The story of a Bollywood singer, composer and music producer. Kalki meets Aditya N. #MyIndianLife

A body of protest

24:30 | Aug 11th, 2018

Standing stark naked - a woman fights back. Kalki meets Mallika Taneja, who is using her own body in protest against gender inequality, sexual harassment and assault in India. #MyIndianLife Contact us: www.bbcworldservice.com/myindianlife

Dancing to his own beat

25:28 | Aug 4th, 2018

“You’ve brought me shame”. The belly dancer’s story. Dreams threaten to tear a family apart. Kalki meets Eshan Hilal. #MyIndianLife www.bbcworldservice.com/myindianlife

Preview: Introducing My Indian Life

03:48 | Jul 18th, 2018

Kalki Koechlin presents a new podcast aimed at young Indian adults. It's raw, it's painful, it's joyful. It's real-life India in the 21st century. Episode 1 will be available from 4 August 2018.