American Desis Podcast

American Desis

American Desis is a podcast geared to sharing what it's like to be a South Asian in America through fresh, funny, and insightful interviews. Comedian Akaash Singh and actor Arjun Gupta employ a vulnerable style as they discuss who we are today and th...Show More
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10: Health & Wellness #9: Season Finale

26:07 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Start off your new year with a quick reminder of all the amazing tips and tricks from our guests this season. And thank you for all the love and support of our new format!
9: Health & Wellness #8: Jon Aaron - Meditation Before Levitation

57:11 | Dec 13th, 2017

In the last interview of our health & wellness season, we talk to someone who was crucial to Arjun's personal wellness journey - meditation coach Jon Aaron. Jon gives us some advice about slowing down amid the chaos of our busy lives and making the t...Show More
8: Health & Wellness #7: Monica Bhanote - Squatting When You Poop

39:56 | Dec 5th, 2017

In the seventh episode of our health & wellness season we get to one of our most requested topics: AYURVEDA. We speak with Monica Bhanote of Sundays in Saffron and talk about moms carrying cardamom, running like deers, and why hot water is still cool...Show More
7: Health & Wellness #6: Navin Dargani - A Full Range of Emotions

49:12 | Nov 29th, 2017

Episode 6 of our health and wellness season starts off with one of Arjun’s PSAs on mental health but eventually we get to talk to Navin Dargani about why therapy and mentalizing are important, and why cultural competence matters in mental health. Yo...Show More
6: Health & Wellness #5: Akhil Shenoy - Almost A Surgeon

43:21 | Nov 22nd, 2017

In episode 5, we talked to transplant psychiatrist Akhil Shenoy about psychiatry in the desi population as it interacts with parenting, alcoholism and why Akhil's dad still wishes he was a surgeon. Producer note: When we recorded this episode in J...Show More
5: Health & Wellness #4: Aditi Shah - Reclaiming Yoga

38:25 | Nov 8th, 2017

In episode 3 of our health and wellness season we talk to yoga instructor Aditi Shah about her personal journey with the practice and how the modern gentrification of yoga has changed dramatically from what it used to be. She also provides some valua...Show More
4: Health & Wellness #3: Shom Chowdhury - Healthy Is Sexy

31:06 | Oct 31st, 2017

In the third episode of our health and wellness season we talk to Shom Chowdhury, owner of Indie Fresh and the most jacked desi dude we've ever met, about physical fitness. He teaches us why we should aim for 75% during workouts and why we need to g...Show More
3: Health & Wellness #2: Shubhani Chaitanya - Monkhood Over Marc Jacobs

36:00 | Oct 24th, 2017

Episode 2 of our health and wellness season starts off with mindfulness but quickly goes much deeper into finding purpose within the chaos of our daily lives. We speak with monk Shubhani Chaitanya who leads the New York chapter of Chinmaya Mission an...Show More
2: Health & Wellness #1: Ashima Kant - Paet Studies

50:08 | Oct 17th, 2017

The first episode of our health and wellness season is about something we all love but don’t often know what to do with: food!! In the day and age of this diet and that super food and this cleanse, we invite on to the show the chair of Queens College...Show More
1: Allow Us to Re-introduce Ourselves

09:51 | Oct 17th, 2017

Health & Wellness Season Opener! A quick 7 minute episode to reintroduce ourselves to you because we are insecure and thought you may have forgotten about us. But also to introduce y’all to the new members and new format that hopefully will make our ...Show More
112: Happy (Very Belated) New Year!

28:58 | Jun 21st, 2017

The boys are back!...kinda...they drop in to wish everyone a MUCG belated happy new year and to share what's up! They explain why they haven't been around for a while and share what they are working on for the future of AD! Then, with the serious shi...Show More
111: State of the Podcast

21:39 | Jan 19th, 2017

The tides of change upon us and we here at American Desis are not immune to it. So we decided to drop a State of the Podcast episode to let y'all know what we are thinking, introduce our amazing new producer, and put out an APB for all the help we ca...Show More
110: Community Episode- Arjun is Mad Indian

49:09 | Jan 4th, 2017

Happy New Year's, everyone! After a holiday hiatus (forced upon us because Arjun landed a movie role in India) we ring in the new year with an overdue Community Episode. After all, how Desi are we if we aren't late? In this episode, we discuss Arjun'...Show More
109: Sujata Gupta Winfield- A Story of Love

55:51 | Dec 14th, 2016

The idea going against your parents and marrying the person you choose is an American ideal that has become fairly commonplace for our generation. But how many times have you heard that story from someone in our parents' generation? If you're like us...Show More
108: Yassir Lester Part 2- We're Done Babbling

42:10 | Dec 6th, 2016

In the second half of our interview with Yassir we make our way around to the less significant details: his racial makeup and identity, how he grew up, his views on know, the stuff this podcast is based on. Or whatever. All jokes aside, ev...Show More
107: Yassir Lester Part 1- F*ck Cecil the Lion

47:10 | Nov 29th, 2016

Our episodes the last few weeks have been quite serious in response to the goings on of the world. But balance is something we care about here at American Desis, and so we thought that this week we would drop something more fun. Enter Yassir Lester, ...Show More
106: Community Episode- What Now?

42:50 | Nov 28th, 2016

After the stunning events of Tuesday's election, we wanted to have a safe space for people to be heard. So we read the emails and tweets that our community have shared and explore the answers to the question: What Now? *This podcast was originally u...Show More
105: Keertana and Pallavi Sastry- Sisterhood

54:42 | Nov 16th, 2016

As we realize post election the importance of making sure we are listening to more points of views and cultivating a more true diversity, it is even more exciting to drop this week's episode. Akaash and I are dudes, and in a lot of way brothers. So w...Show More
104: Community Episode- Diwali: Love and Light

40:42 | Nov 2nd, 2016

On today's community episode, the boys focus on Diwali. They interview each other on what the holiday means to them and share different stories and traditions. Since the holiday represents to them the idea of community, they then reach into their ema...Show More
103: Barnali Ghosh & Anirvan Chatterjee- Our Radical History

41:57 | Oct 26th, 2016

There is a narrative of our community as being apolitical and somewhat isolationistic since we have gotten to this country. This is supported by our voter turnout in election, and the large scale hesitance to get involved in causes supporting other m...Show More
102: Amina Khorakiwala- Women Emerge!

41:22 | Oct 18th, 2016

Election time is upon us, so we thought it would be fun to bring you an episode from a woman who has actually run for something! Meet Almina Khorakiwala. She works in marketing for Microsoft in global events for their retail stores. But her passion i...Show More
101: Lakshmi Sridaran- South Asians Leading Together

41:30 | Oct 12th, 2016

This past spring, Arjun and I spent three days in our nation's capital. To nobody's surprise, we got the opportunity to speak with a number of intelligent, eloquent, advocacy minded individuals. To that end, we were blessed to speak with Lakshmi Srid...Show More
100: Bernardo Cubria- Reppin' the Other Brown

1:02:45 | Oct 4th, 2016

We talk so much about being brown on this show, BUT we aren't the only "brown folk" out there. To that end, we are excited that Bernardo Cubría could come on the show and help us see through the lens of "the other brown folk": Latinos! Bernardo is a ...Show More
99: Community Episode- It's Election Season!

51:45 | Sep 27th, 2016

It's Election season!! You know that means?? The time for civility, compassionate discourse, and peace of mind are thrown out the window. And since the first debate was last night, we kicked off our community episode trying to figure out what the fuc...Show More
98: Gowri Koneswaran- Welcome to the Open Mic

45:01 | Sep 21st, 2016

As we state in our intro Desis are a community from South Asian countries not just India. So it's a thrill when we get to have on our show someone from one of the other countries as it helps continue to expand and specify what it means to be Desi. To...Show More
97: American Desis- Teaser!

06:33 | Sep 20th, 2016

We all see how Colin Kaepernick's relationship with the US Flag is causing a huge uproar. Well this isn't a solely American issue! Listen in to this clip as we talk, as Desis, about our relationships to our TWO flags!
96: Louise Keshaviah- Agent of Brown Change

49:50 | Sep 13th, 2016

Louise Keshaviah is a caucasian woman dedicated to the brown cause. So dedicated, in fact, that she is Arjun's agent. So SO dedicated, in fact, that she recorded an interview with us a year ago, then came back when audio errors ruined the first one. ...Show More
95: Sanjay Nambiar- Super Amazing Princess' Father

38:32 | Sep 6th, 2016

Continuing our theme around literature and its importance with children, this week we welcome Sanjay Nambiar. Sanjay is a man of the moment: sensitive, intelligent, an entrepreneur, and a feminist. I am not sure he would call himself a feminist but h...Show More
94: Gauri and Sadaf- Books are the Key

36:25 | Aug 30th, 2016

Today we welcome to the podcast two people with an incredible business that is perfect for children and anybody who wants a simple way to learn about South Asian culture (us): Gauri Manglik and Sadaf Siddique. The business is Kitaab World- a one stop...Show More
93: Community Episode- Fight Like a Girl

44:04 | Aug 25th, 2016

Our community episode this week obviously starts with a conversation around the Olympics and the Desi and American Desi athletes we want to applaud. But because sports are a lens through which to view society, our applause leads us to discuss the imp...Show More
92: Somini Sengupta - Hope & Fury

48:34 | Aug 16th, 2016

Akaash and I are in way over our heads as went to the United Nations to interview the Bureau Chief for the New York Times, Somini Sengupta. Somini has been a journalist for over 20 years and has been the Bureau Chief for the Times covering South Asia...Show More
91: Dr. Sameer Pandya- No Longer the Model Minority

54:52 | Aug 9th, 2016

We started off our west coast road trip of our show at the majestic campus of UC Santa Barbara, where we got to interview the professor of "Asian American Studies": Dr. Sameer Pandya. Not only is this gentleman rocking a mirch on,...Show More
90: Judith Williams- Breaking it Down

37:36 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Judith Williams is a know it all. No, I don't mean one of those annoying people who thinks they know everything. I mean she actually knows everything. With degrees from Harvard and Stanford, the Global Head of Diversity at Dropbox came on the show to...Show More
89: Rabia Chaudry- Disclosing Undisclosed

50:29 | Jul 26th, 2016

Few cases have captured our collective attention as much as the murder trial of Adnan Syed, brought to our attention by the podcast "Serial", which caused a national stir & brought a wealth of attention; however, it's safe to say that the follow up p...Show More
88: Anand Subramanian- The Equity Manifesto

50:35 | Jul 19th, 2016

After our community episode surrounding Black Lives Matter, it felt right to drop an episode with one of the brilliant activists in our own community. Enter Anand Subramanian, Associate Director at PolicyLink in Oakland, leading their efforts to adva...Show More
87: Community Episode- #BlackLivesMatter

43:31 | Jul 13th, 2016

In light of recent events, Akaash and I felt moved to do a special community episode to discuss the BlackLivesMatter movement as well as our role or responsibility in it. We needed a space to process what has been a difficult week and wanted to hold ...Show More
86: Puneet Sabharwal- Re-Born in the USA

44:44 | Jul 5th, 2016

We talk often about how to be more Indian, or how we feel disconnected in America. Well, in honor of America's Birthday we bring on a gentleman who moved here from India and is a proud American! We have the pleasure of talking with Puneet Sabharwal, ...Show More
85: Uplift Humanity Volunteers: Before

37:23 | Jun 28th, 2016

On Wednesday, June 29th, over 100 high school students will depart for a two week journey that will shape the future of their lives. I know that sounds dramatic but that is what Uplift Humanity offers and provides. These students are going to drop in...Show More
84: Community Episode- Ain't Nothing but a Family Thang

46:48 | Jun 22nd, 2016

We begin this community episode with a discussion about family. I just had the fortune of spending some time with my Nani in DC and I ask Akaash if there was a point in his life that shaped the importance he held for family. It springboards us to a m...Show More
83: Vaani Gupta- Didi

50:26 | Jun 16th, 2016

On today's episode we were fortunate enough to speak with Vaani Gupta- a teacher in Washington D.C. She is also Arjun's, and by extension my own, Didi. Arjun doesn't call her "Didi" though, because he's super disrespectful and an awful brother. And t...Show More
82: Aarti Kohli- Advancing Justice

46:04 | Jun 8th, 2016

"We started this partnership because we realized we didn't have a National Voice." In what feels like a perfect follow up to the Yves episode, so begins our wildly informative conversation with Aarti Kohil, the deputy director of Asian Americans Adv...Show More
81: Yves Gomes- Undocumented

52:43 | Jun 1st, 2016

Imagine waking up to the smell of breakfast on the stove and your mom and dad chatting it up in the kitchen. You check the clock and it's 6 am. Suddenly there is banging on the door. "It's the police open up!" And at that moment your life turns upsid...Show More
80: Deepa Iyer- Pledge to Disrupt

49:43 | May 25th, 2016

Deepa Iyer is many things: lawyer, professor, and writer. But above all, she is an activist. Arjun and I were fortunate enough to speak with this enlightened YOUNG woman on this week's episode. We begin the discussion with a talk about her book: "We ...Show More
79: Community Episode- Viva Italia

42:48 | May 19th, 2016

Akaash makes his long awaited return to my arms in this latest episode. He regales us with how annoying brown folk are in Italy and I sing him an amazing version of Happy Birthday. As soon as we are done with the pillow talk, we dive into our thought...Show More
78: Dr. Rishi Manchanda- Let's Go Upstream Part 2

45:07 | May 11th, 2016

In part one of our love affair with Dr. Manchanda we dove into what was the concept behind going "upstream." So for part 2 the big question became: "OK, so how do we do this?" Our conversation continues right from where we left off last week answerin...Show More
77: Dr. Rishi Manchanda- Let's Go Upstream Part 1

52:20 | May 4th, 2016

Our health care system is broken. Its a sad but true fact. We have become a system that is based on volume of care rather than value, so we now have a healthcare system that is not focused on health! Enter Dr. Rishi Manchanda. A doctor and social med...Show More
76: Diana Velez- When Puerto Rico Met Pakistan

39:28 | Apr 27th, 2016

This week we get to hear from the person who brought us into the Audioboom family. And surprisingly they are not South Asian. Diana Velez is a New York born Puerto Rican, or "Nuyorican", who was searching for diverse content stumbled upon our podcast...Show More
75: Anish Patel: All it Takes is an Idea

41:17 | Apr 19th, 2016

By the age of 22, most of us consider ourselves successful if we've graduated college, possibly with a job in hand. But then there are people like Anish Patel who make most of us feel like absolute losers. Anish is graduating college in a few weeks,...Show More
74: Community Episode 3- Viva Cuba Libre

39:48 | Apr 12th, 2016

In the third edition of our wildly popular community episode, we talk about you guys and all the things you care about...but only after we talk about a few things we care about first! I wanted to talk about pressure, but as soon as we started, Akaash...Show More
73: Utkarsh Ambudkar- Outkast in all Circles

1:07:13 | Apr 6th, 2016

This week we're excited to have on the show one of the more famous South Asian actors in America: Utkarsh Ambudkar. He is a musician, rapper, actor, and basketball nerd who has been on everything from The Mindy Project to Pitch Perfect to being the f...Show More
72: Saurabh Kikani- Don't Let Your Girlfriend Hear This

51:06 | Mar 31st, 2016

After hearing from the Super Duper Movie Producer Megha Kadakia last week, it was only right to hear from the other part of this amazing partnership. Megha's husband Saurabh Kikani joins us this week and helped us create maybe our funniest episode ev...Show More
71: Megha Kadakia- Super Duper Movie Producer

45:38 | Mar 22nd, 2016

On this week's episode of American Desis, we bring in someone who has melded the ideals of the professional life Desi parents pushed on us with the rebellion of working in the arts Desi parents pushed us away from. Megha Kadakia is a filmmaker, busin...Show More
70: Live from SXSW!

53:30 | Mar 17th, 2016

Thanks to Dropbox, this week we got to do a live taping of our show at SXSW! And since we were in Austin, there was no better fit than one of the few brown hipsters I know. Vishal Agarwala grew up down the street from me, but we had very different ex...Show More
69: Community Episode #2- Women's Day...Sort Of

36:39 | Mar 10th, 2016

On today's community episode, we discuss International Women's Day, at least at first. That quickly leads into a spirited conversation about how to become empowered. Afterward, we move to the community- which an includes an email about the identity o...Show More
68: Hernan Lopez- The Ancient Medium of the Future

33:20 | Mar 1st, 2016

Entrepreneurship is a calling in and of itself. Often a person knows he wants to start his own business, but never takes that leap until he sees the right opportunity. For Hernan Lopez, that opportunity is podcasting. After years of being the preside...Show More
67: Kamlesh Uncle- Raising Hope

38:49 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Parents are often our strongest influence. They model behaviors that we internalize and set the foundation for what kind of people we will be. On last week's episode we had the pleasure of talking with Pooja Patel, a young woman who is going to chang...Show More
66: Pooja Patel- Uplifting Humanity

36:56 | Feb 16th, 2016

As we recently learned, Arjun Gupta has been named the official spokesperson of "Uplift Humanity", a service organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of juvenile inmates in South Asia. Part of his duties as spokesperson was selecting a winner in ...Show More
65: SAHARA- No More

44:47 | Feb 10th, 2016

After hearing too many stories on our podcast about domestic abuse, Arjun and I wanted to talk to people who could actually help deal with this problem, as opposed to just complaining loudly about it like we would do. This week, we were fortunate en...Show More
64: The Community- Let's Get Uplifted

28:04 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Today we drop our first Community episode- the epiosode that's all about you guys! What you have written to us, what you want us to talk about, and sharing what you have to say. This week, we discuss Coldplay and Beyoncé's new music video, learn some...Show More
63: Samrat Chakrabarti- The Story of Me, The Story of Us, The Story of Now

49:14 | Jan 27th, 2016

Continuing with our theme of history, we speak to someone who was in the game before we were even a part of it. Samrat Chakrabarti is a classically trained actor, producer, and musician, who called moving to New York in 2003 "a slap in my face". We e...Show More
62: Freya Motafram- Zoroastrian

40:43 | Jan 19th, 2016

The Indian Subcontinent is dominated by three religions: Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. But just there are thousands of dialects, there are also many different religions. This week we bring to the show someone who grew up with Arjun on the mean s...Show More
61: Shilpa Mankikar- The Brown Spike Lee?

43:48 | Jan 5th, 2016

As we start 2016 and look to the future, we thought it was important to take a look back- to look back at our history as Desis in this country. So we welcomed Shilpa Mankikar, a filmmaker and activist, to tell us about her experience making films in ...Show More
60: Brown Men CAN Jump (In Singapore)

35:57 | Dec 29th, 2015

In our last episode of 2015, I talk with Akaash about his recent 3 week trip to Southeast Asia and what he learned. He tells me how differently we are perceived. For example, apparently in other parts of the world we are the athletes…so like, I am Mi...Show More
59: Re-Release: Vineet Khosla- "I'm an Engineer So I Don't Think About this Stuff"

52:10 | Dec 15th, 2015

Everyone loves a good spin-off right? Frasier, The Jeffersons, The Colbert Report. Well, Akaash and Arjun unintentionally created their first spin-off episode with this week’s guest. Last week with Arpita, we broke from the usual format of the post i...Show More
58: Arjun & Prashanth Get Chipotle

49:04 | Dec 10th, 2015

Akaash ran away to Singapore to get sick and do shows close to the homeland so he left me alone with the keys to the castle. I took advantage of this by bringing back the awesome Prashanth to chop it up. You guys will remember him from our episode: C...Show More
57: Kase Raso- Persian as I Wanna be

37:29 | Dec 1st, 2015

Today Akaash does a solo interview with his good friend and roommate, Kase Raso. Kase is a fellow New York City comedian who happens to be Persian. The thing that fascinates Akaash most, though, is that Kase looks, and has been perceived through his ...Show More
56: We Thankful

32:35 | Nov 25th, 2015

We switch it up this week as it's Thanksgiving- and we wanted to just talk to each other and you guys! We start with catching up a bit, since I have been too busy to even talk with Akaash very much lately. We then move into a discussion about the tre...Show More
55: Arpita Discussion Re-Release

24:06 | Nov 20th, 2015

In this week's discussion, we drop the discussion portion of our chat with Arpita. After recording our episode with her, the conversation we had with her off air was so dope we just threw her back on the mic and went in. She really challenged the way...Show More
54: Re-release: Arpita Kumar- My Dear Americans

1:19:30 | Nov 17th, 2015

What is it like to idolize a country and then move there? Do the realities you face stand up to the fantasy you created? How do you now identify? Because they have lived in the US for the duration of their lives, these are questions that Akaash and A...Show More
53: Meetu Chilana- In a Sense

35:28 | Nov 10th, 2015

We have had several artists on our show from different mediums, but today we welcome our first circus performer! Of course, being South Asian, she had to take a non-traditional route. Our guest, Meetu Chilana, worked with Cirque du Soleil for 3 years...Show More
52: Breath of Fresh Air

36:18 | Nov 6th, 2015

I'm back on the mic to talk to Akaash about the interview he and Surina had with Suraj Patel, and man was I refreshed. Hearing him talk about the state of politics and where we all fit in made me feel really hopeful. His stance on the fact that South...Show More
51: Suraj Patel- The Brown Barack

42:20 | Nov 3rd, 2015

In our dope new episode, Akaash and guest host Surina Jindal sit down with our first political guest and possibly the Brown Obama: Suraj Patel. They sit down and chart all the wild things he did before finding himself as an “advance man” in Obama’s f...Show More
50: Let's Lower the Threshold

31:35 | Oct 30th, 2015

I jump back on the mic with Akaash to discuss the interview with Kanishk about us all being mentally unsound! I provide my outsider opinion on the discussion and throw out my ideas in support of everyone benefiting from getting help. To make up to th...Show More
49: You're Already Screwed Up

43:15 | Oct 27th, 2015

On this week’s episode of American Desis we welcome our first guest host: Tushar Singh. Tushar joins Akaash as they talk to Kanishk Solanki. Kanishk is a psychiatrist in New York City hospital and he breaks down for us the reasons we all need therapy...Show More
48: State of the Podcast- From John Wayne to Drake

41:13 | Oct 14th, 2015

On our second "State of the Podcast Address", Akaash and I discuss what has and hasn't shifted for us in the last few months. Surprisingly, the themes are quite similar for both of us as they deal with nuance and balance. Both of us reference an asp...Show More
47: Re-Release: Dr. Varun Soni- An Untethered Soul

1:03:57 | Oct 6th, 2015

Today we re-release one our favorite episodes: Dr. Soni. Listen in to see the origin of Akaash’s epic man crush as we talk with a brilliant man, teacher, and leader. We have talked about Bollywood, we have talked about language, and we have talked ...Show More
46: Brown Guys are Sensitive

40:48 | Oct 1st, 2015

We jump on the mic to throw it down over the second part to our Varun Lella interview, but first we have to address the mud mask I was wearing (which I graciously let Akaash make fun of). Then we move to the interview with Varun. We talk about holdin...Show More
45: Varun Lella Part 2- No One Turns Down Free Drinks

42:20 | Sep 29th, 2015

In part two of our time with Varun Lella, we finally dive into what it’s like being South Asian in the corporate world of Hollywood. He tells us how a dream to be the Indian Scorcese turned into becoming an agent after realizing he didn’t have a big ...Show More
44: Proportional Responses

38:59 | Sep 25th, 2015

Listen as Akaash and I talk about the interview we did with Varun Lella. We speak on the way that he painted a more nuanced vision of the Southern philosophy on race, and of course about his situation with that Desi girl in college. We then got into ...Show More
43: Varun Lella- Black Nerd

37:54 | Sep 22nd, 2015

This week we welcome someone from an industry we don’t often associate with South Asians. We have explored that we are becoming well entrenched (Akaash would say too entrenched) in the entertainment industry; but there is an important sector of that ...Show More
42: Sex with Students- NBD

34:05 | Sep 18th, 2015

We started off the podcast wanting to discuss the interview we re-released with Pallavi Dhawan, but we got completely sidetracked by current events surrounding #IStandwithAhmed and Sureshbhai Patel. We then somehow end up in a discussion about statut...Show More
41: Re-release: Pallavi Dhawan- Untraditionally Traditional

1:00:17 | Sep 14th, 2015

We continue our re-releasing of Indian, American episodes with one of our favorities: Pallavi Dhawan. We are re-releasing some episodes happened before we had a space for you guys to discuss and join in the conversation. This episode allows for a lot...Show More
40: False Expectations Appearing Real

30:51 | Sep 11th, 2015

Akaash and I start today with two important messages about resources that aid domestic abuse victims, as well as places y'all can reach if you need help. We cannot encourage enough to use these resources and seek the help you deserve. We then had as ...Show More
39: Prashanth Venkataramanujam- Chipotle Gets It

54:42 | Sep 8th, 2015

The last few weeks have been quite intense over here at American Desis, so we thought we'd take this week to go back to our roots: conversations. We invited Akaash's friend Prashanth to have a low key, informal conversation and just see where it went...Show More
38: We Must Be Better: Responsibility to Others

32:56 | Sep 4th, 2015

Heavy in heart and mind, Akaash and I come at you with today's discussion episode. Of course the topics that dominate the episode deal with Neel's truly generous sharing of the abuse he dealt with. We discuss the ways in which we must be better and p...Show More
37: Beaten, but not Broken

36:38 | Aug 31st, 2015

In what may be our most important episode to date, Neel Nanda generously and bravely shares the stories of abuse that he, his sister, and his mother dealt with at the hands of his father. In the previous episode, while exploring why Neel felt suc...Show More
36: The Space Between Black and White

36:38 | Aug 27th, 2015

This week on American Desis, we decided to hold off on our discussion of the Neel Nanda interview until after the second part, which releases Monday. Instead, Arjun discusses the roles of "coolness" in the South Asian American Identity, and whether o...Show More
35: Neel Nanda- To be Indian, or Not to be Indian

35:42 | Aug 24th, 2015

When we say we want to talk to everyone, we want to talk to EVERYONE- even people who don’t agree with us and don’t follow our lines of thinking. One such line: Akaash and I agree on the desire to pursue and uphold our heritage. A line of thinking wi...Show More
34: Compassion as a Weapon?

38:40 | Aug 21st, 2015

We re-released the Omi interview from the OG podcast, "Indian, American" to revisit the themes and topics brought up then and see how they hold up. Our discussion started off with a conversation about how Omi used comedy as a defense in his childhoo...Show More
33: Re-release: Omi Vaidya-From Joshua Tree to Bollywood

55:25 | Aug 17th, 2015

Since we started "American Desis," our new listeners have missed out on some amazing content we had with "Indian, American." We also at that time did not have a space for the community to engage with the interviews. Today that all changes. We will no...Show More
32: Arjun is a Poopface...And So Are You

38:59 | Aug 14th, 2015

Arjun did a "Lovingkindness" meditation before we started, and Akaash was in a feisty mood, so this became one of the more serious but fun discussion episodes we have had. As you can tell by the title, the mood faded towards the end :) In this ep...Show More
31: Anshika Bagla- Learning From the Young

37:57 | Aug 10th, 2015

On this week's episode, Arjun and Akaash go where they have never gone before, at least not in many years: high school! Our hosts welcome to the show their youngest guest to date: Anshika Bagla, who just graduated this past May. They welcome her to d...Show More
30: Gang Wars and Body Hair

37:08 | Aug 6th, 2015

On today's podcast, Arjun and Akaash deal with South Asian gangs in Canada, and why they exist. They talk about whether Canada does a better job of assimilation than America, and then finally get into their interview with the ladies of Brown Girl. Th...Show More
29: Brown Girl Magazine- What is Love...Bollywood Style

45:39 | Aug 3rd, 2015

We had such a good time interviewing the ladies at Brown Girl Magazine we brought them back to talk again. This time, we spoke to them from the cushy offices of their day jobs at Zee TV. We pick up right where we left off in our first interview, disc...Show More
28: Arjun is in Vancouver and he is a little manic

35:42 | Jul 30th, 2015

Our heroes return to their sorely missed second episode a week with a discussion about the two episodes with Tushar. They discuss how they might be stuck in old ways about India and marvel at how much India is changing. Arjun also explains why he cha...Show More
27: Tushar Singh- Comedy is Evolving

39:43 | Jul 27th, 2015

Comprised of 5 countries whose histories are long and winding, South Asia is a complex region. Pakistan and India did not exist as they do now until 1947, and Bangladesh until 1977. These countries are in the toddler phase of development. What makes ...Show More
26: Tushar Singh- Ridiculous

39:56 | Jul 21st, 2015

American Desis has explored what it means to be South Asian in this country; but this week, and what will turn out to be next week as well, we flip the script. We decided to talk to an American Desi who went back to India. Meet Tushar Singh. He is an...Show More
25: The State of the Podcast Address

32:03 | Jul 15th, 2015

This week on American Desis, it’s the State of the Podcast! Arjun and Akaash do their first installment of what could become a quarterly addition to the show. The episode centers around an intimate conversation of what has shifted for them over the l...Show More
24: Swings and Misses

36:17 | Jul 10th, 2015

In this discussion episode about our time with Parvesh Cheena, we start of with a realization I had about my energy in the interview. Akaash and I discuss this sense that I was seeking something specific from the interview and not allowing it to just...Show More
23: Parvesh Cheena- Cuddle Time

52:22 | Jul 6th, 2015

You may know him from his role as Gupta on NBC’s Outsourced; or maybe you know him from his time in theatre; or maybe you just know him because he's the kind of guy that everybody knows. We know him as all of the above, but especially our guest. This...Show More
22: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (But Also Shut Up & Listen Dr. Soni is Still Talking)

33:53 | Jul 3rd, 2015

This is the Q&A section that immediately followed our panel event at USC. The conversation was lively and incredibly free flowing, but stayed within the themes touched on during the panel. Even though this podcast was recorded a few months ago, fi...Show More
21: Akaash & Arjun Tackle USC (or Shut Up & Listen, Dr. Soni is Talking)

37:42 | Jun 29th, 2015

After our interview with Dr. Varun Soni last year, we started discussing a way to get more involved with students. We have a strong belief that students are the biggest factor in determining our South Asian American mainstream identity. We also find ...Show More
20: Thank God for Bobby Jindal

41:00 | Jun 25th, 2015

This week on our discussion episode we take the time to discuss the interview we had with Ahmed Deria. But first Akaash and I get lost in a conversation about where I am right now, why I am there, and where my family is moving. Frankly he remembers v...Show More
19: Ahmed Deria- At Home in America

42:27 | Jun 22nd, 2015

On this week’s episode, we revisit one of the tenants of our show: talking with first generation immigrants from regions outside South Asia. Talking with these people helps illuminate where our experiences are similar and where they are different. It...Show More
18: Soap Boxes

41:40 | Jun 18th, 2015

In response to the second part of Mala’s interview Akaash and Arjun dive into the many topics that were discussed during their interview, and respond to the community. They start with a discussion of her compassion and the holistic way she is able ...Show More
17: Mala Mukherji Part 2- Therapy Has Started

41:04 | Jun 15th, 2015

"We have our life experiences not to tear us down, but to find a higher octave of peace. So running away from what occurred or trying to avoid what occurred didnt make sense to me. It goes back to the truth. what is the truth of it?”- Mala Mukherji. ...Show More
16: Overly Assimilated

37:42 | Jun 11th, 2015

In the discussion portion of American Desis, Akaash and Arjun discuss the interview from the previous episode, then delve into a conversation with their community. Well, that's what they attempt to do...but things get away from them a little They ...Show More
15: Mala Mukherji- I am My Mother's Child

34:04 | Jun 8th, 2015

“A giant, unspoken worry filled my childhood. My parents didn’t understand how America worked, and I could tell by the way they looked at each other with terror when seemingly small choices presented themselves. Each of their faces tightened, Dad cle...Show More
14: Trying to Live Up to Our Elders

39:47 | Jun 5th, 2015

In the weekly discussion segment of American Desis, Akaash and Arjun discuss themes that resonated with them during the interview. In response to theinterview with Sharad Nani, Akaash and Arjun discuss how refreshing and enlightening it was to speak ...Show More
13: Sharad Nani- India is my Religion

43:12 | Jun 1st, 2015

One of the tenants of South Asian culture is respect for elders. We are an incredibly deferential people to those who have lived in this world longer than we have. We have customs where we touch their feet as a greeting to that we are only at the lev...Show More
12: Let's Get Vulnerable

41:59 | May 29th, 2015

In the weekly discussion segment of American Desis, Akaash and Arjun discuss themes that resonated with them during the interview. This week, however, things break from the norm and the fellas open with a Memorial Day tribute to an American Desi Hero...Show More
11: Brown Boys Meet Brown Girl(s)

38:49 | May 25th, 2015

Two brown boys meet two Brown Girls. Is there truly anything else to say about what this episode is? Fine. We'll say more. We had the pleasure of speaking with Trisha Sakhuja and Kamini Ramdeen- the two managing editors of Brown Girl Magazine. What i...Show More
10: Apologies All Around

44:19 | May 22nd, 2015

In the weekly discussion segment of American Desis, Akaash and Arjun discuss themes that resonated with them during the interview. In response to the two part interview with D’ Loco Kid, Akaash and Arjun discuss their gratitude and enjoyment of speak...Show More
9: D'LO- He, Him, & His Part 2

39:06 | May 18th, 2015

We didn't get enough of D' Lo so we had to have him back for a part 2. If you missed part 1, stop reading...seriously...go listen to the episode called "He, Him, and His"...we will wait... Great! Now welcome to this week's episode, where we continue ...Show More
8: D'Lo- He, Him, & His

39:53 | May 11th, 2015

If we are going to talk about creating a space and explore the idea of community, we must explore every facet of the South Asian experience. That means exploring some of the darker aspects of our culture and our people. We grew up in a generation tha...Show More
7: We're not Bitter

47:14 | May 8th, 2015

In the new discussion segment of American Desis, Akaash and Arjun discuss themes that resonated with them during the interview. In response to this week's interview with DJ Rekha, our host discuss the nature of what was one of the more difficult inte...Show More
6: DJ Rekha- Defiantly Undefiant

55:20 | May 4th, 2015

It's funny: in discussing culture and community, we have talked about language, movies, family, religion and sex. I think we are missing a fairly major one though...Oh yeah! Music! Music is one of the purest form sof expression- an art form that cuts...Show More
5: Sort Through The Noise

50:07 | May 1st, 2015

In the new discussion segment of American Desis, Akaash and Arjun discuss themes that resonated with them during the interview. In response to this week's interview with Aman Ali, Akaash and Arjun discuss the nature of a Muslim community versus a Des...Show More
4: Aman Ali- South Asian Muslim or Muslim South Asian?

47:05 | Apr 27th, 2015

We often talk about the different countries that make up the South Asian region: Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. But we haven’t spoken as much about the different religions that contribute up the South Asian experience: Hinduism, I...Show More
3: Akaash Can't Handle Compliments

41:50 | Apr 24th, 2015

In the "discussion" segment of American Desis, Akaash and Arjun speak about themes that resonated with them during the interview. This week, in response to Gotham Chopra's interview Akaash and Arjun begin by with gushing about Gotham's humility and h...Show More
2: Gotham Chopra- Expansiveness

40:24 | Apr 21st, 2015

Mentors. Teachers. Gurus. Friends. Sponsors. What do all of these have in common? They are people who help us find the way. Whether its the way through a specific issue, as a sponsor does with substance abuse; or in a big way- how to walk though life...Show More
1: For Us, By Us

39:29 | Apr 20th, 2015

Welcome to American Desis. This is a show where two young men, Akaash Singh and Arjun Gupta, explore what it means to be a South Asian in America today. They navigate issues such as assimilation, cultural appropriation and preservation, shame, langua...Show More