Kalki Presents - My Indian Life [World Service]

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2020050220200503 (WS)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

This episode is a taster of the second series of My Indian Life, coming to the BBC World Service in July.

Kalki Koechlin presents tales of being young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

A Body Of Protest2018111020181111 (WS)In this episode Kalki meets theatre actor Mallika Taneja to talk about her play in which she appears naked on stage in protest against gender inequality, sexual harassment and assault in India. It is her way of confronting the “victim shamers”. Her act sometimes makes people deeply uncomfortable; it also cajoles them into questioning their own entrenched ideas.

Standing stark naked - a woman fights back

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

A Question Of Caste2018121520181216 (WS)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 man refusing to fit in with an ancient class hierarchy #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Dancing To His Own Beat2018110320181104 (WS)Eshan Hilal is a male belly dancer. His family are orthodox Muslims – and they don't approve of his dancing. His friends and neighbours tease him for being effeminate. His father admits hitting him. At its root, this is a story which sets son against father. But it goes even deeper than that. It’s about individuality versus what some consider to be cultural norms. This first episode of My Indian Life brings Eshan together with his mum to talk about their views of his life. And we speak to his dad about his objections towards Eshan's choice of career.

Produced by Geeta Pandey for BBC World Service.

Dreams threaten to tear a family apart. The story of belly dancer Eshan Hilal

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

My Indian Life2020061320200614 (WS)Kalki Koechlin presents tales of being young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

My Indian Life2020071120200712 (WS)Kalki Koechlin presents tales of being young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

From New York to Shimla
Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin presents tales of what it’s like to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.
Ilma Feroz grew up in a modest farming community in rural Uttar Pradesh, in the north of India.
As a child, her mother and father encouraged Ilma and her brother to study hard, knowing it could help them pursue a better life.
But Ilma’s life came crashing down when her father died, leaving her mother to raise two children alone. Still, Ilma was encouraged to study hard – something people in her community would tell her mother was wrong.
“If you educate her too much, nobody will marry her. She was told to make me submissive and quieter and a little less educated,” Ilma tells Kalki.

With her mother’s encouragement, Ilma went on to study at some of the world’s best universities, including Oxford, and build an international career, living in Paris and New York.
And then, one day she decided to give it all up and return home to India.

“My talent, my education, and my whole self is for my country. It’s for my mother,” she says.

My Indian Life2020071820200719 (WS)Kalki Koechlin presents tales of being young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Saving the Planet
Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin presents tales of what it’s like to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.
Arun Krishnamurthy grew up in the lush environment of rural Chennai, where he lived between a lake and a pond. He spent his time observing the local wildlife, like snakes, crabs and frogs.
“I had a greater understanding of the ecosystem at large…that they all exist and we live with them,” he tells Kalki.
But when he saw construction workers illegally dumping waste into the local lake, he decided to take action and organised a community clean-up.
Today, he has taken his campaign across the country and in the process gave up a highly-prized job at Google to become a full-time environmentalist.
“When you give nature a chance, she bounces back in style,” he says.

In this episode, we also hear Arushi Majumder, who was just 14-years-old when she decided to get her local community recycling.

Kalki Koechlin presents tales of being young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

My Indian Life20200801The Boy Who Dreamt of Space
Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin presents tales of what it’s like to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.
“I want to be the first human on Mars,” says Gadhadar Reddy.
“If you say something audacious… then the universe finds a way to support us to make things happen.”

In the final episode of the series, Kalki speaks to tech entrepreneur Gadhadar Reddy about the unusual path he is pursuing to get to another planet.

Rather than join an existing space programme to become an astronaut, Gadhadar has taken a much more strategic approach.
He set up a company to produce the materials needed to build spacecraft capable of such a long journey – because without this, nobody is going to get to Mars.

Pretty much everyone in India’s space industry told him he was wasting his time – and yet over the past decade he’s been doing an impressive job of proving them all wrong.

Kalki Koechlin presents tales of being young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

My Indian Life2020080120200802 (WS)The Boy Who Dreamt of Space
Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin presents tales of what it’s like to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.
“I want to be the first human on Mars,” says Gadhadar Reddy.
“If you say something audacious… then the universe finds a way to support us to make things happen.”

In the final episode of the series, Kalki speaks to tech entrepreneur Gadhadar Reddy about the unusual path he is pursuing to get to another planet.

Rather than join an existing space programme to become an astronaut, Gadhadar has taken a much more strategic approach.
He set up a company to produce the materials needed to build spacecraft capable of such a long journey – because without this, nobody is going to get to Mars.

Pretty much everyone in India’s space industry told him he was wasting his time – and yet over the past decade he’s been doing an impressive job of proving them all wrong.

Kalki Koechlin presents tales of being young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

My Indian Life In Delhi2019011220190113 (WS)A special edition recorded at St Stephen's College in Delhi

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

New York To Shimla2020071120200712 (WS)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

Ilma's life was in the USA. A call to her mum led her home to a new job in the police

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

New York To Shimla20200711Ilma’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

Ilma's life was in the USA. A call to her mum led her home to a new job in the police

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Peace And Protest2018112420181125 (WS)A student activist finds herself at the heart of the Kashmir dispute

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rapping Kashmir20200620A voice from the Valley. Ahmer Javed grew up making music under curfew #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rapping Kashmir20200620A voice from the Valley. Ahmer Javed grew up making music under curfew #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rapping Kashmir2020062020200621 (WS)A voice from the Valley. Ahmer Javed grew up making music under curfew #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rescued2020050220200503 (WS)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

This episode is a taster of the second series of My Indian Life, coming to the BBC World Service in July.

The baby left at the orphanage \u2013 Nisha\u2019s story. \u201cHappiness is a mindset.\u201d #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rescued2020050220200503 (WS)The baby left at the orphanage \u2013 Nisha's story. \u201cHappiness is a mindset.\u201d #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Kalki Koechlin presents tales of being young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rescued20200613The baby left at the orphanage \u2013 Nisha\u2019s story. \u201cHappiness is a mindset.\u201d #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rescued20200613The baby left at the orphanage \u2013 Nisha\u2019s story. \u201cHappiness is a mindset.\u201d #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rescued2020061320200614 (WS)The baby left at the orphanage \u2013 Nisha\u2019s story. \u201cHappiness is a mindset.\u201d #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rescued2020061320200614 (WS)The baby left at the orphanage \u2013 Nisha's story. \u201cHappiness is a mindset.\u201d #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Rocket Woman2018120120181202 (WS)How a leap of faith became a journey into space

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Saving Nagaland2020070420200705 (WS)His brother died from an overdose. Now Jenpu is saving others from a similar fate

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

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

Saving The Planet2020071820200719 (WS)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

Two young Indians on a mission to make the world a better place to live #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Saving The Planet20200718Two 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

Two young Indians on a mission to make the world a better place to live #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

Singing To A Different Tune2018111720181118 (WS)You know what you want to say, but when you open your mouth, you struggle to get the words out. Kalki Koechlin meets Aditya N. He has a stammer but when he starts to sing, he finds his voice. As a boy he was ridiculed; now he’s a Bollywood singer, composer and music producer.

Produced by Geeta Pandey for BBC World Service.

A man who struggles to speak, but finds his voice when he sings

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The Biggest Brothel In Asia20200725Sonagachi is a hub for sex trafficking. Leena Kejriwal wants to end it #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The Biggest Brothel In Asia2020072520200726 (WS)Sonagachi is a hub for sex trafficking. Leena Kejriwal wants to end it #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The drag king20200627\u201cI can be whoever I want to be.\u201d Bidisha is a singer and she performs as a Persian prince

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The drag king2020062720200628 (WS)\u201cI can be whoever I want to be.\u201d Bidisha is a singer and she performs as a Persian prince

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The drag king20200627“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

\u201cI can be whoever I want to be.\u201d Bidisha is a singer and she performs as a Persian prince

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The drag king2020062720200628 (WS)“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

\u201cI can be whoever I want to be.\u201d Bidisha is a singer and she performs as a Persian prince

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The Goddess Of Big Things2018122220181223 (WS)What happens when you don't feel comfortable in your own skin?

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The Kids Are Not Alright2018120820181209 (WS)India's child sexual abuse problem. This episode discusses important but difficult issues

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

The Sexpert2018122920181230 (WS)Sex advice for the land of the Kama Sutra. This episode discusses sex in a detailed way

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.

10India On Ice2019010520190106 (WS)Frozen lakes, broken bones and sporting ambition: Kalki meets Diskit Angmo #MyIndianLife

Kalki Koechlin looks at what it means to be young and Indian in the 21st Century.