100 episodes

Host Smita Tharoor asks guests from around the world to share their story and to reflect on their life experiences with unconscious bias.

"We are defined by our narrative, our personal story, our experiences. These have an impact on how we make judgements and form opinions. A lot of time that’s just fine but every once in a while, we make snap conclusions that have a negative outcome either for the other person or ourselves. Just one particular experience can lead to a lifelong belief. That is our unconscious bias."

Stories Seldom Told Smita Tharoor

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Host Smita Tharoor asks guests from around the world to share their story and to reflect on their life experiences with unconscious bias.

"We are defined by our narrative, our personal story, our experiences. These have an impact on how we make judgements and form opinions. A lot of time that’s just fine but every once in a while, we make snap conclusions that have a negative outcome either for the other person or ourselves. Just one particular experience can lead to a lifelong belief. That is our unconscious bias."

    Sindhu Wadhwa

    Sindhu Wadhwa

    "The good thing the gift was I got a lot of time alone. I literally built a world inside me, I could imagine things I could and also, I suppose while it was undiagnosed ADHD back then, but it was always somebody who had 1000 windows open in this house of life. So imagine you have all the windows of the house open. And there is a lot of wind coming on in sunlight coming in, this is a house, my house is life. And my head was like that. So I grew my own beliefs, I started to have deeper self awareness and reflection. I was always that child who was far more aware and cognizant of internal chatter than perhaps other people. So while it can be a curse, it can lead to severe anxiety or we're thinking, but we see it as against. "

    Sindhu Wadhwa likes to call herself a glorious mess. A back bencher mom. Cheerleader wife. On good days, she wears her ADHD diagnosis like a crown, on other days she is a reluctant adult. Sindhu is a freshly minted cat lady. For the last 19 years, Sindhu has been a clinical psychologist and a practicing psychotherapist. She currently heads the therapy team for MindSmith India which is a premium brain health platform.Sindhu is also on the advisory panel as a mental health expert for TRIOMPH (Transplant Recipients of India and Organ failure patients - a Movement to Provide Hope)India, a national support group for organ donation.Sindhu likes to write and speak on women's mental health.
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    • 45 min
    Robert Newcome

    Robert Newcome

    "When I joined the Army, at the age of 20, I was serving in Northern Ireland, leading a platoon of soldiers. I then went to university, a very different experience. And then I started writing. I had a very traditional upbringing. I went to boarding school public school, my father was a church warden in a very traditional British family. So, when I joined the Army, of course, my mindset would have been, were the good guys. You know, in Northern Ireland, it was the time of the troubles. We were there, and essentially, stopping Catholics from attacking Protestants and vice versa. And the sense of, I'm part of an organization that is here primarily, to benefit people. And my whole upbringing, you know, you mentioned empire and communism sucks, like, I guess up to that point, my whole education had been, you know, England, Britain, a good place. We've done good around the world. "

    Robert Newcome is best known for his novel ‘The Name Beneath the Stone’. Robert has had a career that includes being an officer in the British army, a retail manager and a management consultant specializing in leadership training. During lockdown he posted a 500-word story every Saturday and he now writes full time. War is often a setting for his novels. 

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    • 45 min
    Shubha Priya

    Shubha Priya

    "One of the things that always struck me is it takes a village to
    raise a child. Right? And that's how we grew up. We had a whole neighborhood bringing us up, we could stroll into anybody's house and be fed by some aunty or the other. Right, and the parents didn't worry. Now to the elderly, it takes a community to transition the elder into death. It takes a community you need the support expanded. You need, you know, you need all of the support of not just family in your old age. I think it needs a community. I think it needs the community of elderly who can empathize, who know exactly what you're going through and it's not the younger who can empathize, it's the same age."

    When Shubha Priya was in her teens, she heard Maurice Chevalier singing the lyrics of a song in the movie Gigi: ‘Oh I’m glad that I’m not young anymore!” Struck by the way he sang it with such conviction, she wondered how growing old could ever be joyful,

    Fast forward to her 60s, Shubha moved with her mother to what most people referred to as an ‘old age home’. The stark side of ageing was visible all around her, a daily reminder of a Shakespearean vision coming true. Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. Shubha’s mother passed away in 2021. But Shubha chose to stay on at the old age home.

    In between the teenage years and those of living in an old age home, Shubha served as a Creative Director in leading advertising agencies around the world. She is currently fulfilling her lost childhood dreams of being an author and musician. She wrote, illustrated and designed her book of satirical verses for adults, called Whimsical Brew.



    Shubha is hoping to keep dementia at bay by learning to play the piano!

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    • 55 min
    Rachel Thomas

    Rachel Thomas

    "At 28 My marriage broke. So those days,to say that you're divorced was very difficult. At this point. My son was about ten, My daughter was about nine. They were young and I thank God that my mother and my sister was there to give me support and help me and you know, be there for me because I had to keep going for training . But to lift my head high and walk in Agra, the place where I was in was difficult."

    It is 1979, a small-town young lady, a mother of two small kids, just 23 years old, decides one evening at an Army Party, to join a Skydiving Course at Agra. Unknowingly history was created. Rachel Thomas was the first Indian woman to compete for India in a skydiving competition in 1987. After 23 years, she ended her career in 2002, when she skydived from 7,000 ft over the North Pole also creating the record of being the first Indian female to skydive over the North Pole. During her career, Rachel has completed 650 jumps in 18 countries. She has won multiple awards including the winner of the National Adventure Sports Award and is a TedX speaker.

    In 2005, Rachel was honoured again by the Government of India, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award - the Padmashree  

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    • 41 min
    Maggie Steber

    Maggie Steber

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    Maggie Steber is an internationally known documentary photographer, educator, and photo editor whose work has appeared in major magazines, newspapers and book anthologies as well as national and international exhibitions. She has worked in 72 countries specializing in telling the stories of underrepresented people and her work has been seen in 70 exhibitions in 35 countries.

    Best known for her photo essays in National Geographic Magazine and her humanistic documentation of Haiti, she published Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti with Aperture. Her nine-year project on her mother’s melancholic voyage through memory loss was made into a multimedia presentation by MediaStorm and won a Webby award. In her career Maggie has worked as a picture editor for Associated Press, a contract photographer for Newsweek, and as the Director of Photography at The Miami Herald. Maggie is a member of VII Photo Agency.

    Maggie has received numerous awards, too many to mention here but they include a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Guggenheim foundation fellow and a medal of honour for contribution to journalism.

    To see some of Maggie’s moving photographs just check out her website. https://www.maggiesteber.com/main.html

    Maggie lives in Miami, Florida in the United States

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    • 43 min
    Nematullah Ahangosh

    Nematullah Ahangosh

    "People around me, including my family, they believe that one day, a miracle will happen to me and that will treat & cure my disability. But I don't want that right now. I have accepted myself through my disability. I really care for empowerment; I want to be empowered and I want other people with disabilities also be empowered."

    Nematullah Ahangosh is from Afghanistan. Nemat studied school in Kabul and from 2014- 2018 worked as a young member with a group of peace activists in Kabul.


    Subsequently Nemat went to Chennai in India to study a Bachelor of Social Work at Madras School of Social Work where he was awarded the Budding Social Worker Award and the Best Library User Award in 2021.

    This was followed by a one-year diploma course in Trivandrum, Kerala in leadership and social entrepreneurship. Nemat has been busy writing poems in English since 2017, mainly about the day-to-day life of refugees, women and overall life in Afghanistan alongside studying an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at the University of Sussex.

    Apart from this, Nemat is a good swimmer and coach. He is the founder of Stretch More, a mobile empowerment parkour that empowers people with disabilities to survive natural and man-made disasters. Parkour (French: [paʁkuʁ]) is an athletic training discipline or sport in which practitioners attempt to get from point A to point B in the fastest and most efficient way possible.

    Nemat’s first and upcoming poetry book, The Color of Peace, will be published by Haley’s Publishing, a company based in Massachusetts, USA. He is 28 years old. He says his ambition is to bring about change in the future leadership of Afghanistan, mainly in the social sector.

    "Of Women and Courage"
    -By Nematullah Ahangosh

    "that night when curtains were dancing

    in the presence of moonlight

    nobody was watching

    frogs and dogs outside

    creating a poetic jingle

    and anarchic music

    'woof, woof' 'ribbit, ribbit'

    'woof, woof' 'ribbit, ribbit'

    'woof, ribbit, ribbit', woof'

    this moment!

    this small happy moment

    did not last, was taken away! "

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Cowleycrowd33 ,

Excellent listen

What a great idea and so well done.

suelarby ,

Outstanding, Food for Thought

Sue Larbalestier
A very thought provoking and interesting series of stories from different people. Smita asks good questions that facilitate her guests to recall and express their understanding and share their personal experiences of unconscious bias. Keep tuned in to realise how your unconscious bias influences you. I am constantly coming across mine!

Raageshwari ,

Power to change the world.

Such diverse sessions that are filled with depth and challenge you to rethink decisions we make in life on a day to day basis.
Love Smita’s presence and is a very engaging interviewer.

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