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Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala Varun Duggirala

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Actionable Insights & Inspiring conversations on Work, Well-being & Wealth to learn from and use in your Career & Life.

    Guneet Monga On Oscar Win, Creating Legacy Films & Behind The Scene Insights On Being A Producer

    Guneet Monga On Oscar Win, Creating Legacy Films & Behind The Scene Insights On Being A Producer

    In this insightful episode, join Varun Duggirala as he dives deep into the journey and mind of history creating Indian producer Guneet Monga!  From her groundbreaking win to her journey into the heart of mainstream distribution, Guneet shares the ins and outs of her role as a producer and the secret behind making impactful films. Find out the driving force that led Guneet to become a producer and the challenges she faced along the way. Gain insights into the world of film production as she unravels the intricacies of her job – from ideation to execution, imparts invaluable advice for those looking to follow in her footsteps, and explore the fascinating world of film production - all in this latest episode of Take aPause.



    Guneet is an Indian film producer, a BAFTA nominee and amongst the first producers from India to be inducted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the founder of Sikhya Entertainment that has been at the helm of pushing content-driven cinema with films like The Lunchbox, Masaan, Gangs of Wasseypur, Pagglait, and Oscar Winning Short Documentary - Period. End Of Sentence to name a few.  She is the producer of the 2023 Academy Award-winning documentary short film The Elephant Whisperers.


    You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at ⁠⁠https://amzn.to/335QKow  ⁠⁠

    Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

    ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ ⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/varunduggi  ⁠⁠

    And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at ⁠⁠https://varunduggi.substack.com⁠


    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 willhelp them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform  at their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds truly interesting people to give listeners a learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.

    DISLCAIMER:
    The views, information or opinions expressed in this YouTube Channel and Podcast are solely the views of the individuals/guests involved and by no means represent absolute facts. Opinions expressed by the guests can change at any time and the Company does not accept legal responsibility for them. Such views are the views of guests, and not the Company/ channel/podcast.

    The Company and The Director do not verify the accuracy of the information contained in the YouTube Channel and Podcast, and the Company is not responsible for this information. The Company and The Director assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of the YouTube Channel and Podcast. The information contained on the YouTube Channel and Podcast is provided on an “as is” basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Founder mindset , Profitability & fund raising with Rajesh Jain ( Founder of Netcore )

    Founder mindset , Profitability & fund raising with Rajesh Jain ( Founder of Netcore )

    In this week’s episode of Take aPause, we’re sitting down with Rajesh Jain, founder of IndiaWorld Communications and Netcore Cloud on his journey from bootstrapping his startup to a $ 115 million dollar acquisition. This episode is packed with insights and learnings for entrepreneurs and founders who want to bootstrap their startup, learn about scaling a company & what most founders get wrong about it, why exits should never be the end goal, finding the perfect product-market fit, how to purposefully use capital and much more!
    Rajesh Jain is a technology entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.  One of Rajesh’s early ventures, IndiaWorld Communications, launched in 1995 was acquired by Satyam Infoway in November 1999 for US$ 115 million in one of Asia’s largest Internet deals. He then started what is today India’s largest marketing technology company - Netcore Cloud, a bootstrapped SaaS company that helps B2C brands and marketers create AI-powered new-age customer experiences at every touchpoint of a customer’s journey.



    You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at ⁠⁠https://amzn.to/335QKow  ⁠⁠
    Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi
    ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ ⁠⁠
    ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi⁠⁠
    ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/varunduggi  ⁠⁠
    And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at ⁠⁠https://varunduggi.substack.com⁠⁠
    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 willhelp them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform  at their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds truly interesting people to give listeners a learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.

    DISLCAIMER:
    The views, information or opinions expressed in this YouTube Channel and Podcast are solely the views of the individuals/guests involved and by no means represent absolute facts. Opinions expressed by the guests can change at any time and the Company does not accept legal responsibility for them. Such views are the views of guests, and not the Company/ channel/podcast.

    The Company and The Director do not verify the accuracy of the information contained in the YouTube Channel and Podcast, and the Company is not responsible for this information. The Company and The Director assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of the YouTube Channel and Podcast. The information contained on the YouTube Channel and Podcast is provided on an “as is” basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Megha Gupta On Her Carnivore Diet, Managing Type 1 Diabetes & Ditching Diet Trends

    Megha Gupta On Her Carnivore Diet, Managing Type 1 Diabetes & Ditching Diet Trends

    In this week’s episode of Take aPause, join Varun Duggirala as we delve deep into 

    actor and model Megha Gupta’s fascinating nutrition journey and how biohacking and her unusual carnivore diet  helped to heal her autoimmune disease, why she doesn’t follow diet trends, the importance of gut health and how habit stacking has changed her life and more!

    Megha Gupta is an actor and model who is known for her work in serials like KumKum and CID and movies like Fan. She is also a lifelong biohacker because she believes profound love, magic, and healing powers are all within us; and we can access it anytime.



    You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at ⁠https://amzn.to/335QKow  ⁠

    Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

    ⁠https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ ⁠

    ⁠https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi⁠

    ⁠https://twitter.com/varunduggi  ⁠

    And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at ⁠https://varunduggi.substack.com⁠

    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 willhelp them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform  at their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds truly interesting people to give listeners a learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.



    DISLCAIMER:
    The views, information or opinions expressed in this YouTube Channel and Podcast are solely the views of the individuals/guests involved and by no means represent absolute facts. Opinions expressed by the guests can change at any time and the Company does not accept legal responsibility for them. Such views are the views of guests, and not the Company/ channel/podcast.

    The Company and The Director do not verify the accuracy of the information contained in the YouTube Channel and Podcast, and the Company is not responsible for this information. The Company and The Director assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of the YouTube Channel and Podcast. The information contained on the YouTube Channel and Podcast is provided on an “as is” basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.


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    • 55 min
    Career Masterclass | Best Work Advice From Top Media Personalities Ft. Sahiba Bali, Ankur Warikoo, Anuv Jain, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Raj Shamani, Viraj Ghelani and Mithila Palkar

    Career Masterclass | Best Work Advice From Top Media Personalities Ft. Sahiba Bali, Ankur Warikoo, Anuv Jain, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Raj Shamani, Viraj Ghelani and Mithila Palkar

    Ever wondered what is the best work advice some of the most successful media personalities in India have gotten and how they have used that advice to set their goals and achieve them too? We’ve got you covered! Join this week’s episode of Take aPause where we’ve curated the BEST work advice that our guests Sahiba Bali, Anuv Jain, Raj Shamani, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Ankur Warikoo, Viraj Ghelani and Mithila Palkar shared with Varun Duggirala and find the guidance, insights and motivation to guide you to your dreams!



    From how Viraj made his biggest weakness his strength to Anuv Jain’s moment of clarity to the eye opening thing Sahiba Bali’s father said to her during the peak of her corporate career - catch all this and more in this latest episode of Take aPause.






    You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at ⁠https://amzn.to/335QKow  ⁠

    Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

    ⁠https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ ⁠

    ⁠https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi⁠

    ⁠https://twitter.com/varunduggi  ⁠

    And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at ⁠https://varunduggi.substack.com⁠

    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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    • 19 min
    Celebrity Stylist Tanya Ghavri On Fashion, Styling for Bollywood,Staying Curious & Unlearning

    Celebrity Stylist Tanya Ghavri On Fashion, Styling for Bollywood,Staying Curious & Unlearning

    In this episode of Take aPause, join Varun Duggirala as he sits down with Tanya Ghavri, the creative genius behind some of Bollywood's most iconic looks. Tanya takes us on a journey through her career as a celebrity stylist, sharing insights on how travels fuel her creativity, her days of immense hustle during her early days in the fashion industry, the secrets behind building trust with high-profile clients and maintaining loyalty in a fiercely competitive field and so much more!
    With an Instagram following of over 750,000, Tanya is amongst the most influential fashion forecasters in India, and has been labelled as one of the most powerful personal stylists in Bollywood by Elle India. She works extensively with India’s biggest celebrities such as Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sara Ali Khan and more. In 2015, Tanya co-founded  “The Dhoom Dhaam Company” curating  the best designers in the country for trunk shows, styling campaigns and much more.

    You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://amzn.to/335QKow  ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi
    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/varunduggi  ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://varunduggi.substack.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    About the show
    “Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala” is a twice a week podcast to learn, share and unlock insights to survive and thrive in life as an adult, leader, parent and human being. 
    It’s built on the belief that… “I know being an adult is a struggle, but we’re all on different sides of the same boat, and if we share what we’re experiencing and learn from each other, then Adulting can be as nostalgic and fun as childhood often seems”.

    The views, information or opinions expressed in this YouTube Channel and Podcast are solely the views of the individuals/guests involved and by no means represent absolute facts. Opinions expressed by the guests can change at any time and the Company does not accept legal responsibility for them. Such views are the views of guests, and not the Company/ channel/podcast.

    The Company and The Director do not verify the accuracy of the information contained in the YouTube Channel and Podcast, and the Company is not responsible for this information. The Company and The Director assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of the YouTube Channel and Podcast. The information contained on the YouTube Channel and Podcast is provided on an “as is” basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.

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    • 51 min
    Revant Himatsingka On Food Label Lies, Reading Ingredient Lists Correctly & Mindful Eating

    Revant Himatsingka On Food Label Lies, Reading Ingredient Lists Correctly & Mindful Eating

    In this week’s latest episode of Take aPause we’re busting nutrition myths, uncovering food truths and the reality of “healthy foods” with author and content creator Revant Himatsingka and Varun Duggirala. 

    Tune in to this episode to discover:

    -The secrets behind the processing of common foods.

    -How marketing can influence our perception of "healthy" foods.

    -Tips for deciphering food labels and understanding ingredient lists.

    -Practical advice for making better food choices in your everyday life.

    Revant Himatsingka is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business. He was initially headed for a career in Finance. Soon after, he left his Wall Street job and also turned down an MBA offer from IIM Bangalore in order to pursue his passion for improving the thought process of India’s youth. He launched his first book, Selfienomics, a self-help comedy book published by Bloomsbury.



    You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://amzn.to/335QKow  ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/c/VarunDuggi⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/varunduggi  ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    And for a weekly download of mind musings and recommendations subscribe to his newsletter “Unschooled with Varun Duggirlala” at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://varunduggi.substack.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    About the show

    “Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala” is a twice a week podcast to learn, share and unlock insights to survive and thrive in life as an adult, leader, parent and human being. 

    It’s built on the belief that… “I know being an adult is a struggle, but we’re all on different sides of the same boat, and if we share what we’re experiencing and learn from each other, then Adulting can be as nostalgic and fun as childhood often seems”.



    The views, information or opinions expressed in this YouTube Channel and Podcast are solely the views of the individuals/guests involved and by no means represent absolute facts. Opinions expressed by the guests can change at any time and the Company does not accept legal responsibility for them. Such views are the views of guests, and not the Company/ channel/podcast.



    The Company and The Director do not verify the accuracy of the information contained in the YouTube Channel and Podcast, and the Company is not responsible for this information. The Company and The Director assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of the YouTube Channel and Podcast. The information contained on the YouTube Channel and Podcast is provided on an “as is” basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Healthmaniac ,

Biggest Consumer of Useless Information

This is perhaps the most underrated topics in the history of podcast. But very few get to the fact that useless information is also information and might be handy in some phase of life.

Shruthi Dixit ,

Great episode!

Hey Varun, could you please list down all the movies, books and shows you guys discussed, in the description please ?

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