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Explore the concepts of purpose, performance, and reward through the lens of the guests with Manisha Kadagathur, management consultant and entrepreneur. Each week, I will bring you stories of their journeys and fill in the missing lines in ways we can all use to do more and feel better in our lives. New episodes every Thursday.

Tell it like it is Manisha Kadagathur

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Explore the concepts of purpose, performance, and reward through the lens of the guests with Manisha Kadagathur, management consultant and entrepreneur. Each week, I will bring you stories of their journeys and fill in the missing lines in ways we can all use to do more and feel better in our lives. New episodes every Thursday.

    Voice for Girls

    Voice for Girls

    India ranks pretty low in female labor participation. In 2019, female labor participation stood at a meagre 27% in comparison to China’s female labor participation at 60%. In India, over 60% of those who are employed are in agriculture, resulting effectively, in 11% female labor participation in services and manufacturing. It is well understood that if we are to go grow as a nation, then we need more women at the workplace. Prima facie, this should be easy, given our female to male ratio. Per the United Nations, women make up 48.04% of the population. However, in reality, getting women to participate in the formal workforce is far from easy. Especially since a large section of women are ill equipped with the basic skills and do not possess a high school degree. Why is that? This is so because a large number of girls simply drop out of school when they hit puberty, acerbated by unique socio-cultural stereotypes.

    My guest today is Anusha Bharadwaj, Executive Director of Voice4Girls, a social enterprise working with marginalized adolescent girls in rural Telangana and  Andhra with a vision to educate and empower girls against violence and inequality. In our free-wheeling conversation, we touch upon many topics and taboos that are entrenched in our society, gender inequality, stereotypes, violence, early marriage and how keeping adolescent girls in school through high school might just be the way to increasing their participation in the workforce of the future.

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    Read a transcript of this interview at: https://www.tellitlikeitispodcast.com/post/s5-e2-tell-it-like-it-is-voice-for-girls


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    Autonomous Vehicles

    Autonomous Vehicles

    In a low cost, labour intensive market like India, autonomous vehicles seem counter intuitive. What is the story here? Join me, Manisha Kadagathur, as I chat with Saurabh Chandra, co-founder of Ati Motors, one of the coolest startups in India that makes autonomous cargo vehicles based in Bangalore. Cool for many reasons, not the least for an unusual team of co-founders, the youngest of whom was barely a teen when he joined. Club that with using tech like AI/ML, power electronics, control systems, mechanical engineering, system software and electronic hardware, and it makes the whole enterprise unique. As you will see over our conversation, a strong purpose, and relentless focus on solving for problems aka performance in the Indian context are two key themes that emerge. With COVID-19 lockdowns putting the focus on safety, and the lack of domestic help, the use of home robots and dishwashers has gone up multi-fold in Indian cities. So, I began right there before we branched off into discussing the tech, backstory, role of serendipity, use cases and unique Indian challenges.

    Check them out at Ati Motors 

    Read a transcript of this interview at: https://www.tellitlikeitispodcast.com/post/s5-e1-autonomous-vehicles-tell-it-like-it-is


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    Trailer - Season 5

    Trailer - Season 5

    Join me, Manisha Kadagathur, as we return with a brand new season and more stories of phenomenal ideas and committed guests. This season we have stories on innovation, grit, gumption and the role of serendipity, and our stories take us crisscrossing across India from Shillong in the North East to Hyderabad and Bangalore in the South. So, join us for new stories, new inspiration, and hope.


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    Nai Talim

    Nai Talim

    For billions of children across the world, schooling and education has taken a new meaning. Bedrooms, kitchen counters, dining tables, a mat on the floor became the new classroom and the noise around EdTech rose to a crescendo. Amidst the din, it is easy to forget that in 1937, Gandhiji conceptualised Nai Talim, an alternate philosophy of education which states that work and knowledge are not separate. The three pillars of Gandhiji's pedagogy were it's focus on the lifelong character of education, it's social character, and it's form as a holistic process. I caught up with Sushama Sharma, the principal of Anand Niketan (a Nai Talim school) in Sewagram in Wardha District of Maharashtra. She is a Gandhian, farmer and activist who strongly believes that sustainability is the way forward. In our conversation, we spoke of what Nai Talim means today, how an alternate education philosophy creates impact, and why consumerism as a lifestyle is unsustainable. She shares exciting snippets of her personal journey so find a comfortable spot to look out the window and partake of an alternate possibility while the soundtrack of your own life plays in the background.


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    O'Bangalore

    O'Bangalore

    We can choose to stay away from politics, but politics will not stay away from us. Those are the prophetic words from Srikanth Narsimhan, the co-founder and general secretary of Bengaluru NavaNirmana Party (BNP). In an earlier episode on housing societies during the Covid-19 lockdown, a management committee member told me that in a housing society, “Everybody is a CEO”. Listen to that episode here. With egos that large, getting anyone to coalesce takes a lot of energy and time. That’s where Srikanth had his first brush with public service bringing together 1000 housing societies representing 6 lac residents to band together.  Previously, he worked in companies like ICICI Venture, E&Y and Tata Motors. He is an engineer from BITS, Pilani and a management graduate from IIM, Bangalore. Today, it is Bangalore that his heart bleeds for. How did that happen? Why did he float a political party? Join me as I find out more.

    Cameo: Pankaj Chopra


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    • 36 min
    Relationship Builder

    Relationship Builder

    Join me, Manisha Kadagathur, as I chat with Arun D’Silva, co-founder & CEO of Retail Interface Pvt Ltd and the India brand representative for Frederique Constant among other luxury watches. 

    Getting fired from your job finds you at a momentous fork in your life that leads you down one of two paths – you can either let that moment define the rest of your life, turn bitter and make bad decisions one after the other or you can see it for what it is and move on. Arun D’Silva’s story begins there. From that fork in the road, Arun went on to build one of India’s largest and best-known luxury retail businesses. How did that happen? What choices did he make? How did he get over the trauma? Today’s fantastic story explores all that and more.


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    • 35 min

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