32 episodes

A podcast interviewing South Asian trailblazers around the world.
We discuss growing up brown, personal journeys, and topics we could never talk about in front of those aunties and uncles we grew up with.

Ami Tuckered Out Ami Thakkar Raval: Podcaster and Writer

    • Personal Journals
    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

A podcast interviewing South Asian trailblazers around the world.
We discuss growing up brown, personal journeys, and topics we could never talk about in front of those aunties and uncles we grew up with.

    Zameer Kassam Gets Personal

    Zameer Kassam Gets Personal

    With a background as unique as the jewelry he designs, including time at McKinsey & Company, Harvard Business School, and De Beers Louis Vuitton, Zameer Kassam has emerged as one of the global jewelry industry’s most innovative thinkers and artists. He is the Founder and CEO of Zameer Kassam Fine Jewelry, which he launched in 2011. Through every iteration of his career, one thing has remained constant: his passion for storytelling.

    We talk about his parents' unique immigration story, how his training really started with his family jewelry business, and why he didn't feel Indian "enough" growing up.

    Zameer talks about how personalizing the jewelry industry truly incorporates everything he is passionate about, what his 3-part process entails, and his genuine connection with each of his clients.

    He shows me some of the beautiful sketches he produces for each piece, talks about his partnership with Forevermark and explains traceable diamonds, the fantastic celebrities he has worked with (Ashley Judd, Hasan Minhaj), and the heartwarming story behind his family heirloom.

    Recently, Zameer Kassam Fine Jewelry has become an official Harvard Business School case!!

    Grab a glass of champagne (I did), it's time to talk diamonds!

    • 59 min
    South Asians Vote 2020- South Asians and Voting (Part Two)

    South Asians Vote 2020- South Asians and Voting (Part Two)

    In part two of South Asians and Voting, I sit down with one of the organizers of South Asians Vote 2020, Samidh Guha.

    Samidh is a highly respected courtroom advocate and negotiator with decades of experience in government and private practice, he has tried numerous criminal and civil cases and has briefed and argued several appeals before the Second Circuit. His resume includes Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, partner at two private law firms, and he is currently a founding partner at Perry Guha LLP.

    He talks to me about why South Asians Vote is really a non-partisan organization and is focused on helping to resume a normal functioning government, the reason our parents' generation has different political views, and how South Asians Vote has reached out to to the entire community by creating three videos with unique messages and stories (hint-think Whatsapp groups that have every member of your family).

    We also talk about one of the big reasons people love Trump, the Trump/Modi connection, how he feels seeing a QAnon sign in his neighborhood, and his opinion on how we should view the recent Supreme Court confirmation.

    We are one day away guys. Let's fight for our democracy.

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    • 31 min
    South Asian Block Party for Biden/Harris- South Asians and Voting (Part One)

    South Asian Block Party for Biden/Harris- South Asians and Voting (Part One)

    It's here guys. Election Day 2020. Besides going out to buy some antacids, I thought it would be a good time to understand more about South Asians and voting here in the US.

    I sit down with the co-hosts of the South Asian Block Party for Biden/Harris, DJ Rekha and Rajan Shah, to talk about the virtual fundraiser held a few weeks ago with participants such as Mindy Kaling, Lilly Singh, Kumail Nanjiani and so many more.

    We discuss the genesis of the fundraiser and the huge team that made it happen, some of the behind the scenes on how it all came together, and what moments touched them the most. They talk to me about the crucial data around South Asians and voting, the reasons our community has generally been apathetic about voting, and how this event was also an outward expression of how far the South Asian community has come.

    We also touch on how many in the community have become fearful for their physical safety and how we can be the difference in this election.

    "We shouldn't be rewarded for engaging in this election- our lives are on the line."- DJ Rekha

    • 44 min
    MissMalini, Take Us To The Moon

    MissMalini, Take Us To The Moon

    An interview with Malini Agarwal.

    We're talking to a media mogul!! Malini Agarwal, aka MissMalini, is India's most famous blogger with a following of 7.5 million worldwide. We start out talking about how her "diplobrat" life growing up has helped shape her into the women she is today. Malini discusses living through a civil war in Lebanon, how her mom has been her rock and champion FOMO queen, and what led her to the City of Dreams.

    She tells me why radio is still her favorite medium, the bucket list of 24, her book, To The Moon: How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood, and some epic stories that you can only experience in Mumbai.

    We of course dive into her best and worst interviews, what it is really like to work with her husband, and her plan to shed light and start conversations around cyber bullying and sexual harassment in India with #ignorenomore.

    Malini is a staunch supporter of women supporting women, as can been seen with MissMalini's Girl Tribe, and she tells me what she regrets the most throughout her legendary journey.

    And guys, there's so much more....

    • 40 min
    Ami Tuckered Out Trailer

    Ami Tuckered Out Trailer

    A podcast interviewing South Asian trailblazers around the world.

    We discuss growing up brown, personal journeys, and topics we could never talk about in front of those aunties and uncles we grew up with.

    • 1 min
    From Second City to FunnYogini

    From Second City to FunnYogini

    Rasika Mathur is an Indian-American comedian, writer, storyteller, and a fellow Longhorn best known for her recurring role on the original version of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out...but there is so much more of the story to tell. We chat about her days at Second City Chicago to the FunnYogini Show and all those highs and lows in between. I also discover that she is a Canadian citizen, something that might be useful in the future... just in case....you know.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Jimuda ,

About time

So refreshing to find a podcast that interviews diverse professionals who inspire. Ami Rhakkar is always engaging and does a fantastic job.

Dipali23 ,

Love Ami

She has great content and have no idea how she is able to connect with so many interesting South Asians. Really look forward to who is always next!

happychaos6 ,

She’s BACK and I’m elated!

I’ve been listening to Ami from Day 1. Her interviews (or conversations as I like to think of them) with diverse South Asians are fun, informative and motivating. I was so sad when she took a hiatus because this podcast had been a staple of my commute to the office. Now she’s BACK and I am elated! I can’t wait to hear the next one.

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