10 episodes

Grit represents firmness of character, indomitable spirit, and perseverance and passion for long-term goals. On this show, I interview Indian entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and activists about their journeys and how they are catalyzing change. The series celebrates stories of courage and resilience to inspire listeners to bet on themselves and their dreams.

GRIT. by Aaki Vora Aakanksha Vora

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Grit represents firmness of character, indomitable spirit, and perseverance and passion for long-term goals. On this show, I interview Indian entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and activists about their journeys and how they are catalyzing change. The series celebrates stories of courage and resilience to inspire listeners to bet on themselves and their dreams.

    9. Akanksha Deo Sharma | IKEA

    9. Akanksha Deo Sharma | IKEA

    In the penultimate episode of season 1, I interview Akanksha Deo Sharma, the only Indian designer at IKEA. I don’t want to give too much away, but we had one of the most incredible conversations that covered the intersection between design, diversity, gender, and identity, and several other topics, making this one of my favorite episodes so far.
    I do hope you like this episode and urge you to check out Akanksha’s amazing new sustainable, and, genius collection called Forandring at IKEA

    If you enjoy our podcast, please take a moment to subscribe, rate, and review. It helps us a lot. You can also follow us along on instagram @gritbyaakivora

    • 1 hr 20 min
    8. Shweta and Mani | The Mind Clan

    8. Shweta and Mani | The Mind Clan

    In this episode I interview Shweta Srinivasan and Mani Kumar, the cofounders of the mind clan, which is a “mental health platform dedicated to giving individuals access to a curated list of tools for mental health care." They took time out to discuss how the idea for the platform came about, the resources that they offer, and the status of mental healthcare in India today.

    I do hope you like this episode and urge you to check out the incredible resources at themindclan.com!

    If you enjoy our podcast, please take a moment to subscribe, rate, and review. It helps us a lot. You can also follow us along on instagram @gritbyaakivora

    • 51 min
    7. Payal Khandwala | Fashion Designer

    7. Payal Khandwala | Fashion Designer

    In this episode, I interview Payal Khandwala, one of India’s leading fashion designers. She started her eponymous fashion label in 2012 when she couldn’t find the kind of clothes she wanted to wear. Although she never envisioned building an empire and creating a category of her own in the Indian fashion space, Payal has gone on to do that and more. Even though her clothes are now adorned by A-List Bollywood celebrities and are often featured in the news, for Payal it has never been about fame, money, or features. It is her love for creating clothes that empower that motivates and inspires her.

    She generously opened up about her journey, design philosophy, and why she does what she does in this incredible episode, which I hope you love as much as I do.

    If you enjoy our podcast, please take a moment to subscribe, rate, and review. It helps us a lot. You can also follow us along on Instagram @gritbyaakivora

    • 1 hr 1 min
    6. Nihaal Mariwala | Setu

    6. Nihaal Mariwala | Setu

    In this episode, I interview Nihaal Mariwala, the founder of Setu, a company that produces vitamin and mineral supplements. Setu is revolutionizing the preventive healthcare space in India, and Nihaal took the time to tell me about how he built the company, the nature of the nutrition supplement industry in India, and how we can take ownership of our own health.
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    • 48 min
    5. Arunima Patel | iGenetic Diagnostics

    5. Arunima Patel | iGenetic Diagnostics

    In this episode, I interview Arunima Patel, one of the founders of iGenetic Diagnostics, India’s fastest growing pathology lab. In addition to the standard menu of microbiology tests, Arunima’s company specializes in molecular testing and genetic sequencing. Molecular testing drastically reduces the turnaround time for test results for life-threatening diseases allowing patients to begin treatment quicker. Testing using genetic sequencing provides doctors valuable information to treat patients, especially those battling cancer, by giving them targeted treatment that minimizes side effects. Not only is her company democratizing healthcare in India by expanding to Tier II and III cities and by making diagnostics more accessible and affordable, but it is also aiding India’s fight against coronavirus. iGenetic developed a COVID test in January, and their team has since been tirelessly running their labs to provide quick and accurate results. Arunima took time out to tell me about how she left her job in private equity to start a pathology lab and how telemedicine may revolutionize our healthcare system.

    Follow us on Instagram @gritbyaakivora. The cover art is designed by Naomi Shah (@itsnaomishah)

    • 36 min
    4. Arman Sood | Co-founder, Sleepy Owl Coffee

    4. Arman Sood | Co-founder, Sleepy Owl Coffee

    In this episode, I interview Arman Sood, one of the three co-founders of Sleepy Owl Coffee. A small-time Pokemon card arbitrage in middle school gave Arman his first taste of entrepreneurship, but it wasn’t until law school, where he met Ashwajeet, another co-founder of Sleepy Owl, that he developed a true passion for building businesses. After successfully starting and running two ventures in law school, Arman and Ashwajeet decided they wanted to continue to pursue entrepreneurship. They joined forces with Ahwajeet’s childhood friend, Ajai, and together they found a way to disrupt the beverage industry in India. With the goal of making freshly brewed coffee convenient and accessible to Indians, the three of them came up with the idea for Sleepy Owl. They started in a two-bedroom apartment in Dwarka where they tested and developed their first Cold Brew packet. Sleepy Owl now available in retail stores in Delhi and Mumbai and online across the nation and is consumed by over a million households. Arman and his story are super cool, and I do hope you enjoy the episode. And, if you haven’t already, try Sleepy Owl’s Coffee, it’s fabulous.
    For behind-the-scenes action and sneak peeks into upcoming episodes follow us on Instagram @gritbyaakivora or visit aakivora.com
    The cover art is designed by Naomi Shah and the show is created and produced by Aakanksha Vora. 

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

littlelion2020 ,

Inspiring women!

Really cool to hear stories of people - women especially - who built their own success in today’s world. Can’t wait to hear more!

Aud_y ,

your new favorite pod

This is such an AMAZING podcast! The title, theme and contents of Aaki’s interviews are so insightful, informative and inspirational. The conversations are easygoing, yet cover a broad range of important and relevant topics in today’s world. Aaki is a great interviewer who poses thought provoking questions for her guests beyond those that come to my mind. I’m BEYOND excited to watch this show grow and thrive!!

CED207 ,

One of a kind

GRIT highlights the voices of people who have conquered challenges and chased their dreams — it’s a truly unique, authentic, and much-needed perspective in the podcast space. Aaki makes the listener feel like they’re part of the conversation, and I leave each episode in awe and admiration, newly empowered to implement what I learned in my own life. I’m already counting down the days until the next episode!

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