That Desi Spark, formerly known as The Woke Desi, is a bold podcast created by three founders who recognized a space void of color and conversation around the topics that impact dual-identity, South Asian millennials the most. From education to entertainment and social justice issues to social media trends, That Desi Spark approaches each episode with compassion, advocacy, and information, bolstered by subject-area experts and unfiltered celebrity moments.
Founded by healthcare manager/author Annika Sharma, marketing whiz/lifestyle blogger Nehal Tenany, and hedge fund trader/producer Sridhar Pisupati, That Desi Spark ignites conversation, illuminates learning, and sparks a community to own their stories, rise up with confidence, and blaze a path forward. The podcast has been featured in the Times of India, at BBC’s CDX, and on Forbes. They have been featured speakers at multiple conferences, ViacomCBS, and universities.
They can be found on the web, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Papa Don't Preach | A conversation with fashion founder, CEO, and designer Shubhika Sharma of Papa Don't Preach
The internet broke for Diwali 2021 when all the celebs from Chrissy Teigen to Mindy Kaling wore a label that Annika and Nehal have loved for YEARS: Papa Don't Preach by Shubhika Sharma - and she joins TDS this week to talk empowerment in fashion, the issue of copying and how it impacts creatives, her reading list, her next big reveal, and more.
Unshackling Your Career | A conversation with South Asian career coach Dr. Mrinalini Garv
When Dr. Mrinalini Garv realized her career path wasn't full of passion or purpose, she quit - and now she coaches South Asian women to help female executives and professionals bust through their income ceiling, get valued as a leader, and create the fulfilling career they have always wanted.
At a Loss | Annika Shares Her Pregnancy Loss
Miscarriage occurs in 25% of pregnancies - it's an everyday tragedy. On this candid, vulnerable, and raw episode of TDS, Annika shared her recent loss with Nehal and the isolation, the weird and unique stages of grief, the missing-someone-you-never-met, the way partners handle it differently, the stats, some of the feelings that might help you support someone, the reproductive rights element, and the healing…all with a little humor, compassion, and hope.
We're Speaking | A conversation with multi-hyphenate author, blogger, pharma CEO, & investor Hitha Palepu
Author, pharma CEO, investor, and woman of influence Hitha Palepu joins TDS to discuss multi-hyphenate identity, learning from history, owning your multitudes, and (of course) romance book recommendations.
You can find Hitha's book, "We're Speaking: The Life Lessons of Kamala Harris: How to Use Your Voice, Be Assertive, and Own Your Story," on Amazon.
Find Hitha on Instagram.
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She the People | An Interview with Shaili Chopra, Founder of ShethePeople.TV
Founder of ShethePeople.TV, feminist, and gamechanger Shaili Chopra joins TDS to talk about women's rights, women's health in India, and She The People, India’s first women-only platform focused on content, community, and skill development.
Definition, Please | A Conversation with South Asian Director Sujata Day
Director, producer, writer, actress, and all-around phenom Sujata Day joins TDS to discuss acting, representation, her journey to writing, directing, and producing "Definition, Please," for Netflix, and more. Follow Sujata on IG and follow That Desi Spark (and Annika and Nehal!) on IG, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
I found this podcast recently after reading Annika Sharma’s book, “Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words” (I loved the book and looking forward to the next in the series) and enjoy it immensely. Although I’m not of South Asian descent, the topics are relevant and help me be a more understanding and inclusive person. Thank you so much!
Such a fan!!!
These conversations are crucial. And these ladies are hitting it out of the park! A forever fan!
Kudos to these two young ladies who started a podcast to bring light upon issues South Asian Americans tend to ignore or are afraid to discuss. The quality of episodes, the topics and speakers are nothing short of excellent. High quality content. Keep up the great work!