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Culture and family heritage isn’t all sunshine and roses but it can fill you up, give you pleasure, and take you back while inspiring you forward. Hosted by Anika Chabra, join us for rich stories of the past, woven with hopes for the future. We’re on a journey to rediscover our cultures and ensure they live on for future generations. We hope to inspire you to do the same. If you'd like to share a story, you can reach us at @rootandseedco on social. Visit us at www.rootandseed.com where we continue to share our journey of discovery, reflection, and celebration in our blog.

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Culture and family heritage isn’t all sunshine and roses but it can fill you up, give you pleasure, and take you back while inspiring you forward. Hosted by Anika Chabra, join us for rich stories of the past, woven with hopes for the future. We’re on a journey to rediscover our cultures and ensure they live on for future generations. We hope to inspire you to do the same. If you'd like to share a story, you can reach us at @rootandseedco on social. Visit us at www.rootandseed.com where we continue to share our journey of discovery, reflection, and celebration in our blog.

    S6E6: Anika Chabra & Jennifer Siripong Mandel "Find the quietest person in the room and start there.”

    S6E6: Anika Chabra & Jennifer Siripong Mandel "Find the quietest person in the room and start there.”

    What happens when Root & Seed co-founders Jenn and Anika get together with mics on to interview each other? Lots of storytelling, advice shared, and reflecting on their Root & Seed journey. For our season 6 finale, on the theme of relationships, they couldn’t help but provide a peek behind the curtain and answer the most asked questions from the Root & Seed community. Everything from how their relationship with the business has evolved, to a look at their relationship with THEIR families, and how their own stories have blossomed. “Ask us anything” style, expect a speed round of info, laughs, and reminiscing. Anika shares what she would ask her mom if she had the chance, what her favourite podcast and community spotlights have been since launch. Jenn shares a revealing story about her father that leaves her with a new perspective on Mr. Siripong’s personality... and as our resident conversation expert she helps us understand how to truly get the crowd talking, especially as we enter the holidays.



    If you’ve ever been curious about the behind the scenes of Root & Seed, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

    • 34 min
    S6E5: Brittany Muddamalle "I don't think anyone can really reach that title of a (perfect) Indian wife, right?"

    S6E5: Brittany Muddamalle "I don't think anyone can really reach that title of a (perfect) Indian wife, right?"

    Is “almost" anything good enough? It sure is for this episode’s guest Brittany Muddamalle, the voice behind The Almost Indian Wife.  As a Caucasian/Romani woman married to an East Indian and now raising multiracial kids in America she is building a life that works for her and her family and in doing so is inspiring others to “meet in the middle” to honour all family tradition, culture and norms. All the while leaving the unnecessary and outdated behind. We cover a lot of ground in this interview from how eating with her hands has become one of her favourite ways to respect their Indian side, to her desire to have her children know Telugu fluently and how replicating her favourite recipe from her Caucasian side makes her heart wish for another Thanksgiving with her grandma (hint, it giggles and comes in many colours). 



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    About our guest: Brittany is the voice behind The Almost Indian Wife. She is married and has four kids. Her husband is Indian and she is Caucasian/Romani. She has a passion to help other multiracial families navigate multiple cultures and build a healthy foundation so they can stand up against anything. 

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    • 24 min
    S6E4: Eric Hernandez "It was once I learned the hoop dance that I found my own unique way”

    S6E4: Eric Hernandez "It was once I learned the hoop dance that I found my own unique way”

    What does it mean to truly represent your culture in a way that is innate, intimate and unique?  Eric Hernandez is a Native American hoop dancer whose love for expressing his culture comes through movement and by telling his story, shedding a light on the diversity within the Native American and Indigenous communities. In this episode Eric reveals his choice to follow life’s whispers and nudges and how the teachings of his ancestors and elders played a part in shaping his present gift to the world. We hear about the process of creating his TEDx Talk and how a role with Cirque du Soleil invited him to dance the way that he was meant to dance. Perhaps most of all we are left with the revelation to be who we truly are - even and especially when faced with decisions at the crossroads of life.

    About Eric: Eric Hernandez, a proud member of the Lumbee tribe, is an esteemed Native American hoop dancer with over 20 years of experience. Mentored by Terry Goedel, Eric's skills took center stage as the lead in Cirque du Soleil's "Totem," touring over 17 countries. A recent TEDx speaker, his mission is to challenge stereotypes and spread ancestral wisdom about Native Americans through the art of hoop dance.

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    • 30 min
    S6E3: Francesca Saraco "You also want to be able to bring those you have lost into present day. And through tradition is one of the only ways you can."

    S6E3: Francesca Saraco "You also want to be able to bring those you have lost into present day. And through tradition is one of the only ways you can."

    Exploring the role that tradition plays in one’s life feels pretty core to the Root & Seed community.  But what role does it play when you have lost a loved one?  And at an age when you just starting to "adult"? We explore this and more with Francesca Saraco, someone who is navigating the world after losing both her parents in her 20s. How food can be a great connector to those who have come before us, transporting us back to simpler, perhaps happier times.  How the honour of carrying forward those traditions is met in a way that is bittersweet.  And how traditions go beyond culture or ethnic background and are simply life traditions.  And don’t worry, Francesca is gracious enough to share her family’s tomato sauce recipe with us, and we will are all better for it. Check out her transcript for the recipe at rootandseed.com

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    • 22 min
    S6E2: Darius Bashar "I'm actively realizing I'd like to change the ratio of how much time I spend on the trauma side versus the creation side”

    S6E2: Darius Bashar "I'm actively realizing I'd like to change the ratio of how much time I spend on the trauma side versus the creation side”

    It appears there are no conversations with Darius Bashar that stay on the surface and this is definitely one of them. Darius is a creator, yes, and someone who is helping to connect with others in a way that defies media and mode.  From dance to meditation, from photography to facilitator, he is on a mission to connect more intimately, evidenced by one of his many projects "No Strangers". In order to do so, Darius has needed to understand the stories of his past, inviting compassion to seep in and importantly deciding what are his stories to tell and what are his ancestors'.  We go from generational trauma, to question-asking advice to birds in the wild and we are all better for it. Give this heart-led conversation a listen.

    Darius Bashar is a celebrated photographer who works with international celebrities, best-selling authors and thought leaders such as Seth Godin, Liz Gilbert, Dr. Shafali, Jim Kwik, Danielle LaPorte, Lisa Nichols and Masai Ujiri.  His work has been featured in world-class publications such as TIME, Apple, Forbes, USA TODAY, Oprah.com and others.  Darius speciality is working with speakers, authors and thought leaders and his signature photography experiences are his HEARTshots™ and Black + White Experience.   In June 2022, Darius launched a new photography project called NoStrangers.art, which explores intimacy and connection, by taking photos of strangers on the streets of Toronto and asking them one deep question.   Darius is also the founder of Artist Morning, which is an international community of artists, creators and meditators. He has led and facilitated over 500 group meditations for thousands of people around the world. You can find Darius on the world’s most popular and largest meditation app, Insight Timer.

    Check out Darius at:: www.artistmorning.com

    Find him on: https://www.instagram.com/dariusbashar/

    • 24 min
    S6E1: Mita Mallick: "Inclusion doesn't start at our conference room tables ; it starts at our kitchen tables"

    S6E1: Mita Mallick: "Inclusion doesn't start at our conference room tables ; it starts at our kitchen tables"

    We first discovered Mita Mallick on LinkedIn and we're enamoured with her content about making the workplace truly inclusive and inviting for all. How as leaders, it is in fact our experiences at home, our upbringing, our backgrounds that help inform, influence, and inspire how we show up at work. How when a sense of belonging and truly feeling part of a team is fostered, that it actually makes good business sense - something we agree with wholeheartedly at Root & Seed. In this interview, we talked to her about her new book launching the week this episode is launched. Her career in corporate America and how her early life experiences have helped her show up as she learned to show up sometimes despite the best of intentions from our parents and society at the time.

    About our guest: Mita Mallick is a corporate change-maker with a track record of transforming businesses. She gives innovative ideas a voice and serves customers and communities with purpose. She has had an extensive career as a marketer in the beauty and consumer product goods space, being a fierce advocate of including and representing Black and Brown communities. Her first book, “Reimagine Inclusion: Debunking 13 Myths to Transform Your Workplace,” being published by Wiley is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

    • 22 min

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