S02 E03: Feat. Prathamesh Popat

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Prathamesh Popat is a lawyer and a Certified Mediator. Akash and Navin sit down with him and a very interesting conversation ensues. They talk about:

  • The benefits of Vipashana in day-today life

  • How does Mediation actually work

  • Astrology and the skepticism around it

  • The stories of their first cigarettes

and much more.
You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

S02 E02: Feat. Daribha Lyndem

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Daribha Lyndem is a vintage furniture collector and also a Customs Officer at the Mumbai Airport. She talks:
- The bizarre places they have found gold in, eg. Nutella and sometimes butts
- Growing up in Shillong, Meghalaya
- Her grandmother giving her the classic "gardener-flower" talk
- Finding out if someone at the airport is secretly bald
- The story of their "viral" honeymoon

Follow Daribha on Instagram @daribhagram
You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

S02 E01: Feat. Jaanam Dewan

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A brand new season of Varta Lab is here! Aakash and Navin kick-start the second season with producer Jaanam. They recap some of their favourite moments from Season 1, what are the new fun things they've tried to do with the new season and what you can look forward to. Also, find out what they've all been up to between the two seasons!

Follow Jaanam Dewan on Twitter - @jaanamdewan

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 13: Feat. Amit Doshi

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On the final episode of this season of Varta Lab, we have one of the most commonly heard voices on the IVM network, and Founder himself, Amit Doshi. He shares stories about being Amit Shah's doppelganger, his journey so far, and how he started IVM Podcasts.

Aakash and Navin also join Amit to discuss: 
- How the Nehru jacket helps you get laid
- The most delicious meat they've eaten
- Funeral rituals
- What it's like to belong to a Gujarati family
- Navigating through family issues
- Life lessons they learnt in college

Big hugs and many kisses to Shaswat Bulusu for the Varta Lab theme music!

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 12: Feat. Naman Saraiya & Nidhi Salian

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This week on Varta Lab, we meet filmmaker and Vice India Producer Naman Saraiya and Associate Producer, Nidhi Salian. They talk about:

  • Their experience while working on Kya Bolta Bantai, the 30-minute documentary about Mumbai's gully rap scene

  • Cultural appropriation and elitism

  • Nidhi's journey from being a lawyer to a non-lawyer

  • The weirdest things they've done for love

  • Naman's biggest issue with the music scene

...and a whole lot more!

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 11: Feat. Parth Trivedi

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This week on Varta Lab, we meet Parth Trivedi, a radio presenter and producer who regales us with stories about:

  • The food menus from Ahmedabad

  • His obsession with petroleum engineering

  • The first time he tried on a pair of Bose headphones

  • The gift of radio to mankind

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 10: Feat. Sonali Thakker

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On this episode, Sonali Thakker, one of the best-traveled comedians in the country, tells us stories about:

  • Going places and not booking return tickets.

  • Filling spices in shampoo bottles.

  • Getting bullied by Brits in Cambodia.

  • What's it like to travel in a Desi tour bus.

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 09: Feat. Balraj Singh Ghai

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On this episode of Varta Lab, Aakash and Navin exchange stories with Balraj Singh Ghai, owner of The Habitat and Hotel Unicontinental. He tells us tales about:

  • People having sex in hotel rooms

  • Growing up in a family-run hotel.

  • Setting up two of Mumbai's coolest comedy and music venues in a single building.

  • His super romantic proposal to his wife.

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 08: Feat. Jahan and Sumit of Bombay Hemp Company

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This week on Varta Lab, Aakash and Navin exchange stories with the boys from the Bombay Hemp Company. Jahan Jamas and Sumit Shah talk about how they first stumbled upon the fact that Hemp can be the solution to many of our problems.
They also discuss how Hemp comes with the stigma that accompany Cannabis.

Go check out the cool stuff they make here: https://boheco.org/

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 07: Kopal and Amandeep

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This week we meet Kopal and Amandeep. Kopal is the person behind Tape A Tale and Amandeep is a viral storyteller.
Together they regale us with tales about snapping fingers, crazy college gigs, fighting the man, creepy online stalkers and going viral. So much fun!

Listen to Tape A Tale's story on the Kahaaniya podcast: http://ivmpodcasts.com/kahaaniya-episode-list/

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 06: Feat. Rohit P-Man Pereira

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Joining Aakash and Navin this week on Varta Lab is musician Rohit Pereira, known better as P-Man. He regales them with stories about:

  • Why he doesn't like David Bowie's voice.

  • What's it like touring with a band.

  • Where a bass player falls in the hierarchy of getting laid.

  • Why he's not a fan of Gujarati food.

Follow P-Man on @PManiac

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 05: Feat. Sumedh Natu

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This week on Varta Lab, the extremely talented and extremely curly haired Sumedh Natu joins us to share stories about:
- Capturing a traveling comedian's tour.
- Indian comedians finding acceptance in other parts of the world.
- Going viral and creating a new video format altogether.
- His obsession and fascination with food.

Talk to Sumedh at @sumedhnatu
You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 04: Feat. Trupti Khamkar

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Joining us on the fourth episode of Varta Lab, we have Trupti Khamkar, also known as the kaamwali bai in every other YouTube sketch (sometimes driver or mother also). What we don't know about Trupti, however, is that she is a huge Marathi celebrity, is the only person to have performed Shakespeare in three different languages, and that she prefers to make people cry more often than laugh.

Follow her on Twitter - @trupti_khamakha

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 03: Feat. Rafael Pereira

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On the third episode of Varta Lab, Aakash and Navin talk to Rafael Pereira, a multi-faceted human being who is responsible for forming three unique companies, and also managing everything from Marathi theater to world-class musicians.

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 02: Feat. Deena Mehta

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On the second episode of Varta Lab, Aakash and Navin are joined by Deena Mehta, an all-round rockstar. She tells us stories from her time at the Bombay Stock Exchange as the only woman in the ring, how she ended up at a gun market in Pakistan, why she supports GST implementation, and makes everyone feel wholesome by the end.

You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta.
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 01: Feat. Kumar Varun

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On the first episode of Varta Lab, Aakash and Navin are joined by Kumar Varun, famous for being one half of the Random Chikibum collective and playing several hilarious characters in sketches and ads.
He shares stories, covering everything from auditions, stage performances and vanity vans.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5

You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Ep. 00: Super Happy Interesting True Stories

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Welcome to Varta Lab, a delightful concoction of stories featuring Aakash Mehta, one of India's most obsessive storytellers on and off stage, and Navin Noronha, who is an okay person. Together they tell stories to each other from their life and welcome others to do the same. Fun times.

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