S02 E13: Feat. Tejas Menon

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BRING OUT THE TISSUES. Navin and Aakash speak to their most-wanted guest Tejas Menon on their season finale... and things get a little bit of funny and a little bit of this and that.

  • Navin and Aakash deduce who out of the two is the bigger Tejas fangurl

  • They talk about Tejas and gang meeting Anil Kapoor

  • Tejas's "snobbish" school in Dubai

  • The conversation takes a turn and meanders into some existential questions

  • Also, Tejas performs his first stand-up bit for an audience of two

Tell us how you liked this season of Varta Lab! We'd love to hear from you.

You can follow Tejas Menon @tejasmenon
You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android
or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

S02 E12: Feat. Aadar Malik

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Navin and Aakash are in the studio with fellow podcaster and fellow comedian Aadar Malik. They talk about everything but podcast and comedy, listen in:

  1. Aadar Malik's relationship with his uncle Anu Malik

  2. Aadar's background in Law and shit that happens in the court

  3. Navin talks about a facebook group that's solid GOLD (link below)

  4. What our mothers really think of our comedy careers

  5. Parting ways with his comedy collective SNG

and more.

Checkout: https://www.facebook.com/Being-A-Merchant-Navy-Officers-WifeFianceeGirl-friend-155562924589961/

You can follow Aadar Malik @TheAadarGuy
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 E11: Feat. Dhruv Deshpande

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The sweetest guy Aakash and Navin know is in the studio this time. They talk about the good ol' days of comedy with the really funny Dhruv Deshpande and more:

  • The backstory of all the major comedy collectives

  • The most heartfelt social media posts they have ever written

  • Dhruv taking a break from stand up

  • The good, bad and the ugly of comedy writing

  • How to identify a Versova boy during an audition

  • and the weirdest meat they have ever consumed (How did we get here, again?)

You can follow Dhruv Deshpande @DhruvDeshpande
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 E10: Feat. Niveditha Prakasam

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Navin shows up late to the recording leaving a gaping void in the studio and Akash's heart. They talk to the hilarious Niveditha Prakasam about:

  • Her childhood in Kenya and Coimbatore

  • Her job as a Vehicle Test Engineer and the Volkswagen conspiracy

  • Navin shows up halfway and talks about how he first met Niveditha

  • The different stand-up scene all over India

  • They reminisce their favourite heckling stories and how to handle hecklers

  • What was it like winning a reality show?

You can follow Niveditha @nivprakasam
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 E09: Feat. Adrita Das and Karan Wohra

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Navin and Akash are back after their self-imposed break. They talk to Adrita Das and Karan Wohra, the creators of the card game #CardsAgainstSanskaar about:

  • The Holy Trifecta of Dating Apps : Tinder, Bumble and Hinge

  • Shit students do in art schools

  • Starting their design studio

  • All the things that happen on a Sleeper Bus

  • How did the card game #CardsAgainstSanskaar come about?

  • Pranks that went a little too far

They also play the card-game LIVE.
Listen in!
You can follow Aakash at @kuchbhimehta
You can follow Navin at @houseofnoronha
You can follow Adrita at @adritadas
Follow Karan at @karanworah

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 E08: Feat. Nikhil Udupa & Himanshu Vaswani

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Meet cool, hardworking guys Nikhil Udupa and Himanshu Vaswani. They're the brains behind Four by Four Experiences, the company that puts together the popular festival Control ALT Delete. They talk to Aakash and Navin about:

  • Landing random jobs and absconding from them

  • Coming up with the idea for Control ALT Delete while getting drunk at a cheap bar

  • The part about Control ALT Delete very few people know

  • Putting up a 5-stage festival without fabricating a single stage

  • The essence of a moshpit and why metal has a bad reputation

  • Himanshu's epic Woodstock-like wedding

  • Drunk banking

...and other crazy stories!

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 E07: Feat. Jeeya Sethi

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Jeeya Sethi is a comic, improv artist and a comic producer with a dislocated arm at the time of this recording. Akash and Navin talk to her about:

  • How Jeeya started comedy and how did Navin and her become friends

  • All the embarrassing evidence Jeeya has to blackmail Navin in the future

  • Her passion for producing comedy

  • She revisits an old grudge and they all philosophize over a broken friendship together

  • Making the comedy scene safer and more welcoming for newer comics

Follow Jeeya on Twitter @JeeyaDhadkDhadk
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 E06: Feat. Ankur and Aranya Johar

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Akash and Navin sit down with the first set of siblings on the podcast - Ankur and Aranya Johar! They talk about:

  • What's it like to be famous siblings?

  • Akash reminisces the time when he joked about horse porn for 20 minutes straight

  • Ankur talks about how he started rapping at the age of 16.

  • How often has Aranya cried at poetry open mics?

  • Taking first dates to comedy shows

Follow Aranya on Twitter @aranyajohar
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 E05: Feat. Pavitra Shetty

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Pavitra Shetty is a hilarious comedian, everybody's friend and an overall awesome person. She talks about:

  • Her family members' cleverly picked professions

  • Landing an IT job after studying medicine

  • Being the best gifter ever

  • Her OCD

and a lot more!

Follow Pavitra on Instagram @pavie_shetty
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 E04: Feat. Muskan Sethi

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Muskan Sethi is India's first female professional poker player and also a national award winner. She talks about:

  • Discovering her love for poker and when she decided to make a career out of it

  • The sexism she's faced in her journey as a poker player

  • The tricks of winning at poker and the power of the mind

  • The constant support she's had from her family

Follow Muskan on Instagram @muskansethi5
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 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/