Welcome to the 10th podcast episode of this side series, the Podcast Spotlight. In this episode, we talk with Rindo Ramankutty, host of the Singapore based podcast Livin’ it up in Lion City as he introduces the following 2 podcasts:

Podcast 1: Desi Outsiders

Desi Outsiders is the brainchild of two young Indian women who want to be the voice of reason that fails to be heard in certain Indian households. The podcast is designed to bring meaningful conversations on relationships, dating, education, and feminism into Indian homes. Meenal was raised in Europe in a very traditional Indian household whereas Ankita was raised in India in a more liberal household. So when these two girls get together, the conversation gets rolling.

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Desi Outsiders is a show which I picture as the podcasting equivalent of comfort food. No theatrics, simple production, just two girls with microphones talking about South Asian issues through Skype. Its candid, informal, and warm. Though admittedly you would get more out of the show if you were South Asian or could relate to the issues they discuss, I think this format works better to handle some of the more difficult problems. Like how at times you need someone to vent to or just need an outlet to talk, Desi Outsiders is that kind of podcast. Definitely check this out if you need some more comfort podcasts in your life.

Podcast 2: The Sporkful

The Sporkful isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters. Each week the podcast obsesses about food to learn more about people. They’re known for thoughtful discussions about race, culture, and body image, as well as for their funny and absurd conversations with comics about how they like to eat certain dishes. In addition, The Sporkful has won Best Food Podcast at the James Beard Awards, the Webby Awards, and the Saveur Awards.

Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful

The Sporkful is fantastic. It’s got great production, the guests are incredible, the topics are varied and engaging, and it’s about stuff that almost anyone can relate to: food. Now, while the show does get some help from Stitcher as a partner, I don’t think we should let that take anything away from the incredible work that host Dan Pashman has put into the show. After all, he clearly loves his food, and aside from the podcast he also has a cooking channel web series called You’re eating it wrongAND, he has also authored a book titled: Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More DeliciousThe passion and love that he has for his subject is evident, and it clearly shines through as wonderful content given the support and resources at his disposal. If you ever listen to one food podcast, make this the one.

Music by Pandrezz: Takin’ you for a ride

Once again special thanks to Rindo Ramakutty for taking the time to come on this episode. Over the 10 or so interviews that I’ve done for this series, I’ve been amazed at the extent to which people can connect and hold meaningful conversations. Before this episode, I had barely talked to Rindo, and wasn’t that familiar with Desi culture or food cultural appropriation. Yet, we still managed to talk for almost 2 hours over Skype, and frankly its a pity that a lot of that had to be cut down to fit into a 1 hour show. We talked about his upbringing and his different expat experiences, and that lent very well into the 2 shows that he recommended. And if you’re keen on learning more about his unique perspective, then you should definitely check out his podcast, Livin’ it up in Lion City, here

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