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Kalki Presents: My Indian Life


Life for young Indian adults in the 21st Century explored by Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin. Real stories from India - sometimes raw, often uplifting.

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Dating special

Jan 24 • 46:42

The boy who dreamt of space

Jan 17 • 25:53
The first human on Mars - that’s Gadhadar Reddy’s goal, and he’s working on the technology to take him there. He launched a space tech company after people told him he could never do it. Now Gadhadar has made the Red Planet his next mission. “If you set a goal, say something audacious, the universe finds a way to make things happen.”
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The biggest brothel in Asia

Jan 10 • 25:37

Saving the planet

Jan 3 • 19:49
Two young Indians on a mission to make the world a better, cleaner place to live. Aarushi Majumder got her whole neighbourhood recycling in inner-city Mumbai. And Arun Krishnamurthy’s fight to clean waste from his village pond in rural Chennai kick-started a national campaign for cleaner water.
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New York to Shimla

Dec 28 • 21:18
Ilma’s life was in the USA. Then a call to her mum made her decide to return home to India and find a new career - as a police officer.

Ilma Afroz had attended the best universities, and was building an international career in the Big Apple, but she wanted India to benefit from her experience.

“My talent, my education and my whole self is for my country,” she says.

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Saving Nagaland

Dec 20 • 23:09

Kalki in Parentland

Dec 13 • 20:11
“I’m pregnant!” Attitudes to unmarried mothers, feeling overwhelmed and morning sickness - Kalki Koechlin is having a baby and she has lots of questions.
“I feel this feeling that I don't belong to myself”.
This special episode teams up with Mercy Haruna from our Parentland podcast.
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The drag king

Dec 6 • 25:15
“I can be whoever I want to be.” Bidisha is a singer and she performs as a Persian prince called Badshah. “Drag is about breaking apart norms”, she says.
And we catch-up with male belly dancer, Eshan Hilal (Season 1, Episode 1).
Bidisha Mohanta and Eshan talk about sexuality and attitudes to being gay in India.
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Rapping Kashmir

Nov 29 • 25:29


Nov 22 • 16:49

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