The Punekar Podcast

The Punekar Podcast

Stories from Pune. Meet the people, live the history and discover not just a city, but a whole way of life.

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January 7, 2022 66 min


Satish Khade, a civil engineer, has been a water activist and has been working in the field of water conservation for more than a decade. He is the editor of the monthly 'Jalsanvad' publication running from last 17 years & dedicated to Water issues only. A true Punekar at heart, he's been guiding several govt and non govt organizations to create awareness and actionable steps in this domain. His contribution as a me...

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Dr. Kaustubh Radkar a 27 time Ironman finisher across all continents, the Only Indian to do so; with the vision of creating a healthy platform for Indians but rest of the world to train for different sports.  A Johns Hopkins trained rehabilitation specialist Dr Radkar moved to India in December 2013, and has worked selflessly in motivating people across all age groups, walks of life to take up an active lifestyle.
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Ar. Avinash Nawathe approaches design like a poet, for him it all starts with the words, the underlying concept that is to be put to meter in form of a 'sketch'. His ability to connect architecture with the essence of life, i.e. human emotion, is what made him the stalwart he is today. There were many who influenced him, not just with his career but in every sphere of life that gave him the vast reservoir from where his ide...

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Having the urge and inquisitiveness to learn and explore, Shivkumar Javdekar earned his Civil Engineering degree from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Pune. Getting the perfect head start, Shivkumar started his career as a Junior Engineer with the esteemed Shapoorji Pallonji at their Mercedes Benz (c/o Tata Motors) plant in Pimpri, Pune. Discovering his interests in construction, he went on to work with emin...

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November 19, 2021 26 min

Meet the man behind films like Harishchandra chi factory and Chintoo.

In 1979, he Shrirang started his career as a stage actor when he joined Theatre Academy, Pune. He acted in Jabbar Patel's Ghashiram Kotwal, Padgham and Satish Alekar's Mahanirvan, Pralay, Bhint, Atireki. In 1986, he started writing his own plays. He started writing for Grips Theatre Movement in India. Godbole has directed many TV serials and films. Many e...

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Rahul Solapurkar is an actor par excellence and has contributed as an actor in marathi cinema with the films like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Rajmata Jijau, Dhumakool, Jai Hind and Natha Pure Aata. Also v.well know for his portrayal of Taklya Haiwan in Thartharat (1987). For the last 40 years he has been working as a professional actor on stage, television & films. Being part of more than 100 marathi films, 6 hindi films & many...

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Meet Punekar Praful Chandawarkar, Founder and Managing Director, Chiranjeev Restaurant and Foods Pvt Ltd (Malaka Spice Group).

Praful's career spans more than 32 years post his Hospitality Management and Business Management academia. For the last 23 years he has owned and operated the brand that is Malaka Spice which still sounds as if it started yesterday. He has conceptualized and operated successful concepts in hospitality. ...

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August 10, 2021 12 min

A nutritionist with over 20 years of experience, Avanti advises and guides clients about not just weight loss, but also healthy living. In addition to this, she's an author and also has her own line of food products. 

How does she do so much? What motivates her? And does she have any food and healthy living tips for us? Listen in to find out.

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June 21, 2021 13 min

Pune's rich history of cycling had taken a hit over the years. But thanks to groups and initiatives like Speaking Wheels, cycling is being reintroduced to Punekars as a leisure activity.

We speak with Amit Gadgil and Rahul Nene of Speaking Wheels who are on a mission to take cycling back to those who had forgotten about it. 

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Welcome to Season 2 of The Punekar Podcast.

As a part of a large family run business, Amit Paranjape of PSCL has worked hard to find his niche and make a mark for himself. An engineer, MBA and almost an IPL cricketer, Amit's story is an inspirational one that all youngsters must listen to.

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December 21, 2020 21 min

Mukta Chaitanya has completed Psychological First Aid course at Johns Hopkins University and worked as a member on the Cyber ​​Committee of the Women’s Commission. Mukta has received the Arun Sadhu Fellowship for 2019-20. Studies and research are being conducted under the Fellowship on 'Use and Consequences of Gaming and Porn Sites: Ages 8 to 18'. Also, a book called 'Screen Time' has been published for children and...

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December 15, 2020 21 min

Saurabh Patvardhan is not a first-generation businessperson, but he's writing up a lot of firsts against his name.

Founder of Kimaya Brewing Co. that's affectionately known as #PunyachiBeer (and rightly so!), he has blazed a trail that the traditional Punekar wouldn't have always thought of doing.

The unique flavours of his beers and the ambitions and dreams he harbours for this space are truly unparalleled.

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Meet Padmashri Arvind Gupta, the man who revolutionized turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves while learning basic principles of science and design. He gave one of the most loved TED Talks of all times. Considered as one of Top50 innovators in the world, UNESCO advisor for science teaching, Arvind Gupta tells us why his provocative statement holds good - "The best thing tha...

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Electrical engineer, PhD., gypsy driver and robot cleaner. Meet Dr. Umesh Krishna, the wildlife activist who now works for tribal welfare. If ever there was a rollercoaster life story this is it! This Punekar has pretty much seen it and done it all.

Tune in and listen to him in conversation with Siddharth Rahalkar about how an established engineer chose to follow his passion and is now working on making a “Strategy for Wildlife” a...

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As a fourth generation leader of one of India's legendary businesses - Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale - Indraneel Chitale is responsible for navigating the business through its next phase of growth, while at the same time retaining its core values and connect with what gave it legendary status.

We speak with him about how he is bringing about growth through new store formats, automation at the factory level and how the company navi...

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One of Pune's most-respected IT professionals, Deepak Shikarpur has spent a lifetime setting up, growing and nurturing businesses.

An author of 41 books, his insight into IT and related fields is second to none. Having played a pivotal role in the growth of the IT industry in Pune, he is now dedicated to the growth of professionals and entrepreneurs in Pune through his latest venture - IT Career Counselling.

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November 9, 2020 37 min

A Punekar himself, he shares how India is tackling the epidemic, status of vaccine manufacturing, the personal story of a researcher and why we should not let our guard down.

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A businessman and philanthropist, Sudhir Mehta is a multi-faceted man leading a large business and working to revitalise the city's business.

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At a time when farmers' incomes were ravaged by lockdowns, Gorakh dada set up farmers' marketplaces and a complete ecosystem around it to secure their livelihoods.

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A true-blue Punekar, Sameer Belvalkar is one of the best known photographers in Pune. A career spanning nearly two decades has seen him shoot for such films as Jodhaa Akbar, My Name is Khan and many more marquee projects.

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