Melting Pot

Melting Pot

Melting Pot shares some human stories from all over the world though conversations with inspiring and interesting people. Despite there being so many diverse cultures, languages, physical appearances, geographical boundaries and locations; there is just one commonality binding us altogether and that is the human story. The commonality between these people is passion or a calling and they have dared to make it their personal reality, by following their dreams, some have tried to introduce unknown aspects of their culture to the world, others have simply made it a way of life and then there are yet others who have made a difference and transformed lives. Payal has been in awe of most of her guests through her podcasting journey so far and she feels humbled at how they have opened up their hearts and shared their life stories with her which she is then able to bring to listeners from all over the world to enjoy, listen, appreciate, absorb and take away from. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.... Show More

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August 6, 2020 25 min

As a feminist,Tanushree uses her words to inspire other women to question the norms of our largely patriarchal society. She aims to employ more women into her business due to their better work ethic and resilient nature. 


She and Ram Gupta are not just the dynamic duo which makes Mr.Brown bakery such a hit, but more importantly they are each other’s better halves. 


Listen to her story to know about this vibrant persona and her journe...

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Ruchi, considers herself a wall painter and a mom above all the other roles she plays in her life. Art changed her life and helped define who she is. Now she makes it her mission to help children from low-income and vulnerable communities find themselves through art. 


A self-taught artist and art teacher, she's been a part of the Akanksha Foundation India for 17 years and developed a visual art program that reaches 9300 children...

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“I once was lost but now I'm found; Was blind, but now I see”!  


Five is the number of times Bruce Mathieu, 50, has been in and out of prison for drug-related offences. He started drugs at 13 and spent the next 30 years in the bondage of drug addiction, including a sentence for about 20 years for drug consumption and drug related offences. 


Now Bruce has been out of prison for 4 years. He is currently working as a Brand Ambassado...

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Did you enjoy my conversation with Jo last week? Join me for part 2 of the interview this week.


Like her mother and grandmother, Jo loves cooking. Encouraged by friends who loved her recipes, Jo launched Jo's Kitchen in March 2019 and now enjoys a long list of regular clients for her trademark Pork Vindaloo, Konkan Coast seafood, and many other delicious dishes.


Original music credit: Rish Sharma.

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Jo imbibed a love for cooking from her mother, her treasure house of recipes includes old favourites and new discoveries across Indian and International cuisines. 


Encouraged by friends who loved her recipes, Jo launched Jo's Kitchen in March 2019. Jo's Kitchen is a small home business that is an outpouring of her passion for great food and offers high-quality home-cooked food in Singapore. 


Now Jo's Kitchen enjoys a lon...

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 Growing the vegan community in Vietnam with Anya June 26 2020

Meet Anya who makes healthy & delicious cakes without the need of an oven. She is working on developing new recipes and contributing to the growth of the vegan community in Saigon, Vietnam.


Born and raised in Ukraine, she is currently living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 


Anya has always been interested in cooking,but never took it seriously until she was fueled by an ...

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Did you enjoy listening to K-Lin's story from last week? Join us now for part 2.


Successful Entrepreneur of the year in Singapore, trained Economist and Economics Educator at heart. An avid and experienced International property investor K-Lin used to head an International property investment company with a dynamic team. K-Lin left the corporate world in 2013 setting up Paak Dang in Chiang Mai Thailand with a mission of “changin...

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Successful Entrepreneur of the year in Singapore, trained Economist and Economics Educator at heart. An avid and experienced International property investor K-Lin used to head an International property investment company with a dynamic team. K-Lin left the corporate world in 2013 setting up Paak Dang in Chiang Mai Thailand with a mission of “changing lives”.  


With a wealth of experience, her aim is to equip the staff who come from ...

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Donato & Pedro met at a hospitality school back in 2008. After separate different adventures around the world in the hospitality industry they got back together to work in a Michelin star restaurant on the island of MALLORCA.  


Donato & Pedro then decided to travel around Vietnam for 2 months.They fell in love with the country as the food, weather, people and ambience was amazing and really suited their personality . Donato ...

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Meet Saira Malhotra who believes that efficiency rules the day when it comes to cooking. That’s what her cooking classes in New York City are about: recapturing the sense of fun and discovery that’s still possible in home cooking, if you open yourself up to it.

It makes much more sense to throw together something easy and accessible, finding inspiration in everything from fresh farmer’s market, fresh strawberry, ice-pops (or ice-lol...

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Three years ago, Malavika Raghavan  made a career change from food marketing to food creation and decided to go to culinary school to become a Certified Pastry Chef. 

The ex-marketing professional has over 9 years of brand management experience working in the food industry on brands like Oreo, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & Haagen-Dazs ice-creams in the Middle East and Africa. 

Her recipes combine rich aromatic flavours with delicat...

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Meet Vaishali Dasgupta, a hotelier and artist, Vaishali is fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali and Spanish. She was brought up in Calcutta while her roots are in Maharashtra, India. Her multi-ethnic background automatically makes Vaishali multi-lingual. 


Doing justice to her warm, vibrant nature, and a permanent curiosity for knowing places and creative things – Vaishali took up Hotel Management – a path which was unconventio...

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Sinsations By Radhika was born out of Radhika Sheshashayee’s desire to create happiness – to see people’s eyes light up when they see something that has been created especially for them. The boutique bakery and confectionery founder speaks about how she conceptualizes, creates and delivers those mouth-watering and made-to-order cakes and desserts.


Original music credit: Rish Sharma.

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Did you enjoy my conversation with Georgie last week? Join us for part two as Georgie continues to talk about her plant based and conscious living mantra, which she has adapted to the menu and philosophy behind her restaurant L'Herbanyste. Her co-founder Connie, whom she met over a spa experience, drops by to say hi. 


Original music credit: Rish Sharma.

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Meet Georgie, an entrepreneur and escapist of the 9-5 corporate life and Saigonese at heart. ‘

In 2015, she moved to Saigon and has called it home since then. Her fuel is anything related 

with food and the philosophy behind it. There she finds her niche as a wellness warrior, food

and feeling advocate, where she organizes bespoke experiences and events. She finds joy in 

sharing her knowledge with everyone she meets, as connecting is ...

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April 30, 2020 24 min

Franck Daviniere quit his job in France for an adventure in Asia. In 2012 he and his wife welcomed the birth of their triplets, Alexandre, Adrien and Antoine. The family packed their bags and left the hectic Bangkok life for the laid back charm of Chiang Mai. They spent most of their time in Chiang Mai  trying to find the perfect place for the family to hang out. This inspired Franck to create, TRIPLETS Eat and Play, a quaint famil...

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80% of the children diagnosed with cancer in India do not survive because of malnutrition 

Meet Purnota Dutta Bahl, founder and CEO of Cuddles Foundation that focuses on providing nutrition for children fighting cancer. Today Cuddles Foundation works out of 33 hospitals across 21 cities. Purnota talks about her goal to improve childhood cancer survival rate and how her organisation is helping the government and charity cancer hospit...

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Meet Giulia Cian Seren, a culturally confused 28-year old. Her accent doesn’t give it away but she was born in Italy in a multicultural family, then lived in 6 countries before settling in Singapore. Now she is a digital marketer by day and chef/restaurant owner of Sideways by night. 


Discover how she navigates cross-cultural differences and multiple identities while pursuing her passion for food and travel. 


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Did you enjoy my conversation with Omar Masroor last week?

As someone from the hospitality industry, Omar has a spiritual side where he s trying to find himself through serving humanity as submissively as possible.

Join us for part two, where Omar shares his very straight from the heart philosophy, “Why go through so much suffering just to learn this simple technique?” 


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“The universe speaks to us through its amazing creations. We’ve become deaf and blind to the beautiful colours and sounds that are constantly being displayed.

Now I know that a Warrior and Poet resides in every soul. The hard part is to make sure the Warrior in you is always dormant and the Poet to be always singing and dancing” - Omar Masroor.

For the Melting Pot series premiere, we speak to Omar Masroor, owner and founder of the Ar...

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