Chai Noon

Chai Noon

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A show touching on the Desi experience outside of South Asia. We talk and laugh about current culture, cool things people do, and other similar themes. A casual, conversational podcast that we hope you’ll enjoy! Posted every Monday night (EST).


45- A Suitable Boy
Jul 21 • 40 min
In the first time of Chai Noon history I’m (Hanik) will be trying to make the podcast be relevant. This is a more unusual episode and should return to normal service next week. With the first adaptation of the book to screen is coming to the screen this…
44- Proudly South African
Jul 14 • 51 min
On this week’s #episode, Hanik welcomes long time friend Rahul (@rahuldowlath) onto the podcast. After a brief conversation about #covid situation in #SouthAfrica and how Rahul is doing in #lockdown, you get to hear about how #indian #durban is from…
43- The Cumin Club with Ragoth
Jul 7 • 40 min
In this episode, Hanik talks to Ragoth about his website, The Cumin Club, an Indian meal delivery service. Ragoth talks about the struggles, the rewards, and most importantly, the food as he discusses his vision and his process of innovating Indian meal…
41- What’s For Dinner? (ft. Tani)
Jun 23 • 44 min
In this week’s episode, Hanik speaks to Tani Khara, a PhD student at the University of Technology Sydney. Hanik and Tani have an academic talk about food in India and India’s vegetarian roots. They look at regional differences, differences in caste,…
40- Globetrotting (ft. Samina)
Jun 16 • 42 min
This week, Hanik speaks to Samina about what it’s like to be a Desi in multiple countries. She shares her experience of being able to view Desi culture from the UK, the Netherlands, and Pakistan. An episode about reflection on what is to be Desi,…
39 - Dear Brown Girl (ft. Saffy)
Jun 9 • 34 min
This week Hanik and our guest Saffy (@dearbrowngirl) talk about Bend it Like Beckham and whether or not it’s dated. The conversation moves onto Saffy’s blog on intersectional feminism and her explaining how she first explored it. Of course, the…
38- Shereen Kassem aka FunnyBrownGirl
Jun 2 • 45 min
We had a lot of funny this week talking to Shereen aka FunnyBrownGirl. We hear some of her stories of being a female, Muslim, standup comedian, how she started, and some of the obstacles she’s had to overcome. We also learn more about her own podcast…
37- The Relationship Quiz
May 26 • 20 min
The last of the quiz episodes. We find out our relationship preferences and what style of people we are. Please give a rating/feedback if you have any ideas for future shows, what we can improve on, and if you have any suggestions for guests! Please email…
36- The Indian Culture Quiz
May 19 • 12 min
Time to see how much we’ve learned after 35 episodes. Spoiler, one of us has not learned very much at all. Please give a rating/feedback if you have any ideas for future shows, what we can improve on, and if you have any suggestions for guests! Please…
35- Freak Penne
May 12 • 20 min
We learn each other’s deepest secrets, what we look for in a girl, and what we think about each other in this very scientific and peer-reviewed music quiz. Let us know what you think and parts 2&3 coming soon! Please give a rating/feedback if you have any…
34- Lockdown in Mumbai with Sanchi
May 5 • 43 min
In this episode, we welcome Sanchi back on the show to update us on the state of Mumbai in lockdown. We discuss Whatsapp recipes, who’s better, mental states, and Sanchi’s new podcast, the Amplify podcast. We hope you enjoy! Check out Sanchi’s stuff here:…
Chai Break - Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Apr 28 • 36 min
One Saturday evening, Kiran was somehow convinced to watch a Bollywood film. This is that experience. Let us know if you want us to watch other movies! Please give a rating/feedback if you have any ideas for future shows, what we can improve on, and if…
33- Chai Talk in New York with Kolkata Chai Co’s Ayan Sanyal
Apr 21 • 28 min
We got to talk to Ayan Sanyal of Kolkata Chai Co. in NYC. We talk about Chai, new ideas and recipes, and the process of opening a business about Chai in the USA. We also talk about the innovations that he’s made to the business in the midst of a global…
32 - The Gandhu Life (w/ Darpan and Harshil)
Apr 14 • 64 min
This week Kiran and Hanik continue the trend of speaking to sane people. In the first four person podcast, they speak to Darpan and Harshil to ABCDs from Philly to discuss the joys and pain of growing up in the USA surrounded by other South Asians. Darpan…
31- Activism, Organizing, and Changing Minds in India with Diya
Apr 7 • 44 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Diya, a teenage activist organizer in India. We talk to her about her interest in activism, her struggles with organizing, and the acceptance she’s received as she’s worked to grow her organization. We also talk about some…
30- Spirituality, Shakti, and Chasing Dreams with Préity Üpala
Mar 31 • 53 min
Préity Üupala joined us to talk about her journeys through life. She discusses her life of travels and her journey from investment banking to modeling. acting, and writing. She also talks about her thoughts on dharma, spirituality, and feminism. A really…
28- COVID Crisis and the Desi Community
Mar 17 • 28 min
In this episode, we talk about COVID, social distancing, and how it affects the South Asian community. We also talk about the most recent Indian epidemic, our worries for our healthcare workers, and adapting to life without nearly as much human contact.…
27- Why Can’t You Have It All? Dating and Relationships with Varsha Mathur
Mar 10 • 45 min
We were able to talk to Varsha Mathur, a dating and relationship coach, about her transition from being a lawyer to a coach. We also discussed some prominent trends when it comes to dating in the South Asian community. Finally, we share a bit about our…
26: Dissecting Representation with Michael Bankole
Mar 3 • 41 min
This week we chat with PhD student Michael Bankole about minority ethnic members of parliament and the last couple of elections in the UK. Mike talks about his research and the data surrounding the topic. Kiran learns about the similarities between the UK…
25: African Dreams
Feb 25 • 62 min
The dynamic duo is back together! Hanik returns from Southern Africa and is back in the Middle East. Without the danger of load shedding, Kiran is updated over Hanik’s trip to Africa and what he got up to, while Kiran is still wondering how on Earth there…
24- The Honest Shruth with Shruthi Parker
Feb 17 • 36 min
I got the chance to talk to Shruthi Parker from “The Honest Shruth”. We talk a lot about some of the reoccurring themes in her posts from positivity and anxiety, to interracial dating and her faith. We also dive into pig rescuing and her weirdest sponsor…
23- Sanchi and the Apparent Club
Feb 10 • 61 min
While still in sunny Durban South Africa, Hanik interviews Sanchi (who is in sunny Mumbai) about her time growing up in the UK. Sanchi talks about her difficulties in finding herself while being caught between two cultures. We also talk about Sanchi…
22 - Under Pressure (ft. Aqib)
Feb 3 • 56 min
Aqib rejoins me as we examine some troubling statistics regarding South Asian mental health. We also talk about the effect of pressure and its role ranging from job conformity to relationships. A worthwhile discussion that we hope you can take something…
21- The Un-****ability of Brown Dudes (ft. Hemanth Nalamothu)
Jan 27 • 42 min
Hemanth joins me on the show this week as we discuss his essay about Desi men and being overlooked in dating and other aspects of life. We discuss if it really is a problem, potential solutions, and some of the feedback he got from writing this…
20- Natasha Diddee, The Gutless Foodie
Jan 20 • 59 min
On this episode, I was lucky enough to be joined by Natasha Diddee, aka TheGutlessFoodie on Instagram. We talk a lot about Indian food, her perspective on passion for cooking, and her Ted Talk. We also discuss her novel, “Foursome”, and how she abandoned…
Chai Noon Interlude: Hanik in Mumbai
Jan 13 • 16 min
Hanik gushes about Mumbai while simultaneously managing to escape being run over by 45 cars. A short pod this week as we manage our hectic schedules and rearrange some guests. Let us know if you like these sorts of live audio blogs, as it could be…
19- Mumbai Trip and 2020 Goals
Jan 6 • 36 min
Welcome to the future! Hanik tells us about his trip to Mumbai (a solo pod will be up later) and we discuss 2020 goals and resolutions. We hope you had some fantastic holidays and are ready for the new decade! Please give a rating/feedback if you have any…
18- Return from India
Dec 23, 2019 • 48 min
As one cohost returns from India to the bitter cold, another departs shortly to Mumbai. Kiran talks a bit more about his safari and his final days in Bangalore while Hanik goes over his own plans as he leaves later this week. We also touch a bit on…
17- State of the Pod and Quick Thoughts about Bangalore
Dec 16, 2019 • 28 min
As 2019 comes to a close and people start to go on holiday, I discuss the state of the pod and the future of the show over the next couple of months. I also talk about my initial thoughts on Bangalore and some things I’ve noticed after not going for 10…
16- Trini Cooking with Natasha
Dec 9, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode we talk to Natasha, a YouTube cook specializing in Trinidadian cuisine. We talk about her rise in subscribers in followers, some of the ins and outs of Trini cooking, and her Indian influences. We also talk about her future cookbook plans…
15: HSSN Interview
Dec 3, 2019 • 64 min
We have HSSN, a Pakistani-Canadian R&B artist on to discuss his latest single, his influences, and his process of writing. We also discuss his side wedding business, sports, comfort foods, and more. Listen to “Enough” HSSN’s latest single here:…
14: Travels and Heading Back to India
Nov 25, 2019 • 61 min
After a couple of weeks with some fantastic guests, it’s just the two of us again. We discuss our travels, our favorite trips, our experiences with discrimination, and future travels. We also talk about traveling to India, some of our favorite memories,…
13- Indiapendent (ft. Simran of the Indiapendent Pod)
Nov 18, 2019 • 54 min
We talked to Simran of the Indiapendent podcast. We talked to her about her story, her upbringing and gave us a different perspective on growing up queer as a Desi. We also talked about her vision for her podcast, and how she wants to build a safe…
12- Parenting Pod (ft. Menaka)
Nov 11, 2019 • 66 min
In this episode, we were fortunate to be joined by Menaka, a mother of two. She talks about parenting, some common things she’s being conscious of with her own children, and some possible pitfalls, especially in regards to mental health. We also discuss…
11 - Diwali Recap, Movie Recommendations, and More Food
Nov 4, 2019 • 49 min
Hanik talks about Diwali, Kiran talks about a Hindi movie he actually liked (Andhadhun, apologies for the butchered pronunication), and more food talk as usual. A shorter recap episode as Chai Noon hits 11 episodes! Please give a rating/feedback if you…
10- Hindu or Hindu-not
Oct 29, 2019 • 73 min
We talk about growing up Hindu and our experiences with religion in general. We also discuss why Kiran left and why Hanik went back. Please give a rating/feedback if you have any ideas for future shows and what we can improve on! Follow us on Social…
9 - I don’t fall in love, I make love
Oct 25, 2019 • 60 min
Random filler episode, raw and unedited. Kiran and Hanik talk about what podcasts we listen to, the NBA season kicking off, cheese, and other random nonsense. Kiran also shares his take on the first Indian movie he’s watched in years and the stunningly…
8- A Discussion About Mental Health in the Asian/Desi Community (ft. Aqib)
Oct 20, 2019 • 68 min
In this episode, we are joined by Aqib, a PHD student in clinical psychology. Together we discuss the stigma of mental health especially as it relates to the Asian and Indian community overseas. We talk about common inflection points, ways to cope, and…
7- Game Time
Oct 15, 2019 • 70 min
With China and the NBA possibly breaking up with each other, we wonder if basketball can take hold in India. Kiran gets educated in rugby and cricket much to Hanik’s chagrin. We also wonder why there isn’t a global India sports superstar and how that…
6- Celebrations!
Oct 7, 2019 • 69 min
With the holiday season approaching, we talk about the differences between Western holidays and Indian holidays (Navaratri, Diwali, and Holi) and what some of our family traditions are. We also talk about the madness of Indian weddings, and what…
5 - Dating and the “Rice Girl” Saga
Oct 1, 2019 • 71 min
We talk about dating and our experiences. Is there a difference in who you gravitate towards being brown? Why is dating so tricky for some guys to get started? What should you put in a dating profile? We also talk about our worst dates and a drunk Hanik…
4- Talking Trudeau
Sep 23, 2019 • 83 min
We talk about the Trudeau scandal, Indian representation in Western media, and we may get sidetracked with some more food discussion. PPlease give a rating/feedback if you have any ideas for future shows and what we can improve on! Follow us on Social…
3 - Academics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Sep 16, 2019 • 88 min
In this episode, we talk about a topic that gives every Asian PTSD; academics. We get into the influence our parents had on us, how we got to our respective careers, and our experiences with school. We also discuss any regrets, our dream careers, and…
2- Big Daal
Sep 9, 2019 • 60 min
The Food Episode! The first appearance of Hanik, the new cohost! We talk about food, its influence, cooking, memories and our favorites. Warning: This episode may induce hunger and the sudden urge to call relatives to get their secret recipes. Please give…
1- What’s in a Name?
Aug 27, 2019 • 18 min
The first episode! I talk about my name and how it shapes my perspective on my ABCD identity. Please give a rating/feedback if you have any ideas for future shows and what we can improve on! Follow us on Social Media! Website:…