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Chhavi Sachdev runs Sonologue and is India's second most experienced podcaster, having started putting out podcasts on her own and for clients like the Blue Frog in 2008... long before Serial, leading her mother to tell other people "I don't know what she does. Something to do with radio on the Web."
Over the last 10 years, she has developed and launched several podcasts that are successfully running, as well as produced the LSDcast - India's definitive podcast about love, sex, and dating, and Tall Tales Takeaway -- bite size true stories, told live.
She also conducts workshops on DIY podcasting, audio editing, and consults for organizations that need a little handholding in the audio format.
To pay the bills, Chhavi is a freelance multimedia journalist and producer covering science, health, development, sustainability, and women's issues extensively. She has co-hosted episodes for BBC's World Hacks and CrowdScience and she's a frequent presenter on PRI's The World, BBC's Health Check and several Deutsche Welle programs.
She listens to podcasts while exercising, doing chores, and also when she's felled by migraines.
This is episode four of a new Indian podcast series created by journalist Ayesha Aleem (Ilm means knowledge in Arabic). In it, she explores the lives of women through interviews with people who exemplify the different facets of issues such as work, motherhood and safety.
In this episode, Aleem looks at love, and while all three interviewees are English-speaking, educated, modern and liberal Indian women, their experiences are, as they say in South East Asia, same-same but different. Through these conversations, we hear about the pressures from society, how attitudes of parents towards settling down, or dating and getting to know someone, differ. We hear from a woman who is Muslim, we hear from one who has loved and lost, and we hear from one about all the various dating apps and sites she's on to maximize her chances of finding love. Hope, it seems, springs eternal and it's so very interesting to hear how they all essentially would like the same thing – an equal partner, shared interests – and how they believe it will all play out.If you're interested in how other cultures (specifically in India) view marriage and love, this is a great entry into that world. It's a warm, engaging, and thought-provoking podcast.