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Bangalore-based Rashmi Vasudeva's journalism has appeared in many Indian and international publications over the past decade. A features writer with over nine years of experience heading a health and fitness supplement in a mainstream Indian newspaper, her niche areas include health, wellness, fitness, food, nutrition and Indian classical Arts.
Her articles have appeared in various publications including Mint-Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, Deccan Herald (mainstream South Indian newspaper), Smart Life (Health magazine from the Malayala Manorama Group of publications), YourStory (India's media technology platform for entrepreneurs), Avantika (a noir arts and theatre magazine), ZDF (a German public broadcasting company) and others.
In 2006, she was awarded the British Print-Chevening scholarship to pursue a short-term course in new-age journalism at the University of Westminster, U.K. With a double Masters in Globalisation and Media Studies from Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), University of Amsterdam and Swansea University in Wales, U.K., she has also dabbled in academics, travel writing and socio-cultural studies. Mother to a frisky toddler, she hums 'wheels on the bus' while working and keeps a beady eye on the aforementioned toddler's antics.
Hurdle is exactly what it says it is. The podcast by New York-based fitness editor and trainer Emily Abbate is what you need to listen to if you are in short supply of motivation and need a helping hand to cross over any hurdle life has thrown at you.
The podcast achieves that rare combination of wisdom and peppiness with quite a few inspiring stories and raw honesty thrown in. The host herself has been featured in many fitness magazines for her own 'overcoming the hurdle'-story. From being near-obese and uncaring about her body and nutrition, Emily's journey to being a spin coach, marathoner and personal trainer is stirring, to say the least. In fact, in the very first episode, Emily talks about her own 'hurdle moment' as she calls it, and it's quite poignant really.
The other episodes, too, in a sense, stick to this basic narrative. Emily invites people who have gone through a tough time and who have struggled with something huge in their life – be it an eating disorder, depression or a tragedy – and talks to them in depth about their troubles and how they fought them off and what wellness practices they have adopted at present to keep themselves happy, sane and motivated. A whole host of people have been featured in the podcasts – from entrepreneurs to CEOs to photographers to 'cobra snake' hunters! The range of wellness methods these people have adopted to cope with life's curveballs are equally intriguing; they include everything from yoga to meditation to running to cycling to juicing and sometimes plain good eating.
The latest episode, for instance, features Marcus Antebi, founder of a health and nutrition company called 'Juice Press' who reveals in all honesty how at 15 he was at a drug rehab center and after 90 days of rehab, how he got himself out of the mess his head and body were in by immersing himself into healthy eating. Listen to an episode or two and you might yet keep those New Year health and fitness resolutions!