Life of a Global Desi
26. Desi women taking charge of their life. Cindy Gunraj, Founder of Stillness Blooms

26. Desi women taking charge of their life. Cindy Gunraj, Founder of Stillness Blooms

July 31, 2020

Why do so many desi women feel like they are not in control of their own life? Why is there immense pressure on desi women to conform to norms set by the desi tribe? What steps can desi women take to find their authentic voice in the community and how can family and friends around her support them during challenging life transitions? We speak with Cindy Gunraj, the founder of Stillness Blooms about her challenging life transformation and how she found her calling as an Author, life coach and entrepreneur

 

Cindy Gunraj has successfully overcome many life transitions. Divorce was the catalyst for her major life shifts. Growing up, she was immersed in a culture where women act as caretakers in the home but are taught to suppress their voice and desires. Cindy’s time as a performer allowed her to develop her communication skills, which led to awakening a new voice and identity, and shedding the limiting cultural beliefs. On her journey working across multiple industries (global health, pharmaceutical medical education, real estate, and yoga), she met many people who were struggling with owning their power to live a truly wholehearted, authentic life. This paved the way to the creation of StillnessBlooms, a safe space to help empower others to overcome their limiting beliefs. Cindy attained her BA in Management and Economics, from Goucher College. She is a Certified Divorce Coach® and RYT® Yoga Certified teacher. Cindy is also a speaker who specializes in presentations and workshops to empower others to overcome difficult life situations. She’s spoken at the United Nations, Unicef, Dress for Success Worldwide, and Hewlett Packard. Cindy loves hiking, meditation, and spending time with her puppy, Joy.

 

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25. Desi foods we miss. What’s on your list?

25. Desi foods we miss. What’s on your list?

July 24, 2020

One of the hardest things about living away from India is a long list of mouthwatering foods that take you back to emotions of comfort or nostalgia. Each of us, including our foodie guest Nikhil Raju, list 7 desi foods that we miss from back home in India and share it with each other. Let's find out what we have in common! Would LOVE to hear in the comments if your list matched ours or if you had foods that we completely missed. 

 

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24. Art of Cooking and Sustainable Food Choices with Urban Farmie Shruthi Baskaran

24. Art of Cooking and Sustainable Food Choices with Urban Farmie Shruthi Baskaran

July 17, 2020

On episode 24 we chat with Shruthi Baskaran, an engineer-turned-consultant and food-fairy from Chennai. She moved to the US to pursue an engineering degree at Penn State. She has since worked at Boston Consulting Group, the United Nations, and received a dual MS-MBA from Stanford University. She currently works at BCG Seattle, almost exclusively on social impact projects, particularly around food systems. She’s meandered, both professionally and geographically and has lived, worked and traveled to more than 60 countries in the last decade. Oh, and she runs a food blog called Urban Farmie, which is all about seasonal vegetarian food inspired by unique flavors from her globetrotting. She lives in Seattle with her Nigerian partner. Hope you enjoy this mouthwatering conversation with Shruthi. You can find Shruthi on Medium and watch her Stanford Tedx talk.

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23. Student Life in the US. Grad school at Harvard & MBA at Darden UVA

23. Student Life in the US. Grad school at Harvard & MBA at Darden UVA

July 10, 2020

Demystifying Student 👩🏻‍🎓life in the US. Why did we decide to pursue graduate degrees in the US? And what is the academic rigor, campus life, food, extracurriculars, social life, recruiting, and money situation like in universities in the US? 

We would to hear about student life in other parts of the world as well. Please reach out to us to be featured on our podcast! 

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22. Moving back to India. Ft. Kunal, Nikhil, Sandy

22. Moving back to India. Ft. Kunal, Nikhil, Sandy

July 3, 2020

Why did 3 millennials move back to India 🇮🇳 from the US 🇺🇸 and Singapore 🇸🇬? What are some things to consider? What were the biggest surprises? What did they miss about India when outside, and what do they miss about prior countries when back home in India? Listen in to Episode 22 to hear Nikhil, Kunal and Sandy’s Moving back to India stories!

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