HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wish you all a wonderful and happy 2016 filled with love, laughter and kindness. Advertisements

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2015

 

This was a wonderful and got to interview interesting folks from the world of technology, startups, films, food (yes, food startups is a big trend) and authors. This collage is a sample of the various guests on our show about life, people and ideas.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. And, if you like what you saw or listened, do share and feel free to send us a comment or feedback. We love hearing from you.

Have a wonderful year ahead.

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Every Thursday you can catch a new interview on my YouTube channel. We feature interviews with entrepreneurs, technologists, filmmakers and other news from in and around the San Francisco Bay area. These interviews air in various TV channels in the Bay area, Los Angeles and in Cambridge, MA.

Here are a couple of playlists that you can explore and discover for yourself an eclectic set of interviews and conversations.

Women in Science and Technology

Silicon Valley

Films

Authors and Artists

And then there are playlists that focus on Bangalore and travel.

If you have not, do subscribe to our YouTube channel. To subscribe – look for the big red button that says subscribe.

And if you like what you see do leave a comment and share the interview. Thank you!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

PODCAST: ANUJ VAIDYA ON 3rd i SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

3rd i Film Festival

3rd i Film Festival

Freedom is the theme for this year’s 3rd i San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival. This year marks the 13th year of the festival that takes place in San Francisco from Oct 22 through Oct 25, 2015  in Palo Alto on Nov 1, 2015.

The festival features features, shorts and documentaries from various South Asian countries, UK and the USA. This year the festival has 2 films from Bollywood: PK and Haidar.

We spoke with Anuj Vaidya of 3rd i about freedom, which seems to the theme for this year’s festival. The films explore various aspects of freedom ranging from political to sexual to love.

Anuj has been involved with 3rd i Film Festival for 9 years. He is an artist, educator and media curator.

LISTEN: ANUJ VAIDYA ON 3rd i SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

The opening night film on Oct 22nd is  Jai Ho is an intimate portrait of  Oscar winner AR Rahman. Dheepan, PK, Labor of LoveKaakka Muttai, Silence in the Courts, Petals in The Dust, Om Dar Ba Dar  are the some of the films you can catch at the festival.

For tickets and information about the festival visit 3rd i Film’s website.

THE FAIRMONT HOTEL IN SAN FRANCISCO

Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

A couple of days ago during a visit to San Francisco’s The Fairmont Hotel I finally got to meet  Thomas Wolfe, Chief concierge of the hotel. Elegantly dressed in a suit and a bow tie he graciously answered all my inquisitive questions about the hotel’s rich history, Alfred Hitchcock and Ella Fitzgerald. We got talking about 1920s and Art Deco. Turns out there is a famous Art Deco room in the hotel that I had not seen. He gently suggested I may want to take a peek at the room before I left the hotel.

I  eagerly trotted off to see the Cirque Room, a beautifully appointed room and the first bar to open in San Francisco after Prohibition was lifted. I took a couple of pictures and then ambled back to thank him for his suggestion. I coud not find him. He was probably busy helping other guests with their questions. I shall thank him in person the next time I am at the Fairmont.

Cirque, Fairmont Hotel San Francisco

Cirque, Fairmont Hotel San Francisco

For those who don’t know – The Fairmont Hotel is located on Nob Hill, a tony neighborhood in San Francisco. You can’t help but notice the imposing  facade of the historic hotel that opened its door for business in 1907.  Over the years, I have picked up little tidbits about the hotel and its rich history. And every time I discover a new piece of information about the hotel. For example, Nabob Hill is where the rich nabobs (or nawabs to be precise) of 19th lived in their lavishly appointed mansions.

At the end of World War II the hotel played a key role in the creation of  The United Nations (UN), a new organization to help promote peace and cooperation between nations. San Francisco was the place where world leaders congregated to create the UN and the charter of the UN was drafted in the Garden Room of the Fairmont Hotel.

The next time  you are in Nob Hill neighborhood pop into the hotel and take a peek. It is worth it. Oh, I forgot to mention you can follow Thomas Wolfe on Twitter.

Back After A Short Unexpected Break

You know about best laid plans, right? They never go as expected. About 3 weeks ago my prescription reading glasses broke into two and that put me out of commission for a couple of weeks. Just as I got my new pair of glasses, my not-so-old Mac decided to act up and I had to turn it in to be fixed. It will be a few days before I get my trusty Mac back.

I am behind in my blog posts, but my weekly TV interviews are up on my YouTube channel. Every week you will find one new interview on my YouTube channel. My weekly podcasts should be back up in a few days time. And, you can follow me on Twitter.

VIDEO: ROBERT EGGER ON THE POWER OF FOOD TO BUILD COMMUNITIES

 

Food is about  buiiding your community, your tribe, your family and the deeper hunger to be connected to each other to be loved and needed says Roger Egger. The power of food is what Egger digs and he shares how he came to dig the power of food. The kitchen is a beautiful bad ass machine of love and opportunity he points out. Egger’s twin objects are feed people and help create job opportunities in the process. I caught up with him at BiteSV, a food and technology conference held in Santa Clara (June 5-7,2015).

Egger is an activist, nonprofit leader and the founder of  DC Central Kitchen, one of the first community kitchens in America. He is now starting a new project in California called L.A. Kitchen to help tackle the issue of senior hunger. He is teaming up with AARP Foundation that is reportedly committed a million dollar for this latest project.

In this interview he talks about the power of food and kitchen in our lives. Egger sounds almost poetic when he talks about food and the power of the kitchen in helping build communities and empower people. Don’t waste food is his mantra. America wastes about 30 to 40 % of food that is produced he says. Egger worked on that concept of how not to waste food for  the last 25 years.

Growing up Egger heard leaders talk about real change and he wanted to be part of it. He ran right clubs and found music was an amazing Trojan Horse. You could get people reluctant to talk about equality and race to dance to those same ideas if it was put to music he says. Food and music are the same he says. He is using food as a Trojan horse to feed and help change people’s attitude towards food, hunger and food waste.

From music Egger went on to organize DC Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization.  This is  an organized central kitchen,where they  collected food from various restaurants and feed people. They got about 2 tonnes of food everyday that helped make about 5,000 meals 7 days a week.  They produced 30 milllion meals over a course of 20 plus years. During the interiew he underscores a couple of times how these meals were made from food that would have otherwise been thrown away.

Besides DC Central Kitchen, Egger helped create Campus Kitchen, which is is now in 40 different campuses. The idea of using a cafeteria in a small college to teach kids about food and cooking was wildly appealing to Egger.

Egger is now gearing up to work on creating healthy meals for seniors. He is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen and wants to help tackle senior hunger challenge. Hunger is going to be a  real challenge for many seniors in the coming years he adds. Just like what he was able to do for DC Kitchen, he he wants to get fruits and vegetables that would go to waste from Ventura and Central Valley and create meals. He  plans to work with celebrities in Los Angele with his mission to address senior hunger.

 

 

Sheryl Sandberg On Loss, Finding Gratitude And Purpose In Life

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook’s Sheryl Sanberg writes a touching, reflective and poignant post about the loss of her husband David Goldberg and learning to survive. She quotes a line from a Rabbi friend of hers “Let me not die while I am still alive,” which instantly resonated with me. If you have experiened the loss of a close family member you will understand that message. Losing a loved one can age you and also help you find meaning to your life and discover the true meaning of graditute she points out.

Losing a loved one also provides you with a choice she writes. Either you can let emptiness fill your heart and live in a void, or find purpose. And I know about that choice and  learning to leave that emptiness behind, and embracing a choice. It is very hard to do, but you learn to do it.

I have lived thirty years in these thirty days. I am thirty years sadder. I feel like I am thirty years wiser…I have learned gratitude. Real gratitude for the things I took for granted before—like life.

You can read Sandberg’s post here.

Photo courtesy: Facebook

VIDEO: MUIR WOODS POST CARD

Muir Woods National Monument is located a few miles north of San Francisco past the Golden Gate bridge. Named after John Muir, the famous naturalist, this place is home to old Redwood trees that are hundreds of years old. Some trees are about 800 years old. There are 6 trails of varying lengths and levels of difficulty to walk around and explore this wonderful area. Muir Woods is open 365 days of the year. The entrance fee is $7 and is expected to to up to $10.

TRAVEL TIPS:

Wear good, walking shoes and remember to carry a jacket with you. The road leading up to Muir Woods is narrow, and do watch out for bikers. The park gets awfully crowded during holidays and weekends and finding a parking spot can be difficult. Plan to spend at least half a day exploring the place. If you are in a hurry, a couple of hours will also do. If you have the time you can go up to Mount Tampalpais (Tam)  from Muir Woods. The road is narrow and steep in some places as you wind your way up the road. Once on Mount Tam, there are a couple of trails to walk around and explore. There is a trail from where you get a splendid view of San Francisco city and Marin county. If you are there towards late afternoon you might even see the fog roll in from the Pacific Ocean and envelope the whole city.

There are two beaches close to Muir Woods:Muir Beach and Stinson beach.

And if you have the time and inclination you can  grab a cup of coffee in downtown Mill Valley.