12 South Asian-Hosted Podcasts to Tune Into This Year

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In a world where “content is king,” sometimes it’s not ALL about the image, but about the voice. Every day we’re hearing about more and more South Asian-centric and South Asian-hosted podcasts, and we’re sure that momentum will continue in 2019. Here are my 12 recommendations for podcasts to tune into in the new year!

1. Bollywood Boys


Hosted by Shaan Baig and Saagar Shaikh, the “bwoodboyz” bring you funny, heartwarming and generally hysterical reviews of our favorite Bollywood films (check out the 20-year review of “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai“). Pop some chaat masala popcorn and get cozy, you’ll want to hear one of the funniest podcasts around!

2. Naan Stop Chit Chai

Brought to you by the dynamic duo, Navi and Novaira, these ladies sit down with South Asian creatives, entrepreneurs and everyone in between to spill the T of their journeys. Brew some chai and listen close – check out one of my favorite episodes featuring Jaz Dhami.

3. Brown Girl Works


From a fellow brown girl, the Brown Girl Works podcast talks all things “leveling up,” as women navigate their lives as #Slashies in the form of parents, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and more! Tune in, be inspired, then head out in your #bossbabe bests to conquer the world. (Check out BG’s power suit style guide for tips on how to rise to the top with your wardrobe!)

4. The Bain’s and Beers

Pop open a cold one and listen to the Bain’s boys talk to South Asian industry movers and shakers, spanning from music to entrepreneurship. You might recognize thought leaders like The Chosen Khan, and fitness content creator Maneet Abrol, aka The Mistri.

5. Frequency & Friends


This podcast takes all things music and dissects the ups and downs of being in the entertainment space. As a music lover, I tune in as frequently (am I funny yet?) as possible. With guests like G Sidhu, Manj Musik and more, you’re sure to get an authentic perspective on the progression of South Asian music.

6. The Bhangra Pod

Learn about authentic folk dance, technique, and culture, while hearing reviews of dance competitions from around the world. Punjabi heritage is rooted in Bhangra, and much of the music industries origin comes from competition songs going viral in the late ’90s to early 2000s… Also, I love a good Jhoomar routine. Practice your dhamaal and tune in!

7. We Are Possible


This podcast, the brainchild of fellow brown girl Suswana Chowdhury, explores the stories of different creators in the South Asian world! From the founders of Jhal NYC to graphic designer Badal Patel, it’s all about the come up.

8. The Immigrant Hustle

Hosted by Noyz Hip Hop and The Brown Magician, this podcast is by immigrants for immigrants. I may be biased because anything featuring Selena Dhillon is an automatic win for me but prepare for an experience that can only be described as a sensory conversation.

9. What are Friends For?


Seriously though… In the digital age, loneliness is a real problem (check out Sherry Turkle’s Ted Talk on feeling so alone, but so plugged in!) hosts Pallavi Sastry and Samantha Wiener sit down to discuss quality friendships and their effects in an online world!

10. The Desi Outsiders

On the inside looking out, or outside looking in, I’m sure most (if not all) of us have felt like we don’t quite fit the status quo. Follow Meena and Ankita’s journey to expose, discuss and collaborate with South Asians while embracing their inner outsider (P.S. I love the Manpreet Toor episode).

11. The 30 Podcast


Hosted by Jaz Kang, this is your one-stop shop for sports commentary. Kang’s passion for sports translates in each episode. With industry reporters, managers, and athletes as guests, it’s sure to give an inside look.

12. The Butter Chicken Podcast


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This podcast, hosted by DJ Sharad and DJ Juicy, is an “extra buttery” experience where culture, creation, and authenticity collide. This dynamic duo talks all things diversity straight out of the world’s melting pot, NYC. Complete with sound effects, co-signs and ingenuity, representation lives here.

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Have podcasts you love, or are you the host of one? Let us know! Here’s to doing more of my two favorite things in 2019: talking and listening!

By Jashima Wadehra

Jashima Wadehra is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur who serves as the Director of Ode, a global artist management and brand strategy … Read more ›