Welcome to Season 1 of The Curio-city Collective podcast! Join us every 1st and 15th of the month to talk about well-being in cities across India. There will also be extras from when the conversations spilled over to bring you stories of the people behind the work. Over the coming months, we will explore topics of mental health, sustainable city design and planning, waste management and play in the city.
Episode 10 enters the terrain of the strange and fascinating scientific world of pandemics, epidemics and zoonotic diseases. The episode moves further down the trail of exploring how our fraying relationship with our planet might have something to do with the current Covid-19 crisis and considers what wisdom we can glean from this experience. (Read transcript) Listen now!
Episode 9 reflects on the world that’s unfolding outside our windows and doors as we find ourselves restricted to our homes during the forced stillness of the lockdown. As air pollution lowers and animals begin to wander about cities – what are we seeing and experiencing? What is it telling us about who we want to be once the lockdown comes to an end? (Read transcript) Listen now!
We spoke to Aparna Joshi, Assistant Professor at TISS and Project Director of iCALL, and her colleague Tanuja Babre, Coordinator of iCALL to understand the psychosocial impact of the Corona virus, the impact its having on how we’re all feeling and responding. We also spoke specifically, to care and what collective care means in this time. (Read Transcript)
Episode 8 looks at how to build and nurture communities of care as we find ourselves in the middle of one of the largest lockdowns in the world because of the Corona Virus pandemic. Through a mix of personal experience and research, it examines who often gets left out of these networks of care, and how to extend them to all kinds of social groups with empathy and compassion. (Read Transcript) Listen now!
Episode 7 looks at questions of connection and care as we find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic. Given that the Corona virus has in one way reinforced our shared humanity, it explores what the human response to it will be. Through research, it looks at the potential each of us have to reinforce what makes us human through acts of kindness and compassion. (Read Transcript)
12-Year-Old Gautami who lives in Bangalore began assisting her mother to segregate and compost when she was all of two years old. In this extra, Gautami explains why it’s a question of justice to manage your own waste, and shares what she loves about the process. (Read transcript)
Episode 6 digs deep into the question of why we should segregate and compost. Keshav Jaini, Savita Hiremath and Padma Patil – individuals who have helped convert their communities to greener waste management practices – share how they have journeyed with waste and outline the numerous profound insights it has brought to them about life and living. (Read Transcript)
Padma Patil, who lives in Yelahanka (Bangalore) was able to achieve the stupendous task of converting her apartment complex of 1332 households to community segregation and composting. In this extra, Padma explains the thought, effort and structures that go into doing this. (Read transcript)
In episode 5 we meet two individuals, Keshav Jaini from Gurgaon and Savita Hiremath from Bangalore, who have been the driving force behind shifting their large communities to segregating and composting household waste. They share what motivated them to get into community waste management alongside the actual process of making, managing and maintaining the shift. (Read Transcript)
In episode 4 we speak to Poonam Bir Kasturi, founder of Daily Dump, a ‘mindset changing business’ working to transform an urban dwellers relationship with their waste. As a pioneer in the arena of home composting, Poonam shares what inspired her to start Daily Dump, how consumption patterns are contributing to a sharp growth in waste volumes and why composting is an important solution. (Read Transcript)
Primla Hingorani, 75, is a regular at the Versova beach cleanups in Mumbai since 2016. What motivates her to be a part of this movement at this age? What are the joys of volunteering and why should more people join in? This and more as we talk to the ever exuberant and warm Primla aka Aunty 72! (Read transcript)
Lawyer and ocean lover, Afroz Shah, who has led one of the biggest beach clean ups in the world in Mumbai, shares how he has built a well-knit community of volunteers who week after week, come out to clear beaches of plastic waste. Volunteers also share what keeps them inspired and motivated. (Read Transcript)
Tanuja Babre, Coordinator of the psycho-social helpline iCALL, explains what goes into running a professional helpline and shares a day in the life of an iCALL counsellor. (Read transcript)
Aparna Joshi and Tanuja Babre from Initiating Concern for All or iCALL, a pioneering mental health project started in 2012 by the School of Human Ecology (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai), explain the nature and kinds of distress experienced by individuals in cities and share coping methods. (Read transcript)
Sonia and Sandhya, social media influencers, speak on how they cope with feeling low and lonely; and also share their observations on how a city organically begins to build pockets of resistance and resilience. (Read transcript)
In the first TCC podcast episode Sonia Thomas and Sandhya Menon join us in a conversation on the growing concern around loneliness in Indian metros and share their wisdom and experience. Sonia and Sandhya have large social media followings where they speak on topics related to mental health with deep honesty and vulnerability. (Read Transcript)