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“Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala” (previously “The Varun Duggi show”) is a thrice a week podcast that’s meant to enable its listeners to take a pause amidst the chaos of their daily lives to learn tools, embrace ideas and soak in concepts that will help them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform at their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds of truly interesting people to give listeners to learn from and use in their work, life and everything in-between.
 
Hosted by Varun Duggirala and Suchita Salwan, Think Fast is a podcast about the latest trends and conversations happening in the world of business, media, content, marketing and beyond. Suchita and Varun sift through the clutter and unpack the biggest stories to give their hot takes and also dig into the broader picture of where things are going. It’s a fast talking, no holds barred take on everything and anything around the world of business!
 
Advertising has a bad name, it's often perceived as that one thing which we can't wait to skip or block. But is that all its about? Because if you listen to all the conversation around it, it's end-game advertising!! Well, all is not what meets the eye and while this is a time of extreme change for the advertising industry fueled by a large amount of Flux in the content and media industries.This might be the one time when advertising is growing beyond what anyone can imagine. So to dig deepe ...
 
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We are often burdened by problems that we truly cannot control. We worry about things that we cannot change. In this episode of Take a Pause, Varun explains how Stoicism tackles this problem. He simplifies some philosophies and explains how they helped him gain a new perspective in life and make better choices. Ryan Holiday is an American author, p…
 
While Varun is enjoying his stay in London, Amit joins Suchita on this week's episode of Think Fast. They begin by discussing the Roe V Wade judgment, Uber's struggles, RBI's recent mandates with respect to BNPL, and give us an update on some recent acquisitions. Suchita recollects a recent article by Shephali Bhatt that talks about recent stats in…
 
Journaling doesn’t have a specific process; everyone chooses their own time and purpose for it. Varun self-admittedly journals sporadically but now has a rhythm that works well for him. If you are thinking about starting a journal, this podcast is definitely a great start. You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction ma…
 
In this episode of Take aPause, Varun Mayya and Varun Duggirala discuss their entrepreneurial journey and choices. While Mayya assesses projects with a more ‘risk assessment’ lens, Duggi looks at them through a ‘time consumption’ perspective. They both discuss the YouTube universe and share their thoughts on what people are really seeking for on th…
 
In this week's episode of MidweekMadness, Varun & Suchita begin by discussing Elon Musk's All Hands with the Twitter fam, Ashneer Grover being back in the StartUp scene, Extra-Marital Dating App Gleeden thriving in India, Tencent buying Binny Bansal's Flipkart stake, a game show inspired by Squid Game, and Chaayos's latest funding. Varun gives us t…
 
We often struggle to keep the evolving nature of our careers, life and the world around us in constant sync with our goals. And while systems serve us well we can’t not set goals for ourselves. In this classic episode, Varun shares a simple system that he set to constantly updated goals for himself. You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of …
 
Being a public personality does not always mean that it guarantees public speaking confidence. Varun talks about an incident from childhood that deeply affected his confidence and how he grew into being more confident on stage as an adult. He shares tips on how to trick yourself into being more comfortable in the spotlight.You can Order Varun’s boo…
 
This time Midweek Madness begins by discussing the weather of Mumbai & Delhi, and whether Elon Musk bought Twitter or not. Further, they talk about Cred's rising valuation, Gucci taking China seriously, UPI befriending Credit cards, India's love for Puma, the proposed 4 day work week in the UK, and some interesting advertisements. Varun & Suchita T…
 
Is hard work the surest route to success? Or is there a way to strategically mix in slacking off with deep focus on the stuff you love to do. That’s where strategic laziness comes in, Varun digs into this concept by David Heinemeier Hansson. Link to the Tim Ferris blog mentioned in the episode - https://bit.ly/2XAFWeZ You can Order Varun’s book “Ev…
 
In this snippet from The Ranveer Show, Varun shares his thoughts on family life, asserting that no matter how busy life gets, he ensures that his family remains top priority. He touches upon his experiences with stage fright, how it still affects him even now, and what he does to overcome it. Ranveer Allahbadia is a social media entrepreneur, YouTu…
 
Varun & Suchita begin this week by remembering KK & his music and discussing the Amber Heard- Johny Depp verdict. They further talk about Spotify's White Noise Podcasts and their popularity, Blue Tokai's launch in Japan, the controversial Layer Shots Perfume ads, and some Zomato stats. Further in the episode, they 'Think Fast' about Sheryl Sandberg…
 
Most of us believe that facts are the best way to persuade people to believe what we want them to believe. But Aristotle might beg to differ that there are 3 ways to persuade someone. Tune in to find out in this classic episode with Varun. Use VARUN to get 10% off at https://cosmix.in You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An in…
 
Fitness can be an extremely intimidating task for some. Taking that first step to enter a gym can be overwhelming. Many back out when the first issue crops up. In this conversation with Sohrab Khushrushahi, founder of Sohfit, Varun talks to him about the importance of building a community that motivates you to stay on your path to your ideal fitnes…
 
In this week's episode of Think Fast, Suchita begins by telling us about her recent getaway to Srinagar & Varun starts with the closing of IPL 2022. Further, they chat about the Dolce & Gabbana partnered Kourtney & Travis wedding, Balenciaga X Adidas collab, Vir Das' new Beer, NYT Article about Glossier CEO, and much more. This week's analyses incl…
 
Have you struggled with remembering things and often look for ways to improve your memory? Varun shares tips from four time US memory champ Nelson Dellis that might be useful in this classic episode. Use VARUN to get 10% off at https://cosmix.in You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at ht…
 
We work to achieve goals we set for ourselves. And often these goals are to attain a life we all want. But there might be a better way to achieve your ideal life and Varun digs into that in this classic episode. Use VARUN to get 10% off at https://cosmix.in You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & …
 
Ever felt that crushing sense of self-doubt every time you set out to do something outside your comfort zone? A big presentation, talking to your crush or just putting across your ideas can seem like a BIG deal when self-doubt handles the narrative. Varun talks about a tried-and-tested technique that actually works overcoming self-doubt. Use VARUN …
 
On Think Fast this week, Varun & Suchita begin by discussing the Twitter sting operation and how the company has been in the news for some time now, and not for the best reasons. Further, they talk about Jack Ma pulling out of PayTM & Ankiti Bose getting fired from Zilingo. Suchita's stories include Community Led business featuring BlissClub- is it…
 
Do you find yourself often looking for newer pieces to consume? In this episode, Varun talks about why it would be a good idea to re-read some of your favourites again. Maybe a book that you found extremely insightful or a movie that touched your heart, you may find something there that you missed the first time round. Re-listen to this podcast too…
 
It’s ingrained in us to use a gentle tone of voice, to not raise our voice and use negative words when talking to people. But has anyone taught you how to talk to yourself? Do you constantly criticise yourself or are you having encouraging conversations? Tune in to find out, why talking to yourself in the right way, matters! Use VARUN to get 10% of…
 
Many of us dream of achieving peak human performance and try different methods. American author Stephen Kotler has a 4 stage process through which we can actually achieve it. Tune in to this classic episode to find out how. Use VARUN to get 10% off at https://cosmix.in You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual…
 
In this week's episode of Think Fast, hosts Varun & Suchita begin by telling us about Ather Energy securing funding, Apple's latest hire- an ex-Ford employee, some more Elon Musk, First Cry delaying their IPO, and how White Hat Jr's employees quit on being called to the office. Further, Suchita deep dives into the rise of Athleisure and its foray i…
 
We often believe we are the main characters of our life, as we should. Well, what would the main character do without a strong supporting cast? Take a look around you. Do you think you have the right people around you? Varun shares a very interesting take on the importance of surrounding yourself with the right kind of people. Use VARUN to get 10% …
 
Do you struggle with being decisive, especially when it comes to saying “no”? Are you someone who tends to settle on a more comfortable, non-confrontational “maybe”? Varun has a simple tip that has helped him when he is in such situations. It may help you understand what you really want, and help your communication with others too! Use VARUN to get…
 
When faced with a long to-do list, do you tend to feel ‘lazy’? Do you find yourself constantly self-diagnosing every symptom on Google? These odd tics and more are part of Varun's conversation today with Dr Sid Warrier on all things Neuroscience. Find out how our primal brain still controls our fight or flight response and why we are all chasing on…
 
This week on Think Fast, Varun & Suchita get into a little Mumbai-Delhi squabble and share some more Elon Musk news. Suchita talks about the ongoing Abortion Rights case in the US, and the LIC IPO. The big stories include Wingreens' latest acquisitions, Good Glamm's fresh stakes in Raymond's consumer business, an update on Desi Thrasios, Spotify's …
 
We all hate that person who says “I told you so” when they turn out to be right about something. But let’s admit it… We love to gloat and say the same when we are right. However, are we as ready to admit we are wrong? Tune in to hear Varun talk about the right thing to do when you are right versus when you are wrong. This one is sure to give you fo…
 
When you’re your best version, the light inside you shines at its brightest. In her book Atlas of the Heart, Brene Brown describes it as having a candle within us that represents our light. This light is what makes us who we are. When it shines brightly, we shine. How do we keep that light shining? And how do we make sure we protect and nurture tha…
 
Are you envious of confident people? Well, it might help you to know that they’re not always as confident as they appear to be. Here’s what you can do to be more like them: simply pretend to be your most confident self! You may be a lamb wearing a lion’s clothing but gradually you will grow into them. Not convinced? Tune in to find out how this for…
 
This week, Varun & Suchita begin by discussing Elon Musk's full buyout of Twitter and Suchita highlights some key happenings in the startups & Business space. In the Think Fast segment, they talk about all the drama happening at Zilingo, Amazon Prime Video's recent announcement of their upcoming shows and collaborations with major production houses…
 
Building strong, healthy relationships that last is no easy feat. Oftentimes, for reasons unknown, you may find yourself in relationships that do not work out. Whether you’re someone who tends to overshare, or someone who struggles to open up, the “15% Rule” may help you approach your relationships in a more systematic way. Tune in to learn what th…
 
Events used to be a gathering of people, a place for networking, a platform for pitching your ideas and skills, and an opportunity to grow. But then the pandemic struck. Agreed, things are almost back to normal but with more and more people preferring to work and communicate remotely and multiple businesses shifting into the online space, how does …
 
Circumstances in life sometimes feel never-ending but they are in reality just finite events. The non-permanence of our state can often be seen as a curse, but truly is a blessing in disguise. You’ve heard the term ‘This too shall pass’ but have you ever thought about it as a tool to create a shift in your mindset? Varun shares how Tom Hank’s round…
 
Do you often call yourself an ‘overthinker’? Do you feel an overwhelming sense of unease every time you need to do something that is outside your comfort zone? In today’s episode, Varun talks to Meredith Arthur, author of ‘Get Out of My Head: Inspiration for Overthinkers in an Anxious World’ about anxiety and overthinking. As two awkward people the…
 
This week, Varun & Suchita begin by diving into the recent events in the Pan Masala universe and take us through some interesting acquisitions in recent times. The conversation further revolves around Netflix's loss of subscribers and their decision to track down password sharing, the growing number of celebrities who have been investing in brands,…
 
Haven’t we all seen ‘NO REGRETS’ stickers and tattoos? People embracing their decisions without regrets is most definitely a freeing thought. The world proudly displays its no regrets mantra, but what if there exists a side to regret many fail to see? Varun found an interesting perspective in Daniel.H.Pink’s book ‘The Power of Regret’ that may help…
 
In this episode of Advertising Is Dead, Varun is joined by Aayushman Sinha who takes us behind the scenes in a music manager's life. It's not all concerts and recordings but really a lot lot more. He also takes us through the life of a musician in the day and age of social media, brand integrations, experiential marketing initiatives, and the want …
 
Do you want to change something about yourself or learn something new, but can’t seem to establish a disciplined routine? Ask yourself, why do you want to change, or improve that thing? What is your motivating factor? Who are you doing it for? Is it truly something you want, or are you doing it just to impress other people? If the motivating cause …
 
As much as we might hate them, it’s the challenges we face that help us grow. But most of the time we wait for life to throw us challenges. Instead, we should pick challenges that push our own boundaries. That’s when we will truly thrive and realise our full potential. How do you go about this? Listen to Le15 founder Pooja Dhingra talk about how sh…
 
This week's #midweemadness is fueled by the previous week's midweek madness- Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt's Wedding where Varun and Suchita discuss clothes, the 'window' aspect, and much more. This week, they deep dive into Netflix's buttons and some fun stats, Ad Revenue and what a money-making strategy it is, some more discussion from the Elon Mu…
 
We love to hate on labels, as we should. And yet, we tend to label ourselves so many things – ‘lazy’ and ‘procrastinator’ being two common ones. But ask yourself if these are just habits you can change, or are they really innate characteristics that define who you are? In this episode, Varun explains why you may need a mindset reset on how you labe…
 
At the end of a great workout, one would definitely prefer eating a healthy snack- something that replenishes lost nutrients, is tasty, and made from clean ingredients. Enter, Yoga Bar. A company that makes energy bars without any preservatives or Sugar, which makes for a snack minus any guilt. YogaBar is a nutrition-led food company, offering full…
 
Growing up, did your parents and teachers tell you to give it your all? Even as an adult, do you feel the pressure to perform at your 100% all the time? Maybe you don’t need to. Perhaps you could get a better outcome if you did a little less than 100%. In this episode Varun talks about why NBA star LeBron James believes in performing at 99%. Tune i…
 
Do you feel the need to overshare on social media out of the fear of being forgotten? Perhaps it would be helpful for you to learn about NOMO - the Necessity of Missing Out! In this episode, poet, performer and artist Megha Rao takes some time out of her digital detox for an insightful chat with Varun. She talks about the importance of being mindfu…
 
This week was quite the whirlwind with some very interesting collaborations and announcements. Varun & Suchita kick off the midweek madness with BharatPe folks washing their dirty laundry on LinkedIn and the new but same old Sabyasachi X Starbucks collection. Further, they discuss the new Super App Tata Neu- is it worth the hype?, Elon Musk becomin…
 
How often do you let fear decide for you? Do you end up not trying something simply out of fear? But growth and evolution cannot happen without failure. Listen to this episode to help you change how you perceive failure. As someone who has grappled with this fear himself, Varun delves into an excerpt about the fear of failure from his book Everythi…
 
The world has moved beyond the term 'influencer'. It's 'Creator' now. Folks on the internet have been creating content for themselves, for brands; and creating opportunities as well. It's the age of the creator economy. Helping them scale is Manish Pandey- a content strategist, a wildlife photographer, and a consultant to multiple organizations. In…
 
Is brilliance an outcome of one mind or the coming together of many minds? In a world that champions the likes of Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, it’s hard not to want to emulate the kind of success they have enjoyed. Don’t we all want to be called a mad genius? But that’s a lot of pressure to place on our own shoulders. Instead, why not embrace the coll…
 
We’re constantly juggling the various spheres of our life – work, family, friends, health – trying to find a balance. Our inner juggler may not be a pro, resulting in us dropping the ball sometimes. Varun explains the 4 Burner Theory, which may not be a solution but may help you better understand how to bring balance. You can Order Varun’s book “Ev…
 
This week, cure the midweek blues with Varun & Suchita as they have some more fun around the big slap in the Oscars that echoed around the world, routine weather check for Delhi & Bombay, Games 24X7 achieving the Unicorn status, and Companies delaying their IPOs given how tepid the markets are. They Think Fast about lessons businesses can learn fro…
 
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