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Ms. Salila Pande, President & CEO of State Bank of India California – in conversation with us

Ms. Salila Pande is the President & CEO of State Bank of India California. She is a Financial Risk Manager, with a brilliant career spanning across geographies such as India, Singapore and the USA.

Ms. Pande has more than 2 decades of professional experience in Business Development, Risk Management and Leadership roles.

It was indeed very nice to have Salilaji grace our show. So, if you have questions about State Bank of India California’s services, this conversation is a must listen.

Salilaji also talks about the various services offered by State Bank of India California. State Bank of India California is Member FDIC – For more information, please visit www.sbical.com

In case you missed this, do tune – in for sure, for this very informative conversation with Ms. Salila Pande, this Sunday, 16th October, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM,7:00 PM , 11:00 PM – EST.

In conversation with Luke Warford, the Democratic Nominee for Texas Railroad Commission

Luke Warford is the Democratic Nominee for Texas Railroad Commission, the statewide regulatory body that oversees the Texas oil and gas industry.

Luke’s background includes working in energy consulting, combating online harassment and misinformation, and running one of the largest voter registration drives in Texas history. At 33 years old, Luke is the youngest Democrat to run statewide in Texas in more than 30 years.

On the show, Luke says, “Texans should not have to live in fear every time the temperature drops”, while also talking about many other issues – about how we as a decisive society can become more constructive, about his take on climate change and energy and much more.

So, in case you missed this earlier, do tune – in for sure, on 7th October, on our show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00

Nandini Ray, Sr. Manager, Outreach & Prevention Program at Maitri, speaks to us

Maitri is a free, confidential, nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area that primarily helps families and individuals from South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, or family conflict.

Maitri fills a critical gap in the domestic violence services available in the community by being sensitive to the culture of the South Asian community and by speaking the languages that South Asian survivors speak. Maitri services are free and confidential.

Nandini Ray, Sr. Manager, Outreach & Prevention Program. She leads all community engagement and educational activities at Maitri – hosts the podcast, Between friends, runs the social media pages, and represents Maitri at community events, in media and meetings. She is a State mandated trained Domestic Violence advocate.

On the show today, Nandini talks about Maitri – about all its services in great detail, about how one reach Maitri for help and much more – so in case you missed this earlier, tune – in for sure, today, 6th October, on our show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST

Conversation with – Texas Democratic Party Staff Leadership – Rose Clouston, Director of Voter Protection, and Hannah Howell, Director of Voter Registration

Rose Clouston has been the Texas Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Director since 2020. She leads the organization’s efforts to educate, empower and support voters as they navigate Texas’s repressive voting laws – and fight back against them. Prior to joining the Texas Democrats, Rose served as the Director of Online Training at the National Democratic Training Committee and as National Coordinator at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights focused on their Election Protection program.

Hannah Howell joined the Texas Democratic Party as the Voter Registration Director in January. She partners with Democratic activists and community leaders to implement large-scale, volunteer-driven voter registration drives to identify eligible unregistered voters and provide convenient, accessible opportunities to register to vote. Prior to joining the Texas Democratic Party, Hannah led similar statewide voter registration efforts in Arizona and Washington State.

So, if our listeners in Texas missed this earlier – for questions on voter registration, the requirements for the unregistered voters, and much more, do tune – in, again, on 2nd October, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST.

In conversation with Vaidya Meenakshi Gupta, Certified in Nutrition Science and Child Nutrition

Vaidya Meenakshi Gupta BAMS, MDAyurveda (Gold Medalist), is certified in Nutrition Science and Child Nutrition. She is a classically trained Ayurveda Vaidya and an international repute teacher. She is the founder and director of AyurRoots – Ayurveda Wellness Centre in Plano, Texas. With close to 23 years of Ayurveda clinical practice, she is one of the few holistic practitioners who leads the effort of real integration and focuses on client-centric restorative care.

Vaidya Meenakshi has been a trailblazer and an eminent Ambassador of Ayurveda in the West, teaching, practicing, and promoting Ayurveda. She has been a sought-after keynote speaker at national and international Ayurveda, Yoga, Wellness, and Ayurvedic Nutrition conferences. In addition, she serves on a board of directors for the Global Council for Ayurveda Research USA and the American Association of Ayurvedic Professionals and is vice president of NCCBAM. She currently practices in the Dallas Fortworth area but has clientele worldwide.

On the show, we talk to Meenakshi about the Healthfest project, about skin care and much more. Do tune – in for more details, today, 27th Sept, on our show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST

In Remembrance – conversation with Indian comedian and actor, Raju Srivastava

Raju Srivastava, is an Indian comedian and actor. He ventured into stand-up comedy with the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and finished as second runner-up, subsequently taking part in the spin-off, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge – Champions, in which he won the title of “The King of Comedy”.

Raju Srivastava wanted to become a comedian since childhood. He started his career by doing small roles in Bollywood films. He had a part in the Rajshri Productions movie Maine Pyar Kiya and other roles in various movies such as Baazigar and Bombay to Goa. He worked as an actor and comedian in the Bollywood movie Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raju_Srivastav

This conversation was recorded many years back – while you listen – in to it today, do also keep Raju Srivastava in your prayers and wish him good health. The conversation will be aired today, 22nd August, on our show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – a conversation with the popular ghazal singer, Talat Aziz Sahaab

Talat Aziz is one of the finest Ghazal singers of India and came across as a wonderful human being – talking with ease and singing along.

Talat Aziz took his initial training in music from Kirana Gharana. He was trained primarily by Ustad Samad Khan and later by Ustad Faiyyaz Ahmed Khan. After the initial training, Aziz learnt music from the Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan.

Talat Aziz released his first album in Feb 1980, under the baton of Jagjit Singh. Jagjit Singh composed this album titled “Jagjit Singh presents Talat Aziz”. This was a runaway hit Subsequently, in 1981 Khayyam Saheb, music director introduced Talat Aziz in the classic film Umrao Jaan with the famous ghazal Zindagi Jab Bhi and followed it by Bazaar, with Phir Chidi Raat which he sang along with Lata Mangeshkar. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talat_Aziz

Do listen – in to this conversation, recorded many years back – yet again today, 9th September, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – conversation with Indian singer, actor and television presenter , Shaan

Shantanu Mukherjee, known as Shaan, is an Indian singer, actor and television presenter. In 2002, he won the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist India for best solo album for his album Tanha Dil.

Apart from studio albums, Shaan also sang several other albums songs such as Channel Hits, Bollywood Sensation 2, Club Class, A Reason To Smile, The Ultimate Party Album, among many others. He collaborated with international singers as well. After working with blue for the song “One Love” and singing the theme song (“Shuruaat”) for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shaan collaborated with Michael Learns to Rock for his album Tishnagi. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaan_(singer)

Do listen – in to this conversation, recorded many years back – yet again today, 23rd August, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – conversation with Indian singer, musician and actress, Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das is an Indian singer, musician and actress. She began training in Hindustani classical music at the age of six under her grandmother Indira Das, who ran a music school on the top of their house. Later, she joined the Lalit Kala Academy, and later studied under Pandit Parameshwar Hegde, her Guru. During her college days, she was a lead singer of a girl band and was soprano in the college choir.

Vasundhara’s films include Hey Ram (Tamil/Hindi), Monsoon Wedding, Citizen (Tamil), Ravana Prabhu (Malayalam), Lankesh Patrike (Kannada) and several others. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasundhara_Das

Do listen – in to this conversation, recorded many years back – yet again today, 22nd August, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

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