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Season 2

March 30, 2023

Priya Malik On Writing, Observing & Her Character Growth Over The Yea…

Join Priya Malik and Varun Duggirala as they dive deep into Priya’s creative process, being a misfit, how her relationship with anger has changed over the years and how she found true friendship within herself. From her vivid...

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March 27, 2023

5 Core Stoic Principles That Changed My Life

If there was a guidebook on how to deal with the unprecedented challenges life throws at you, a lot of this anxiety and pressure we carry inside ourselves everyday would just vanish. When the pandemic struck, Varun Duggirala ...

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March 23, 2023

Scbhang Founder Harshil Karia On Finding His Purpose & Entrepreneuria…

Join Harshil Karia, Founder of India’s most impactful digital agencies Schbang and FoxyMoron, and Varun Duggirala chat about finding purpose in entrepreneurship, how Harshil brought Schbang to life, how he creates his “moment...

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March 20, 2023

How You Can Turn Fear Into Motivation

Fear is a powerful emotion. We feel things deeply and intensely whenever we are faced with things that scares us. And often, the things we care about the most are the ones that scare us the most. So, you could …

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March 16, 2023

Nakuul Mehta On Acting, Being Vulnerable & Self Doubt

Nakuul Mehta and Varun Duggirala dive deep into fatherhood, being vulnerable as men, feeling like an outsider, chasing purpose and craving validation as an artist and more in this episode of Take aPause. From the importance o...

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March 13, 2023

The Habit Coach Ashdin Doctor On Habits, Toxic Positivity & Spiritual…

In this week’s episode of Take aPause, Ashdin Doctor and Varun Duggirala dive deep into the concept of ‘Habitology’, the key to an “awesome life”, spirituality, the importance of failing, how toxic positivity does more harm t...

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March 9, 2023

Sharib Hashmi Talks About Family Man, Facing Rejections & Taking Risk…

Varun Duggirala and Sharib Hashmi reminisce on their MTV days and chat about Sharib’s inspiring journey to becoming an actor, how he turned rejection into motivation, his undefeatable optimism, how his break in Family Man cha...

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March 6, 2023

AMA: Answering Your Questions about life, relationships & beyond.

Ask Me Anything - but with a twist! Tune in tpVarun Duggirala answering questions shared about life, work and relationships but he only has a minute to answer. He discusses everything from dealing with a toxic boss, the power...

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March 2, 2023

Anuv Jain Reveals The Stories Behind His Music

Anuv Jain, the Indian Indie musical genius behind songs like “Baarishein”, “Alag Aasaman” and “Gul”, and Varun Duggirala dove deep into the art of telling stories through his music, importance of discipline as an artist, his...

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Feb. 27, 2023

India Film Project Founder Ritam Bhatnagar On Always Staying Curious

Ritam Bhatnagar, Founder of India Film Project, and I chat about how he founded the IFP, his massive Lego collection and his dream to build a Lego house, finding his purpose on chance and how play is his favourite way …

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Feb. 23, 2023

Filter Copy Founder (Ashwin Suresh) on Taking Risks & Capitalising on…

In this episode of Take aPause, media entrepreneur Ashwin Suresh chats with Varun Duggirala on taking calculated risks and making strategic moves that helped him make big life decisions that changed the trajectory of his pers...

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Feb. 20, 2023

Sahil Bloom on Practising Gratitude to Strengthen Relationships

Valuing and nurturing the relationships that really matter is so important for a fulfilling life. On this episode of Take aPause, Varun Duggirala chats with investor and writer Sahil Bloom on the importance of leaning into gr...

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Feb. 13, 2023

Yahya Bootwala Weighs in on Art vs the Artist

We’ve all grown up on films. Our first love was usually a hero/heroine on the big screen pulling out grand gestures and breaking into a song and dance. How much of an impact have films made on our love life? …

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Feb. 9, 2023

Vir Das on Using Humour as a Coping Mechanism

How powerful is humour as a unifying force in the world? Are we drawn to it because it’s a coping mechanism for us to deal with the hardships of our lives? Who better to chat about this than comedian and …

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Feb. 6, 2023

Humans of Bombay Founder Karishma Mehta on Telling Impactful Stories

The true essence of a city is not in the famous monuments it houses, or the delicacies available in the crowded bylanes, nor is it its proximity to the sea, mountains, or beaches. The true essence of a city are …

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Feb. 2, 2023

Agasthya Shah on The Power of Manifestation, Creator Burnout & Being …

As you scroll through your explore page, you are bound to come across a horde of talented content creators. The parameters to go viral have finally distilled down to one thing – creating good content. In an age where fame …

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Jan. 30, 2023

Hack Your Brain to Set Healthier Habits with Dr. Sid Warrier (Neurolo…

Our brain – it dictates every decision we make, but how much do we really know about how it works? Neurologist Dr. Sid Warrier feels strongly about the need to educate young people about the workings of the brain. According …

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Jan. 26, 2023

Purpose, Photography & Friendships With Celebrity Wedding Photographe…

Ever wondered what it’s really like to deal with celebrities, and that too at their own weddings? Celeb wedding photographer Joseph Radhik has a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on some of the most talked-about events of ...

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Jan. 23, 2023

Vedant Lamba (Mainstreet) on Navigating Modern Entrepreneurship

Get inspired and learn from the success story of young entrepreneur Vedant Lamba. He has built a successful business in the competitive world of sneaker reselling. What started as a hobby turned into a million-dollar empire a...

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Jan. 19, 2023

Suhani Shah on Finding Your Passion Through Trial & Error

Are you always looking for actionable insights you can apply to your life and track your personal growth? On this episode of Take aPause, mentalist Suhani Shah shares with Varun Duggirala plenty of insights that you can easil...

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Jan. 16, 2023

3 steps to be better at conversations , communication and building re…

The art of conversation is an important skill. As social animals, we cannot do without human connections, and conversations play a vital role in helping build these relationships. While it can be very intimidating to initiate...

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Jan. 12, 2023

Dhruv Sehgal (of Little Things) on the Art of Storytelling

There’s never been a time in human history when we as a species have been as “connected” as we are now. Social media pervades almost every aspect of our lives. And yet, writer Dhruv Sehgal confesses that the need to …

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Jan. 9, 2023

Arman Sood (Sleepy Owl) on the Entrepreneur Mindset

People often believe that there is only one way to start your entrepreneurial journey. But the more you talk to other entrepreneurs, you will realise just how unique and different each person’s path is. Each path has its own ...

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Jan. 5, 2023

Raj Shamani on Figuring out Your Passion

When you’re a creator, confidence is considered a given. As a creator there is a level of vulnerability that comes into play every time you put a piece of content out into the world. While some creators enjoy the external …

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Jan. 2, 2023

How You Can Achieve Work Life Balance

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ https:...

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Dec. 29, 2022

Love, Loneliness & Relationships questions with Smiti Srivastava

Relationships in the digital age are in a league of their own. New terms to describe relationships circulate every few months like the latest fashion trend. Situationship, ghosting, zombie-ing (yes, it’s an actual term), and ...

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Dec. 26, 2022

Find Happiness Within Yourself

If happiness is an emotion, and emotions, by definition, a part of our consciousness, then why do we go out of our way to search for it? Why is most of our life spent looking for happiness externally when it …

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Dec. 22, 2022

Abish Mathew on Battling Confidence Issues Off-Stage

Being onstage and performing can be an overwhelming experience for many. However, for some, it fills them with energy, and they thrive in the spotlight. Abish Mathew is the latter. In this episode of Take APause, Varun and Ab...

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Dec. 19, 2022

Supriya Paul of Josh Talks on the Need to Voice India’s Unseen Youth

Whether due to language barriers or lack of access, the true potential of India's youth beyond Tier 1 cities remains largely untapped. Enabling them with opportunities and skills required to take on the cutthroat challenges o...

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Dec. 15, 2022

Kubbra Sait on How She Overcame Her Fears

In this episode of Take APause, Varun talks to the talented Kubbra Sait as they delve deeper into her life story. The metamorphosis from a shy, anxious kid to the enigmatic woman she is today, is a journey not many …

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Dec. 12, 2022

How I Found My Best Life in 7 Steps

If life’s a journey, we are its passengers. Sometimes we find ourselves lost on our way, wishing there was something to help us navigate through the tough times. Well, no one thing works for everyone; however, some lessons do...

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Dec. 9, 2022

Follow your curiosity > passion

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ https:...

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Dec. 5, 2022

Why You Should Keep Repeating Yourself

In the pursuit of perceived uniqueness, we often tend to avoid being repetitive. If you think about the most famous, impactful people in the world, you will notice that they don’t have a new and unique perspective every time ...

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Dec. 2, 2022

This Is How I Consistently Create Content

In the digital world, content is the currency that works. To ensure a steady stream of income (read: content) in this case, one has to be consistent. The truth is there are no original ideas. Every idea you see is …

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Nov. 28, 2022

Train Your Mind to Look at the Bright Side

Our mind is a powerful tool. Creative thinkers have channeled this power for centuries to build architectural marvels, invent technological gadgets and find a way to reach the moon. So, if we choose to only look at the negati...

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Nov. 25, 2022

Pause But Don’t Stop Moving

We are all dealing with our own demons and fighting battles every day. Somedays we lose big, everything feels tougher, and the terrain ahead seems rougher. The constant barrage of people who tell you to move on can seem more …

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Nov. 21, 2022

The Real Reason Behind Your Anxiety About the Future

We all worry about the future. Its uncertain nature, its ability to throw curveballs, and the resulting worry about whether we are truly prepared for what our future has in store. What we fail to realize is there is no …

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Nov. 18, 2022

Is Your Indecisiveness Deciding Your Future?

In our growing-up years, the chance to make our own decisions seems like the ticket to freedom we all crave. However, as we move ahead in life, we realize that every second we’re forced to make choices. It can be …

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Nov. 14, 2022

Good Decisions Needn’t Be Perfect

We often find ourselves weighing our options before every decision. Our hands get clammy, we have sleepless nights, we overthink every aspect, and we wonder if each decision is going to be the one that will have a butterfly e...

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Nov. 11, 2022

How to Make Better Decisions (Listen to Your Body!)

Our body is an intuitive and efficient machine. Along with performing so many functions, it is also deeply attuned to our true emotions. Have you noticed how your body reacts before you’re going to do something exciting, and ...

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Nov. 7, 2022

The Thin Line Between Passion & Stress

When doing something we love and enjoy, the passage of time and the volume of effort we put in seem immaterial. We want to continue with the task until we get the desired result, no matter how difficult it may …

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Nov. 4, 2022

How Slow Growth Helps You Progress Fast

The very act of our inception was a race! Since then, we have just been running through life, chasing our next destination, the next goal, and the next milestone. We believe that society has set markers for our life, where …

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Oct. 31, 2022

Try This Effective Way to Accomplish Your Goals

If you had to list down everything you want to achieve, how long would the list be? The expectations we set for ourselves can sometimes become those very things that overwhelm us. A mountain-worth of goals in a finite lifetim...

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Oct. 28, 2022

Successful People Have Struggles Too!

How many times have you seen a success story and thought to yourself, why not me? How many times have you compared yourself to someone else and thought how easy their journey has been? Your journeys cannot be compared because...

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Oct. 24, 2022

Provide Support Through Listening

Our first instinct when we know someone is struggling is to ensure we give them support. We state similar instances from our lives to let them know they are not alone. This course of action might not have the desired …

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Oct. 21, 2022

7 Lessons That Changed My Life

Our lives are filled with moments that can alter its course. It is upto us to decide whether to take the path in front of us, or take a detour and learn a few new things along the way. Sadly, …

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Oct. 17, 2022

The Formula for Fighting Your Fears

When you think of the word “fear”, what comes to mind? Is it a collection of small things, or just one large looming emotion pertaining to something that scares you at a visceral level? Things you fear are like a …

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Oct. 14, 2022

Why We Only Remember the Winners!

Do you know who the first man on the moon was? The first Indian to win the Olympic gold? History is notorious for honouring only the ones who have achieved the impossible. Emphasis on the word “achieved”. When we look …

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Oct. 10, 2022

Finding Balance In Short Term vs Long Term Thinking

A question most of us have heard often is, ‘what is your 5-year plan?’ While we may have some semblance of what we want to achieve, charting how to achieve them is equally important. The planning is just as important …

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Oct. 7, 2022

The powerful method to find confidence without letting your ego win

You can Order Varun’s book “Everything is out of syllabus: An instruction manual for life & work “ at https://amzn.to/335QKow Follow Varun across social media platforms @VarunDuggi https://www.instagram.com/varunduggi/ https:...

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