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    • Jan 16, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
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    Pod#178 - Zeerak Ahmed - Launching his revolutionary Urdu keyboard, Matnsaz!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 37:31


    Zeerak is here too in the remaining half of a long chat we had with pod177 being about Pakistani music and this being about his project to revolutionize the Urdu typing experience on smart devices using his keyboard app Matnsaz! An app that quite recently also was launched finally after years of work! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:08 Matnsaz - What was the keyboard idea - quick pitch! 05:17 Why this would not have been possible before the age of software 10:44 How was the layout decided? 15:29 East Asian vs Latin vs Arabic, written letters vs picture-based languages! 19:12 How was the app rollout? Beta testers, new bugs, users in unexpected regions! 24:45 What are the next steps for the keyboard and rollout? - Supercharging the autocorrect 31:40 Does the autocorrect library include slang? SWEAR WORDS??? Android release when? 35:50 People want their names added to the dictionary! LINKS: Zeerak's Twitter: https://twitter.com/zeerakahmed Matnsaz's Twitter: https://twitter.com/matnsaz Matnsaz's website: https://matnsaz.net/ Matnsaz on the App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/matnsaz/id1380747860 Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#177 - Zeerak Ahmed - Pakistani music in 2022!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 46:49


    Zeerak of Hamnawa fame with whom we've done several Roundup episodes on Pakistan music returns to talk about how 2022 was as a year for Pakistani music as a whole. Gains, losses, NUMBERS this has it all. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:50 Hamnawa - how did it do in 2022? 03:53 How does he feel Pakistani music did in 2022? - growing artists, Coke Studio not alone in charts, rise of Spotify 08:07 Brief revisit of the generations of Pakistani pop music 10:48 The role of Coke Studio has changed 15:38 Top 3 songs and artists of the year! Audience submissions! 22:23 BY THE NUMBERS: Which artists have grown the most in 2022? 31:29 BY THE NUMBERS: Who are Pakistan's BIGGEST artists at the end of 2022? 40:28 BY THE NUMBERS: Do these numbers matter? Do artists/agencies even know about them? 45:17 Outro LINKS: Hamnawa Substack: https://hamnawa.net/ Hamnawa Twitter: https://twitter.com/hamnawa_net Hamnawa Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamnawa_net/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#176 - Chalant Crew XXXVI - Middle Class, Japan, Food, TikTok

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 63:42


    Last episode of the year and it had to be the boys. There is no flow to this episode it is all over the place. Enjoy. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro, Lilac sweatshirt, Lahore Da Paawa, Cold Fire Apparel 07:27 Tried to do a 2022 recap, immediately distracted by Maria B 11:06 Are you middle class??? Podcaster shenanigans and boring rich people in Pk 19:42 Street crime in Karachi - group discussion 28:16 Elon Musk and internet fanboys 31:47 Ali's marketing for Japan tourism, Indian burgers vs Pakistani burgers 40:34 Pakistani food in Japan = good, Pakistani food in Pakistan = perhaps fatal 44:09 Sudden question about gambling, how can Rizwan get a Christmas tree? 47:20 Black Panther Wakanda Forever - he cried, they crode 53:29 Quick TikTok trends chat 56:41 Masala Magic new year resolution, UNPROVEN Keto diet theory & conclusion Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#175 - Change of Pace V - T20WC'22, viral videos, new members and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 76:10


    It's been a very busy few weeks in the real world and our episode schedule is all over the place but finally dropping the latest Change of Pace chat recorded almost a month ago! DISCLAIMER: This is from before the end of both the FIFA World Cup and England's test series in Pakistan so of course those things are not spoken of. Jump in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 03:52 How many different things does Change of Pace currently produce? 08:20 How important is video for Change of Pace's current and future plans? 15:39 How their new show Double Wicket Maiden and expanding the team came about 23:52 Shoutout to PCB's media wing and a review of Ramiz Raja's work so far 30:34 Their wildly popular scripted videos around Pakistan cricket [COMMENT BELOW] 47:19 Is the Pakistani team “unpredictable” or is that lazy writing and they're actually bottlers? 55:18 Wasim Akram's wild interviews AUDIENCE QUESTIONS 1:00:13 Why is Sarkhail the butt of all the jokes on both TPR & CoP? 1:01:19 Who's idea was Change of Pace? 1:01:48 When is the merch launch? 1:02:35 What's next for CoP? 1:02:58 Will CoP do a live event? 1:03:37 Should Pakistan go to India for the World Cup? 1:06:49 How can somebody work with CoP? 1:07:10 Where's the football content? 1:08:04 Could Mohd Amir have been one of the GOATS or was it just hype? 1:11:08 Can the lag between TVs and their commentary be fixed fully? 1:11:52 How did they all meet? 1:13:20 KFC or Popeyes? 1:14:42 Outro LINKS:  Change of Pace's website: https://changeofpacelive.com/  Change of Pace's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChangeofPace414  Change of Pace's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/changeofpacelive/   Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)!   Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below!  SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod  Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#174 - Shehzad Malik II - Where's he been, The Art Of, Insta Reels, Future, and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 89:10


    A friend of the podcast returns. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:58 Filling in the gaps since his last appearance on the show Shehzad breaks down the past two years of his life 06:10 From Mujhse Hi Rihaa to Savior of the Artist 14:38 The Art of Chai 19:38 How is Shahzad's social scene in the US? Is he an overthinker? 25:52 Finding his way to therapy, learning to be confident, dealing with imposter syndrome 34:13 How Clubhouse became a lifeline with new friendships being solidified 37:45 Bo Burnhum's massive impact on him, and his plans for a future webseries 42:16 His videos don't look like YouTube videos, and that's on purpose 46:51 Does his connection and attachment to Pakistan and its culture hold him back in the US socially and professionally? 1:01:09 His Insta Reel viral explosion journey 1:10:10 Being recognized by multiple people during Umrah 1:19:03 Indian fans and how serious is the Reels work going to be in the future? 1:26:51 Outro LINKS: Shehzad's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UCp8fCcP7kOwf8GhRDymIFlg Shehzad's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshehzadshow/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#173 - Sober October feat. Irfan Junejo & Kazi Akber

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 68:03


    Kazi, Nazar, Irfan and me decided to do a fitness challenge this past October. The goals were simple, the target was consistency and group activity. Things immediately went off the rails. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 intro 01:05 Unplanned BehindTheScnz promo for iTeachStuff! 06:52 Nazar TOO friendly with his parents, Irfan & Kazi shoot stories, fake accents 14:43 What the challenge was, how we got the idea 19:00 Things immediately went nuts - Kazi's Krusade of Khaos 24:04 Why did Kazi go THIS hard? Background shit-talking 29:43 Irfan's shoulder keeps trying to resign 33:19 Being active in their youth might have become a liability for Kazi & Irfan after 30 42:25 Getting fitter as the month went by, shoutout to Baalaaj 47:00 Should we do this again? Feat. Kazi's wrist AIDS 55:15 “Sober 4m what???

    Pod#172 - Irfan Junejo XII - Lessons, Losses, Long term plans

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 59:59


    Irfan Junejo returns for his annual/semi-annual checkup. We talk about his turbulent last couple years, changing approach to work and his relationship with YouTube, and plans for the future. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:04 Why move out and why make yet another studio? 07:46 Is Irfan losing interest? Creativity vs discipline, safety, privacy, new vlogging approach 17:29 Consistency and retention - balancing low effort content vs wanting to be more creative 26:08 Karachi security situation 28:18 Saying goodbye to his “dream career” - expanding on freedom vs brand work 36:04 Looking for a future with financial stability outside of YouTube 42:48 Changes in his personal relationships over the past couple years 53:12 Shoutouts and seeing his taglines in public 55:54 Closing thoughts and outro LINKS: Irfan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irfanjunejo/ Irfan's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/IrfanJunejo Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#171 - Chalant Crew XXXV - Jinn Stories IX! (feat Mariam Saleem Nawaz)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 63:50


    Our 35th Chalant Crew episode also happens to be our ninth Jinn Stories episode! At least if we have our math right. Mariam Saleem joins us for a sequel to last week's episode, detailing stories from her life around her encounters with the supernatural and the unseen. Jump in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:12 Neighbourhood aunties & Rizwan, Halloween plans, horror movie recs 07:48 Agenda for this episode! 09:39 Setting 1: Mariam in Karachi's Seaview Apartments 22:28 Setting 2: Mariam's house in Islamabad - “they” don't like Nadir 31:44 Setting 2 contd: Tenant Troubles 44:42 Mariam is the best most amazing person we've ever had the good fortune of knowing 48:49 Audience story submission! 51:27 Awareness of sleep paralysis ruining jinn story market 52:45 Flying handis of doom 55:40 Audience story submission number 2! 57:41 Summarising some of the wild stories we've had and outro Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    TPR Roundup#09 - Hamnawa's October Playlist

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2022 38:26


    New month, new Hamnawa Select playlist, new Roundup episode talking about it! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 How'd this month's playlist go 03:24 “Cold Hours” by Aleem RK & Umair - EXTREME DEEP DIVE 15:24 Atif Aslam's superpower - Versatility 20:21 Is Atif the biggest Pakistani artist of all time? 25:10 Back to talking about Atif's versatility, his impact on the industry 28:07 CORRECTIONS TO STATEMENTS MADE BY US IN PREVIOUS EPISODES 31:00 “Laiyan Laiyan” by Natasha Noorani & Talal Qureshi - Zeerak has a writing credit?? 38:02 Outro LINKS: Hamnawa's October Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4y5x6KEOs3jJfxBfA8PVPs Hamnawa's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamnawa_net/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#170 - Chalant Crew XXXIV - Jinn Stories VIII! (feat Mariam Saleem Nawaz)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 61:50


    Mariam is back! So are the lads! So are Jinn Stories! Mariam grew up with so many! Why is she not (more) insane! Also we learn more about the, clearly failed, attempts to cure Rizwan during his childhood. Jump in!   Things discussed in this episode:   00:00 Intro  01:48 Why are we doing a Jinn Stories episode with Mariam?  06:01 Mariam's relationship with the horror genre  12:29 Setting 1: Islamabad Air Force colony presences - black figures, footsteps, rocking chairs  22:17 Setting 2: Karachi - Stories corroborated, grandchildren, occupied beds, dads in denial  31:48 General Islamabad chats  35:56 Jinns under employment, Rizwan's palm reading was TOO ACCURATE  43:09 Is Rizwan cohabiting with a PRESENCE?? Should they split responsibilities?  49:01 Many people have tried to cure Rizwan during his childhood  55:03 How To Find a Taveez  57:46 Rushed outro and plans for sequel episode    Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)!   Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below!  SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#169 - Rana Hamza Saif returns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 53:41


    One of the biggest creators in the Pakistani scene and especially the food content scene, Rana Hamza Saif is back on the show! Talking about his intense work routine over the past couple years, growth, brands, relationships with friends and family through success and more! Jump in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:55 5 years into his career, is he now laid back or does he still feel the struggle? 08:56 How 2022 was a great year for creators and brands, especially short-form creators 13:19 Crazy amounts of travel in 2022, problems in Egypt! 18:55 He's covered food in Pakistan and now globally too. Any risk of getting bored? 23:47 Difference between his main channel and Shapack Gang, super popular series 27:51 Do brands approach creators only or do they take creator ideas? 32:16 Has his success and busy schedule affected his relationships with friends & family? 39:52 How does he manage so much work & lessons learnt from his parents 46:01 Quick discussion about future plans 48:47 His video and efforts around raising funds to help flood victims 51:59 Outro LINKS: RHS' YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/RanaHamzaSaifRHS Shapack Gang: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8VnrEaiCyAjWPtIrkkJAhA/about RHS' Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ranahamzasaif/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#168 - Sharmeen & Talha - Relief efforts for Pakistan's flood disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 62:34


    CHECK LINKS BELOW FOR FLOOD CHARITY SUPPORT Returning guest Sharmeen Khan and new guest Talha Rehman join us to talk about how relief efforts work in light of disasters like the 2022 Pakistan floods. If you're looking to learn more about things you need to know and how to start contributing, jump in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:38 Introductions! Sharmeen and Talha's histories of relief works and how they met 07:49 Mention of 2022's catastrophic floods has started to go away in Pakistani media 14:05 Quick pros and cons of the NDMA (we'll come back to this later too) 16:44 How the requirements of those displaced by disasters change over time 23:48 Over a decade of floods later, did we learn and implement anything BEFORE the 2022 disaster? 29:12 All these villages destroyed, any hope of them being rebuilt? 37:46 How to keep donations coming in when news channels go away, and justified donor fatigue 41:21 How technology has helped create efficiencies in relief and donation efforts 46:13 What should people keep in mind when donating? What research to do, what to donate. 55:03 Returning to NDMA's performance over the years, talking about the need for empathy 1:00:53 Outro LINKS: Umair's post about charities: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChuaVgWjGjz/ Shehzeen's fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lasbelafloods Sharmeen's Twitter: https://twitter.com/K_Sharmeen Talha's twitter: https://twitter.com/DrTalhaRehman Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    TPR Roundup#08 - Hamnawa's September Playlist

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 42:47


    CHECK LINKS BELOW FOR FLOOD CHARITY SUPPORT This month's Hamnawa Select has SO many songs! List-master Zeerak joins us for an unusually, yet promisingly, chaotic episode where we talk about a lot of the songs and other interesting things about Pakistani music! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 So many songs on the September playlist! 05:38 “Mein Iqbal” blew our minds - part 1 07:09 INTERLUDE: Is this the greatest era of Pakistani music? - number of artists, genres, KPI's! 14:01 “Mein Iqbal” blew our minds - part 2 14:45 “Adhooray” by Arsalan Hasan - do english lyrics help or hinder? - part 1 18:30 INTERLUDE: Who is the last big global Pakistani artist - not including Bollywood fame 21:58 “Adhooray” by Arsalan Hasan - do english lyrics help or hinder? - part 2 23:19 “Khatt” by Aqdas Asif & Ali Mustafa 24:39 “Ghaayab” by Amna Riaz feat. us feeling old and how seemingly self assured the youngs are 28:47 There are THREE songs with Kaifi Khalil on this month's playlist 32:28 How Eastern musical traditions might not work with the iTunes “one song = one single” model 35:43 Ali discovers Annural Khalid 38:48 Completely unbiased review of “Bojh” by Nadir Shehzad & Natasha Noorani 42:00 Outro LINKS: Umair's post about charities: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChuaVgWjGjz/ Shehzeen's fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lasbelafloods Hamnawa's September Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3fpBtuEoB3kHZBKo8Kj1Qs Hamnawa's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamnawa_net/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#167 - Chalant Crew XXXIII - Rizwan Got Sick (he's better now)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 46:28


    CHECK LINKS BELOW FOR FLOOD CHARITY SUPPORT This podcast is AUDIO ONLY. Rizwan got very sick recently. This is a quick podcast about that experience. We kept it light but things were quite concerning for a while there. LINKS: Umair's post about charities: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChuaVgWjGjz/ Shehzeen's fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lasbelafloods Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#166 - Aanchal Malhotra II - In The Language of Remembering

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 88:12


    CHECK LINKS BELOW FOR FLOOD CHARITY SUPPORT Aanchal Malhotra is back on the show! Two years after her first appearance, she returns to talk about her new book 'In the Language of Remembering' where she charts the tales of the subcontinents partitions through the memories of its descendants. The conversation is as insightful, real, and relatable as it always is with her. Jump in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:27 The process of writing her latest book 13:07 “Conversations cannot just be verbal” why she had to include visual observations 18:29 The imagined landscape, filtered through a lens of nostalgia and magic 27:42 Bridging the gap between fable and fact 39:07 The importance of creating an archive of common people 43:08 Are the descendants of migrants the only ones who care about the Partition? 47:20 Do minorities hold on to their cultures more strongly? 54:40 The risks of homogenising the causes behind the Partition 1:16:13 How does Aanchal live with the weight of all these stories 1:24:33 Outro LINKS: Umair's post about charities: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChuaVgWjGjz/ Shehzeen's fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lasbelafloods Aanchal's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aanch_m/ Her website: https://www.aanchalmalhotra.com/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#165 - Khayali Pulao - Pakistan's newest cooking content sensation!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 69:43


    CHECK LINKS BELOW FOR FLOOD CHARITY SUPPORT Khayali Pulao is the internet alter-ego of Aitazaz, one of the newest additions to the Pakistani content creation scene. I had to have him on to talk about his very new yet very popular work on YouTube & Instagram. Great chat, he's a smart guy who knows what he's getting into. Looking forward to having him back on in the future. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro & flood relief appeal 02:20 Where he's from, what he's studying, why is he studying it 07:43 How his creativity lead him to YouTube, learning basic cooking from childhood 15:15 Who are his main YouTube cooking inspirations? Who did he learn from? 21:13 Why he started a YouTube channel, keeping it secret, how his friends reacted 29:41 How he directed people to his YouTube at the very beginning 32:55 His insane Instagram growth 37:32 Why he definitely does NOT want content creation to be his main source of income 42:11 Why he turns down most PR & branded opportunities currently 46:03 Audience response has been mostly positive EXCEPT FOR the Turkish recipe 51:43 Vlogging and experimenting with other types of content, calling out Cooking Chaos 58:38 His love of writing and how funny is he vs his friends? 1:01:04 What is the PURPOSE of his channel, and what are his plans for its future? 1:08:08 Jinn story & outro! LINKS: Umair's post about charities: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChuaVgWjGjz/ Shehzeen's fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lasbelafloods Khayali Pulao Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mystapaki/ Khayali Pulao YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDctfghwVt9hnEbbohmjreQ/about Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#164 - MystaPaki II - Things are getting desperate for Pakistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 71:44


    CHECK LINKS BELOW FOR FLOOD CHARITY SUPPORT Wasn't sure if there would be a podcast this week considering how the news from Pakistan is calamitous with the floods and despair. Had a conversation with MystaPaki, noted content creator famous for his coverage of Pakistan and its people on a ground level, that helped change my mind. It isn't a great conversation, not many positives noted if any at all. But if the least we can do is call out problems where we see them, might as well. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro & flood relief appeal 03:12 Karachi - drowning in rain, kindness of strangers and forced “resilience” 11:49 Being a doctor in Pakistan - underpaid, overworked, gaslit 19:47 How do people feel about their future across Pakistan? Balochistan vs other provinces 30:12 “Where Did All The Women Go?” - why he made that Reel 39:28 His unusual, at times uncomfortable recent visit to Bosnia 48:19 The existential threat these floods pose, and how Karachi will again be at the center 56:11 People leaving Pakistan, our bubbles within bubbles, poor people with 10 kids 1:03:30 Would he ever consider leaving? What's keeping him in Pakistan? 1:10:50 Abrupt outro LINKS: Umair's post about charities: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChuaVgWjGjz/ Shehzeen's fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lasbelafloods Mystapaki's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mystapaki/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    TPR Roundup#07 - Hamnawa's August Playlist

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2022 32:14


    Another month, another Hamnawa playlist highlighting some key new songs from the Pakistani scene. The internet's a bit dodgy in this one but you'll get through it. Jump in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro and names investigation 01:44 Our relationship to music changes all the time 04:55 The three songs we'll talk about in this episode 06:38 Mulaqatein by Schumaila Rehmat Hussain - semiclassical roots in a modern vehicle 12:08 Silsila by Zahoor and Curly Ney - it's in Pushto and we love that 20:03 Habibi by Asim Azhar - why do we like this if we are old? 24:54 Music in the TikTok age - shorter songs & quicker hooks, but not like this never happened before 29:09 Pakistani music in the time of streaming - how does it help artists? 31:35 Hurried outro LINKS: Hamnawa's July Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1MTR4zaYwegGq9GbEmREPN Hamnawa's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamnawa_net/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#163 - Nazar, Kazi & Irfan - Karachi Konference

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 93:40


    Nazar, Kazi & Irfan are on the show this week, first time back for them since we last spoke way back in January. We hadn't all caught up in a while apart from the usual group texts and since everything must be content, why not make it an episode? Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:27 Nazar's Houston Kaptaan experience 07:54 Being desi in the West part 1 11:54 Interlude on liberal discourse on the Pakistani internet 14:02 Being desi in the West part 2 18:37 Twitter, Instagram, TikTok have very different audiences 19:55 Kazi's recent Instagram & TikTok surge 22:52 Irfan entry 23:53 Nazar reviews Laal Singh Chaddha TURKEY 30:18 Irfan & Kazi go to Turkey, general thoughts and vibes 36:20 Kazi's first vacation in over a decade 41:51 Kazi learns Irfan is a good photographer 46:40 Food experiences in Istanbul 51:48 How we got Nazar married through our excellent advice and perspectives 1:02:15 Nazar's new efforts on becoming a “BookToker” 1:05:09 Talking again about Kazi wrapping up the podcast, and why his Reels/TikToks work so well 1:12:22 Kazi's crazy past couple months and just being tired 1:18:05 Talking about Maula Jutt, Ms Marvel, Prey, Sandman, The Bear, streaming services 1:29:13 Interlude about music piracy and Pakistani music in Ms Marvel 1:31:14 Outro IG Links with links to all their stuff: Kazi Akber: https://www.instagram.com/kaziakber/ Nazar Syed: https://www.instagram.com/mnazarsyed/ Irfan Junejo: https://www.instagram.com/irfanjunejo/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#162 - Gulraiz Khan - Why Pakistan desperately needs good public transport

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 57:30


    As infrastructure and all facets of life in Pakistan come under more and more stress due to economic pressures, population increases and climate change; public transport is fast becoming one of the key issues the country must address sooner than later. Lucky for us, public transport enthusiast Gulraiz Khan let himself be recruited off Twitter to come chat about Pakistan's past, present, and hopeful future in the public transport spheres. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:57 Where he grew up and why we're doing this episode 05:44 Why public transport is being talked about in Pakistan now, and how he first got interested 12:14 Why has public transport not been prioritised in Pakistan historically? 16:53 Why did the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) just disappear? 18:57 How are the BRT systems doing in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar? 25:59 “The BRT is not profitable”, why this perspective misses the point 30:55 Talking about Karachi's new bus services 38:51 There is no substantive discussion around infrastructure or climate change in the media 47:03 Can individual action OR TWEETING help fix these problems? 50:44 Future public transport projects being worked on in Pakistan 54:22 Quick jinn story and outro! LINKS: Gulraiz's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gulraizkhan Gulraiz's writeups at Dawn: https://www.dawn.com/authors/9254/gulraiz-khan Mahim Maher's article on Karachi's bus routes: https://tribune.com.pk/story/711471/timekeeping-and-transport-the-minute-men-of-karachi Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#161 - Chalant Crew XXXII - For the People

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 103:41


    It's a Chalant Crew episode, everybody's here, you know the vibes. For this episode we got SO MANY AUDIENCE SUBMISSIONS so thanks for writing in dearz. Jump in, no need for more exposition. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 We're back, episode agenda, Rizwan doesn't watch your Stories AUDIENCE COMMENTS 05:49 Friendship Lost 09:03 DC Universe vs Marvel - Batgirl, Flash, Joker 2, “should” there even be a universe? 15:40 Are AI image generators (Dall-e, MidJourney) UNETHICAL? 23:43 “I hate marketing agencies in Pakistan” - everybody's looking to screw you over 29:32 Big 4 sadness 31:15 Is it time to leave Pakistan? 41:50 How to fend off marriage pressure 44:21 Best burgers in the UAE? 49:01 We decide Kazi's future 51:24 Planning Nazar's honeymoon STORYTIME 58:17 A listener goes for Hajj - Hotel fire alarm drama, washing machines vs uncles, hijinks in the flight back 1:06:45 A listener takes a flight via and to hell, Rizwan goes off on food and gifts 1:14:04 Sarkhail attends weddings in Manchester & Glasgow 1:18:42 Sarkhail goes to Paris and does a detailed review of Disneyland 1:30:46 Nadir directed a movie for an India-Pakistan collaborative project 1:38:35 Rizwan's going to Malaysia to meet Gordon Ramsey 1:41:26 Outro LINKS: Nadir's movie!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynkxMzE0fcE&feature=youtu.be Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tprpod/support

    Pod#160 - Umair Javed - How is Pakistan doing after 75 years?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 92:51


    A lot of people have had a lot of opinions, feelings and thoughts on Pakistan's past and present trajectories. On the eve of the country's 75th anniversary we thought we'd get somebody who has actually done research on the topic on to present a report card of sorts. So we're joined by DOCTOR Umair Javed, Asst Prof at LUMS, to take us on a ride through history and examine multiple key facets of Pakistan and Pakistanis and how they have changed. Jump in. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:59 Sweaty beginnings 04:43 Who is Umair why is he talking about this 10:11 People have really short attention spans for news and issues, social media has made it worse 15:17 What did Pakistan's population distribution look like in the early 1950s? 19:18 Most people have a hard time grasping HOW MANY people live in Pakistan 22:34 How and why has Pakistan's population distribution changed from the 1950s to today? 27:47 What people used to eat in Pakistan and the shawarma+zinger+pizza revolution 33:42 How Pakistanis started to eat WAY MORE MEAT and why that matters 39:06 People are moving from rural to urban areas. How's that working out for them? 41:41 How Pakistan's economy and industry have worsened over the decades 47:44 How much of Pakistan's problems can we genuinely blame on leadership? 51:37 Were things EVER on a better trajectory in our past? What changed? 55:39 How the spread of technology revolutionized religion & religiosity in Pakistan 1:01:59 FORTY PERCENT of the population is under 19. Do they have a future? 1:09:39 Pakistani society keeps women at home and out of the workplace, how can that change? 1:16:32 Desperately searching for signs of optimism with a complete damper at the end 1:24:31 An amazing Jinn story! 1:30:49 Outro LINKS: "Cuisine and Culture" - https://www.dawn.com/news/1623998 "Moral Panic" - https://www.dawn.com/news/1623998 Umair's work with Dawn: https://www.dawn.com/authors/498/umair-javed Umair's Twitter: https://twitter.com/umairjav Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#159 - Daniel Panjwaneey - 20+ years in Karachi music, Boiler Room Pakistan, legacy and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 78:26


    Danny's on the show! Fresh off the massive win that was bringing Boiler Room for their first ever production in Pakistan, we talk about his multiple decade participation and eventual career in the Karachi and Pakistani music scenes. From his many bands and acts, to tales of exploitation, to travels abroad and his ventures that he hopes to lead into the future, so much good stuff in here! Jump in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:20 Karachi rain resilience! 05:40 How Danny got into music, Karachi's music scene in the 90s 10:35 The Brian O'Connell connection, joining Messiah 15:55 Talking about T2F and the pivotal role it played in Karachi's arts & culture scene in the 00's 19:07 Joining culinary school, meeting new people, the LBDN, Orangenoise & Lussun era 26:29 Leaving culinary dreams, embracing electronic music & self producing albums, the golden age of indie music in Pakistan 34:11 Short aside on cyclical nature of “underground music” scenes in Pakistan 36:58 Going to Nepal, immersing himself in the thriving scene there, coming back to Pakistan 45:31 Why make SO MUCH EFFORT in Pakistan's seemingly desolate music scene? Tales of shitty exploitative people being shitty and exploitative 56:29 How they brought Boiler Room to Pakistan 1:03:21 The real and perceived “impact” of bringing Boiler Room feat. our colonial hangovers 1:08:55 Talking about legacy, keeping a clear head and open eyes, believing The Work is worth doing 1:15:33 Jinn story! 1:17:39 Outro LINKS: Danny's Linktree: https://linktr.ee/alienpandajury Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    TPR Roundup#06 - Hamnawa's July Playlist

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 32:23


    Long in discussion, our collab episode (series??) with Hamnawa is finally here! Recent podcast guest and smart guy Zeerak returns to talk about the July playlist of Hamnawa. Also, if you thought he just puts together some songs he likes and is done with it, such simple approaches are 100% not the Zeerak way and the level of complexity is a delight to hear. Check the link below for the playlist! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro, refresher on what Hamnawa is and how it works, YouTube vs Spotify releases 05:58 The Stunners Universe 11:40 “Tamasha” by Dijay Khalifa & superdupersultan - Language barrier not a hindrance 14:46 “Shub Deep Singh Sidhu” by Kh44ki - Sidhu Moosewala, India Pakistan's strong hiphop connections 23:29 Why is there so much hip-hop in Hamnawa 24:56 “EKDOUTEENCHAAR” by Rozeo's, his versatility, Instagram's place in the music scene 30:35 Outro LINKS: Hamnawa's July Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5BEHZ9JCGLHCblzRJN3bya Hamnawa's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamnawa_net/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#158 - Neelam Shoaib - How Shadiyana.pk Aims to Revolutionize Pakistani Weddings!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 76:48


    These week we have Neelam Shoaib, one of the co-founders of Shadiyana.pk on the show! Shadiyana is a startup she and her friend Izzah started aimed at easing the process of actually putting together a wedding. From venues to makeup artists to photographers, they offer a comprehensive list of options in the Islamabad-Rawalpindi area, along with a popular content creation push aimed at addressing the many problems in and around weddings and married life in Pakistan. Good chat! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:00 Why are they reaching out to podcasters? 03:38 Why did Neelam decide to study software engineering? 07:56 Deciding corporate jobs are not for them, moving into post-grad programs 12:44 When does The Idea occur? 17:15 Identifying the problem they were trying to solve - Pakistan's nightmare shaadi logistics 23:41 Issues faced by vendors in the age of social media and how Shadiyana could help 28:04 Convincing users and vendors about the idea, having to explain what a website is 32:06 What is their business model? How did they decide the company would fund itself? 38:17 Young women in tech - how did the wedding market react? How do their parents feel? 46:09 How Neelam & Izzah split their responsibilities, extra scrutiny on women in the market 50:28 Shadiyana's operations - how many customers & vendors they have, site traffic 54:51 Shadiyana's finances - their thoughts on outside investors, their current finances 59:31 How Pakistan's economics link to their work, challenges with future expansion to Lahore & Karachi 1:04:58 How thoughtful & intentional content creation is a key part of their outlook, not just marketing 1:08:54 How important is content creation for them? Would they ever pivot to it completely? 1:12:06 Jinn Story! 1:14:56 Outro LINKS: The website: https://shadiyana.pk/ Their instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shadiyana.pk/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#157 - Zain Ahmed - Rastah pushing Pakistani streetwear to ever increasing heights!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 63:51


    Zain Ahmed returns! The head honcho at Rastah comes back to the pod to talk about what seems to be a perpetually eventful trajectory for the company. New releases, collabs with musicians, Riz Ahmed, Anil Kapoor, expanding what streetwear in Pakistan can mean and more!   Things discussed in this episode:  00:00 Intro  01:34 Getting onto the Forbes Asia 30Under30 list, and what “success” looks like at this stage  07:22 Zain's recent workshops on entrepreneurship - how they came about, how they went  13:59 A super-busy 4 years, and how a sense of community is key even for entrepreneurs  18:57 What does Rastah's current team look like? How delegation and empowerment pushed their operations further  23:13 Making an “Essentials” collection without putting the brand's identity at risk  28:48 What streetwear brands is Zain interested in locally, how price-wars spiral downwards  32:33 Pushing Rastah beyond just hoodies and t-shirts with the super-experimental Volume VII  36:33 Investing heavily in styling musicians, and plans for future collabs with artists  39:53 Rastah's going to make shalwar kameezes??  43:57 How many future releases is Zain/Rastah working on at a time?  46:50 The high rate of growth Rastah is seeing in Pakistan customers  50:20 Love for Rastah in India and Bollywood  53:41 Flying to LA to give Riz Ahmed a jacket right before the Oscars  1:00:53 A look towards the future & outro   LINKS:  Rastah website: https://rastah.co/  Rastah Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rastahofficial/   Shoutouts: Raa-ay: https://instagram.com/raa___ay/ Ftwa: https://www.instagram.com/ft.waworks/  Inclusivitee: https://www.instagram.com/inclusivi.tee/  Warp: https://www.instagram.com/thewarp.io/   Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)!   Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below!  SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod  Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#156 - Zeerak Ahmed - Revolutionizing Urdu typing while blogging about music!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 85:36


    Zeerak Ahmed is a #smartguy. We have managed to bamboozle him into coming on the show. The idea was to talk about his great music blog/newsletter and accompanying playlists under the heading of Hamnawa. And we did. But what the main chunk of the conversation turned out to be was about masterplan to revolutionize (my allegations, not his) the Urdu typing interface in the modern age. Discussions about language, aesthetic obsessions with fonts, the flaws and troubles that are unearthed in trying to fix this and more ensue! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 03:12 We're going to talk about Zeerak's WHOLE LIFE LGS JOHAR TOWN 07:24 Why did he choose to study Computer Sciences, the rise of big tech careers 13:23 Was there any culture shock when he moved from Lahore to the US? Big things, small things 20:33 How and why he got into software design The Urdu Keyboard Idea "Matnsaz"- attempting to refine and revolutionize the Arabic/Urdu keyboard: 23:05 What is the idea - autocorrect for Urdu and perhaps more languages 26:13 How the idea happened - lack of Urdu on the internet, the Gutenberg Press 29:10 Beginning: ALL URDU WRITING ON THE INTERNET IS WRONG, our obsession with fonts, who's on the team, creating a labelled data set 34:18 What the product is, how testing has been going, possible applications 36:52 Zeerak's personal and familial connection to Urdu, Pakistan's attempts to finalize printing process and insane compromises 39:57 Obsessions with fonts and how the region's languages developed printing techniques, talking about Nastaliq' 43:55 Schools & official languages in Pakistan being English vs Urdu - is this related?? 48:33 Possible and hopeful applications and impacts of the keyboard Hamnawa, his monthly newsletter on new Pakistani music: 54:17 What it is, and how the idea came about 59:48 Adding depth to the scene, documenting the participants and progression. Why is it important? 1:08:21 Why does Zeerak write about music? 1:14:02 Ali complaining about the podcast not being popular 1:19:15 What tech progress should NOT be made/we are getting old 1:22:50 Outro LINKS: His Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zeerakahmed/ His Twitter: https://twitter.com/zeerakahmed matnsaz.net aka The Keyboard Project (he doesn't call it this) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matnsaz_net/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/matnsaz hamnawa.net Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamnawa_net/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/hamnawa_net Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/gopyek4heuirx7fhapzd86orn Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#155 - "Middle Class" Usman Rafique! - His YouTube journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 41:27


    This week on the show we have Usman Rafique, a young YouTuber from Lahore! Usman got popular after a few of his videos went viral that showed a side of Lahore that might not be visible in the mainstream content scene, including videos about his days at the government school he goes to and his dad's store in the inner-city. We talk about how and why he started his YouTube channel, how things have been going, and his plans for the future! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:40 When did usman start making YouTube videos? 07:45 His first few videos, early response, and his first viral video 12:42 Getting serious after his viral video, concerns about growth rate, how interviews helped 17:00 How did he manage so many YouTube videos with school? 20:45 Did he ever get negative comments? 24:31 Talking about PR packages and brands 26:33 What are his plans for the future? University and job 30:31 Food vlogging and meeting fans 33:18 Meeting other YouTubers, upgrading his cameras, food video plans 37:05 Jinn Story! 39:50 Outro LINKS: Usman's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_3XjNMjMP-E_4jK6l-NFQ/about Usman's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usman.rafique786/ Usman's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/middleclassusmanrafique/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#154 - Ayesha Shahid - Why did an urban planner become a farmer??

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 106:23


    This week we have Ayesha Shahid, a smart person I know off Twitter, on the show! Ayesha's studied Urban Planning and works with the World Bank in Pakistan in the developmental sectors. What lead to my wanting to have her on the show was her very curious decision to start farming! Like proper acquire a bit of land, plant crops, work towards harvest etc. We start off by talking about her life, move to Karachi at an early age, KGS, studying in the US and then working with the Benazir Income Support Program. Learning about the spatial aspects that contribute towards poverty pushes her towards the urban planning route, and on her return she talks about how the farming project began and how its been going. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 03:31 How/why she got into studying City Planning 07:46 Army kids moves to Karachi for the first time, and goes to KGS! 15:00 Wait, how old is Ayesha really?? 18:47 What was it like going from APS to KGS? 26:00 Going to the US for university, living abroad, choosing Political Sciences 30:03 Working at the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) helped her understand the spatial aspects to poverty and poverty alleviation 36:41 Why does BISP not address the spatial issues that contribute to poverty? Who does, if not them? 42:04 How she decided to get a Masters in City Planning, and her job after she returned 45:18 Why did she decide to start her farming project? What is the question she wants to answer? 54:13 How looking at the utilisation of land can help answer much larger questions about the future of the country and its people The farming project's timeline: 57:38 Finding her way to regenerative farming practices and getting a model to start with 1:04:22 How she got land, initial budgeting, the goat problem 1:10:15 Experimenting with what to plant. Challenges with technique, finding labor, depletion of local knowledge and expertise 1:20:32 The downward trend over the past couple years; challenges with mulch & rain, trying to adapt techniques to local conditions 1:31:25 Reaching out to experts in the Agricultural Department, other farmers, considering course corrections in technique 1:35:50 What's her timeline of success? How long can they keep pouring money into this if there are no returns? What would success even look like? 1:38:57 Abrupt ending to the chat, plans for the future of our collabs with Ayesha, climate change doom and gloom discussion 1:43:57 Outro LINKS: Ayesha's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ayesharshahid Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    TPR Roundup#05 - Stranger Things Season 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 31:20


    This month's episode of the TPR Roundup is here and we're talking about the 4th season of Stranger Things! At least, the first volume of the fourth season. What we liked, how the characters are doing, fun moments, things we didn't like and more! Jump in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:41 Comparing/recapping the seasons 05:54 Notable characters in season 4 so far 10:59 Music will save you + the main villain 17:51 Predicting deaths 22:28 Thoughts, complaints, character shoutouts 26:51 The story arcs we liked in the season and outro Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#153 - Fake Shamans - House Music in Pk, struggles, global recognition & more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 59:50


    The Fake Shamans are on the show! In case you're unaware these guys are an excellent electronic/house music duo based out of Lahore. Their music has all the markings of an exceedingly professional outfit with very clean mixes and great experimentation that takes in influences that you might not expect! We talked about their +10 year journey in Pakistan and internationally, their ambition to continue learning about music and pushing their own creativity, Pakistan's quirks when it comes to accepting new ideas and change, and more! Also, they have a new track coming out this week! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:22 Is the band splitting up as soon as the podcast starts?? 05:32 Fake Shamans origins - how they met, acceptance of their style of music in the past vs now 13:12 Why did they want to merge eastern classical/retro music in their productions? 17:27 Blowing minds in their first international performance, reigniting their own interests 21:55 Learning to work with eastern classical musicians - experience, homework, compromises 27:47 Their Noam Chomsky song - how the concept piece came about 30:39 Has the recent rise in Pakistani music been beneficial for them and their scene too? 36:14 Increasing global acceptance vs local tendencies to play it safe and not innovate 41:05 Infrastructure gaps in Pakistan's music scene vs environments in global markets 47:51 Commenting on growing pains in Pakistan's live electronic music scene 52:01 Future plans - solo pursuits, the Fake Rituals record label and their aims for it 55:53 Quick Jinn story and outro LINKS: Their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fakeshamans/ Their YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/FakeShamans Their Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EI9a3jBhsXHQPFYZXJzQi?si=8v3RGBilTOW7yrMq1xTWPw Their SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/fake-shamans Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#152 - Hashim Ali - Art, Culture, Identity, Coke Studio & more!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 97:29


    Hashim Ali is on the show! Art director, production designer, absolutely prolific creative person, and as a result probably one of the busiest people in Pakistan. We talked about his early life, NCA, the conflict and intersection between art vs culture vs identity vs tradition in Pakistan, Coke Studio obviously and more. And there's STILL a whole bunch of things we didn't have time for. Jump right in! Thanks to Sarfaraz, Natasha & Gul for their help. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:44 Hashim Ali's dance alter-ego 06:20 Early life, school in Rome, dreaming of art, getting into NCA, not wanting to be a “kanjar” 16:02 How we “found” Hashim Ali, what is his job? 24:02 Trying not to be put in a box, arguments about “originality”, culture vs tradition 32:52 His journey towards being able to believe in himself 36:07 Pakistan's “generational trauma” translated through boundaries on culture & art 44:06 Pakistan's tired millennials & surging Gen-Z, people still pushing against resistance 52:05 How did he get hired for Coke Studio? 59:57 Pasoori - Inspiration, team, concept, message, easter-eggs 1:07:11 Mehram - how the lyrics designed the concept, folklore, emo boys unite 1:16:50 Difference between fashion work and music videos - s/o to Zara Shahjahan 1:20:55 Does Karachi differ from Lahore in terms of their art scenes and output? 1:25:38 Hashim Ali's shoutouts! 1:31:07 Jinn stories! 1:36:26 Outro LINKS: Hashim's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hashimali90/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#151 - Abdul Rehman Asim - TikTok star, fans, wars, CEO of Towel Dupattas!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 46:01


    We're back and have a brand new creator on the show! Abdul Rehman has had explosive growth on TikTok and then Instagram over the past year. You know him from his hilarious videos where he does everything from perform as a "Ladis", to becoming an exam invigilator, to parodies of influencer videos and more! Also, he is ONLY 15 YEARS OLD. Okay he just turned 16. Things discussed in this video: 00:00 Intro 04:35 When did he start his TikTok & Instagram accounts and how quickly did they grow? 11:34 How things changed as he got more and more famous 17:13 TikTok in Pakistan - is the fyp better now, meeting other creators, audience demands 23:25 Have his parents/teachers seen the videos? How does he manage studies 26:09 What does he want for a career? Do kids his age relate to Pakistani TV and movies? 29:02 Audience questions! -Aun & Raheel's drama -Who inspired the ‘ladiss' character -How does it feel to be famous -How much did he study -What school he goes to -Hasan Raheem discussion -Merch plans and payments from social media -TOWEL CONTROVERSY -Billie Eilish -Constructive criticism from audience people 37:56 Moving to YouTube, fans of his characters, how many towels does he have? 42:55 Outro LINKS: Abdul's TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@abd___223 Abdul's IG: https://www.instagram.com/abdulrehmanasimm/ Laiba Khurram: https://www.instagram.com/laibakhurramm_/ Aun Mehmood: https://www.instagram.com/whoisaunanyways/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    TPR Roundup#04 - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review! (SPOILERS)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 32:47


    Our first ever episode was a review of the first Doctor Strange, some SIX years and nearly 200 uploads ago. Now the good doctor returns in his second solo (ish) outing and there's a new Roundup episode (FULL OF SPOILERS) for it! Thanks to Rahail for joining us again! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 00:40 Summarizing the whole plot 07:03 The biggest problem with the movie 14:48 “Look at all the special effects we have!” 18:21 America Chavez, post-credit scenes, Wong 21:46 Effects & visuals - DC vs Marvel vs The Batman 24:57 Narrative building in the movie - Strange here vs Strange in Phase 3 27:41 What would we have changed, and giving the movie a score 32:05 Outro Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#150 - Chalant Crew XXXI - Eid, Weird Food, Scandal, Chaos!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 71:16


    Eid Mubarak, all. Don't listen to this episode with your parents. Or do, if they're chill like that. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Why did we want to do this episode; a discussion 05:35 Kids growing up now will have a complete history of their parents 08:12 Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp 14:13 Our expert political commentary Weird Food Combinations 20:04 Pani Puri, Nutella, and Bun Kabab stories 27:45 People out here eating ass, teats, and more. WHY. 33:51 Liver, haggis, daal palak?? 38:08 Sheer Khurma, sivaiyan vs seviyan, Sarkhail goes to the markeet 40:06 Eidi talk 42:48 Interlude about Bilawal 44:41 Eidi talk continues 51:49 Chalant Advice Section Eid in the UAE Not following news but also not having FOMO How to grow wedding photog Instagram 59:51 Telling Rizwan how to pose in photos 1:02:22 The most scandalous story we have ever been sent Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#149 - Nadir Nahdi - First visit to Pk, identities, creators, cultural divides

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 68:19


    Nadir Nahdi is on the show! Nadir's a super versatile content creator, traveler. foodie, EXPERIENCE CURATOR and a lot of his work is about culture, identity and ethnicities. Part of his multi-ethnic background is Pakistan and this episode talks about his recent first trip ever to Pakistan. A very nuanced and insightful conversation, we talk about the different vibes of the cities, conversations and who controls them in the content space, divides in urban spaces and more. Jump in. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:26 What does Nadir do and why 08:24 Why did he want to go to Pakistan? 15:10 Did the trip live up to expectations? Could it ever? The Pakistan Trip: 20:09 Landing in Karachi, first impressions of the city, its culture & divides 27:11 Interacting with people, not speaking Urdu and how people reacted 32:52 Seeing Lahore and Islamabad, centuries old histories, elitism & class barriers 42:16 Ex-colonies inheriting and enforcing structures of power from their oppressors 49:34 Going to the North, foreign vlogger stereotypes, making an effort to travel slower 57:18 Pakistani creators who “should” have more followers, the roles diaspora creators can play 1:02:57 How he got good at content creation, his next Pakistan trip 1:06:09 Outro LINKS: Nadir's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nadir.nahdi/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#148 - Minhaj Ali Askari - Radio Horror Legend, Jinn Stories & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 87:08


    Minhaj Ali Askari is FINALLY on the show! After a full year of us failing to coordinate with him, a fan request on Twitter had us get it together and make this happen asap. He talks a bit about his early days in radio and how he got into the horror genre, why others failed to compete, why brands in Pakistan don't invest more in the field and OF COURSE he brought some killer stories along. Dive in. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:37 Minhaj summarizes the early days of his career in radio & NAPA 06:15 How the horror stories episodes first began 13:51 How he focused more on the “story” than the “horror” aspects, and how the competition failed to understand this 20:20 Why do brands not want to invest in horror/thriller content in Pakistan? 24:42 The format of his show and how audiences participated, also how WE laugh at jinn stories 31:32 Seeing common themes after listening to so many stories from people 36:22 STORY 1: The possessed caller 42:35 STORY 2: His first radio station's building was haunted 51:20 STORY 3: Karachi's haunted offices 55:44 STORY 4: Ali's own incidents & Karachi's old haunted areas 1:03:00 STORY 5: His khala's benign paranormal houseguest 1:08:32 Why'd he start livestreaming on YouTube and how his journey has been 1:19:44 STORY 6: A family story 1:25:07 Outro LINKS: Minhaj's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/MinhajAliAskari Minhaj's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/minhajaliaskari/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#147 - Ariba Shahid - Twitter, Memes, Financial Journalism, And More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 74:49


    Ariba Shahid is a journalist most known for her stellar work at Profit magazine, a standout publication focused on the Pakistani economy and business world. She is also known for her very popular Twitter account which can she can be found expertly threading the needle between her worklife and seeming expertise at, in her own words I promise, shitposting. We talk about her career, some of her more famous articles, some of her viral Twitter moments, and also about the recent TPR tangent of why Pakistani news and discourse seem to view factual discourse as something to be kept firmly at arm's length. All on the heels of massive recent upheavals in Pakistan's government. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:01 How did Ariba become a business journalist? 07:46 How she became a writer, and early days at Profit 12:42 The award winning story about Pakistani Lawn being sold/smuggled to India, how it happened (LINKED BELOW) 17:20 A discussion on Lotus vs Candi biscuits (LINKED BELOW) 23:06 Why is Profit magazine's tone so approachable/current? 30:01 Twitter in Pakistan: fake news, fake trends, high school analogies 40:48 Live-tweeting her way to virality during the TRG EGM 49:22 Behind her “Stock Market Is Not An Indicator of the Economy” catchphrase, and wider issues of financial illiteracy in Pakistan 54:37 The completely trash level of Financial News discourse on mainstream TV (feat. Shahzeb Khanzada's abs) 59:39 Drawing room discussions in Pakistan and their disconnect from facts, would she host her own TV show? 1:06:12 Jinn Stories! O levels feat OBL, and Noor Jehan's batcave! 1:13:11 Outro LINKS: Her article on Pakistan Lawn and it's huge market in India: https://profit.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/12/26/pakistani-lawns-biggest-market-could-be-in-india-but-isnt-because-we-cant-have-nice-things/ Her article on the Lotus biscuit craze and why Candi could learn: https://profit.pakistantoday.com.pk/2021/01/24/thinking-outside-the-wrapper-how-local-brands-like-candi-can-compete-with-lotus/ Her Twitter: https://twitter.com/AribaShahid Her LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aribashahid/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    TPR Roundup#03 - Coke Studio Season 14 Wrap-up

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2022 44:58


    Coke Studio season 14 has concluded and so we're following up Roundup#1 with this episode to conclude our review of the season overall. Best songs, videos, collabs, DISCOURSE, the future and more! Things discussed in this episode: 00:08 Intro 01:03 What was the Season 14 vision and was it achieved? 06:51 Best 3 songs of the season - audience poll vs us 16:39 Best 3 videos of the season - audience poll vs us 22:30 Most unexpected collaborations of the season 27:16 What is Coke Studio's “job”? 32:43 The different “Ages” of Pakistani pop music 37:25 Where does Coke Studio go from here? 43:06 Conclusion Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#146 - Chalant Crew XXX - Chris Rock, Imran Khan, Lahore Eat, Coke Studio, Racism!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 72:08


    When we recorded the podcast Pakistan had a working government. Now that we're publishing it things seem different. Last week's events seem like a year ago but come be distracted. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro & immediate chaos 03:10 Chaudhry Shujaat to suddenly Chris Rock 06:55 Rizwan reviews Daachi & Lahore food festival beef 13:56 Coke Studio live performances live SARKHAIL'S COKE STUDIO REVIEW: 19:03 Notes on the Season overall 28:55 Three songs he has a hard time getting into, Rizwan goes on twitter 35:57 Should it end now, and talking about react videos 41:42 Ali Noor was cancelled in Rizwan's eyes years ago 46:36 Talking about Smash Burger & burgers in general 51:09 Interlude about refugees who “look just like us” 53:23 Ali's witnessing blatant yet ignorant racism 1:03:13 Miscellaneous thoughts: Denzel, John Cena, twitter, Foo Fighters 1:11:38 Outro Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#145 - Digink Returns - Coke Studio, Streetwear, Music, NFTs, hype!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 61:21


    Digink is back. More than TWO years after his first appearance on the channel, the mad lad of Pakistan's art scene comes back to hangout and chat about a wide variety of topics. From not the best experiences working with Coke Studio reps, to agency woes in Pakistan for artists, to his NFT plans, and a surprising reveal about his musical inclinations; this chat goes all over the place. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:47 Why is he not at uni in and opening teasers for big plans 08:09 His COVID update and commenting on the state of my room 12:34 Working with Coke Studio 20:23 Bad experiences working with agencies 25:10 NFT projects he's working on 30:39 Talking Rastah, the Pakistani streetwear scene and his own merch 37:12 Digink is doing music?! 41:42 Looking to setup an organization for Digink 48:46 Talking about Pakistan's design scene, music scene, and his plans to combine them 53:04 Future plans, Conor McGregor, why he got a fur coat, Forbes 30 under 30 58:39 Heavily censored Jinn Story 1:00:26 Outro LINKS: Digink's LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/Digink -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to our sponsor Manscaped - Check out the Performance Package 4.0 at https://Manscaped.com and use our offer code! * Get 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com. * That's 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com. Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#144 - Hamza Gulzar aka Boy Bawarchi - Food, Faith, Family & Identity

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 98:58


    Hamza's BoyBawarchi account is a TikTok and Twitter sensation. You know him from his extremely calming, almost serene, baking videos on the platforms. Just Hamza and his baking, and a visual aesthetic that brings an almost meditative vibe to his videos. That's what I thought I'd be talking to him about, how he makes his videos, difficult baking experiments and the like. Where the conversation went pretty much immediately however, was a place that was far more emotional and deep than I expected. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:38 Growing up in Pakistan and the US, adjusting to the moves 05:49 How he got into baking in college 14:11 How he developed his video aesthetic 19:12 Why do people like his videos? What he thinks, what people say 28:50 The deeper, spiritual connections to be found in food and living life with intentionality 34:00 How does he decide what to make? Channeling his identity through the recipes he chooses 41:23 A turbulent but revelatory trip to Pakistan, just as he went all-in on baking 58:00 Our complicated emotional relationships with Pakistan 1:02:55 Business plans, going to Pakistan to collab and learn local recipes 1:07:34 Feelings of solitude, finding a community in the US, thinking about legacy & belonging 1:22:45 Being from two places, why he might want to move to Pakistan, it's okay to want to be happy 1:30:40 How he wants to connect his faith to his work, Chef's Table 1:36:10 Shoutouts and outro LINKS: His TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@boybawarchi His Twitter: https://twitter.com/boybawarchi His Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boybawarchi/ His YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3RE-jX9J9Pj26NQM5q-XCw/about -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to our sponsor Manscaped - Check out the Performance Package 4.0 at https://Manscaped.com and use our offer code! * Get 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com. * That's 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com. Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#143 - Marium Hosein - Content, Parenting, Validation & Reality Checks!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 103:54


    Marium Hosein is on the show! You know her from her super popular Instagram account where she's always ready to dish out everything from recipes, to parenting updates, to glam wedding dispatches, all the way to real life's ins and outs. She brings her mahaul-raising vibes to the show to talk about all of this and more! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 02:07 Where EXACTLY does Marium live 06:17 Growing up all over Pakistan because she was an army kid 10:11 Where is home, and expats romanticizing Pakistan 18:18 Getting serious on social media in late 2019, and then COVID arrives 32:23 Her relationship with the audience, as the audience went from 2500 to 90k 38:23 Realizing the potential trap of chasing audience validation 47:56 How her sponsored work began, and how the Pakistani and International markets differ 57:59 Looking at hiring people, her work split between US & Pakistan 1:02:30 Valuing her own brand, trying balance real life with social media and product development 1:07:05 How do her kids feel about her social media work, and how does that make her feel? 1:10:31 Food talk! What does she like, and Karachi's food scene - Xanders, Wang Wang, sheermal 1:20:25 Marium has a couple questions about us and the podcast scene 1:28:58 The immense pressure on content creators to have OPINIONS about ISSUES 1:38:15 Jinn story! 1:41:12 Outro LINKS: Marium's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariumhosein/ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to our sponsor Manscaped - Check out the Performance Package 4.0 at https://Manscaped.com and use our offer code! * Get 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com. * That's 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com. Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    TPR Roundup#02 - The Batman Review SPOILERS

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022 32:01


    You knew it was coming. Our in-depth review of Matt Reeves' The Batman is here. Rankings, comparisons, criticisms, appreciations, they're all here. Jump in.    Things discussed in this episode:   00:00 Intro & Sponsor  00:52 Ranking the movie with no context  03:13 The Batman vs The Dark Knight trilogy  06:53 Rating the Batmen  12:25 Breaking down the movie and story  18:30 How'd we feel about the score?  21:10 Talking about The Riddler  23:51 Gotham City - Reeves vs Nolan vs Snyder  27:38 How'd we feel about Selina & Alfred?  30:28 Worth a rewatch?   LINKS:  That Screencrush video on Battfleck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgtAAviuxwk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Thanks to our sponsor Manscaped - Check out the Performance Package 4.0 at https://Manscaped.com and use our offer code! * Get 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com.   * That's 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com.   Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)!   Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below!  SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#142 - Uzair Younus - Podcasting, Misinformation, Crypto & Pakistan's Geo-Economics!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 79:08


    Uzair Younus is the host of the excellent podcast focused on Pakistan's economic and geo-political situations, Pakistonomy. After his appearance on our 2021 Podcast Panel last year, we had to have him on for his solo episode. In this chat Uzair talks about how he ended up in the US, how the podcast started, misinformation in Pakistan, and also his hopeful contribution in tackling some of these issues. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro AND SPONSORED SEGMENT 03:15 Talking about the war in Ukraine 05:21 Who is Uzair and how did he end up working in consultancy in DC? 15:09 How the Pakistonomy podcast came about, ignorance in discourse in Pakistan 21:09 How “real” news is rarely discussed on tv and is our culture anti-questioning? 28:44 How's the podcast reaction been, how does he handle disagreements, and does he have a niche? 37:29 Has anything he learned via the podcast surprised him? (Pakistan's wheat shortage) 43:10 How Pakistan's exclusionary system of government keeps policies anti-public 47:34 Things won't get better in Pakistan will they? Some ways they might 56:52 A system of governance that might be Pakistan's only way of improving things 1:01:55 Uzair's report on how Web3/crypto investments can bring in billions for Pakistan 1:10:18 What are the hurdles in adopting Web3/crypto frameworks in Pakistan? 1:13:51 Pakistonomy's future-facing plans for upcoming episodes, brief chat about Pakistan's startup economy 1:18:15 Outro LINKS: Pakistonomy: https://www.youtube.com/pakistonomy Uzair's paper on Web3's potential for Pakistan: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/realizing-the-promise-and-potential-of-web3-for-pakistan/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to our sponsor Manscaped - Check out the Performance Package 4.0 at https://Manscaped.com and use our offer code! * Get 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com. * That's 20% off + free shipping with the code TPR at manscaped.com. Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#141 - Momina Munir II - Therapy, School, Business, YouTube, Growth

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 80:19


    Momina Munir returns! Two years after her first episode on the show, Momina is back to talk about pretty much everything that's happened since then. The high highs, the scarily low lows, and everything in between. Jump right in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:39 Momina had a very rough 2020 - how bad things got 08:19 Her experience with going to therapy for a year 10:52 How she ended up dropping plans to study psychology 17:44 Skipping the IBA test and deciding which business degree to pursue 26:59 Finding exciting things in her degree that relate to her existing career(s) 31:05 Trading YouTube “cOnSiSTEncY” for self-care in 2020-21 40:27 How did she come up with the idea of starting her own podcast? 49:43 Hosting a Young Stunners concert 52:46 Her first scary/awkward/eventually-good experience acting in a scripted production 1:02:56 Her path to financial independence 1:09:04 Running her business and all the learning that went into it 1:17:03 Outro and a semi Jinn story LINKS: Momina's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/MominaMunir Momina's Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIDOyA-MOI1Ieq8GEad8Spw/about Momina's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mominamunir/ Modifiers: https://www.modifiers.online/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#140 - Chalant Crew XXIX - CHAOS IN ISLAMABAD

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 49:19


    The last of our live recordings from Pakistan is out! The audio isn't GREAT because we're in a house not a studio but it's fine you'll be fine. There's Rizwan, Ali, Nadir, all our wives in the background, a dog named Gul, a cat named Changez, and just madness. Jump right in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Introduction to new location, new cast, new animals 01:44 Driving from Lahore to Islamabad, shoutout to Barfaani Reech Ajao, Rizwan's road rage 07:04 How will Humayun Saeed do in The Crown?? 10:12 Random Islamabad and COVID updates 12:44 Our Spiderman No Way Home experiences 19:10 Spiderman review and The Problem with the MCU 24:33 A rant about people who spoil things 30:39 What is the best pizza in Pakistan? 38:48 We're all getting hair transplants 42:05 Rizwan's concerns about getting old and the audience jumps in 47:24 An overly chaotic outro Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#139 - Chalant Crew XXVIII - Jinn Stories VII LIVE IN LAHORE

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 58:48


    Karachi's 2022 live recording session is over. We're in Lahore now. WITH JINN STORIES. And stories about Lahore, and Islamabad, and Dubai. And we're in Rizwan PEHELWAN Takkhar's home! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:46 The problem with Jinn Stories 03:03 Ali's Lahore review - smog, what we ate, food trends in the city, hotpot wars 10:00 All Pakistani drive-thru places are failures, Lahore's traffic is mental 14:02 Worst jinn story we've ever received 14:55 “Jinn on a postman's bike through a graveyard” 19:19 “Dadi's grandchild's Nana's khandaani jinns” 21:18 “Deceased grandparents never left”, or something of that sort 23:06 “Laughing invisible children in Hassan Square” 24:32 “Naughty jinns get scolded”, what if they scold you back? 27:00 “Air guitar storey”, what does ‘shit-scared' mean? 29:19 Specific insanities old people develop in Pakistan 33:37 Trash people being trash in Pakistan 38:00 “Counting crows” 39:08 Suddenly talking about Bahria Enclave Islamabad's bird aviary 41:40 “Waseem Bonafied Badawe” 44:15 “Laughing, talking, walking office cool ghost” 47:38 Summarizing the jinn stories scene 50:16 Imran Khan was in Lahore! 52:23 Rizwan worked with The Wedding Filmers! 57:51 Outro Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    TPR Roundup#01 - Coke Studio in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2022 33:43


    Welcome to the first (hopefully not only) episode of our brand new series called the TPR Roundup! Here we'll be talking about a whole bunch of pop-culture including music, movies, tv-shows, and anything else in between we can think of. Starting off the idea right, we're covering Coke Studio's season 14! Or at least, as much of it as we had available up till the 1st week of February. Jump right in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:36 Xulfi has declared martial law on Coke Studio 4:24 The evolution in the “Coke Studio sound” 9:19 Directed versus collaborative approaches to production 12:26 “Tu Jhoom” is Sarfaraz's favourite song so far 16:09 Arooj Aftab's own music versus her Coke Studio appearance 20:12 Atif Aslam's hiphop-adjacent rebranding 24:01 Is Coke Studio not “live” anymore? Was it ever? 27:28 Talking about the video-work and set design 39:50 Ranking our favourite Coke Studio seasons so far 32:58 Outro Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#138 - YouTube Panel 2021 - Business Roundup feat. Irfan, Kazi, Gul & Nazar

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 91:27


    Back again with another annual YouTube roundup, this is the YouTube Panel for 2021. We're joined by Kazi Akber, Irfan Junejo, Nazar Syed & Gul Zaib to talk about the year that's just passed in their YouTube lives. How their year went in terms of growth, what the brand scene was like, what is the state of the community and more. Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:28 Small talk and setting up the discussion 2021 summary: 04:04 Irfan junejo: tried to make a comeback, YouTubers getting mugged in Karachi, equipment downgrades 06:21 Teeli: COVID slowed down early quarters, Q4 got super busy, even brands appreciate consistency 12:09 Irfan agrees there is significantly increased branding spending, and audiences also seem more accepting of this 14:08 Nazar/Vaguely Familiar: defining a Pakistani vs global audience, rebranding the podcast, does their relatively smaller size prevent guests from coming? 20:52 Kazi: losing his studio, taking a break, audience accepting the concept of conversations, brand deals Brand environment: 28:03 Gul/Teeli: brands seem more aware of the sort of content Teeli makes and how best to integrate their aims with the product 35:04 Irfan: only perhaps 20% of brands really care about the product, all others just care about the views his face can bring regardless of content nature 37:38 Gul & Irfan: appreciating native vs digital advertising, are brands moving spend from TV to digital creators? 41:34 Kazi: people have approached him for sponsored conversations with guests, would he be open to pre-decided questions p1rovided by the sponsors? 48:34 Irfan & Gul: brands treating creators as employees vs collaborators 52:05 Kazi: Is there a financial feasibility angle with his vlogging channel? 56:12 Podcasters can/should have personal brands and associated content that will push the popularity of their podcasts Community: 1:00:21 Does Teeli consider themselves as part of the wider YouTube community or is that only for individual creators? 1:03:37 Irfan thinks generic “collabs” aren't happening and that's a good thing, but also that the YouTube scene seems stagnant in terms of new faces and innovation 1:07:19 Kazi thinks that if people can get over themselves and be more PR-savvy, more nuanced and intertextual collaborations are now possible 1:11:08 We all talk about a perceived lack of innovation and new entrants, Irfan & Gul mention brands being aggressively conservative in what they will support 1:14:04 We try and figure out why Teeli does not have several full-fledged competitors 1:18:34 Do people (big, small, individuals, companies) in Pakistan understand how YouTube works? 1:28:00 Lightning round 2022 plans 1:30:26 Outro LINKS: Irfan Junejo: https://www.youtube.com/IrfanJunejo Kazi Akber: https://www.youtube.com/KiyaKaheGaKazi Nazar Syed: https://www.youtube.com/TheBrodcastPodcast Teeli: https://www.youtube.com/Teeli Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpod Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupper Rizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkhar Sarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

    Pod#137 - Kazi Akber II - Self hate, vlogging, do people even get the point??

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 77:19


    Kazi Akber returns! A little over a year after his first solo episode with us, Kazi is back on the show to talk about everything that's happened in between. How his experience has been over the +100 episodes of his podcast, why he's vlogging, about his "self hate", about how sometimes the audience can be disappointing and more! Jump right in! Things discussed in this episode: 00:00 Intro 01:30 Small talk 04:47 Why does Kazi specifically like ‘portrait' photography? 09:07 Feasibility of flips in front of a father 10:09 How our podcasting styles differ 14:43 Guests acting in bad faith, things seeming easier than they are 17:52 +100 episodes in, how does he feel about people's understanding of conversations? 25:52 Anti-intellectual sentiments in the general public and on social media 30:02 People are unable to appreciate others doing different things 34:28 Performative accusations and confessions of privilege, the internet is all fake 37:54 Saviour complex discussion 41:10 Short interlude on conversations getting heavy 43:43 What has Kazi learned through all his conversations? 50:31 Why does Kazi not make chapters? 57:03 Why did he start vlogging + fans not understanding what creators want 59:54 Trying to talk about age, experiences, and trying to contextualise life while not being patronising 1:04:30 Trying to break down the reality behind his “self-hate” branding 1:10:31 Do people treat him differently now that he has lost weight? 1:12:49 Plans for 2022 and outro LINKS: Kazi's podcast: https://www.youtube.com/KiyaKaheGaKazi Kazi's second channel: https://www.youtube.com/KaziAkber Kazi's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaziakber/ Kazi's second Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kazisphotos/ Support the podcast by becoming a monthly patron on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tprpod) or send a one-off token on Ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/tprpod)! Find all our previous episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts and follow us all on Twitter! Links to everything below! SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tprpodSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6PvTahp... Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tprpod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPRPod Ali: https://twitter.com/themaholupperRizwan: https://twitter.com/RizwanTakkharSarkhail: https://twitter.com/Sarkhail7Khan

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