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Against The Odds

Akash Damodaran
39 episodes
This podcast may contain explicit content.
This show is all about inspiring people to take the unconventional path and lead a life that is truly fulfilling and rewarding. Entrepreneur, Tech Enthusiast and host, Akash Damodaran, has captivating conversations with talented individuals who take us through their journeys, the challenges they face, and how they continually adapt to overcome them. Stories and conversations have a hidden power to change our lives and these are no different. Tune into these conversations for the right kick of motivation and take the leap to a truly purposeful life. Hit that Follow/Subscribe button now!

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#38 - The Importance of Putting in the Years - Anish Ponnanna(The Engineer's Pick & Sound Engineer at Swarathma)

Anish Ponnanna talks to me about the importance of putting in the years and learning on the job! He is our next guest on Against The Odds i.e. Episode #38. He is a sound engineer known for working with big famous Indian bands like Swarathma, Indian Ocean, Clinton Cerejo and more. He is also a YouTu…

#37 - Become a Jack of Many Trades - Martin D'souza(DJ, KJ, Model & Actor)

Martin D'souza talks to me about how to become a jack of many trades and a master of all too as part of Episode #37 of Against The Odds. He is a well-known DJ(Disc Jockey), KJ(Karaoke Jockey), Model & Actor in Bangalore.   In this one we talk about the importance of hard work and hope, how to cor…

#36 - How you can Ensure Positive Outcomes - Narpath Raman(Mentalist & Illusionist)

Listen to Narpath Raman(Mentalist & Illusionist from Bangalore/Chennai) [Next Door Mind Reader - NDMR] and I talk about how you can ensure positive outcomes in life, as part of Episode #36 of our video podcast series - Against The Odds.   We talk about the importance of hustle and hard work, how …

#35 - How Empathy can change You - Narpath Raman(Mentalist & Illusionist [NDMR])

Listen to Narpath Raman(Mentalist & Illusionist from Bangalore/Chennai) [Next Door Mind Reader - NDMR] talk about how empathy can change you and how empathy is super important in today's day and age, as part of Episode #35 of Against The Odds.   We talk about finding what you're born to do, the i…

#34 - Structuring your Day and Life the right way - Sahit Anand(Filmmaker - Do Creative Labs & Jordindian)

Episode #34 of ATO(Against The Odds) features Sahit Anand(Filmmaker & co-founder at Do. Creative Labs in Bangalore, known for Jordindian's content & the upcoming feature film, One Cut Two Cut) who talks about the importance of structuring your day and life the right way.    We talk about how "off…

#33 - Find the Soul in your Work - Sahit Anand(Filmmaker - Do Creative Labs & Jordindian)

Episode #33 of ATO(Against The Odds) features Sahit Anand(Filmmaker & co-founder at Do Creative Labs in Bangalore, known for Jordindian's content & the upcoming feature film, One Cut Two Cut) where he talks about how one should find the soul in your work.    We talk about knowing when to not stop…

#32 - How to not restrict yourself - Punya Arora(Writer - Netflix Production 'Masaba Masaba')

'How to not restrict yourself' is what my guest, Punya Arora, a stand-up comic and a writer known for works like Masaba Masaba, and I talk about in Episode 32 of Against The Odds.   In this episode, we talk about how to not restrict yourself and do all that you can in this one life, the importanc…

#31 - Challenges of a Personal Brand - Vidhi Khandelwal(Founder of The Ink Bucket)

In Episode #31 of Against The Odds, Vidhi Khandelwal(Founder of The Ink Bucket) talks to me about the challenges of a personal brand. This is Part 2 of the conversation with Vidhi; do check out Part 1 before you dive into this one!   In this episode we talk about how one needs to be patient for r…

#30 - Finding the Reason Why - Vidhi Khandelwal(Founder of The Ink Bucket)

In Episode #30 of Against The Odds, Vidhi Khandelwal(Founder of The Ink Bucket) talks to me about the importance of finding the reason why to ensure your brand's and your success.   We talk about what are the ideal ways to kickstart your day and manage your time, the importance of undivided atten…

#29 - Planning the Sustainable Way - Sahar Mansoor(Founder of Bare Necessities)

Sahar Mansoor, the founder of Bare Necessities, & I sit down and have a chat around the importance of planning the sustainable way and why it's imperative we lead a Zero Waste Lifestyle, as part of Episode #29 of Against The Odds.    We talk a whole lot about the importance of planning and schedu…

#28 - How To Not Please Everyone - Rida Tharana(Anchor, Emcee & Influencer)

Rida Tharana is an Anchor, Emcee & a true Social Media Influencer. As part of Episode #28 of Against The Odds, we talk about how to not please everyone and how it should not affect us either as long as we know we are doing the right thing!   We have important talks around color and discrimination…

#27 - How one should never give up - Rida Tharana(Anchor, Emcee & Influencer)

Rida Tharana is an Anchor, Emcee & a true Social Media Influencer. As part of Episode #25 of Against The Odds, we talk about how one can never give up and should never give up either.    We talk about how one can learn from their experience at a corporate job, how to handle societal pressure and …

#26 - Escaping a Mediocre Life - Sonu Venugopal(Kannada Stand-up Comedian & Radio Jockey(RJ))

Sonu Venugopal, a Kannada stand-up comedian & radio jockey(RJ), talks about how one should strive to escape a mediocre life and how simply being mediocre is not good enough, as part of Episode #26 of Against The Odds.   This episode is a super fun one where we have some serious conversations with…

#25 - One Life to Make it Large - Anil Abraham(Doctor, Stand-up Comedian & Actor)

Anil Abraham is a doctor, stand-up comedian & actor, and more! As part of Episode #25 of Against The Odds, he talks about you have only one life to make it large! He walks us through what it takes to pursue a full-time career in medicine and still keep things light with comedy and theatre.    We …

#24 - Mind and Body need to go together - Arnav Kumar(Founder of Switch Wellness)

In Part 2 of my conversation with Arnav Kumar, the founder of Switch Wellness in Bangalore, we talk about why mind and body need to go together and how can one truly find happiness and fulfillment by building and forming the important connection between mind and body.   We talk about where unknow…

#23 - Learn to Accept Yourself First - Arnav Kumar (Founder of Switch Wellness)

Learn to accept yourself first and love yourself first are two important things that a lot of philosophers talk about and is something that even our guest, Arnav Kumar, the founder of Switch Wellness in Bangalore, implies you should do to be a happy and satisfied being.  In Episode #23 of Against…

#22 - Design Your Life the Right Way - Navneeth Krishna(Sports and Cricket Commentator & Host)

Navneeth Krishna, who is the 12th man for RCB(Royal Challengers Bangalore) and a Sports and Cricket Host & Commentator, talks about how one can design your life the right way. Episode #22 of Against The Odds features this talented man whose stints also include being a commentator at the Everest Pre…

#21 - There is Magic in the Pursuit - Sharan Kuttappa(Professional Magician)

Sharan Kuttappa is a professional magician who talks about how one can make it in the field of magic and how there is magic in the pursuit, be it with passion, career or life, in general. In Episode #21 of Against The Odds, watch Sharan walk us through what his journey has been like to pursue somet…

#20 - A Second Income is Necessary - Anupama Shivacharya(Calisthenics Coach)

In Episode #20 of Against The Odds, Anupama Shivacharya talks about how one can convert their passions to full-time jobs, the importance of passive income, and how a second and third income is necessary, rather. She is India's first certified calisthenics coach, a food blogger, writer, and a Trek l…

#19 - Everyone is on their Own Journey - Anjali Sankaran(Singer and Performer)

Anjali Sankaran, singer and performer, tells us how everyone is on their own journey and how everybody should learn to respect their journey and path, as part of Episode #19 of Against The Odds. She quit her high paying and comfortable corporate job to pursue a career in music.   We talk about he…

#18 - Believe and Invest in the Right Energy - Tanvie Hans(Football Player)

Tanvie Hans, a football player and also the co-founder of SistersinSweat, talks to us about how one should believe and invest in the right energy. She has played for Tottenham Spurs and Fulham in the UK and is now currently the captain of the State Karnataka football team.    We talk about how sh…

#17 - We Upgraded and So can You | Time to Upgrade Yourself and Level Up for 2021

We upgraded and so can you! Considering 2020 is almost done with, it's time to upgrade yourself and level up for 2021 and that is exactly what I will be helping you out with in Episode #17 of Against The Odds.    This one involves me talking about how our work got noticed, a few updates around th…

#16 - Doing Less leads to Satisfaction - Manek D'silva(Illustrator & Designer)

Manek D'silva, an illustrator & Designer in Bangalore, talks about how doing less leads to satisfaction in Episode #16 of Against The Odds. Most people today are all about trying to do so much with their lives and chasing something that even they're not sure of.  This episode is a laugh riot! We …

#15 - Don't look for Disruptive Ideas - Arun Jagannathan(Entrepreneur & Founder of CrackVerbal)

Arun Jagannathan is an entrepreneur and the founder of CrackVerbal and English for India. "Don't look for Disruptive ideas" has been his motto right from the get-go where he decided to act and work on his passion rather than wait for a disruptive idea to strike; he talks about all this and more as …

#14 - The Right Way to Destroy yourself for Success - Darshan M (Entrepreneur)

Darshan M, a successful entrepreneur & writer, talks about the right way to destroy yourself for success as part of Episode #14 of Against The Odds. He has a very impressive portfolio of having been the CEO of Deccan Chargers(IPL team), COO of the Deccan Chronicle Group, co-founder of Deivee by Mil…

#13 - Connect and Network the Right Way - Karan Machado(RJ Kay - Radio Jockey & Comedy Improviser)

Karan Machado a.k.a RJ Kay, a Radio Jockey at 94.3 Radio One, stresses on why we should connect and network the right way in this day and age of Social Media as part of Episode #13 of Against The Odds!   There is a whole lot we go into in the episode - his journey in film school, being a Radio in…

#12: Double down on your Unique Talents - Aditya Bharadwaj(Screenwriter & All India Bakchod[AIB] First Draft Recruit)

Finding skills that are innate to you and to double down on your unique talents is what Aditya Bharadwaj, who is a screenwriter and content creator, talks about in Episode 12 of Against The Odds. He is currently a screenwriter at Saad Khan Films and was earlier part of All India Bakchod(AIB) First …

#11: How to Cut Through Social Noise - Saanand Warrier(Entrepreneur in Marketing)

"How to Cut through Social Noise?" is a question that is asked by most content creators and marketers out there today. In Episode 11 of my Podcast Series, Against The Odds, I sit down with Saanand Warrier, an entrepreneur in marketing and the founder of Wirality, and talk about social media marketi…

#10: If You Don't, Someone Else Will - Maude Abraham(Founder of Get Gorgeous BB)

"If You Don't, Someone Else Will" is a fundamental truth in the Entrepreneurial realm. In Episode 10 of Against The Odds, Maude Abraham, the founder of Get Gorgeous Beauty Bar, walks us through her journey so far and how she decided to quit her corporate job to do something a little more meaningful…

#09: Always Experience things first hand - Nahla Maty(Egyptian YouTuber in India)

In Episode 9 of Against The Odds, Nahla Maty(Noonsway), an Egyptian YouTuber in India, emphasizes on why you should always experience things first hand and not listen or believe assumptions and stereotypes. We also go into why you should form your own opinions and how even you can bring about posit…