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Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala
Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala
Varun Duggirala

“Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala” is a twice a week podcast where we give you insights, learnings and conversations to help... more

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Priya Malik On Love, Poetry and friendship

Join Priya Malik and Varun Duggirala as they dive deep into Priya’s creative process, being a misfit, how her relationship... more

30 Mar 2023 · 52 minutes
5 Principles from Stoicism that Changed My Life

If there was a guidebook on how to deal with the unprecedented challenges life throws at you, a lot of... more

27 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Schbang Founder Harshil Karia On Finding His Purpose & Entrepreneurial Journey

Join Harshil Karia, Founder of India’s most impactful digital agencies Schbang and FoxyMoron, and Varun Duggirala chat about finding purpose... more

23 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
How You Can Turn Fear Into Motivation

Fear is a powerful emotion. We feel things deeply and intensely whenever we are faced with things that scares us.... more

20 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Nakuul Mehta Being Vulnerable, Self Doubt and being present as a parent

Nakuul Mehta and Varun Duggirala dive deep into fatherhood, being vulnerable as men, feeling like an outsider, chasing purpose and... more

16 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The Habit Coach Ashdin Doctor On Habits, Toxic Positivity & Spirituality

In this week’s episode of Take aPause, Ashdin Doctor and Varun Duggirala dive deep into the concept of ‘Habitology’, the... more

13 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Sharib Hashmi Talks About Family Man, Facing Rejections & Taking Risks reminsce

Varun Duggirala and Sharib Hashmi reminisce on their MTV days and chat about Sharib’s inspiring journey to becoming an actor,... more

09 Mar 2023 · 47 minutes
AMA: Answering Your Questions about life, relationships & beyond.

Ask Me Anything - but with a twist! Tune in to Varun Duggirala answering questions shared about life, work and... more

06 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
Anuv Jain Reveals The Stories Behind His Music

Anuv Jain, the Indian Indie musical genius behind songs like “Baarishein”, “Alag Aasaman” and “Gul”, and Varun Duggirala dove deep... more

02 Mar 2023 · 52 minutes
India Film Project Founder Ritam Bhatnagar On Always Staying Curious

Ritam Bhatnagar, Founder of India Film Project, and I chat about how he founded the IFP, his massive Lego collection... more

27 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Pocket Aces Co-Founder (Ashwin Suresh) on Taking Risks & Capitalising on Opportunities

In this episode of Take aPause, media entrepreneur Ashwin Suresh chats with Varun Duggirala on taking calculated risks and making... more

23 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Sahil Bloom on Practising Gratitude to Strengthen Relationships

Valuing and nurturing the relationships that really matter is so important for a fulfilling life. On this episode of Take... more

20 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
Dr. Marcus Ranney on Why Biohacking Could Be a Gamechanger for Personal Health

We live in our bodies but how much do we really understand about how they work? On this episode of Take... more

16 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Yahya Bootwala Weighs in on Art vs the Artist

We’ve all grown up on films. Our first love was usually a hero/heroine on the big screen pulling out grand... more

13 Feb 2023 · 49 minutes
Vir Das on Using Humour as a Coping Mechanism

How powerful is humour as a unifying force in the world? Are we drawn to it because it’s a coping... more

09 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Humans of Bombay Founder Karishma Mehta on Telling Impactful Stories

The true essence of a city is not in the famous monuments it houses, or the delicacies available in the... more

06 Feb 2023 · 47 minutes
Agasthya Shah on The Power of Manifestation, Creator Burnout & Being Vulnerable

As you scroll through your explore page, you are bound to come across a horde of talented content creators. The... more

02 Feb 2023 · 49 minutes
Hack Your Brain to Set Healthier Habits with Dr. Sid Warrier (Neurologist)

Our brain – it dictates every decision we make, but how much do we really know about how it works?... more

30 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Joseph Radhik on Purpose, Photography & Friendships

Ever wondered what it’s really like to deal with celebrities, and that too at their own weddings? Celeb wedding photographer... more

26 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Mental strength, failures & entrepreneurship with Vedant Lamba (founder of Mainstreet marketplace )

Get inspired and learn from the success story of young entrepreneur Vedant Lamba. He has built a successful business in... more

23 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
Suhani Shah (the mentalist ) on Finding Your Passion Through Trial & Error

Are you always looking for actionable insights you can apply to your life and track your personal growth? On this... more

19 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
How to be better at conversations, communication and building relationships through them

The art of conversation is an important skill. As social animals, we cannot do without human connections, and conversations play... more

16 Jan 2023 · 9 minutes
Dhruv Sehgal on Storytelling, Relationships & Social media

There’s never been a time in human history when we as a species have been as “connected” as we are... more

12 Jan 2023 · 58 minutes
Arman Sood (Sleepy Owl) on the Entrepreneur Growth Mindset & Work Life Balance

People often believe that there is only one way to start your entrepreneurial journey. But the more you talk to... more

09 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Raj Shamani on Figuring out Your Passion

When you’re a creator, confidence is considered a given. As a creator there is a level of vulnerability that comes... more

05 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
How You Can Achieve Work Life Balance

Once you reach a certain point in adulthood, work starts taking up the number one spot in your list of... more

02 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
Love, Loneliness & Relationship questions with Smiti Srivastava

Trigger Warning: The following content may contain sensitive themes that is not suitable for all audiences. Listener Discretion is Advised.  Relationships... more

29 Dec 2022 · 59 minutes
Find Happiness Within Yourself

If happiness is an emotion, and emotions, by definition, a part of our consciousness, then why do we go out... more

26 Dec 2022 · 6 minutes
Abish Mathew on unlocking Confidence in life

Being onstage and performing can be an overwhelming experience for many. However, for some, it fills them with energy, and... more

22 Dec 2022 · 1 hour,
Building community & amplifying voices with Supriya Paul ( CEO Josh Talks)

Whether due to language barriers or lack of access, the true potential of India's youth beyond Tier 1 cities remains... more

19 Dec 2022 · 42 minutes
Kubbra Sait on How She Overcame Her Fears

In this episode of Take APause, Varun talks to the talented Kubbra Sait as they delve deeper into her life... more

15 Dec 2022 · 54 minutes
How I Found My Best Life in 7 Steps

If life’s a journey, we are its passengers. Sometimes we find ourselves lost on our way, wishing there was something... more

12 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
Choose Curiosity Over Passion

When we say we are passionate about something, it usually stems from a place of knowledge. We are well-informed about... more

09 Dec 2022 · 6 minutes
Why You Should Keep Repeating Yourself

In the pursuit of perceived uniqueness, we often tend to avoid being repetitive. If you think about the most famous,... more

05 Dec 2022 · 5 minutes
This Is How I Consistently Create Content

In the digital world, content is the currency that works. To ensure a steady stream of income (read: content) in... more

02 Dec 2022 · 7 minutes
Train Your Mind to Look at the Bright Side

Our mind is a powerful tool. Creative thinkers have channeled this power for centuries to build architectural marvels, invent technological... more

28 Nov 2022 · 2 minutes
Pause But Don’t Stop Moving

We are all dealing with our own demons and fighting battles every day. Somedays we lose big, everything feels tougher,... more

25 Nov 2022 · 3 minutes
The Real Reason Behind Your Anxiety About the Future

We all worry about the future. Its uncertain nature, its ability to throw curveballs, and the resulting worry about whether... more

21 Nov 2022 · 2 minutes
Is Your Indecisiveness Deciding Your Future?

In our growing-up years, the chance to make our own decisions seems like the ticket to freedom we all crave.... more

18 Nov 2022 · 3 minutes
Good Decisions Needn’t Be Perfect

We often find ourselves weighing our options before every decision. Our hands get clammy, we have sleepless nights, we overthink... more

14 Nov 2022 · 2 minutes
How to Make Better Decisions (Listen to Your Body!)

Our body is an intuitive and efficient machine. Along with performing so many functions, it is also deeply attuned to... more

11 Nov 2022 · 3 minutes
The Thin Line Between Passion & Stress

When doing something we love and enjoy, the passage of time and the volume of effort we put in seem... more

07 Nov 2022 · 3 minutes
How Slow Growth Helps You Progress Fast

The very act of our inception was a race! Since then, we have just been running through life, chasing our... more

04 Nov 2022 · 3 minutes
Try This Effective Way to Accomplish Your Goals

If you had to list down everything you want to achieve, how long would the list be? The expectations we... more

31 Oct 2022 · 2 minutes
Successful People Have Struggles Too!

How many times have you seen a success story and thought to yourself, why not me? How many times have... more

28 Oct 2022 · 3 minutes
Provide Support Through Listening

Our first instinct when we know someone is struggling is to ensure we give them support. We state similar instances... more

24 Oct 2022 · 3 minutes
7 Lessons That Changed My Life

Our lives are filled with moments that can alter its course. It is upto us to decide whether to take... more

21 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
The Formula for Fighting Your Fears

When you think of the word “fear”, what comes to mind? Is it a collection of small things, or just... more

17 Oct 2022 · 5 minutes
Why We Only Remember the Winners!

Do you know who the first man on the moon was? The first Indian to win the Olympic gold? History... more

14 Oct 2022 · 3 minutes
Finding Balance In Short Term vs Long Term Thinking

A question most of us have heard often is, ‘what is your 5-year plan?’ While we may have some semblance... more

10 Oct 2022 · 4 minutes
The Thin Line Between Being Confident and Bragging

The word bragging by definition is to speak with pride about something you have done or something you possess. Confidence,... more

07 Oct 2022 · 5 minutes
Make Your Impossible Goals Possible! Listen Now

We all have big plans for our lives and our future. The enormity of our goals can sometimes be extremely... more

03 Oct 2022 · 6 minutes
How I Build Deeper Connections, Organically!

Conversations are the currency of the networking world. Every interaction comes with a subtext, a silent agenda. The way to... more

30 Sep 2022 · 5 minutes
Why You Should Own Up When You're Wrong

When you own up to a mistake you’ve made, you indicate that you’re willing to change and rectify things.This may... more

26 Sep 2022 · 4 minutes
Uncomfortable Conversations: Your Key to Better Relationships

Each time you avoid an uncomfortable conversation, you end up creating a bigger problem for another day – a day... more

23 Sep 2022 · 4 minutes
How You Can Get Past Your Fears

None of us are born fearful. But we all develop different fears over time. Our fears usually stem from one... more

19 Sep 2022 · 4 minutes
Hustling ≠ Happiness

Does working longer hours really lead to more productivity? Does pushing yourself to the point  of exhaustion really lead to... more

16 Sep 2022 · 6 minutes
How Much Planning For The Future Is Too Much?

Do you find yourself constantly planning your future? Do you also find yourself constantly anxious? Now take a pause, do... more

12 Sep 2022 · 4 minutes
Slow Growth: Hustle isn’t the key to growth.

We’ve all experienced life in the fast lane - fast-tracked careers, working 10 hours a day, rushing from one thing... more

09 Sep 2022 · 8 minutes
Self-Love: The Key to Security, Confidence and Happiness

There is no harsher critic than the voice in your own head. It calls you out for past mistakes and... more

05 Sep 2022 · 4 minutes
Ankur Warikoo on How to say No

Why do we often say yes, when we really want to say no? In this episode, Varun and Ankur talk... more

02 Sep 2022 · 5 minutes
Learning is Not a Straight Path

Have you ever taken a road trip? While the excitement of the destination is what everyone’s focused on, sometimes the... more

29 Aug 2022 · 5 minutes
Shifting Your Perspective = Better Results

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time. Aspiring writers can only dream of emulating his... more

26 Aug 2022 · 6 minutes
Learn how to be your confident self

Is confidence inherent or can it be developed? Is confidence all that it’s made out to be? Maybe there are... more

22 Aug 2022 · 5 minutes
Book club: Anita Bhogle on what’s stopping women from corporate success

Welcome to APause Book Club! Here we talk to authors and try to understand the unique process that went into... more

19 Aug 2022 · 43 minutes
Assert your Ideas, Not Your Voice

We’ve all been in brainstorming sessions where there are two kinds of people. One who is just sprouting ideas constantly... more

15 Aug 2022 · 4 minutes
Prakhar Gupta on Tackling Trauma

Have you been told to move on, look at the positives, be happy when you’re at a low phase in... more

12 Aug 2022 · 42 minutes
Why You Should Create Your Own Feedback Loop

It is common human tendency to think of the end result before beginning a project. It is our self-preservation that... more

08 Aug 2022 · 6 minutes
Prakhar Gupta on why you should stop being nice

Do you find yourself often swallowing your opinion? Do you not feel confident enough to share your thoughts with the... more

05 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Is Hustle Good or Bad?

You’ve often heard the terms, ‘I’ll sleep when I die’, ‘I work 24/7’ or ‘Fake it till you make it’.... more

01 Aug 2022 · 7 minutes
Dev Raiyani on (Not) Seeking Validation Online

What do you need to be a successful YouTuber today? Is simply having an internet connection and decent editing skills... more

29 Jul 2022 · 59 minutes
Rethinking What It Means “To Sell”

“Sales”, the term, is often followed by a shadow of negative emotions.  Sales are an integral part of winning both businesses... more

25 Jul 2022 · 3 minutes
Making Time Work For You

Do you constantly find yourself chasing deadlines? Does your to-do list overwhelm you?  In this episode of Take aPause, Varun shares... more

22 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
Happiness is a Bonus, Not the Goal!

Have you heard the saying “Aim for the stars, and you might get to the moon”? Well, it sets us... more

18 Jul 2022 · 5 minutes
Leeza Mangaldas on Why Don’t We Talk About Sex in India

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun and Leeza discuss the hush-hush way sex is discussed in Indian society. Leeza... more

15 Jul 2022 · 59 minutes
“What we radiate is what we reflect and feel”

If you had to equate yourself to an object, what would it be? Do you have an answer? Shonda Rhimes, in... more

11 Jul 2022 · 5 minutes
How you can remember everything you learn!

The podcast revolution has definitely given non-readers something to binge on,  especially for the generation that has grown up through... more

08 Jul 2022 · 7 minutes
Build a System of Co-Creation With The Power of Interdependence

We have all entered meetings with certain expectations. Either we expect to leave the room with all our ideas heard... more

04 Jul 2022 · 7 minutes
Change your life & mindset with these 5 lessons from Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic

We are often burdened by problems that we truly cannot control. We worry about things that we cannot change. In... more

01 Jul 2022 · 11 minutes
5 powerful learnings from Journaling & how you can start your journey with it!!!

Journaling doesn’t have a specific process; everyone chooses their own time and purpose for it. Varun self-admittedly journals sporadically but... more

27 Jun 2022 · 6 minutes
Varun Mayya on dropping out of college & the Entrepreneur mindset

In this episode of Take aPause, Varun Mayya and Varun Duggirala discuss their entrepreneurial journey and choices. While Mayya assesses... more

24 Jun 2022 · 54 minutes
Why create a Goal Board

We often struggle to keep the evolving nature of our careers, life and the world around us in constant sync... more

20 Jun 2022 · 6 minutes
Confidence & how you can unlock it

Being a public personality does not always mean that it guarantees public speaking confidence. Varun talks about an incident from... more

17 Jun 2022 · 12 minutes
Why Strategic laziness can help you progress

Is hard work the surest route to success? Or is there a way to strategically mix in slacking off with... more

13 Jun 2022 · 8 minutes
What to Expect in Your 30's: Varun Duggirala on The Ranveer Show

In this snippet from The Ranveer Show, Varun shares his thoughts on family life, asserting that no matter how busy... more

10 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
3 ways to Persuade others

Most of us believe that facts are the best way to persuade people to believe what we want them to... more

06 Jun 2022 · 5 minutes
Sohrab Khushrushahi on fitness, community and finding your own path

Fitness can be an extremely intimidating task for some. Taking that first step to enter a gym can be overwhelming.... more

03 Jun 2022 · 1 hour,
5 ways to remember better

Have you struggled with remembering things and often look for ways to improve your memory? Varun shares tips from four... more

01 Jun 2022 · 8 minutes
How to Visualize your Day

We work to achieve goals we set for ourselves. And often these goals are to attain a life we all... more

30 May 2022 · 6 minutes
How to put out the fire of self-doubt

Ever felt that crushing sense of self-doubt every time you set out to do something outside your comfort zone? A... more

27 May 2022 · 8 minutes
Discover a hidden treasure

Do you find yourself often looking for newer pieces to consume? In this episode, Varun talks about why it would... more

25 May 2022 · 4 minutes
What do you say while talking to yourself

It’s ingrained in us to use a gentle tone of voice, to not raise our voice and use negative words... more

23 May 2022 · 4 minutes
4 stages to achieve peak human performance

Many of us dream of achieving peak human performance and try different methods. American author Stephen Kotler has a 4... more

20 May 2022 · 7 minutes
Who are the supporting cast of your life story

We often believe we are the main characters of our life, as we should. Well, what would the main character... more

18 May 2022 · 4 minutes
Why a “maybe” is a “no”

Do you struggle with being decisive, especially when it comes to saying “no”? Are you someone who tends to settle... more

16 May 2022 · 4 minutes
Dr Sid Warrier on the Science of Motivation , Addictions, and Busting Neuroscience Myths

When faced with a long to-do list, do you tend to feel ‘lazy’? Do you find yourself constantly self-diagnosing every... more

13 May 2022 · 57 minutes
The right thing to do when you are right

We all hate that person who says “I told you so” when they turn out to be right about something.... more

11 May 2022 · 4 minutes
“Candle Blowers” and why you should avoid them in your life

When you’re your best version, the light inside you shines at its brightest. In her book Atlas of the Heart,... more

09 May 2022 · 4 minutes
Find your inner Lion

Are you envious of confident people? Well, it might help you to know that they’re not always as confident as... more

06 May 2022 · 4 minutes
Relationships & the 15% rule to building them

Building strong, healthy relationships that last is no easy feat. Oftentimes, for reasons unknown, you may find yourself in relationships... more

04 May 2022 · 6 minutes
This too shall pass

Circumstances in life sometimes feel never-ending but they are in reality just finite events. The non-permanence of our state can... more

02 May 2022 · 3 minutes
Meredith Arthur on Dealing with Anxiety, Overthinking & Embracing Awkwardness

Do you often call yourself an ‘overthinker’? Do you feel an overwhelming sense of unease every time you need to... more

29 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
What regret can teach you

Haven’t we all seen ‘NO REGRETS’ stickers and tattoos? People embracing their decisions without regrets is most definitely a freeing... more

27 Apr 2022 · 2 minutes
The only person you need to impress is YOU

Do you want to change something about yourself or learn something new, but can’t seem to establish a disciplined routine? Ask... more

25 Apr 2022 · 3 minutes
Pooja Dhingra on challenges and lessons from them

As much as we might hate them, it’s the challenges we face that help us grow. But most of the... more

22 Apr 2022 · 4 minutes
Your habits don’t make you ‘YOU’ ( reset your mindset)

We love to hate on labels, as we should. And yet, we tend to label ourselves so many things –... more

20 Apr 2022 · 3 minutes
Why 99.9% is better than 100%

Growing up, did your parents and teachers tell you to give it your all? Even as an adult, do you... more

18 Apr 2022 · 3 minutes
Megha Rao on Being Present, Making Your Own Identity & Creating A Legacy

Do you feel the need to overshare on social media out of the fear of being forgotten? Perhaps it would... more

15 Apr 2022 · 54 minutes
Don’t fear failure ! You can learn from it

How often do you let fear decide for you? Do you end up not trying something simply out of fear?... more

13 Apr 2022 · 3 minutes
Don’t Try to be a Genius! You should focus on being a Scenius!

Is brilliance an outcome of one mind or the coming together of many minds? In a world that champions the... more

11 Apr 2022 · 3 minutes
The “Truth” about Work-Life Balance according to “The 4 Burner Theory”

We’re constantly juggling the various spheres of our life – work, family, friends, health – trying to find a balance.... more

08 Apr 2022 · 4 minutes
Why you should not fixate on problems

Problems can appear at times like a whirlpool, surrounding you entirely and pulling you in deeper. The small, mundane ones... more

06 Apr 2022 · 4 minutes
What you should do when life doesn’t go as planned (according to stoicism)

Does it feel like the world is out to get you? Like fate is not benevolent in your specific case?... more

04 Apr 2022 · 4 minutes
Ankur Warikoo on Consistency, Inner-negativity & growing your passion

In the first chat episode of Take a Pause, Varun is joined by entrepreneur, content creator, and author Ankur Warikoo... more

01 Apr 2022 · 58 minutes
#1 Question you should ask yourself before you share knowledge

Every time you choose to learn something, are you only learning enough to hold conversations about it, or are you... more

30 Mar 2022 · 4 minutes
3 secrets of The Rock’s Success

How is it that everything The Rock touches turns into gold? Find out on today’s episode, as Varun decodes the... more

28 Mar 2022 · 4 minutes
The true value of being imperfect and authentic as told in the Bhagavad Gita

Ever been asked this question – Who do you want to be like? Have you ever found yourself emulating someone... more

25 Mar 2022 · 3 minutes
The truth about Luck vs Effort

Luck shows up in all our lives. More for some, less for others but luck does show up.Varun shares an... more

23 Mar 2022 · 4 minutes
You can find true success & progress through small wins in work & life

We all want BIG victories in life. Pop culture has glamourized them with the scenes of big tournaments and boardroom... more

21 Mar 2022 · 3 minutes
The Surprising reason you should not Fear the Future

We keep worrying about the future and all it entails. What's going to come?  What's going to happen?  Where you're going to end... more

18 Mar 2022 · 3 minutes
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In the first chat episode of Take a Pause, Varun is joined by entrepreneur, content creator, and author Ankur Warikoo on approaching... more