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Annika Sharma

Co-Founder & Co-Host

Annika, who holds an M.Ed and MPH, currently lives in New York City and works as a health communications manager by day, while juggling her writing and podcasting careers by night. Her debut novel, “Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words,” the first in the Chai Masala Club series, earned two starred reviews from the Library Journal and BookList, and was described as a “love letter to both Indian culture and the streets of New York City,” by Publisher’s Weekly. It was named an Amazon Best Book and Annika was named an Apple Books’ Writer to Watch. She is a lover of long conversations, superhero movies, reading, and travel, and can be found at www.annikasharma.com.

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The Founders

Nehal Tenany

Co-Founder & Co-Host

Nehal is a Content Marketing Manager at San Francisco-based startup Gong, recently named one of the top places to work. When she’s not stuck in the world of social media, content creation and analytics, Nehal enjoys blogging about her international travels, style, dating advice and marketing tips for the modern consumer at www.nehaltenany.com. She’s also an editor for Brown Girl Magazine. In her free time, Nehal loves binge-watching the Kardashians, trying new restaurants, spending time with her friends and family, and buying plane tickets - where is Nehal off to next? Nehal can be found online at www.nehaltenany.com.

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Sridhar Pisupati

Co-Founder & Producer

Sridhar, who goes by Sri, is an innovative climate tech investor who began his entrepreneurial journey in college when he took a semester off to move to Silicon Valley and start an app. He spent the last few years working as a Commodities Business Analyst at Citadel, providing operational management for Citadel Energy Marketing. He is currently pursuing his MBA at NYU Stern. He is an automobile enthusiast and loves chasing down investment opportunities, chances to travel, and occasions to celebrate with friends and family.

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Team TDS

Ramya Chunduri, LMSW, LSW

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Ramya is a licensed social worker in New York and New Jersey. She is currently a domestic violence case manager and holds a leadership position at an organization that serves the DMV area (DC, Virginia & Maryland). She is also a psychotherapist at a mental health tech company. On the side, she is the founder of a college consulting company, and an author with an upcoming novel coming out in May 2022.  Apart from that she’s a research & content officer at Mann Mukti, a co-founder and works in New York City at a major cancer center.

Nidhi Mehta, MBA

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Nidhi R. Mehta is a proud NYU Stern graduate who has written for television in America and Europe, performed at Caroline’s on Broadway, and helped start-ups start up their branded content. Currently taking on podcasting, fertility coaching and digital display tech, Nidhi enjoys finding new adventures to indulge in as much as she loves to cozy up with a favorite book or series to re-binge. She is an advocate to those facing alternate paths to parenthood, premature birth and parenting, and parenting of young children with medical needs.


Among her greatest loves are pizza, The Princess Bride, writing, and her family (not necessarily in that order). After almost two decades of city living, she is settling into the ‘burbs - minivan and all.

Chandni Sembhi

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Chandni Sembhi, Team TDS' London branch, is a senior producer at PinkNews where she creates pop culture content, and founder of SoYouWantToBeAJournalist where she helps people enter media careers like journalism! As her job probably gives away, Chandni is big on all things pop culture and entertainment, and she is incredibly passionate about seeing South Asian representation in those spaces, whether that's in the form of well-written characters in sitcoms, or on-screen news presenters, etc.

 

She is also a massive foodie and very into sustainable, but still cheap (we can thank her thrifty parents for this one) fashion. Chandni is based in London and it really is one of the best cities ever (although she might be biased).

Meera Tikku

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Meera Tikku is currently a senior at The University of Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt!). She is studying Communications with a minor in Non-Fiction Creative Writing and a certification in Writing for the Professions with a graduation date in August 2022. She hopes to blend her passion for storytelling, visual design, and connecting with people into a career in Public Relations or Journalism. As a first-generation Indian-American, Meera's passion is to uplift authentic representation of South-Asian Americans in the media through various mediums.

 

Outside of writing papers and creating social media content, you can find her exploring Pittsburgh with friends, watching 2000s Bollywood movies, and practicing her harmonica.