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Love Matters with Leeza Mangaldas

Love Matters is a podcast produced by Indian Express and DW, Germany's international broadcaster - that explores love, sex, and relationships in India. Currently hosted by Leeza Mangaldas, India’s top sexuality educator, Love Matters features conversations with remarkable guests whose unique expertise and lived experiences are sure to strike a chord. Each episode will navigate a complex and often taboo topic, unravelling identity, social norms, desire, gender, pleasure, and most of all, the irrepressible force that is love. If you have a question, topic idea, guest suggestion, or feedback, you can email us at lovematters@dw.com Learn more about DW: https://www.facebook.com/dwasia https://www.dw.com

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Love Matters with Leeza MangaldasLove Matters is a podcast produced by Indian Express and DW, Germany's international broadcaster - that explores love, sex, and relationships in India. Currently hosted by Leeza Mangaldas, India’s top sexuality educator, Love Matters features conversations with remarkable guests whose unique expertise and lived experiences are sure to strike a chord. Each episode will navigate a complex and often taboo topic, unravelling identity, social norms, desire, gender, pleasure, and most of all, the irrepressible force that is love. If you have a question, topic idea, guest suggestion, or feedback, you can email us at lovematters@dw.com Learn more about DW: https://www.facebook.com/dwasia https://www.dw.com
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Episode 39 December 23, 2023

Happy Holidays! Announcement

Dear Listeners, Love Matters is going on a short break and the next episode featuring the incredible Amrita Nandy will be available on the 6th of January. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a...

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Episode 38 December 16, 2023

Lived Experiences of Caste, Gender, and Desire Ft. Christina Dhanuja

In this episode of Love Matters host Leeza Mangaldas and Christina Dhanuja, Writer, Researcher and Convenor of the Global Campaign for Dalit Women tackle questions like - how does endogamy shape the way we see...

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Episode 37 December 2, 2023

Making Room For Maybe: Understanding the Nuances of Consent ft. Paromita Vohra

In this episode of Love Matters host Leeza Mangaldas and Paromita Vohra, Filmmaker, Writer and Founder of Agents of Ishq explore questions about attraction, pleasure, and rejection. How do these factors shape our relationships, and...

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Episode 36 November 18, 2023

The Importance of Adult Friendships ft. Rohan Joshi

In this episode of Love Matters, host Leeza Mangaldas explores all this and more with Comedian and Writer, Rohan Joshi, who shares his personal experiences, and how he has navigated friendship while adulting.

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Episode 35 November 4, 2023

Navigating Kinky Desire in India ft. Jaya Sharma

Host Leeza Mangaldas discusses all this and more with Jaya Sharma, founding member of The Kinky Collective. Jaya is a kinky queer feminist activist and writer who's worked on issues of gender and education for...

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Episode 34 October 21, 2023

Love and the Law: Marriage Equality, LGBTQ Rights & More ft. Saurabh Kirpal

Host Leeza Mangaldas explores the impacts of patriarchy, laws, norms and the journey from 1950 to 2023, assessing the progress and challenges of women's and LGBTQ+ community rights in India with the help of Saurabh...

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Episode 33 October 14, 2023

How do Love and Marriage operate in a Caste Society? ft. Anurag Minus Verma

Host Leeza Mangaldas talks to writer and filmmaker Anurag Minus Verma about the intricacies of modern relationships, and the extent to which we can challenge age-old norms and create love stories that break the mold.

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Episode 32 August 19, 2023

How to stay healthy and happy in your intimate life ft. Dr Tanaya Narendra

Do you feel comfortable talking about what goes on in your bedroom? Why is it still such a taboo to speak about sexual health and well-being? Evelyn explores all this and more, with Dr Tanaya...

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Episode 31 August 5, 2023

When your work spouse is also your real spouse ft. Nidhi & Shikhar Singh

In this episode, Evelyn talks to Nidhi Singh and Shikhar Singh, a couple who decided to quit their biotech jobs and go into business together – founding a hugely successful chain of samosa restaurants.

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Episode 30 July 22, 2023

Does living-in deepen or dampen a couple’s love? Ft. Ashlesha Savant & Sandeep Baswana

In this episode, Evelyn talks to actress Ashlesha Savant, and her partner, actor Sandeep Baswana about why they decided to go the live-in route, how it’s shaped their love for each other.

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Episode 29 July 8, 2023

Can we talk about sex openly, please? Ft. Leeza Mangaldas (Rerun)

This week we’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes from Season One, in which Evelyn Sharma speaks to sex positivity influencer Leeza Mangaldas about sexual pleasure, women’s bodies, and how to talk about the stuff...

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Episode 28 June 24, 2023

Who gets to fall in love? Dating online with a disability ft. Nidhi Goyal

In this episode, Evelyn chats to Nidhi Goyal about how we online space more inclusive, and they reminisce on some hilarious, dubious encounters with dating apps, plus how Nidhi built a relationship with her partner.

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Episode 27 June 10, 2023

Money & matrimony: How to talk bills with your bae ft. Shivani & Pawan Agarwal

To help us navigation the tricky topic of finances in a relationship, Evelyn Sharma speaks to Shivani and Pawan Agarwal, the authors of 'The Little Book on Financial Clarity'.

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Episode 26 May 27, 2023

Post-Partum Depression – How can you heal and what can a loving spouse do to help? Ft. Chhavi Mittal

Evelyn Sharma talks to actress, writer, producer, and model Chhavi Mittal about her own experience with PPD, how new moms can get through post-partum depression, and what a loving partner can do to help. 

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Episode 25 May 13, 2023

Red flags: How to sort the crimson from the clover ft. Shahzeen Shivdasani

Evelyn chats to relationship expert Shahzeen Shivdasani about what a red flag actually is, what it isn’t, and how understanding the difference will help you date better.

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Episode 24 April 29, 2023

Online Dating: How to swipe right for love ft. Surbhi Bagga

Stand-up comic, TV writer and podcast host Surbhi Bagga on why dating apps are a great place to find love.

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Episode 23 April 15, 2023

Dating as a single parent: Combining parenthood and partner search ft. Anupriya Kapur

Blogger, influencer, entrepreneur and single mom, Anupriya Kapur, on how she’s been using her platforms to talk about the challenges single parents in India face when they decide to start dating.

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Episode 22 April 1, 2023

Self Love: You are beautiful, no matter what they say ft. Sriram Y

Sriram Y, a young fashion creator, talks to Evelyn about why his message of self-love and self-acceptance has resonated with tens of thousands of followers.

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Episode 21 March 18, 2023

Love, Sex, Intimacy: It’s my body and I’ll do what I want to ft. Pallavi Barnwal

Sex coach and “sexpert” Pallavi Barnwal talks to us about how to go about improving our intimate lives.

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Episode 20 March 4, 2023

Dating anxiety: How to dare to date ft. Sonali Gupta

In this episode, Evelyn talks to psychotherapist and author Sonali Gupta about healthy anxiety, sorting reliable mental health advice from the not-so-reliable, and how to know when to get help.

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Episode 19 February 18, 2023

Love is love: Queer dating 101 ft. Aniruddha Mahale

In this episode, we chat with influencer, writer and renaissance-man Aniruddha Mahale about dating myths, finding community, and owning your desires.

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Episode 18 February 3, 2023

Heartbreak: How to have it, how to heal it ft. Dr. Shyam Bhat

In this episode, psychiatrist and author Dr. Shyam Bhat talks to Evelyn Sharma about what happens when your heart breaks, and how you can emerge from the experience a stronger and more empathetic person.

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Episode 17 January 20, 2023

International Love: When you fall for someone from abroad ft. Kalki Koechlin

In this episode, Evelyn, who is German-Indian, talks to French-Indian actress Kalki Koechlin about the highs and lows of merging different cultures, traditions, dreams and languages to make love work with their international partners.

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Episode 16 January 6, 2023

Office affairs: How to make it work at work ft. Pallavi Pareek

We all spend a lot of time at work. So it’s not inconceivable that, if you’re single, you might just find yourself having feelings for a colleague. This can be tricky terrain, as corporate inclusion...

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Episode 15 December 9, 2022

Masculinity disrupted: “For men to just ‘be,’ it’s hard” ft. Rajat Mittal

In this episode, Evelyn chats to writer and creator of the 'Boyish' newsletter Rajat Mittal about what holds men back from opening up, feeling their emotions and bonding with each other.

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