Aparna Rangan

I host two shows every week – “The Green Planet” and “Cutting Chai”.

“The Green Planet” is a nature-based show. It’s not all talk, though. You will hear music in between. So don’t shy away from listening to the show. 🙂 Also, share your tips with me and the listeners. It could be a pet tip, a green living tip; even a gardening tip. And, if you have done or experienced an act of kindness, I would love to hear about it. Write to aparnaonradio@gmail.com.
Let us all live more sustainably, and with empathy, and be more mindful about this wonderful planet that we inhabit.

“Cutting Chai” is your teatime special. You keep the chai ready and I will keep the conversation flowing with all kinds of songs. Old, new, upbeat, romantic – name it, and you’ll get to hear it. ”

Fun Facts about me

Curious about the world around me, I enjoy taking up new projects that let me interact with people from all walks of life.
As the creator of the Radio Caravan Book Club, I moderate discussions on the radio once a month as well as maintain its blog (rcbc19.home.blog) and the Facebook group (Radio Caravan Book Conversations).
Being passionate about equity and inclusion, I interviewed members of the LGBT community during Pride Month of June, 2020 and August, 2020, who shared their journey of embracing their true identity. These interviews and more are available on the podcast – “Pride and Prejudice” on anchor.fm/aparnaonradio.
I also sochcast on sochcast.com, a platform to openly share your Soch (thoughts).
I love drawing, painting, and creating artifacts with my hands. Pottery is such fun! I make my own Ganesha at Ganesh Chaturthi each year. And, enjoy designing different themes for the South Indian Golu.
Outside of that, I love dogs (all animals, actually), music, books, movies, poetry, writing, travel, and photography. And, good food. 🙂
A film buff, I tend to include song lyrics and movie dialogues in regular conversation. Also, quotes.
Meaningful lyrics move me. I learn song lyrics and sing along.
I grew up on a beach right next to my childhood home. Once a beach girl, always a beach girl.
I love trees. Have spent a good part of my growing years climbing them and sitting on the branches viewing the world around me. Having a tree house in my yard is on my bucket list.
Everything has a life according to me. I talk to everything; even inanimate objects.
I believe in magic and surround myself with magical things. How fun would it be to have Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree in a wood close to home and be friends with magical folk like pixies, fairies, gnomes and elves? Or to be in a Potterverse without He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, of course. Sucks to be a muggle.
Sentimental, nostalgic, empathetic and unambitious, I like to keep my life simple. I surround myself with people who inspire and keep a distance from those who drain my battery.
Native to Chennai, India, I am fluent in English, Tamil and Hindi.
I didn’t plan on being a radio host, but the journey has been one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. I am grateful for the serendipity in my life that has led to radio. From listening daily to the radio to being on it myself, I feel that life has come full circle.

What do I do for fun?

Being a homebody, I enjoy time spent with family and my dogs. Love curling up with a good book and a dog on my lap. Love listening to music and catching up with new songs. I take pics all the time of the dogs and things in nature. When the mood strikes, I write poetry. I enjoy watching movies and TV series. I watch way more television than I should. 🙂

Movie I can watch a 100 times?

Quite a few that I can rewatch. “Angoor” and “Michael Madana Kama Rajan”, to name a couple.

What’s your life motto?

“Some favorite quotes are:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Be yourself. No one can say you’re doing it wrong” – Peanuts

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. ”— Paulo Coelho. Also, the desi version “Kehte hain agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho to poori kayanat use tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai” – Om Shanti Om

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

How would people know you on the radio ? Fav Line that you say all the time?

I don’t have a particular catchphrase, but since I am grateful for all those who tune in to listen to me, when our listeners could be doing so many other things, I always say “Thank you for listening” and “Thank you for your time”. There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time.