New Delhi: BBC Worklife India has marked its 100th episode from BBC’s Delhi studios. This weekly programme highlights topical debates, stories and features about life in India today. The programme hosts business leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and celebrities in candid conversation on all things like money, work, business, economy and life.
BBC Worklife India airs on BBC World News every Friday at 2100 IST, with a repeat on Monday at 1900 IST and is streamed on BBC World Service radio. The weekly podcast is available on BBC Sounds, Apple Podcasts, Gaana, JioSaavan, Hubhopper, and major podcast platforms.
Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service says, “Worklife India is a programme from India, about India but full of themes that involve the whole world. It discusses a huge range of issues and is both fun when it wants to be and fearless when it needs to be.”
Devina Gupta, Presenter of BBC Worklife India added, ‘’Worklife India highlights what motivates people in their business lives and their family lives. This centenary edition shows just how India’s entrepreneurial ethos has led to young entrepreneurs finding new ways to start a business even during the Covid lockdown. This is just the type of inspiring conversation we want to share with India and the world.”
About the 100th episode: In this special edition the programme draws engaging conversation on the future of work in a post-pandemic future. Devina Gupta talks to young self-starters under 35 years of age: India’s youngest billionaire – Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and group CEO, OYO Hotels and Homes, Suchita Salwan, Co-founder, discovery-led commerce platform LBB and Ashish Chanchlani, YouTuber and influencer.
Programme brief: Since the beginning of this year, Covid-19 has upended everyone’s lives. While lockdowns brought the whole world to a stop, hundreds of millions of people abruptly moved to working remotely, while many people lost their jobs. But as companies and employees begin to consider their best ways forward, what are the greatest unknowns we face? How will we work, live and thrive in a post-pandemic future? Is Covid reshaping our workspace – potentially forever? Will a hybrid and virtual way of working redefine how we search and apply for jobs? And what types of new skills and roles will gain significance?
Quotes from the episode:
“This has been an incredible transformative year for myself and all our peers. The tough times and the challenges remind you to begin with why you are an entrepreneur. Whenever you see a challenge, you don’t chicken out, you actually dig in and fight harder to be able to see through the crisis” says Ritesh Agarwal
Suchita Salwan said, “Past eight months have reminded me why I love being an entrepreneur. It has been fairly tough and unique, none of us have gone through a pandemic before, but I think it has brought out resilience, discipline and passion more than ever before. It’s remarkable to see how small to mid-sized businesses adopted technology faster than ever before.”
Ashish Chanchalani said, “On the digital front people are accepting all types of content. Be it on the cooking front or a tattoo artist. There are skits, sketches, people going live, people talking about food and travel. Everything is taking a big leap.”