A Life Less Ordinary
By Udhara de Silva
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This is the interview series that looks at the little steps taken and ordinary things done to make ordinary people extraordinary. Hosts Udhara de Silva, Tanya Warnakulasuriya and Vanessa Fernandez have fascinating conversations with artists, adventurers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, misfits and rebels to show that there's something to learn from every journey.
||CleanHelping the Underdog: Adrian Sim, Singapore||Vanessa and Udhara speak to Adrian Sim, a volunteer with The Workers’ Party, Singapore’s only opposition party to have elected members in parliament.||17 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sibling Co-Founders of The Working Capitol: Ben & Saranta Gattie, Singapore||Vanessa & Udhara chat with the entrepreneurs behind Singapore’s first co-working space and one of the best in Asia, The Working Capitol.||10 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRedefining Success by Embracing Individuality: Dr. Vanessa Von Auer, Singapore||Udhara & Vanessa chat with one of Asia’s leading child experts and founder of Singapore’s one-of-a-kind Integrated International School.||3 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Business of Design & the Design of Businesses: Jonathan Bonsey & John Palmer, Singapore||Hosts Vanessa and Udhara chat with entrepreneurs Jonathan Bonsey and John Palmer about business, design, and Singapore's evolution over 30 years.||26 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Magic of Acting: Tan Kheng Hua, Singapore||Hosts Udhara and Vanessa chatted with award-winning actress and producer Tan Kheng Hua about her career beginnings, the art of acting, and her views on everything from entertainment to ageing.||19 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEverything with Soul: Vanessa Fernandez, Singapore||Host Udhara de Silva has a conversation with Season 2 co-host, Vanessa Fernandez||12 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStarting Up in Sri Lanka: Indi Samarajiva, Sri Lanka||In our Season 1 finale, Udhara & Tanya speak to Indi Samarajiva, founder of YAMU, the digital guide to Colombo and Sri Lanka.||7 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJaffna Boy: Danu Innasithamby, Sri Lanka||Hosts Tanya & Udhara chat to media personality Danu Innasithamby about his turbulent childhood in Jaffna and incredibly diverse career in entertainment.||29 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnonymous Creator: The Sooriya Village, Sri Lanka||Hosts Tanya & Udhara chat to the 25-year-old founder of The Sooriya Village, a unique creative haven in Colombo that gives artists a space to create and perform their work.||26 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolitical Provocateur: Venuri Perera, Sri Lanka||Hosts Tanya & Udhara talk to performance artist Venuri Perera, who uses her body as a ‘political provocateur’.||2 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdopted by an island: Alice Luker, Sri Lanka||Host Udhara talks to founder of Style In Sri Lanka, Alice Luker, about her relationship with the country, and what it’s like running one of the most interesting websites and Instagram profiles about the tropical paradise.||25 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFailed builder, indifferent mathematician, personal trainer to the rich and infamous (and writer): Ashok Ferrey, Sri Lanka||Hosts Tanya & Udhara talk to author of 'Serendipity' Ashok Ferrey about his colourful life across many continents.||14 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhotographing a 3000-year old martial art while working three jobs: Reza Akram, Sri Lanka||Hosts Tanya & Udhara talk to Reza Akram, a Sri Lankan photographer who’s worked with the British Council, Al Jazeera, and the UN.||7 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSex, Drugs...and HIV: Hans Billimoria, Sri Lanka||Hosts Tanya & Udhara speak to Hans Billimoria from the Grassrooted Trust in Sri Lanka.||1 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Years to Everest: Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala & Johann Peiris, Sri Lanka||Tanya & Udhara talk to the first Sri Lankans to climb Mt Everest||22 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Inspiring and motivating
As a Sri Lankan woman I never thought a Sri Lanka woman could be so brave to climb Mount Everest. What I learned from Jayanthi is that women can do anything if you are positive to take any challenge. We need more role models like her. I personally congratulate both climbers parents for bringing up such brave children. I hope I can get more hidden inspiring stories like this with upcoming episodes. I also congratulate Udhara and Tanya for sharing these people's stories with the world.
First time hearing from unsung Sri Lankan heroes
Wow! Congratulations Udara
The three most important ways youth and teens learn to express their caring for others and evolve toward active citizenship is through:
Responsible actions/ commitment
That's exactly what you have done !
I can see how you are becoming a valuable human with meaningful life.
Sri Lankan ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things never had a platform to share their experiences.
First episode itself touched, moved and inspired me. It opens my eyes, mind and heart ... I'm so proud of my son. I saw how much of planning, writing , money, time and effort you put it in. This PRODUCTION is fully worth your labour, pain and expenses. Please pass our best wishes to your co- host as well.
A fascinating insight
And strong first entry into 'A life less ordinary' podcast. Great work!
Just as promised the podcast highlights "the little steps, the ordinary things people do, to become extraordinary"...
The conversation flowed naturally.
What I loved was how down to earth the podcast was, in exploring the human elements of the challenge of climbing Everest.
Although I'd never consider such a challenge, I found myself laughing to the awkward moments and also on edge as these two humble Sri Lankans elaborated on the difficulties they faced climbing Everest.
I found the message relatable in strange ways and felt inspired by the way these individuals broke down the challenge.
Can't wait to hear what the podcast explores next.