Josh Talks began its journey with a simple, effective and powerful story. In 2014, undergraduate students Shobhit Banga and Supriya Paul observed that many of their fellow students were plagued by one problem: the lack of motivation, and the subdued nature of their potential. The establishment of Josh Talks was a result of this observation.
This is a platform for influentials from diverse fields, from entrepreneurship, sports, stand-up comedy, performing arts and more – who serve as speakers to instil motivation and raise the aspirations of young India. Josh Talks’ intent is now an infectious reality, as we’ve toured over 28 cities and touched over 26 million lives.
Award-Winning International Comedian
Papa CJ is a world-class global comedian whose cutting edge wit and social commentary represents the rising voice of billions of people. He has performed over 2000 shows across five continents in prestigious venues like Broadway and SOHO and on TV channels like BBC, NBC, and Comedy Central. Forbes Magazine called him ‘the global face of Indian standup’ and Toastmaster International called him one of the most influential comedians around the world.
NAVJOT KAUR SIDHU
Navjot Kaur Sidhu has combated a crippling back injury, and suffered from a lack of monetary and social support which could have almost ended her career. But now, she has triumped by becoming the first Indian woman to have won a Gold medal in the Asian Wrestling Championships.
Amit Verma is a leading live speed painter in North India. He’s best known for his murals and fine art.
Chairman, Tasty Dairy Specialities Limited
Under Atul Mehra’s guidance, Tasty Dairy crossed a turnover of 250 crores in 2013-14, registering an annual growth of more than 28%. The company has been bestowed with several awards, notably Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award and National Productivity Award.
Popularly known as ‘Calculator Girl’ — Dilpreet Kaur is a class 10th student in Kanpur. Dilpreet can perform 11 mathematical calculations in a record time ranging from 15.83 seconds to 1.36 minute.
Simran Singh designed an app named Project Vision which predicts algae levels, and plots it in the form of an image on the laptop screen. His app earned him a cash prize of $3000 at the Imagine Cup-Earth competition.
Shachi Singh set up Ehsaas, an organisation that works with children living on the streets or at the railway station, spending their days doing small-time work to make ends meet. Because of Singh, the Charbagh railway station has become the first station in the country to be declared child labour free.
Navniet Sekera is a decorated IPS officer and encounter specialist who is best known for eliminating more than 50 extremely notorious gangsters.
Founder, Ada Designer Chikan Studio
A third generation entrepreneur, Vinod Punjabi is accredited to be a pioneer in reinventing classical chikankari. He launched Ada as a retail outlet in the upmarket high-street Hazratganj, Lucknow in 2005 and an e-commerce website in 2007.
Peeyush Meena secured the 453rd rank in the JEE-Advanced exam. He shifted to the tiny 8×8 cell in Kota’s open prison in 2014.
SHRUTI & GAURI BHATLA
Singers & National Award Winners
Shruti and Gauri Bhatla suffer from ontogenesis imprecate, an incurable genetic bone disorder, but that did not deter them from chasing their dreams. They recorded a music album with eminent Bollywood playback singers like Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu and Sadhna Sargam.
RJ Raghav works for Radio City 104.8 FM Kanpur. He has amassed a huge fan following in his career spanning nearly 9 years.
Known for his political satire, Aseem Trivedi is one of the staunchest champions of the Freedom of Expression Act. In 2012, he received the Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award for his extremely thought-provoking work.