IP: What challenges did you face in the production of the podcast?
SL: We conceptualized and started planning before the pandemic. Lockdowns grounded us like everyone else on the planet, so we had to think of workarounds in production.
One of the biggest challenges was sound. If we couldn’t get tape from the field, how to create the soundscapes to make our stories come alive? We lucked out when our sound designer, Nikhil Nagaraj, joined the team and transformed our stories with binaural sound.
Another challenge, which many independent podcasters face, is funding. With our many roles as creators, hosts, researchers, writers, producers, and editors, it’s more a labor of love than compensation.
We're crossing our fingers there'll be a little more money in the pot from grants and listener donations as we begin production on Season 2!
IP: What is your message to your fellow indie podcasters?
SL: We would love to connect with other indie podcasters in our space, whether here in India or around the world. It can be a little disheartening, maybe even intimidating, looking at studios, networks, and corporates churn out podcasts and big bucks in marketing. How is a little indie outfit to compete?
We feel there’s a lot that independent podcasters can share and learn from each other as we make our way in this great big world of podcasting.
Shreya: Big thanks to the creators for this interview. You can reach out to Mary-Rose and Gayathri to talk about challenges and advice on Twitter.