Hoopdarshan Episode 31: NBA Finals 2016 Preview with Ananth Pandian

May 31, 2016

Warriors. Cavaliers. The rematch. The 2016 NBA Finals are set to be epic, and we have an appropriately epic, Hoopdarshan-flavoured preview for you to satisfying all basketball palates. For Episode 31, hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok are joined by CBS Sports Writer Ananth Pandian to discuss what a title could mean for the Curry and Warriors' fairytale season, the pressure on LeBron to deliver a title to Cleveland, Klay's Yoda socks, and our final predictions for the series. 


Hoopdarshan Episode 30: Dribble Academy helps rural children in Noida with Pradyut Voleti

May 22, 2016

Hoopdarshan has entered the 30s, and to celebrate, we're going to our roots. Our grassroots. Our guest for Episode 30 is Pradyut Voleti, founder and coach of the Dribble Academy who have begun a grassroots basketball programme in Gheja village near Noida. Voleti joins hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok to discuss bringing basketball and education hand in hand to underprivileged children,  the growth and success stories of Dribble Academy, and sparking a revolution for other such programmes to improve basketball around India. 


Hoopdarshan Episode 29: 10 Big NBA Playoffs Questions with Zyman Marzuki

May 4, 2016
As the NBA Playoffs move into the Second Round, Hoopdarshan moves onwards too, keeping a keen eye on the final eight teams competing for the 2016 NBA Championship. On Episode 29 of India's finest basketball podcast, hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok are joined by NBA superfan and Karan's friend Zyman Marzuki to break down TEN BIG QUESTIONS for the NBA Playoffs. Is Tim Duncan truly a Robot? Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook? Can anyone in the East stop the Cavs? And yes, our thoughts on which team will go all the way to the title

Hoopdarshan Episode 28: Maryland’s Varun Ram on NCAA Basketball and his India connection

April 9, 2016

India's finest basketball podcast, Hoopdarshan, is back! In Episode 28, Maryland's point guard Varun Ram - one of the few Indian-origin players to play in the NCAA March Madness Tournament - joins the podcast to talk about college basketball in the US and his continuing connection to India. Hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok also give a shoutout to the Delhi Capitals, winners of the second season of the UBA Basketball League, and discuss why it's no surprise that Ludhiana happens to be both a capital of Indian basketball and butter chicken. 


Hoopdarshan Episode 27: Basketball Legend Jayasankar Menon and the Indian Basketball Players Association

March 3, 2016

On Episode 27 of the Indian basketball podcast Hoopdarshan, hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok are blessed to welcome Jayasankar Menon, a retired legend of the game and the Secretary-General of the Indian Basketball Players Association (IBPA). In a candid and entertaining chat, Menon discusses the IBPA's efforts to save basketball from its conflicts in India, his glory days as Indian captain and Asian All Star, future direction of Indian hoops, and why we should thank a reckless Auto-Richshaw-Wallah for his success.


Hoopdarshan Episode 26: NBA All Star Preview with NBA Canada’s Payal Doshi

February 11, 2016

The 2016 NBA All Star Weekend is upon us, and for the first time, basketball's biggest exhibition event will take place outside the United States - in Toronto, Canada. To bring Hoopdarshan listeners closer to the event, we invited Payal Doshi, the Social Media Manager of NBA Canada, to give us a brief buzz of how Toronto has prepared for All Star. Of course, hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok give their unadulterated predictions and expectations for the All Star Weekend, too. We wrap up this episode by speaking to Payal about her experiences with Indian Basketball and reveal a big Bollywood-NBA surprise for ASW. 


Hoopdarshan Episode 25: Deep dive into India’s domestic Basketball scene with Gopalakrishnan R.

January 28, 2016

Few journalists know the domestic Indian basketball scene better than Gopalakrishnan R, the co-creator of Ekalavyas.com and a freelance writer. On Episode 25 of the Indian basketball podcast Hoopdarshan, Gopal joins hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok to take a deep dive into Indian basketball, discussing the latest National basketball championship, rising stars and impressive teams around the country, and the motivations behind Indian basketball players and stakeholders. We also discuss Neha Dhupia's pursuit of Jimmy Butler and sprinkle numerous Indian to NBA comparisons. 


Hoopdarshan Episode 24: The Kobe Episode

January 17, 2016

Hoopdarshan, the Indian Basketball podcast, has reached its 24th episode, which means that it's just about time to pay homage to Mr. 24 himself, Kobe Bean Black Mamba Bryant. After 20 years in the NBA, Bryant will be retiring at the end of this season. Co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok are joined by hoops enthusiast Kunal Mathew to discuss the highs and lows of Kobe's career, his most-memorable moments, his legacy, and his place in the 2016 NBA All Star Team. 


Hoopdarshan Episode 23: Basketball in Exile - How basketball bonds the Tibetan refugee community in India

January 4, 2016
In early October, Hoopdarshan co-host Karan Madhok traveled to McLeodganj and Dharamshala - hill-stations in the Indian Himalayas home to a vibrant community of Tibetan refugees - with photographer Angad Sodhi to discover how basketball bonds the displaced population together. The epic trip turned into a story for the upcoming issue of SLAM Magazine (# 195) encapsulating together sports, politics, and travel. In Episode 23 of Hoopdarshan, host Kaushik Lakshman, Karan and Angad talk about the story behind the story, featuring the refugees' affinity for basketball, the Tibetans' relationship with China and India, unforgettable characters from McLeodganj, and the quest for the perfect momo. 

Hoopdarshan Episode 22: Coach JD Walsh observes the ascent of Indian Basketball

December 13, 2015

In 2007, after coaching around the world from the USA to China and Europe, JD Walsh descended to India. Walsh's "JDBasketball" movement spread quickly to all corners of the country, influencing thousands of Indian players & coaches. On Episode 22 of the Hoopdarshan podcast, Walsh joins hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok to talk about the past, present, and future of Indian Basketball, the state of his hometown New York Knicks, and the Pandavs starting 5 from The Mahabharat.