What can you expect
from ‘A Desi Woman’?

I am an Indian American woman who was inspired to launch this podcast series to amplify stories & narratives from around the world. We are all connected beyond Race, Religion, Caste, Color, or Geography and OUR stories matter.  There is no force equal to those who are determined to rise, we will change the world, and the time is NOW.

“The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it.”


Soniya Gokhale, the founder of A Desi Woman Podcast

As an American woman with deep ties to India, I honor my cultural and spiritual beliefs which are part of my Indian heritage, while holding my identity as an American close to my heart.  This site was started when I asked myself a fundamental question–How can I use my life to ‘Be the Change’ that I want to see in the world?  Thus, I boldly strive to be the embodiment of a global citizen in a changing world order whereby Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play in making this a better world. Every individual makes a difference. A Desi Woman is much more than a podcast or website. It is a movement and the time is NOW.  Join me as we seek to have global voices, narratives and stories amplified, shared and honored with a world wide audience & community.  My personal life’s journey has been forever changed since I started to interview guests for this series. The thought leaders whom I have been so privileged to meet have unabashedly shared their narratives, perspectives & powerful voices about overcoming obstacles and issues facing our communities in the US & globally.  

Namaste, Soniya


India's middle class will be 41% of the population by 2025

More than 1.6 billion people live in South Asia and speak at least 20 major languages.

Women make up less than 5% of the police and less than 10% of judges across South Asia.

There are 705 ‘Scheduled Tribes’ in India that represent 8.6 % of the total population

South Asia is home to the world’s largest group of young people, making them the most powerful force for transformational change in the region

India is bordered by China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan

As an Indian American woman, I come from a place of experience. This podcast is an informed, unbiased platform for a global community to be seen, heard and connected with one another. Through these connections, we shall be empowered to change the world in whatever capacity we wish to do so. I seek to create alliances and organizations through this podcast that will help current & future generations regardless of socioeconomics, political affiliations, education. 


“Another world is not only possible, She is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing”–Arundhati Roy