“People said I didn’t look Gujarati, I didn’t know what that meant.” In Conversation with Sharan Raju on Too British to be Asian Podcast.

Language isn’t the sole identifier in embracing and appreciating your cultural roots, so why do society set benchmarks to determine someone’s cultural appreciation. As UK Editor of Brown Girl Magazine and born into a mixed heritage, I have come across so many stories that relay the same question – why do we struggle with identity? I speak to Sharan Raju – creator of Too British To Be Asian podcast to discuss if these narratives will ever change?

Also available on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/1ETEQgI3jy2DeI2RW6L9mZ?si=771522245fbb418c

Available on Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/people-said-i-didnt-look-gujarati-i-didnt-know-what/id1505460806?i=1000557213591

And Just Like That Carrie Made it to a Diwali Party that Never Quite Was! Sari – NOT Sari!

…”..South Asian protagonist Seema’s, “No, I am just a bad Indian girl” response to Carrie Bradshaw’s ‘arranged marriage’ question really irked me! Her character has just played right into that aged narrative that so many single, sorry, happily single, women are trying to break away from. Why can’t, for once, there be a South Asian protagonist who is successful, happy with her single status, without appearing as if she is a rebel with a cause?…”

Brown Girl Magazine writers and readers from across the globe discuss the collective frustration at HBO’s reboot of Sex And the City is a reflection of why poor representation in 2022 is so problematic. Click here to read my full review.

BBC Radio Leicester Panel – South Asian Inspirational Women

“… My mum has always been my role model – she is an absolute hustler, looking after her business and her family…”

Along with Shirin Shah of SASS and Reshma Chohan, this week I spoke to BBC Radio Leicester’s Shruti Chauhan on what we define as South Asian female role models and their impact and influence within the British South Asian community. Check out the full interview on the BBC Sounds site or click below for the full audio link.

Her Story….

A vintage gem that speaks a thousand words and needs no filter.. Three generations in one frame, each silently narrating their paths.. The matriarch – my Nani – undeterred by the struggles life has thrown her, and leading her tribe forward with integrity and sincerity.. Her daughter – my mother – who looks on in awe and pride at this woman who has single-handedly raised the next generation, and still clutches my shoulder, oozing maternal love. And little ole me – clinging on to my mum’s hand, knowing I’m in the presence of motherhood and feeling safe and protected. I can’t think of anything more powerful than this…. Selfless, humble and pure love… 💕💕💕💕💕

Covid 19 Sejal Sehmi

Covid-19 and Mental Health: How my ‘Girl In London City’ Experience Reminds me of the Importance of Self-Worth

“…London, as hard as I fell at your feet, you uprooted me back to become more resilient — to which, especially in these uncertain times, I am forever thankful….”

 

In my first Brown Girl Magazine post for 2021, I recall what my London City experience has taught me about self-worth in these challenging times. Read the full article here.