Kathak’s Rising Star – Shyam Dattani

“…Dance for me is the purest expression of one’s character. A dancer’s true nature really shows on stage, and that is the beauty of art, especially Kathak..”

Read my full interview with Kathak’s rising star, Shyam Dattani, who is part of BBC Four’s Young Dancers 2017 competition in the South Asian category final, exclusively for the Asian Today here.

Dadism – The Father’s Voice

“…Dadism is a solo comedy show about a 40-something man becoming a dad for the first time. It’s a comical look at parenting and double standards. The show explores the experience of the pregnancy through a man’s eyes, in particular, what happens to the non-carrying parent?..” 

Read my interview with actor, writer and producer Anjali Mya Chadha on her new play Dadism in The Asian Today here.

Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi

http://www.browngirlmagazine.com/2016/12/amir-khan-familiar-trope-of-monster-mother-laws/

“In an ideal world, the Balaji saas–bahu shows would not be a true reflection of this woman-hating-woman vicious cycle. Independence for women in any form should be celebrated, not hindered.”

My Brown Girl magazine feature looks at the infamous brides vs in-laws saga. Read the full article here

 

An Open Letter to my Married Friends

..”Ladies, we’ve fought so hard for impartiality, to want to be recognized as equals against our male peers. So why are our achievements outside of a marriage still not equally as celebrated?..”

Read my Open Letter to my Married Friends who forgot what single life is like for Brown Girl Magazine.

Originally published here

The Fast and the Furious – Karva Chauth

…”At the age of 15, I was told by undertaking the Jaya Parvati fast, God would bless me with my rich Prince Charming (P.S Dear God, I think mine got lost somewhere on the way!)…”

Does Karva Chauth hold significance today to the 21st century woman? Read my latest feature here in The Asian Today

Originally published here

The Silent Cry

….I cannot fathom what drove a young boy, with a bright future, to such despair that he felt that ending his own life was the only escape route from being bullied. …

Do we talk about bullying enough? Read my new feature here in The Asian Today featuring the BBC Radio London discussion on this topic.

Draupadi Disrobed

“Is forcing more constraints on what a woman may wear or not wear making her daily life any easier??”

Read my new feature Draupadi Disrobed for The Asian Today here.

Originally published here.

The Half Sikh Woman

..” What is that I do or don’t do daily that would make me any less Gujarati or Sikh? Is my namesake my only identity and true definition of who I am or what my cultural beliefs are?..”

Read The Half Sikh Woman published in here The Asian Today

Originally published here

Brexit for the Brown Girl – BBC Radio London

In conversation with BBC Radio London’s Shyama Perera, discussing Brexit’s impact on South Asians.

Listen to the full interview here 

 

Brexit for the Brown Girl – Sh** Just Got Real!

“….Racism never died, it needed the fuel to leverage its existence and was accelerated by the exploitation of this political tug of war within the nation.…”

Just when you thought you had read enough on Brexit, think again. Check out my Brown Girl Magazine Feature here: Brexit for the Brown Girl – Sh** Just Got Real!

Originally published here