Mann Mukti

What Stops South Asians From Discussing Mental Health?

…”In the journey of creating an identity on foreign soil, South Asian family and friends alike stick together in times of both successes and struggles. So, should we feel guilty when we turn to a medical professional in moments of despair, if every door around us appears shut?…”

Read my full article on what stops South Asians from discussing mental health in my latest Brown Girl Magazine feature here.

Mann Mukti

Let’s Talk About Grief

..”So let’s talk! Let’s talk about grief, about loss, about that gap we are feeling. Let’s stop conforming to societal ideals of behavioural patterns, stop the judgement of who is hurting more than who by decibels of cries. Cast aside criticisms of not adhering to customs for the sake of one’s sanity, and an individual’s right to express and not suppress..”

Read my latest feature with Mann Mukti, on breaking stereotypes of dealing with grief.

Originally published here

Food For Thought

‘Meat Came Between Me and My Man’ — U.K. Female Artists Share Food For Thought

“It’s often been said that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Being a woman of South Asian descent, however, I firmly believe that there is no bigger love for a desi woman than that of her mother’s soul-infused culinary delights…#FoodForThought reflected precisely that!”

Check out my latest Brown Girl Magazine feature here on the talented Anjali Mya Chadha‘s clever production on food and empowerment with Tara Arts.

A Death in the Gunj Brown Girl Magazine

A Death in The Gunj – Konkana Sensharma’s Dynamic Directorial Debut

….”Watching a man become a victim of patriarchy is captured beautifully behind the lens of a female perspective, as it boldly questions why tenderness in a man is challenged by both men and women..”

Read my latest Brown Girl Magzine feature here on Konkana Sensharma’s debut film, A Death in the Gunj, and an exclusive interview with BFI guest curator Meenakshi Shedde..

Truth or Liberation

“.. Aspiring to be a bride is our ultimate achievement, where we swiftly move from our father’s home into our husband’s home, and the namesake follows the same path – neither name nor home is primarily ours. We learn to cook for the masses, because individual portions are not accounted for when inheriting family recipes. When would an occasion ever arise for you to cater for one, unless it’s your pati parmeshwar? …” 

Can a woman’s independence truly be embraced? Read the full article here

Bharti Singh

Examining Bharti Singh’s Prominence Amidst Bollywood’s Fat-Shaming Culture

…”Bharti Singh herself has had made it no secret that despite her initial insecurity about her looks, she used this to her advantage…How do we truly embrace ourselves for who we are if women themselves are self-accepting of their weight being used as humour to entertain the masses?

Read my latest Brown Girl magazine feature on Bharti Singh calling out Bollywood on its fat-shaming culture here

Finding Fatimah – Love in the Digital Era

“….Starring Danny Ashok and Asmara Gabrielle, these singletons’ quest to find love in the digital era of Internet dating takes the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions, often humorous yet enlightening, reminding us that true love is not always exempt from societal created boundaries….”

Read my review on Finding Fatimah for the Asian Today here

Jason Kavan in Dadism

Dadism – Parenting NOT Babysitting!

…”Dadism cleverly narrates the daunting aspect of the pregnancy process through the eyes of a first time father, as he slowly watches his identify change from name to noun and sometimes sheer invisibility, a fear that I’m sure must resonate amongst many new fathers..”

Read my review of Anjali Mya Chadha’s one man show, Dadism, for The Asian Today