In conversation with best-selling author Sweta Vikram and creative professor and author Sayatani Dasgupta – as part of South Asian Heritage month we discuss the wonderful world of writing and why our voices matter..!
“….It’s not us who should be silenced or forced into guilt, it is those who hold resentment and fear of what our collective voices can evolve into that need you. Because I certainly don’t and I no longer wish to carry you alongside with me.”
What a way to start 2020 than to be featured exclusively on a podcast with the wonderful MK on the Mic. Listed on The Great British Podcasts’ Most Popular Podcasts of 2019, we discuss all things taboo – from sex, cultural appropriation to inter-racial relationships. Available on Spotify and iTunes. Click on the links below to tune in!
On Saturday 30 March 2019, the U.K. team of Brown Girl Magazine had the privilege of exhibiting at U.K.’s first Asian Woman Festival at the New Bingley Hall, Birmingham. Not only did we get to display some of our content and stories, but our latest Ladki Power merchandise. Check out the pictures here.
On Friday 8th March, Global Arts Kingston – which aims to create, develop and deliver inter-generation and multicultural events within the local communities of Kingston-Upon-Thames – celebrated International Women’s Day by acknowledging women heroes. Through music, poetry, and special guests speakers Rita Kakati Shah, founder of Uma, and ITV chef Parveen Ashraf, it was a thought-provoking and emotional evening, amplified by inspirational women.
“….“We do not feel the fashion world expects something #Indian-based, as times have changed and people are more open-minded… The Wolfe London want to create more awareness within the South Asian community as that market is very niche and still very new..”
Check out my latest Brown Girl magazine feature on how The Wolfe London – Jenika and Shanil Gudka – have taking their brand to London Fashion Week 2019
“….Actor, feminist, humanitarian — just a few words that describe the dynamite who is Jameela Jamil. It was February 2009, when this quirky, tall and slightly nervous looking British South Asian presenter exploded on to U.K.’s Channel 4. The cynic in me, of course, assumed this was just a strategy to tick the “brown skin on-screen” box. How wrong was I?!…”
“….The lack of understanding regarding childhood sexual abuse and traditional views of a patriarchal honour based community, unfortunately, favours the concept of remaining silent and demonising any calls for justice..”
Read all about ANBU – Abuse Never Becomes Us – a charity supporting survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the Tamil community and their upcoming event on 17 November in my latest Brown Girl Magazine feature here
…”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.