Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships

Sex and Contraception: A DESI Shame

It’s a cold Monday morning. The GP’s office is dark, grey, damp. There is an awkward silence whilst the Dr (usually a man – fabulous I know) slaps his keyboard violently. The sound echoes through the confined office. You question if you should make small talk… “Um-…” Abruptly he says, “Right… Miss… So, clears his […]

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Lifestyle

COVID Vaccines FAQs

No doubt it’s been a difficult long year for all of us, the pandemic has brought waves of change, loss and worry more than we could have ever imagined. The NHS COVID vaccination programme has been a glimmer of hope, especially amongst the doom and gloom of lockdowns and variants, thanks to the speed and […]

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Relationships

Comeback Season for Matchmaking?

Let’s talk about dating… Or the lack of it, thanks to the pandemic, dating in 2021 for some may seem like a long lost dream from pre-COVID life. But the question is, when continuing or returning back to the dating scene when restrictions loosen, will you still be swiping right? We don’t know about you, […]

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Christmas

British Bindi’s Desi-Owned Christmas Gifting Guide

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas. 🎄 We really wanted to highlight some fabulous creative entrepreneurs in our community during this difficult year 🙌🏽. We hope this guide helps you discover unique gifting ideas for your loved ones or even some awesome brands to keep […]

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Sweet Treats

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. All you need is love & treats! We’ve found some unique goodies that will leave your loved ones smiling.

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Accessories

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. Accessories can make wonderful presents. Sometimes it’s the smaller luxuries that add the final touches and become memorable gifts.

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Quirky

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. Looking for something different? These stand-out gifts had us curious!

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Sustainable

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. Eco-friendly is here to stay! 💚 Loving seeing so many brands embracing greener gifts. Here’s some of our favourite sustainable ideas:

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Personalisation

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. Gifting hits different when it’s personal! We’ve rounded up some cute ideas for gifts with extra special personalisation, adding that layer of thoughtfulness just feels so wholesome.

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Beverages

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. The festive season is no doubt a time to indulge and discover luxurious beverages. Here’s some options from our favourite desi-owned drink brands:

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Party Jewellery

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. So 2020 wedding season we didn’t get to dazzle in our usual desi party jewellery, however, next year we are all ready to shine (when it’s safe to do so). Here’s […]

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Books

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. ‘A room without books is like a body without a soul.’ Perfect gifts for the book lovers!

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Home Decor

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. You can never go wrong with a thoughtful gift for the home! Browse our carefully selected brands, bringing beautiful touches to homes:

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Jewellery

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. There’s nothing quite like being gifted a lovely piece of jewellery! Check out these beautiful brands, featuring some unique and timeless pieces:

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. Perfect beauty gifts for people who love a bit of self care and glam!

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Fashion & Clothing

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. One thing to definitely love about Desi culture is fashion! Here are awesome brands that are bold, beautiful and make the most gorgeous gifts.

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Skincare

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. Skincare is self-care! These brands are wholesome and full of love, perfect for gifting.

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Brides to be

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. 2020 has been a tough year for our brides to be! Browse our selection of Christmas gifts for future brides, to brighten up their wedding planning and festivities:

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Christmas

Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Paintings/Illustrations

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community. We’ve always been awestruck by the amount creative talent we’ve come across in the South Asian community. Buying gifts from artists not only supports their craft but can create the most […]

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Lifestyle

Tips on how to get through ‘Lockdown 2.0’

4th November 2020 the second lockdown in the UK begun, the elderly being isolated, friends and family not being able to spend time with their loved ones and being stuck at home once again for the second time this year. No one was prepared for the 1st lockdown, it was full of uncertainty and it […]

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Culture, Relationships

Dating in Quarantine

It’s 2020, and like many I was ready to get back on the dating scene after a bit of break, long story short I was seeing someone for 6 months the previous year but again it didn’t work out (sigh but oh well life goes on). I was so prepared I was on the dating […]

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Lifestyle, Reviews

Chai & Chintal’s Spiced Biscuits

As we all know it’s been a crazy time recently with Covid19 where some of us have so much spare time that we’re not use to. This is the perfect opportunity to do what you love or even pick up a new interest or skill. I have always been a big baking enthusiast and also […]

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Lifestyle

How to make Dalgona Coffee

During quarantine, many of us are finding that we’re trying out new recipes and trends to help make the time pass! Here at British Bindi – we feel ya! We’ve been trying out lots of new recipes such as; banana bread, tray bakes, and the currently trending Dalgona Coffee. Dalgona Coffee originates from South Korea […]

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Lifestyle, Reviews

Tea India Product Review

We Love Chai! Whether it’s Netflix & Chai, catching up over a cuppa or just relaxing & Chai! The older we get, the more we appreciate the amazing comfort of Chai and it’s history within our culture. We’re also loving that a lot of people are getting into the power of Chai and delicious spice […]

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Culture, Relationships

Stuck between Bollywood & Reality

Bollywood vs Reality: Trying to navigate what a normal relationship looks like. We’ve all watched Tere Naam (2003), for those who haven’t I’ll summarise it. There is this shy, timid girl name Nirjara who is in her first year of university. On her way to school, she comes across this group of boys that don’t […]

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Culture, Lifestyle, Reviews

Charity begins at home

To give or not to give ? That is the question. I know we all have our own story to tell of how we got into our charitable roles, here is mine: I think my personal journey with charity began as a young child watching my mother show her charitable nature through her feeding everyone and […]

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Entertainment, Lifestyle

British Bindi meets Karun – Artist of Dotty Art

Last year we met the talented Karun Soni an artist from London who specialises in oil paintings. His paintings are inspired by an mixture of different experiences particluary the transition from India to the UK and even events further back such as the British Raj. We were lucky enough to sit down and discuss his paintings […]

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Lifestyle

South Asian Fashion: Summer vibes

S U M M E R V I B E S 🌸🌼🌺 Wedding season inspo incoming! All four of us are obsessed with florals and vibrant colours, so we absolutely loved teaming up with Sakhii London for this gorgeous shoot, showcasing their stunning outfits. Sakhii London prides themselves on marrying the sentiments of ethnic fabrics […]

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Culture

When your name is mispronounced on Graduation

Hi! I’m Arthi, or as the lady at my graduation said it “Uh-ree-three” I find it mildly ironic that I’m sitting here writing a piece about the (mis)pronunciation of my name when I’ve actually wanted to change it (to Meenakshi) and It’s been a bone of contention through my life. However, as with most things […]

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Culture

Desi Parents & their Career Expectations: From Law to Fashion.

FYI:  This blog is based on a friend who wants to remain anonymous. Originally I wanted to pursue a career in law as an intellectual property barrister, but now plans have changed… I want to go into fashion! Yes, a huge paradigm shift in regards to Asian career choices, formerly made by Mummy Ji/Daddy Ji. […]

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Culture, Lifestyle

Backlash faced by Sikh female who loves Bhangra

  Our very first – British Bindi produced video, is about Pamm Kaur; a British Sikh girl in her early 20’s, expressing her passion for Bhangra Dancing. “A lot of people believe that I shouldn’t be dancing because I wear a turban” – @pammkaur_ Pam received a lot of backlash and abuse when her dancing video […]

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Culture, Entertainment

British Asian Actor Stars as Romeo

Meet Actor Bally Gill, Coventry born and raised, currently playing the iconic role of Romeo in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet. We have to admit that we’re thrilled to see a fellow British Asian from the West Midlands take on such an exciting role! And honestly, we’ve never seen a British Asian Romeo, […]

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Lifestyle, Relationships

British Bindi’s Jasmeen gets engaged!

British Bindi’s very own Tinder love story… Jasmeen’s Introduction When you think about the day you’ll get proposed to; you imagine everything to be perfect. Every moment leading up to mine was a complete disaster, well that’s what I thought at the time anyway. In hindsight, it’s a pretty funny story with a perfect ending […]

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Culture

Pink Ladoo – Eradicating South Asian Gender Bias

What is the Pink Ladoo Project? The Pink Ladoo Project – a campaign tackling the problem of gender inequality within the South Asian community. Its aim is to eradicate gender-biased South Asian practices, customs, and traditions. “We want people to change the way they react to the birth of a girl. We want girls to […]

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Relationships

How to Spot a ‘F*ckboy’

As I get older my eyes start to widen, my wisdom begins to grow about the world of dating, and the roller coaster ride it can become. As you know there are a lot of success stories but also many horrors as well. I started to date a couple of years ago and I have […]

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Beauty

Our Top 10 Beauty Recommendations

BA Round-up of our Ultimate Top 10 Beauty Products Sharing is caring, right? As four female bloggers, I’m sure you can imagine our beauty collections are a spectacle of colours, powders and liquids. It was difficult to narrow down but we’ve piled together our top 10 beauty must-haves, these are products we genuinely all love […]

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Culture

First Indian-African to be Crowned Miss India America

Meet India LaRoda, born in sunny Los Angeles and also a proud citizen of the United Kingdom. India broke cross-cultural boundaries this summer 2017, when she was crowned Miss India America — the first biracial, African-American and East Indian, to be a titleholder of this crown in its twenty-five years. India, with her global platform, is an […]

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Relationships

Is Social Media the biggest relationship killer?

Social media is the most popular and fastest growing trend of today, and it’s also the biggest illusion. The majority of us can put our hands up and admit to keeping up with Kardashians and swiping through what we perceive as a picture perfect life. However, many of us are guilty of this when it […]

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Lifestyle

Our First Ever Interview: British Bindi on the Sikh Channel!

We’re extremely excited and grateful to share the first time British Bindi has ever been interviewed. We’re usually on the interviewer side as we’re always researching our blogs and videos, so this was a really cool milestone for us. It was a fantastic experience heading over to the Sikh Channel studios in London and talking […]

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Culture

India: 70 years on from Partition

2017 marks 70 years since the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. Around 15 million people were uprooted from their homes in the largest migration known to human history. We caught up with poet Rupinder Kaur 15th August (the anniversary date of Partition), as someone who is passionate about the subject, here’s what […]

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Culture, Lifestyle

Top 10 travel tips for Bangkok

Travelling Thailand and ready to hit the capital city, Bangkok? We thought we would share our top 10 travel tips to help you with all your wanderlust preparations. 1. Haggle, Haggle & Haggle We’ve put this tip first because your haggling game is going to be put to the test in this city! Unless you […]

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Lifestyle, Relationships

Heartbreak is a B****

I myself have just recently experienced my first heartbreak and it really is a b**** that won’t leave you alone. I might be a late bloomer within this department as I have always avoided guys with the fear of being hurt, however last year I decided to woman up and give it ago. As my […]

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Entertainment, Reviews

Masala Queens: Shining a light on Asian LGBTQ

We came across a statistic the other day that one in four of the UK’s homeless youth are LGBTQ*. Family rejection is heart-breaking and terrifying. The Asian culture isn’t shy about family rejection either, disownment is almost thrown around, as pride and honour thrive within some communities. The Storyline Miss Meena and the Masala Queens. […]

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Reviews

Bring On The Bollywood – Review

Last year Kiran and I (Amani) experienced the art and beauty of live Bollywood. When we received an email earlier this month that ‘Bring On The Bollywood’ was doing a 2017 UK tour, I couldn’t resist. Phizzical in association with the Belgrade Theatre present ‘Bring on the Bollywood’; A East meets West, British romantic comedy […]

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Entertainment, Reviews

Jumprov: UK’s First BAME Improv Theatre Company

An Improv Invite Living in a world of having google at your fingertips, it’s hard to sometimes go and experience something with no preconception of what it will be like… But then we got invited to our very first Improv Show and had no idea what to expect. For those of you who have never experienced an […]

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Entertainment, Reviews

Radio Queen: Noreen Khan

Focus, Passion and Fabulous Women Do you ever wonder if presenters are as warm as they are in real life compared to how they come across in the media? We as listeners can end up relating and building a connection with the presenter. Enter Noreen Khan: host of one of the most listened to Asian radio shows […]

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Entertainment, Lifestyle

British Asian Poet Series: Arun Kapur

Arun Kapur Arun is a support artist on television and film and has published his first poetry book titled the Blindside Memoirs. When did your passion for writing poetry begin? My passion for writing developed from the age of 16. I remember I would come home from school and would just write. I have always […]

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Culture, Entertainment

British Asian Poet Series: Sandeep Sahota

Though Sandeep is a poet who is born and brought up in Denmark; her connections with the UK run deep as her mother is from the UK and sees it as her second home.  When did your passion for writing poetry begin? “My fascination of words and language came when I was very young, but […]

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Culture, Entertainment

British Asian Poet Series: Rupinder Kaur

Rupinder Kaur Rupinder is a University student from Birmingham who is a spoken word artist and hopes to share her passion of Panjab through her writing and through her current project Rooh Panjabi. When did your passion for writing poetry begin? “I have always loved poetry from a young age particularly Sufi Poetry. My passion […]

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Culture, Entertainment

British Asian Poet Series: Behind the Netra

Jaspreet Sangha (Behind the Netra) Jaspreet who is known as Behind the Netra is a spoken word artist from East London. In Sanskrit, it is believed that Netra means ‘eyes’ or perhaps ‘eyes and mind’. Behind the Netra hopes to reveal the thoughts and ideas that have been hidden behind the netra, through her poetry, performances, images, […]

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Beauty

Hair Witchcraft: Shea Moisture Hair Masque

We can all be guilty of neglecting our hair sometimes, putting it through its paces with heated appliances, hair dye and bleach. I have a confession, I’m a huge sinner when it comes to this! Back in October 2015 I decided to do something different with my hair, and perhaps a little bit risky. Grey […]

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Relationships

Confessions of a Birthday Girl

Have you ever felt a certain level of anxiety to the lead up of your birthday? Other years this anxiety would’ve been identified as excitement but now it has evolved to a hint of worry and a dash of fear. Getting closer to your mid 20’s can be quite scary for some people especially if […]

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Beauty

British Bindi’s Amani’s Turmeric Experience

Flashback to Last Year: I never thought I would be able to happily go to work everyday wearing NO MAKE-UP. I’m not a huge make-up fan, so my aim was to be confident and comfortable in my own skin, without having to wake up early to do my face (who doesn’t want more sleep, right?). […]

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Relationships

Shout Out to My Ex

During your twenties, there are many things that are just unavoidable; from bills, to career pressures, to not being able to handle hangovers as well as you used to, and a big one unfortunately, discovering an ex has moved on. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, brace yourself as it may hit you like […]

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Culture

Focus Leukaemia’s Great Gatsby Charity Ball

Recently, the British Bindi team got into their ball gowns and heels, to attend Focus Leukaemia‘s Great Gatsby Charity Dinner & Dance. The Great Gatsby theme was well executed to perfection throughout the event, from the grandeur decor and entertainment to the music and snazzy vibe. It was exciting to get glammed up for an event in […]

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Relationships

“Why is someone like you single?”

“Why is someone like you single?” A question that I’m sure a lot of you have heard, maybe from your friends, family and strangers. Am I the only one that finds this question annoying? What is this question suggesting? Are people like me, meant to be in relationships? Who are people like me? My relationship […]

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Entertainment

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Jams with The Fusion Project

This Summer we had the privilege of attending The Fusion Project’s intimate jam session with the legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Ok, so we have to admit we wrote this blog a while ago, however, we found it so hard to transfer our experience into words. Before we knew it, we were off on our […]

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Culture

Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

The British Bindi team have had quite an eventful Summer, from travelling and meeting wonderful people to carnivals and crazy parties. We’ve found it hard to catch our breaths (and blog), but what a perfect way to end the season by taking a break in the beautiful city of Barcelona. Barcelona seemed to be the […]

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Relationships

The Tinder Experience – Is it a match?

So it’s time, you’ve tried everything but unfortunately you haven’t had the best of luck. Going out to clubs, playing detective at work and aimlessly wondering through shopping centres hoping you will bump into ‘him’. But it all fails, and the search for Mr Right has become an unsuccessful mission.

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Reviews

Murdered by my Father – Review

Honour killings are an unbelievably tragic topic to most of us. When I say unbelievable, I really mean UNBELIEVABLE. Trying to get my head around how there are people out there, who care so much about family honour, that they would destroy their own family because of it, is unfathomable to me. 12,000 cases of […]

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Culture

Being Asian and choosing a Creative Degree

In the Asian community, being well educated and having a degree seems to be just as important (or even more so), as making a round roti. If you’re not getting straight A’s then what else does your family have to brag about? Let’s face it, not all of us are blessed with a genius mind […]

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Culture

Surviving Wedding Season as a British Asian

The beautiful bride gushes across the centre of the room, the groom proudly beside her. This is a happy and joyful occasion…almost. That is until you spot the eagle-eyed aunties scanning you up and down, random relatives asking you 21 life questions, having your age asked about 341 times, and if someone suggests you consider […]

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Reviews

Wipers – Review

Wipers is a play inspired by the real-life story of Khudadad Khan, set in Belgium during the First World War, October 1914. Khudadad Khan was the first South-Asian soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross for his contribution to the war. Although we never get to meet this character, his presence and story are held […]

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Reviews

Bring on the Bollywood Musical – Review

Phizzical in association with the Belgrade Theatre present ‘Bring on the Bollywood’, a sparkling performance that fuses the British and Indian cultures spectacularly. A production full of vibrant colours, witty humour, immaculate dance routines whilst demonstrating the exotic taste of the Bollywood culture and the Indian cinema. Adam Samuel Bal & Rasheeda Ali, Bring on the […]

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Relationships

Not so Prince Charming?

The prospect of meeting someone new is always exciting as you don’t know where it could lead to. Could this person be the one, your ‘Prince Charming’? As a female, you have the vision of being wooed and romanced by your date. You imagine they would plan a fun and thoughtful date, maybe even buy […]

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Relationships

11 First Dates

So you’re speaking to a guy and everything looks promising, your texts are fun, consistent, thrilling and surprisingly haven’t got boring. Every time your phone beeps you can’t help but feel a little bit of excitement when you find he’s messaged you. And then it happens, he finally wants to meet you and see you […]

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Relationships

15 cute things to do in a relationship

Sometimes it’s the small things that make all the difference. There’s always something you can do for your relationship and partner, it doesn’t need to be expensive nor too extravagant; just something to say I love you. Here are 12 simple and cute things you can do for one another:

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Culture

How to Stay Motivated When You’re Unemployed

Being unemployed can be a hard time to stay motivated. The tough job climate paired with pressures to climb the career ladder fast, can start to make things frustrating. However, there’s a few tips and tricks that may help you beat the no-job slump.

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Relationships

Awkward First Dates

  First dates can be nerve-wracking as it is, without experiencing those cringe-worthy moments. From calling your date the wrong name, to them talking none stop about their ex. Here are just some of the awkward moments you may encounter…

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Relationships

Are you settling for Mr not so Right?

Are you still single waiting for that perfect guy to enter your life, wondering where he is and when you will have the chance to meet him. But another year passes and he still hasn’t appeared, you then start to worry. Is this another year being alone and single, having no one to keep you […]

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Culture

Are Asian weddings becoming too expensive?

It’s that time again, it’s staring at you in the face with its beautiful shiny paper, intricate patterns and of course seeping that fresh smell of India. If you haven’t guessed, I’m talking about the glamorous wedding invitations sitting on top of your mantelpiece; it may still even be there from the last wedding you […]

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Culture

Do strict parents produce the wildest children?

So, we all knew (and kind of felt sorry for) that one person in school who was never allowed to do anything or go anywhere, because their parent/s simply told them NO. Undoubtedly, every parent wants to protect their child as much they can, but is strict parenting the right way to do that?

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Entertainment

12 signs you’re addicted to Bollywood

So you love Bollywood films huh? Do you just appreciate the stories and colour they bring to your life? Or is the magic of Indian cinema creeping into your reality? Woah! I’m not saying we need a Bollywood limit, (that’s unthinkable) but here are 12 signs that you might be a teeny bit addicted to Bollywood:

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Relationships

Is there a taboo of Online Dating?

IS ONLINE DATING THE WAY FORWARD? As social media platforms and dating sites are becoming increasingly popular, more and more single people are hoping that this may be a gateway to find their soulmate. How did you meet your partner? “Erm…just through friends… during university?” Now whilst that may be true for some couples, those of […]

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