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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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