Life is full of lessons, and one of the greatest teachers we have ever had is our own mother. Our desi mothers can be viewed as a unique set of women, especially when reflecting back on the last few decades of British Asian culture, our mums have had to face hardships and overcome challenges with […]Read more
Bridging the Language Gap: The Story of T4tales
Inspired by the need to teach her child Hindi while living abroad, Pridhee Gupta created T4Tales, an innovative company that bridges the language gap between Indian languages and their diaspora.Read more
Reigniting your Mother Tongue
British Bindi’s Kiran’s experience – The moment I realised I had lost my mother tongue was like a punch in the gut (sounds dramatic, but it was a frustratingly sinking feeling). Growing up in a bilingual household, I had always taken it for granted that I could switch between English and Punjabi so easily. But […]Read more
Desi Doggy Names
I’m sure we’ve all met some dogs in our life time with the biggest Desi names! It has been a tradition in the South Asian culture for centuries, that we tend to choose Desi names for our dogs to honor and celebrate our culture and heritage. It’s such a special way to extend the culture […]Read more
From Guard Dogs to Furry Family Members: How Keeping Dogs has Changed
Dogs are some of the most beloved companions in the UK, approximately 62% of households in the UK own a pet, with a dog being the most popular type of pet. Many South Asians have embraced them as family pets. But it wasn’t always this way… For generations, South Asians in the UK have kept […]Read more
Random Acts of Kindness Day: The world could do with more ‘Seva’
Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day to celebrate the power of kindness and encourage people to spread positivity throughout the world. ‘Seva’ is an ancient Sanskrit term that means selfless service. It is the act of selfless giving without expecting anything in return. It is an expression of love and compassion for the […]Read more
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 […]Read more
Cheap and Convenient Punjabi Recipes for Uni Students!
As a 20-year-old university student, in my third year of not living at home, you’d think I’d be pretty independent right? Well, since I have been living at home during lockdown I have had a lot, and I mean a lot of time to reflect on how I have lived at university. It’s no secret […]Read more
5 things we learnt from Gurki Basra; Growth, Purpose and Positivity
I am obsessed with dating shows. There’s something about watching random strangers on TV meeting for the first time, seeing how they vibe and predicting their future together that leaves me feeling extremely satisfied and also like I’m some sort of single relationship expert who has loads of knowledge (but chooses not to use it […]Read more
✨ All the times Indian Matchmaking made me cringe ✨
I (like probably many other brown people) was very proud to see Indians back on my Netflix homepage again – surprisingly (but amazingly) soon after Devi and her brown fam in Never Have I Ever. It reminded me of the pride I used to feel when I’d spot Indians on TV or when I’d find […]Read more
The Twisted Fairytale of Skin Lightening Products
“Skin lIghtening products are widely discussed in the community, light skin is equated to beauty. Growing up hearing light, white and fair you are naturally drawn to these products, it’s a form of word of mouth from one aunt to the next;”Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
Bridesmaid Lookbook: Part 1
British Bindi co-founder and more importantly our best friend Jasmeen got married! Here’s the BB Bridesmaids’ looks through the 6 day wedding extravaganza.Read more
Marriage is not a tradition we need to uphold.
Coming from a South Asian background where I grew up in a joint family with my dad’s brother and his family, it was difficult to be different from the rest. We were all taught the same things, had the same cultural development but I am proud to say I am vastly different. My parents are […]Read more
Are we losing our culture by not knowing our mother tongue?
It was all too common being laughed at when I had mispronounced a Punjabi word or getting my grammar jumbled up. It wasn’t just a snigger it was a humiliating roar from everyone in the room. Enough to put anyone off trying. So I did. Tired of being humiliated, tired of being laughed at, yet […]Read more
Why do British Asian women feel contraception shamed?
Let’s talk about sex, baby When it comes to taboo subjects within the Asian community, sex is right up there with the likes of interfaith marriage, divorce and homosexuality; to name just a few. We can all agree that the topic of contraception is rarely, if at all, discussed within Asian households or within the […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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. […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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, […]Read more
What’s wrong with being childless?
“Will I ever have children?” My friend pondered.
Guest blogger Sharan explores the topic of childlessness.
Interview with Guleraana Mir – writer of ‘Coconut’
‘Coconut’ UK Tour starts 16th May – 30th June 2018 Exploring your cultural identity within the British Asian culture can sometimes be a struggle, it could be from wanting to go out with your friends when you were at school and your parents disallowing it, scared about what relatives will think. Or to finding a […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
Turning 25 – Amani’s 25th Birthday Revelation
5 Twenty – Five Such an significant age right? A quarter of a century. It’s the end of an era, but the beginning of a whole new one! You’re no longer a young adult? Like come on, it’s you’re final year to use your 18-25 rail card, your old enough for a smear test (yes […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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, […]Read more
The Globe Trotting Journo
The Globe Trotting Journo talks to us about travelling and preparing for 6 month adventure.Read more
Set Goals Not Resolutions
Here’s a spin on resolutions that might help sticking to them less daunting. We’re big believers in being goal-setters.Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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.Read more
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 […]Read more
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?Read more