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
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
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
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
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
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. […]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