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A storytelling podcast that will weekly share narratives written and submitted by South Asian Americans on abuse, shame, love, confusion, resilience, and redefinition. To submit your story, email: desinarratives@gmail.com

Desi Diaspora Ghonva

    • Society & Culture

A storytelling podcast that will weekly share narratives written and submitted by South Asian Americans on abuse, shame, love, confusion, resilience, and redefinition. To submit your story, email: desinarratives@gmail.com

    Episode 4: Wasted

    Episode 4: Wasted

    A Muslim South Asian American woman speaks up about an intoxicated night and how this affected her. A night of confusion and losing control over her actions. She contemplates what could have happened had she not been in an altered state.
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    Today, Isha Rauf of New Jersey reads a narrative by an Anonymous submitter.
    Guest Speaker: Erika Sorondo
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    Contact us: desinarratives@gmail.com | Instagram: @desidiaspora |
    Music for today’s story by Ryan Nugent aka Ruxton (@ruxton_the_nerd)
    Podcast theme music by AnAlyzer (@iamAnAlyzer)

    • 33 min
    Episode 3: Grief and Love and Marriage

    Episode 3: Grief and Love and Marriage

    A second-generation South Asian American daughter reflects on her relationship with her father five years after his death and explores his distant demeanor. She reflects on the impacts it had on her relationship with her older brother. After learning new pieces of her father’s youth, she examines the space he created between himself and his wife and their children. It pushes her to realize she will always let those she values know that they are appreciated and loved.
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    Today’s Challenge: Reflect on the relationships you have with siblings or sibling-like-figures. And share your moments of sibling love or support as a 30 second voice memo (sent to DesiNarratives@gmail.com) to be featured on a future bonus episode on!
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    Today, Aparna Kumar of Dallas, TX reads her own narrative submission.
    Guest Speaker: Erika Sorondo, LA-based behavioral therapist
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    Contact us: desinarratives@gmail.com | Instagram: @desidiaspora |
    Podcast theme music by AnAlyzer.

    • 42 min
    Episode 2: Shanti and Salaam

    Episode 2: Shanti and Salaam

    A young Muslim Indian American man recalls his journey of interfaith work with his Hindu peers growing up. Due to his childhood, he learned and valued the importance of religious diversity within his own ethnic community. As a young adult in college, he began creating spaces for his peers to engage in civil discourse with members of others faiths, especially during a time when many members of the South Asian communities in America, regardless of religion, are facing an increase in discrimination.
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    Today’s Challenge: Ask an elder in your life—what is their story?
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    Today, Kumail Raza reads a narrative submitted by Aamir Hussain. |
    Check out Raza’s latest single Bollyhood: https://soundcloud.com/razatwn/bollyhood-featuring-graff-beatz
    Film Project—Partition of 1947: https://www.ghonva.com/project-partition/ |
    Guest Speaker: Razia Kosi |
    Contact us: desinarratives@gmail.com | Instagram: @desidiaspora |
    Podcast theme music by AnAlyzer (@iamAnAlyzer)

    • 36 min
    Episode 1: You are only worthy of love if...

    Episode 1: You are only worthy of love if...

    An anonymous woman shares the story of how she and her family experienced ostracization from their Bengali community. The community was focused too focused on assimilation but also traditional upkeep that they neglected to provide communal support to a family that began to fall apart. Constant pressures, both external and internal, to make the community and family proud led to a decline in her family’s health and her overall well-being. Because unfortunately, she was taught “you are only worthy of love, if you don’t bring shame.”
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    Today, I read a narrative by an anonymous submitter. |
    Guest Speaker: Rashel Taylor |
    Contact us: desinarratives@gmail.com |
    Our instagram: @desidiaspora |
    Thank you to @d17productions + Christina M. + Ryan Nugent aka Ruxton (@ruxton_the_nerd) |
    Podcast theme music by AnAlyzer (@iamAnAlyzer)

    • 33 min
    Episode 0: The Introduction

    Episode 0: The Introduction

    Welcome to Desi Diaspora—The Podcast. This introductory episode will let you know what to expect from this story-sharing podcast, and how to get involved.
    Join us next week to hear the first narrative submission to be shared, titled "You Are Only Worthy Of Love, If You Don't Bring Shame".

    Contact us: desinarratives@gmail.com
    Follow us on instagram: @desidiaspora

    Today's beats were produced by AnAlyzer (instagram: @iamAnAlyzer)

    • 4 min

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