12 episodes

Hosted by Mitali Dargani, this podcast aims to uncover the various experiences of the South Asian diaspora in the 21st century, through a casual chat with a bunch of awesome guests. It touches upon the similarities and differences in the way we as first gen. immigrants manoeuvre our surroundings, whilst overcoming self-doubt to pursue our goals, not without fear, but always unapologetically.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Hosted by Mitali Dargani, this podcast aims to uncover the various experiences of the South Asian diaspora in the 21st century, through a casual chat with a bunch of awesome guests. It touches upon the similarities and differences in the way we as first gen. immigrants manoeuvre our surroundings, whilst overcoming self-doubt to pursue our goals, not without fear, but always unapologetically.

    College Basketball, Befriending Aunties & Celebrating Blindian Love with Jonah Batambuze

    College Basketball, Befriending Aunties & Celebrating Blindian Love with Jonah Batambuze

    This week, I sit down to have a chat with Jonah Batambuze, the founder and creator of Blindian Project, a platform showcasing the stories of Black x South Asian couples. The globally crowdsourced, art-based documentary project aims to normalise Black x South Asian relationships and dismantle anti-blackness within both communities. Jonah is a Ugandan-American, multidisciplinary creative with a focus on community building. He is now based in London and his work focuses on uplifting the underdog and connecting communities through online & offline activations.

    I’m such a huge fan of the work Jonah is doing, and we delve into all things growing up in Chicago, being a college athlete, travelling to Ireland and meeting his now wife who is Indian, and what motivated Jonah to start his platform. We also talk about his beautiful wedding, the importance of travel, a bit of healthy competition, getting over fears of cultural barriers between two families and how he manages it all with his full-time consulting job and family life. Loved this candid chat and felt like I learnt so much about Jonah and also about the purpose of his project. I hope you get to learn some interesting things too from it!

    Disclaimer: Thoughts and views expressed are our very own; we are purely speaking from our personal experiences and do not aim to offend or disrespect. If you have any concerns with any of the areas discussed, please reach out.

    • 52 min
    Self Celebration, A Journey With Grief & A Whole Lotta SASS with Shirin Shah

    Self Celebration, A Journey With Grief & A Whole Lotta SASS with Shirin Shah

    TW: Topics around death and grief are discussed in this episode.

    The first thing I noticed about Shirin when I met her for the first time at a dance class was how reserved she appeared to be, but as soon as we started getting to know one another, I quickly learned how chilled and at times goofy she is, and also how much wisdom she has to offer despite not quite appreciating it herself. Aside from being a lawyer, a great dancer and overall lovely person, none of which she gives herself enough credit for (do any of us?) she is also impressively the co-founder of South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS), an organisation and community designed to open up difficult conversations around the South Asian female and non-binary experience. They run book clubs and round tables where ideas are shared among many other inspiring and educational events. It has been a privilege to hear the story of how this community came about from one of the founding mothers herself.

    Perhaps a topic that we hardly ever hear about in any culture or community is that of death, loss and grief. Yet as Shirin so eloquently puts it, it's the only guaranteed thing in all our lives. We will all have an experience with it at some point, and so it is important to think about how to navigate it rather than brushing it under the carpet and how to be more empathetic towards those experiencing it. This is one of the very first times Shirin has shared her experience with losing her dad earlier this year; a deep rooted, ominous fear that many of us who are close to our parents carry on our chest, and I really learnt a lot from her experience with it, and particularly amidst a global pandemic.

    Feel free to reach out to Shirin on twitter.com/shirinfulna or on Instagram via @weare_sass to get involved in their exciting events and community.

    Disclaimer: Thoughts and views expressed are our very own; we are purely speaking from our personal experiences and do not aim to offend or disrespect. If you have any concerns with any of the areas discussed, please reach out.

    • 59 min
    Purple Wigs, Breast Cancer & Normalising Therapy with Roshni Kamta

    Purple Wigs, Breast Cancer & Normalising Therapy with Roshni Kamta

    I came across Roshni's profile about a year ago when she featured on the Live Tinted Instagram page, and her story was so striking to me that I knew I absolutely had to bring her on here to have a chat. And it just so happens that we were both wearing the Live Tinted huestick when we recorded this episode! #notanad

    Roshni is a proud Surinamese woman, often mistaken at first glance for being Indian, yet at the same time being so deeply and proudly ingrained in South Asian culture. She graduated from Rutgers University in May 2018 and is working in the digital marketing space in New York. In April 2019, Roshni was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in which she endured 16 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. Through her experience, Roshni is working to destigmatise what being a cancer patient is and to educate young women, especially those of ethnic backgrounds, to not be afraid to advocate for their health. What better time to do so than during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    In this episode we speak about everything from her finally feeling some form of representation through fellow Indo-Caribbean Nadia from Indian Matchmaking, to getting a puppy (it seems there is a theme with these episodes!) to embracing her new hairstyle and wearing lots of colourful wigs, to surprisingly uncovering even more childhood-related traumas than cancer-related ones through therapy. We talk about experiencing chemo brain at work, and whether chemo hurts as much as they say it does? And also why it’s so important to keep your body in check, not letting societal stereotypes (and the patriarchy) shame you into not talking about feeling your breasts regularly. We also touch on the common idea of not wanting to ‘stand out’ too much in the workplace or among friends, yet still choosing to be outspoken and wanting to share our experiences with the hopes that it may somehow help somebody. I loved our chat and I hope you do too.

    Disclaimer: Thoughts and views expressed are our very own; we are purely speaking from our personal experiences and do not aim to offend or disrespect. If you have any concerns with any of the areas discussed, please reach out.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Lockdown Pups, All the Degrees & Building AfroDesi with Pranav Patel

    Lockdown Pups, All the Degrees & Building AfroDesi with Pranav Patel

    I sat down to have a chat with Pranav Patel, co-founder of AfroDesi (an eclectic fusion of African and Indian dance styles), professional dancer, ex-Nasa intern, law student, among like 3 other degrees, and proud puppy owner! We discussed how he embraced his Gujarati roots growing up in the US and navigated his dual identity in a very positive way, whilst doing every extracurricular activity he could possibly get his hands on. We spoke about procrastination. And politics and BLM. And piercings. And dealing with getting evicted from his flat. We also covered the South Asian dance scene in the US; him participating in and judging dance competitions and the conception of AfroDesi and what the future holds. Most importantly, we spoke at length about his beautiful dog. I could have talked about her all episode, tbh.

    We got a chance to hang out last year while Pranav was visiting London teaching dance workshops. Whilst talking to him and making him down masala coke, which he did like a trooper, what struck me the most is how no-BS he is. The more I spoke to him during the recording of this episode, the more I realised that he's also managed to figure out how to balance all the different moving parts really efficiently. Or at least make it look like he does. Watch this space, because there are big things coming from this one!

    Instagram: @pranavpatel.jpg @afrod3si

    Disclaimer: Thoughts and views expressed are our very own; we are purely speaking from our personal experiences and do not aim to offend or disrespect. If you have any concerns with any of the areas discussed, please reach out.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    An Update

    An Update

    Just dropping by to let you know that there are going to be some changes to the podcast. We're super excited to share what is next in store! Stay tuned.

    • 3 min
    Difficult Conversations

    Difficult Conversations

    One very special thing 2020 has done is it has given us a LOT of time to reflect. A global pandemic appeared literally out of nowhere and forced us to sit down with our thoughts for long periods of time, either far away from our loved ones or too closely in their space and this has sparked the opportunity to have many an uncomfortable conversation, be it to educate, debate, make a change, clear the air (or simply our conscious). In this episode, we discuss our personal experiences with how we have been approaching difficult conversations, and share practical tools and tips on how we could continue to have them even more effectively going forward. 

    Disclaimer: Thoughts and views expressed are our very own; we are purely speaking from our personal experiences and do not aim to offend or disrespect. If you have any concerns with any of the areas discussed, please reach out.

    • 29 min

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

BaviniMorar ,

Proud of these two!

It’s absolutely amazing that you girls have created this podcast! We all need to talk about taboo topics especially in the Asian Community! Thank you for sharing the thoughts we all are thinking and saying what is exactly in our minds! So fun and energetic! Really enjoy listening to you! Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see how big this will become one day! Xox B

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