21 episodes

Hosted by Mitali Dargani, this podcast aims to uplift global citizens through a South Asian lens. The episodes feature unique and nuanced interview-style conversations with people within or related to the desi diaspora who are achieving exciting things, often many at once, all whilst pushing past their inner critic.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Hosted by Mitali Dargani, this podcast aims to uplift global citizens through a South Asian lens. The episodes feature unique and nuanced interview-style conversations with people within or related to the desi diaspora who are achieving exciting things, often many at once, all whilst pushing past their inner critic.

    Storytelling Through Dance, Loving Your Body and Becoming Your Highest Self with Tanya Thanawalla

    Storytelling Through Dance, Loving Your Body and Becoming Your Highest Self with Tanya Thanawalla

    Tanya is a dancer, choreographer and creative director based in New York and through her visual storytelling and teaching over the last few years both in person and online has won the hearts of so many people all over the world. Not only is she an incredibly hard working and dedicated human being, she’s also been transparent in sharing her struggles and journey with the world and proves to us every day that hard work will always win.

    In this episode, we chat about Tanya’s journey with food and her body, as well as both her physical and her mental training journey to be able to do what she does as dancer. We talk about how she deals with haters online, with her relationship with social media and engagement and how she manages to stay on top of it all whilst managing her anxiety and overall mental health. I’m so grateful and humbled to have had the opportunity to chat with her so openly about her inner demons and self doubt and how she fights it to be able to show up every day and keep killing it at her profession and craft. Hope you gain a lot from this conversation. I definitely did!

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    Find Tanya on Instagram at @tanya_thanawa or on her website www.tanyathanawalla.com

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Building This Girl Invests, Growing Up Sindhi on an Island and The Importance of Financial Freedom with Prerna Khemlani

    Building This Girl Invests, Growing Up Sindhi on an Island and The Importance of Financial Freedom with Prerna Khemlani

    Prerna is a chartered accountant and also the founder of This Girl Invests, an incredible educational platform aimed at providing women with financial freedom through jargon-free content that explains all aspects of personal finance and investing in a digestible format. I am proud to say that Prerna is also Spanish Sindhi, grew up between the Canary Islands and Madrid and now lives in London and is my dear friend of 12+ years now!

    In this episode we chat about everything from our MSN days to what Prerna's experience was like moving to the UK and what propelled her to make the choice to study Pharmacology and then work in Audit in a Big 4 firm and eventually create a side hustle where she provides people with financial literacy. I've learnt so much from speaking to her about how to manage my spending / saving and we also discuss why it's so important for women specifically to know how to invest and why women in South Asian communities (especially the Sindhi community from our personal experience) were typically not equipped with this knowledge in the past. We hope this is now changing!

    Prerna's great tips have drastically improved how I view and manage my finances and whilst it's known that you can obtain this knowledge from a bit of googling, the beauty of her work is that it's all in one place and you know you'll understand it all pretty much on the first try.

    Find Prerna's work on Instagram on @thisgirlinvests and also find her blog and courses on www.thisgirlinvests.co.uk

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bringing All The Bollywood, IT To The Arts and Following Your Intuition with Nisha Aaliya

    Bringing All The Bollywood, IT To The Arts and Following Your Intuition with Nisha Aaliya

    Nisha Aaliya is a powerhouse. She’s an actress, a dancer, a singer, a model and has worked on some incredible projects including Netflix’s The Girl on The Train alongside Parineeti Chopra, Amazon Prime’s Shakuntala Devi alongside Vidya Balan, numerous adverts including Deliveroo and Hellmann’s and yet still somehow manages to remain completely grounded, genuine and lovely when you speak to her.

    In this episode we discuss exactly how Nisha went from pursuing a career in IT working her way up the corporate ladder to becoming a leading actress in a Bollywood musical overnight with no formal prior training in acting or intention to audition. We talk about the exciting work she has been involved in recently, what it’s like to be in the creative field, especially during COVID, what her hopes and dreams are for her future, and also what it’s like to work in Bollywood as a British Asian actress. We also discuss the significance of dance in her life and how it powers her to make important decisions whilst also touching on her relationship with her roots and the significance of parental approval in desi families to pursue careers in creative fields. All of that among tons of other stuff and a few giggles. I hope you enjoy this wonderful chat.

    Find Nisha on Instagram on: @miss.nisha.aaliya

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Demystifying Tantra, Solo Travelling and Living Your Purpose with Henika Patel

    Demystifying Tantra, Solo Travelling and Living Your Purpose with Henika Patel

    Henika is the founder of School of Sensual Arts, an organisation aimed towards bringing the ancient Indian arts into modern society. We became friends over lockdown and she is a total inspiration, with the way she slowly transitioned away from her law career and into teaching yoga and tantra, and proceeding to uproot and travel the world for a few years. She listened to her soul and followed her gut instinct and truly, what can be more freeing than that? She now dedicates her time to educating the world about these beautiful arts that are often so misconstrued by the time they are brought over to the West. 

    We speak at length about her solo travels, especially as a desi woman, and what she learnt and experienced on that journey that she now incorporates into her work and purpose. She talks about what it was like travelling to China whilst not speaking the local language, and still finding kindness everywhere she went. We talk about what it took for her to transition away from the corporate world to really work towards what she really feels her true calling is, whilst overcoming any fears of financial instability and what people would think of this decision. We also discuss cultural appropriation of the yoga and tantra practices and what we as a society can do better to honour those ancient art forms the way that they truly deserve to be. 

    I feel so privileged to have had this chat with the lovely Henika, who is just such a gentle and calming soul and I genuinely feel like I've learnt so much from this episode. I also have attended her women's circles which I highly recommend to anybody who is looking to go deeper into their self awareness journey.

    School of Sensual Arts: https://schoolofsensualarts.co.uk/

    Henika can be found on Instagram on @henikapetal

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Navigating Two Worlds, Curry is ‘Actually’ from England and The Reading List with Sara Nisha Adams

    Navigating Two Worlds, Curry is ‘Actually’ from England and The Reading List with Sara Nisha Adams

    Today I'm excited to bring to you a conversation with the lovely Sara Nisha Adams, a debut author who has just released her first book 'The Reading List' a beautiful story about an elderly Gujarati widower who discovers reading in an attempt to feel closer to his late wife who loved books, who meets and becomes friends with a young lady who works at his local library and gives him a list of books to read. 

    Sara grew up to English and Gujarati parents, and having experienced living in Hertfordshire as well as Wembley in all their glory, shares with us what it was like for her growing up with these two different cultural influences, and also candidly shares her journey writing and publishing this beautiful book which is so greatly inspired by her own personal life, whilst in a pandemic. She also gives us an insight into how she overcame her self doubt every single day whilst writing. How often do you get to read a book and then share your thoughts with the writer themselves?

    Find Sara on @saranishaadamsbooks and be sure to give her your thoughts if you've read her book!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Authenticity, Taking Up Space & Balancing a PhD with Teaching at Psycle with Aanya Hirdaramani

    Authenticity, Taking Up Space & Balancing a PhD with Teaching at Psycle with Aanya Hirdaramani

    In this episode I ask Aanya how she quite literally manages being a Psycle instructor whilst doing a full time science PhD. From having been diagnosed with leukaemia as a child whilst growing up in Sri Lanka, to coming to London for treatment and boarding school and falling in love with science, fitness has been something that has followed her throughout her adult journey, and she shares with us how she organically came across the opportunity to apply to be an instructor at Psycle or the PhD she is now pursuing. Through her 'A Team', she motivates hundreds of people to fall in love with themselves and their bodies, and push themselves to show up and be better. However she doesn't shy away from her struggles and we talk about the times she has found it really difficult to manage everything and what she does to help get herself out of a funk.

    One of my favourite parts of this episode is discussing food and nutrition and various misconceptions that exist around certain diets such as vegetarianism or veganism. There are some great practical tips on how to include certain food groups if you are struggling to figure out what to cook at home. 

    Aanya may not quite realise it but she is massively paving the way for South Asian women to fall in love with fitness and their relationships with food. I'm so proud that she is part of the same Sindhi community that I am from, because many women in our community don't typically place much importance on fitness and exercise and so it's great to see her  among some other amazingSouth Asian women in the fitness space in Europe, charging right through that barrier.

    You can find Aanya on Instagram at @aanya.h and definitely check out some of her music playlists that will get you pumped on your next workout.

    • 58 min

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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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