6 episodes

Hajar J. Woodland is a singer and writer who rarely shies away from expressing herself. Growing up, her older sister Raahil was far more guarded with her feelings and opinions. Both were hardworking and academic and both started wearing the hijab as young girls raised in a strict, but unconventional Muslim household. Now in their thirties and living in London, Raahil and Hajar talk about the impact of those early years on their adult lives. 'Conversations with My Sister' is Hajar's attempt to bring her older sister's voice to life as each episode she takes one item and asks Raahil what memories and emotions it evokes.

Conversations with My Sister Hajar J. Woodland

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Hajar J. Woodland is a singer and writer who rarely shies away from expressing herself. Growing up, her older sister Raahil was far more guarded with her feelings and opinions. Both were hardworking and academic and both started wearing the hijab as young girls raised in a strict, but unconventional Muslim household. Now in their thirties and living in London, Raahil and Hajar talk about the impact of those early years on their adult lives. 'Conversations with My Sister' is Hajar's attempt to bring her older sister's voice to life as each episode she takes one item and asks Raahil what memories and emotions it evokes.

    Part 6: Am I White?

    Part 6: Am I White?

    Not so much an item, but after reading Reni Eddo-Lodge's brilliant 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race', we wanted to talk more about the role of race in our lives and our role in discussions about racism. This episode is a little less...

    • 30 min
    Part 5: Money

    Part 5: Money

    We talk all things money. How we didn't grow up with much of it. How one of us is now nice and stable and the other (guess who) still doesn't know when things will get easier. We've also started to notice a theme emerging, so in this episode we...

    • 41 min
    Part 4: Tweezers

    Part 4: Tweezers

    A lighthearted chat about tweezers and hair removal has a few dark twists but mainly Hajar and Raahil talk about how important eyebrow shape was growing up - and what to do about Hajar's grey moustache. (It's hyperpigmentation!!)

    • 34 min
    Part 3: CV

    Part 3: CV

    Hajar J. Woodland talks to her older sister Raahil about what a CV means for them - mainly a sense of regret and inadequacy along with horrendous memories of awful interviews. They don't want to complain about their lack of preparation for adult life or...

    • 34 min
    Part 2: Tape Measure

    Part 2: Tape Measure

    Sisters Raahil and Hajar talk discuss what a tape measure represents to them about weight loss, body positivity and school PE lessons...

    • 37 min
    Part 1: Tea Towel

    Part 1: Tea Towel

    Hajar J. Woodland talks to her older sister Raahil about the humble tea towel, and why, growing up as mixed race British Muslims, it represents so much more for them than the washing up.

    • 37 min

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