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Proudly feminist Masala Podcast is the winner of British Podcast Awards 2021 & 2020. Exploring cultural taboos: everything from sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, porn, mental health, shame, sexual harassment & more. Featuring some of the world's most powerful South Asian women, these Bad Betis are talking about things we're not "supposed" to talk about.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

Proudly feminist Masala Podcast is the winner of British Podcast Awards 2021 & 2020. Exploring cultural taboos: everything from sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, porn, mental health, shame, sexual harassment & more. Featuring some of the world's most powerful South Asian women, these Bad Betis are talking about things we're not "supposed" to talk about.

    Bad Betis take over + LGBTQ marriage proposal - Masala Podcast Live - S3 Ep12

    Bad Betis take over + LGBTQ marriage proposal - Masala Podcast Live - S3 Ep12

    “The First Live LGBTQ Marriage Proposal, the sense of sisterhood, the love….”
    This very special episode of Masala Podcast Live recorded at Kings Place London on Sat 11th Sept as part of the London Podcast Festival. Our Bad Betis took over Kings Place, we had a wonderful live audience. The sense of sisterhood and support across the room was electrifying.
    We had four incredible guests. Raga D’Silva, LGBTQ activist. Farah Kabir, co-founder of female focussed sexual wellness brand HANX. Dr. Rageshri Dhairyawan, HIV and Sexual Health activist. As well as Dr. Tina Mistry, clinical psychologist specialising in South Asian mental health.
    We had the first ever LGBTQ South Asian marriage proposal live on a podcast where guest Raga D’Silva proposed to their long-time partner Nicola Fenton. It was just so moving. We shed tears, we danced a little to some Indian Shaadi (wedding) music. We were witness to the most beautiful moment of love. Not just among the couple but also the huge love from the Masala Podcast community who turned up to support the podcast.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    South Asian Heritage Month Special - S3 Ep11 - Masala Podcast

    South Asian Heritage Month Special - S3 Ep11 - Masala Podcast

    “I’m sitting in my brown-ness and actually enjoying it…”
    For this very special episode of Masala Podcast, Masala Podcast interviewed the women behind South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM). On this episode, we talk about what it means to be a South Asian woman in Britain today, particularly during COVID times as well as the rich bits of our culture that excite us the most. Think saris, samosas & music.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Who’s the right sort of girl -Anita Rani – S3 Ep10 - Masala Podcast

    Who’s the right sort of girl -Anita Rani – S3 Ep10 - Masala Podcast

    “We’re the pride of our families, we’re the shame of our families. Put a foot wrong and you’re out!“
    On this episode, Anita talks about all the pressures & pains of being the “right sort” of South Asian woman. As well as the pleasures of being part of this incredible culture.
    Having grown up in Bradford, Anita is a proud mix of her Yorkshire and Punjabi roots. Her brand new memoir, The Right Sort of Girl, explores both those aspects of her. As well as exploring many thought-provoking & taboo-busting topics.
    I loved chatting with Anita for Masala Podcast, the conversation warmed my soul and made me tear up a little.Let’s hear it for this Badass Brown Girl, who is exactly The Right Sort of Girl for us all!

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    • 47 min
    Why is divorce still a stigma –Vandana Shah – S3 Ep9 - Masala Podcast

    Why is divorce still a stigma –Vandana Shah – S3 Ep9 - Masala Podcast

    “My husband kicked me out of the house with less than £10 in my pocket…”
    Meet Vandana Shah who went through a horrific divorce herself then went on to become an award-winning divorce lawyer, author, columnist and social entrepreneur.
    After being thrown out from her husband’s home in the middle of the night with just Rs. 750 in her bank account (around 10 pounds), Vandana rebuilt her life and became a successful lawyer, author and role model for women going through abusive marriages.
    Vandana is also the author of the bestseller ‘Ex Files’: The story of my divorce’ published by Penguin which looks at divorce through a humorous lens. The book is now a part of the Judicial College syllabus.

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    • 41 min
    Why is our idea of beauty so narrow – Joti Gata-Aura – S3 Ep8 – Masala Podcast

    Why is our idea of beauty so narrow – Joti Gata-Aura – S3 Ep8 – Masala Podcast

    “I was told I had Vitiligo at 20 & told there was no real cure for it…”
    Meet Joti Gata-Aura, a Body Positivity Spokesperson & Social Media Advocate. Joti was diagnosed with Vitiligo at a young age. But she turned a difficult situation into a fantastic body. positivity movement. 
    In this episode, Joti & Sangeeta talk about why our culture only offers space for a very limited beauty aesthetic. And how important it is for younger and older people to feel comfortable in their own skin.

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    • 42 min
    Why do we need a female-friendly condom – Farah Kabir - S3Ep 7 - Masala Podcast

    Why do we need a female-friendly condom – Farah Kabir - S3Ep 7 - Masala Podcast

    “People making condoms haven’t considered that these things go INTO women’s bodies!”
    Meet Farah Kabir, co-founder of HANX, who tackles the taboo around female contraception & women’s intimate sexual health. In this episode, Sangeeta & Farah talk about why women taking charge of their own contraception and pleasure is important.
    Farah co-founded HANX in 2017, spurred on by the desire to smash taboos around sex, pleasure and intimate health.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

im0genb ,

my favourite podcast 💜

A lovely and amazing podcast centering important discussions and inspiring voices. x ✨⭐️🌟🌙☀️💫

berniejmitchell ,

Eye opening and powerful

Sangeeta is one of the bravest people in podcasting.

Somehow she makes the taboo - un-taboo and human.

She shines light into corners and interviews with humour, empathy and love - even in difficult places.

To go out and find all these people, stories and create a space for them to be shared is a huge amount of practical and emotional work.

It gives hope and voice to women and men every where.

I love it.

questionablyansa ,

We’re all bad betis and I’m here for it 🤩

Love you and the podcast to bits! Deconstructing taboos and the stupidity that is societal norm, absolutely perfectly! Something that all desis should listen to, as we talk about many different topics in depth, with different guests!

♥️♥️♥️

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