With lives in New York and San Francisco, the ladies of The Woke Desi came together for one reason: to give South Asians a voice, a place to call home and a friend to empower them as they make their badass way through life. Talking about fun issues like dating and marriage, to the heavier ones like infertility and desi stigmas, The Woke Desi explores the topics South Asians have only whispered about until now, lending itself to a generation unafraid of being bold and fearless. Join hosts Annika (an author) and Nehal (an influencer) as they take a fun, unfiltered, thoughtful approach to all things Desi.
Opening the Surro-gates
Surrogacy in South Asia CAN be positive - however there is a nefarious underbelly to the entire industry--yes, you heard right, industry of baby-making. On Part 2 of Surrogacy, TWD explores a few different laws, issues, and ethics to consider when exploring surrogacy in South Asia (India, in particular).
Flirty Thirty (feat. Nehal Mehra)| South Asians and Dating in Your Thirties
This week's episode of TWD is a little different than usual - Nehal Mehra (@_nehalmehra on IG), a guest from Season 1, confidence coach, friend, makeup artist, and content creator joined the conversation to weigh in on dating in your thirties, confidence, setting standards, not fearing loneliness, and so much more.
Nailing Your Baby Mama | South Asians and Surrogacy: Questions to Ask
Surrogacy is an avenue for parenthood that is often shrouded in mystery. From choosing a gestational carrier to terminology to questions to ask, this episode was enlightening and thought-provoking. In fact, it fostered a part two conversation surrounding surrogacy in South Asia as an upcoming episode! But for now, part one about surrogacy as an option for parenthood is out now on all major podcasting platforms.
Dating Karma (feat. Monica Vaswani of Family Karma) | South Asians and Dating
Bravo TV's reality show, Family Karma, has taken the US by storm! Star Monica Vaswani chats with TWD about dating, self-love, confidence, setting standards, life on television, how dating has changed, and her own anecdotes about owning her story.
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Desiabled | South Asians & Disabilities
TWD is in conversation with Sukhjeen Kaur this week - the founder of Chronically Brown, an organization aimed at decreasing the stigmas surrounding disabilities within the South Asian communities. The conversation is a drop in the ocean: there's so much to learn! But invisible versus visible disabilities, accessibility across websites and social media, stigmatization, shifts in views of disabilities, and more, are the beginning of an important discussion around how we can make positive change.
Q&A with N&A
Welcome back to Season 6 of The Woke Desi! It's been a long hiatus of nearly 5 months but Annika and Nehal are back and they're interviewing...each other?! Tune in for chatter about pandemic learnings, podcast happenings, rebrands, travel plans, book releases and more on the soft launch of Season 6!