48 episodes

As a British Bengali, many of the experiences faced by women I grew up with have slipped through the cracks of mainstream feminism. Brown Don’t Frown Podcast digs deeper to attract an audience who can relate to us, as well as those with entirely new perspectives and experiences to our own, so that we can engage in open conversations without judgement. While by no means exhaustive, Brown Don’t Frown centres around the dissection of trials and tribulations faced by women, with a particular focus on minority and underrepresented women. We’re grateful to be able to share our stories through personal anecdotes, life experiences and many laughs along the way.

Brown Don't Frown Podcast Tania S H

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

As a British Bengali, many of the experiences faced by women I grew up with have slipped through the cracks of mainstream feminism. Brown Don’t Frown Podcast digs deeper to attract an audience who can relate to us, as well as those with entirely new perspectives and experiences to our own, so that we can engage in open conversations without judgement. While by no means exhaustive, Brown Don’t Frown centres around the dissection of trials and tribulations faced by women, with a particular focus on minority and underrepresented women. We’re grateful to be able to share our stories through personal anecdotes, life experiences and many laughs along the way.

    Season 6: Ep 45 - Neelam Heera Shergill on advocating for better reproductive health outcomes in marginalised communities

    Season 6: Ep 45 - Neelam Heera Shergill on advocating for better reproductive health outcomes in marginalised communities

    Neelam founded Cysters in 2015 as a way to challenge some of the misconceptions and stigma around reproductive health, particularly for marginalised and racialised groups. It started off as a Facebook group and has evolved to become a community-led charity which aims to address some of the systemic barriers to better health outcomes.
    In this episode, Neelam's fierce dedication to improving reproductive health outcomes alongside her own lived experience come through poignantly as she shares the journey of Cysters, including its challenges and successes, as well as the significance of its core values of community, collaboration, care, and confidence. We also explore taboos in our communities, notably among South Asian women, discussing progress made and hopes for the next generation.
    I ask Neelam about Cysters' mobilisation initiatives and outreach campaigns to raise awareness and empower harder to reach communities to speak openly about their health and have a seat at the decision-making table, such as "Chai and Chat" and "Cysters Smear," including its work to influence public health policy.
    To join the Cysterhood, visit @cystersgroup on Instagram or www.cysters.org.

    • 35 min
    Season 6: Ep 44 - In conversation with Mitali Dargani on outward success, inner flaws, and straddling stability with taking risks

    Season 6: Ep 44 - In conversation with Mitali Dargani on outward success, inner flaws, and straddling stability with taking risks

    Mitali Dargani is our next guest. As creator and host of Brown Game Strong, an interview show spotlighting creative South Asian minds, Mitali tells us how the show originated from a place of community support and encouragement, and is an embodiment of lifting each other up. Yet, Brown Game Strong is not just about showing outward success, but equally, recognising the flaws, demons, and challenges we all face. 
    This was a really enriching discussion in many ways as we uncovered our thought processes in being sandwiched between two mindsets: stability and taking risks, as reflected in our life choices. 
    As fellow creatives in the storytelling space, we also spend some time reframing how we perceive ‘success’, sharing a sense of conscientiousness about ourselves and the world. We ask - is the need to be constantly productive the antidote to unfulfillment or the antithesis to happiness? Finally, we take an introspective look into how we think our 30s will define us. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Season 6: Ep 43 - The motherhood juggle: redefining the narrative and finding ways to enjoy the present

    Season 6: Ep 43 - The motherhood juggle: redefining the narrative and finding ways to enjoy the present

    In this episode, I sit down with an inspirational former colleague and friend, Gabbie Stewart. Gabbie is originally from New Zealand but has spent many years in London with her husband and three young children. We talk about the inevitable juggle of life, personal identity, work, motherhood and everything in between. 
    We consider the evolution and revolution of pregnancy and motherhood over generations, overcoming myths and fears, alongside convention and personal choices. Working mothers are well acquainted with the term ‘motherhood penalty’ and within this context, Gabbie and I talk about reaching our potential, redefining our own narratives, and reclaiming ourselves while finding ways to enjoy the present and thrive. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Season 6: Ep 42 - Seetal Kaur on motherhood: learning and unlearning from traditions, defying complete selflessness and setting good examples

    Season 6: Ep 42 - Seetal Kaur on motherhood: learning and unlearning from traditions, defying complete selflessness and setting good examples

    Seetal Kaur is our next guest. She is Co-Director of Forward Culture, a social initiative focussing on the empowerment of South Asian women. Seetal explains Forward Culture exists not just for finding pride in our South Asian heritage, but also about critically evaluating previous traditions and evolving them in line with our own empowerment and identity.
    In this episode, we talk about our shared experience of something that nothing and no one can ever prepare you for: motherhood. We begin with learning from previous generations, examining what has fallen away and what has stood the test of time. We discuss how soul destroying complete selflessness can be and why we shouldn't put it on a pedestal in South Asian cultures in the way that we do. We also explore setting good examples for our children, ‘unlearning’ and ‘reparenting’ and the contrasts between gentle parenting/validating emotions vs authoritative parenting/disciplinarian approaches. Seetal also shares how therapy for her has been a necessary antidote to emotional barriers and improved self-awareness.
    Forward Culture offers an enriching Mentorship programme for South Asian women and runs regular workshops, events and research. You can find out more and get involved through www.forwardculture.co or head over to its Instagram @forward.culture.
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    If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please consider supporting it - all for as little as the price of a coffee! You can donate here: www.patreon.com/browndontfrownpod.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Season 6: Ep 41 - In conversation with Sairish Hussain on finding inspiration, original storytelling and navigating the publishing industry

    Season 6: Ep 41 - In conversation with Sairish Hussain on finding inspiration, original storytelling and navigating the publishing industry

    The first guest of season 6 is Sairish Hussain, author of ‘The Family Tree’ and ‘Hidden Fires’. Sairish shares her writing journey and the inspirations behind the characters and plots in both of her novels. We also discuss the depiction of negative South Asian and Muslim stereotypes in popular culture and how she has defied these narratives in her stories as well as the importance of authenticity and originality. 
    Diversity in publishing has been a longstanding and ongoing conversation. We look at Sairish’s experience of navigating the world of publishing and discuss the progress that has been made since the publication of her debut novel in 2020, including what more could be done, moving beyond tokenism and quotas. 
    Sairish also shares some thoughts and advice for aspiring writers and academics, as well as her future hopes and aspirations. 
    You can find copies of both of her novels ‘The Family Tree’ and ‘Hidden Fires’ online or in most bookstores. 
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    • 56 min
    TRAILER: Season 6

    TRAILER: Season 6

    Brown Don’t Frown is back again! Season 6 drops March 2024! Make sure you hit the subscribe button and you will be notified as soon as a new episode goes live. 
    This season is all about empathy and empowerment through various lenses, such as navigating our 30s, not just reaching life goals and milestones but making new ones, parenthood and reproductive health, spinning plates, challenges, fears, surviving, thriving, finding purpose and intention, gratitude, balance, calm, and rest. We’ve got some inspiring women including fellow South Asian podcasters, an acclaimed novelist, a reproductive health campaigner and charity founder, and a co-director of a South Asian women’s empowerment initiative.
    Sign up to our newsletter:  https://mailchi.mp/186e92c0ae06/browndontfrownpodcastnewsletter 
    If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please consider supporting it - for as little as the price of a coffee! You can donate here: www.patreon.com/browndontfrownpod.
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    • 2 min

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This podcast is extremely engaging and enlightening. There are a wide range of topics that are all very interesting, and I appreciate hearing so many new perspectives on topics I’d never have thought to explore.

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Enlightening podcast

Very refreshing to hear different opinions and thoughts on current affairs and more. Tania is a very eloquent podcast host.

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Very relatable!

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