41 episodes

Carolina Desis Gurtej Singh and Rashmili Vemula explore life as the children of Desi immigrants in today’s America. Constantly immersed in and inspired by two contrasting cultures, these South Asians raised in the American South discuss their experiences with “living a double life” and the challenges in reconciling the cultural and societal differences surrounding them daily.

Thought-provoking, sharp, and occasionally silly, Gurtej and Rashmili question and flesh out the South Asian experience in the Western world for Desis and non-Desis alike. Join our hosts as they find common threads, not just among Carolina Desis, but also across the human experience as a whole.

Carolina Desi Podcast Gurtej Singh & Rashmili Vemula

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Carolina Desis Gurtej Singh and Rashmili Vemula explore life as the children of Desi immigrants in today’s America. Constantly immersed in and inspired by two contrasting cultures, these South Asians raised in the American South discuss their experiences with “living a double life” and the challenges in reconciling the cultural and societal differences surrounding them daily.

Thought-provoking, sharp, and occasionally silly, Gurtej and Rashmili question and flesh out the South Asian experience in the Western world for Desis and non-Desis alike. Join our hosts as they find common threads, not just among Carolina Desis, but also across the human experience as a whole.

    CD41 Mamaji by Elisheba Haqq

    CD41 Mamaji by Elisheba Haqq

    Elisheba Haqq is an author, educator, and nurse who has just released her debut memoir Mamaji, chronicling the adversity, challenges, and lessons learned through her own upbringing as a Desi-American in 1970s Minnesota. We sit down with Elisheba to discuss the social and cultural isolation felt in her life, the effects on her family and identity, as well as other core themes that have shaped her and her story. Find Mamaji on Amazon or B&N. 

    • 54 min
    CD40 Ronnie Chatterji for NC State Treasurer

    CD40 Ronnie Chatterji for NC State Treasurer

    On today's episode, we had the great pleasure of speaking with Duke professor, economist, author, and self-described nerd Ronnie Chatterji on his 2020 political campaign as the Democratic candidate for North Carolina State Treasurer. Join us as we learn more about his vision for North Carolina, his background working for the Obama administration, the significance of the office of NC State Treasurer, his own experiences as a Carolina Desi, and much more. Remember to VOTE on or before November 3rd. To learn more about Ronnie and his platform, visit www.ronniechatterji.com.

    • 52 min
    CD39 COVID-19: A Physician’s POV

    CD39 COVID-19: A Physician’s POV

    Everyone’s lives have been affected, but what does the rapid spread of COVID-19 look like from the eyes of a healthcare professional on the front lines of the fight? Kunal Joshi is a hospital based board certified physician from the Seattle, Washington area, one of the first places hit hard in the US by the current pandemic. Join us today as he sits down to share his first-hand experiences and insights on the stress COVID-19 puts on the US healthcare system - its workers, its patients, and the community a

    • 39 min
    CD38 Letting In

    CD38 Letting In

    Kripa Shah is authentically herself. She’s proud to be desi, and she’s proud to be gay. Understanding her origins within a socially conservative culture, she had to tactfully manage both finding her truth and then sharing that truth with her loved ones, knowing full well they may never truly understand her. Join us this week as we discuss her ongoing journey from vulnerability to confidence, and navigating the muddy waters in between.

    • 55 min
    CD37 Bizarro World

    CD37 Bizarro World

    Happy End-of-the-Decade, Carolina Desi listeners! This decade of our lives has been a whirlwind, to say the least. Reflecting on this decade gave us an insight to the evolution (or de-evolution?) of our optimism for the past as well as the upcoming decades of our lives and future generations in this new bizarro world. What do you hope is in store for you?

    Stay tuned for a special surprise at the end!

    • 54 min
    CD36 The Cost Of Free Speech

    CD36 The Cost Of Free Speech

    Sometimes, Free Speech requires a price to be paid. As a result, in today's polarizing world climate we see violence against political activists, government censorship, self-censorship, "Cancel Culture", etc. Join the Carolina Desis this week as they discuss their observations on these costs, their effects on social media, and why it can still be worth saying what's on your mind in the present day.

    As always, thank you Yash Mistry for editing this month’s episode!

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

HammacherSchmeuler ,

Smart, engaging, real

I love the vulnerability and intelligence on this podcast. Thank you for addressing real issues and topics which affect the Desi community and contributing to the important work of representing Desis in the media.

SwetaKoli ,

Thank you for this podcast

Being born and raised in America, but having Indian roots in a majority white society has always made me feel misunderstood. I’ve never had close Indian friends, but the ones I do come across I feel a sense of home with. Being externally brown but internally completely Americanized definitely makes me self conscious. This is not something many people can relate to, unless they are themselves a first generation american. Thank you so much for making this podcast because it’s nice to hear experiences that are similar to mine be voiced. I think it’s important to inform others of this culture.

Yourmommalovesthis ,

Incredibly Enlightening, I can listen for hours

The two of you have a great on air chemistry and while you keep it light and humorous the moments of deep reflection are nuggets that force me to reflect. Keep it going!

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