Conversations with two young South Asian-American women about their experiences navigating the world and coming into their identities as Loudmouth Ladkis.
Hosted by Saniya Soni and Sapna Ramappa
Desi Dating Horrors
Navigating the dating world as a Desi individual is tough enough considering culture clashes and familial expectations, and a pandemic makes it so much more challenging. This week, we react to some of your shocking Dating Horror stories - including one of our listeners’ soap opera-esque story of breaking up with someone she was dating because his secret fiancée in a foreign country wanted to get back together… wild! During this last episode of 2020, we also talk about looking for quarantine romances and dealing with breakups during a pandemic.
Thank you to the wonderful Dewy Apricot as always for the incredible artwork this season.
Happy holidays, everyone! Sending love & take care! Winter & the holiday season can definitely be rough, so please reach out if you need help. LL co-host Saniya has been working on Loop, a mental health check-in and peer support app, which is a wonderful mental health resource we recommend you all check out!
Save Your Dabbas: South Asian Sustainability
Ever reminisce about the Danish cookies in that blue tin your mom keeps her sewing kit in? This week we sat down with Seema Hari to talk about sustainability in the South Asian diaspora. We chat about consumer power, the challenges of thrifting, privilege in sustainability, and adopting a shame-free mindset when leveraging our individual and collective action cycles to evoke change.
Decolonizing Self Care
Self care is more than a tree pose and a “golden turmeric” latte; self care is hard work and it’s challenging ourselves to seek a better wellbeing. This week, we talk about how we can decolonize self care, as it’s something our ancestors have been doing for centuries! Tune in to hear the Ladkis explore how can we use cultural humility to change the way that we view, consume, and practice self care.
Samosa Caucus: Breaking Down Identity Politics
Yup, that’s right - ‘Samosa Caucus’ is a real phrase coined by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi to group together fellow Indian-American members of Congress. Given the widespread efforts of South Asian voter mobilization and South Asian-Americans seemingly claiming Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, it’s interesting to think about our community’s political consciousness and how rampant identity politics truly is. This week, we spoke with Anna Eapen, a Senior Associate at Hamilton Place Strategies, and we discussed the range of South Asian-American voters (yes, even the ‘socially-liberal, fiscally-conservative’ folks), South Asians in American politics, and advice for people who want to pursue policy-work. Reminder to hold your elected officials accountable, regardless of identity politics, their last names, and/or their cultural heritage!
Authenticity, Ayurveda, & Aavrani
This week, join us in a conversation with one of our favorite South Asian-American entrepreneurs, Rooshy Roy! In this episode, Rooshy talks about her journey in founding and rebranding Aavrani and embracing authenticity and duality through her experience with her skincare brand that emphasizes clean beauty and Ayurvedic beauty rituals. Want to learn how to find yourself in your career and maintain authenticity as a CEO? Check out this episode! You are also all invited to use our code LADKI10 for $10 off any Aavrani purchase!
Somehow, we’re almost eight months into quarantine, and it is HARD being a college student right now! This week, we talk about the joys (hint: there are next to zero) and many challenges of Zoom University. From maintaining structure on a day to day basis to battling zoom fatigue and from dealing with FOMO to dealing with unaccommodating professors, the Loudmouth Ladkis talk about their experiences and share some tips that have worked for them!
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