This award-winning feminist podcast for & by South Asian women is all about cultural taboos. Everything from sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, porn, mental health, shame, sexual harassment & more. Considered one of the best feminist podcasts exploring intersectional feminism from a South Asian lens, Masala Podcast features some of the world's most inspiring South Asian women. The inspiring feminist Masala Podcast is the winner of multiple British Podcast Awards 2021 & 2020.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
THE CONTENT WE NEED!!
Found out about masala podcasts through Instagram and first ever post was about Sahara Knite, and I absolutely fell in love with the @soulsutras page and these podcasts are absolutely enticing! Empowering and effervescent energy all the way! Definitely check our episode 4, discussing porn and it’s role within South Asian culture. Finally something to relate to as a young woman and it just makes me happy to tune in on a Sunday with my chai 😌Also!! Can we just appreciate the introssss 😂sharam!! Batameez!! Chi chi!! hahahaha!! Addicting!
It’s only two episodes and I want to hear more! I’m hungry for more conversations about the secret lives of South Asian women. We don't talk about these issues enough amongst ourselves let alone with the rest of the world. The conversations help me realize I’m not alone in my experiences and it also helps unpack the complexities of being South Asian in a western society.