Queering Desi is a podcast that celebrates the unique experiences of South Asian LGBTQ+ people. In each episode, a guest will chat with long-time community activist and writer, Priya Arora, about their journey and what it means to be true to who you are.
To help us share our stories in our own words, and take the burden of representation off each individual, this podcast aims to be a breeding ground for discussion and a platform for being loud and proud, no matter who you are!
(Production: Precision Podcasting; Music: Chetan Davdra; Art: Nafeesa Alibhai and Sabina Pang)
Food From the Heart with Navin & Andrew
On this episode, Priya talks to Chef Navin Hariprasad and his husband, Andrew Pettke. The two, along with their friend Sarah Hartshorne, formed team Mystikka Masala and won The Great Food Truck Race, Season 12!
Navin and Andrew open up about their relationship and their unique wedding (including a drag queen minister!) Navin also shares what drag means to him, as well as how he fell in love with cooking. The two talk about their journey as restauranteurs, and what it was like to bring their Indian/Tex-Mex flare to The Great Food Truck Race. The two also share the experience of bringing Navin's drag alter ego, Mystikka Masala, into the competition, as well as the warm response and outpouring of support they received. Finally, Navin and Andrew play a rapid-fire round and unveil their social media habits on Instagram vs. Reality!
Arts Amid the Pandemic with Bhumi Patel, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Ashok Sinha
On this episode, Priya talks to a panel of three queer South Asian artists about their work and how the arts have been affected by the pandemic: Bhumi Patel, an artist, activist and dancer; Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a visual artist, performer and curator; and Ashok Sinha, a board member of the India Center Foundation, which started the South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund to assist U.S.-based South Asian arts workers.
Bhumi and Zulfikar talk about their art, including how their experiences have informed their work and how this crisis has affected them. Ashok adds perspective on ICF, and why this fund was created. Later, all three weigh in on how we can support queer artists, and the arts, during and after these difficult times.
For more information about our guests, this fund, and other resources for our communities, please visit our website: queeringdesi.com
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A Master of Food with Dinesh Patel
On this episode, Priya chats with Dinesh Patel, a cook, pastry chef and finalist of "MasterChef India" Season 5.
Dinesh shares his earliest memories of being in the kitchen and how he fell in love with cooking. Later, Priya asks about how Dines ended up on the show, and what his favorite part of the experience was. Later, the two chat about doing work in our communities to challenge stereotypes of LGBTQ+ people and the undue pressure on coming out. Finally, the two play a MasterChef-themed rapid-fire round and "Instagram vs. Reality."
You can follow Dinesh on Instagram (@dineshpatel.ofc), Twitter (@dineshpatelofc) and Facebook. For his full bio, visit our website.
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Addressing the Pandemic with Dr. Musaub Khan
How does this pandemic disproportionately affect marginalized communities? What can we do to protect ourselves? How can we support health care workers?
On this episode, Priya chats with Dr. Musaub Khan, a queer Muslim Pakistani-American physician in New York. Musaub shares how the virus has spread and what he's seeing on the frontlines at his hospital. He also offers tips for staying safe, and shatters some myths about the virus, including how it's transmitted, its effect on younger people and more.
For more resources, visit our website: www.queeringdesi.com/resources
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Bollywood Dreaming with Nakul Dev Mahajan
On this episode, Priya chats with Nakul Dev Mahajan, an award-winning Bollywood choreographer best known for his 12 years of choreography on "So You Think You Can Dance."
The two begin talk about "So You Think..." and the journey that led Nakul to open NDM Bollywood Dance Studios, one of the most popular Bollywood dance schools in the U.S. He opens up about his earliest memories of dance and talks about the cultural reckoning he faced in pursuit of it. Later, he shares what it was like coming out after establishing himself as a leading dance teacher in the community and the two do a deep dive about Karan Johar and the LGBTQ idols they wish they had. Finally, Nakul talks about his work on the new Disney Junior show, "Mira: Royal Detective" and the two play a Bollywood-themed rapid-fire round and "Instagram vs. Reality."
You can follow Nakul (@nakuldevmahajan) on Instagram and Twitter.
For his full bio, visit our website.
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S3: Behind the 'Karma' with Amrit Kapai
On this special bonus episode, we talk to Amrit Kapai, one of the cast members of Bravo's brand-new reality show, "Family Karma." The show follows the lives of seven young Indian-Americans as they navigate the pressures of adulthood, while maintaining deep-rooted ties to their culture.
Amrit, who identifies as gay, talks to Priya about what it was like to come out in such a close-knit community, how his parents took the news, and most importantly, why he felt that being a part of this show was important. Later, he plays a special "Family Karma" rapid-fire round and shares advice he would give his younger self!
Be sure to catch the debut of "Family Karma" on Sunday, March 8 at 9 p.m. Eastern, only on Bravo!
For more information about Amit and "Family Karma," visit our website.
We love brown representation
I love seeing more brown folk in the entertainment space. This is also much needed support for brown folks who are queer ❤️
A much needed podcast
Queering desi brings me laughter and tears all at once! I love the way this podcast navigates through different identities of the LGBTQ community. We never hear Desi LGBTQ stories with passion and career focus but this show does justice to this niche market, I hope they explore more queer folks parents and their children. Love this podcast!
What i've been looking for
I'm really enjoying the progression of conversation on this podcasts and I love that it pulls from various walks of life. These conversations are so important and i'm so happy that there is some more documentation of our South Asian queerness. I really loved the episdoe with DJ Rekha and Alok. I really enjoyed learning the history of SA queerness (even though it only seems to be in NY :( ) and Alok's conversation was very raw and real and was beautiful. Thank you for doing this.