43 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.

The Carolina Des‪i‬ Gurtej Singh & Rashmili Vemula

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 39 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.

    CD43 The Farmers Protest with Sahej Preet Singh

    CD43 The Farmers Protest with Sahej Preet Singh

    What do Rihanna, Greta Thunberg, and the farmers of India all have in common? They, along with a groundswell of supporters worldwide, are shedding light on the unjustness of three farm laws passed by India's Parliament. The passing of these laws, which has sparked the largest protest in world history, strip away previous protections for workers and open the doors for billionaire corporate interests to destroy an entire way of life for upwards of 60% of India's population still working in agriculture. We sit down with Sahej Preet Singh of the Sikh Coalition to discuss the rapidly developing situation, the plight of the farmers, the ongoing human rights' abuses committed by the government against peaceful protesters, and how it all ties back to us as Americans watching from afar. Please join us for this very special and important episode of the Carolina Desi!
     
    Resources discussed in the episode:
    @sikhcoalition on IG www.sikhcoalition.org/farmers-protest bit.ly/farmers-protest @khalsa_aid on IG

    • 45 min
    CD42 An Actor's Journey with Sachit Grover

    CD42 An Actor's Journey with Sachit Grover

    Sachit Grover is a young Desi-American Actor and Content Creator making his way in the rapidly evolving landscape of the entertainment industry. We sit down with Sachit to discuss his film projects, experiences, and lessons learned both at home and abroad. Tune in to hear more about Sachit's creative process, the challenges of acting in a second language, adapting to auditioning during Covid-19, learning from and working with experienced Bollywood actors such as Ranvir Shorey, and much more!
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sachitgrover
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grobrosach/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/grobrosach 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GroBroProduction

    • 47 min
    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 queer. 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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Mizu69 ,

Breaking Boundaries!

A fresh podcast that address taboo topics in the South Asian world. Being a South Indian myself, this was easy to relate to and it’s nice to see conversations taking place that bring to these topics! Excited to hear more!

Ellaplays879 ,

Laughing while learning!

I am a white educator in a school system in Georgia with a large South Asian student population and I was so excited to find this podcast! Each episode provides an insight into areas of my students’ lives. Gurtej and Rashmili address important topics without taking themselves too seriously.

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.

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