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.
CD46 Southern Fried Asians with Keith Chow
The Carolina Desis teamed up with Keith Chow (@the_real_chow) of the Southern Fried Asians (@southernfriedasians) podcast and the Nerds of Color (@thenerdsofcolor) to put out a special episode discussing this year’s rise in awareness towards AAPI issues as well as the general complexity involved in being labelled as “Asian-American”, especially for those of us living in the American South. What are the similarities in our stories? Who gets to be counted in the coalitions being built? And what does solidarity look like between all of us? Join us as we discuss all these questions and more!
IG & Twitter: @the_real_chow
All channels: @thenerdsofcolor
CD45 International Choreographer and Filmmaker Tricha Kumar
Tricha Kumar is a professional dancer and filmmaker who also happens to be the Bollywood film industry's #1 dance choreographer of Bhangra. Join the Carolina Desis this week as Tricha sits down with us to discuss current projects, her philosophy on dance as a career and an artform, the state of Bhangra in Bollywood, the value of labor as a backup dancer, adjusting to Covid, and so much more!
Witness to a Devouring Monster: https://www.instagram.com/wtadm_film/
WTADM Fundraising: https://seedandspark.com/fund/wtdamfilm#story
CD44 Invisible India with Jessica Kumar
We've spoken before about the immigrant experience coming from South Asia to the US, but never the other way around! This time, we get to know Jessica Kumar, an American Midwesterner and Co-host of the Invisible India Podcast. Over time, Jessica found herself building a life with her husband and children halfway across the world in India. We sat down to ask Jessica about her work, her transition to life in India, raising bilingual children there, the misconceptions she had before arriving, and much more.
Invisible India episode mentioned:
Debunking Misconceptions about India @InvisibleIndia on IG @IndiaInvisible on Twitter @TheInvisibleIndia on FB
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.