19 episodes

Welcome to The Dating Culture, a podcast that explores the real, raw perspective on dating! We all have unique paths to love that are sometimes held back by baggage, commitment issues, cultural traditions, or simply heartache. Payal Patel, the host of The Dating Culture is ready to dive deeper into taboo subjects of dating. We want to show our fellow friends, family members, colleagues, and singles the different perspectives of dating to hopefully teach the world that love can be found with a little introspection and self-work. We welcome everyone to this podcast, and hope you enjoy! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thedatingculture/support

The Dating Culture The Dating Culture

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 52 Ratings

Welcome to The Dating Culture, a podcast that explores the real, raw perspective on dating! We all have unique paths to love that are sometimes held back by baggage, commitment issues, cultural traditions, or simply heartache. Payal Patel, the host of The Dating Culture is ready to dive deeper into taboo subjects of dating. We want to show our fellow friends, family members, colleagues, and singles the different perspectives of dating to hopefully teach the world that love can be found with a little introspection and self-work. We welcome everyone to this podcast, and hope you enjoy! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thedatingculture/support

    Navigating Breakups, Finding Your Identity, and Being a South Asian Female Creative ft. Author of "Sari Not Sari", Sonya Singh

    Navigating Breakups, Finding Your Identity, and Being a South Asian Female Creative ft. Author of "Sari Not Sari", Sonya Singh

    South Asian writer and author, Sonya Singh, gave us a glimpse of what it's like being a South Asian CEO of a successful company through her book "Sari Not Sari". In this rom-com novel, Manny Dogra, the CEO of Breakup, an agency that helps people manage their relationship breakups, showcases the trials and tribulations that she faces with her own identity and realizing that she never truly gave herself a chance to understand herself and her culture. 

    During this episode, we dive deeply into Sonya Singh's personal journey of finding herself, going through the motions of being a creative entrepreneur, and being a South Asian woman who took a chance on herself to search for what love meant to her.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Parental Dynamics, Cultural Pressures, and Mental Health with “Definition Please” Director, Writer, Creator and Actor, Sujata Day

    Parental Dynamics, Cultural Pressures, and Mental Health with “Definition Please” Director, Writer, Creator and Actor, Sujata Day

    Sujata Day, a first generation South Asian performer, creator, writer, and director from Pittsburgh, debuted her film, Definition Please in 2020. We have seen her starring in the role of Cece in The Misadventures of Awkward Black girl by Issa Rae, as well as Sarah in HBO’s Insecure.

    Definition Please is a film that captures a unique angle of the South Asian mother to child dynamic, cultural pressures for South Asian children,  mental health and more, with a little romance and comedy in the mix. We got to sit down and chat with Sujata about her new film Definition Please, now available on Netflix!

    Sujata Day

    https://www.sujataday.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/sujataday/


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    • 55 min
    Astrology, Love, and Dating with Astrologer and Co-Founder of the Cusp Astrology app, Kirah Tabourn

    Astrology, Love, and Dating with Astrologer and Co-Founder of the Cusp Astrology app, Kirah Tabourn

    A perfect moment in time to chat astrology here at The Dating Culture. With Venus currently in retrograde, we couldn't have been more excited to chat with Kirah Tabourn; Astrologer, author and Co-founder of Cusp Astrology, the only modern astrology app focused on love, sex, relationships and the erotic. On this episode, we talk about the meaning of sun, moon and rising signs, the Cusp Astrology app, what Venus in retrograde currently holds for our love lives, and much more! Our host Payal also gets a live love astrology reading - tune in!

    Follow Kirah
    https://www.thestrology.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/cusp.astrology/


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dil Mil & The Current Age of Dating w/ CEO & Founder of Dil Mil, KJ Dhaliwal

    Dil Mil & The Current Age of Dating w/ CEO & Founder of Dil Mil, KJ Dhaliwal

    Dil Mil is currently one of the largest South Asian dating apps in the game! We sat down with KJ Dhaliwal, CEO of Dil Mil, as he shared with us the inspiration behind Dil Mil, his own romantic experiences, and his thoughts on present day dating. 

    Dil Mil Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dilmil/

    Sign up for Dil Mil: https://apps.apple.com/app/id879383901?mt=8



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    https://www.instagram.com/thedatingculture/?hl=en


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    • 42 min
    "Serena Singh Flips the Script"

    "Serena Singh Flips the Script"

    Sonya Lalli is an author and first generation Canadian South Asian woman. We got a chance to sit down with Sonya to talk about her recent book, "Serena Singh Flips The Script". This is a story of a young woman, Serena, who experiences all the "things" that most South Asian women go through in their adult years as a single woman; marriage pressure, understanding platonic relationships, empathizing with immigrant parents, understanding what love means, and much more. As a South Asian author and first generation Canadian woman, Sonya shared through her book the many ups and downs that young South Asian women experience balancing their Western life while keeping their heritage in mind.

    Sonya Lalli:

    http://www.sonyalalli.com/

    Where to purchase her books: https://www.amazon.com/Sonya-Lalli/e/B06Y1CK469%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

    https://www.instagram.com/sonya_lalli/?hl=en



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    https://www.instagram.com/thedatingculture/?hl=en


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    • 39 min
    Sexual Assault, Male Victims, and The Value of Therapy w/ LMFT Payal Patel

    Sexual Assault, Male Victims, and The Value of Therapy w/ LMFT Payal Patel

    Payal Patel, founder of Manu Counseling, is a South Asian Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her extensive experience working with sexual trauma clients has allowed for her to work with clients with a variety of issues such as marital conflict, infidelity, sexual abuse, childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief as well as stress. During this episode, we dive deep into what sexual assault is, how common men experience sexual assault, the shame men feel around their sexual trauma, how to support a partner who has experienced sexual assault, and breaking down the value of therapy even further.

    How to find Payal:

    Website: https://www.manucounseling.com/what-we-do

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/manucounseling/?hl=en

    The Dating Culture

    Check out The Dating Culture Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedatingculture/

    Check out Payal's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/payalmua/


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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Man_Advanced ,

The least biased review

Insightful podcast! Payal has a voice you naturally want to listen to. She sounds like a woman who is clearly bright, thoughtful, kind, morally virtuous, self-examined, ambitious, cultured, spirited, spontaneous, and who is hella cute and probably has an elephant tattoo.
I mean, at least that’s how it sounded to me, idk...
Highly recommend!

skrthnuravg ,

Best Perspective

Payal has such a deep empathy for not only the South Asian community, but for everyone. It's like getting advice from a best confided friend :-)

sheelpatel11 ,

So relatable!

I honestly cried a little bit listening to the first episode. As a first generation American born south Asian woman, sometimes I feel like the choices I make for myself are going to push my parents over the cliff. They don’t understand how I’m not married yet, but hearing Payal and Elisheba talk made me feel like they were sitting in a room with me saying “hey, you’re not doing everything the traditional way that your parents want you to and that’s okay!” The conversation they had made me feel like I was another friend just hanging out. Couldn’t have loved it more!

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