29 episodes

The Desi Condition seeks to fill the gap in our emotional education by exploring the aspirations, conflict and emotionality of the Desi and human condition through the eyes of history, sociology, and personal accounts. This podcast explores various topics in mental wellness and how our history and sociology often serves to exacerbate mental health conditions, jeopardize wellness, and delay progress and treatment. The Desi Condition is about creating a sense of relatability, community, and togetherness. By listening to other people's stories, we eventually find we're all one and the same. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-desi-condition/support

The Desi Condition The Desi Condition

    • Mental Health
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

The Desi Condition seeks to fill the gap in our emotional education by exploring the aspirations, conflict and emotionality of the Desi and human condition through the eyes of history, sociology, and personal accounts. This podcast explores various topics in mental wellness and how our history and sociology often serves to exacerbate mental health conditions, jeopardize wellness, and delay progress and treatment. The Desi Condition is about creating a sense of relatability, community, and togetherness. By listening to other people's stories, we eventually find we're all one and the same. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-desi-condition/support

    Episode 3.07: Comedy and Migration, with Shafi Hossain

    Episode 3.07: Comedy and Migration, with Shafi Hossain

    Shafi Hossain (@shafistandsup) is a Bangladeshi immigrant, chemical engineer, comedian, and fellow podcaster. In this episode, we discuss his mental health journey through migration. He talks about acclimation and seeking therapy as a response. We learn more about how for him, comedy is not just a coping mechanism but a means for self discovery. The conversation veers towards Shafi's minimalist approach to life, and we launch into a discussion of the power of limitations and boundaries  Shafi recently launched a podcast called Americanized. His podcast, comedy, and contact info can be found here.


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    Episode 3.06: Divorce and Self Worth, with Nausheen Farishta

    Episode 3.06: Divorce and Self Worth, with Nausheen Farishta

    Divorce is such a taboo in South Asian culture, that it is almost unheard of. But for many people, it can be the healthy decision. Unfortunately in South Asian culture, people often assume it must be a result of violence or cheating. 
    In this episode, Nausheen reflects on her own experience with divorce. She speaks about staying true to herself throughout the process, and how she improved her relationship with herself pre-and post-divorce. Through examining her relationship with herself and her background she explains the decision to get divorced, converging on the fact that South Asian culture encourages the act of settling for relationships that are unhealthy and unfulfilling.
    Nausheen runs a travel, food, and wellness blog at globe-gazers.com. She also recently launched a podcast, The Self Worth Edit, about personal growth topics such as self love, mental health, relationships, and confidence for South Asian women primarily, and beyond.

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    • 54 min
    Episode 3.05: Financial Health vs. Mental Health, with Mohammed Faisal (Founder of MoneyHub)

    Episode 3.05: Financial Health vs. Mental Health, with Mohammed Faisal (Founder of MoneyHub)

    Financial issues and mental health issues often go hand in hand. In this episode, Mohammed talks about some of the ways the two can overlap. He shares his personal experience with financial and mental health, and how it inspired him to start MoneyHub, which works to educate youth on making healthy financial decisions. We also talk about some of the reasons immigrants have a difficult time with finances. Mohammed then talks about the importance of perseverance, especially in light of a traumatic brain injury he suffered. Finally, he shares his experience on how to keep motivation as an entrepreneur: "It's not my wins that define me. It's my losses."

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    • 57 min
    Episode 3.04: Toxic Conditioning, with Smita Chand

    Episode 3.04: Toxic Conditioning, with Smita Chand

    In this episode, Smita and I discuss the influences of toxic conditioning in South Asian culture and its effects on our self-image, personal values and cultural expectations around career choices, relationships and parenting. Smita discusses her past experiences with domestic violence and abusive relationships with vulnerability and how her life ultimately came together after confronting and processing her trauma and truly showing up for herself. We discuss the ways in which unhealthy relationships manifest from comparison culture and the importance of deprogramming ourselves from toxic masculinity and patriarchy to realize our authentic personal values non-contingent upon "what others may think." Her story is one characterized by deep introspection and self awareness used as tools to acknowledge, dismantle and disown trauma bonding behaviors. We dive deep into topics such as learning how to practice vulnerability in relationships with ourselves and others and understanding the need for validation being rooted within South Asian culture. Our conversation sheds light on the effects of toxic conditioning and how to recognize and divorce ourselves from beliefs that do not serve who we truly are. This is an episode that so many of us can relate to, as it addresses multiple stages of our lives and belief systems ingrained within us and passed down from those before us.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 3.03: Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health, with Nafisa Islam

    Episode 3.03: Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health, with Nafisa Islam

    Have you been told to pray your mental illness away?
    Nafisa (founder of Children of 1971) and I chat about our experiences with religion and mental health. In this episode we relate the reasons that we rejected religion due to mental health stigma, sexuality, misogyny, and more. Over the course of the episode we dive into how we eventually found spirituality to be useful in our respective mental health journeys, learning to overcome the taboos and stigma of mental health and redefining it in ways that work for us.
    We also talk about the Hindu/Muslim conflict in India and Bengal (West Bengal and Bangladesh), and how the divisive nature of it from both of our communities pushed us away from religion, along with the effect that the current event political climate in India has had on us, including Hindu supremacy and nationalism.
    This episode was recorded during the month of Ramadan, but it's release was delayed due to current events and the need for relevant and healing discussions about race, accountability, and COVID.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 3.02: POC and Provider Relationships in Emergency Care

    Episode 3.02: POC and Provider Relationships in Emergency Care

    We know that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people of color for various factors including wealth gap, environmental racism, underlying health disparities, and more. What are the ways in which this manifests in the emergency room, and what does it look like from a healthcare perspective in terms of the relationship between patients and providers? ---
    In this episode, we hear from two NYC Emergency medicine physicians: Dr. Gaurav Bhargava and Dr. Debashree S. about how race plays a factor in the patient/provider relationship during COVID-19, as well as more generally. They talk about how their responsibilities in regards to end of life care have shifted with patients and their families during the pandemic. We also discuss cultural barriers to treatment, why there is mistrust in the medical community among communities of color, and ways to address implicit biases in medicine. ---
    For further questions and comments, Gaurav can be reached via email at falconsfan3@gmail.com and Debashree at ds2658@columbia.edu.
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    49:45: The statistic that Gaurav quotes refers to Black males matriculated in medical school in the U.S. only - not all Black graduates - which is approximately 500 per year. According to the AAMC, there were 1,238 Black graduates in 2019, which comprises only 6.2% of all graduates.
    1:57: a special performance sung by Tanushree's cat Pippin.


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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

debii3 ,

A Must Listen!

Thought provoking discussions on emotionally complex topics. Love the deconstruction of the Desi American experience. Can’t wait to see how the podcast evolves

Gmachi ,

Great unique perspective!

This podcast gives an interesting new take on mental health. It’s an important topic with engaging podcasters that keep you looking forward to the next episode!

DJ Mukh ,

Honest and Engaging

An honest discussion about mental health and the problems we all face. Absolutely critical in today’s times.

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