With lives in New York and San Francisco, the ladies of The Woke Desi came together for one reason: to give South Asians a voice, a place to call home and a friend to empower them as they make their badass way through life. Talking about fun issues like dating and marriage, to the heavier ones like infertility and desi stigmas, The Woke Desi explores the topics South Asians have only whispered about until now, lending itself to a generation unafraid of being bold and fearless. Join hosts Annika (an author) and Nehal (an influencer) as they take a fun, unfiltered, thoughtful approach to all things Desi.
Desi Ladki Life (feat. Loudmouth Ladkis and Anu Manner of Masala My Life | South Asian First Gen Experiences Across Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z
It's been a great Season 5 and TWD is closing it out with the ladies of Loudmouth Ladkis, a podcast that feels like a little sister show, and Anu Manner of Masala My Life, a store that brings together East and West. With five people on this show spanning from Gen X, millennials, and Gen Z, first-generation stories and experiences are shared, from immigration stories, experiences in rural areas versus cities, high schools, and toys that have transcended time. Listen now!
Brown. Bald. Beautiful. (Feat. Neehar Sachdeva) | South Asians and Alopecia
The role of long hair in South Asian beauty standards is discussed with representation advocate and alopecia goddess Neehar Sachdeva, who began her journey of empowerment, owning her story, and reclaiming her beauty a few years ago and hasn't looked back. From ingrained value in long hair, to the aunties and uncles fearing the audacity of women who embrace the way they look, to misconceptions about alopecia, Neehar shares insights that will stick with listeners on this episode of TWD.
Mira, Mira, on the Wall (feat. Mira Patel) | South Asians, Self-Love, and Sexuality
Get ready for a playful, chatty, and sexy episode of TWD. Guest Mira Patel, a digital creator, influencer, model, and makeup artist, joins the show to talk about self-love, sexy time, confidence, and shattering stereotypes.
Snapping Back, Baby (feat. Dr. Pinkey Patel) | South Asians and Postpartum Depression
TWD is joined by Dr. Pinkey Patel, a PharmD, fitness instructor, mama of 2, and startup founder of The Snapback, an app designed to aid womxn from prepregnancy to postpartum and from mental to physical health, to discuss postpartum depression, an underreported, underdiagnosed, and unfortunately accepted part of motherhood in South Asian communities.
Divorcing Expectations (feat. Punita Mangat) | South Asians and Divorce
Wellness coach and advocate for empowerment, Punita Mangat (@Thrivehigherdaily) joins TWD this week to discuss sexual empowerment, thriving after divorce, South Asian expectations of divorcees (and how they should go in the trash), and so much more.
Countering Islamophobia (feat. Aysha Qamar) | South Asians and Islamophobia
Relationships between South Asian nations, particularly over religious differences, are unstable at best - and relationships between Hindus and Muslims are filled with history between conquering nations, colonialism, partition, conflicts over land, the use of armed forces on each other. This brings us to this week's topic of Islamophobia and how we need to dismantle some of the biases that our families have passed on through their own trauma. TWD speaks with journalist and advocate Aysha Qamar.
Such a fan!!!
These conversations are crucial. And these ladies are hitting it out of the park! A forever fan!
Kudos to these two young ladies who started a podcast to bring light upon issues South Asian Americans tend to ignore or are afraid to discuss. The quality of episodes, the topics and speakers are nothing short of excellent. High quality content. Keep up the great work!
Not going to lie but didn’t really care for season 1. I loveeee season 2 and how funny and engaging these ladies are. I can’t wait more content and excited for new episodes