March 4, 2021
How important are roots and heritage? Does knowing where you came from affect the way you see yourself?
I speak to writer, lawyer, and winner of Stormzy's #Merky Books New Writers' Prize, Hafsa Zayyan.
She tells me about her debut novel 'We Are All Birds of Uganda', a story that explores racial tensions and generational divides, how growing up with a Pakistani mother and a Nigerian father shaped her identity, and what it means to belong.
February 24, 2021
This week I'm joined by health and fitness queen, Ush.
Ush shares her story of how she overcame an eating disorder and years of following fad diets, how fitness saved her life, and why she founded Push With Ush.
Also - we talk self care, nutrition, how hormones affect our bodies and how we can switch up our workouts to see results.
February 17, 2021
In this episode I speak to Hamisha Daryani Ahuja the director of 'Namaste Wahala', a film that brings together Bollywood and Nollywood in a cross cultural love story.
We talk about her inspiration for the film, her love for Lagos, the similarities between South Asian and African cultures and why I'm so excited to see an Africa and Indian couple on screen!
February 10, 2021
For the last two months thousands of farmers have been protesting at Delhi's borders against 3 farm bills passed by the Indian government. This has turned into one of the largest protests in history.
In this episode I delve deeper into the farmers protest with my guest, filmmaker and photographer Rehmat Rayatt. She talks about her film 'Toxification', a documentary which gives an insight into the price paid by farmers for the food on our plate.
We talk about what is driving farmers to high rates of suicide, what happens to the women left behind who have to raise children and make a living, and how and why we should support this protest.
February 3, 2021
With one in three couples getting divorced and many of them remarrying, blended families are becoming increasingly common.
In this episode I speak to Parminder Kaur who is part of a Sikh blended family. Parm, a divorcee, and her partner Raj, a widower, have three kids each.
We discuss the impact their relationship had on the children, dealing with extended family and the importance of talking to her step-kids about their mum.
January 27, 2021
In this episode I'm joined by writer, content producer and mental health advocate, Kim and we talk therapy.
Kim breaks down the myths surrounding counselling and therapy and explains why it's not just for rich white people in Hollywood....a view that many still have!
We also discuss journalling, meditation, being a proud South Asian feminist, and whether it's possible to be both!
January 20, 2021
In this episode I discuss love, loss, and literature with journalist and writer, Priya Mulji.
If like me you hardly ever pick up a book these days but would love to stop mindlessly scrolling through your phone and get lost in a story (and not an insta story!) again, then Priya shares her top book recommendations and tips for how to read more.
We also talk about her recent blog post "38 and past my sell by date" and how she dealt with heartbreak during lockdown.
And since she's also been described as "the Asian Carrie Bradshaw" and is a self-confessed SATC fan, it was only right that we discussed the the forthcoming return of the iconic show!
January 13, 2021
My guests this episode are Raj and Hardeep, the hosts of a fresh new podcast called Thank You, Next.
We discuss what lessons we learnt from Lockdown 1 and what we're doing differently in Lockdown 3.
And we explore the world of female friendships - which of us was a dork and which was a CCP, and who was a dork masquerading as a CCP? - and our expectations of love.
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January 8, 2021
New year, new.....arrghhh, what's the point?!
The phrase "New year,, new me" hasn't really got the same ring to it this January. "Same shit, different day" probably feels more real right now.
But instead of writing 2021 off, there are ways to cultivate a positive mindset and set achievable goals. Maybe the career change you always wanted isn't out of the question, and maybe this will be the year you make meaningful lifestyle changes. My guest Sunita Harley, a careers and well being coach, shares her top tips.
December 17, 2020
It's the last episode of the year!
How many of us are glad that 2020 is nearly over?
It's been a year of struggles, challenges, set backs and sadness. But through all of that there are still reasons to smile and be thankful and my guests Rummy and Kirat help me find them!
We discuss the highs and lows of the year, our heroes of 2020, what we are grateful for, and our plans for Christmas.