What Is Ganesh Chaturthi?

What is it? It’s time to celebrate for not just one, but ten days, as its Ganesh’s birthday! Or more accurately, it’s the celebration to honour his creation and rebirth. In the Gregorian calendar, this typically falls sometime between mid-august to September. The festival is marked with great joy, numerous festivities and sincere devotion for... Continue Reading →

What Is Janmashtami?

What is it? Whilst Janmashtami is known by several other names, they all celebrate the same thing: the birth of Lord Krishna. It’s the time to get down and celebrate Krishna with great pleasure, pomp, and of course, a bit of prayer. As the date it falls on depends on the Hindu calendar, there is... Continue Reading →

What Is Raksha Bandhan?

Raksha Bandhan is a traditionally Hindu festival that is observed once a year to celebrate the union of brothers and sisters. The ritual most tied to this celebration is the thread that a sister often ties on their brother’s wrist. This might not always be a biological brother as it can often be your cousin,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Death And Life of Marsha P Johnson

With the 28th anniversary of Marsha P Johnson’s untimely death having just passed us on 6th July, some of us may be revisiting the 2017 documentary The Life and Death of Marsha P Johnson, available on Netflix. Having been directed by David France and presented by LGBT rights activist and a case manager for the... Continue Reading →

No, Its Not Chai Tea

As turmeric, yoga and chai become ever more popular in the western world, there are little things that may get lost in this cultural transmission. Looking at the boards of your local Starbucks as a non-Indian, you may think chai is something additional to the tea, like Starbucks may mislead you to think buy calling... Continue Reading →

A Comprehensive list of British Asian Diaspora Films

This list encompasses movies only on the British Asian diaspora within the UK so there is no Slumdog Millionaire or colonialism tinged flicks. Disclaimer #1: ‘Comprehensive’ here means ‘ever-growing’. I am sure I have missed several out, so please let me know if I have so I can add it to the list!

Blindian (Black & Asian) Intercultural Relationships in Film

Blindian: A person of mixed Indian and black heritage; A couple where one person is black and the other is Indian. #Blindian Project: An amazing social media project which aims to shatter stereotypes across social media and celebrates blindian relationships. I watched the film Mississippi Masala a short while ago. The movie may sound unfamiliar... Continue Reading →

International Women’s Day As A British Asian

This day of women (and men, hopefully!) in solidarity to advocate for women’s rights means something different to everybody, both around the world and to women living side by side in the same cities. Whilst we should be advocating for gender equality around the year, today is a good day to celebrate how far we... Continue Reading →

Bollywood Meets Nollywood in Namaste Wahala

Bollywood combines with Nollywood, in a film that will excite audiences of both industries. Namaste Wahala is the directorial debut of Hamisha Daryani Ahuja, an international speaker and entrepreneur. The movie will be eagerly awaited by black and brown audiences that view movies of both industries as the worlds converge and grace our screens (it... Continue Reading →

Decolonizing our history

I went to an event entitled ‘decolonizing history’ at the School of Oriental and African Studies in November 2019, which displayed a series of audio stories, created all by women of colour. It is 2020, yet that sentence still has a slight novelty about it. It is still not as common as it should be... Continue Reading →

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