A Multi-Generational Christmas Quiz With a Desi Twist

Seeing as many of us have spent the festive period over Zoom this year, I thought I would share a little Christmas quiz I made this year, with a slight twist! One that can be played with 20 odd people may be tricky to find, but this one can be played with all ages of... Continue Reading →

The spirit of Diwali

The Vibrant Atmosphere Fragrant candles burning brightly in every room, colourful rangoli (Indian art form) displayed in the front room, jubilant voices echoing across the lively house, interspersed with laughter throughout. Warmth radiates throughout the home and the joy of the family gathered together is infectious. Everyone is completely present. Photo by Nishant Aneja on... Continue Reading →

A Guide to Mithai (Indian Sweets)

Gulab Jamun Of course we're starting with the most irresistible of the bunch! These syrupy donut like balls are made from flour and milk powder/condensed milk and drenched in a sweet sugary syrup often flavoured with cardamom, rose water and saffron. No one can say no to some of these sticky balls in their mouth!... Continue Reading →

Period Stigma’s As A British Asian Menstruator

Periods can be awful at the best of times. We can get cranky, have mind numbing pain and wake up greeted by a bright red stain on our bed sheets. There is also the stigma across all cultures in some shape or form. Within Indian culture, the period has been seen as a sign of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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