Interview: Surviving Marital Rape

On July 15th 2019 Mandeep Hayre shared her experience of trauma incited by sexual violence. In a powerful twitter thread Mani (her preferred name) owned her voice and story by calling out her rapist – her ex-husband. In publicly addressing her sexual assault Mani hopes to empower other survivors of sexual abuse and more specifically victims … Continue reading Interview: Surviving Marital Rape

Mental Health and Race: Dr. Tina Mistry

There is a lack of research on Black and Minority Ethnic/BME mental health and the ways in which the health care system is set up and challenged by some of the issues that arise from this area. The importance of considering and investing in preventative measures, and how they can benefit society, is an evolving … Continue reading Mental Health and Race: Dr. Tina Mistry

Surviving male suicide as a loved one

This blog comes with a trigger warning. For the second entry in the mental health blog series I interview a South Asian man who tragically lost a family member to suicide and shortly after falls into depression himself. Suicide is reported by mental health charities to be a growing problem among young men. I was … Continue reading Surviving male suicide as a loved one

Psychotherapist Aman Chohan discusses motherhood & mental health

Welcome to Part 1 of my 'Mental Health' blog series. This first entry is about understanding parental mental health and in particular that of a new mum who happens to work in the mental health sector. For this blog I interviewed Aman, a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist qualifying from the University of Oxford. Aman Chohan is a British … Continue reading Psychotherapist Aman Chohan discusses motherhood & mental health

Slanguages, Hip-Hop a Russian Play, Punjabi Poetry and Oxford University

Oxford University hosted ‘Poetry in Motion’ last month at Wolfson College to academics, students, artists and creatives as part of their four-year-long research project Creative Multilingualism. Creative Multilingualism investigates the rich interdisciplinary connections between language, linguistic diversity and the creative ways in which they can be explored. The project aims to study the importance of linguistic diversity … Continue reading Slanguages, Hip-Hop a Russian Play, Punjabi Poetry and Oxford University

Interview: Is there a denial of caste discrimination in India?

Since researching caste studies and sharing those findings on my social media pages I have learnt much about the experiences of my followers through online interactions. Initially I experienced a strong reluctance from people in the diaspora when opening a dialogue on caste discrimination. With time this gradually changed. I now find myself reading comments … Continue reading Interview: Is there a denial of caste discrimination in India?

Faraz Arif Ansari on Filmmaking & Queer Identity

Faraz Arif Ansari is an Indian filmmaker and the director of Sisak, India's first silent LGBT film. I came across his work at the first British Asian LGBT conference held in Birmingham in the UK in 2018 where Sisak was screened at the day's end. Faraz and I connected on twitter after the screening of … Continue reading Faraz Arif Ansari on Filmmaking & Queer Identity

Part One: Muslim and Gay

I interviewed British Pakistani Muslim Adil Khan just weeks after he had come out to his friends and family about being gay. Adil was somewhat tense yet animated as he recounted his experiences and told me in his interview that as a South Asian man, and more specifically a Muslim, his sexuality often met with … Continue reading Part One: Muslim and Gay

Women of colour in Film and TV: Script Editor Naz Ahmed on defying the odds

MY JOURNEY AS A CREATIVE WOMAN WHO DEFYED THE ODDS… As with any journey, I guess one should start right at the very beginning. So, nearly thirty years ago, I remember telling someone about my hope to work in television someday. He laughed at me and said the closest I would ever get to a … Continue reading Women of colour in Film and TV: Script Editor Naz Ahmed on defying the odds

Interview: Kapil Seshasayee launches his first music album on the caste system

Kapil Seshasayee is a Scottish Indian artist and musician who is releasing his first music album "A Sacred Bore" on September 14th.  Kapil was born in Tamil Nadu India and moved to Scotland when he was a year old. Having always had a passion for music, Kapil works with Scottish bands as a promoter and … Continue reading Interview: Kapil Seshasayee launches his first music album on the caste system