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Masala Podcast

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Masala Podcast is for South Asian & British Asian women, talking about all those things we're not supposed to talk about: everything from sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment & more.
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In this final episode for Series 1 of Masala Podcast, the theme is Mental Health especially among South Asian women. I chat with Tina Mistry, clinical psychologist and director of TherapySense. She specialises in issues around race, culture and identity and works with South Asian communities. Tina has a specialist interest in working with trauma (including PTSD, developmental and intergenerational trauma). We talk about issues affecting South Asian girls and women, particularly struggles with their dual identities. We discuss how we are taught to never show rage or anger and how that affects us as women in the culture. We debate whether current mental health methods are “Euro-centric”. I also talk about my own struggles with mental health over the past few years, specifically the anxiety and panic attacks that I’ve experienced. This is a really important episode for me, because this is personally relevant to me. And also, mental health issues affect so many of us. ABOUT MASALA PODCAST The Spotify award-winning Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian women, where we talk about all those things that we’re NOT supposed to talk about in our culture. Sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment and many more taboos. ABOUT TINA MISTRY Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thebrownpsychologist/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/brownpsych Website: https://therapysense.co.uk/meet-the-psychologists Email: thebrownpsychologist@gmail.com PRODUCER Hana Walker-Brown Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker www.hanawalkerbrown.com Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusics FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PLATFORM SOUL SUTRAS Website: https://soulsutras.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/ Click here to join the Soul Sutras newsletter: https://soulsutras.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ddd9c3fdfeb58cecbc5d8a6b2&id=99fbec55d9
A SPECIAL BOOK CLUB EPISODE WITH SASS In this special episode of Masala Podcast, I’m discussing the book ‘Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows' by Balli Kaur Jaswal with Shirin Shah who’s the Co-founder of SASS - South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS) as well as Mahek Mehta and Maryam Siddiqui who’ve been part of previous SASS book clubs. Described as ‘warm and hilariously funny’ – this gem of a book takes on a big taboo: sexuality among older South Asian women. We read some (saucy) extracts from the book, we discuss lots of important themes like the ‘de-sexualisation’ of older South Asian women. We talk about our perceptions of what is acceptable in South Asian culture vs. Western culture. We explore what physical displays of affections (or the lack of them) mean for us growing up as women in our culture. This is a really special episode for me, because we connected, we chatted about some important themes and we had such a laugh. ABOUT MASALA PODCAST The Spotify award-winning Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian women, where we talk about all those things that we’re NOT supposed to talk about in our culture. Sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment and many more taboos.   SOUTH ASIAN SISTERS SPEAK (SASS) Contact Shirin Shat of SASS: Insta: https://www.instagram.com/weare_sass/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/weare_sass Website: https://southasiansistersspeak.wordpress.com/ Contact Mahek Mehta Insta: @mahek_ Twitter: @mahekstweets Contact Maryam Siddiqui Insta: @quiyam9 Twitter: @msid93   ABOUT THE AUTHOR https://www.ballijaswal.com/ Link to buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M70UBQ6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1   Masala Podcast Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker www.hanawalkerbrown.com Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusics   FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PLATFORM SOUL SUTRAS Website: https://soulsutras.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/ Click here to join the Soul Sutras newsletter: https://soulsutras.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ddd9c3fdfeb58cecbc5d8a6b2&id=99fbec55d9
On this episode of Masala Podcast, I chat with Seeta Patel, a renowned classical Bharatanatyam dancer. We explore how traditional Indian dancing and the female body relate to each other. We discuss the origins of the Bharatanatyam dance, which can be traced back to the Devadasis and temple and court traditions. We talk about classical dance and its place in Indian society today. My guest Seeta Patel, winner of innumerable awards and bursaries, has been a judge, mentor and advisor for the first ever BBC Young Dancer Competition. In 2017, Seeta received the Washington S&R Award for her work championing Bharatanatyam in the diaspora, presented her solo classical performance with live music at Sadler’s Wells as part of the prestigious Darbar Festival in November 2017. This has been an exciting year for Seeta with creating larger ensemble works, including the iconic Rite of Spring, being part of the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh with ‘ Not Today’s Yesterday’ and being nominated for ‘Best Stage Production’ at The Asian Media Awards. MORE ABOUT SEETA PATEL: Insta: https://www.instagram.com/seetadances/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seetadances Website: https://www.seetapatel.co.uk/ The Spotify award-winning Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian womxn, where we talk about all those things that we’re NOT supposed to talk about in our culture. Sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment and many more taboos. Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker www.hanawalkerbrown.com   Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusic   FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PLATFORM SOUL SUTRAS Website: https://soulsutras.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/ Click here to join the Soul Sutras newsletter: https://soulsutras.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ddd9c3fdfeb58cecbc5d8a6b2&id=99fbec55d9
On this episode of Masala Podcast, we explore what it means to be transgender, South Asian & Muslim. My guest is Asifa Lahore, Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen. Asifa is a well-known drag performer and TV star. She’s constantly pushing the boundaries of what it means to be LGBT, South Asian and Muslim. Asifa featured in Channel 4’s groundbreaking documentary Muslim Drag Queens in 2015. She has also been the face of Channel 4's 2016 diversity campaign, 'True Colour TV'. On the podcast, we talk about Asifa’s journey of first coming out to her traditional Muslim parents as gay and then later coming out as trans and transitioning into being a woman. She talks about balancing her life within the LGBT community as well as being a Muslim. We also discuss the traditional Hijra community, one of the oldest transgender communities in the world and their place in modern India. Asifa's journey into the spotlight has been a deeply personal one through which she discovered her transgender identity and continues being a voice for intersectional Britain.   MORE ABOUT ASIFA LAHORE: Insta: @asifalahore Twitter: @AsifaLahore YouTube: http://bit.ly/2X4zzMY Contact: https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/asifa-lahore The Spotify award-winning Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian womxn, where we talk about all those things that we’re NOT supposed to talk about in our culture. Sex, sexuality, sexual identity, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment and many more taboos.   FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PLATFORM SOUL SUTRAS Website: https://soulsutras.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/ Click here to join the Soul Sutras newsletter: https://soulsutras.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ddd9c3fdfeb58cecbc5d8a6b2&id=99fbec55d9 Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker www.hanawalkerbrown.com Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusic  
This is a live recording of the Masala Podcast Launch Event on 8th Oct, at Rich Mix, London. The official launch of Masala Podcast was such a powerful experience. The audience responses were incredible, the support was overwhelming. The evening was a panel discussion with my guests from Season 1. We discussed the themes of the podcast: identity, race, sexual identity, mental health, the body and periods & answered questions from the audience. Panelists included: • Asifa Lahore – Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen, TV star & LGBT activist • Jane Chelliah – activist & star of Channel 4’s Mums Make Porn • Rittika Dasgupta – representative from Cysters, a charity for South Asian female reproductive health • Bolly Ditz Dolly – South Asian Burlesque performer from House of Burlesque • Tina Mistry – Psychologist specialising in South Asian mental health issues • Famida Islam – Queer Bengali & Muslim activisit A warm heart-felt thank you to my incredible panelists for being passionate, honest, open & awesome. Here are their Insta handles, if you’d like to follow them: @ambitiousmamas @asifalahore @thebrownpsychologist @mercury_dun @rittikadg @bollyditz.dolly And thank you to all the amazing audience members, who turned up and supported us so whole-heartedly. When South Asian womxn come together, when they really hear each other, when they share their stories, their pain...this magic happens. And we all felt that magic at this launch event for Masala Podcast. The Spotify award-winning Masala Podcast talks about taboos in South Asian culture: sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health & more. Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker www.hanawalkerbrown.com Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusic FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PLATFORM SOUL SUTRAS Website: https://soulsutras.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/ Click here to join the Soul Sutras newsletter: https://soulsutras.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ddd9c3fdfeb58cecbc5d8a6b2&id=99fbec55d9
The theme of this episode of Masala Podcast is Periods. On this episode I speak to Manjit K. Gill, CEO & Founder of the period charity Binti. Her mission is to create a huge, social impact whilst generating a sustainable organisation. As a British Indian, providing basic menstrual rights for women in India has become her obsessive, compulsive dedication to making a change. Binti is a registered charity, with a mission to provide menstrual dignity to all girls, all over the world. This means facilitating access to pads to ensure menstrual hygiene, educating girls about what menstruation is and what they can expect from it, and dispelling stigma, taboos, myths and negative perceptions around menstruation. Binti is headquartered in the UK, and currently runs projects in India, Kenya, Swaziland and the U.S., as well as at home in the UK. Manjit& I talk about the stigma attached to periods in South Asian culture. Not just in South Asian countries but here in the UK where some families don’t let girls go to the temple or attend weddings when they’re on their period. I talk about the first time I got my period, and my traumatic memories around that time. Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian women, where we talk about all those things that we’re NOT supposed to talk about in our culture. Sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment and many more taboos.   More about Binti: Website: https://bintiperiod.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/binti_period Insta: https://www.instagram.com/binti.period/   Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker + Composer Executive Producer at Amazon Audible www.hanawalkerbrown.com Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusics   FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PLATFORM SOUL SUTRAS Website: https://soulsutras.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/ Click here to join the Soul Sutras newsletter: https://soulsutras.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ddd9c3fdfeb58cecbc5d8a6b2&id=99fbec55d9
Masala Podcast Episode 3 - SOUTH ASIAN IDENTITY On this episode I speak to the multi-award-winning novelist, Preti Taneja. Preti was born and grew up in the UK and following a career in human rights reporting, now teaches writing in prison and in universities. Her novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG (Galley Beggar Press) won the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize for the best debut of the year. It has been described as a 'masterpiece' and an 'instant classic' by critics in India, America and the UK, and was also shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the Books are my Bag Readers Choice Awards, and longlisted for the FOLIO Prize, the Jhalak Prize and for Europe’s most prestigious award for a work of world literature, the Prix Jan Michalski. It has been translated into seven languages to date and will soon be a major international TV series from the makers of Narcos, Gaumont. Preti & I talk about identity, about “fitting in”. We talk about not having a ‘double identity’ but rather a ‘dual reality’. Which makes life far more interesting for those of us who belong to two different cultures. We talk about how shame is used as a weapon by patriarchy to keep us ‘in our place’ Preti also talks about the state legislating over the body and sexual morality – and so many other interesting things. I talk about what my identity is, having moved to the UK from India about 15 years ago. Which parts of me are Indian and which are British? And does it even matter? Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian women, where we talk about all those things that we’re NOT supposed to talk about in our culture. Sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment and many more taboos. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PLATFORM SOUL SUTRAS Website: https://soulsutras.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/ Join the Soul Sutras newsletter: https://soulsutras.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ddd9c3fdfeb58cecbc5d8a6b2&id=99fbec55d9 MORE ABOUT PRETI TANEJA: Website: http://www.preti-taneja.co.uk/ Twitter: @PretiTaneja Link to buy the novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG: https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/paperback-shop/we-that-are-young   MASALA PODCAST PRODUCER: Hana Walker-Brown, Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker + Composer Executive Producer at Amazon Audible www.hanawalkerbrown.com Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusic
This theme of this episode of Masala Podcast is ‘Queer and South Asian’. I speak to three incredible people who identify as queer and South Asian. My guests are open and authentic in discussing their early lives and how they discovered their sexuality. We talk about how heteronormative and patriarchal ideologies in South Asian culture make it almost impossible for some womnx to consider an alternative. We also discuss how our culture affects our sexuality. And the fact that while we might have rejected our culture early in our lives, we’ve found our own way of picking and choosing the bits that we like from our culture. I also talk about my own experiences, growing up in a traditional Indian family, discovering and learning to love my own body, and my sexuality. Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian women, where we talk about all those things that we’re NOT supposed to talk about in our culture. Sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment and many more taboos. My guests on this episode: Famida Islam Queer Bengali & Muslim activisit. Co-host of London’s first queer Bengali night @odbhutqueerbangle Insta: @mercury_dun Aroob Sajjad A storyteller gravitating towards raw, authentic expression through performance, photography and penmanship. Insta: @aroob95  Website: https://aroobsajjad.com/ Komal Amin Actor from London. Insta: @komalamee Website: www.komalamin.com   Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker + Composer Executive Producer at Amazon Audible www.hanawalkerbrown.com   Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusic   Click here to join the Soul Sutras newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gFG3oX Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/ Website: soulsutras.co.uk  
This theme of this episode of Masala Podcast is The Body. I talk to the amazing South Asian burlesque dancer (yes, they do exist!) Bolly Ditz Dolly about her experiences, discovering and loving her body through the art of burlesque. We talk about how South Asian girls are taught to associate shame with her body, when they’re very young. And how we carry that sense of shame around our bodies all through our lives. I also talk about my own experiences growing up in a traditional Indian family – with a sense of shame around my body. And only learning to love my own body as I grew much older. Episode Guest: Bolly Ditz Dolly is a burlesque performer with plenty of stories to tell and a lot of clothes to take off. Twitter @bollyditzdolly, FB @bollyditdolly, Instagram @bollyditz.dolly Producer: Hana Walker-Brown Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Maker + Composer Executive Producer at Amazon Audible www.hanawalkerbrown.com Music Credit: Sunny Robertson @sunnyrobertsonmusic   Click here to join the Soul Sutras newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gFG3oX Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Soul_Sutras Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsutras/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoulSutrasNetwork/
Masala Podcast Trailer

Masala Podcast Trailer

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Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian & British Asian women, where we talk about all those things that we’re NOT supposed to talk about in our culture. Sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, mental health, shame, sexual harassment and many more taboos. On each episode, I speak to brave and beautiful South Asian women: burlesque dancers, drag queens, mental health specialists, erotic novel lovers, acclaimed writers as well as queer & non-binary actors. I also talk about my own experiences, growing up in a traditional Indian family, discovering and learning to love my own body, and my sexuality.  
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Ray Grewal

entertaining and enlightening! great to hear such unabashed honesty. And Sangeeta has such a calm, soothing voice it's unsurprising that women feel empowered to open up their lives and hearts. Keep up the good work!!

Oct 10th
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