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The Woke Desi
59 minutes | 7 days ago
Just Kaushal with TWD (feat. Kaushal)
Makeup guru. Youtube superstar. Total sweetheart. Kaushal joins the ladies of TWD to chat about makeup, her career, how she got started, her marriage to Vex King, her low points, family, and more.
23 minutes | 14 days ago
Woke and Tired
It's been a long two months, friends, but the ladies of The Woke Desi are back with Season 5. In this insights episode, Annika and Nehal talk about their lives in the last six months and how COVID-19, personal challenges and growth, the election, mental health, racial tensions and more have come together.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Brown Therapy (feat. Sahaj Kohli of Brown Girl Therapy)
It's the TWD Season 5 finale...with Sahaj Kohli, the remarkable and insightful presence behind Brown Girl Therapy, the largest community for children of immigrants and their mental health. Sahaj talks to the ladies of TWD about parental expectations, setting boundaries, how therapy should be encouraged for everyone, and how support and connection are powerful unifiers.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
Pro-Choice Voice (feat. Dr. Meera Shah)
From unmarried womxn terrified of the stigmas attached to being an unwed mother and premarital sex, to married womxn who don't feel stable enough in their lives to bring children into their current situation, to trans men who became pregnant because of healthcare inadequacies, TWD is talking to Dr. Meera Shah (@mjshah8), author of the INCREDIBLE book, "You're the Only One I've Told," about abortion, barriers to access and how abortion can impact all kinds of policy from family law, to LGBTQ rights, to healthcare.
66 minutes | 3 months ago
System Failure (feat. Ryan Budhu)
To quote guest Ryan Budhu: "Systemic inequity impacts distinct parts of our community differently, and [Ryan's brother who died in police custody] Ravi’s story is just one facet of a larger narrative. To understand this larger story, South Asians should strive to understand this nation’s history and how our current legal system can perpetuate inequality. In doing so, there will be a greater recognition that the road to equal treatment for all, particularly for communities of color and those suffering in poverty, is intertwined with justice for Black lives." Listen to this episode for Ryan's eloquent discussion on systemic racism and why it should matter to South Asians.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
The F*ck It Diet (feat. Sonalee Rashatwar)
Sonalee Rashatwar - also known as The Fat Sex Therapist - speaks with TWD about fatphobia, sexual pleasure and how it does not need to be penetrative to be intimate, and Health At Every Size. Full of controversial opinions and urging listeners to examine science closely, Sonalee has insights worth listening to about diet culture, South Asians, children's consent before dieting, and shame.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Unmatched Reality Pt. 2 (feat. Nadia Jagessar)
Closing out the second half of this two-part series is Nadia Jagessar, the breakout star and lovable heroine of her own love story on Netflix' Indian Matchmaking. Did she have some realities strike after filming? How did she adjust to her heartbreaks being played out on screen? What were her stories? Find out now on this episode of TWD!
40 minutes | 4 months ago
Unmatched Reality Pt. 1 (feat. Vinay Chadha)
Indian Matchmaking, the #1 show on Netflix in recent weeks, has taken the world by storm. From problematic themes regarding colorism, casteism, sexism, to being the train wreck you can't turn away from, one cast member has become a person people love to hate. Vinay Chadha, the man who stood up fan favorite Nadia, speaks to TWD about his story in part one of two surrounding the show in this double-feature week.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Brown Girl Wonder (feat. Trisha Sakhuja-Walia of Brown Girl Magazine)
Brown Girl Magazine CEO Trisha Sakhuja-Walia joins TWD to discuss her journey as an entrepreneur, buying out her partners, how there is space for all South Asians on the world stage, the identity of BGM and her plans to expand. This episode is a must listen-to for emerging entrepreneurs and those who aspire to think outside the box.
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Sexuality Mentality (feat. SASMHA)
Two of the four founders of the South Asian Sexual and Mental Health Alliance join TWD to discuss colonized health, minority stress theory, stigmatization and expectations around sexuality, and how full body health has to include both mental health and sexual health in the conversation.
58 minutes | 4 months ago
Pass Me a Pink Ladoo (feat. Raj Khaira of Pink Ladoo Project)
*This episode is sponsored by Soma Ayurvedic* Pink Ladoo Project's Raj Khaira joins the ladies of TWD to explore gender inequality in South Asian communities. From women propagating sexism, to how on earth we expect women to stand up for themselves after a lifetime of inferiority, to how feminism needs to be intersectional, this conversation is a must-listen when it comes to dismantling thousands of years of toxic behavior toward women in the South Asian community.
51 minutes | 5 months ago
End-o Pelvic Pain (feat. Dr. Tay Ahmed)
The rate of chronic pelvic pain across the world varies from 14-32%. This stat is likely underreported because women, particularly those in South Asian cultures, assume pain is normal--and it isn't! Dr. Tayyaba Ahmed joins TWD to go over sociocultural factors, endometriosis, pain during sex, why South Asian women's sexual activity is associated with pain, and the differences between Europe and the US when it comes to pelvic floor health.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Woman of Influence (feat. Diipa Khosla)
Diipa Khosla--one of the world's biggest influencers. Entrepreneur. Creator of social change. On one of the biggest episodes of TWD, Diipa joins the ladies to discuss her rise to Insta-fame, her lessons as an entrepreneur, her journey with mental health, representation as a South Asian and how beauty standards need to change.
58 minutes | 5 months ago
Activism to Action (feat. Liya Thachil)
Recent events like the death of George Floyd have prompted society to take a good, hard look at the nature of allyship and where we've fallen short. But looking forward from social media activism and marches...what's next? Liya Thachil, a community organizer on Long Island, discusses civic engagement, 2020's election cycle, actionable steps we can take to change legislation as South Asians, and making the BLM movement an intentional movement toward policy change.
56 minutes | 5 months ago
COMPLEXion Issues (feat. Nina Davuluri)
Welcome to the Season 4 opener of The Woke Desi! In light of recent events, conversations in the South Asian community have mirrored those being held across the world with regard to racism and race relations. But one aspect of the conversation amongst South Asians needs to be brought forward prior to the discussion on racism, and that is colorism. Former Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, chimes in on the mic in this episode about her docu-series, COMPLEXion, which follows the issue of colorism around the world.
50 minutes | 6 months ago
Never Have I Ever Related So Much (feat. Richa Moorjani)
On the Season 3 Finale of TWD, Richa Moorjani joins the ladies to talk about Netflix #1 show, developed by Mindy Kaling, "Never Have I Ever." Richa has an open, honest and refreshing conversation with Nehal and Annika surrounding her trajectory in acting, the groundbreaking series, criticisms of the show, working toward dreams, and more.
63 minutes | 7 months ago
South Asian, Twice Removed (feat. Nandani Bharrat and Shanita Liu)
Bisexual genderqueer West Indian, Indo-Caribbean writer, spiritual channel and experimental art film creatrix, Nandani Bharrat, and life coach, TEDx speaker and reiki master, Shanita Liu, join TWD to discuss the violent migration of Indian citizens to the Caribbean after the abolition of slavery (by law and not by practice), their own identities as Guyanese-American, and how this forgotten segment of the diaspora needs support to confront generations of trauma by colonization.
44 minutes | 7 months ago
A Global CTZN (feat. Aleena, Aleezeh, Naseeha Khan)
Representation has always mattered. And it counts more than ever. The founders of CTZN Cosmetics, Pakistani sisters Aleena, Aleezeh, and Naseeha Khan, created CTZN so that every person regardless of gender could find their true match and feel seen. The ladies of TWD speak with them about their experience as a global brand and the importance of being valued and recognized as a citizen of the world.
50 minutes | 7 months ago
Don't Be Clothes Minded (feat. Aditi Mayer and Karen Desai)
With Earth Day upon us, and the environmental ramifications from humans being seen more than ever as they stay inside, TWD explores the sustainability and decolonization of fashion. Blogger/activist Aditi Mayer and Lukh Studio's Karen Desai join the ladies of TWD to discuss how fast fashion--a disposable, low quality, high output industy-- holds power in multiple areas like economies, to human rights, to upholding values of colonialism.
68 minutes | 7 months ago
The Breast Chance
Breast cancer can be genetic--but as Dr. Anjali Malik tells TWD listeners, most are actually mutations that patients never see coming. Such was the case with Roshni Kamta, a 23-year old survivor of breast cancer, who also shares her story. Many misconceptions exist around breast cancer and South Asians, and the conversation needs to be had to correct them.
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