Masala Monologues, The Book

Masala Monologues book with Unbound, anthology of South Asian feminist writers featuring taboos in British Asian culture

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As South Asian women, we don’t talk about sex. Or sexuality. Or periods. Or mental health. We don’t talk about childbirth, about choosing whether to have kids or not. We don’t talk about the double lives we all lead or the sense of shame some of us carry around our bodies. We certainly don’t talk about trauma, sexual harassment or domestic violence.

Well, that’s changing. Right here, right now.

Have you seen many books that talk about genuine female South Asian experiences? I haven’t. That’s why I created Masala Monologues, a collection of essays and stories written by fabulous South Asian women, doing some amazing work. They’ve written stories about the taboos that they’ve faced, from their unique cultural point of view.

Masala Monologues the book is an anthology of South Asian feminist writing about taboos in the culture

This book is part of an ongoing project running for over two years, bringing together South Asian women with the objective of sharing their stories.

Masala Monologues will include stories from writers including:

Shazia Mirza - award winning British Asian Muslim Stand up Comedian
Asifa Lahore – Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen, TV star & LGBT activist
Poorna Bell – renowned journalist, public speaker & author
Anita Sethi - award-winning writer, journalist & broadcaster
Sita Thomas – theatre director & TV presenter
Neelam Heera – founder of Cysters, a charity for South Asian female reproductive health
Cauvery Madhavan – author of bestsellers Paddy Indian and The Uncoupling
Manjit Gill – CEO & founder of Binti, a charity focussed on menstrual health for South Asian girls and women
Jane Chelliah – activist and star of Channel 4's Mums Make Porn

Masala Monologues the book is an anthology of South Asian feminist writing about taboos in the culture

This book is part of an ongoing project running for over two years, involving a series of workshops bringing together South Asian women with the objective of sharing their stories. The workshops culminated in a theatre performance at Rich Mix, Shoreditch. The response was so positive that the project is now being shaped further, to involve bigger South Asian female audiences.

Here's what the audience said:

"Moving, hilarious, shocking, sad, illuminating, brilliant…"


"It's the closest I've seen my identity represented on stage, and that's anywhere in the world!"


"Masala Monologues is urgent, relevant and radical. These are unheard stories coming from the lips of all too often unheard women, so start listening!"


"Soul Sutras is challenging us, bringing often untold stories front and centre and giving South Asian women a platform to challenge the world we live in."
 

Edited by Sangeeta Pillai

 

Masala Monologues the book is an anthology of South Asian feminist writing about taboos in the culture

Sangeeta Pillai is the founder of the South Asian feminist network Soul Sutras, which is all about tackling taboos within the culture.

This was inspired by her own tough experiences around growing up female in India. She also wrote and narrated Audible's 'To The Woman' podcast led by Scarlett Curtis. 


Sangeeta won Spotify's podcasting competition and is currently recording Series One of the Masala Podcast. On each episode, she interviews strong South Asian women who challenge traditional norms, talking about things that are not 'supposed' to be talked about: sex, taboos, shame, periods, sexual harassment… and more. 


Sangeeta has been featured on BBC Asian Radio, SOAS Radio and as Brown Girl magazine. She has been a writer for over 20 years, working in advertising and digital content in India, Singapore and the UK.