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Masala Podcast is a show for South Asian women, where we talk about all those taboo topics in our culture: sex, sexuality, periods, vaginas, menopause, nipple hair, shame, sexual harrassment & more. You name it. We’re talking about it. 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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EPISODE 1

BODY & BURLESQUE: Listen here

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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 @bollyditz.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.


Episode 1 - Body & Burlesque. 

Episode 1 - Masala Podcast

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 @bollyditz.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.


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EPISODE 2

QUEER & SOUTH ASIAN: Listen here

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I speak to three incredible people who identify as queer and South Asian. My guests Famida Islam @mercury_dun, Komal Amin @komalamee & Aroob Sajjad @aroob95 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. 

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EPISODE 3

SOUTH ASIAN IDENTITY: Listen here

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On this episode I speak to the multi-award-winning novelist, Preti Taneja @PretiTaneja 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. 

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EPISODE 4
PERIODS & SOUTH ASIANS: Listen here

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On this episode, I speak to Manjit K. Gill, CEO & Founder of the period charity Binti. As a British Indian, providing basic menstrual rights for women in India has become her obsessive, compulsive dedication to making a change. 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.

 

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EPISODE 5

LIVE PODCAST LAUNCH - Listen here

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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.

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EPISODE 6

TRANS & SOUTH ASIAN: Listen here

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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. 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 then transitioning into being a woman. She talks about balancing her life within the LGBT community as well as being a Muslim.


 

 

Spotify winner
Masala Podcast won the Spotify Sound Up Bootcamp in Nov 2019. Read more HERE
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