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Let’s Talk Disability – Suruthi Gnanenthiran

Disabled people. Everyone knows we exist and yet it's something you never hear mentioned in the South Asian community. It's a taboo topic, but it really shouldn't be and I wanted to share a few reasons why talking about...


Diary Of A Mixed Race ‘Mongrel’ – Anonymous

I am the product of a woman who rejected many of the cultural expectations impressed on her by a strict Sri Lankan (Singhalese) upbringing . Not only was my mother nineteen and unmarried (shock horror) but just to add...


The Struggles Within The South Asian Community, Being Labelled A Voiceless Coconut, When You Lose Your Mother Tongue – Saarah Bhalwani

Language is so important for us South Asians, right? It’s who we are. It defines and shapes our understanding of our culture, heritage, and identity. It’s our cool little superpower. We’ve all sneakily taught classmates the rude words in our mother tongue....


We Don’t Want To Be Good South Asian Daughters – Ravinder Kaur

If I asked you to conjure up an image of a good South Asian daughter, how would you describe her? Does her dark hair tumble to the ground? Is she tattoo and piercing free? Does an air of submissiveness...


Do We Owe Our Parents? – Chaithanya Bhimagunta

Towards the end of 2016 is when I began to fully delve into my identity; what I identified as and with, and what I allowed to define me. In general, I branded myself a British Asian Millennial, yet quickly I realised...


‘I thought you aren’t supposed to drink alcohol?’… and other microaggressions – Sharin Raja

‘I thought you aren’t supposed to drink alcohol?’ a man at a festival said to me 10 years ago. I politely told him that I am Sikh and we’re allowed to drink, then walked away. To this day I still question...


Being a listener in the silence: Reflections from a South Asian Therapist – By Nadiya Hussain

In traditional South Asian culture we don’t talk about things, it is better to be silent then speak about feelings and emotions. This leads many of us entering adult life without the right language to express how we feel. We are...


So you think you’re British Asian…? – Pooja Pala

I tick ‘British Asian’ on all the official forms… but is that who I really am? The number of times a stranger has asked me, ‘Where are you from?’ whilst working in rural villages in England with an Asian population of...


Shattering The Façade – Anonymous

It plagued my family for years, undoubtedly generations, and led to so much unnecessary shame and secrecy. The never-ending concern over other people’s opinions, the constant consideration of ‘log kya kayenge’ - what will people think - looming over every moment and...


What happens when parents listen…. – Preeti Bath

My name is Preeti, I am a qualified therapist, I started my training a few years back after having seen the benefits of therapy first hand. It was then when I knew I would be the one that breaks the trauma...