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Insights and inspiration from game-changing South Asian women in conversation with Journalist Momtaz Begum-Hossain. Hello! Thanks for checking out more about this podcast. As a journalist for over 20 years I've had a chance to interview some amazing people and come across stories of individuals that have inspired my own ambitions. We're all in need of motivation to stay in positive spirits and the best way to do this is to hear from others, to remind you that your dreams and ambitions are also possible. In this podcast I'll be interviewing South Asian women who have all made a difference in some way, be that breaking down barriers, challenging stereotypes, succeeded in their career or business, or they simply have a special story that needs to be told. Each episode also features The Desi Woman Reading List where Literary Expert Obie Matin recommends the best books to read by South Asian authors. I hope you enjoy the show!

Insights and inspiration from game-changing South Asian women in conversation with Journalist Momtaz Begum-Hossain. Hello! Thanks for checking out more about this podcast. As a journalist for over 20 years I've had a chance to interview some amazing people and come across stories of individuals that have inspired my own ambitions. We're all in need of motivation to stay in positive spirits and the best way to do this is to hear from others, to remind you that your dreams and ambitions are also possible. In this podcast I'll be interviewing South Asian women who have all made a difference in some way, be that breaking down barriers, challenging stereotypes, succeeded in their career or business, or they simply have a special story that needs to be told. Each episode also features The Desi Woman Reading List where Literary Expert Obie Matin recommends the best books to read by South Asian authors. I hope you enjoy the show!

Location:

United Kingdom

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Insights and inspiration from game-changing South Asian women in conversation with Journalist Momtaz Begum-Hossain. Hello! Thanks for checking out more about this podcast. As a journalist for over 20 years I've had a chance to interview some amazing people and come across stories of individuals that have inspired my own ambitions. We're all in need of motivation to stay in positive spirits and the best way to do this is to hear from others, to remind you that your dreams and ambitions are also possible. In this podcast I'll be interviewing South Asian women who have all made a difference in some way, be that breaking down barriers, challenging stereotypes, succeeded in their career or business, or they simply have a special story that needs to be told. Each episode also features The Desi Woman Reading List where Literary Expert Obie Matin recommends the best books to read by South Asian authors. I hope you enjoy the show!

Language:

English

Contact:

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Episodes

4: The Desi Woman Podcast Finale – Episode 16: Tanya Vyas, Henna Artist

10/8/2020
PODCAST FINALE: Episode 16: Tanya Vyas, Henna Artist (The Henna Boutique) Welcome to the Season 3 finale episode of The Desi Woman Podcast and also the last show ever! In this episode I chat to Henna Artist Tanya Vyas about this ancient form of body art, touching on the cultural debates that surround using it - should it be worn at music festivals by white women, can it only be worn for weddings and special occasions? Tanya shares her views and discusses why henna plays such an...

Duration:00:50:01

3: The Desi Woman Podcast – Episode 15: Sunita Harley, Career Coach

6/28/2020
Episode 15: Sunita Harley, Careers Coach & Founder of Lucky Things Meet-Ups When Sunita decided to bring together a group of five women she'd met online for a meet-up IRL, before she knew it, word spread and over 80 women from across the UK came along to her first Lucky Things meet-up. Since then she's hosted them around the UK bringing all kinds of women together and using her 20+ year career in HR to offer careers advice, talks and workshops as part of her events. She's also...

Duration:00:50:55

2: The Desi Woman Podcast – Episode 14: Desi Women in Lockdown

5/30/2020
Episode 14: Desi Women in Lockdown The coronavirus pandemic has taken the entire world by surprise but while we've all been experiencing lockdown - our actual experiences are very different from eachother's. I caught up with some of the previous guests of The Desi Woman Podcast to find out how their lives have been impacted. From Obie Matin, a teacher whose had her teaching career turned upside down to Vena Ramphal a Spiritual Coach who has been thriving these last two months...

Duration:00:51:07

1: The Desi Woman Podcast – Episode 13: Sukki Singapora (Burlesque performer)

1/6/2020
Episode 13: Sukki Singapora (Burlesque performer) Style Icon, Activist, Human Unicorn, Singapore's first Burlesque Superstar and star of Netflix TV show Singapore Social, Sukki Singapora is a one-of-kind Desi Queen. In our candid chat we talk about her experiences of colourism in the entertainment industry, dealing with imposter syndrome, what defines sexiness and what is was like filming reality TV show Singapore Social. Plus in 'The Desi Woman Reading List' Literary Expert Obie...

Duration:01:13:09

7: The Desi Woman Podcast – Episode 12: Farhana Shaikh (Publisher & Writer)

10/21/2019
Episode 12: Farhana Shaikh (Publisher & Writer) For over a decade Farhana Shaikh has given South Asian Writers a platform to showcase their work through website ‘The Asian Writer' (www.theasianwriter.co.uk), championing their successes and sharing and creating opportunities for up and coming and existing writing talent. Realising that there was a need for more opportunities she set up publishing company Dahlia Books In the season finale of 'The Desi Woman Podcast' I chat to Farhana...

Duration:00:58:48

6: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 11: Sadia Azmat (Comedian)

7/29/2019
Episode 11: Sadia Azmat (Comedian) Breaking every possible stereotype about Muslim women, Stand Up Comedian Sadia Azmat has broken boundaries and then some. One half of the podcast duo who present the BBC Sounds podcast No Country For Young Women, Sadia's own brand of honest sex and relationship themed comedy has gained her an international reputation and there's no stopping this free-spirited who's about to embark on a month of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We chat about...

Duration:01:09:47

5: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 10: Babita Sharma (TV Presenter and BBC Newsreader)

5/29/2019
Episode 10: Babita Sharma (TV Presenter and BBC Newsreader) A BBC Journalist for over 15 years, Babita has worked across regional channels and is currently one of the faces of BBC World broadcasting internationally, that's when she's not on maternity leave... My first pregnant guest, we chat about everything from her pregnancy to dining with Tibetan monks with her eyes closed, her views on turmeric lattes and why she banned social media at her Indian-Irish wedding. That's all...

Duration:01:09:14

4: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 9: Sudha Bhuchar (Actress and Theatre Maker)

5/2/2019
Episode 9: Sudha Bhuchar (Actress and Theatre Maker) "We joined the theatre not because we wanted to be stars but because it saved out lives." For over 30 years Sudha has been one of the most well-known British Asian actresses, appearing in soaps like Eastenders and Coronation Street. She was also co-Founder of Tamasha theatre company where she spent 26 years writing and producing theatre. In this month's episode I speak to Sudha ahead of her one woman show 'Evening Conversations' showing at...

Duration:00:58:20

3: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 8: Nida Manzoor (Film & TV Director)

3/30/2019
Episode 8: Nida Manzoor - Film & TV Director She's the woman behind some of the most progressive comedy drama shorts that have been made over the last couple of years including Lady Parts, a tv show promo about an all female Muslim Punk Band which you can watch here: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOEXtrPFEzc&t=7s](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOEXtrPFEzc&t=7s) We chat about how she came up with such an unexpected storyline, what it was like being an alternative teen and her plans to...

Duration:00:52:33

2: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 7: Ashanti Omkar (Radio Presenter & South Indian Specialist)

2/27/2019
Episode 7: Ashanti Omkar - Radio Presenter & South Indian Specialist One accurate way to describe Ashanti Omkar is that she is a Tamil Superheroine. Her impressive biography includes being a Bollywood Entertainment Journalist, a member of the London Critics Circle and hosting the first ever South Indian radio show on the BBC Asian Network. In our inspiring chat Ashanti talks about her unconventional root into journalism, how she escaped a relationship where she was a victim of domestic abuse...

Duration:01:15:43

1: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 6: Bishi (Musician)

1/27/2019
Episode 6: Bishi - Women in Tech Music A multi-hyphenate musical polymath, Bishi has been a pioneer in British Asian music scene for nearly 20 years, creating her own brand of sitar infused futuristic tech sounds. The London-based creative is a singer-songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, multimedia performer, producer, composer and DJ and is the Artistic Director and co-founder of WITCiH, The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub. In our intimate and honest chat Bishi reflects on her...

Duration:00:58:52

5: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 5: Kia Abdullah (Author & Travel Blogger)

12/22/2018
Episode 5: Kia Abdullah - Travelling the world through words Does travel have a diversity issue? Guest Kia Abdullah, one half of travel blogging duo Atlas & Boots, thinks so, but luckily she's making the change happen, becoming one of the most successful and respected travel bloggers in the UK. She also has two novels under her belt and is currently completing her third. One of eight children, Kia who is of Bangladeshi heritage, grew up in East London and originally followed a conventional...

Duration:00:56:38

4: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 4: Vena Ramphal (Sex & Relationship Coach)

7/21/2018
**Episode 4: Vena Ramphal on Desire, Dance & Dating** Vena Ramphal is a modern relationships expert, known in the media for making conversations about sex comfortable, uplifting and intelligent. Her expertise is in the Indian pleasure traditions of the Kama Sutra and classical Indian dance and she recently co-hosted the Channel 4 show Seven Year Switch on British television. In this episode of the podcast she talks openly and honesty about how we as women should be talking about sex, the...

Duration:00:55:58

3: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 3: Sana Khan (Nutritionist)

5/13/2018
**Episode 3: Sana Khan - Ladoos for **lunch: the fascinating world of Desi nutrition Hands up if you've ever been in any of the following situations: Trying to escape an aunty who keeps piling biriyani onto your plate and insisting you eat it, even though you're full You're craving a ladoo but you know you've already had your weekly ghee intake It's lunchtime you're out and about and you can't find anything healthy to eat You're just too busy to eat… If any of this sounds familiar then...

Duration:00:48:56

2: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 2: Sadia Saeed (Filmmaker)

3/31/2018
**Episode 2: Sadia Saeed - The truth about filmmaking: what it's really like to make your own movie** Pakistani, Australian, Brit filmmaker Sadia Saeed's first feature film Arifa has been making waves on the festival circuit. Written and Directed by Sadia she opens up about what it's really like to 'live the dream' by making a movie, feminist filmmaking and how she manages to juggle her passion for working in the movie industry with a very different day job. If you've ever wondered what...

Duration:00:40:30

1: The Desi Woman Podcast - Episode 1: Puneet Bhandal (Author & Fashion Designer)

1/16/2018
**Episode 1: Puneet Bhandal - From creative writing to couture: how to survive career changes ** Puneet Bhandal has changed her career three times from being a Showbiz Reporter to a Children’s Author to now being a Fashion Designer and juggling life as an entrepreneur while being a mother of four. She tells Momtaz Begum-Hossain about the challenges she faces having a work-life balance and why it’s not about having it all, but knowing that you’re doing the things you love. Plus The Desi Woman...

Duration:00:58:40