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CD29 Leading By Example with Udit Rathore

Meet Udit Rathore: Delhi born, Charlotte raised, and Boston dwelling. Udit and his family moved to North Carolina in the 90s and built a flourishing academy, Sangrock Blackbelt World. The Carolina Desis and Udit discussed everything from his experience in the US Armed Forces, his family’s Sangrock Blackbelt World journey, and the true meaning and impact of self-empowerment and leadership. Udit is soon launching the Sangrock Initiative, a service to underprivileged students to experience...


CD28 Hurry Up and Wait

Time. There’s never enough of it! At least, not for the Carolina Desis. Why is it so hard to come by? Is it a side effect of being an adult? Join them this week as they try to unravel the concept of punctuality and priorities in both the Desi and American cultures. Follow @thecarolinadesi on social media to join the conversation.


CD27 Human Architecture, a Conversation with Manoj Kesavan

We had the pleasure of having a conversation with Manoj Kesavan. Manoj is an architect, urban designer, educator, creator, and everything else under the sun within the Charlotte Arts community. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Que-OS, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "transform the way art/culture is created and shared, and how people connect to causes and community." They create open and inclusive platforms for artists and other creative professionals to engage and...


CD25 Silver Minisode

Episode 25 already?! Wow, the silver jubilee. Give us a moment to bask in this ~1 year of existence (thanks to you all!). This week, we spent some time reflecting on our progress, share the evolution of our message, and hint at future projects. There is a lot headed for you all and we are excited to share soon!


CD24 Buyers vs Brands

Have you considered or even noticed how brands permeate through your life? For example, using the brand name Band-Aid when referring to a bandage. The concept of brands and function are prevalent in any industry and any consumer market. The Carolina Desis explore brands from their childhood that are common in a typical Desi-American household. You may recognize them all! From food and beauty to technology and fashion, tune into this week’s episode about various brands, consumerism, the...


CD23 Charlotte City Councilwoman Dimple Ajmera

We had the honor of speaking with Councilwoman Dimple Ajmera, for this week’s episode! Councilwoman Ajmera was elected in 2017 and is serving her first term on the Charlotte City Council At-Large and has the proud distinction of being the first Asian-American and the youngest woman to serve. She is passionate about creating a sustainable, equitable and safe Charlotte. Her accolades and accomplishments are endless and nothing short of inspiring, but you will find out just how impressive she...


CD21 2017 WRAP-UP (Happy Holidays)

It's December already?! We can't believe it's the last Carolina Desi episode of 2017! We wanted to spend some time reflecting on an incredible year, the rise and shift of holiday symbolism, and what the holidays mean to the Carolina Desis. We've come a long way this year and we truly couldn't have done it without YOU. So, thank you to each and every one of you! HAPPY HOLIDAYS and see you in 2018! Follow @thecarolinadesi on social media to join the conversation.


CD20 Stepping UP

When time dictates, you will be required to step up into a role for the benefit of your family. The Carolina Desis constantly ask themselves, “What do I do when the time comes? What steps do I take to make sure my family is provided for at any capacity?”. We continuously try to regain diluted information from financials to traditions through conversations with our parents, but what else have we missed? Tune into this week’s episode to better understand the information gap between our...


CD18 Clapter, a Conversation with Akaash Singh

Meet Akaash Singh (@akaashsingh)! A fellow American Born Desi Comic (see: Episode 13 with Alingon Mitra), Akaash is a regular on MTV (Wild n' Out, Guy Code), on the cast of Brown Nation on Netflix, and co-host of the American Desis podcast. Born and raised in Texas, Akaash has quite the perspective of growing up Desi in the American South. Before we realized, we went through about 8 topics in our conversation with Akaash and each one is hilarious, yet thought-provoking (as usual, right?)....


CD17 No More LABELS (Mental Health) with Payal Patel

In honor of World Mental Health Day on October 10th, we sat down with Payal Patel to discuss the stigma, assumptions, and systematic challenges surrounding Mental Health Treatment within the Desi community and American culture at large. Payal is a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist hailing from New Jersey but now settled in North Carolina to start her own counseling practice, Manu Counseling (@manucounseling). Payal has treated numerous clients affected by traumas such as mental...


CD16 Creativity & Connections with Yash Mistry

It took us long enough, but we finally had a chance to sit down with Yash Mistry, a Charlotte Digital Storyteller and a Day 1 fan of Carolina Desi! Yash runs Mistry Design Co. where he does Graphic Design, Web Dev, and everything in between. Join the Carolina Desis this week as they discuss with Yash, the process of pursuing and owning a business within the creative field, working for yourself, and the value of connections. Follow @thecarolinadesi on social media to join the conversation.


CD15 BOLLYWOOD with Bhavna Singh

It’s time for a... BOLLYWOOD BREAKDOWN! We know you’ve been waiting for this. Joining us this week is director, producer, film critic, and writer, Bhavna Singh (@theBhavnaSingh). Bhavna spends all day every day working, thinking, and dreaming about the film and media industries so who better to break down Bollywood with us? We sat down with Bhavna to learn about her projects, her experience covering the International Indian Film Academy Awards, and obviously the history, aesthetics, and...


CD14 Raga-rific (DANCE)

This week, the Carolina Desis dive into some of the history, importance, and influence of Dance as a performing art and institution within Desi culture. They differentiate between various fine arts and folk dances while staying true to each topic's religious, cultural, colorful, and emotive nature. How does dance play a tremendous role in a Desi’s life? Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about its rich history and Rashmili’s personal (emotional) attachment to it. For a quick...


CD13 American Born Desi COMICS with Alingon Mitra

SURPRISE! We’re releasing next week’s episode early! Don’t deny that you’re extremely thrilled :) Joining us this week is comedian, Alingon Mitra (@alingonmitra)! Based in NYC, Alingon has written for The Daily Show and has appeared on Last Comic Standing, Conan, Colbert…just to name a few. Hopefully Alingon didn’t mistake our excitement for obnoxiousness but we could’ve truly talked to him for hours. Tune in to hear Alingon’s witty yet perceptive thoughts on Comedy as a genre, craft, and...


CD12 Just a Little STITIOUS (Superstitions)

Would breaking a mirror really bring seven years of bad luck? The answer differs depending on who you ask. But more importantly, why does superstition still play a part in some of our lives? While each culture has its fair share of superstitions, the mysticism revolving around superstitious beliefs and the ominous control of fate play a different, yet significant, role within the Desi diaspora. Join the Carolina Desis in this week’s episode to learn about common superstitions among Desi...


CD10 America ZINDABAD (Patriotism)

​Happy 4th of July, everyone! Banana Bread and Bald Eagles. Football and Freedom. Apple Pie and the American Dream. A country known for its freedom, opportunities, and prosperity - what's not to love? However, the Carolina Desis are questioned, unintentionally or intentionally, for their patriotism towards any country they may hold dear. Especially in the south, they often find themselves at the crossroads of nationalism and patriotism. Who is to say what's right or wrong? Tune in to this...


CD9 STALE Off the Boat

Think about every detail that describes your identity: nationality, ethnicity, heritage, values, skin color, language. Now, try placing yourself in one category. Can you? Not impossible, but difficult. Quite often, the Carolina Desis find themselves erroneously placed in one category or on one side of the spectrum. "ABCD", "FOB", Too Assimilated, Not Assimilated Enough… what does it all mean? Tune in to this week's episode to learn about an intra-cultural divide within the Desi diaspora,...


CD8 WITHOUT a Bible in the Bible Belt

Have you found yourself questioning a significant part of your identity because of the majority? But, who hasn't? Maybe the real questions are: why and how did you grow from that experience? A central theme in their lives and others, join the Carolina Desis as they explore the effect of their religious differences without a Bible in the Bible Belt. Follow @thecarolinadesi on social media to join the conversation.


CD7 Fear of the Chappal (Getting DISCIPLINED)

While there is no right or wrong answer, the practice and concept of physical discipline are worth discussing. Join the Carolina Desis in today’s episode as they share their personal experiences and views on getting disciplined as children and disciplining as a whole. Bonus: tune in to find out why no one could babysit toddler Gurtej! Follow @thecarolinadesi on social media to join the conversation.



Consider the act of code switching, where you might change your vernacular, mannerisms, and even language based on where you are and the people around you. Have you ever thought about how the switch occurs or how it defines you as a person? Join the Carolina Desis as they explore code switching and the associated challenges of growing up multilingual. Follow @thecarolinadesi on social media to join the conversation.