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...
CD11 Equality with Kripa Shah
This week, the Carolina Desis are in conversation with photographer Kripa Shah. A Desi, Charlotte native, and strong advocate for equality of all kinds, Kripa recently directed her photography skills towards shaping her passion project, Echoes of Equality. Inspired by personal experiences, Echoes of Equality aims to educate about equality in all its forms and its importance in society. We sat down with Kripa not only to discuss her project as a whole, but also to delve into the...
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.
CD6 Code SWITCH
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.
CD5 The FOOD Part II (Spice Squad)
What exactly makes food an integral part of family, community, and self? Is it the act of cooking? Is it sharing recipes and traditions? Or is it simply enjoying each other's company? The Carolina Desis think it's a special combo of all of the above and much more! Join them today as they discuss an aspect of heritage stemmed from cuisine. Follow @thecarolinadesi on social media to join the conversation.
CD4 The FOOD Part I (Tarka Time)
Do you ever get a hankering for a nice, hot cup of Chai? So do our hosts! Join them as they discuss everything and anything related to Desi cuisine - from common misconceptions to key ingredients and their favorite desserts! Jalebi, Paneer, Lassi, Naan, and more: the Carolina Desis break it all down for you on today's episode! Follow @rashmillionaire and @gtjsingh on social media to join the conversation.
CD2 Fair and Lovely is EVIL
Originally introduced to South and Southeast Asian markets, Fair and Lovely is a fairness cream meant to lighten skin complexion. Today our hosts discuss how products like Fair and Lovely only encourage and perpetuate the already unhealthy standards of beauty pervasive in Desi cultures and beyond. Follow Rashmili: instagram.com/rashmillionaire Follow Gurtej: instagram.com/gtjsingh twitter.com/gtjsingh www.gurtejsingh.com
CD1 Desi Names AIN'T LAME (an Intro to Us)
In this very first episode, get to know our hosts as they examine the roots, perceptions, and misconceptions associated with their "foreign" names. Follow Rashmili: instagram.com/rashmillionaire Follow Gurtej: instagram.com/gtjsingh twitter.com/gtjsingh www.gurtejsingh.com