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National Grief Awareness Week: Dealing with grief in the British Asian community

National Grief Awareness Week 2020 begins on 2 December. I thought it was important for me to write about how difficult it can be to deal with grief in a community that’s often known to be pretty close-knit but who often find talking about these things so hard. As a British born Hindu who has been in London my whole life, I know all too … Continue reading National Grief Awareness Week: Dealing with grief in the British Asian community

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Real talk: How do you define self-love?

How do you define self love? If you love yourself, does that mean you think you’re always right? Does it also mean that you don’t bother about what others think? Does it mean that you believe everything you do or say follows the line of perfection? The short answer to all of these is no. The long answer depends on and differs from person to … Continue reading Real talk: How do you define self-love?

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20 reasons to still love Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 25 years on

20 October 1995. Who knew back then that this date would be etched in every Bollywood fan’s brain as if it’s where the entire industry started. Who knew that then 23-year-old Aditya Chopra would create a film that remains so close to so many hearts a whole 25 years after its release. Who knew that Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge would still feel so current after … Continue reading 20 reasons to still love Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 25 years on

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Why I believe “me time” is so important for Indian women

Me time. The concept that one might prefer one’s own company from time to time is something quite alien to certain people. However, it’s also something other people think is an absolute necessity. I fall in the latter group, as many who know me will very well be aware. I totally love spending time by myself. But let’s get this straight. Enjoying me time doesn’t … Continue reading Why I believe “me time” is so important for Indian women

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Friends are like leaves, they sometimes fall away… & that’s OK

In the last six months, many relationships will have been redefined with the change in lifestyle and an “enemy” which we all want defeated somehow. The one relationship which I’ve been thinking a lot about is friendship. I’ve realised how important it is to have good friends. Friends who are with you in true spirit when you are going through something – good or bad. … Continue reading Friends are like leaves, they sometimes fall away… & that’s OK

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10 easy wins towards eating healthy

Those who know me will know I’ve been on a healthier eating journey for around four years now. The reason? Well, diabetes runs in my family and I needed a kick up the backside when it came to what I consumed. So, almost overnight, I made many changes to my diet which I’m still keeping up with four years later. As they say, diets can … Continue reading 10 easy wins towards eating healthy

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Seven female web-series’ characters that I couldn’t get enough of

Online content in India has been interesting to say the least in the last few months, with more films releasing digitally and web-series proving popular on so many platforms. One thing I’ve been struck by in all the web-series I’ve seen in the Indian entertainment arena have been the rather interesting female characters I’ve come across. The series doesn’t need to be women-centric as such … Continue reading Seven female web-series’ characters that I couldn’t get enough of

Five lessons I took away from Netflix Original film ‘Tribhanga’

Led very ably by Kajol, Tribhanga also stars Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar as women from the same family from three different generations. It’s directed by Renuka Shahane, who is a well-known actress and what she brings to this film is truly something you can only feel when you watch the film. Watching this yesterday, it took time for me to understand it but the … Continue reading Five lessons I took away from Netflix Original film ‘Tribhanga’

Checking in on your mental health during a lockdown

England went into a third lockdown earlier this week and it’s been something that’s really hit me. I was looking forward to doing some of the things this month that I hadn’t done in the months gone by but this new strain of the virus has made everything much worse than it was. So as if the third lockdown wasn’t enough, due to the dire … Continue reading Checking in on your mental health during a lockdown

AT Cooks recipe: Almost no-sugar Rocky Road inspired chocolate tiffin

When you have a chocolate craving and are on a reduced or no sugar diet, it’s difficult to find anything but dark chocolate out there to satisfy it. For me, I love dark chocolate but still want that taste of milk or plain chocolate sometimes. This is why I tried to make my very own version of a tiffin which could satisfy me because I … Continue reading AT Cooks recipe: Almost no-sugar Rocky Road inspired chocolate tiffin

2020 Revisit: My must-see films, web-series & TV shows

2020 has been one of those years where I’ve had enough time at home to be able to watch so much of what was on offer. This wasn’t only limited to films and web-series but also mainstream TV offerings. There’s been so much content to gorge on that I have felt very spoilt for choice. As such, I wanted to take the opportunity to share … Continue reading 2020 Revisit: My must-see films, web-series & TV shows