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With lives in New York and San Francisco, the ladies of The Woke Desi came together for one reason: to give South Asians a voice, a place to call home and a friend to empower them as they make their badass way through life. Talking about fun issues like dating and marriage, to the heavier ones like infertility and desi stigmas, The Woke Desi explores the topics South Asians have only whispered about until now, lending itself to a generation unafraid of being bold and fearless. Join hosts Ann ...
 
Welcome to Chuski Pop, a twice-monthly podcast hosted by Sweety and Pappu. We’re just two Indian chicks riding the fourth wave of feminism in our salwar kameez and golden heels, while flipping birds to aunties and bringing you stories from far-away lands and from our own motherland. Tune in to our podcast every fortnight to hear us share our adventures, staying woke and generally not going gentle into the night. Not sure if you like us yet? Bish, we like your BFFs here! Visit www.ChuskiPop.c ...
 
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This week on Season 7 Episode 104, we update our listeners on the Covid-19 situation in India and the ways in which non-resident Indians can help. We then move on to discussing the conscious uncoupling of two very rich and powerful people - Melinda and Bill Gates. We then move the conversation over to fashion and what to expect from this years Met …
 
This week on Season 7, episode 103, we discuss the third wave and surge of Covid-19 in India and Canada, and the strain that it is putting on the local health care systems. We then move on to acknowledging April as Sexual Assault Awareness month, and finally conclude the episode with some light and fun banter on the Oscar and BAFTA awards for our F…
 
This week on Season 7, Episode 102, we chat about the Oprah, Harry and Megan interview that broke the internet. We then move on to awards season, where we discuss the Golden Globe winners. And finally we wrap up with a delectable dose of Filmi Chakkar, where Pappu gives us her opinion on the new Netflix show, Bombay Begums! - // Starring Sweety & P…
 
It's been a great Season 5 and TWD is closing it out with the ladies of Loudmouth Ladkis, a podcast that feels like a little sister show, and Anu Manner of Masala My Life, a store that brings together East and West. With five people on this show spanning from Gen X, millennials, and Gen Z, first-generation stories and experiences are shared, from i…
 
This week on season 7 episode 101, we discuss the new social media regulations and restrictions soon to be implemented in India. We then celebrate an incredible scientist in our Desi’s kicking ass segment, followed by a big dose of Filmi Chakkar and ending the show with a tribute to 50s Bollywood Golden Girl, Madhubala. So stay tuned! - // Starring…
 
On this week's episode, the role of long hair in South Asian beauty standards is discussed with representation advocate and alopecia goddess Neehar Sachdeva, who began her journey of empowerment, owning her story, and reclaiming her beauty a few years ago and hasn't looked back. From ingrained value in long hair, to the aunties and uncles fearing t…
 
TWD is joined by Dr. Pinkey Patel, a PharmD, fitness instructor, mama of 2, and startup founder of The Snapback, an app designed to aid womxn from prepregnancy to postpartum, and from mental to physical health. Postpartum depression, in particular, is an underreported, underdiagnosed, and unfortunately accepted part of motherhood in South Asian com…
 
This week on Season 7, Episode 100, we discuss hedge funds and the reddit group that is turning Wall Street upside-down! We then move onto fashion, chatting about Desi designer Sabyasachi who just sold 51% of his company! We then talk about Lady Gaga’s inauguration dress and Paris Haute Couture week. And finally we wrap up with a delicious dose of …
 
Relationships between South Asian nations, particularly over religious differences, are unstable at best - and relationships between Hindus and Muslims are filled with history between conquering nations, colonialism, partition, conflicts over land, the use of armed forces on each other. This brings us to this week's topic of Islamophobia and how we…
 
Immigrant women are often at a loss about their finances due to dependence, culture, abuse, and social structure. TWD talks with financial coach Parween Mander (IG: @parween.mander) about what empowering women financially looks like and what steps people can take to ensure better money choices.
 
TWD interviews fashion designer Mani Jassal, a creative and powerhouse woman who has dressed names like Ashanti, Diipa Khosla, and Zendaya. From her roots designing prom dresses as she put herself through school, to adjusting business models during COVID-19, this interview is a must-listen for all creatives who need a dose of determined inspiration…
 
Happy 2021! This week on Season 7, Episode 99, we celebrate the all-woman Air India pilot crew that completed the longest non-stop commercial flight ever operated by an Indian national airline. Then, we move on to discussing South Indian actress, Rajini Chandy’s sexy viral photoshoot that is breaking age barriers, and finally we wrap up with a deli…
 
Of the world's 30 million slaves, 50% are in India. The societal, political, and industrial relationships between South Asian countries are ripe for trafficking survivors across borders, particularly once power dynamics come into play. TWD speaks to documentarians Arpita De and Pallavi Pundir of Vice World News about sex trafficking and their docum…
 
On episode 98 this week, we cover the farmer protests that are currently going on in Delhi, India. We also discuss the new COVID vaccine thats finally available to the public! And of course, as always we wind down with a fabulous dose of Filmi Chakkar! So tune in! - // Starring Sweety & Pappu // Visit ChuskiPop.com for more info // Subscribe to us …
 
TW: Suicide, loss Guest Pooja Mehta (yup, the same from Season 3!) comes back to chat about grief, loss, and the process of moving forward when someone in your life has passed from suicide. This is also a relevant and timely episode for those who have faced losses from COVID-19 - grief doesn't discriminate. Let's work together to empathize, be kind…
 
Author Tanuja Desai Hidier, the critically acclaimed author of the first young adult novel with a South Asian-American protagonist, Born Confused (and its sequel Bombay Blues), speaks with the ladies of TWD about South Asian identity, her groundbreaking work, reader responses across the globe as their lives were changed by seeing themselves in writ…
 
COVID-19 and quarantine has led to many young people moving in with family, fast tracking relationships into the move-in stage, or finding themselves with friends who live in close proximity. Boundaries can be hard to come by. TWD chatted with Anjali Chakra about boundary-setting, relationship hacks during this stressful time, love languages, and s…
 
Theater. Film. Television. Aasif Mandvi, the groundbreaking South Asian actor, does it all. From SNL to CBS' Evil, he dives into his acting career and recounts his stories of answering services while auditioning, his baby's giggle, brown representation, and so much more, on this episode of The Woke Desi.…
 
This week on episode 97, we talk Diwali and fashion, from the firecracker ban to "Guccifest" on youtube. We then move on to discussing America’s new President-Elect, Joe Biden. And finally, we wrap up the show with a magical dose of Filmi Chakkar! - // Starring Sweety & Pappu // Visit ChuskiPop.com for more info // Subscribe to us on patreon.com/ch…
 
This week on episode 96, we chat about mental health week and about Ira Khan, Aamir Khan’s daughter and her struggle with depression. We then roll our eyes at Gal Godat for accepting a movie role as Cleopatra, and another eyeroll for Shahid Kapoor who will be playing North East Indian boxer, Dingko Singh in an upcoming biopic. And finally we wrap u…
 
Welcome to a brand spanking new episode of Chuski Pop! This week on episode 95, We give away our coveted Show the Bhindi aka Show the ladyfinger award. We then discuss this years virtual Emmy Awards, and Time magazines most influential people for the year 2020. We then devote a small segment to 90s singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and finally wrap wit…
 
Hello everyone! Welcome to a brand-spanking new episode of Chuski Pop! This week on episode 94, we interview artist, visual storyteller and filmmaker Debjyoti Saha. We pick his brain about animation, his film making process and even what his favourite pizza topping is! And finally we wrap up the episode with an update on the witch hunt on Rhea Chak…
 
It's the TWD Season 5 finale...with Sahaj Kohli, the remarkable and insightful presence behind Brown Girl Therapy, the largest community for children of immigrants and their mental health. Sahaj talks to the ladies of TWD about parental expectations, setting boundaries, how therapy should be encouraged for everyone, and how support and connection a…
 
From unmarried womxn terrified of the stigmas attached to being an unwed mother and premarital sex, to married womxn who don't feel stable enough in their lives to bring children into their current situation, to trans men who became pregnant because of healthcare inadequacies, TWD is talking to Dr. Meera Shah (@mjshah8), author of the INCREDIBLE bo…
 
This week on episode 93, we discuss all the hot news topics from American Democratic VP nominee Kamala Devi Harris, to the upcoming season of IPL cricket. We also give you an update on Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, yes we’re still talking about it apparently. And finally we wrap up our favourite filmi chakkar segment where we talk about our fav new…
 
To quote guest Ryan Budhu: "Systemic inequity impacts distinct parts of our community differently, and [Ryan's brother who died in police custody] Ravi’s story is just one facet of a larger narrative. To understand this larger story, South Asians should strive to understand this nation’s history and how our current legal system can perpetuate inequ…
 
Sonalee Rashatwar - also known as The Fat Sex Therapist - speaks with TWD about fatphobia, sexual pleasure and how it does not need to be penetrative to be intimate, and Health At Every Size. Full of controversial opinions and urging listeners to examine science closely, Sonalee has insights worth listening to about diet culture, South Asians, chil…
 
Hey guys we’re back and summer is almost over! This week on Episode 92, we update y’all all the crazy news going on in the world, from covid to Glow & Lovely to Dev Patel. And finally, we discuss the tv phenomenon that everyone is talking about and has taken over the Desi diaspora, Netflix’s Indian matchmaking! - // Starring Sweety & Pappu // Visit…
 
Closing out the second half of this two-part series is Nadia Jagessar, the breakout star and lovable heroine of her own love story on Netflix' Indian Matchmaking. Did she have some realities strike after filming? How did she adjust to her heartbreaks being played out on screen? What were her stories? Find out now on this episode of TWD!…
 
Indian Matchmaking, the #1 show on Netflix in recent weeks, has taken the world by storm. From problematic themes regarding colorism, casteism, sexism, to being the train wreck you can't turn away from, one cast member has become a person people love to hate. Vinay Chadha, the man who stood up fan favorite Nadia, speaks to TWD about his story in pa…
 
Brown Girl Magazine CEO Trisha Sakhuja-Walia joins TWD to discuss her journey as an entrepreneur, buying out her partners, how there is space for all South Asians on the world stage, the identity of BGM and her plans to expand. This episode is a must listen-to for emerging entrepreneurs and those who aspire to think outside the box.…
 
Two of the four founders of the South Asian Sexual and Mental Health Alliance join TWD to discuss colonized health, minority stress theory, stigmatization and expectations around sexuality, and how full body health has to include both mental health and sexual health in the conversation.
 
*This episode is sponsored by Soma Ayurvedic* Pink Ladoo Project's Raj Khaira joins the ladies of TWD to explore gender inequality in South Asian communities. From women propagating sexism, to how on earth we expect women to stand up for themselves after a lifetime of inferiority, to how feminism needs to be intersectional, this conversation is a m…
 
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