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The Desi Condition seeks to fill the gap in our emotional education by exploring the aspirations, conflict and emotionality of the Desi and human condition through the eyes of history, sociology, and personal accounts. This podcast explores various topics in mental wellness and how our history and sociology often serves to exacerbate mental health conditions, jeopardize wellness, and delay progress and treatment. The Desi Condition is about creating a sense of relatability, community, and to ...
 
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It is 2015, and Nikhil and Shelly are staying in a quaint cabin in Wisconsin. They had been fighting for some time, and are hoping that this is a chance to rekindle their marriage. But back at the cabin, Shelly encounters her worst nightmare. Nikhil's face turns to stone as he says, "I don't love you anymore. I want a divorce." Shelly enters into h…
 
Kahaani's Misrepresented founder and podcast host Niki Aggarwal joins Anu and Tanushree at The Desi Condition for a thoughtful conversation on burnout. More specifically, we approach the topic of burnout as a result of the inability to separate identity and career, as it goes for many, and thus learning to take "acountability" for it. We discuss ho…
 
What happens when you combine a stellar directorial debut and an honest, vulnerable portrayal of South Asian mental health within cinema? You get the incredible new comedy-drama film, Definition Please — directed by and starring the remarkable Sujata Day and equally phenomenal Ritesh Rajan. In this episode, we chat with Sujata and Ritesh about the …
 
"Platonic love is the one we choose. That's why it feels so devastating when we lose it." This episode is a throwback to a fan favorite. First published in March 2019 (pre-pandemic!) and always in TDC history's top five, this episode is a collection of stories about the heartbreak of an ending friendship. Though submissions came from across the cou…
 
Mytrae's story starts as a young adult in the U.S. in the 90's; an Indian graduate student in love with an American man. But her family's expectations catch up to her, and she quickly finds herself forced to give up her dreams, trapped in her family's home under house arrest and enduring abuse. Separated from the world she knew, she finds a way to …
 
Mrinal Gokhale is the Midwestern-based author of Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted. In this episode we highlight some of the common themes among the diasporic South Asian mental health stories she highlights in her book; including attitudes towards treatment, parent/guardian reactions, triggers, and much more. Learn more: https:…
 
Code switching (which sounds like some computer science term) is the art of switching off between languages, behaviors, and jargon according to your surrounding environment. It might sound familiar to you, because almost all Desi people use it as an adaptive mechanism! In this episode, I speak with ABC Nightline's Ashan Singh about his experience a…
 
In this episode, Young the Giant's Sameer Gadhia visits The Desi Condition to talk about South Asian identity, the whitewashing of alternative rock, expressing politics in music, his creative process, and on trying to find “home” in America.We start the episode by discussing his disposition as one of the very few South Asian musicians in the altern…
 
What's up bondhus? In this episode we flip the script and interview Tanushree. She talks about why she created The Desi Condition, how she developed the brand, and how it has impacted her life. She also provides career advice, and spills the tea on her wacky dreams. Did you know Tanushree has dreams of throwing a South Asian Woodstock? Tune in to t…
 
Tanushree reflects on each episode of Season 3, and takes a look at what’s coming this summer for Season 4, for the podcast and beyond:- New guests, collabs.- The Desi Collaborative, for creative professionals- Lychee, a South Asian diasporic advice column.- Rukus Avenue RadioNew episodes coming this September.--- Support this podcast: https://anch…
 
We’re here to deliver the second installment of our magical and insightful conversation with the legendary Sajeeb Saha, AKA Jai Wolf! In this episode, Sajeeb dives into everything from his musical influences and inspiration, to the story behind the name Jai Wolf. He provides insight into his creative process, describing one that pulls from many dif…
 
What happens when you mix South Asian Bengali and EDM artistry into one? You get the legendary Jai Wolf! In part 1 of a 2-episode installment, Tanushree and Ravi interview the Bangladeshi-born and NYC-bred Sajeeb Saha. They discuss the origins of Jai Wolf, and how historically significant and integral music and art are to South Asian culture. Sajee…
 
How do men understand the pressures and challenges of being South Asian and its effects on our mental health? On this special episode of the Desi Condition, Kartik Ramkumar, Blog Writer for The Desi Condition, sits down with Sachit Grover and Suraj Kandukuri to have a frank dialogue on mental health. They discuss their South Asian and American iden…
 
What does environmental change and the pursuit of eco-friendliness have to do with mental health? Turns out, a lot! In this episode we speak with London-based founder of South Asians for Sustainability, Vibhati Bhatia, about the climate change issue and how it pertains to South Asians. We discuss why South Asians are not known for their "green" hab…
 
Did you know that around 70% of ppl experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives? And the numbers are even higher for people who experience stereotypes like women and people of color, or other disadvantaged folks!In this episode, Anu and Tanushree interview Hani, our creative lead, about her successful business in fashion. She talks ab…
 
Domestic violence is an issue that impacts all types of people, regardless of background, education, or status.Aysha Qamar is a writer, poet, and advocate based in the tri-state area, with experience addressing issues of violence against women, language access, and Islamophobia. In this episode she shares how people - especially immigrants - end up…
 
How do we know when we are ready to find "the one"? Do we know what to look for, and what are our decisions influenced by? In this episode, we chat with Radha Patel, a US based Indian matchmaker and founder of “Single to Shaadi,” a matchmaking service for South-Asian singles in the US and Canada. She gives us insight into the care and thoughtfulnes…
 
Did you know that until 2013, asexuality was considered a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association? In this episode, Acey Desi's Vipasha and Rakshitha share their realizations and journey as South Asian asexuals. As two of the six admins of Acey Desi, with the platorm they aim to provide resources, media, and experiences for South Asi…
 
"Am I Desi enough? Am I TOO Desi?" If you're South Asian, chances are you've asked yourself these questions before. In this episode I speak with the ladies of the podcast Redefining ABCD: Sneha & Keerthi! Two Tamilian-Americans, they question what ABCD culture is, and discuss how to turn the "confused" in ABCD and into "confident." We also discuss …
 
In this episode we hear from a collection of guests about a variety of topics, from dealbreakers and online dating, to interracial dating and family influence. We question whether the voices in our heads are truly our own, or society's. We try to uncover the truth about apathy and ghosting in dating.Naveed: Dating as a brown male, discussing dealbr…
 
Ever felt like you don’t fit society’s definition of “attractive,” or “desirable”? Or like a second choice option, because of your size? What are you supposed to do? How are you even supposed to feel? Or perhaps you’ve perpetuated these standards - unintentionally or not - by rejecting potential partners due to appearance. What opportunities are yo…
 
In this episode we hear from Joseph Kolapudi (ReachAcross, ARMCare, World Economic Forum), about refugee and migrant mental health. We chat about how migration can affect second and third generation mental health, and the specific challenges that migrants can face. He shares ways in which the younger generation can involved in the conversation abou…
 
Did you know grocery stores use census data to stock their shelves? In this episode, Kartik and Tanushree talk about the importance of civic engagement including why it's important to fill out the census, who can do it, and why we should all vote. We also explore the effect that partaking in civic duties can have on mental health, particularly duri…
 
Dr. VijayetaSinh, Clinical Psychologist and Relationship Expert helps people uncover the hidden rules of relationships that can build a more peaceful and satisfying life. Founder of TherapyCouchNYC, Vijayeta uses unconventional wisdom to help clients get to the next level in terms of closeness, trust, and commitment. In this episode, Vijayeta provi…
 
Having minimal experience in film, Anisha Savan took a chance on herself and created the short film “He Comes From A Good Family.” Drawing a connection between a mother’s desperation to see their daughter settled and cultish behavior, she uses the film to express her frustration with societal pressure to get married at near any cost. Through filmma…
 
Shafi Hossain (@shafistandsup) is a Bangladeshi immigrant, chemical engineer, comedian, and fellow podcaster. In this episode, we discuss his mental health journey through migration. He talks about acclimation and seeking therapy as a response. We learn more about how for him, comedy is not just a coping mechanism but a means for self discovery. Th…
 
Divorce is such a taboo in South Asian culture, that it is almost unheard of. But for many people, it can be the healthy decision. Unfortunately in South Asian culture, people often assume it must be a result of violence or cheating. In this episode, Nausheen reflects on her own experience with divorce. She speaks about staying true to herself thro…
 
Financial issues and mental health issues often go hand in hand. In this episode, Mohammed talks about some of the ways the two can overlap. He shares his personal experience with financial and mental health, and how it inspired him to start MoneyHub, which works to educate youth on making healthy financial decisions. We also talk about some of the…
 
In this episode, Smita and I discuss the influences of toxic conditioning in South Asian culture and its effects on our self-image, personal values and cultural expectations around career choices, relationships and parenting. Smita discusses her past experiences with domestic violence and abusive relationships with vulnerability and how her life ul…
 
Have you been told to pray your mental illness away?Nafisa (founder of Children of 1971) and I chat about our experiences with religion and mental health. In this episode we relate the reasons that we rejected religion due to mental health stigma, sexuality, misogyny, and more. Over the course of the episode we dive into how we eventually found spi…
 
We know that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people of color for various factors including wealth gap, environmental racism, underlying health disparities, and more. What are the ways in which this manifests in the emergency room, and what does it look like from a healthcare perspective in terms of the relationship between patients and pro…
 
This episode is a collection of excerpts from Instagram Live events between The Desi Condition team and members of the community in response to the eruption of the #BlackLivesMatter protests and movement across the country. These excerpts scenario map having conversations about the movement when they are met with resistance, and how to keep the mov…
 
New intro, new season, new team. New. Episodes. In this trailer, host Tanushree discusses what's ahead for season 3, and reflects on season 2. Jump ahead to 4:22 - 11:34 for the full recap of Season 2's fifteen episodes. Tune in on June 24th for Episode 3.01: South Asian Allyship with Black Lives.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-desi…
 
What is it that we think we owe our bosses? Why do we think we owe them something? What can we do to support our own mental health as employees? What has employment (or lack of) looked like in the middle of this pandemic?In this episode I speak with Yamini, founder of the Millennial Jobs newsletter, which posts job boards and resources on a monthly…
 
TW: Death, suicidalitySubrina Singh (@subrinaksingh), mental health advocate and writer for Brown Girl Magazine, shares her experience with bipolar disorder. She talks about her road to diagnosis and treatment. We talk about the intersection of different mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and mania as it relates to bipolar. Finally, she …
 
"Imagine being born and being told you're not going to matter, because you're a girl." Up-and-coming author Sabreet Kang Rajeev (IG: @sabreetkangrajeev) shares her experience growing up as a girl in the Punjabi Sikh community, with a father who preferred a first-born son.She analyzes why her relationship with her parents was fraught, and how she le…
 
Eating disorders are the #1 cause of death among all mental health disorders. And yet, South Asians have very little awareness about them. Why?What are eating disorders? Are they a pattern of restricting, binging, or purging food? Or are they actually a symptom of some greater unaddressed mental health issue and/or past traumas?In this episode, I s…
 
The end of a friendship can be devastating. Some say it can have even more negative effects than the end of a romantic relationship. Yet, platonic heartbreak isn't given nearly the same significance as a romantic one. Let's change that.This episode is a collection of stories from people who have suffered such a loss. They share why their friendship…
 
When was the last time you saw a brown body at the front of a rock concert? In this episode, Naveed (@naveedstone) and I sit down and talk about the importance of representation in music. Naveed is the lead singer and creator of the urban-alt band "In Loving Memory" (@inlovingmemoryny). We discuss his upbringing, addressing and overcoming insecurit…
 
Every minute, 23 girls are being forced into child marriage. Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 59% of girls getting married before the age of 18 (UNICEF). Mai Soli Foundation is working to end this staggering statistic. In this episode Aria Mustary, the president and founder of Mai Soli Foundation, discuss…
 
What does it feel like to pivot mid-career? To leave a stable job in pursuit of happiness and passion? How do you manage the expectations you have for yourself, and what does success then start to look like? It can be difficult to take control of your own future in spite of what you expected or were conditioned to believe your future would look lik…
 
Did you know that HALF of adults diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have some form of social anxiety disorder? Too often, and especially in the Desi community, ADD is diagnosed as a consequence of poor grades. But having ADD is about so much more than grades!In the final part of my mini series on ADD/ADHD, my friend and middle school teacher Jess and I talk a…
 
What is ADD/ADHD? What does it look like to the Desi immigrant community, and how do Desis treat it?In this episode I take a historical look into how Desis have come to understand (or misunderstand) ADD. I explore different philosophies for treatment between socioeconomic classes in the Desi community, and environmental factors that can lead to the…
 
Desi households are often strict, with many rules and restrictions. Parents have high expectations for their kids, as our culture is particularly competitive. Family obligation and loyalty is enforced while boundaries are blurred. Self sacrifice, obedience, and upholding a legacy are paramount. All of these reservations impede a child's ability for…
 
Recovery is a process that requires daily emotional upkeep of anxiety, boundaries, and resentments. In the second part of this mini-series on addiction, Nita and I continue talking about her personal journey as a recovering alcoholic. We discuss the benefits of establishing structure as a recovery plan to ensure long term sobriety. We also talk abo…
 
Often times anxiety and a lack of boundaries with Desi culture and families can play into destructive behavior leading to a delay in treatment, or being blind to emotional conflict. In this episode, we hear from Nita, a recovering alcoholic, about how these issues manifested themselves into a substance abuse problem for her. The first of two parts,…
 
Welcome back! In this first episode of the new season, I speak with Unsha about why therapists are equipped to deal with grief in a way our family and friends cannot. We also discuss Unsha's personal experience opening up the conversation of seeking therapy to family. Finally, we discuss why we should be the generation that breaks the cycle of emot…
 
In this transitional episode, I discuss how the focus of this podcast is shifting more towards emotional education, in addition to awareness of mental health and wellness, what the key differences are, and why. New, full episodes coming October 2nd. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-desi-condition/support…
 
Have you ever been asked invasive questions from an auntie or uncle such as, "How much do you make?" or "When are you getting married?" Or have your parents urged you to touch the feet of an elder even if it made you uncomfortable? A lack of boundaries can be damaging to one's sense of self worth. In this episode, we talk about the power imbalance …
 
In this episode we continue the conversation about trauma bonding and domestic violence from last week. We talk about how the lack of structure in a dysfunctional family affected by domestic violence can affect youth, and the challenges posed by language barriers when reaching out for help. We define how trauma bonding transcends relationships and …
 
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