Black Diwali

Diwali, aka ‘the festival of lights’, is notoriously celebrated by Hindus all over the world. But why exactly do they celebrate it? To put it plainly and simply they mark this special day in honour of Rama and Sita and their long-awaited return to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile and the defeat of the evil demon king, Ravana. Lamps … More Black Diwali

For My Cousin

Please, be you again. Everything’s different in this new place I know And I know that you feel like you don’t belong. You’ve made so many attempts to adapt and blend in You’ve got a new job, made new friends All the while trying to maintain that infectiously upbeat attitude that you’ve always had But … More For My Cousin

India’s Rape Culture

Today it’s been exactly two years since the brutal gang rape of 23 year old physiotheraphy student Jyoti Singh on a bus in Delhi, a case which provoked outrage all over the world. Flicking through the newspaper about a week ago I stumbled upon another story which stated that a 26 year old Indian woman had reportedly been … More India’s Rape Culture

Colourism

Colourism, or discrimination based on skin colour, is a disease which exists within a large number of ethnic communities. Prejudice against darker skin tones has been a cause for concern for many years and for some reason it’s grown to become taboo to talk about; one of those topics that we sweep under the rug. But … More Colourism

The Beauty Of Indian Women

An explosion of exotic-coloured outfits: mango orange, ruby red, peacock blue, emerald green Glossy tresses of black hair are flicked back and forth in conversation Sparkling bindis  are centred between immaculately shaped eyebrows Bright almond-shaped eyes are lined with thick black kohl Rosy, soft cheeks brush familiar faces when meeting and greeting Cherry lips part to reveal warm, … More The Beauty Of Indian Women

A Star Plus Epidemic

Every day in my household at precisely 7pm just like clockwork my mum enters the dining room. She proceeds to scan the entire room until she finds the object of her desire… her ‘precious’, aka the Sky remote control. Following her successful acquisition of the prized object, she frantically presses the three digits that I … More A Star Plus Epidemic