2020 in Review: What did we Learn?

This year has just been me and my overheating laptop that sounds like a jet engine about to catch fire and my anxiety-induced on and off relationship with coffee. Is it fair to say, most of us started the year not knowing the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic. Although some of us still…

Indian Farmers and the Largest Peaceful Protest on earth

Indian farmers have been protesting against the Indian governments decision to introduce three new legislations under the Indian Farm Reforms on the 27 September.  By December, the movement gained international support and over 250 million people have taken part in this demonstration which has made it the largest peaceful protest on earth according to reports. …

Did you want Performative Activism with your Latte?

This year the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement became a key focus on social media after the murder of George Floyd on the 25th May, by police officer, Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, America.   In solidarity of the BLM movement, millions of Instagram users posted a black square on their feed to symbolise a virtual moment…

That’s a Spotify Wrap

Here’s a six-word punch for you: ‘Spotify Wrap in a global pandemic.’ Every year the app encourages subscribers to share their yearly streaming habits on social media. Although this year has been no different, there has been a noticeable shift in the number of people willing to share their top five ‘like a badge of…

Rape: are we all scared of the dark?

When did you learn that love, Santa clause, occasional quiet reflection and prayer can’t make the world go around? Was it prior or peak the global pandemic? Regardless of the timescale greed, power, money and the patriarchy have always been prominent features of our society. But is it bleak to believe that these four things…

Rebranded: Too Slow and Lovely?

By Shivani In India Fair and Lovely makes around £400 million of revenue per annum. ‘Fair and Lovely’ is set to change their name to ‘Glow and Lovely’ in the next few months.  The Black Lives Matter movement has challenged police brutality and racism worldwide after the murder of George Floyd on May 25. For…

Do I Sound like I’m Being Dramatic?

Vegetarians only get food poisoning when they pray for 100 words a minute in shorthand and not world peace during a Havan (Hindu prayer ceremony to promote good vibes in your home.)  Every time I’ve told one of my friends I almost died of food poisoning last weekend the follow up question is; ‘are you…

Religious Organisations around Worcestershire Share how they have Adapted to COVID19

“When a crisis occurs, people question life, everybody is in this routine: work, home eat, sleep and nobody questions what’s happening and why they are doing this." RELIGIOUS organisations around Worcestershire have found innovative ways to adapt their services during lockdown restrictions. Online meditation and faith seminars are part of the several programmes set up…

Women are being Encouraged to Challenge Sexism in the West Mercia Police Force

Uncover Your Potential is a campaign launched by the Women of West Mercia to encourage women to join the police force and challenge unhealthy gender stereotypes. The movement is championing gender equality in the midst of Coronavirus by urging prospective candidates to submit applications and encourage parents to challenge their gender biases through home education.…

Why I don’t want a baby

I have no idea how to hold a baby. They’ve always scared me so I’ve just done a pretty good job in avoiding them so far. I refused to go near my nephew until he turned 3 and started to seem like less of a dropping hazard and more of a liability and therefore slightly…

How to Reject a Guy

Everyone’s a serial ghoster and it’s got to the point where we’re almost impressed by someone who takes the initiative to ghost us first. The only concern I have when it comes to ghosting people I have never met, is whether it’s a way of building up bad karma, which is a narcissistic approach, and…

VIDEO: I tried to make cupcakes

I tried to make cupcakes from a packet and I honestly don't think it's normal to struggle this much on something that has two ingredients, three steps and aimed at five-year-olds. I know that I said (twice!) in the video that I'm not starting a YouTube channel, but my format wasn't compatible with Instagram so…

10 Things to do During a Storm

There is a storm outside, here is a list of 10 groundbreaking things you can do during a storm that you've probably never even thought of before. 1. Procrastinate on your Public Affairs revision Procrastinate by writing a blogpost about things you should do in a storm which seems like a full proof plan, in…

My Interview with an Accountant

Accountancy is a career that involves networking, canny maths skills and the occasional need to wear a very sleek suit. I asked my friend to describe her job in a funny way and she said “there’s no funny way to describe my job” but this is how she would describe her job to non-accountants: Company…

10 stages of wearing a saree

It should be noted that none of your life skills to date have prepared you for this.   1. Excitement  The excitement is often affiliated with a hint of naivety. If I were to convey what wearing a saree is like in a metaphor, it would probably involve a cheating boyfriend and not knowing when…

Review: Grandson: a modern tragedy vol. 2

 Music and politics, when combined can make quite a powerful comradery. American Canadian singer and songwriter Jordon Edward Benjamin, also known as Grandson, is the perfect example of this and his latest album, ‘a modern tragedy vol. 2’ is no different. The album is categorised as alternative rock, trap music, alternative hip-hop and electronic music. But fundamentally,…

10 Songs that Everyone Should Know

I've recently started to write for an online magazine where we're expected to pitch 10-15 article ideas alongside submitting our articles at the end of the week. Although this writing internship is fun and my editor is super nice, they keep rejecting all of my ideas that involve writing about music. I understand why they…

The Art of Uniform

In order to gain admission into this esteemed organisation, you must follow the strict decorum regarding the uniform. In order to survive in this esteemed organisation, you must accept that all attempts of innovation will be abhorred until overruled. You are a slave to a corporation you are legally required to attend until the age…

The Tribe of Undomesticated Goddesses

Kanjak is an ancient Hindu Festival that is rooted in uplifting young unmarried girls to the innate status of Goddesses according to the Hindu tradition. It affirms the idea that daughters are the reincarnation of Goddess Laxmi and are destined to bring luck and prosperity to the family they are born into. Like most young…

Why We Should all be Drama Queens

It was a crisp March morning. The sky looked sporadic and confused. On one hand, it seemed calm but there was an army of black clouds lurking behind the sun ready to implode into the blue sky. The sun was wrapped in a series of clouds but still managed to send out powerful rays of…

Basic-(ing)-ly: Mascara Review

Mascara is my favourite beauty product. I love having long eyelashes. In this blogpost, I have reviewed the Soap and Glory; Thick and Fast mascara and NYX; Worth the Hype waterproof mascara. Soap and Glory; Thick and Fast Mascara Price: £10.00 (10ml) I recently bought the soap and glory thick and fast mascara. I usually…

Review: Gully Boy

Gully Boy is Zoya Akhtar’s new film about a young Indian boy that dreams of becoming a rapper. The story unleashes an unromanticised and unapologetic version of Mumbai on to the audience that is really hard not to be intrigued by. The story has captivating dialogues and a beautiful yet extremely relatable love story being…

Protect our privilege

I’m part of a generation that basks in anarchy, whilst the society proudly regresses in a way that can sometimes feel like that the right side of history is yet to come.    Especially when recent political voices have managed to relaunch the remaining racists in the world as ‘very fine people’ and blurred that…