The fact that Diwali and Halloween coincide with each other has slowly become the bane of my Mother’s life.This time of year is an endless struggle between you trying to decorate your house with cobwebs in time for Halloween; whilst your Mom is trying to clean them up in time for Laxmi Devi. On TikTok,... Continue Reading →
Imposter Syndrome and other becoming of age concerns
I think having a birthday twin is one of the best things that could happen to you. . Especially if you're the older one in the situation because then you hold it over their head for the next ten years. First of all, you're friends for life, even if your communication revolves around wishing each... Continue Reading →
One year later…
One year later, what are our thoughts on this milestone?
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... Continue Reading →
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. ... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
How do Brown Kids feel about their Mental Health?
The immigrant mentality is heavily rooted in survival and self-preservation. It’s a word that has endured decades of stigma and earned its stripes. When it comes to South Asian people, that noun refers to a generation of parents who have built an army of doctors, engineers, lawyers and accountants, on the simple premise that my... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
“WAP” by Cardi B Ft. Megan Thee Stallion Review
‘WAP” by Cardi B Ft. Megan Thee Stallion has broken the internet after its release last week. The song is a female-orientated ratchet rap song that seems to be reclaiming the word ‘whore.’ However, the music video and lyrics seem to have created an angry mob of leeches; who are willing to brush over the... Continue Reading →
Covid-19 has had a global impact in the way Men Consume Fashion
A predicted rise this year in the growth of the men’s fashion and luxury grooming products has ground to a halt because of the coronavirus. Despite a huge increase in the popularity of fashion retail for men, consumer demand in clothing and grooming accessories has taken a significant hit since the start of the global... Continue Reading →
INDIAN MATCHMAKING: What do Men really want?
Indian Matchmaking is a new Netflix original series that explores modern arranged marriages in the Indian community. It has created a huge impact since its launch last week and has led to a huge increase in Indian singles changing their bio to ‘trying to find someone before my parents contact someone called Sima from Mumbai’... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
What will People Say when you Date Outside of your Race
It’s like the whole community wants to be fair skinned but not actually white. Indian aunties would rather you marry an undercover Indian drug lord who is heavily sought after over international seas then approve your marriage to a white guy from Bristol with a Chemistry degree. If you marry the ‘Chemistry degree,’ they’ll boycott... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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.... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
VIDEO:Bromsgrove’s local Zero-Waste shop has adapted to the COVID-climate
A SMALL business in Bromsgrove has found a creative way to survive whilst following lockdown restrictions and rising COVID19 concerns. Emily Atwell, 23 is the founder of Nature’s Intention which is a local shop that advocates zero waste and sells vegan friendly products and food. The store was listed as an essential business that... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
What is it like to have your Birthday in Quarantine?
I lack the ability to show excitement and the talent heightens around my birthday in particular, like I’ve just never been overly fussed about the element of surprise which has always annoyed my friends and family who particularly enjoy implementing the element of surprise at various moments throughout the day.
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... Continue Reading →
A guide on how (not) to bake cookies
Baking cookies is pretty straightforward, you literally cannot mess this up, like you'll probably find a way- but on paper, it's foolproof.
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... Continue Reading →
Do most women feel pressured to look pretty all the time?
Women reveal why they really wear make-up every day. In recent years, the idea of beauty has become broad and the beauty industry has noticeably shifted its focus to embrace individuality and body positivity. The façade that once upon a time, managed to convince every girl to conform to Eurocentric beauty standards is slowly collapsing. ... Continue Reading →
I Interviewed a PGCE Student and Asked her all the Important Questions, so you don’t have to
Did everyone used to think teachers sleep in classrooms during the night in primary school? All for THAT Doctor Who episode to, not only confirm our theory, but also show them as Krillitanes (a composite species that takes desirable attributes of the species they conquer.) Obviously, (most) of us have worked out that teachers don’t... Continue Reading →
ONLY QUESTIONS: The Ex-Con and Society’s obsession with perfection
When you’re stuck in a lift with a woman that is 4’11, you do not react when she tells you she’s an ex-con. Having said this, I reacted. I gave a hesitant smile followed by a bleak nod and then perched on the floor, next to the emergency exit button, and started to eat my... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Why Are Feminists Telling us to Stop Wearing Tampons?
I wonder if everyone has the same definition of feminism; if we were all asked to give a SparkNotes summary of the movement, would we all come to the same conclusion? A poll carried out by YouGov in 2018 revealed that only 34% of women in the UK identify as Feminists, despite the same report... Continue Reading →
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,... Continue Reading →
How do you deal with your overbearing Indian family?
Indian families are insane. Most people know this. Most people also know that a group of Indian people in close proximity sounds like a comedy show - that has been picked up by various broadcasting channels several times, over the past few decades. In fact, I often think most British Indian families have been playing... Continue Reading →
Thoughts on Aladdin and Something about the Environment
A few weeks ago, a sixteen-year-old girl organised a peaceful climate change protest. I was sent to interview her, and I had a plastic water bottle in my bag the whole time. Despite the mild hypocrisy and trying not to question whether it made me a bad person, the interview went pretty well. I asked... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Dear Men, even though I believe gender is a social construct
Okay listen, I don’t know who needs to hear this. But if I’ve sent this to you specifically, I’m trying to do you a favour. - I’m sorry for the tough love and I adore you. Everyone knows that Computing and ICT are both male dominating subjects and professional spheres. Although, a handful of girls... Continue Reading →
Magic Stars, working for a Megalomaniac and other concerns
I used to be a waitress for a small bespoke coffee shop in my first and second year of university and although I liked my job, my manager was a complete megalomaniac. Luckily, as a waitress, I was often spared from his wrath, but our junior manager was constantly in the shits. So much so... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Two emotionally unavailable peas in a pod
…and the pod is on fire. Have you ever met a f*ck boy with a strange sense of urgency to meet the one? I wonder if he thinks talking to multiple girls at once is the best way to fast track the process? He seems to think dating is one big game show and systematically... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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