The Woke Desi

The Woke Desi

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Adapting to Adopting
Nov 19 • 66 min
Adoption—the rare times it’s mentioned in South Asian communities, the act occurs within families. But millions of South Asian children also need homes, and for whatever reason, society is averse to taking someone else’s child into our homes. On this…
Blacking Out The Truth
Nov 12 • 30 min
On previous episodes, TWD discussed colorism and appropriation. Now, taking it one step further, the topic of conversation surrounds anti-blackness in South Asian communities. From slavery in South Asia to casteism to fairness campaigns, enough is enough…
LGBTQurious about Health?
Nov 5 • 50 min
One of the biggest issues in the United States is disparities in healthcare amongst minorities especially LGBTQ patients. TWD speaks to Dr. Navin Dargani, a psychiatrist in New York City, about the issues facing not only the LGBTQ population but…
When Do You Draw The Line?
Oct 29 • 63 min
Drug addiction—two words that South Asians hardly ever mention in conversation, but an issue that exists far more widely than we recognize. In India alone, the state of Punjab has three times the rate of addiction than the rest of India, with two thirds…
Namast’ay In Your Lane
Oct 15 • 32 min
Despite the comical titling of this episode, cultural appropriation is an issue that South Asians not only face but participate in. From bindis in the Halloween aisle, to Christian Yoga…from Gucci turbans to “blaccents,” this episode of The Woke Desi…
Let Divorce Be With You
Oct 8 • 65 min
Divorce. Did it make you shudder? Probably not the same way it’s made countless aunties and uncles give a divorced person the side eye. On this episode, TWD takes a different look at divorce within the South Asian community. Speaking with divorce coach…
Trauma to Treasure
Oct 1 • 56 min
Please be aware this episode has a trigger warning on it for sexual violence, rape, assault, and shaming. Sexual violence. Rape. Sexual assault. So many names for what can only be considered one thing: a violation of humanity. On this episode, Annika and…
Not A Disg-race
Sep 24 • 67 min
You asked, we delivered. After a large number of requests to do an episode on Interracial Relationships, TWD is coming at its listeners with a show on two interracial marriages. The first guest, Disha Smith of the blog Disha Discovers, was disowned by her…
Nourish to Flourish
Sep 17 • 66 min
Eating disorders. In South Asian communities, they are often seen as a “white” problem—and those who suffer from eating disorders are largely described as just “watching their weight.” Only emphasizing the unhealthy beauty standards that South Asian…
Spillin’ the Anxietea
Sep 10 • 54 min
Co-host Annika Sharma opened up about her depression and anxiety on this episode, along with Harpreet Gill, a listener who contributed her story as a depression survivor. Describing their experiences, physical feelings and coping mechanisms for anxiety,…
Let’s Get Cliterate
Sep 3 • 39 min
TWD speaks with Pussyriously blogger Srushti Mahamuni about the implications of South Asian discouragement of self-love, masturbation and body exploration, and how to please a sexual partner, paying attention to the clit, vibrators and more! A…
Men-tality Shift
Aug 27 • 46 min
When South Asian men’s mental health is searched on Google, there are hardly any significant findings, and contrary to first impressions, it’s not because the problem doesn’t exist. South Asians as a whole report higher rates of depression and anxiety…
Are We “Move-In” Too Fast?
Jul 30 • 29 min
Living together—two words that cause a flutter of excitement in any gossiping aunty group. In this episode, Nehal and Annika (Resham had a family commitment this week!) explore live-in relationships, or cohabiting, with a significant other before…
Aziz An-Sorry or Not? & Other Controversies
Jul 23 • 30 min
After a few heavy episodes, TWD takes a look at South Asian entertainment and famous figures. Is Aziz Ansari deserving of another chance? Did Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas make you go, “WTF”? Was Aladdin on your must-watch or must-go lists? From cultural…
It’s Not All Rainbows and Unicorns
Jul 16 • 49 min
Pride month just ended but supporting the South Asian LGBTQIA community is something desis should do far more than one month out of the year. This week, the hosts of The Woke Desi speak with the brilliant Priya Arora. Priya is an editor by day, and a…
Love & Abuse
Jul 9 • 49 min
Two out of five South Asian women are estimated to be in abusive situations. This staggering statistic is tragically underreported because of societal pressure to keep one’s dirty laundry to themselves, a permeating and accepting culture of abuse, and…
The Inconceivable Truth
Jun 25 • 77 min
Gutwrenching, broken silence. That was the only thing left in the wake of guest Shreeda Tailor’s story. We had no words. A husband’s sorrow. A mother’s grief. Losses that neither they nor doctors can explain clearly—and the sad fact that medicine still…
It’s Not You, It’s Me.
Jun 18 • 36 min
Breakups…They suck. Whether you’re the heartbreaker or the one whose heart is in a million pieces…breakups are an age-old tale and they never get easier. This week, we discuss why one of our hosts cheated, how it changed her, how to get through a…
Just Go With the Flow. Period.
Jun 11 • 37 min
Periods aren’t just a girl thing. In South Asian culture, it means women are often prevented from going to places of worship, mingling with family, or, in Asia, even going to school. In this episode, we explore our own family traditions, why we agree or…
Until Society Do Us Part
Jun 4 • 28 min
Biodatas? Marriage? What?!? The pressure to get married is inevitable once you’ve come of age—AKA post-grad for most women in South Asian culture. From society’s expectations of looks, wealth, and education to the shame we are made to feel if we are…
Unfair and Always Lovely
May 28 • 44 min
TRIGGER WARNING: Please be aware that this episode contains mentions of suicidal thoughts. “You’re too dark.” “You’re too light.” “She must be sick.” “She’s ‘healthy.’” The beauty standards in South Asian culture are staggering. We talk to Nehal Mehra,…
Swipe Left or Find Mr. Right
May 21 • 26 min
“So…what are we?” How many times have we asked that question of the person we’re seeing? At the very least, how many times have we wondered what stage of seeing someone we’re in? In the world of dating apps, anonymity, and a million options at your…
Bonus: Nehal
May 13 • 19 min
A blogger. A fashionista. A pop culture genius. If you need anything from lifestyle advice to the latest scoop on celebrities, Nehal is your new best friend. Get to know our gorgeous glam girl and co-host, Nehal Tenany on this raw, unfiltered episode! —-…
Bonus: Annika
May 13 • 15 min
A contemporary fiction author. A health communications manager. Two master’s degrees. Is there anything Annika hasn’t done? From Penn State to the Big Apple, Annika Sharma is here to conquer…get to know our favorite author and wordsmith co-host in this…
Episode 0: Welcome to The Woke Desi!
May 7 • 4 min
Three women. Two cities. ‚ÄčA million possibilities. With lives in New York and San Francisco, the ladies of The Woke Desi came together for one reason: to give South Asian women (and men!) a voice, a place to call home and a friend to empower them as they…