Punjabi Tea and Chocolate Cake is where I share extracts of my life with you in their range and colour, primarily through writing, but also through music, photographs and videos.
My work comprises a variety of expressions, to mirror the shades of life and diverse means for communicating the experience of living: here, you will find poetry, prose poetry, articles, and essays covering an array of interests, some aggravations, and personal thoughts about the world in which we live. I also love dance, painting with watercolours, collage, creating digital graphics, and working with other artists on projects which employ a variety of media and modes of sensory communication.
I am a third-generation British Indian, of Punjabi descent, the eldest (on my mother’s side) and only (on my father’s side) granddaughter, grandchild of Indian and Pakistani-born immigrants, the latter due to the 1947 Partition. I am British, English, Birmingham-born and bred to similarly-born parents. Identity is complex and involved: it is a subject that recurs in my work, in one form or other, and I like to explore its realms and varied manifestations within society and within myself. I am proud of where I come from and of the elements, both harmonies and conflicts, that comprise me. I write what I feel- often, this is conveyed through lightness, words related to darker emotions, or a concoction of both. Life is full of vastness, complexity, and nuance, and I like to honour all of its gravity and levity.
Stay, take a look around. If you would like to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and, if you fancy it, have a wander on my other pages.
Thanks for stopping by,