'The Boy with the Topknot' is still, by far and away, one of the best depictions of a modern British Asian experience that I've seen. I watch it quite often- still blows me away, and I find great comfort and calm in it. Love Sathnam Sanghera, and so inspired by all who worked on the… Continue reading Programme Focus: ‘The Boy with the Topknot’ (1/2)
'Diaspora Child', my first poetry collection, is now available to buy in paperback on Amazon, and e-book on the Kindle store!!! Available in all Amazon territories and on Kindle apps and devices!!!
'Britishness, Race And Identity: Let's Talk', an earlier incarnation of which lives on this blog, published by Asian Woman Festival on their blog. Immensely grateful to contribute and be able to work with the incredible humans in this courageous, innovative space. Keep your eyes peeled and go show them some love!!
Last Saturday morning, the 4th May, I had an encounter that disturbed me profoundly. The previous evening, I had seen a post from a page I follow, via an Instagram story, showing details of a new, inclusive, sex and body-positive page aimed at women of South Asian heritage. I felt really excited by this news-… Continue reading Dismembered: Exclusion And Colourism, Being British South Asian
I have a real problem with the word 'brown', and other colour-centric words where they pertain to skin. For some, they are exaltations of pride, affirmations of identity and fervent ownership of a feature that has been used to discriminate against them and others seen as similar, a reclaiming and redefining of something natural and… Continue reading Some Thoughts On Contemporary Colour-Centric Discourse
This piece comes from the view of a Birmingham local, an individual who has witnessed- and moved with- the commercial evolution of her city over the twenty-seven years of her life so far. I can already feel the fever of internalised commentaries to this piece that will fiercely defend that I am 'not allowed' to… Continue reading Weeding-Out The Undesirable – The Culture Of Independent Business In Birmingham
This is the face of a third-generation British Indian. This is MY face. My full name is Ciona Bhachu Nankervis. My forename was picked out of a magazine by my aunt in 1989, the origin of which still mystifies me, my now middle name is my maiden name, the only nominal indicator of my Punjabi… Continue reading Britishness, Race And Identity: Let’s Talk
Stomach-turningly saccharine writing that rips off the styles of other authors, without leaving so much as a waft of its own message or voice. Peeve number two, people who make quite a comfortable life for themselves being copycats of any kind of art.
To those who are 'tired' of hearing about the EU referendum: I agree that the news and social media have been saturated with it, both before and since June 23rd, but it is rather an important issue. I have seen expressions from people on social media who have prefaced their intentionally dismissive posts by agreeing… Continue reading Post-Referendum Thoughts- Intolerant Of Intolerance