'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
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
This whole Rachel Dolezal situation is really getting on my nerves now. Not because she lied about her heritage, which is undeniably wrong and I agree that she should not have done so from the outset, but because, at this point, the self-righteous reactions of a handful of people, people who otherwise sport a demeanour… Continue reading On The Controversy Of Rachel Dolezal