PSA: Christmas Hiatus

I want to let everyone know I will be taking a short break from now to 4th January, when content will resume as normal. I know I just started with this, but I have essays to submit on that day and an exam then so I will be taking some time off for that. I’m also enjoying spending the Christmas period enjoying time with my family and I’d like to focus on that.

I’ll see you in the new year. In the mean time, have a Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) and a Happy New Year!

– S

Follow-up on ‘What #reclaimthebindi Means to Me’: an Essay

As I discussed in my previous post, discovering the hashtag #reclaimthebindi and the movement associated with it sparked a change in me. It led me to a community of people who openly embraced their heritage, which was revolutionary to me. As a child I’d tried my damned hardest to assimilate: I remember one time in Reception when I was 5, it was break time and me and these two other Indian girls were sat at a table with pieces of paper and pink pencils in hand. We were trying to decide who each of us would be in our Continue reading

What #reclaimthebindi Means to Me

*This article was first published in #ReclaimTheBindi Zine, Issue #1 (March 2016)

As a kid growing up in London in the 2000s, I didn’t really care about the fact that I’m Indian. I mean, I knew I was and if you challenged me, I would’ve defended my home country proudly – but in all honesty, I didn’t care. Every person of colour I knew was essentially taught not to care: the more British/Western you were, the cooler you were. Right? Continue reading