2017 Goals

I’m loathe to call this post “2017 New Year’s Resolutions” because a) cliché af, amirite? and b) I feel like New Year’s Day is an arbitrary date and because of the expectations attached to it, the pressure starts to build and the resolutions eventually crumble. I think it’s better to make resolutions as you go because then you’re making new goals at the right time for you and you’re more likely to stick to them because you believe it in your heart, rather than thinking “I need to do this.” But that’s just one woman’s opinion (aka me, hi). Continue reading

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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