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Kololo Hill: Telling the tale of Asian expulsion from Uganda

by LAUREN CODLING A NEW book exploring the expulsion of Uganda Asians in the 1970s was inspired by the “terrifying” prospect of being forced to leave your home country for another, its author has revealed. Neema Shah’s debut novel Kololo Hill is a fictional account about the expulsion of Asians from Uganda by president Idi […]

Pressure grows to end ‘virginity tests’ in Pakistan rape cases

It is two months since Shazia underwent a so-called virginity test during a rape examination at a Karachi hospital, but the Pakistani teenager is still visibly traumatised. She winces as she describes how the doctor carried out the “two-finger test” (TFT), in which a doctor inserts fingers into the vagina, ostensibly to determine if a […]

Hymn: Lolita Chakrabarti’s new play captures a relationship ‘unseen on stage’

by LAUREN CODLING AWARD-WINNING writer Lolita Chakrabarti has revealed the benefits of working with her real-life partner on her latest play, which is due to stream live from a London theatre this week. Hymn follows the lives of two men, Gil and Benny, who meet at a funeral for the first time. They discover they […]

Inspired by protests, India’s women farmers revive their own demands

As protests against agricultural reforms catch global attention, India’s neglected women farmers are seizing the moment to dust off their own long-standing demands – from land rights and farm credit to grains subsidies. Hundreds of miles from the sit-in demonstrations near the capital, Ponnuthai said the protests were helping her and other women farmers gain […]

Brown Baby: Nikesh Shukla bares his fears for daughters in new memoir

by LAUREN CODLING AUTHOR Nikesh Shukla hopes his new memoir will drive conversations on “the issues which keep him up at night”. Brown Baby is addressed to his eldest child and details Shukla’s thoughts and experiences with racism, sexism, parenting as well as the pain of losing his mother. In an interview last week with […]

Author Rupy Aujla cooks up just what the doctor ordered

by LAUREN CODLING AN NHS doctor believes people are taking their health more seriously in light of the global coronavirus pandemic as he revealed his new cookbook aims to make nutritious meals easy and accessible. Dr Rupy Aujla is a bestselling author and medical doctor, whose latest cookbook Doctor’s Kitchen 3-2-1 contains more than 100 […]

The empire writes back: tackling Britain’s colonial past

The statue of Robert Clive outside the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in central London depicts him with an imperious gaze, his hand gripping the hilt of a sheathed sword. But despite often heated debate about monuments to colonial figures with links to the slave trade and the legacy of Britain’s past, “Clive of India” […]

The Good Girls: True-crime book investigates Badaun rape-murder allegations

by LAUREN CODLING THE author behind a true-crime book focusing on the alleged murders of two teenagers in India has revealed her motivations for covering the story, claiming she was “compelled” to understand the level of violent crimes against women in the country. The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing explores the death of two young […]

Mum and daughter tell stories of inclusivity

by LAUREN CODLING DOES creativity run in families? Taking one look at mother-and-daughter writing duo Salma and Amber Zaman, it would be hard to argue otherwise. Nine-year-old Amber wrote her first book My Lockdown Poems during lockdown. The collection of poems explores a number of 2020 experiences, including shortages of hand sanitiser, schools closing down […]

Leading British Asians reveal their 2021 goals

AS 2020 drew to a close last Thursday (31), Eastern Eye asked some prominent people to reflect on the year and reveal their hopes for 2021. We asked them: a. What have you learned about yourself in the past year? b. How would you reflect on 2020 and what are you looking forward to in […]

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