by LAUREN CODLING AN ASIAN actor starring as a barrister in a new BBC political thriller has applauded the casting in the series, as he emphasised the importance of seeing ethnic minorities in top professions. Roadkill tells the story of Peter Laurence (played by veteran actor Hugh Laurie), a charismatic Conservative politician whose career and […]
After endlessly swiping through pictureless profiles on dating apps, Muhammad Ali Shah still hasn’t found the one — or really anyone — to get serious with in Pakistan. In the ultra-conservative Islamic republic, where arranged marriages are the norm, he says many women choose to stay anonymous, making online dating matches tricky. “It’s slim pickings,” […]
The victim of India’s latest alleged gang rape faced the double discrimination of being born female and low caste, says her family, fearing she will get no justice in death either. They say it would all have been different if the 19-year-old victim of a brutal attack came from an upper-caste family or if the […]
A police sting that busted a prostitution ring and triggered a back-and-forth in the courts has revealed a conflict in Indian law over a woman’s right to sell sex and a state’s right to stop her. It all comes down to female choice, according to a landmark legal ruling last month that hands a rare […]
by LAUREN CODLING AN ACTOR with a “mystery role” in the upcoming season of The Haunting of Bly Manor has revealed the reason behind the secrecy surrounding the show. Kamal Khan will be starring in the latest series of the hit show, due to be released on Netflix on Friday (9). Loosely based on Henry […]
by LAUREN CODLING AUTHOR Nikesh Shukla has urged for more support to local bookshops and booksellers, warning of the threat that large online retailers have on the industry. Speaking ahead of Bookshop Day on Saturday (3), Shukla described booksellers as “the unsung heroes of book industry”. “If I tell a bookseller a book I love, […]
by LAUREN CODLING BOOKER PRIZE nominated author Avni Doshi has described the reaction to her debut novel as “something she had never dreamed of” – although she admitted the “hard” struggle of dealing with criticism. Doshi’s Burnt Sugar is a fictional account of the relationship between a mother and daughter in west India. The 37-year-old’s […]
by LAUREN CODLING A PHOTOGRAPHER featured in a community project aiming to create a “unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown” has spoken of her desire to show “some light in the darkness of the coronavirus crisis”. The Hold Still project, launched by the National Portrait Gallery, has received more than 31,000 applications from […]
by LAUREN CODLING A BREAST cancer survivor who had a daughter through surrogacy has spoken out about ending the stigma of the disease among Asians, as she urged more involvement from the community. Kreena Dhiman, 40, was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 33. Although now in remission, she became infertile due to the […]
by LAUREN CODLING JAMIE GILL is a name that should be on every fashion lover’s lips. Following a career that spanned architecture, finance and fashion, the 32-year-old was recently appointed to the British Fashion Council (BFC) as a non-executive director. His star looks set to rise as it was only two years ago that Gill […]
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