Exhibition looks at role of low caste and tribal communities

By Sairah Masud THE curator of a new exhibition in London has hoped for the Indian community to realise a “different side” to the country’s economic success by shedding light on marginalised communities who have helped others thrive and flourish. Showcasing at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London, Behind The Indian Boom: Inequality and […]

Dishoom restaurant plans ‘experiential entertainment’ at new venue

By Lauren Codling AN IMMERSIVE theatre production will be held at a new London restaurant to celebrate the opening of its sixth eatery. Inspired by the art deco world in 1940s Bombay, Night at the Bombay Roxy will be performed at Dishoom Kensington to mark the restaurant’s launch. The show centres around the Bombay Roxy, […]

British army heroes celebrated in new Saragarhi docu-drama

By Sairah Masud A BRITISH Sikh filmmaker has said that the Indian community needs more encouragement in exploring their history, following the screening of his documentary in parliament last Tuesday (14) commemorating Sikh soldiers who served in the British Army during colonial times. Researched and produced by British Army reservist, Captain Jay Singh-Sohal, Saragarhi: The […]

Cake-baker’s popularity rises following celebrity creations

By Sairah Masud A BAKER in the Midlands has set his sights on creating signature cakes for singer Rihanna and former boxer Mike Tyson, following the recent success of his sweet creations. Paz Heer, 37, who owns AB Cakes in Wolverhampton, has an impressive list of famous clients including Anthony Joshua, Floyd Mayweather and Jazzy […]

Drink addiction rife among young and old in Sikh community

By Sairah Masud SIKHS should do more to protect young people in the community from becoming addicted to alcohol, doctors, community workers and recovering alcoholics have said, as figures show a rise in the number of alcohol-related deaths among those aged over 50. Although the holy Sikh scriptures strictly forbid the consumption of alcohol, many […]

Comic Sindhu Vee believes humour speaks a universal language

by LAUREN CODLING COMEDIAN Sindhu Vee has asserted that her heritage should not be an aspect of her comedy that makes her “different” or more relevant to one community than another. The stand-up performer, who is of Indian heritage, said she does not stop to think if certain audiences will “get” her material concerning her […]

‘Angel’ stem cell donor wants more Asians on the register

By Sairah Masud A BRITISH ASIAN stem cell donor has urged more people from the community to sign up to the stem cell register as she met a young boy from India with a blood disorder, whose life she saved. Ritesh Kukreja, nine, was diagnosed with thalassemia in 2008 and received his life-saving donation from […]

Exhibition combines charity with art

By Sairah Masud AN EXHIBITION combining art, social impact and philanthropy to benefit a number of worldwide causes has opened in London. Founded by siblings Devika and Maya Sarin, the Art of Kindness exhibition aims to “empower artists, collectors and communities alike by curating socially-conscious art” and donating a portion of the sales proceeds to […]

Sikh writer’s tale of family mental health to show on BBC

By Sairah Masud A BBC adaptation of an award-winning journalist’s life growing up in a traditional Sikh Punjabi family in England while dealing with mental illness will be broadcast next week. Sathnam Sanghera’s 2009 memoir, The Boy with the Topknot, tells his story as a second generation immigrant in 1980s Wolverhampton, as he juggles family […]

Screening project success in India may help UK patients

By Sairah Masud RESEARCHERS from Britain and India have collaborated on a £6 million project to tackle the growing rate of diabetic blindness among India’s working class population over the next four years. Led by Professor Sobha Sivaprasad from Moorfields Eye Hospital, Ornate India, with funding from the UK Research Council, plans to develop innovative […]