‘Bearded Broz’ break barriers

By Sairah Masud THE founders of a volunteering collective from Birmingham have spoken of their aim to break down barriers and address stereotypes in the city by offering practical help and emergency food to residents and also tackling social issues. Imran Hameed and Naveed Sadiq founded The Bearded Broz, which comprises 70 members who help […]

Scottish Labour leader candidate Anas Sarwar rules out second independence vote as he outlines vision for party

by LAUREN CODLING SCOTTISH Labour leader candidate Anas Sarwar has said he opposes a second independence referendum as he wants to “strengthen Scotland’s place in the UK, not weaken it”. In a wide-ranging interview with Eastern Eye, Sarwar said: “We should be transforming and changing Scotland instead of focusing on the divide.” The son of […]

Mumbai-based comic Aditi Mittal finds humour across cultures

by LAUREN CODLING INDIAN comedian Aditi Mittal has said that her Edinburgh Fringe debut this summer was a “comedy bootcamp” that changed her approach to the craft. Mittal, 31, who is among the few successful Indian female comedians, was among performers at the renowned festival in August. “It was like being at comedy boot camp. […]

Sri M to visit UK

By Lady Mohini Noon The great living yogi Sri M is in London this month for his first British teaching tour. From his talk on Virtuous Leadership in the House of Lords, to workshops on The Search for Happiness According to Vedanta, and a New Future Vision for the Youth, Sri M addresses concerns common […]

Couple behind Bapu’s religious event reveal all

By Sairah Masud A BRITISH INDIAN couple and their family who organised a nine-day religious discourse by one of India’s leading spiritual leaders, Pujya Morari Bapu, said there was a ‘bigger presence’ that exceeded their own efforts in making the summer event a success. Hotelier Rishi Sachdev and his wife Meenal worked for nearly a […]

Period stigma affects South Asian girls in the UK

by LAUREN CODLING A YOUNG girl told of “feeling unclean, dirty and impure” as she stood in the shower, sobbing, as she watched blood flow down the drain. “The water was pure, while I was not,” she said. “I was overwhelmed and even felt slightly guilty for reasons even I do not understand. I only […]

English marriage law bias hits Asians

by SAIRAH MASUD “DISCRIMINATORY” English marriage laws has resulted in many south Asian couples – the vast majority being Muslims – failing to complete a civil registration, thus leading to complications when the marriage breaks down, particularly for the woman, an academic has said. Under existing rules, minority faith marriages should be registered, meaning that […]

Divorce could lead to mental health problems for Asian men

BY LAUREN CODLING DIVORCE could lead to mental health problems and increased stress levels within south Asian communities if it is not openly discussed. Aatif Majid, a 38-year-old songwriter got married in 2009, but divorced six years later, because of factors that included work pressures and health challenges. The British-Pakistani told Eastern Eye last Friday […]

Survivor of Nairobi mall shooting speaks of impact on family four years on

by LAUREN CODLING A SURVIVOR of the Westgate Mall shootings in Nairobi has said she and her children are still affected by the attack, four years after it happened. Kamal Kaur, a radio presenter at Kenyan radio station East FM, who was part of a team hosting a cooking competition for children at the time […]

Gay parenting play ‘Of Kith and Kin’ tests liberal views

BY LAUREN CODLING ACTRESS Chetna Pandya’s enthusiasm about her new play, Of Kith and Kin, is infectious. It tells the story of Daniel and Oliver who are looking forward to the latest addition to their brood – with a little help from their best friend and surrogate mother, Priya, played by  Pandya, aged 36. But […]