Posts tagged ‘Female’

January 26, 2014

The Pursuit of Love

The Pursuit of Love Nancy Mitford

I started reading Nancy Mitford and took an interest in her after hearing about her on the BBC Radio 4 Great Lives programme.  She sounded so wonderfully witty, sharp and unsentimental that I decided to buy a few of her books.

The Pursuit of Love is a as much as finding love as it is about celebrating the love that an extended family can bring. If you are lucky enough

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November 16, 2011

Shadows of Stereotypes

Dear Diary

I sometimes wonder if the stereotypical images of Asian women follow us everywhere and my encounter of this at work has caused some issues.

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August 16, 2011

The Poppadom Posse

It’s summer and my mum is waiting for the hot days to arrive so that she can make her year’s supply of poppadoms. This dying tradition that my mother so duly carries out reminds me so much of youth.

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August 11, 2011

Grazia Slims Duchess

I read today that Grazia magazine admitted to digitally slimming the Duchess of Cambridge for the cover of their Royal Wedding edition.  The article written in the Guardian touches on a number of celebrities who have fallen prey to the digital retouching as if it isn’t common practice.

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August 8, 2011

Hall Of Fame: Vena Ramphal

Vena Ramphal has an unusual career for an Asian woman and has created her own niche as a sex expert and passion coach. She holds one to one sessions, workshops, salons at high end erotic boutique Coco De Mer and is quoted in a number of magazines including GQ and can be followed on twitter @VenaRhampal.

Her workshop “Tearing Up the Good Girl Script” epitomises Vena as she believes that women spend too much of their time pleasing and being good girls when they should be focussing their energies on being happy.

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July 25, 2011

Wasted Talent

When I heard about the death of Amy Winehouse, I was really sad but not surprised. Valerie played in my head instantly as my mind went through my favourite album of hers, Back to Black. All I kept thinking was what wasted talent.

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July 12, 2011

Hall Of Fame: Baljit Sidhu

This months Hall of Fame was conducted with BBC Asian Network Producer, Baljit Sidhu who currently produces the primetime Sonia Deol Show. Baljit left Leeds University with a degree in English Literature and History of Art in 2001 unclear of which career path to take. However, the events of September 11th made her determined to work in the media and in 2002 started in at BBC Asian Network.

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July 11, 2011

Spiritually Possessed

One of the most frightening things I have ever seen in my life is a person being spiritually possessed and each time I witness this possession I become more and more curious about spirituality.

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May 26, 2011

Oprah’s Last Day

“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye, I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye, good bye”.

The above lyrics are from the Sound of Music, but they could well have been said by Oprah Winfrey yesterday as she hosted an hour long emotional final show. I haven’t watched Oprah in years, but even I was rather sad at the thought that after 25 years, the Oprah Winfrey Show would be no longer.

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May 16, 2011

Bunty’s Favourite Asian Female Authors

After a well needed clearout of my bookshelves to accomodate new books this weekend, I found 10 of my favourite novels by Asian female authors to share with our chatterboxes. These are books that I cannot put away or give away as I like coming back to them.

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April 18, 2011

Men Are Just Sore Losers!

Dear Diary,

Yesterday, I went to the Emirates Stadium to watch my beloved Liverpol Football team take on Arsenal. My husband, an Arsenal fan, sat at one end of he ground as I sat at the other. The game was a draw. I left the stadium singing and dancing. He left moaning and grumbling.

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April 17, 2011

The First Lady Of Fleet Street

Born in India, brought up in England and disowned by her family for her beliefs, Rachel Beer was the first female editor of a newspaper at a time when women didn’t even have the vote.

Her remarkable story as editor of two of the most celebrated newspapers (The Observer and The Times) and plight of being a successful woman in the late 19th century can be read in “The First Lady of Fleet Street” by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev.

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April 1, 2011

Mother’s Day Wish List

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and as this is a forum for women, it is only appropriate to acknowledge mothers everywhere and create our own wish lit.

However, before I give you my wish list I wanted to share this statistic with you as it made me laugh.

“29% of Mums work full-time”.

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March 30, 2011

Jilted by a Period

A year ago I was told of a bride who had to cancel her wedding because she was on her period. A year long preparation had to be called off at the last minute. The poor groom was left standing. The brides family were extremely religious and believed that a girl could not go under the Mandap (Hindu wedding alter) when she was menstruating, it was bad luck and the marriage would be doomed.

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