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Episode 13: A Very Desi Episode

On this episode, we speak to Aditi, whose parents traded India for Indiana.  Aditi talks about growing up in the Midwest & her experience growing up American while being consistently exposed to Indian culture.  We covered many topics during this conversation, such as cultural appropriation (please make sure to listen to the intro of the episode!), gradual growth in diversity in makeup, communal cultures and how wonderful and also overwhelming that can be, and much more.  Aditi also talks about the cool work she is doing or will be doing in the near future!  Take a listen!  Below are links provided by Aditi related to what she touched on, as well as some additional awesomeness from her.  : (relaunching very soon)
A link of an article Aditi recently wrote for her friend Harps’s website here:
Aditi says, of the above article, “She did 21 days (starting March 21st which was World Down Syndrome Day) of a different article each day from someone like me writing about their life experience with a loved one with special needs. Harps is also Indian and trying to break down the stereotyping and misconceptions particularly within the South Asian/Indian community with regards to special needs and those with Downs. She also features people of non-South Asian/Indian descent of course. The above is my article on growing up with my awesome sister as my sister and the experience within our community.”
Also, here are two more links if anyone would like to read up more on both the trans community in India as a whole as well as India’s first openly gay prince which Aditi touched on in the episode.

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extra episode coming up

Hi all, we’re publishing our usual Friday episode this week, but we also have another episode we will be publishing (sometime on Saturday, May 26).  We’ll be recording an episode Saturday morning with one of the several individuals who has come forward to us about Rabi’a.  Before then, we still have a bit more information to gather (and we need to get permission from each individual for us to share what they tell us).  Basically, we are questioning Rabi’a’s credibility, and for right now, please take her episode with a grain of salt.  As of now, we have nothing concrete to share; however, by Saturday, we expect to 1) know more and 2) have a guest who is willing to go public about what’s been happening and why Rabi’a is being questioned right now.  Stay tuned – thanks for your patience.  We’re just as overwhelmed, confused, and taken aback by all of this as everyone else who’s been affected by this; we are going to do our very best to use our platform in the right way (and in a very informed, not rash way).

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