I interviewed the artist Mahtab Hussain about his show before the wave of terror attacks in Summer 2017 (Westminister, Manchester, London Bridge, Finsbury Park). Arguably, the exhibition's themes are all the more important in the wake of these attacks.
My story on the 1976's Grunwick strike, mainly South Asian women, at a photo-processing laboratory in North West London led by Jayaben Desai, which drew 20,000 supporters to the picket line. Grunwick saw immigrants became part of Britain's working class and labour movement for the first time and it was also a landmark in people coming together and standing up for immigrants in a racist, xenophobic era.
I wrote about the phenomenon of Indian pubs, or Desi pubs, in the West Midlands. Many of these pubs barred Indians and people of colour in the 1960s and there's something very lovely about how these pubs are now Indian-owned and beacons of multiculturalism and symbolise a proud British-Indian identity. They are also breathing new life into a moribund pub industry.
I wrote about Madame Tussaud's latest wax figure of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for The Economist's blog and what it tells about India and its place in the world today. The story was inspired by seeing family from India visiting London, whether 20something cousins or 60something aunties and uncles, making a beeline to the attraction.
Some of my words on words that travelled from South Asian into the Oxford English Dictionary. It's so fascinating to find out how, why and with whom these Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam and Tamil words travelled and then became part of the English language. I HEART this kind of story, where digging down into an everyday thing like words and language, can reveal so much detail and nuance.
A piece for Vice UK on the unveiling of a statue of Gandhi in Parliament Square on March 14, 2015 and why there's a stench of hypocrisy around it. Yes that's David Cameron at the unveiling so it's a very big deal particularly for businessmen, industrialists and corporate interests - the very people Gandhi stood up for in his battle for independent India, right?
Over the last few months I've been project managing and co-editing Time Out's Top 100 Bollywood film poll and project alongside film editor Dave Calhoun. I assembled a panel of 20 leading Bollywood experts and have to say so many people, who are very busy and high profile, were more than happy to get involved.
Hugely proud to say I made my Radio 4 debut on July 1st 2015, with a 30minute documentary about how Britain's £3.6billion curry industry is in crisis because visa immigration rules have caused a chronic lack of chefs. The government has set up 'curry colleges' (yes, really) to make the short fall and thus far they have been a disaster. Hardeep Singh Kohli investigates
'420 Day' (April 20) has become the protest day for the pro-cannabis lobby all over the world, including Britain. Here's a short story about 420 Day 2014 which seems to have struck a chord as it's been shared over 10,000 times. Some of the comments are beautiful and lots of them are very revealing.