#9 – Pandemic Politics and The Mayor of Desiland, Ontario with Patrick Brown

In cities across Canada, South Asians are dying of COVID-19 in higher numbers than their fellow citizens. This is bad news for everyone, and terrible news for South Asians. What’s going on? Niru with Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown If you were to believe what some media, certain doctors and even some politicians are saying, it’s largely…

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#7 – India Manages the Pandemic with Dr. Prabhat Jha and Arnob Bal

Something strange was happening in India when the COVID-19 coronavirus was unleashed onto the world.   Niru speaks with Dr. Prabhat Jha in Toronto (top), Arnob Bal in Mumbai As the virus ripped through Italy at lightning speed, and then went rampant in the United States, people began to fear the worst for the second…

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#6 – Love in the Time of Corona with Gurpreet Gill

We have a brand new podcast for you this weekend to help cope with stress and other negative feelings during this pandemic. Our guest is Gurpreet Gill, an intuitive healer and conscious breathwork practitioner. It’s a conversation I can only describe as a soothing balm… I think it might make your day Niru with Gurpreet Gill…

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#5 – We Ain’t Terrorists with Ali Hassan & Dave Merheje

Niru pays tribute to a provocative post-9/11-themed comedy tour called We Ain’t Terrorists that recently ended a decade-long run touring Canada. She chats with comedians Ali Hassan and Dave Merheje about Desis and brown-skinned people of all backgrounds being victims of “inaccurate” and tragically funny racism. Niru with Ali Hassan at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum and Dave Merheje (via…

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#4 – Branding Desis with Bobby Umar, author and motivational speaker

After a summer break and vacation with the kids, Niru is back and looking inward on the subject of Branding Desis; stereotypes, assimilation and the brown glass ceiling, with motivational speaker Bobby Umar, a five-time TED veteran and ranked among North America’s top 100 speakers by Inc.com. His book is called “How to Network Anytime, Anywhere,…

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#3 – Currying Votes Part 2: The Two Terrys

Niru speaks with two Canadian journalists who have reported extensively over decades on the Khalistan movement, as well as the bombing of Air India Flight 182 in 1985. Niru followed Terry Milewski’s coverage of the disaster as a youth in the mid-80’s, and Terry Glavin discusses his experience covering Indo-Canadian affairs from the west coast,…

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#2 – Currying Votes Part 1: Khalistan in Canada

In the first installment of Desiland’s Currying Votes series, Niru examines the origins of the Khalistan movement for independence in the region of Punjab and its supporters’ influence in Canadian politics. She tells the story of her friend Seema and the Air India disaster of 1985, then chats with Balraj Deol, editor of Canada’s Khabarnama…

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#1 – Sugar Sammy

Welcome to Desiland! This podcast by Toronto-based journalist Niru Kumar in collaboration with TNKR Media explores modern Desi life in North America. In this first episode, Niru chats with quadrilingual Desi-Canadian comic Sugar Sammy about his Desi influences, family, love, “going white” and more! Sugar Sammy is playing sold-out shows in Toronto this weekend! But…

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