Category: Community and Events

Trikone Members Attacked By Modi Supporters



Although this is not the main video, here’s a glimpse of right wing zealots who support Modi verbally attacking, harassing and pushing the members of Trikone.

The zealots took signs from Trikone members and ripped them up and some Modi supporters even got physical. Here’s a detailed account from Trikone’s co-chair Ali.

Section 377 was brought back into the law books December 2013, Modi has yet to acknowledge 377 or make any promises to the South Asian LGBTQ community that he will get the code off the law books for good.

These types of horrendous actions remind us all that homophobia and ignorance is still very much alive, even in the Bay Area.

Do you know these supporters who kept harassing the Trikone members?

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Sandip Roy interviewed the members of Trikone. Listen here.

#DelhiGangRape revisited



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It was only a matter of time before the rapists would get a chance to voice their opinions on mainstream TV.

An interview with Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus, where Jyoti Singh and her friend got on – will air 8th March on BBC 4 at 10pm.

The documentary “India’s Daughter” took two years to make.

Singh maintains his innocence, but strong DNA evidence has proven he raped Jyoti.

This article by the Telegraph highlighted some of Mukesh’s quotes. It made it’s rounds on my FB newsfeed, the first time I read it – I had to read it twice… to make sure I was reading his quotes correctly.

“A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy,”

“When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit the boy.”

“You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands,” he says in the interview. “A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 per cent of girls are good.”

Singh faces the death penalty, but I’m sure if he was let off – someone would kill him for his no remorse quotes.

“The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls,” he says. “Before, they would rape and say, ‘Leave her, she won’t tell anyone.’ Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death.”

His words were so hard for me to digest and left me feeling so disgusted. But this mentality is not just isolated in India, but all over the world.

OSCC Rape Crisis Centre in India contact Actionaid

Rape Crisis England and Wales




Culture Shock and Their New Found FIRE



Culture Shock Fire Tour

Culture Shock Fire Tour

If you haven’t heard of Culture Shock… you betta ask somebody!!! Culture Shock’s musical formula combines South Asian music and lyrics with head-bangin’ urban beats. This combo really helps them define music for the younger South Asian generation. If you ask us, they are really pushing the envelope in terms of progressive South Asian music.

If you’re a Culture Shock fan, you’ve probably heard about their new single Fire. These guys really aim to please their listeners by releasing incredible music every few months. Not only have they released a new single, they are setting out on a world tour! A few cities on their list include: Toronto, Long Island, Tennessee, Houston and Paris, France. Yup, you read that right, Paris. Where do these guys not have any fans?  Culture Shock kicked off their tour in Stanford, California (San Francisco) and we got a chance to catch up with them.


Bay Area Comedy Show Benefits Infanticide Documentary



On the occasion of International Day of the Girl, Bay Area Local Organizes  Comedy Show- ‘Stand Up for the Tender Gender’

Petals in the Dust

In light of the growing violence and atrocities against girls across the globe, the UN has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl. On this inaugural Day of the Girl,Samson Koletkar, the world’s only Indian Jewish Stand Up comedian, and a father of a sweet little girl, brings you a stellar all female lineup of comics to benefit the making of Petals In The Dust: The Endangered Indian Girl, a documentary film that highlights one of the worst tragedies against girls – female foeticide and infanticide.



Bikram Singh Performs in the Heart of San Francisco



Bikram Singh

A Rockstar…with that perfect dose of Urban Desi. What? You don’t get it? “Beyonce” ? I don’t need to go down the list of his discography to explain what a clever genius he is to have combined urban pop, soul, and hip hop into his music. It’s almost as if he has a new age way of singing kaliyan but with that contemporary urban feel. What could be more 2012, yet so traditionally sweet straight out of the heart of Punjab? BIKRAM SINGH!! (In his case, straight out of the heart of NYC, woot woot). I won’t go into all the extra details of his talents. Only because you know them already. I will mention however, that I love and respect the fact that he writes his own lyrics. That’s definitely what makes his songs more divergent.


Urban Desi Artist Ginz’ Tribute to Gurdwara Shooting



photoEvery South Asian was truly shocked by the Sikh temple shootings that took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Sunday morning August 5th. Urban Desi rapper Ginz has dedicated a track to the Gurdwara shooting that took place. He calls it “an open letter tribute” and expresses his emotions the best way he knows how, through rap and hip-hop. Kudos to Ginz for expressing how the South Asian community is feeling right now.


India & Hip-Hop Collide at “Word to Your Motherland” Art Exhibit



Word to Your Motherland

WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND is a very unique art exhibit which transpires a cultural urban movement of the Indian diaspora and the engagement of Hip-Hop in India. Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, California is hosting this exhibition from July 6, 2012 – August 11, 2012.WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND is one of the first art shows in California to showcase this type of movement which has not been given any type of platform.


Thinking about becoming Vegan? Tips from S-Endz




I tease S-Endz and call him my “Vegan Guru” (seriously he is) I’m still not convinced I can go completely vegan, however I’m attempting to adapt some vegan principals after juicing for 60 days. To me he’s the ultimate definition of coolness. Thanks for giving us a little dose of your vegan knowledge. 😉 (and giving me a lesson on vegan cheese over twitter heh)

Petz: I know you were a vegetarian for three years before the vegan transition. Think back to your pre-vegetarian days and now being vegan – how has your health improved?

S-Endz: My health has vastly improved since I became vegan. I have more energy, more stamina, my BMI is ideal, I’m more focused… But most impressively, I haven’t caught a single cold since I became vegan, even when I’ve been around multiple friends and family who have been sick. Dairy consumption leads to increased mucous production in the body, which is obviously to be avoided. I would suggest that everyone reading this goes and reads Dr. Robert Kradjian’s “Milk Letter” and/or watch the documentary “Forks Over Knives” to understand what dairy consumption is really doing to your body. It’s truly horrifying.

Petz: When you’re not in the studio, what sort of dishes does S-Endz like to whip up in the kitchen?

S-Endz: I like Indian food, of course. I learned from my Masi how to make a few things. I make a pretty awesome yellow dal, and aloo palak. I like making stir fries with tofu too, and I make great vegan Mexican food – bean burritos with lots of fresh veggies, jalapenos, guacamole and soy cheese :-)

Petz: Since you have had the best of both worlds, is it easier for you to be vegan in UK or US? What are the differences and similarities?

S-Endz: It’s definitely easier in the US because you can get a lot of great vegan specific products at even your average Wal Mart or Safeway, and you have places like Whole Foods. In the UK, it’s harder unless you live in London. But generally speaking, being vegan is easy, and much easier than I had thought it would be. In fact, if anyone reading this tries to go vegan even just for a few weeks, I’m confident they’d be surprised at just how easy it is.

Petz: Do you think you could beat Gordan Ramsay in a vegan cook off?

S-Endz: Honestly, I’ve never watched a single show of Gordon Ramsay so I have no idea whether he’d be able to make good vegan food. Given that he’s a chef by profession, I’d certainly hope so. But cooking for yourself is a different thing to cooking for others so I couldn’t say. I know how to make things I like to eat and that’s good enough for me!

Petz: Hey listeners, I personally think S-Endz can take on Ramsay! 😉

Bay Area Punjabi Girl Campaigns for Miss California 2013



Jesse Deol


Miss California 2013

Jesse Deol, 23, is campaigning for Donald Trump’s Miss California 2013 and has officially claimed the title “Miss Bay Area”.


Deol is looking forward to her journey in the competition but also looking for making a difference by having her voice to heard among her generation. Deol is 100% East Indian

and grew up in the Bay Area which makes her one of the first South Asian females to be competing in such a competition.

“I know my friends have always laughed at me for saying I want to save the world, but hey, why not try? I would take the fact of knowing I’ve helped someone or made some one’s day over any materialistic object, any day” said Deol in a personal one-on-one interview.

“I believe the world is lacking of sincerely compassionate people who genuinely care about the well-being of others; however, this does not mean ALL are, or that people cannot be changed. I want to be apart of making those positive changes”, she said.

jess2Deol’s passion includes saving the environment and believes it is the essence of our existence which needs to be preserved and maintained.

Deol is planning to work on numerous charity projects in the upcoming year along with attending plenty of important community events in the Bay Area.

Deol studied Pre-Veterinary medicine and minored in Wine and Viticulture at San Luis Opispo, CA. In her undergrad she began losing faith in the medical pharmaceutical industries and realized the detrimental effects on agriculture and animal production, consequently human health. Her interests to protecting the environment. She one day hopes to fight for the people as an environmental lawyer, or another advocate of related field.

Please *LIKE* her Facebook fanpage to follow her journey, and get updates on what she is doing!




Brown Girl Surf

Imagine a woman by the Gaza Strip, teaching a group of young girls how to surf while bullets and bombs fly over their heads. The ocean brings us some sort of peace and gravitates us to ride the waves of mother nature. Did you hear about the 22-year-old journalist from India who has become India’s first female surfer? These are the sort of stories Brown Girl Surf, founded by Farhana Huq wants to bring us.

Farhana is no stranger to the waves, a couple of years ago, she discovered a passion for surfing. She went around to world to surf and created a series of emails “Where the world is Farhana” I always looked forward to them because I found them so inspiring.

For over a decade, Farhana ran a company called CEO Women, which helped low income women start their own businesses. After CEO Women closed, Farhana took some time out to figure out what to do next. Like any social entrepreneur, Farhana wanted to create a new venture with a strong foundation based on creating a positive change and inspiring women all over the world.

Farhana is training to go pro, as of right now Brown Girl Surf is selling tshirts, check them out!

Ready to catch a wave? Don’t worry you don’t have to be brown, a female, a surfer or even a beach bum to be a part of the Brown Girl Surf revolution. Some of us at Urban Desi Radio suck at swimming, but we are happy to support Brown Girl Surf!


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