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Overweight Man Wants Video To Go Viral…



How many times have you had an Auntie poke you and whisper in your ear – You need to lose weight? Don’t you find that annoying? What makes it worse they keep piling on the fried pakoras, paneer and ladoos on our plates! Can we say Devil’s advocate?! Pshhh!

I know this isn’t an Urban Desi story per say, but I felt it was important to share this video. It’s coming from my compassionate side because I can relate to this man’s struggle (picture below) and it’s a continue struggle for me because I have an eating disorder. I’m an over-eater, don’t laugh, it’s a disease. Look it up. It’s where emotions make me eat and not hunger itself. At least that’s my issues, I’m an emotional eater. Towards the end of the year, I picked up this documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and I wanted to break my emotional ties with food and have it serve as a source of energy vs. a source of comfort. I juiced for 60 days, got back into my old workout regime (slowly) and retrained myself on healthy eating habits.

I’ve also joined a facebook page Feel Free Foundation run by Sunita Bhogal Pattani. Where other over-eaters and those who suffer from other eating disorders can find a sense of community and support. Every week I go to my local Over Eater Anonymous meeting.

The good news for Robert (the man in this video) is that filmmaker Joe Cross (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) has reached out to Robert. I’m not saying juicing is the “be all and end all” solution, it has helped me to get on the right path — believe me this PATH is a life long journey to healthy living. We all have to find our own path because our bodies are all different.

You just have to remember if you are battling this disease like me, you’re not alone. Please feel free to reach out to Sunita at the Feel Free Foundation.

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There I am. Petz, founder of Urban Desi Radio.  On my left my heaviest weight 250 pounds (17st, 12lbs or 113kg)

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Brighting light to Desi Media Bullying LGBT Members



Our friend @TheGaysian brought to our attention a sad trend that has been around for a long time – media professionals who are a part of the LGBT community, but are being bullied by their managers and co-workers, especially in Desi Media. It all starts with a snarky comment and escalates to isolation and intimidation to unemployment. We stand next to the TheGaysian that this is NOT ok. While in these tough economic times, some might believe its foolish to stand up for a co-worker being bullied if that means YOU might get fired, but where’s the integrity?

As members of the LGBT community – we live, we sleep, we cry and we do a kick ass job in media like anyone else. Some of us are open and some of us are not, regardless whether we are out or keep our sexuality to ourselves; no one has the right to bully us. It only takes one person to stand up for another to set a positive message.

I would encourage if you see this type of ruthless behavior in the workplace, especially if you are a member of the media – be bold and stand up for your co-worker.

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Wiley Brings on a Desi MC…



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Earlier last night, Wiley has been vigorously promoting his tour, he extended an invitation to his hater base to come see him live, maybe they will have a change of heart after the show. He’s invited a Desi MC to come up on stage with him, not sure if it’s for the whole tour or just one show. The Jay Sean and Wiley banter has calm down over the last week, but there are still some “ethnic banter” floating around. I wouldn’t even go as far as calling it ethnic banter, but just pure banter.

From @WileyArtist – “if you hate wiley you defo need to be there cos by the end of the night yoou would of changed your views ive got an asian mc ready to mc”

Wiley, we are looking forward to part 2 of your interview on Bobby “Bob” Friction show.

Straight out of Sheffield…



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A young aspiring rapper (16) emailed us, Aamir, from Sheffield England. Unlike most teens, Aamir isn’t blinded by wanting to be a “gangster” he may have to improve on his flow and lyrics, but we all started off somewhere. Can you imagine if the mainstream radio stations, in the States, played Jay Sean’s “Who is Kamaljit?” – ouch. That would hurt. He doesn’t have any beats, but bars. Keep it up Aamir! 

Jan 28th: Urban Desi Artists coming together for CureSonia.org




It will be a mix of Desi and Non-Desi artists, coming together, with one sole purpose in mind – to find a bone marrow match for Sonia Rai, who has been diagnose with Leukemia. She’s only 24 years old. Vaishali Rana, a makeup artist, has put together this benefit party on behalf of Sonia. DJ Rav E, Mixman Shawn, New Day, Mandeep Sethi and Pree Mayall – are just a handful of names already confirm. Urban Desi Radio is proud partners with CureSonia.org. Let’s help find Sonia a marrow match, it just takes one match to save one life.

Urban Desi artist Sullee J Speaks about Suicide



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It’s never an easy topic to discuss, whether its our own battles with depression or watching someone else we love go through it and eventually take their own life. This past week, we’ve been thinking of ways to bring awareness about suicide to the Desi community, we are lucky enough to have artists come forward to speak candidly about this topic. Sullee J has gone through his own depression and lost his best friend to suicide. He took his own depression and wrote a poem to share with everyone.


By Sullee J

The pain is sweat
The sweat is tears
The tears are stress
The stress is fear

The fear is neglect
The neglect is a mask
The mask is a wreck
The wreck is the past

The past is a secret
The secret is hidden
The hidden is what im feeling
What im feeling is killing

The killing is bleeding
The bleeding is over flow
The over flow is depression
and its leading me over dose

Petz: Who have you lost to suicide?

Sullee J: One of my best friends, actually hung himself about 2 years ago.

Petz: Where were you when you heard about his death and what was your first reaction?

Sullee J: I was back home in Maryland, they were in New York. I panicked definitely, It’s really hard for me to make friends now days, because not everyone stays real, so when you come across a real friend, and they seem to have left life, it’s hard to understand why you go back to being alone when you want to live the right way. I was hurt, I felt like I lost a part of me, because when you get close to somebody, and you go through things with them, and they just disappear, it’s indescribable. You know it’s not a flu, or a surgery or something where they are gone for a little bit, or going through a phase and will come back, this is death. There is no return, and a part of me will always have the memories shared, and the bond made because it was real.

Petz: What have you done so far to help yourself cope with his death?

Sullee J: Music was a way to cope for me, because I could write my feelings, through poetry, and have it heard by the world, who can relate to the same thing I was going through. The more people you see who’ve gone through the same pain, it’s almost like a circle of people who help each other get through knowing we’re not the only ones who’ve experienced the same situation. Of course, prayer helps, and talking to other friends that were apart of the same group always helps, because everyone who’s close will feel the same pain having lost someone that meant a lot to them. In the end, the best thing you can do really is to accept the reality of death, it’s the hardest thing to do when you know there not coming back, but it’s something you must do in order to live on.

Petz: What’s your fondest memory of him?

Sullee J: There has been many, but right before he died, I still remember the letter he wrote to everybody, which crushed a lot of people in his life. Im not saying it’s the best memory, but every other memory besides this was good, but this is the one that made me just question and wonder how somebody can go through so much pain mentally, and at the same time have so many people in there lives who care enough to help them cope want to kill themselves. It’s still a question to me, because some of us go through way more then the other person, but it’s all up to us how we handle it.

Petz: For those who have thought about killing themselves, what would you say to them?

Sullee J: There is more to life than killing yourself. When you kill yourself, you make others who care for you zombies. I believe suicide is a way of being selfish, because we all have someone who needs us more then we need us at times, and speaking from experience, I know that’s a fact. God will not leave you alone in this world, if anybody you will leave yourself alone by not accepting the fact that there is always someone who will feel your pain and help you through it. Life is beautiful, and we must accept the bumps it gives us. I believe it’s these very same near death experiences which have brought me close enough to God to make these stressful situations seem more so like a phase rather than, this is it. I always tell myself and others, if we drown in yesterday’s ocean, we’ll never find out where today’s wave might help us jump over.  R.I.P. To all the victims of suicide and I send out my prayers and blessings and love to all the families and friends lives it has impacted.

Photos of Jagmeet (Rana) Sidhu



Special thanks Jagmeet’s brother Jasmeet Sidhu and Jagmeet’s cousin Harpreet Sidhu for taking the time to upload these photos to us. We are committed to create a platform of suicide prevention here at Urban Desi Radio, in memory of Jagmeet. Please visit his page and help us reach our pledge goal to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Roopa creates Suicide Awareness Comic Strip




Roopa Modha, from Erratic Beat Comics, did this comic on suicide prevention. She’s been very supportive promoting our page In Memory of Jagmeet. Please support her and take a look at her archives. Thanks Roopa for spreading the message of suicide prevention!

Sri Lanka: Suicide Rates drop, but more are people using poison



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COLOMBO, 12 March 2009 (IRIN) – After decades of having one of the highest suicide rates in the world, Sri Lanka now has a declining trend, but health professionals are concerned about the growing numbers who end their lives with poison.

Police records show a plunge in the number of suicides over the past few years, from a peak of 8,449 in 1995 to 4,504 in 2006 and 4,225 in 2007. However, police figures also reveal that of the deaths recorded as suicides in 2006, more than half were due to poison, with some 2,268 men and 519 women consuming toxic substances.

State hospitals have seen a 300 percent increase in the number of patients being admitted with symptoms of poisoning in the last 20 years, but health professionals believe the figure could be much higher.

The seeds of the yellow oleander tree, the yam of the gloriosa superba plant, agricultural chemicals and over-the-counter drugs were some of the poisons ingested by the 93,773 people treated in government hospitals in 2006, according to the National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC).

“But the figure is definitely much higher,” said Ravindra Fernando, senior professor of forensic medicine and toxicology at the University of Colombo and founder of the NPIC. “We don’t have information about hospital admissions in the north and east and it’s likely that we are missing about one-third of cases.”

Social, economic and other statistics from the conflict zones in the north and east are hard to come by. A 2008 WHO report, Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia states: “Civil war resulting in large numbers of refugees is believed to contribute to the suicide rate (Berger, 1988), but has also made it impossible to collect suicide data from the north-eastern region of Sri Lanka, which is known to have the highest suicide rate in the country.”

Admissions to private hospitals are also not included in the official tally, said Fernando, who calls poisoning “a modern epidemic in Sri Lanka”.

Medical experts are disturbed at the steadily increasing number of people, most between 19 and 30, going to hospital to be treated for intentional or inadvertent poisoning. Countless cases also go unreported, according to health experts.

“There is cause for concern at the number of poisoning cases increasing because these are socio-economic issues,” said Fernando. “Mostly young people are being affected and that results in a loss of productivity, a loss of young lives and the enormous costs of managing a man-made disaster.”

The WHO report ranks Sri Lanka among the four Asian countries with estimated suicide rates at over 20 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 people.

The island nation in 2007 had a rate of about 21 suicides per 100,000 people, said Sudath Samaraweera, a medical doctor with the Institute for Research and Development, a local non-profit forum of professionals and academics.

“Although the rate has dropped since 1995, when it was a peak figure of 46.6 suicides per 100,000 people, the figure still remains high,” said Samaraweera, pointing out that anything over 15 suicides per 100,000 is considered excessive.

Sri Lanka’s recent decreasing suicide trend is the result of national strategies instigated in the mid-1990s, Samaraweera said. Chief among them was the de-criminalising of suicide. Until then, “attempted suicide” was an offence under the penal code and people who tried and failed to end their lives were arrested and hauled up before court, usually after being taken to hospital for emergency treatment. Changing the law eliminated the stigma attached to the psychological condition.

The NPIC also lobbied to have the import of highly toxic pesticides banned by the government and to restrict access to poisonous chemicals. More medical officers with mental health training have also been assigned to provincial hospitals to provide psychiatric support.

source: irinnews.org

Late Night Lounge NEW TIME



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Miss the late night lounge on 1170am? Well have no fear, we’re BACK!!! Well, Rohan’s back with a brand new late night lounge, every wednesday night at 7pm (PST), not SO late, but check it out and tune in! Late Night Lounge with Rohan Gill click on the ustream link!