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Overweight Man Wants Video To Go Viral…

4Mar

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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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Hor Pila De Promo (Diary of a Butterfly)

26Feb

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We reported Brit-Asian superstar Taz was named musical director for the upcoming film “Diary of a Butterfly”  starring Udita Goswami & Rati Adnihotr. Here’s a snip of Hor Pila De. Taz made a smart move when he decided to crossover to Bollywood. Although we know he gets homesick (missing his beans on toast) the amount of time and energy he’s invested in this film will be unveiled March 2nd. No doubt this is only the first in a series of musical director roles for Taz. Bollywood is surely blessed.

Whitney Houston: A triple threat talent…

12Feb

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I’m still in shell-shock over Whitney Houston’s death, I saw the breaking news story come up on my fb timeline. I googled it and all the articles confirmed the worst – Whitney Houston, Dead at 48.  Growing up in the 80s, there were two stars I always looked forward to seeing on the TV and they were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Their songs were truly iconic during that tremulous decade. Whitney had this caliber talent to carry a tune, to the point where most of us would of gone breathless – she could still harmoniously sync to the beat.

I’ll remember Whitney as a triple threat. She could sing, dance and act. As I mention on my facebook, if you are remotely BLESSED with one of those talents it can take you far – but if you have all three – there’s NO LIMITS to your potential. However the demons Whitney faced, like so many of our talented superstars were drugs. She coined the term on the 2002 Diane Sawyer interview “crack is whack” that open a can of worms for comedians to poke fun at her. Right now there’s silence, no one is laughing – all we hear is her amazing vocals coming out of our speakers, TVs, computers and smart phones.

People are suspecting the cause of death had to do with drugs, we won’t know until the coroner report comes out. In my opinion, I think her heart just gave out on her. Dr. Drew talked about addict recovery on CNN, if he had been treating Whitney, he would of advised her to take two years off. In 2010, Whitney told Oprah she was clean, I think she just bit off more than she could chew and it killed her. For those of us who have dealt with drugs issues, whether its our own or family/friends, the rule is take one day at a time. Sometimes planning ahead can lead to one’s demise.

I’ll miss Whitney. But like all great artists, her legacy will live through her music and talent. Be sure to watch the Grammys tonight, Jennifer Hudson will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

Urban Desi Artists/Talent comments on Whitney….

Taz (Stereo Nation) – I am very sad today as one of my favorite singers has unfortunately passed away. She was an inspiration to artists all over the world, may her soul rest in peace. She truly had the voice of an angel. GOD BLESS

S-Endz/Casey Rain – RIP Whitney Houston :(

Diamond Duggal – I was talking about Whitney’s talent just yesterday…a few hours later I heard the news…a very sad loss…

Mira Veda – RIP Whitney

Mentor Beats – RIP Whitney Houston. Life is too short. Enjoy it while you can. God bless x

The Truth – I know im late but R.I.P one of the greatest ever to do it….Whitney Houston! My love is your love…P

Panjabi Hit Squad – RIP Whitney Houston :-(

Indy Beats – She sung like an Angel but spent too much time in the company of the Devil – R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Sullee J – R.I.P (Picture of Whitney with Tupac)

Mixman Shawn – R.I.P. Whitney Houston…

Tarli Digital – Whitney Houston? RIP? Noooooooo! :-(

Sunny Sahota – RIP Whitney

Raxstar – Damn. #RIPWHITNEY

Bobby Friction – I brought her debut single on 12″ back in my teens…I fell in love with her.xx RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON

Raghav – I can’t believe it… Whitney houston.. We’ll miss u.. All vocalists try to reach that level of vocal perfection… Stunned..

Bohemia – RIP the great Whitney Houston. Will always love you.

Jay Sean – This is so so tragic.Another legend just gone.There were No gimmicks, no tricks, no autotune with her.Whitney was just brilliant.That’s all

H Dhami – Warrup ma people..top night of gigs,apart 4m hearing da tragic passing away off the legend Whitney Houston… A voice that will live 4ever x

MC Special – Just heard the sad news of the loss of #Whitney #Houston RIP 1963-2012 totally in shock. Great vocalist

Swami Baracus – Still sad to hear of whitney houston… this woman was the benchmark for how other voices were judged. Another talent lost to recreation…

Nindy Kaur – RIP Whitney Houston…she was a great singer and will be remembered. I really liked some of her songs, especially…

RDB – Wow another legendary voice gone :( Rest In Peace Whitney Houston…fans please keep her daughter and family in your prayers – RDB

Janina Gavankar – ….just found out about Whitney.

DJ Fricktion – Omg Whitney Houston Died? Shocking!!

Maz (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney Houston… Despite her controversy she had a voice that will be remembered forever.A true diva and legend.

Ziggy (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney houstan. We just lost a legend.

Desi Comedy – Jeff Ross did real time Whitney Houston jokes… Wow and definitely not too soon.

DJ Rekha – here is when i truly hope this soul will rest in peace for it seems she had little or none in her short life. Whitney Houston RIP

Humble The Poet – Whitney Houston Dead at 48 That is definitely a voice the world will miss One Love

Brighting light to Desi Media Bullying LGBT Members

23Dec

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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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Another repetitive beat…Why N.S? Why?

23Dec

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Believe me… I really wanted to fall in love with this tune, really I did. While it promised an upbeat tempo, the repetitive beat just made me want to gag. There is nothing fresh about this track, that normally N.S delivers – but anyone can have a bad day or in this case a bad track.  We will probably receive death threats from you hardcore bhangra fans… you know the email. Keep them coming. Daru is poop poop.

Bohemia launches India Tour 2011

14Mar

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After a successful tour to raise funds for Pakistan flood victims in 2011, Bohemia will be touring India in 2011! If you are interested to book Bohemia or want more info about his tours in Punjab, Delhi or Mumbai call +91 9911581590 or email info@ysevents.in. Bohemia was ranked number 3 on Urban Desi Radio top 10 artists of the decade.

Trousseau Time

14Mar

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By @Raj Thandhi

Although I have no plans to re-marry in the future lately I’ve found myself quite intrigued with Indian bridal wear and trousseau options. Maybe it’s all the “shaadi” related films like Band Baja Barat and Tanu weds Manu, or my upcoming 10th anniversary (and secret desire for a vow renewal – does anyone know if the gurudwara allows that?) One thing is for sure; I’ve got bridal brain.

I got married in 2001, when designer Indian wear was still a distant dream for a girl in Vancouver. It was starting to come through in bridal magazines and specialty boutiques, but it wasn’t quite mainstream enough for me to find it. And like many young brides I didn’t even have a well defined style at the time, so I just picked what I thought was the prettiest. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my wedding lehnga, but a girl can still dream right? So here I’ve compiled my favorite Indian bridal wear designers in 2011:

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Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani is the master of classic Indian looks. He is most famous for his sari designs (he created the infamous pink and blue bandini sari for Elizabeth Hurley), but I’m obsessed with his formal lehngas.

Tahiliani’s bridal collecion tends to have a more traditional look and is saturated with rich tones like red, burgundy, gold, and fuschia. I love how he goes over the top in a very classy way with beads, sequins, and semi-precious stones. A great example of his all out bridal wear is the sari he designed for Shilpa Shetty’s wedding . If I had to choose a bridal look today, Tahiliani would be my first choice.

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Masaba Gupta

The youngest designer on my list, Masaba is also the most refreshing. I love how she creates Indian looks with a modern twist. My favorite part of her aesthetic is the colour pallets she selects; canary yellows, deep aubergine and aqua, bottle green and red, they remind me of classic, old-school India.

I would totally rock a lehnga by Gupta at any pre-wedding event, but my current favorite is her colour blocked and sheer sari combinations. The are just the right amount of playful and pretty with a little bit of quirky thrown in.

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Manish Malhotra

B-towns best known (and maybe safest) designer is still one of my favs. Although I find some of his designs too basic, sometimes simply understated is perfect. Well known as in-house designer for the Kapoor sisters, Malhotra has mastered the simple salwar kameez, and owns the anarkali market.

My only issue with Manisha Malhotra designs is the velvet; sometimes he just goes too far with it (As seen here on Ash) That being said I think an outfit by Malhotra would be perfect for a pre-wedding dinner, or simple engagement ceremony. His looks are easily identifiable, Bollywood worthy, and very appropriate for impressing the future mother-in-law.

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Sabyasachi Mukherji

The first Indian designer ever invited to show at Milan Fashion week, Sabyasachi is a design innovator. I love that his collections are cohesive but they never look cookie-cutter. Each piece has it’s own personality and flavor. I absolutely adore his sari’s (and can’t believe I don’t own one)! Sabyasachi sari’s are defined by unusual fabrics and textures, detailing, vibrant colours, and a sort of patchwork look.

Personally, I feel like these are the best new “bahu” saris on the market. A signature Sabya with a few bangles and some statement earrings from Amrita Singh and you can’t go wrong.

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Pria Kataria Puri

I’m not a huge fan of Pria’s Indian wear, but her resort collection is amazing! If I were going to honeymoon on a beach somewhere I would be all over her kaftan’s, tunics, and Georgette dresses. Honestly, before I found Puri’s designs I hadn’t ever taken an interest in resort wear, but suddenly I’m craving a lakeside retreat.

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Gone With The Wind – The Facebook De-Friend

3Mar

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Ever been friend dumped? I have. Well, sort of. It wasn’t so much an abrupt termination, as it was a slow, putrid demise of a maleficent mound of mulch. Being “dumped” by this particular friend was not exactly devastating because, in truth this person was, hmmm, how should I say? Toxic. And really, he/she/it was more of a fair weather type of friend. The end was right in front of us, but I had too much indifference respect for the past friendship to pound that final nail in the coffin. Now, although my friend dump was some time ago, the issue recently resurfaced as I was comparing notes with my friend D, who’s been newly friend-dumped. He, unfortunately, is not taking the friend dump in stride. He’s pissed and confused. D’s case is different. He didn’t see this coming. He thought things were “fine”. He was Facebook de-friended. I feel for him. It’s never easy getting dumped.

Anyhow, the point is, we started to compare notes. Where did the friendships go sour? Was there a pinpoint-able spot to lay blame upon? Was one person clearly in the wrong? Was proper friend-dumping etiquette followed? Is there proper friend-dumping etiquette? The more we discussed the phenomenon the more we realized that, compared to being dumped by a lover, friend-dumping is generally FAR more passive. While both can clearly occur in passive-aggressive manners, romantic dumping is more on the active end of the spectrum, and friend-dumping on the passive end. The “talk” happens far more consistently with the breakup of a romance. There is rarely an, “It’s not you, it’s me,” moment in a friend-dump.

Even less common, is the passive-aggressive behavior of the dumper who acts like such an ass that the intended dumpee becomes the actual dumper. It seems most friend-dumps come in a slower, passive manner, proceeding to passive-agressive behavior. Phone calls are returned with less verve. Plans are cancelled at the last minute, with increasing frequency. Text message responses such as “cool”, or “ok” become the norm. And then comes the green mile. You notice, first, that you have limited access to the dumper’s Facebook profile. It’s ok. Maybe they just limited their profile to everyone, you tell yourself. Then comes the inability to see any current pictures or status updates. And then, the de-friend.

Personally, I find the Facebook de-friend to be a tacky, worm-like way of weaseling out of a friendship you no longer wish to be a part of, (I’m referring to once meaningful friendships, and not a casual acquaintance.) If there was no head-to-head, no major blowout, then be a fricken adult, grow a set, and just talk to your intended dumpee. Maybe they did something that legitimately crossed a line. Or maybe you are just bored of them. Whatever it is, what the hell does it say about you that you can’t directly offer an explanation as to why you’ve been m.i.a. all of a sudden? It is the romantic equivalent of Berger’s post-it note. If the best you can do is slowly faze them off your Facebook page, you are a Class A douche, and deserve to be branded.

In D’s case it is clear, to me at least, that D was a perceived threat to his dumper. So, actually, D should be laughing at this pathetic dimwit, and I reckon, after our little pow wow, he soon will be. Frankly, if a once “real” friend de-friended me on Facebook as a way to declare the time of death, it would only reinforce the caliber of lame loser I was “losing”.

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Did TV9 gay sting operation piss you off?

1Mar

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It sure pissed us off, this isn’t journalism, these so-called journalist need to know that you can’t pull a stunt like this. As we reported, a young man tried to take his life, after his parents saw him on this segment. What TV9 did was put more fuel into the homophobic fire, that keeps people in the closet. Thanks to our friends at Trikone (Manoj) we got a DIRECT email to the legal aid, I would like to encourage our readers to write an email to her expresses your concerns and outrage over this segment.

padmavathi.appala@tv9.net and you can also submit a message to TV9 founder Ravi Dutta right here

But we stronger advise our readers to drop Padmavathi an email.

TV9 “Gay Sting” Transcript

Raghav sets Urban Desi Radio on FIRE!

1Mar

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Raghav always makes a great interview, the times we’ve met in the UK and California, he always cracks me up. He’s one of those artists, I can safely say, there’s NO ego about him – if there is – he HIDES really well. His new single, Fire, dropped on iTunes. He got a chance to work with producer/songwriter Jim Beanz, whose signed to Timbaland’s camp. We will hear more tracks Jim helped Raghav with on Raghav’s new album The Phoenix, which will be coming out in a couple of months. I can’t wait to showcase that on The Junction.

Petz: Do you have a storyline for Fire’s music video?

Raghav: It’s currently coming out on the radio in Canada, obviously we are going to launch it everywhere because we want to share it with the core fan base. I haven’t even thought about making a video yet – the video maybe a few months away, the record is going to be out in a few months.

Petz: When I say the name Jim Beanz, what comes to your mind?

Raghav: He’s just TALENTED! He’s one of the best producers; I’ve ever worked with. I can see why Nelly and everybody worked with him. He’s a great pop writer, I think of him as a friend. He’s extremely kind and he’s very professional. We just locked in and wrote some songs, each song is different from the other song.

Petz: I blogged about the artwork cover for Fire – it’s playful and colorful, are those paint splatters?

Raghav: You have to speak to the wonderful girl who does all that! They do look like paint splatters don’t they? Someone described it as an acid trip yesterday. (Laughs)

Petz: That was me. I described it as an acid trip.

Raghav: Oh! That was you? I thought that was kind of funny. The song had a lot of energy, I wanted the cover to have a lot of energy as well.

Petz: I feel sometimes, you don’t get the credit you deserve; will Fire catapult you into the mainstream spotlight? Is that even a priority?

Raghav: I’m very blessed; don’t ever feel sorry for me. In 2004, I was selling electronics in Calgary. By the end of the year, I had three top 10s. And four top 10s the year after that. I’ve been very lucky. It would be nice to have a global record happen once again, but the business has changed a lot, I’m keenly aware of that fact, it’s not the way it used to be. I would like to think Fire has that potential, but at the same time, if I can just share it with my fan base and have a career, then I’ll feel lucky.

Petz: What’s the meaning behind the name Phoenix?

Raghav: The Phoenix is a mythological character that can reinvent itself. It always takes its strengths and changes into something different. I like people to look at my catalog of material and think it’s diverse. I’ve never felt better – musically, then I do right now. I feel now is a good time to be conscious of my old skin and step into a new one.

Petz: Will there be any artists featured on the album?

Raghav: The tracks I’ve done with Jim, there’s none so far, but we are definitely talking to some people, hoping to make it work. But on Fire, for now, it’s just me; you are just going to have to put up with my voice.

Petz: I have no complaints. I adore your voice. I remember when you came to the AsianFX studio and surprised Sam Sam and me; we were busy plugging in your Humrahee track. And you told us your mother had a creative hand in helping you with that track. Has she helped you at all with this new album?

Raghav: Mom kind of gets involved with the Hindi songs, there’s one Hindi song on the album, that’s out on iTunes called Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya, and Mom did co-write that song with me. I’m very glad I get to work creatively with her. It’s very cool; I encourage people to check that out.