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Sonia Panesar Pays Tribute to Jagjit Singh

23Mar

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This is probably one of the most beautiful tributes we’ve come across in memory of the Late Jagjit Singh, the King of Ghazals. Sonia’s voice magically takes us back to the famous 1982 tour Jagjit and Chitra did. It’s almost like Sonia’s voice is being guided by Jagjit’s spirit – a very heartfelt and simple melody – with that 2012 touch to amp up the beat. Charkha Mera Rangla will be out on iTunes April 9th, just in time for Vaisakhi! This Punjabi Folk Smash-Hit was produced by sound extraordinaire Phat Kat!

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UDR Album of the Week: World Famous (Panjabi Hit Squad)

17Mar

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This week we’ve picked Panjabi Hit Squad, over the last few months we’ve been teased by their tracks! This album is certainly not one to be ignored!

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Remembering Sonia Rai

15Mar

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We were sad to learn about Sonia’s passing. We didn’t know her personally but we got to connect with folks here in the Bay Area to help promote bone marrow drive and fundraisers. Cure Sonia has been converted into a non-profit to honor her beautiful soul. We can’t stress how easy it is to become a marrow donor. It all starts with a simple cotton swab inside your mouth… no blood. no needles.

Please visit AADP to learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor. For our UK listeners, please check the Anthony Nolan Trust.

From Sonia’s Family via Cure Sonia Fan Page

Dear Friends & Family,

Thank you for all your love and support. In honor of Sonia and to carry on her legacy, we have formally incorporated Cure Sonia into a nonprofit organization. We are humbly requesting that rather than sending flowers, please make a donation to Cure Sonia. For those attending Sonia’s Memorial Service, there will be the ability to donate at the Service itself; for those that cannot attend, donation instructions will be posted on Facebook shortly.

— Sonia’s Family

Cloud 9 Music – Kan Kar Gal Sun

14Mar

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Under the VIP Record Label, Cloud 9 music coming out with their first single Kan Kar Gal Sun. The trailer is a real tease. Track will be dropping March 22nd!

Thinking about becoming Vegan? Tips from S-Endz

14Mar

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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! 😉

The Number One April Fools Gag for 2012

12Mar

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Everyone loves a cookie!

We stumbled on this site illfortune.net that sells fortune cookies for the brave. Are you brave enough to try one? They look legit… but beware. The fortunes are humorous and twisted. The ANTI-fortune cookie company, iLLFortune,  was founded by David Fenton.

The fortune cookie tradition began in San Francisco around 1900, and today the fortune cookie industry creates 3 billion of these sweet treats each year. Now iLLfortune has turned the concept upside down. One of the company’s mottos is, “Prank Friend, prank enemy.” No one is safe.

Urban Desi Radio got a sample box and some of our fortunes read….

Prozac is planning a long term relationship with you

The voices in your head think you’re an idiot

Diapers will be a part of your daily regimen and you won’t be the one changing them (our favorite!)

Imagine bringing home Chinese take out, replace the restaurants cookies with iLL Fortune’s cookies – you are guaranteed  to get PRICELESS reactions. The whole “scratch and sniff” app is so 2011. Prank on Pranksters!

Metz n Trix still at Number One!

10Mar

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March 4th the talented Northern duo, Metz and Trix made history knocking off Will.I.Am, J.LO and Mick Jagger to claim the number one on the UK Urban Music Charts. They also are number one on UDR Top 5 workout tracks. One of Petz favorite tunes to sweat out to. We’ve been receiving numerous inquiries about the track after Miss Banga played it on the UDR Podcast.

Metz n Trix collaborated with pioneering DJ/Producer Surinder Rattan, who added his magic touch to the track.

You’ll be able to purchase the track on iTunes at the end of March.

Surfs up BROWN GIRL STYLE!

4Mar

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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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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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Remembering Rana

29Feb

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It’s been over two years since Rana passed away. I’ve been an avid participant in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year I dedicated my fundraising in Rana’s memory. It made such a big impact, I feel Urban Desi Radio can be used as a platform to bring awareness to suicide prevention within the South Asian community. The goal is to raise 1,000 dollars. Please pass on this blog to all your friends and family. To make a donate CLICK HERE.