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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! 😉

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.

Urban Desi Radio – Show 2 – March 2012

8Mar

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UDR’s latest show

(March 2012)

Host: Miss Banga

Playlist:

1. Nai Reina – Imran Khan ( DJ Shadow Mumbai Mix)
2.Aap Jaisa Koi – Mixman Shawn feat. Mira Veda
3. Akhiyan – Shar.S feat. Desi Routz
4. Akhiyan – Surinder Kaur (G-Ta Dub-Step Mix)
5. Dil Nachde – Delhi2Dublin
6. International Love (Jay Dhabi Mix feat. RDB)
7. Fly Away – Kid Skilly
8. Moorni – Punjabi MC ( Violinder Mix)
9. Dil Mera – Punjabi Hit Squad feat. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
10. Chikni Chameli (DJ Amar)
11. Kudi – Tigerstyle
12. OMG – Metz and Trix feat Surinder Rattan
13. Facebook Uttey- Kuldeep Dhaliwal

1. Nai Reina – Imran Khan ( DJ Shadow Mumbai Mix)

2.Aap Jaisa Koi – Mixman Shawn feat. Mira Veda

3. Akhiyan – Shar.S feat. Desi Routz

4. Akhiyan – Surinder Kaur (G-Ta Dub-Step Mix)

5. Dil Nachde – Delhi2Dublin

6. International Love (Jay Dhabi Mix feat. RDB)

7. Fly Away – Kid Skilly

8. Moorni – Punjabi MC ( Violinder Mix)

9. Dil Mera – Punjabi Hit Squad feat. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

10. Chikni Chameli (DJ Amar)

11. Kudi – Tigerstyle

12. OMG – Metz and Trix feat Surinder Rattan

13. Facebook Uttey- Kuldeep Dhaliwal

More Utter Bliss Beats from S-Endz

4Mar

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First off if this is the album cover, I’m already in love. Secondly no one can deny that S-Endz is a very unique producer and artist. He’s been a bit of Santa Claus lately. In the last two weeks he’s already given away two singles to his fans. We got them on our UDR 24 hour page. For right now, here’s his second single – Do U Wanna Come?

FIFA Street 4 picks up Dub Reflex by Celt Islam

4Mar

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After a four year hiatus, FIFA Street 2012 is back and one of the tracks featured in the game is Dub Reflex by Celt Islam. I love the FIFA series and the fact the pick unique beats to go with their games makes me a bigger fan!

Dub Reflex by Celt Islam { From the album Transnational Dubstep and FIFA Street4 2012 game } by Celt Islam

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.

Catch DJ Rekha on ABC Nightline

28Feb

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DJ Rekha at NSB in San Francisco

This is big news for Bhangra music and Underground Desi beats, DJ Rekha will be on ABC NIGHTLINE tomorrow night. Be sure to tune in. For over a decade, DJ Rekha has been hosting Basement Bhangra at SOBs in NYC.

Do you have dreams of becoming a dholi?

28Feb

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My first UK paycheck, I knew what I want – A DHOL! I quickly rushed to Jas Music in Southall, I proudly went up to the clerk and said I want a dhol. He gave me a good price, threw in a free bag and I was on my way. I picked up a flyer and went to a community center for classes. It was a disaster, needless to say, I can’t play the dhol. In fact the teacher made me go to the back and practice a simple composition. I also got it – but failed. To add insult to injury, I was the only woman in the class and some of the blokes mumbled “moti gori” (fat white girl) under their breath. That hurt. I could of snapped back “benchod” but I have more class than that. I never went back. I lost about 75 quid. I still have my dhol, it proudly hangs in my room. I feel like a poser, but maybe I will pick it up again. The problem is there’s NO dhol classes here in the Bay Area.

Recently Dhol Lessons Online has come up with an interesting concept. For 50 quid a year (79 dollars a year) you get unlimited access to their tutorial videos and access to their member area. That’s cheaper than most private dhol lessons. You can learn from the comfort of your own home and the customer service is fabulous. If you are shy in front of people or have no sense of rhythm like me – this is a steal of a deal!

Rock n Dhol folks.

Petz is a wannabe dholi who has no rhythm, but she can whip up chana masala with her eyes closed. That has to count for something right?

The American Nightmare…

27Feb

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I was shocked to see this appear on my FB timeline. It’s a painful that we don’t have health care in this country, we have sick care. The dark side of this care is the bill the patient gets stuck with aka an uninsured American. This bill is for just being in the hospital for 5 days. I got a chest infection in the UK, was kept there eight days and they sent me off with an extra dose of my asthma medicine. How much did I have to pay? Nothing. While I was bored to tears by the fifth day; I couldn’t help but be grateful I wasn’t going to get stuck with an astronomical bill like this one. The taxes in the UK are outrageous, but at least I know I will be taken care if I got sick. The NHS (UK Healthcare) is far from perfect — however —I would rather be treated under NHS than here in America.

Petz is a dual US and UK citizen, she’s currently going through Nandos withdrawls (pita and hummus platters) — please send your nandos cards to urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com so she can raid Nandos the next time she’s in the UK.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes home an Oscar

26Feb

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We at Urban Desi Radio would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, for taking home an Oscar for her compelling documentary Saving Face. She’s a well respected journalist and a member of the South Asian Journalist Association. One of our founders, Petz, loved watching Sharmeen’s segments on the Discovery Times channel.

Roughly 100 people a year get acid thrown in their face in Pakistan. Saving Face follows two women as they take on the justice system and find their own sense of healing by taking a stand against acid burnings

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