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What Is This Behaviour?

What Is This Behaviour?

By What Is This Behaviour?
Conversations with South Asian people going against the grain. Co-hosted by edu-tainer @ReubenChristian1, artist @AlmassBadat and filmmaker @AaronChristian_
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Ep 60 - Consciously Reinventing Ourselves for 2022
After a deeply introspective and uncomfortable two years, we put aside generic New Years Resolutions and ponder who we really want to be in 2022, welcome our future selves and share our professional and personal end of year rituals. 
56:19
November 30, 2021
Ep 59 - KARIMAH HASSAN - From Loneliness To Belonging Through Art
London based artist Karimah explains how her painting work in street, community and public art aims to bring us together. 
01:17:49
November 16, 2021
Ep 58 - This Is Not A Rant About Diversity
"How does it feel to have a full POC team?" is a question Aaron was asked while working on a film set recently. At the time, Aaron hadn't even noticed that this was the case, let alone land on how he actually felt. So he brought it to the pod for us to dissect...
01:05:31
November 2, 2021
Ep 57 - JONAH BATAMBUZE - Bridging Black and Indian Love with The Blindian Project
Artist, speaker and activist Jonah tells us why he co-created The Blindian Project; a social impact media platform and global community at the intersection of Black x Brown culture, normalising Black x Brown relationships and dismantle anti-Blackness wherever it exists.
58:49
October 18, 2021
Ep 56 - Passion Projects: Are They Worth It?
What is the relevance of passion projects in a number crunching society?
56:51
October 5, 2021
Ep 55 - RYAN CHETIYAWARDANA - Shaking Up Cocktail Culture
World renowned mixologist Ryan aka Mr Lyan journeys through opening White Lyan, the world's first cocktail bar to use no perishables, founding Dandelyan, awarded the 'World’s Best Cocktail Bar', right through to teaching mixology on masterclass.com!
57:51
September 20, 2021
Ep 54 - The Fine Line between Cultural Appreciation and Appropriation
Non South Asian led Yoga retreats, white dreadlocks, African inspired western high fashion; at what point does cultural appreciation cross the line? 
01:00:59
September 7, 2021
Ep 53 - LEYYA SATTAR - Unpacking Business Bias Through The Other Box
Multiple award winning entrepreneur Leyya talks work/life balance and explains how her organisation ‘The Other Box’ uses positivity to create a more inclusive creative and tech industry.
01:07:01
August 26, 2021
Ep 52 - Do We Like Our Bodies?
As we experience summer after a year of restricted movement in lock down, how do we currently feel about our bodies and what plans do we have, if any, to respect and honour them more?
01:07:16
August 10, 2021
Ep 51 - SANAH AHSAN - Fusing Poetry and Psychology To Liberate
Queer, muslim, clinical psychologist and award winning poet Sanah explains how reimagining our relationship to pain can aid our collective emotional and mental wellbeing.
01:16:02
July 27, 2021
Ep 50 - Blue Tick Verification: Merit or Hype?
We discuss what the blue tick verification system signals to each of us and whether we think it’s helpful or harmful for society.
55:17
July 5, 2021
Ep 49 - RAVI AMARATUNGA - A Decade of Connecting Brands to Culture
On the pulse since 2010, senior commissioner Ravi has shaped video content at Channel 4, Dazed, VICE, and now runs Soursop; a next-gen creative consultancy that helps brands connect to premium Gen Z and Millennial audiences.
01:04:43
June 28, 2021
Ep 48 - The Father's Day Takeover
We enjoy two funny and heart warming chats with our fathers about their come-up, and what it's like parenting rebels ;)
01:22:31
June 20, 2021
Ep 47 - VALENTINA RAMAN - Pioneering a Youth Led Education Revolution
Valentina explains her mission as a ‘community weaver’ and why her latest project Youth X Youth; a global youth led education movement, is so important for the future of education. And our world.
01:13:28
June 16, 2021
Ep 46 - HEERAL PATTNI - Harnessing Tech for Women Travelling Solo
Heeral talks about life as a young social tech entrepreneur and how she accidentally created Amica: a friendship app for women travelling solo.
01:11:50
June 3, 2021
Ep 45 - ASHANTI OMKAR - Two Decades Of Championing Indian Film
BBC Broadcaster & film critic Ashanti Omkar shares her journey of cultural discovery and intuitive learnings from two decades of working in Indian Arts & film.
01:18:43
May 29, 2021
Ep 44 - 1 Year of WITB: Growing Together
We (Aaron, Almass and Reuben if you're new here!) take stock and process one year in the pod game, exploring personal and professional relationship building, acknowledging challenges that arise and ideating on the future of WITB.
01:09:07
May 20, 2021
Ep 43 - MOHAMMAD QAZALBASH - PR'ing The World’s Largest Concerts
From interning at Sony Music to becoming the Head of Concert Publicity at Live Nation, Mo shares tips on great PR and thoughts on the importance of live experiences.
01:10:39
May 12, 2021
Ep 42 - What’s The New Normal?
The UK’s lockdown regulations are fully lifted on June 21st 2021, which we’ve named ‘COVID Independence Day’. We discuss what a New Normal could look like in terms of work, socialising, relationships...and dating apps ;)
55:42
May 4, 2021
Ep 41 - ROSH MAHTANI - Imperfect Design and Passionate Mistakes
Rosh talks to us through her intuitive journey creating Alighieri; an award winning collection of jewellery inspired by poet Dante's Divine Comedy.
01:05:57
April 27, 2021
Ep 40 - Should We Monetise Our Podcast?
We get into a deeply honest, passionate and at times uncomfortable debate around the idea of asking our listenership for financial support for our podcast’s evolution.
01:30:47
April 20, 2021
Ep 39 - SUNTHAR V - Tamil Comedy on The Punch Up
Sunthar V, a comedian from Canada, conveys the importance of alternative spaces for underrepresented comics to voice their stories.
01:13:11
April 5, 2021
Ep 38 - Ridiculous South Asian Stereotypes
We created this podcast to break limiting South Asian stereotypes, but what exactly ARE some of them? We listed a few, and it got kinda idiotic lol.
01:00:46
March 29, 2021
Ep 37 - SALVIN CHAHAL - Exploring Masculinity Through Poetry
Salvin explains how poetry allows him to embrace his duality as a minority growing up in LA, as well as unpack reductive masculine narratives.
01:18:49
March 21, 2021
Ep 36 - The Mother's Day Takeover
We enjoy two hilarious and revealing chats with our mothers about the pains and pleasures of being our co-creators.
01:12:29
March 14, 2021
Ep 35 - SUMIT VASWANI - Programming India's Music Culture
Sumit covers his contribution to the origins of music programming in Mumbai's thriving music scene, landing now, as Soho House Mumbai's programmer. 
58:26
March 8, 2021
Ep 34 - Individualism: the birth of our creative journeys
We reminisce on the era and project that connected us, shaped us and ultimately lead to this podcast.
01:08:03
February 27, 2021
Ep 33 - NAFISA BAKKAR - The CEO Amplifying The Voices of Muslim Women
Nafisa shares the highs and lows of co-founding and growing Amaliah.com, and what life is like for a Forbes 30 Under 30 thought leader. 
01:10:06
February 19, 2021
Ep 32 - Debunking Valentines Day and Romanticism
We start by unpacking Valentines Day then end up redefining love itself. Cupid step aside ;)
59:11
February 14, 2021
Ep 31 - DJ COMPLEXION - Peace and Power through Music
From spinning with Stormzy & RZA to connecting the globe through his independent Future Beats Show - Complexion takes us on a journey.
01:04:21
February 8, 2021
Ep 30 - MAHANEELA - Storytelling Black and Brown Joy
Multidisciplinary artist Mahaneela explores all her gifts to focus on what the media tends to miss - our joy!
01:04:06
January 29, 2021
Ep 29 - Reflecting on 2020 to Grow in 2021
We look back on the infamous 2020 and share ideas on planning ahead for such an uncertain 2021.
01:05:38
January 17, 2021
Ep 28 - RYAN LANJI - Remixing Art & Culture through Self Belief
From founding Queer South Asian spaces to winning Netflix’s "The Big Flower Fight" and beyond, Ryan hilariously and honestly shares his story of transforming obstacles into opportunities.
01:05:39
January 11, 2021
Ep 27 - NEELAM KESHWALA - Don't Sleep On Us
Neelam talks about her community Don't Sleep On Us and the importance of owning our differences.
01:02:21
December 28, 2020
Ep 26 - Discovering Our Brand Values
Using a pack of Brand Deck cards we figure out the six words that best describe how we'd like W.I.T.B to be perceived. 
01:14:21
December 20, 2020
Ep 25 - RAJIV NATHWANI - The Influence of Access In TV & Broadcast
From BBC trainee to Director of Marketing, Original Series at Netflix, Rajiv reflects on pivotal moments of access.
01:15:47
December 14, 2020
Ep 24 - NISHMA JETHWA - Navigating South Asian Social Justice
Nishma, co-founder of The Rights Collective explains the power of a more nuanced approach to social activism within the South Asian diasporas.
59:51
December 8, 2020
Ep 23 - Discussing Mogul Mowgli
Riz Ahmed's film Mogul Mowgli had us in our feelings, but they're mixed...
56:11
November 29, 2020
Ep 22 - KABILAN RAVIRAJ - Evolving Wedding Photography
From street photography to re-defining South Asian wedding visuals, Kabs puts it all into focus.  
59:24
November 23, 2020
Ep 21 - Lockdown Self-Care Tips
We share ideas on how to look after ourselves during a winter lockdown.
55:12
November 14, 2020
Ep 20 - ZINNIA KUMAR - Facing Colourism on both sides of the Lens
Published scientist, chartered ecologist and model Zinnia explains how facing colourism has shaped her mission.
01:09:27
November 6, 2020
Ep 19 - Halloween Special: Scariest Childhood Memories
It’s Halloween - time to re-live some childhood trauma.
41:09
October 30, 2020
Ep 18 - DANNY SANGRA - The Power of Boredom
Accomplished filmmaker, writer, illustrator and photographer Danny explains how doing nothing, leads to everything.
01:08:44
October 17, 2020
Ep 17 - Interracial Dating
We share stories on dating outside the South Asian bubble, which tbh, none of us have ever been in!
53:54
October 9, 2020
Ep 16 - NABHAAN RIZWAN - Unblocking Our Creativity
Actor, producer and musician Nabhaan explores how he holistically honours his creativity. 
53:05
October 3, 2020
Ep 15 - Our Networking Tips
We discuss how to network without feeling like a stalker.
48:27
September 26, 2020
Ep 14 - ASAWARI JAGUSHTE - Defining New Indian Cinema
Experimental filmmaker Aswari is unapologetically shaking up Bollywood by showing unseen stories. 
01:02:60
September 18, 2020
Ep 13 - Our Journey So Far
We reflect on the pod so far - what's working, what isn't and future predictions!
50:29
September 13, 2020
Ep 12 - MARTIN 2 SMOOVE - Global DJ for the People
From spinning at uni raves to touring with Romesh Ranganathan, Trevor Nelson and Eve - Martin breaks it down.
53:26
September 4, 2020
Ep 11 - The South Asian Fancy Dress Conundrum
We laugh our way through listing as many South Asian characters in entertainment we can think of.
42:30
August 28, 2020
Ep 10 - MALEENA PONE - A Chat About Mortality
We discuss living fluidly and Maleena's podcast Fresh To Death; how talking about loss and grief can help us to live. 
58:54
August 21, 2020
Ep 9 - Is Brown A Bad Word?
Should South Asian people classify ourselves as 'brown' people? We discuss.
45:53
August 14, 2020
Ep 8 - SANGIEV - Life As A Fashion YouTuber
From Harrods shop floor to 11 million views on YouTube. @Sangiev talks identity, authenticity and overdosing on clothes. 
01:03:35
August 7, 2020
Ep 7 - Therapy Is Liberating Us
We passionately, and at times, reluctantly, talk about our healing journeys with psychotherapy. SHORT VIDEOS EXPLAINING PSYCHOTHERAPY... What is Psychotherapy - https://youtu.be/OxuZiqY5ypU How Psychotherapy Works - https://youtu.be/g-i6QMvIAA0 FINDING A PSYCHOTHERAPIST... The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network - https://www.baatn.org.uk South Asian Therapists - https://southasiantherapists.org/ How to Find The Right Couples Therapist - https://estherperel.com/blog/how-to-find-the-right-therapist-for-you UK Council for Psychotherapy - https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/find-a-therapist/
58:15
July 31, 2020
Ep 6 - ANEESHA DEWSHI - Loving That PR Life
Aneesha explains how she got into PR, playing football and raving with her mum abroad. 
59:34
July 24, 2020
Ep 5 - NIRAN VINOD - Climbing The Creative Ladder
Niran invites us on his journey from bedroom blogger to creative strategist at Instagram.
56:27
July 17, 2020
Ep 4 - #BlackLivesMatter
We discuss the #BlackLivesMatter movement and how we can become better allies. 
46:10
July 10, 2020
Ep 3 - 'The Asian Man' with Aaron Christian
Reuben interviews Aaron about why he started The Asian Man; a project celebrating stylish brown men. 
35:26
July 3, 2020
Ep 2 - What Is This Podcast About?
We go back and forth frantically, again. This time to work out what this podcast is actually about.  
43:07
June 26, 2020
Ep 1 - Naming It
We go back and forth frantically until we land on a name for our podcast!
22:22
June 8, 2020