So why, in 2019, are critical remarks still part and parcel of growing up as an Asian-Indian? Of course, some blame can be attributed to the beauty industry. Our good friends at Fair & Lovely (a skin-lightening cosmetic product) have played a role in perpetuating the light skin ideal. My cousins in Kenya used this cream too, as living in a hot country was deemed detrimental to their appearance. The media’s discussion of the Indian film actress Bipasha Basu as being 'too dark' for Bollywood, dubbing her an 'unconventional' heroine, is another example of the industry’s enemy lines.
By : Varsha Patel
Travel is not without its risks—we all know this. When that flight lifts off and you can’t quite shake the uncertainty of the rocky ascent into the air, you find yourself praying to a god you rarely call on in your daily life. Or if you pack your day-to-day bag and wear it across your body for fear of pickpockets. Or when you meet an attractive and mysterious stranger at that beach bar heaving with locals, you ensure not to give too much information about yourself, and keep ...
Anita Kerai decided to take a career leap at the age of 41 years old. She said goodbye to numbers and bland offices in her financial accounting job, and gave a passionate hello to the fragrant and rewarding taste of her new life. After successfully turning her hobby of cooking into a fulfilling career, which includes a TV series following her “Return to Kenya”, Kerai, a Kenyan-Indian chef who now lives in Harrow, says that despite setbacks, you ‘just have to push on’. Kerai spoke to us about life, her career highlights as well as her words of wisdom for those who may not have taken the leap...
As you’re covered in sweat after what feels like an endless trail of a steep incline path, and you try to quickly regulate your breathing so that your friends won’t think you’re horrendously unfit, you finally reach the top of this epic viewpoint that NatGeo insisted you see.
Law firm diversity, inclusion in the workplace and reducing unconscious bias have fast become some of the key priorities for the legal industry. A recruiter’s unconscious bias, whether it relates to gender, race, or another diversity factor, can mean the difference between one candidate securing a legal position over another. As the industry strives to be more inclusive, could unconscious bias training be the key?
When you pack your day-to-day bag, you wear it across your body for fear of pickpockets. And when you meet an attractive and mysterious stranger at that beach bar heaving with locals, you ensure not to give too much information about yourself, and keep your friends close. There are so many more obvious additional risks, ranging from lost luggage to cancelled flights, to making sure your insurance covers winter sports. Travel is risky for everybody and anybody. But what about LGBTQ travelers? ...
I’ve recently started using GoogleDocs again. This is in part due to my reluctance to pay for a Microsoft Office licence myself (it’s an expense I refuse to accept as necessary). But it’s also due to a recent Google workshop I attended, which reminded me that my anger at the pre-installed ‘Notepad’ program (it’s horrible to use!) was no longer a reason not to write, as my GoogleDocs account was still there. So now that I had no more excuses — although, as a “writer”, it’s not long until I dig...
Varsha Patel from the UK recently visited Barcelona with a friend and she was suprised by the amount of delicious veggie and vegan places to eat. Here she shares her tips for anyone seeking to sample the culinary highlights of Barcelona without any meat or dairy.
A beach, a cocktail, plenty of SPF and a good old book. This is what dreams are made of - for some travellers at least! In fact, even if you are on a jam-packed holiday full of excursions and exploring, it is likely that within that adventure, you’ll still schedule in some sun-facing downtime so you can try to make a dent in that classic ‘holiday read’ you’ve been meaning to get to all year.
Family analysis: Lucy Metcalf, family law director at Thorntons, discusses the key differences between Scottish and English and Welsh cohabitation laws, and suggests what practitioners should be aware of when advising cohabitant clients. Interviewed by Varsha Patel.
Family analysis: Nicola Kerr, senior associate at Brodies LLP, discusses the key differences between English and Scottish cohabitation law. In particular, Kerr discusses how the Scottish cohabitation regime has generally been received and the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Gow v Grant. Interviewed by Varsha Patel.
Immigration analysis: Joanna Hunt, managing associate at Lewis Silkin, discusses the extent to which the UK Immigration Rules can be seen as discriminatory against women. In particular, Hunt considers how the rules could be changed to provide ‘migrant female workers a better chance of building a long-term career in the UK’. Interviewed by Varsha Patel.
In the current climate (pun intended), it’s unsurprising that we’re making conscious efforts to be more eco-friendly. Most of us are now in the habit of carrying an extra tote bag or plastic bags with us when going to the shops, and more often than not, we take the e-ticket option instead of printing out. So whilst we’re learning to be responsible with the smaller, everyday stuff, can we also make responsible choices when travelling?