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  • The ਸੋਚ (Sōch) Podcast is where I get the chance talk to guests, including academics, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, art collectors, athletes and more. We explore the upbringing and history of the guests, as well as exploring seemingly daunting, complex or misunderstood topics relating, but not limited to, Sikh and wider South Asian history, art, culture and philosophy.
    Ramblings of a Sikh
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Episodes
  • Jul 21 2022

    Today I have the pleasure to talk to Kavita Puri, she is an award-winning BBC journalist, oral historian, executive producer and broadcaster about her book - Partition Voices - which is now in its 2nd edition.

    You can find a full time stamped breakdown of the conversation below:
    00:00 - Introduction
    00:44 - Why you do the work you do
    07:57 - Who is Kavita Puri?
    11:32 - Difference between a journalist an a historian?
    14:49 - When did you become aware of your own family history?
    19:06 - What are the causes of silence?
    25:35 - How did you go about putting the book - Partition Voices - together?
    28:46 - How did recording these stories impact you?
    32:30 - Did people ever share how they felt after talking with you?
    35:38 - What was it that helped cause the social cohesion to evaporate?
    40:11 - How does masculinity and manhood impact the events that unfold?
    45:56 - What led people to believe that Partition would not be how it turned out?
    50:33 - What is the understanding behind the respect for the land?
    53:53 - Did you come across anything unexpected?
    56:16 - Why do you think the history of the British Empire should be taught within Britian?
    58:45 - Precautions and tips
    01:01:32 - Conclusion

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    1 hr and 3 mins
  • Jun 30 2022

    Today I have the chance to talk to Rav Singh from 'A Little History of the Sikhs'. We explore all the fascinating and obscure parts of Sikh history that are scattered across the UK, Europe and further afield. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★ ★ Buy this podcast a coffee ★

    00:00 - Teaser
    00:37: - Intro
    01:55 - Who Is Rav Singh?
    04:00 - Work & A Little History - How Do You Balance Them?
    06:33 - What Spurned You To Start A Little History Of The Sikhs?
    09:46 - Trafalgar Square - The Governor Of Punjab & The Ferozepore Sikhs
    13:35 - The 1999 Exhibition
    15:09 - Allegience To Whom?
    22:22 - The Kohinoor
    25:12 - Accessing Archives
    25:24 - Maidstone Museum & The Sikh Cannon
    26:10 - The Blood Soaked Jacket
    27:12 - How Durham University Archives Have Got It Wrong
    28:41 - The Secrets Of The Antiques Road Show
    29:25 - Maharaj Singh
    30:35 - Growing Up In East London
    36:57 - Bhangra Day Timers & Sikh History
    37:55 - Memorialising Anglo-sikh History - Generals, A Cherry & A Mosquito
    40:06 - History Of Empire
    41:42 - From University To A Little History Of The Sikhs
    46:27 - Sikh History In London And Monopoly
    46:44 - Sikhopoly & The Singh Twins
    47:23 - Further Development Of A Little History Of The Sikhs
    51:46 - Quotes, Meanings & Why They're Important To You
    54:07 - Christy Campbell & Maharajah Duleep Singh
    54:54 - 2nd Hand Book Shops In London & Online
    55:31 - Finding Out More About Duleep Singh
    01:01:49 - The Quote For Me
    01:03:42 - The Most Obscure Bit Of Sikh History In London?
    01:04:06 - The Mice, The Cheese & Other Obscurities
    01:07:02 - The Team Behind A Little History
    01:14:41 - Sikh History In 32 Boroughs Of London
    01:16:09 - Sikh Cannons In London
    01:22:27 - The Silent Painting From Amritsar
    01:24:25 - Sikhs & Hampton Court Palace
    01:40:31 - Interesting Pit Stops On Your Tours Related To Sikh History
    01:41:00 - The Sikh Chapel
    01:49:14 - Psychology of Recruiting
    01:52:23 - From A Church On Old Kent Road To The Guru Ka Bagh Morcha In Punjab
    01:57:53 - What Are Your Plans For 2022? - Malaga To Madrid
    01:59:40 - Sikh History In Malta
    02:02:31 - Sikh History In Spain? A Princess, An Argument And Jinnah
    02:04:37 - Sikh History In Madrid
    02:07:02 - The Little History Of The Sikhs Museum
    02:09:31 - Tours In Europe & The Uk
    02:14:09 - How To Get Involved? 02:21:45 - Bhangra Daytimers Walking Tour
    02:26:27 - The Udham Singh Experience
    02:28:06 - Things You Haven't Seen Before
    02:29:54 - Controversy?
    02:33:37 - Random Messages - Guru Nanak Dev Ji In Europe
    02:36:12 - History & Emotions, Guru, Gurbani & Life
    02:40:51 - Conclusion

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    2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Jun 26 2022

    This is the 2nd episode in something a little different. Thorka Beans includes myself and a few other friends, who get together to  discuss all sorts of different topics.

    A full time stamped breakdown of this episode can be found below:  

    00:29 - Oats, Dominos & Pizza Hut
    01:55 - Birthday cake for breakfast?
    02:23 - Digestives & Kheer?
    04:01 - The verdict on overnight oats
    06:14 - Oat milk
    07:29 - Is there a correlation between height & the environment?
    09:34 - Race, ethnicity and stereotypes
    15:17 - What does South Asian mean?
    22:16 - Curry? Is it a useless term or an anchor point?
    33:00 - Best mixed grill?
    33:38 - Origins of the tikka masala  
    37:45 - Origins of the term ‘desi’
    39:00 - Bananas and American imperialism
    40:58 - Sikhs as an ethnicity for census purposes
    46:20 - What data is gathered around Sikh as an ethnicity?
    51:00 - The Mirabai recension
    58:29 - “So for you to sit there and say we all have the same 24 hours in a day is not correct.”
    01:00:00 - Kirstie Allsopp: Cancel Netflix & Buy a House

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    1 hr and 17 mins

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