Vice – The Lota

I wrote for Vice about Muslims and bottom washing simply because there’s not much written about it and I figured I could be the one writing about it. Why not right?

I remember finding an old website called The Lota Blog, which was basically a round up of all the stuff Muslim people experience when they use lotas to wash their bums with and only discuss with each other. But I can’t find it anymore!

I also read this by Wajahat Ali on the secrets of the Muslim bathroom, which is so funny and absolutely true. Read it if you get a chance. It really made me laugh.

BBC Asian Network

I was invited to be interviewed on the Nihal show on the BBC Asian Network last week.

I’d only ever been on radio once before – it was for a chat show and I had to speak in Urdu about cooking.

This time it was an altogether different affair because it was about a controversial topic. I had written for the Telegraph about how I find it easier to make friends with people who share a similar background to me, ie British Asian Muslims, and the show’s producer thought it would make a great discussion point. Continue reading

Ideas Tap – How to do a skills swap

The stereotypical image of a penniless creative may be an unwanted cliche but that doesn’t make it a redundant one.

It can seem downright impossible to get anywhere in the industry without upsetting an already-meagre bank balance. However, a skills swap is an easy ‘no-money-method’ to learning something new or getting a professional service for free. Know how to truss a chicken? Why not teach a coder to cook in exchange for a free update to your website? 

I wrote more about skill swapping here!