Happy Sunday! I know it's Monday tomorrow, but shushhh - it's fine.
I spoke to the wonderful writers of the Two Brown Girls blog (a blog I read quite often) for a podcast back in April. The podcast is almost ready, a few tweaks here and there - but it will be out next Sunday. In the mean time, I thought I'd catch up with them, so that you can get to know them a bit better before the podcast comes out.
'Elektrik Kulture Podkast - Brown Girls'
Elektrik Kulture x Two Brown Girls
OUT NEXT SUNDAY
10:00 AM GMT
Aaminah | Seetal | Erica
Elektrik Kulture. Who are the people behind the Two Brown Girls blog? Tell us a little about your cultural backgrounds.
Two Brown Girls (Seetal and Aaminah): We're two friends that met at University and instantly clicked despite our contrasting backgrounds. Seetal is from a Sikh Punjabi family who migrated to India via Kenya and has been involved in Indian classical arts from a young age whereas Aaminah is Muslim from a Pakistani/Indian family and has a passion for literature and classical Arabic.
EK. Where did you meet?
TBG: We met while studying at UCL during the first week of University. From that first meeting we've stuck together, lived together and travelled together over the past five years.
EK. Whats the best characteristic, or one thing you really admire in each other?
S: I admire Aaminah's light-heartedness, optimism and grounded nature. She's unapologetic and completely unaware of how beautiful she is, which is endearing but often completely hilarious.
A: I admire Seetal’s drive and ambition. She’s always working, researching, writing or training. She spends her time wisely and well, and it’s something that I think about every time I feel like giving up or being lazy. Oh, and she also does the best impressions.
EK. Why did you set up the blog?
TBG: We filled a gap and created something that we ourselves would’ve loved to exist. We've both struggled with our cultural and religious identity and have been navigating living in a Western society whilst trying to grasp and understand our culture. We know so many others that have gone through the same journey and so we founded the blog to create an online resource where BROWNGIRLS like us can be inspired, empowered and realise what's possible.
EK. What's one idea/philosophy you always have in mind when creating content for your blog?
S: Be authentic, inspiring and interesting.
A: Keep it original, engaging and real.
EK. What have the highlights been so far, for you both as writers of the Two Brown Girls blog?
TBG: We’ve received really cool opportunities since having founded the blog, but our biggest highlight is getting messages from BROWNGIRLS around the world saying how TBG has helped them feel empowered and more connected to their culture. The new website and rebranding was also a highpoint for us and motivated us to take bigger steps for TWO-BROWNGIRLS in the future.
EK. Tell us a little about the vlog series you've started recently.
A: I love going to India and spending time with my cousins, and wanted to share my experiences with our readers. So, we launched 'TBG INDIA VLOGS' - I'm surprised at the positive response we got. I wasn't sure if everyone else would find them as entertaining as we do, but clearly they did!
S: We also were working on branching out into video content, and thought it would be a great way for readers and followers to get to know us better and get a glimpse into our lives and personalities. We might do more....
EK. What other South Asian blogs would you recommend to check out?
Homegrown - http://homegrown.co.in/
Women's Web - http://www.womensweb.in/
Kaur Life - http://www.kaurlife.org/
EK. What does the future hold for the Two Brown Girls blogs? What can we expect to see?
TBG: We'd love to expand from online curation to offline interactions and make a difference in 'real-life' too but we're growing organically as we always have, and are excited to see where the blog takes us.