Dishoom Loves. Issue XVII.

June brings the promise of sun-drenched days – or monsoons – balmy nights and a smattering of first-class cultural happenings. Pour yourself a cup of chai, as we offer you a glimpse of the things we are loving this month.

We’re revelling at:—  

Arrivals, Glastonbury’s first-ever South Asian space. A portal to a jungle world filled with solar punk vibes, cyborg beats, space pirates and carnivorous plants. We expect an ecstatic mix of nostalgia and futurism with DJ Ritu and other top artists. If you have missed out on tickets, catch it live on BBC iplayer.

We’re learning about:— 

The life and legacy of Ranjit Singh, Punjab's lion-hearted ruler from the early 1800s. The exhibition, Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King, puts on show nearly 100 artefacts, jewellery and weapons from the Sikh Empire. Seek out personal items from the royal court of one of the most famous of his 30 wives, Maharani Jind Kaur.

We’re gathering friends:—  

For the DAYTIMERS Festival, a one-day event that celebrates South Asian artistry. Come alive with family-friendly workshops, live music, DJs, radio sessions, food and plenty more at Horniman Gardens on 15th June. Catch us there serving delicious kulfis from our kulfi cart. Save the date, summon your squad.

We’re prioritising our well-being:— 

With Cardamom Counselling, a bundle of workshops and wellbeing plans that has South Asian needs and interests at the heart. Ragini Jha hosts creative and educational events like dance workshops, custom candle making and insightful discussions. Participate and find solace in shared stories.

We’re taking our seats for:— 

Jaipur Literature Festival, happening from 7th–9th June at the British Library. This cross-cultural voyage brings a mix of South Asia's literary narratives and inspirational speakers from around the world. Themes include democracy, geopolitics, the psychology of war, modern Indian cinema and far more.

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Dishoom Loves. Issue XVIII.

The July issue of Dishoom Loves is already here (and perky, for your eyes). Fill your mind with some of the best South Asian talent, from a 17-year-old playwright sharing her life story, to a beauty expert’s top tips and tricks. And, a doctor who writes about henna.

Permit Room Cambridge: A tribute to 1970s Bombay

Arched into the cobbled lane of Trinity Street, behind a mustard yellow door, an all-day bar-café cuts loose. Not to be confused with the buzzy bars in Dishoom cafés, this Permit Room is entirely other – a tribute to the way Bombay kicks back and cuts loose – a salute to the city’s permit rooms, beer bars and drinking holes.

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Dishoom Loves. Issue XVI.

May has us buzzing. The scent of the fresh, juicy Alphonso mangoes, two long weekends, cultural exhibitions, new documentaries – there’s a lot to soak in.