Dishoom Loves. Issue X.

Winter days are truly here — sometimes crisp and sparkling with sunshine, sometimes bleak with lashing rain and biting cold. But, while mornings and evenings may be darker now, there is still an abundance of light in the world (not to mention goodness, beauty and talent) that should be celebrated. Allow us to share what we are doing (with grateful hearts) this month.

We’re sitting transfixed at:-

First Trimester, a groundbreaking show by performance artist Krishna Istha, which redefines what it means to create a family as a transgender person . Over two weeks, Krishna will interview 100s of potential sperm donors, trying to find the perfect match for them and their partner. Audience members can watch live, and even sign up to be interviewed. An intimate, funny, and philosophical experience. 

We’re planning our schedule for:-

Going South, a brand new London music festival celebrating the creative talents of the UK’s British Asian community. It is the first festival to showcase South Asian Underground and Electronic/Alternative music, as well as the growing British Asian Rap/Grime and Drill scene. With two days of music, events and talks, across multiple stages and spaces, a plan may be wise. 

We’re taking our seats for:-

Passing, an Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit now arriving at London’s Park Theatre. With her Indian Grandfather’s health declining and her father rejecting his roots, Rachel is desperate to hold onto her culture before it’s lost forever. So she decides to organise the family's first ever Diwali. A moving family comedy-drama about heritage, legacy and love.  

We’re feeling glowy thanks to:-

Ranavat, an Ayurvedic skin and hair care brand making wise use of ingredients like saffron, moonseed, transparent henna and shatavari. Founder Michelle Ranavat grew up in Wisconsin as a first-generation Indian American but, after visiting Jaipur as an adult, wanted to celebrate her culture and pass on her self-care traditions. Ranavat is the dreamy result. 

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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.

Dishoom Loves. Issue XVII.

June brings the promise of sun-drenched days – or monsoons – balmy nights and a smattering of first-class cultural happenings.

Dishoom Impact Report

People, community and planet.