Dishoom Loves – Issue II

As February draws to a close, March brings a promise of spring, longer days and a collection of first-class recommendations that we’re looking to enjoy over the coming month. Settle in with a chai, as we share more of what Dishoom Loves.

We’re eating

A Mumbai-based confectionery delivering joy with mithai. Taken over by two sons during the pandemic to save their father’s legacy, Pistabarfi showcases traditional Indian sweets in a new light, with delightful treats such as their Gur laddoo – a happy accident of rolled jowar, bajra, nachni, wheat and rice with jaggery and ghee. 

We’re watching

The first Pakistani movie to be shortlisted for an Oscar – Joyland – is unmissable. The film centres around Haider, who finds work as a dancer in a cabaret, and falls in love with Biba (Alina Khan), a transgender woman who runs the show. Directed by Saim Sadiq, Joyland is a big-hearted picture, tackling themes of repression, sexual fluidity and social identity. 

We’re visiting

Manchester Museum unveils a new permanent gallery this month – South Asia Gallery – a space dedicated to the experiences and histories of South Asian diaspora communities. Expect contemporary work, personal stories, and over 140 historic artefacts from the Manchester Museum and British Museum. The first of its kind in the UK. 

We’re reading

A debut cookbook from Farokh Talati, Parsi: From Persia to Bombay. Gathering together a selection of Parsi recipes from Farokh’s travels through India and time spent with family, he reveals ways to recreate dishes at home. Blending influences in a journey from West London to Gujarat and beyond, Parsi is more than a cookbook – it’s a love letter to Parsi culture and its people. 

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Dishoom Loves. Issue VIII.

The sun is momentarily out again. Calendars are fast filling up. There’s many a thing to do and many a friend to meet. And if we may kindly add to the excitement and the plan-making, here’s our list of what we’re looking forward to in September. 

Memories from the Fringe

While we were at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we caught Evening Conversations, an engaging show by Sudha Bhuchar. We caught up with her after the show to talk about her journey and her views on South Asian representation on screen, which you can read below. And for those who didn’t walk down the cobbled streets of the city or stumble into an impromptu performance this year, we highly recommend it for 2024.

Dishoom Loves Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Each year as August dawns, the streets and rooms and corners of Edinburgh fill with music, art, laughter and song. Wander into grand halls and pokey pubs, as the morning sun rises or in the dark of night, to see creations of every kind as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In honour of this wonderful celebration of the performing arts (and as a little treat), here’s a special edition Dishoom Loves, covering all the acts we’ve circled on our festival programme.

76 Years on, there is still much learning to be done

For anyone looking to learn or read more on Partition, this page holds a series of resources, for all ages, created by people knowledgeable and knowing about such matters. It is by no means definitive – we have simply found them to be useful, inspiring and accessible.