Guest Info

Aaisha Khan, a proud descendant of Girmitya in New Zealand, is the visionary founder and curator of Girmit Diaries. Apart from her passion for Girmit Diaries, she indulges in binge-watching Netflix shows. As a valued partner of the Global Indian Series, she is dedicated to exploring Indo-Fijian history and sharing compelling stories with the diaspora.

About the Show

On 15th March 2019, a tragic event left an indelible mark on New Zealand’s modern history. A gunman opened fire in a mosque, live-streaming the brutal murder of 51 innocent people and injuring 40 others. This atrocity became a turning point for some in their perception of multiculturalism in the country. In contrast, for others, it served as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by people of Indian origin.

In the Pacific region, from Australia to Fiji, more than 500,000 PIOs (People of Indian Origin) reside, and stories of lost identity and the quest for belonging are starting to surface.

In this poignant episode of the Global Indian Podcast, Rajan Nazran engages in a heartfelt conversation with Aaisha Khan, whose roots are Indian and Fijian, navigating the complexities of her identity.

Residing in a diverse country that celebrates multiculturalism, Aaisha still grapples with internal strife, needing to explain her unique cultural blend. The intense impact of feeling “in-between” takes a toll, with generational trauma and internalised racism affecting her journey. Aaisha seeks solace in communities that understand her struggles, bringing a sense of euphoria. However, the feeling of hollowness persists, leaving her yearning for more space to discover her true self.

Tune in to this emotionally charged podcast to empathise with Aaisha’s journey and gain insights into her experiences.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.

Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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