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INDIANNESS AND A SENSE OF GLOBAL COMMITMENT- SOUTH AFRICA AND THE EFF

I dare say again, our duty of Indianness must go beyond the tricoloured flag of India.  Unlike structured religions where Pope-like figures lead congregations, as people of Indian origin we are led by the laws of the lands we now reside in and equally, need to place as much love and attention to our fellow […]

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JULIUS MALEMA – THE SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION OF “IDI AMIN” – WE SHALL NOT YIELD!

Julius Malema, who believes he is a law unto himself, and one that the writer considers to be an absolute racist at heart, is skating on thin ice. At a press conference, the swaggering Malema unleashes a tirade against “Indian” South Africans, claiming that there is an “Indian cabal that is taking strategic positions in […]

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CONVERSION THERAPY – A GLOBAL ISSUE

Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to treat, correct or cure sexual orientation or gender identity. Primarily used against homosexuals during the 20th century, it has a long-lasting legacy across the globe. One of the main reasons for this is colonialism. Western understandings of same-sex sexuality as a sin, crime or disease were imported […]

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THE ILLUSTRIOUS DRAGON FRUIT OF TRINIDAD

Richard Cantillon (1680-1734) – the world’s first economic theorist – brought the role of the entrepreneur to the attention of scholars. He viewed the entrepreneur as one who bears the risk of establishing a creative enterprise by covering the start-up cost and carrying out production before market demand and price are known. Entrepreneurial Indo-Trinidadian Anand […]

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H.E HON GUY JOSEPH AND MR HAROON SACRANIE JOIN THE MOVEMENT

The Global Indian series expands to St Lucia and Malawi making it one of the world’s fastest-growing encyclopedias of people of Indian origin. On behalf of our team at the Global Indian Series, it is my deep pleasure to announce the joining of H.E Hon Guy Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport […]

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ASIAN PARENTING – FROM SPANKING TO CONSCIOUS PARENTING

I was shopping at a wet market in Singapore, when my 3-year-old son Ishaan, pointed towards something and said “Mama, can I buy this please?” he was holding a long stick with a loop at an end. He had found it next to the cashier, at a very prominent place for a fresh vegetable shop. […]

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER – POVERTY, HISTORIC WOUNDS, AND A POLITICAL IGNITION?

Never did it cross my mind that my home and people would need to be protected in the manner which has been required over the last week. The sense of survival and fear mixed with adrenaline was the combination felt by many citizens in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. It was […]

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LEAVE, CONVERT OR PERISH: THE FATE OF AFGHANISTAN’S MINORITIES

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator | President Biden’s decision to ‘end the war in Afghanistan’ means the complete withdrawal of 3,500 US troops by the 20th anniversary of 9/11. However, what may be domestically popular — particularly among Trump voters — will soon have consequences for the Afghans left unguarded by […]

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ZUMA’S ARREST: NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, BUT FOR INTROSPECTION

*The mandamus of our constitutional court must hold* The circus that was ended in a rather tame end – Jacob Zuma meekly handing himself in to the South African Police Services for incarceration. While the country was on the brink of violence in the last week, as intimated by his supporters, we cannot seek pleasure […]

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THE STORY OF INDIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE THAN JUST GANDHI

Every so often humanity is tempted to bend the arc of history, only so that the mistakes of the past are meant never to be repeated. On November 16, 1860, a ship carrying 342 indentured Indians arrived in South Africa, and this arrival marked the beginning of a long but tortuous and painful journey in […]

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DISCRIMINATORY RE-ENTRY BAN SCARS INDIAN MIGRANTS’ LOVE FOR JAPAN

It has been a distressing year-and-a-half for Neha since she moved to Japan from India in January 2020. Her 6-year-old daughter and husband were supposed to follow her a couple of months later. But since then, she has been waiting desperately for them to join her. “In the beginning I was really excited because I […]

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STORIES I MUST TELL WITH THE LEGENDARY KABIR BEDI | MADE IN INDIA

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to India to meet internationally renowned actor Kabir Bedi, whose career not only spans five decades but also three continents, three languages, three mediums and whose life has been as exciting as his reels! From Knightrider, The Bold and the Beautiful, Octopussy, through to portraying Shah Jahan, Kabir’s accomplishments are unrivalled!

Kabir Bedi was born to two remarkable parents – his father was a descendant of Guru Nanak and spiritual mystic, and his English mother, Freda Bedi was the first Buddhist nun of extraordinary distinction, a life-long social redeemer and a spiritual leader in her own right.  Growing up in a Buddhist/Sikh home, Kabir shares the values that were instilled upon him and how they have identified with him throughout his life. He shares the challenges of his global Indianness, tumultuous relationships, love, setbacks and loss in addition to changing belief systems.

His autobiography “Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of an Actor”, is well worth a read to get a further glimpse into this icon’s life.

The autobiography ‘Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of an Actor’ is available to purchase at all leading bookstores.

or 

Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of an Actor: Amazon.co.uk: Kabir Bedi: 9789390679409: Books

i you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

About Kabir Bedi:

Kabir Bedi is a famous international actor know by his European fans for Sandokan, American fans for Bold and Beautiful, James Bond fans for Octopussy, and all those who love his Bollywood films, across India and the Indian diaspora of millions abroad. His career has spanned three continents, in three mediums, film, tv and theatre, for over three decades. Kabir Bedi went from Bollywood, worked in Hollywood, and become a star in Europe. In 2010, the Italian Government Knighted him by anointing him Cavaliere, Italy’s highest civilian honor, for his lifetime achievements as an actor. Kabir is an international actor with millions of fans across the world.

WORLDWIDE
Kabir has been a voting member of the “Oscars Academy” (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) since 1982. In the James Bond film Octopussy, Kabir played the villain Gobinda, Roger Moore’s villainous antagonist. He was the swashbuckling hero in Sandokan, the Italian TV series which broke viewership records across Europe. Over two million people saw him every week on The Bold and The Beautiful for over a year. He has acted in big Bollywood films with superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Akhshay Kumar. His most famous Bollywood film is Khoon Bhari Maang with the legendary Rekha.

INTERNATIONAL FILMS
Kabir starred with Michael Caine in Ashanti; Roddy McDowell in Thief of Baghdad. He played the title role in the Italian film The Black Pirate (Il Corsaro Nero). He starred in Donatello Award winner Marco Ponti’s Return Ticket (Andata Ritorno). He had a pivotal role in The Beast, directed by Kevin Reynolds. He also starred in The Broken Key  with Rutger Hauer, directed by Louis Nero. Other international films and tv series are all listed on Imdb.com.

INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION
Kabir played roles many on American television like The Bold and the Beautiful; Highlander, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P.I and Dynasty, and Knight Rider and two HBO mini-series. He has starred in many Italians films and famous mini-series. Most recently, he starred with Lino Banfi, one of Italy’s best comic actors in A Doctor in the Family, (Un Medico in Famiglia), a prime-time Italian tv series.

INDIAN TELEVISION
Kabir presented an award-winning series on India’s wars in the 20th century. Guns and Glory. He has hosted national film awards and many television events. He anchored a show on India’s leading directors, Director’s Cut and played a pivotal role in the Buddha tv series on Zee worldwide.

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Kabir played the title role of Othello, directed by Alque Padamsee, for India’s  famous Theatre Group. In 2006, Kabir starred in M.M Kaye’s Far Pavillions at the historic Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End. In 2016, he played Emperor Shah Jahan in playwright John Murrell’s TAJ at the Luminato Theatre Festival in Toronto.  He has also played the mad historical Indian king, Tughlaq, and a self-destructive alcoholic in The Vultures.

FAMILY
Kabir Bedi was born into a family that had devoted itself to India’s fight for independence from British colonial rule. His mother, Freda Bedi, went on to become the highest-ranked Buddhist nun in the world. His father, Baba Bedi, a Punjabi Sikh, a famous author and philosopher in Italy. One of three children, Kabir Bedi went to school at Sherwood College, Nainital, and graduated from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. After living abroad for 25 years, Kabir now lives with his wife Parveen Dusanj, a film producr, in Juhu, Mumbai, India.

Biography taken from www.kabirbedi.com

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media: You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 80

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Kabir Bedi

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

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SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN AND DIVORCE | CHANGING THE STIGMA WITH NEELOFAR SAYED

Marriage is often considered sacred and even quintessential within our culture.  The mere whisper of ‘separation’ or ‘divorce’ is often riddled with stigma, especially within the South Asian community.

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa to meet with previous guest and radio host Neelofar Sayed, who bravely opens up about her personal story of going through a lonely marriage where she was often silenced, dictated to and controlled. Seeing herself as a person with no needs and wants, she forgot her own identity and questioned her self-worth.  Her pain was only amplified by the cultural reactions of her own family.  This is her story of how she picked up the pieces and took control back.

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

About Neelofar Sayed
Neelofar is a renowned On Air personality and radio presenter for Lotus FM in South Africa.

She has a passion for public speaking and toured South Africa, debating at Universities around the country. She also represented the NPI (National Productivity Institute).

Hobbies: I have a passion for fashion, fitness and music. I love cooking and spending time with my loved ones.

General Facts: Life is filled with various challenges and without it I wouldn’t have thrived under pressure. I support the notion that we all can succeed in life doing our very best. I love speeding in my own lane. “Live and Let Live.”

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media:You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 79

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Neelofar Sayed

Art Design – Vanisha Patel
Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

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We produce content that inspires purpose, passion, and community. If you like what we do, please do share, like, subscribe and comment. It helps massively with online algorithms.

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DEALING WITH GRIEF AND FINDING PURPOSE | ROTARY | SREE VALLIPURAM

We only realise the value of life when it’s taken away. But we often only appreciate it when we are faced with hard situations.

This week we have a conversation about death, something we often don’t do within our community, and the grieving process through the perspective of a husband who has lost his wife to cancer. The harshness of the reality is only curbed with our guest’s quest to find deeper purpose through charitable endeavours.

This week we are joined by senior Rotarian Sree Vallipuram, as we plunge into the human experience of being him at the one year death anniversary of his beloved wife.

The discussion is difficult although sometimes masked with laughter; a social lubricant to hide the tears that were at the tip of the conversation. To be honest, it was a difficult discussion to record because it posed deeper questions about the meaning of marriage and looking at life through an inevitable lens, rather than burying your head in the sand. Equally, in the brutality of this conversation there is a liberating force, something I’m sure you will discover when you listen in.

The story of Sree and his wife is one that often graces Bollywood screens; a love story between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl from different lands and meeting in the cold streets of London, much to the dislike of their parents. The rest as they say, is history.

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

About Sree Vallipuram:
Sree Vallipuram ws born in Singapore when it was still a state within Malaya. In 1965, Singapore received its independence from Malaysia. He was the eldest of four children who grew up in Singapore. He completed his post secondary education before joining the Singapore Armed Forces to complete his National Service. He completed two and a half years of military service and then joined the Singapore University to complete his degree. It later became the National University of Singapore. Sree then joined Essex University in England to complete his Masters degree. He met his wife Anar at Essex University. They married in 1989 and have two daughters. Both his daughters graduated at UCL in London and are leading independent lives.

Sree worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat for over 15 years and his stint at this international organisation had a great positive impact on his professional life. He is also a Rotarian and remains a member of the Rotary Club of Westminster West which he joined in 1995.

In September 2020, after an eleven year battle with cancer, Anar passed away at home. This devasted Sree and for many months, he was unable to talk about his loss. He remained strong for his daughters and today, at the first Anniversary of his beloved wife’s passing, he agreed to tell his story when approached by Rajan Nazran.

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media:You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 78

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Sree Vallipuram

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

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Are you a global Indian that needs to go global? You may be interested in our articles on citizenship by investment and global residency options, including Golden via planning through to the leading funds to consider. It’s a definitive guide for all global Indians to read on what you need to know and what you must avoid when looking to participate in investment migration and golden visa planning.

We produce content that inspires purpose, passion, and community. If you like what we do, please do share, like, subscribe and comment. It helps massively with online algorithms.

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THE HUMAN FACE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITH MANJIT MINHAS | MADE IN CANADA

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to Canada to meet Canadian Beer Baroness and Dragons Den personality, Manjit Minhas, owner of one of the largest breweries in North America.

Being a successful woman in business can often mean juggling a personal life, challenging limiting stereotypes and navigating the male-dominated corridors of power. But add South Asian to the mix and that’s another ball!

This episode is a download on how to dream big, reach your goals, give back and remember the sacrifices one has to make along the journey.

“You dream a lot bigger when you’re naive.”

What sacrifices have you made in order to achieve a goal?  Share your comments below.

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.com.

About Manjit Minhas:
Manjit Minhas is 41 years old and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. This Petroleum Engineering student turned beer baroness is a Dragon on the hit TV show Dragons’ Den on CBC in its 15th season (for which she has been on for 6 seasons/years). Manjit leads a privately owned empire that had revenues in excess of $220 million last year.

Manjit Minhas is the co-founder and co-owner of the Minhas Brewery, Distillery and Winery. She started her companies at the ripe age of 19 in Alberta, when she launched her spirits in 1999 and her beers in 2002 in Alberta with her business partner and brother, Ravinder Minhas. Together with $10,000 they gave the big boys a run for their money, thereby becoming the first successful company to enter the Canadian beer industry in many decades. Currently, she has over 90 brands of beers, spirits, liqueurs and wines. Her products are sold in 5 provinces (Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia), as well as 47 states throughout the USA and 16 other countries.

Over the last few years, wherever Manjit and Ravinder have entered the marketplace, and especially in Canada, they have single headedly caused a huge stir in the marketplace. To date, her companies have sold over 7 billion pints of beer! Many beer drinkers in Canada and USA have welcomed her style of beer as a tasty alternative to the higher priced mediocre beers that dominate the marketplace.

Manjit Minhas takes Social Responsibility very seriously. Manjit Minhas is the 1st brewer in Canada to voluntarily put a Management Warning on all her beer cans. The Management Warning on the cans reads ” MANAGEMENT WARNING: Please do not drink and drive – ever. Expectant mothers should avoid drinking alcoholic products. Enjoy this product responsibly – Respect yourself and others”. She recently put this on all her products because she believes as a responsible brewer and citizen of this country, it is important she does her part to educate Canadians.

Manjit Minhas has also created a special 48 can pack of beers for COSTCO which has the least amount of packaging materials compared to any other product in Canada or USA. It uses no plastic hi-cone rings and needs least amount of box material. This product alone will save millions of pounds of packaging materials ending up in the already over-filled landfills. Similarly, Manjit has sold millions of cases of other brands of her beers such as Boxer Lager with minimum packaging materials using sound engineering principles in protecting the environment.

Manjit believes that effective use of science and engineering can do a lot of good in people’s lives. She has used her engineering background in producing beer using least amount of cleaning and water treatment chemicals, gas, electricity and water. Canadian and American consumers suffering from the Celiac disease have also been beneficiary of her innovative method of making best tasting Gluten Free beer from Sorghum and sold at half the price of the competition.

Manjit Minhas and her brother purchased the 2nd oldest brewery in the United States in Monroe, Wisconsin in 2006 and renamed it “Minhas Craft Brewery”. Being in their mid 20s, the purchase of this Brewery officially made them the Youngest Brewery Owners in The World. Their brewery is now the 9th largest in North America. From this brewery, world quality beers are shipped across the USA, to Canada and overseas to 16 different countries such as Japan, UK, Brazil and Korea. The Minhas Distillery distills and bottles premium spirits and liqueurs such as Artingstall’s Brilliant London Gin.

Manjit Minhas opened a new brewery in Calgary in June 2012 – the Minhas Micro Brewery and quickly added a distillery also. This facility makes unique and specialty beers, spirits and wines such as White Wolf, Boxer Lager and Pilsner, Rovers Irish Cream, Blackstone Vodka and Punjabi Club Whisky.

Manjit also co-owns Spotlight TV and Film Production that writes, directs and produces numerous documentaries, feature films, lifestyle programs, tv and digital commercials and corporate videos based in Calgary, Vancouver and Los Angeles.

In Early 2015, CBC approached Manjit to star on Dragons’ Den; Manjit has experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and is keen on helping others who work hard to create successful businesses and follow their passions and dreams. Being a venture capitalist Dragon allows her to share her knowledge, experience and expertise about being an entrepreneur with millions of Canadians each week. Manjit has invested in 31 businesses the last 6 seasons/years.

In 2020 Manjit’s companies had revenues in excess of $220 million.

Manjit has won several business industry awards. A few of them are listed below:
• Canada’s Top 40 Under 40
• Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada
• “Top Growth Entrepreneur” award, PROFIT magazine in Toronto
• Ranked #6 in the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies” by Alberta Venture Magazine
• Alberta Chamber of Commerce Marketing Award
• Young Achiever Award from the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
• Compelling Calgarian Award given by the Calgary Herald
• Alberta Centennial Medallion
• Canada’s Women Executive Network Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs
• Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40
• India Abroad’s “The Power List” Award
• Famous 5 Foundation Leader Award
• Global TV Woman of Vision Award
• Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist
• Chatelaine Magazine’s Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year
• The Sikh Centennial Foundation Award
• Canadian Business Icon Award

Manjit Minhas currently serves as a Board of Director for ATB Financial, YYC Calgary Airport Authority, Spiritleaf Cannabis (ISH Holdings), Shop and Shout and Alberta Small Brewers Association. In the past she has served as board of director on TransCanada Trail, United Way, Shergill Homes and West Island College and was the United Way Campaign co-chair raising $60 Million plus for this charity that is close to her heart. Manjit donates time and money to philanthropic causes in Calgary that benefit women and children such as United Way and Ronald McDonald charities. Manjit has an extensive background and experience in government relations, shareholder relations, governance and executive performance and compensation.

Manjit is born and raised in Calgary and still calls it home with her husband and they have two young daughters.

Bio courtesy of www.manjitminhas.com

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media: You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 77

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Manjit Minhas

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Other podcasts you may like:

If you liked this podcast, you may enjoy the following:

https://globalindianseries.com/ep-28-empowerment-and-entrepreneurship-made-in-singapore/

https://globalindianseries.com/official-podcast-chef-vikram-vij/

https://globalindianseries.com/in-deep-with-surinder-arora-ceo-of-arora-group-and-global-indian/

Are you a global Indian that needs to go global? You may be interested in our articles on citizenship by investment and global residency options, including golden visa planning through to the leading funds to consider. It’s a definitive guide for all global Indians to read on what you need to know and what you must avoid when looking to participate in investment migration and golden visa planning.

We produce content that inspires purpose, passion, and community. If you like what we do, please do share, like, subscribe and comment. It helps massively with online algorithms.

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AFGHANISTAN, MINORITIES & FREEDOM OF SPEECH WITH HARDEEP SINGH

The current events unfolding in Afghanistan have shocked the world and in today’s episode, Rajan stays in the U.K. to meet with Hardeep Singh, author and journalist who has been focusing on Afghanistan, the Taliban and the minority groups for many years.

The conversation takes a plunge into the horrific human rights issues taking place and it’s correlation with faith as well as the unavoidable “extinction” of minority groups including Sikhs, Hazaras, Hindus and LGBTQ who are languishing in Afghanistan.

The human race is one but are we, including our government and politicians, doing enough to ensure equality?

Are you a minority group in your country? What are your perspectives? Share your comments below.

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About Hardeep Singh:
Hardeep Singh is a freelance journalist, Deputy-Director for the Network of Sikh Organisations and assistant editor of the Sikh Messenger. He was a leading member of the Libel Reform Campaign along with science writer Simon Singh and cardiologist Dr Peter Wilmhurst. He is co-author of the volume Racialization, Islamophobia and Mistaken Identity the Sikh Experience, and has written for amongst others, the Telegraph, Telegraph Magazine, The Spectator, Quillette, Index on Censorship and The Guardian.

About the Global Indian Series
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media:You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 76

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Hardeep Singh

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

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OUR FORGOTTEN LANGUAGE OF MOVEMENT WITH RAFE KELLEY | MADE IN THE USA

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to the USA to meet with Rafe Kelley, one of the first parkour/free runners in the country.

The conversation takes a dive into nature and looks at the human disconnect between reading the landscape, evolving our movement and being more settled in who we are. They also discuss what we should all be doing as we get older in order to remain healthy, mobile and connected.

Today’s episode is a true back-to-nature call and a life lesson for us all to be reminded of the resilience within.

How do you feel you can bring more mobility into your lives? Share your comments below.

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.com.

About Rafe Kelley:
Natural Movement has been the key theme in his life since childhood. He was raised at the end of a dirt road surrounded by forest. It was in those woods where he found solace from the stresses of school as a child with ADHD and Dyslexia.

When he was 8 years old, a mentor came into his life and took on his education. He saw in him a fierce need for natural movement and gave him room to express it. He roughhoused with him daily and allowed him to roam the woods for hours every day, which allowed him to overcome his disabilities so that by the time he turned 9, he was reading The Iliad and The Odyssey to himself. And by 13, he was actively studying anthropology and evolutionary biology which he would go on to study in college.

MARTIAL ARTS & PARKOUR
At 6 years old, he started studying martial arts. His studies lasted through his teen and adult years, and included:
• Tang Soo Do
• Aikido
• Kung Fu
• KickBoxing
• BJJ
• Muay Thai
• Capoeira
• Systema

At 15, he began studying gymnastics. And at 23, he discovered parkour, becoming one of the first parkour teachers in North America and co-founding Parkour Visions, one of the most highly respected parkour teaching institutions in the world.

BIGGER QUESTIONS
The discovery of parkour for him though immediately led to a bigger question.

Parkour was like taking a layer off gymnastics and finding something deeper, more primal, something more heroic, but it felt like there was still something missing.

Almost from the moment he encountered parkour, he dreamed of creating a method that covered the full spectrum of primal human movements. The skills of the heroes of old. The capacity for natural movement that he had read about in tribal peoples all around the world in his ethnographic readings. He started to ask what it meant to move like a human.

Rafe reinvested himself in martial arts training and weightlifting. Then he encountered the work of George Herbert and Le Methode Naturelle and took his practice into the natural world. Climbing trees, lifting logs, swimming, and carrying rocks underwater.

He chose to focus on parkour as the primary discipline to base his approach on and moved to Seattle to co-found Parkour Visions, the West Coast’s first parkour gym.

Over the 5 years he was the head instructor at Parkour Visions and the ideas behind Evolve Move Play continued to gestate. He started offering martial arts classes through the gym and he slowly migrated to training primarily in nature again. Rafe took an interest in other movement cultures, and in 2013, it was time to walk away from the parkour gym and invest fully in Evolve Move Play.

Since then he has traveled the world teaching, studying, immersing himself in natural movement training and research.

His students have included world-class parkour athletes, MMA fighters, and untrained grandmothers, and the common theme in their responses to his approach is that it is life-changing on many levels.

His passion is to help people build the physical practice that will help make them the strongest, most adaptable and resilient version of themselves in movement and in life.

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media:You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode: 75

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Rafe Kelley

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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We produce content that inspires purpose, passion, and community. If you like what we do, please do share, like, subscribe and comment. It helps massively with online algorithms.

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