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From celebrity endorsements, high impact social media statements and companies paying service to challenging perceptions, International Women’s Day is here. Much can be said about a world of virtue signalling or the economics of change, however one thing that remains is our perception of gender identity and perceived roles, both of which are heavily influenced by our “inner” society.

Today’s podcast starts with a global tour from some of our audience members on what womanhood means to them and an open voyage into the remarkable life of Pragna Hay. A human whose resilience can shift the way we treat each other within our community. She recounts her emotively raw story of how she entered an arranged marriage at the age of 18, the trauma, “expectations”, and the moment she decided to make a dramatic change. A lesson for all in the power of person over perception.

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About Pragna Hay

Pragna was born in Uganda East Africa and arrived in Newbury in 1972 when expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin. She has 4 children aged 36, 36, 33 and 26. Two amazing grandchildren aged 4 and 2. She grew up in Redditch, Worcestershire until the age of 18 when she moved to Toronto, Canada for 2 years.

She returned to the UK in 1986 and set up a private day nursery catering for pre-school children in Leicester. In 1992 she closed this business and relocated to Nottinghamshire and returned to education in 1993 taking ‘A’ Levels in Science. This then lead to a course for Mature students wishing to study medicine / science. She qualified in 1998 with BSc Biomedical Science (Hons) and trained as a Microbiologist with SmithKline Beecham, assisting with clinical trials.

In order to spend more time with her young children Pragna set up a recruitment agency specialising in the Audio visual industry and ran this successfully becoming one of the leading recruiters in the industry. Clients included HSBC, Barclays Banks, Royal society of Arts, Tag Mclaren.

10.5 years years later, having built a property portfolio she then closed the recruitment business to set up a company providing serviced apartments and short rentals. Four years later she is was one of the major suppliers of serviced apartments in Newbury and a member of the association of serviced apartment providers.

In her free time, Pragna enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, theatre, property investments

Voluntary positions held:

Community Responder for West Berkshire Ambulance service

Treasurer for Scouts

Committee member for Institute of Directors

Greenham Parish Councillor

Trustee of Thatcham Parochial Charity

Trustee of Relief in Need, Thatcham Charity

On the board of Directors for a number of management companies

Retired at the age of 52 but still works doing jobs that give her flexibility. She is a phlebotomist, DNA Sample collector, vaccinator, Supporting artist and lifestyle model.

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 encyclopaedia 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.

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode: 105

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guests: in order of appearance

Himani – Partners in Upbringing – Singapore

Anissa Singh – USA

Elizabeth Ngorima – Botswana

Nialia Amin – USA

Kiran Sharma – Malaysia


Pragna Hay – UK

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