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Are you often told you are not Indian enough to be a “real” Indian and does the colour of your skin define the concept of national identity?  It may sound like a contentious statement, but in an era of identity weaponry, both are statements that are true and reflective of deeper issues at play.

Today I am joined by good friend, musical icon and HBO presenter Sarah Packiam as she takes me on a raw account to discuss the ideas that govern her own sense of being and the impact it has on her sense of connection.

As you will hear, this conversation takes a deep dive into questions that redefine how we choose to view life and importantly, addresses a modern existential crisis for an entire generation of Global Indians.

About Sarah Packiam

Born in Ireland to an Irish mother and an Indian father, Sarah Packiam was raised with a multicultural and biracial identity. Her father a blues guitarist, her inspiration for picking up the guitar. Her mother, a poet, the driving force behind Sarah’s songwriting. Over the years, her experience as a biracial female artist has motivated her to promote and support diversity and other female artists. On International Women’s Day 2019, Sarah released “She’s a Riot”, in honor of women who have paved the way for current and future generations. Most recently, Sarah has had the privilege of being a host on HBO’s  International Emmy nominated show “A Tiny Audience”, which officially premiered in the USA in February 2020 and is currently in its 3rd season.  On the show, Sarah and two other hosts interview famous Latin musicians before an intimate audience. In an unexpected and exciting turn of events, during one interview, Colombian superstar, Juanes, handed Sarah his guitar and asked her to sing one of her own songs for him. She humbly obliged, receiving the praise and encouragement of Juanes afterward. It was an unforgettable experience for Sarah and her fans, showing once again the importance of artists supporting artists. Ultimately, no matter the gig, show, or song,  Sarah’s goal is to spread her message of positivity, with a touch of pop, folk, and rock and roll.  To read more click here:

https://sarahpackiam.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) and liberal minds, because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For over 15 years I have travelled across the globe deep diving into 60+ countries 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 the ideas that re-shape a nation.

My 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, join in as we bring people and communities together.

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. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media:

You can reach Rajan via

Global Indian Series (@rajannazran) • Instagram photos and videos

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Global Indian Series – YouTube

Episode: 141

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest: Sarah Packiam
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Support change: A little favour to ask-We believe true freedom is to be able to act without fear or favour and that identity is not a “brand” to be abused, politicized, or reduced for personal gain. As Global Indians, the need to work together is greater now than ever before.  If we want to see real change, we need to create a better society for all, tackle injustice and plunge into the many aspects of what the human experience truly offers.The Global Indian Series has been built to be a platform of integrity, fairness and to remain fiercely independent of political influence. We are the first in the world to connect with every echelon of society with all human voices being treated equally.  We are the first to have travelled physically to locations far and wide, often putting our own lives on the line to bring forward stories that deserve to be told.  Whether it’s through our Podcast that delves into the human experience behind identity, our articles and features that cover key events we need to know, or live based events that tackle topical discussions, we have been there to support a better community and planet.Despite the high costs and time needed to maintain our work, we continue, because we know our work has helped more people understand what is happening within the communities across our planet, why it matters, and how, together, we can demand progress.  We challenge head-on, the silent divisions that have crept into our collective consciousness and how to tackle key issues that often go neglected in mainstream media.How you can help:Please share our work: By collaborating with others who share our values, our combined voices make change, with many more becoming inspired to take meaningful action.Subscribe to the platform:Many from across our community have decided to subscribe to our platform. It helps us grow which in turns attracts like-minded supporters. If you have not already, we would appreciate you subscribing to our newsletters and following our social media accounts. It is free and supports our journey.

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