Introducing: British Asian in Berlin

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As of November 2017, this British Asian has been living and working in Berlin!

The recent radio silence on my blog is down to a lot of exciting life events taking place at the same time. 

Since my last post, I’ve found and started a new job in Berlin, moved to Berlin, found an apartment in Berlin twice, as well as planned and had a multicultural wedding. Where? You guessed it. In Berlin*. 

Just typing that all out makes me want to take a nap. Do you ever take on too much and know it’s too much but do it anyway?


It’s not for everyone, but when the pressure’s on, that’s when I seem to thrive. 

You might be wondering why Berlin? Apart from marrying a German guy and feeling a little lot disappointed in post-Brexit UK, Berlin is one of my favourite cities in the world. 


It has much of what I love about London and so much more.


Berlin’s affordability means that living alone, saving money and eating out aren’t luxuries, but everyday norms. The city’s open-mindedness and work-life-balance (shops are closed on Sundays) means that Berliners are laid back, fun and value the importance of life outside of the office.

It has much of what I love about London and so much more. Berlin has the creativity and grit of New York, the multiculturalism and food scene of London and its own unique blend of history, progressiveness and reinvention sprinkled in for good measure.

Berlin really is a melting pot of cultures too. It’s interesting to see how the diaspora populations here – such as the German Turkish community – differ from cultures settled in the UK, such as British Asians like myself.


Berlin has the creativity and grit of New York, the multiculturalism and food scene of London and its own unique blend of history, progressiveness and reinvention sprinkled in for good measure.


And so, now that the honeymoon is over and life in Berlin can begin at a slower pace, I’m so happy to be writing again!

Since writing The Beauty of Being British Asian last year and the success of the exhibition that it inspired, Burnt Roti’s #BOBBAExhibition – I’m going to be penning more honest pieces. Including, what it was like planning and having a multicultural and bilingual wedding, intercultural/interracial relationship advice, and why I recently cut a lot of my hair (South Asian expectations, anyone?). I’ll also share snippets of Berlin life such as this one, which is the first in a series I like to call British Asian in Berlin. 

In the meantime, thanks for reading and have a lovely day wherever in the world you are. It’s good to be back! It’s good to be a Berliner.


Ich bin ein Berliner”



*technically Potsdam


The Beauty of Being British Asian Exhibition

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This summer, the exhibition inspired by my essay ‘The Beauty of British Asian’ took place in London.

Curated by Burnt Roti magazine, ‘The Beauty of Being British Asian Exhibition’, or #BOBBAExhibition showcased South Asian art and was on show from 16th – 22nd August 2017 at the Old Truman Brewery. I went to the opening night on 16th August and was amazed to see a 2 hour queue, winding round the corners of Brick Lane!



Each of the artists created a piece from their chosen line of my essay and together, formed The Beauty of Being British Asian exhibition.

Walking in, I was immediately struck by the nostalgic scent of incense. As I looked around, it was magical to see the words that I had written a couple of months ago, come to life through the talent of other British Asians like myself. This experience of having a dual identity is something that so many of us share and seeing it through the eyes of others was something that made me feel even prouder to be British Asian.



Seeing people gather round to read my essay was the highlight of the evening for me. It was so lovely to see people’s reactions as they related to, laughed with and even welled up at lines of my essay. I loved speaking with people as they shared their own stories of being British Asian and hearing how they have learnt to navigate and embrace their dual identities.



The exhibition included a wall of baby photos of the artists and I, adding to to the British Asian aesthetic of the gallery. This one above is of me as a corner shop kid when cardboard boxes were pretty much all my parents needed to keep me entertained. 



Thank you to everyone that supported the crowdfunder, came along to the gallery (and queued for 2 hours on opening night), and took the time to message me your words of support.

It means the world to me to know that the message of my essay has become a beautiful celebration of British Asian talent. When I sat down to write the essay back in March, I had no idea it would become this incredible expression of British Asian representation – I simply wanted to share more sides of the real me on my blog. I’m so happy that the conversation surrounding the struggles, nuances and the beauty of being British Asian has only just begun!

I’d love to hear your own stories of being British Asian and navigating your dual identities – let me know below if you can relate to The Beauty of Being British Asian

– Nikita

Announcing ‘The Beauty of Being British Asian’ art exhibition

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I’m excited to announce that my latest blog post, ‘The Beauty of Being British Asian’ has inspired an art exhibition – taking place in a London gallery this summer in collaboration with Burnt Roti Mag. The exhibition will look at dual identities and how British Asians curiously navigate theirs.

Burn Roti Mag is a South Asian print and online lifestyle magazine, concentrating on publishing essays about race, colourism, mental health and assimilation. They are curating the exhibition by bringing together over 20 British Asian artists from around the country. Each artist will create a piece of art from their chosen line of the piece and together, will form the Beauty of Being British Asian exhibition.

Watch me talk about why this project means so much to me, alongside the artists taking part in the promo video below:

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I’m really proud of this piece and am looking forward to seeing the ways in which my writing is interpreted into art by the British Asian talent that will be on show. There are already some amazing artists that have been confirmed and more will be announced very soon. They will create art in the form of paintings, graphics, photography, installations and any other mixed media formats.

The exhibition still needs funding –  visit our crowdfunder to pledge your support, get tickets for the opening night (including free drinks) and signed British Asian artwork goodies.

Save the Date: coming soon.