Sohail Ali is Partner at DLA Piper and is interviewed by Melting Scot Director, Junaid Ashraf. He graduated with a First from Oxford University and has been promoted to Partner at one of the largest international law firms in the world at the age of 37. His promotion makes him the first ever South Asian …
Zahra Hedges is the Chief Executive of Winning Scotland and is interviewed by Melting Scot Director, Junaid Ashraf. They discuss her varied journey in the third sector, barriers to progression for working class Scots and the difficulties she has faced throughout her career as a woman of colour. Continue reading Who is Zahra Hedges? | Melting Scot Interviews
Melting Scot’s Director, Junaid Ashraf, discusses on the BBC Asian Network whether we should be paying rent to our parents and how to interact with the discussion if brought up in a minority ethnic household. (02 September 2021) Continue reading Do you pay rent to your parents?
Melting Scot contributors Junaid and Nimai discuss on the BBC Asian Network how to start conversations about stopping the use of offensive language (04 August 2021) Continue reading Would you challenge elders if they used outdated or offensive language?
TW: Rape and Sexual Assault Junaid discusses with Rebekah Cheung her article ‘Recognising my Privilege within Rape Recovery’ for the Melting Scot. Speaking points include: Rebekah’s story Misogynoir and #MeToo movementAccessing support Having to make excuses to not sleep with someone Position/abuse of power Original article can be found here: https://meltingscot.com/2020/12/22/recognising-my-privilege-within-rape-recovery/ Continue reading Recognising my Privilege within Rape Recovery
Junaid has a conversation with Nosheen Ahmed, Project Coordinator at the John Smith Centre based at the University of Glasgow. They discuss the launch of their latest project and the need for more programmes to support ethnic minority young people into politics. The John Smith Centre is launching their Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme. A … Continue reading Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme – John Smith Centre
Aaisha Sabir returns with another piece of writing which details the importance of loyalty and understanding within the initial talking stages of a relationship . In her direct and straight-forward style of writing, Aaisha makes it fully clear that honesty is always the best policy. Continue reading The “talking stage” before Marriage – Part 1
Marianna Marcelline writes about a goal she set herself at the beginning of lockdown in 2020 – to run at least 10km. One year on, she has far surpassed her target. Marianna writes about the challenges she has faced, but more importantly, shares the positive things which have kept her going along the way. Continue reading One year of running
Nelson Cummins writes about the death penalty, highlighting the surprising popularity it still has amongst the UK public as a form of crime punishment. Dissecting statistics, and bringing in evidence of racial bias, he makes a very convincing case for why it can never be justified and should not be reintroduced to the criminal justice system. Continue reading Bringing Back The Death Penalty Would Be a Disaster
Gauranga Varia recounts his own experience of travelling to examine the ongoing commodification of Non-Western cultures, and how a lack of overall appreciation and respect for these cultures is being masked by fads such as Yoga. Continue reading Capitalisation of Culture: Representation of the East
Hello everyone! We hope you’re all doing well. For the month of February the BAME Book Buzz read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini. Here are Junaid and Samera’s thoughts about the book. Samera There is a reason why I hadn’t read a Khaled Hosseini book before this, despite the hype surrounding his work. … Continue reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini – Book Review (Samera and (Junaid)
Ammara Irshad writes about the rich history of Pakistan’s official language – Urdu. Drawing in her ties to the language, she also expresses just how beautiful she thinks the language is. Added to this, she shares a poem written by her father. Continue reading Urdu… Where it started and where it is now!
Hi everyone it’s Adeel here. I hope all of you are doing well and staying safe. Last month I was lucky enough to read The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M Masood. Thank you to Doubleday Books and Penguin Random House for gifting me a copy. The book came out this Tuesday and I thought … Continue reading The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood – Book Review
Hello everyone it’s Adeel here. I hope all of you are doing well and staying safe. So last week we posted 21 diverse fiction reads we are excited to read. On that list was We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan. I was lucky enough to review it and thought I’d post my … Continue reading We are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan – Review
Hello everyone! We hope you’re doing well. Yesterday on the @MS.Bookclub page Samera and Adeel shared 21 diverse fiction novels releasing in 2021. So here is a more in-depth look at what those books are all about and why you should read them! These are some books that Adeel and Samera feel everyone will enjoy. … Continue reading 21 Diverse Fiction Novels Releasing in 2021
Here, our editor Iqra Ali, describes her past year and a half in a nutshell, and how while people may seem happy, lively and somewhat content with life on the outside, a lot of people have internal struggles that they battle. She hopes it resonates with people who are afraid of uncertainty in any aspect of life. Here is her story of her journey and her healing process… Continue reading Healing- A Bumpy Road
In this moving piece of writing Rebekah Cheung writes candidly about her personal experiences of rape. She reiterates that sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor, regardless of how many times it has happened. She also highlights the disparity in support given to survivors of colour, who still to this day are less likely to be believed because of racial prejudice. Continue reading Recognising my Privilege within Rape Recovery
“Imagine, and it shall be. There are no limits.” 2020 has been a number of things; difficult, stressful and oftentimes draining. For myself, however, it was also the year that I rediscovered my love for reading. That being said, I’ve read over forty books in the last eleven months, yet all paled in comparison to … Continue reading The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye – Book Review
Aaisha writes about the stigma attached to mental health within the South Asian community, and how this is having a severe impact on ensuring people get the help they need, when they need it. Continue reading Mental Health in the South Asian Community
In a powerful piece of writing, Nelson Cummins underlines the immense importance of having ethnic representation on the TV screen. Highlighting the deeply racist response to Sainsbury’s Christmas advert, Cummins says that the representation of Black people and their experiences on shows like the BBC’s Small Axe, are crucial to tackling racist ideologies. Continue reading Representation Matters – that’s why Racists now hate Sainsbury’s
An insightful and necessary piece by Gauranga Varia drawing light to ‘primitivism’ – the negative portrayal of non-Western cultures and individuals in art. Continue reading ‘Primitivism’ & ‘Otherness’: Representation in Art
Aaisha Sabir lays out some of the tragic and appalling facts about what is currently happening to over a million different Muslims in some parts of China. She urges each one of us to speak up and spread awareness so that change can happen. Continue reading China’s Concentration Camps
“Full moons remind me of my father.Even though I can’t really remember him. Isn’t that silly?” she said, inhaling the night, eyes shut. “He told my sister that a full moon is a portal to God’s ears. Silly.”Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa was an absolutely heartbreaking and thought provoking read that will stick with… Continue reading Mornings in Jenin By Susan Abulhawa
Kiran Kaur reflects upon one of her favourite hobbies – picking up a book and getting stuck in. For her, lockdown has offered the opportunity to read more. As Kiran states, books not only increase our understanding of the world, but they also help us to empathize with others – something especially important as we face a global pandemic. Continue reading My love for reading got me through lockdown
A powerful commentary by Nelson Cummins on the legacy of the British Empire and how it continues to be perceived in the present day. Cummins argues that we must stop questioning whether the Empire was moral – it was not. Instead, to truly move on, we must educate ourselves on the atrocities it caused. Continue reading Are We Really Still Arguing About The British Empire?
Aaisha Sabir writes about the changing role of women in society, and how South Asian communities in particular must no longer expect women to take on the role of housewives. Continue reading The Stigma of Being a South Asian Housewife
Hashmat Ali powerfully dissects the topic of travel. In a poetic and mindful analysis, his words leave us with a changed idea of what it really means to travel somewhere. Continue reading What does travelling really mean and look like?
In most cases, racism does not take place in an overt manner. Insidious comments and behaviours that attack and belittle groups, are trickier to call out but also equally as harmful. Samantha Likonde has detailed a number of microaggressions to make clear that this behaviour should never have to be tolerated. Continue reading Your guide to everyday, common place Microaggressions
Rupa Mooker, Director of HR at MacRoberts LLP, highlights the lack of diversity within the Scottish legal practice. In this powerful and thorough piece of writing, she offers suggestions which would address this long-standing issue. Continue reading Why is there so little BAME representation in the Scottish legal profession?
Melanie Goldberg discusses the deep-rooted history of Antisemitism and how it continues to permeate our society today. Continue reading Antisemitism is also racism and Jewish people deserve to be included in your activism
Sadya Afreen discusses her experiences of making friends in Scotland as an international student. She reflects on the friends she has now made, saying that they feel just like family. Continue reading How Friends Become Family in Scotland
Our Editor Iqra Ali shares her delicious baked salmon recipe Continue reading Oven Baked Scottish Salmon Recipe
Umaima Khan explains how racism is deep rooted in history, yet often glanced over and never properly acknowledged. Khan argues that an accurate account of history is required in the national curriculum in order to combat racism. Continue reading How the whitewashing of British history has ingrained racism into our society
A contributor responds to Makki Tahir’s previous Melting Scot blog post, by highlighting the importance of education on issues of current and historical racism, and why schools in the UK have failed to educate their students adequately on these matters. Continue reading A response to: ‘Why people care so much about statutes?’
Marwa Daher left Syria as a refugee and arrived in Scotland when she was 15. Her determination and passion to share the voices of the unheard, has led her to pursue a career of journalism. Here she shares her inspiring story. Continue reading From Syria to Scotland: my inspiring story
Ramiza Mohammed recounts the challenges and obstacles she has overcome on her path to setting up her own successful law firm. Continue reading My Yellow Brick Road to My Emerald City
A contributor shares her experience of growing up and the different friendships she has made along the way. Continue reading Fake Friendships to Phenomenal Friendships- My Story
It has many coloursIrn bru orangeMehndi redMixed in with crossroads of valley greens and blue and Kashmiri tea pinksLike an Ordnance survey mapWhere maps end and memories beginInhabits my worldLike a sea striding the landAnd estuaries encroaching the oceanOf mixed up ideas and mixed kebabsWhere two tongues join, branch and intertwinewords become half in one … Continue reading On Wearing a Tartan Hijab
Aimée Perera, a Scottish student who studied in America, details the concerning regulations international students may face in the US due to measures being pushed forward by Donald Trump. Continue reading Being an International Student at the Mercy of Trump
Samir Haider discusses the history behind present-day Israel and the devastating implications this has had on the Palestinian people. Continue reading ISRAEL IS ON THE VERGE OF ANNEXING THE WEST BANK
Aaisha Sabir takes a look at what arranged marriages mean in this day and age, tackling some of the preconceptions many have about the term. Continue reading “Arranged” Marriages – Assumptions & Misconceptions
As I stayed in quarantine during the period of covid19, I started exploring different ways to keep myself busy. One fine day, I came across my old sketches as a middle school student, inspiring me to revisit my lost passion for art. During my stay in Glasgow, I realised that there is a universal language … Continue reading Reviving a Lost Passion – Art
Since completing my first year at the University of St. Andrews studying Computer Science, I have realised the importance of supporting underrepresented groups in STEM. During my high school years, Computer Science was not an overpopulated career choice and therefore, I always felt somewhat isolated and unique in my passion for CS. However, this never … Continue reading Being a BAME Woman in the Computer Science Field
Glasgow offers an open, multicultural and benevolent environment. It is populated by beautiful, comedic, and passionate people who come from varying backgrounds. Living here as a minority for the past two and a half years has been a mixed blessing. Often, it is convenient that I can usually make friends from different (or same) nations … Continue reading Life as an International Student in Scotland
My primary school employed grouping. However, instead of grouping children in terms of ability, we were grouped according to race and gender. I started primary school following a rocky start to life, having moved schools three times before settling. Although I was proficient in my mother tongue, I was very quiet and did not interact … Continue reading From Feeling Inferior to Feeling Invincible…Miriam’s Story
I’m sure we are all aware of the tragic murder of a man named George Floyd in Minneapolis, US. This awful incident occurred when Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a fake twenty-dollar bill in a shop. The police officer then proceeded to pin him down on the ground and kneel on his neck for … Continue reading Our Skin Colour Does NOT Define Our Beauty
An experience that I share with pretty much everyone living in a diaspora is growing up with feelings of confusion and uncertainty in regards to identity and belonging. Although I have always felt accepted and as though I am part of Scotland, my Iraqi heritage has always been very important to me. There is so … Continue reading My Love for My Heritage and… Food!
The recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests across Scotland and the outflow of support for the movement online has been welcome. I won’t engage with debating whether or not racism exists in Scotland, it does. Look at the tragic death of Sheku Bayou, look at peaceful protests in support of asylum seekers and refugees being … Continue reading Scotland needs Black Lives Matter
Colonial monuments across the world cast insidious shadows of histories past across town squares and city streets that have since become melting pots of cultures and ideas. As of late these monuments standing proud in the peripherals of public consciousness, as they enjoy their lunch break, have become subject to vandalism, removal and an important … Continue reading Exorcising Haunted Monuments
My name is Beverley Jane Smith, I am twenty-one years old, and I am mixed race. My mother is originally from Uganda, Africa – and my father was born and raised in Airdrie, Scotland. We moved here twenty years ago after I had turned one, so I have spent my full life in Scotland. Growing … Continue reading Where are you really from?
Lockdown. Self-isolation. Covid 19,Corona Virus, all of the above,Is all everyone has been hearing,Since March arrived, A lot of devastation, death, fear, sadness, anxiety,Has interrupted the lives of everyone,Unfortunately, humanity is in the midst of a crisis,Many unjust untimely deaths, Sanctions placed on our freedom that we take for granted, What we should remember,This is … Continue reading Life in Lockdown 2020
As the black lives movement (BLM) is all around us right now, I think it’s important that we educate ourselves on the black Muslim movement (also known as the Nation of Islam) which began in 1930 and was founded by Wallace Fard, in America. To sum up what this movement was- it was a religious … Continue reading A look into the Black Muslim Movement
Over the last month we have seen a surge in discussion about race relations due to the worldwide protests taking place against the murder of George Floyd in the United States. Against the advice of the Scottish Government, gatherings took place in Edinburgh and Glasgow to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement … Continue reading Scotland’s Response to Black Lives Matter: The Next Steps
The power of social media is insane. I would actually say that social media is a better source of information than the actual news itself. The reason for that is around 70% of information I see on social media outlets such as Instagram and Twitter I rarely see on news channels such as the BBC. … Continue reading Why Tuning into Social Media is Important
The world is currently going through chaos, many communities are being treated unjustly, attacked and killed by the elite/entitled members of our societies. People portrayed as gentle and kind are causing harm around us and the media is not covering it – so we need to raise awareness. The power of social media is great … Continue reading Yemen: The forgotten crisis that we must pay attention to
Over the past few weeks the USA and the rest of the world have been protesting about how black people are treated in our society. As a society, we ignore the ugly truths and think everything is sunshine and rainbows. Sadly, the societal divide between races has been a long outstanding issue. As a matter … Continue reading #BLACKLIVESMATTER
Firstly, I would like to start by saying that the purpose of this article is to spark a discussion and the views that will be presented are my own. We all use some type of social media and we have seen the Black Lives Matter movement has gained a lot of traction, however, the protests … Continue reading Why do people care so much about statues?
We are currently living in uncertain times and the only thing that I can be certain about is that this is the time we will look back on and see the real changes that were made. We will no longer allow injustice and prejudice to be so prevalent in our society. We have seen the … Continue reading Justice for Sheku Bayoh!
Emily McConnell talks about how seeing her brother grow up with Down’s Syndrome, has made her realise the importance of communication Lockdown means different things for different people. While most of us are able to say how we’re feeling, others, who have communication support needs, rely on a range of adapted techniques to express their … Continue reading The art of communicating and why it should be valued
Isra Ali recounts her experience of getting into the legal profession and explains what motivates her to work in the job she loves. Hair brushed, blazer on, eyeliner flicked perfectly. The day was finally here. I was starting my first day as a Trainee Solicitor. Walking into Glasgow City Centre, I reminisced, thinking about the … Continue reading Working as a Solicitor – why I love what I do
Peter Anderson offers a glimpse into the techniques he uses to keep his mind healthy, especially in difficult times. “You can always have a laugh” That’s a quote from my mum and it’s most definitely true. While there is nothing particularly funny about what we’re going through, laughter is exactly what we need right now! … Continue reading Laughing – why we should be doing more of it
Based in Edinburgh, Rosalind Main is an Art Student at Edinburgh College of Art studying a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice. Her work primarily explores themes around social media, consumerist cultures and self image through photography and installation work. She is also a model and body inclusivity activist having co-founded the positivity campaign I Am … Continue reading I Am More Than – The work of an activist seeking fundamental change
Madni Tahir shares his experience of going into finance, suggesting tips on how to get into the profession, and describing the perks related to the field. So if you’ve not clicked on yet, this article is by a Finance Professional. We’re not the wordy type, we prefer our spreadsheets and journals. Although you could argue … Continue reading Getting your balance sheet to balance: the perks of a life in finance
By Sophie Kim In between all the hours on Tik-Tok and manic baking I have been doing to distract myself from the current madness, I have also been trying to find some positives in the world coming to a stop and so I hope my ramblings bring some comfort to you as well. Last year, … Continue reading Sustainability and the ‘new normal’
Ramadan in 2020 has been like no other year before. With new challenges to practicing her faith during the coronavirus lockdown, Iqra takes us on a journey for a week in the life of a Muslim fasting in Scotland #meltingscot Continue reading Iqra’s Covid-19 Ramadan Experience
By Makki Tahir My name is Makki Tahir and I have just completed my third year at university, I am currently studying Law at the University of the West of Scotland. I was contacted by Melting Scot to write about what I have been doing during this lockdown. If you would like to get involved, … Continue reading Life Under Lock-down: Makki’s Experience
By Iqra Ali I belong to Glasgow, Dear old Glasgow town, But there’s something extra special with Glasgow That makes it the best town around I’m only a common uni going lass, As anyone can see But when I ain’t busy and working on a Sunday Glasgow belongs to me Iqra Ali’s adaptation of ‘I … Continue reading 10 Things to Love about Glasgow
Hi guys! My name is Isra (@israali96)! My normal day-to-day routine would be jam-packed with work, family and social events (including multiple trips to Nando’s 👀😂), but here is a wee snippet of how I am spending my time during COVID19. I hope everyone is staying safe and finding an enjoyable way to spend their … Continue reading Isra – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hi everybody, Declan (@_allhandsondex) in self-employed lockdown! Easier said than done but try to make the best of these difficult times and find the joy where you can 🌟 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up to! If you want to … Continue reading Declan – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hi everyone! It’s Farah (@lifeinthefazlane) and my message is that this is a temporary situation. With any struggle, just add on ‘right now’. This is equally an anxious time for children and they display this through behaviour. Just be patient, and connect with other parents to have a rant – it’s ok to say you … Continue reading Farah – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Be determined ✊🏽 @meltingscot X @sadcofoundation #collaboration ✨✨✨ ✨✨✨ Hey guys its Saqib (@saqibsadiqofficial) here! Too often I see a lot of negativity whether that be on the news or on social media. This is totally understandable, I am not saying you should ignore the news at this point, but following every single headline may … Continue reading SADCO Foundation #collaboration – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hello ! It’s Jupiter (@jupiter059) and here is what I’ve been doing to keep myself busy during this lockdown period. This is a difficult time for all of us so learn a new skill or watch Netflix all day, it’s totally up to how you feel. Stay positive and spread positivity ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 … Continue reading Jupiter – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hello everyone! My name is Haseeb (@hmasgher) and these are my thoughts in regards to current quarantine situation. During this time it’s easy to fall in a sense of disarray and discomfort. But have that one focus, that one goal in your mind that you want to achieve. It’s a mindset you need to adapt. … Continue reading Haseeb – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Remaining Positive! @meltingscot X @iam_more_than #collaboration ✨✨✨ Rosalind (@rosalindmain) is a Masters Student at Edinburgh college of art and is working in a WFH environment by creating a studio in her flat! She’s also a Body Positivity activist and is one half of @iam_more_than, who she runs with @morganruthmctiernan ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re … Continue reading I Am More Than #collaboration – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hi guys! My name’s @sophiekim72 and normally I’d be living life at a million miles an hour but I’ve been using the lockdown to spend some time on myself💕 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up to! If you want to … Continue reading Sophie – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hello @julstachurska here – through lockdown I’m trying to keep my normal daily routine to the best of my ability, but also planning doing things that I’ve neglected in the past. Fence painting and language learning for days! 💕 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s … Continue reading Julia – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hi everyone, my name’s @_junaidashraf! And I’ll be outside everyday to make sure I don’t sit around on my phone all day. Can someone DM me a skincare routine because DAMN I need one 😂 hope everyone has been well at home this past week, make sure you get some fresh air during the day! … Continue reading Junaid – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hello, my name is @aqib.mm and I’m here to provide you with some positivity and sharing how you can use the current predicament to your advantage! If anyone needs someone to speak to during this difficult time I’d be happy to speak with you 😊 #keepitclassy ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much … Continue reading Aqib – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hi everyone 👋🏻 my name’s @kellygivenxx and I’m using my self-isolation time to be kind to myself and relax. My advice would be to follow @mrshinchhome to get some inspiration during this worrying time and use this period to reconnect with yourself 🌟 #covid_19 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time … Continue reading Kelly – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hello!! My name is Marianna and I study Politics and Computer Science. My goal is to run 10k by the end of the quarantine period 🏃🏾♀️ ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up to! If you want to be involved DM … Continue reading Marianna – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hi guys! It’s @makkitahir and I’m sharing what I’ll be getting up to during the lockdown. I’ve got some tips for you guys on how to keep your mind as active as possible. #covid_19 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up … Continue reading Makki – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
Hi everyone! During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up to! If you want to be involved DM @meltingscot and create a 1 to 5 minute video and we’ll post it on our instagram! It doesn’t need to be professionally made, but you … Continue reading Launch – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series
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