MUSIC ON REPEAT
‘Weightless’ is the soundtrack to our winter nights, instilling it with a sense of calm and stillness. It is regarded by sound therapists as THE song to reduce anxiety and stress; the perfect anecdote for Seasonal Affective Disorder then! The group that created "Weightless", Marconi Union, did so in collaboration with sound therapists. Its carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener's heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. We have it on at work, during car journeys, and especially on Sunday night to beat the onset of Monday morning blues!
Did you know that, male suicide is the single biggest cause of death for men under 45 in the UK? It is known as the ‘silent killer.’ Grayson Perry attributes rigid masculine roles as one of the main reasons for this in his book, ‘The Descent of Man’, which serves as a great insight into the plight of modern man and the pressures he faces in contemporary society. Gone are the days where primitive man had to present his ‘manliness’ through a series of fateful tests which often had the risk of death. However, men are still trying to prove their masculinity in other more damaging ways to themselves and those around them. We have always been passionate about equality, naturally more so for women’s rights because we are them, however the prescribed gender roles for men which can sometimes lead to ‘toxic masculinity’ is something we have acknowledged and care about too. Grayson Perry’s book brilliantly is a call to shifting mindsets in terms of gender roles and asks that we don’t ask men to ‘man up’ or ask boys to ‘stop crying like a girl’. A witty and necessary read for everyone
Last month we visited Darjeeling Express London for the first time and had a great chat with its founder, Asma Khan about gender inequality in the South Asian community - a cause we are both passionate about. Situated in Kingly Court, just off London’s Carnaby Street, Darjeeling Express is unique restaurant in that its kitchen is led solely by a team of women who have no professional cooking experience. An all - female kitchen is a rarity in the restaurant world, and one of the reasons that drew us to Darjeeling Express. ‘Some people come for the food, some people come for the story’, says Asma. We came for both. The food is rustic, simple and has a home cooked appeal, which is what sets is apart from other Indian restaurants. Best of all, a percentage of the restaurants profits are donated to the Second Daughters Fund - Asma’s charity which aims to celebrate the birth of baby girls in a village in Darjeeling and to provide them with a future of hope and opportunities
The founder of Darjeeling Express (London) has just launched the first all day Indian tea and cake shop in London. Calcutta Canteen is a pop up off London’s Carnaby Street and is the place to be this Christmas to enjoy a slice of cake with a steaming, spiced cup of masala chai - aka the elixir of life. We hear that you can enjoy little cups of chai to the sounds of old school Bollywood music too. We’ll be heading over there soon as the pop up is only here for a few months!