By now you must have found out that I didn’t win at the Asian Media Awards which took place on the 28th October in Manchester. The winner was Look A Singh who shares pictures of turban wearing Singh’s on telly, in films etc. Commiserations to the other nominees Asian Culture Vulture and The Red Notebook. We all did so well to get that far!
The night was great, thanks to my friends Urvashi and Bina for helping me with make-up tips which I replicated on the night! I wore a long blue dress from Coast, my mums vintage sapphire earrings, a borrowed bag from Bina and some sexy sparkly Dune shoes.
Some of my favourite awards were for Best Live Event which went to Nirbhaya – a powerful play on the Delhi Rape. Best website went to BizAsia which I avidly follow and Media Agency to Media Moghuls and all of these were very well deserved because I know how hard they work. I was extremely disappointed that Broken Silence didn’t win best TV show though. Special congrats to Eastern Eye for winning publication of the year for the second year running and I am proud to say I contribute to it a little in the form of a column and occasional features.
Of course I am soo happy for the winner but I must say a there is a little part of me that wishes I had won, so I am going to share the speech I had prepared:
“Thank you to the Asian Media Awards for recognising me with this honour. I have a little, tiny blog and just to be nominated is amazing and I’m very thankful for this. I would like to thank my family and friends for always supporting, encouraging me and being there when I needed to run ideas past them and giving me their honest opinions. Thank you to all the other bloggers out there for inspiring me to start blogging.
An extremely special thank you to my Godfather Asjad Nazir for encouraging, supporting and believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. And for giving me the opportunity to write a column for the best newspaper in the world Eastern Eye!
And finally, to each and every one of my readers; whether you love or hate my blog I wouldn’t be here without you..
My personal message to everyone that wants to challenge norms:
Don’t be scared
And go inspire the world”
I was on the BBC Asian Network the next day on Nihals show (listen back here from 1hr 50) and Nihal asked me what’s next? Well, I never began my blog with an agenda but what I do love doing is helping other bloggers find their voices online. In a world of pressures it is really important for women to be brave and challenge the pressures of society. Its ok not to conform so if you have a blog you would like me to share or you would like me to just give you advice just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again thank you to everyone for reading my blog. It means a lot and I thank you from the bottom of my fragile heart x
A few pictures from the night: