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Welcome to The Dating Culture, a podcast that explores the real, raw perspective on dating! We all have unique paths to love that are sometimes held back by baggage, commitment issues, cultural traditions, or simply heartache. Payal Patel, the host of The Dating Culture is ready to dive deeper into taboo subjects of dating. We want to show our fellow friends, family members, colleagues, and singles the different perspectives of dating to hopefully teach the world that love can be found with ...
 
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Let's face it: we all felt a little burnt by the way "Game of Thrones" ended, so when HBO announced that it had greenlit a prequel show about House Targaryen, we were mightily sceptical. But little by little, we were sucked in, to the point where we now can't avoid the conversation about "House of the Dragon" – the time jumps, the casting changes, …
 
Here's the thing about Tom Cruise: not since Napoleon has a man this short come so close to world domination. And yet there's no denying that as the world emerges from a prolonged pandemic lockdown, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is being hailed as the saviour of cinema, the man who has given us all a reason to to go back the movie theatre otherwise tha…
 
South Asian writer and author, Sonya Singh, gave us a glimpse of what it's like being a South Asian CEO of a successful company through her book "Sari Not Sari". In this rom-com novel, Manny Dogra, the CEO of Breakup, an agency that helps people manage their relationship breakups, showcases the trials and tribulations that she faces with her own id…
 
The Caped Crusader has returned in solo live-action feature for the first time in a decade, folks, and this time we're spending time with his dark side, which, by the looks of things, may be his only side. In this episode, we ponder whether "The Batman" has taken more than its fair share of thematic inspiration from the The Dark Knight Trilogy, whe…
 
Sujata Day, a first generation South Asian performer, creator, writer, and director from Pittsburgh, debuted her film, Definition Please in 2020. We have seen her starring in the role of Cece in The Misadventures of Awkward Black girl by Issa Rae, as well as Sarah in HBO’s Insecure. Definition Please is a film that captures a unique angle of the So…
 
A perfect moment in time to chat astrology here at The Dating Culture. With Venus currently in retrograde, we couldn't have been more excited to chat with Kirah Tabourn; Astrologer, author and Co-founder of Cusp Astrology, the only modern astrology app focused on love, sex, relationships and the erotic. On this episode, we talk about the meaning of…
 
The year's most anticipated film has finally landed in Australia, and it's a big one – a film adaptation of a supposedly "unfilmable" novel, a novel so vast that the last time it was brought to the silver screen, no less formidable a director than David Lynch disavowed the final product. We ask ourselves whether this movie is too beautiful for its …
 
Dil Mil is currently one of the largest South Asian dating apps in the game! We sat down with KJ Dhaliwal, CEO of Dil Mil, as he shared with us the inspiration behind Dil Mil, his own romantic experiences, and his thoughts on present day dating. Dil Mil Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dilmil/ Sign up for Dil Mil: https://apps.apple.com/app/id8…
 
After 15 years and 5 movies, Daniel Craig has finally hung up his Walther PPK in favour of doing his rather impressive Foghorn Leghorn impersonation as Benoit Blanc for years to come. But even as we say goodbye to the Craig incarnation of James Bond, we have to ask: Is this final outing any good? Where does it rank among the Craig films? Does it re…
 
Sonya Lalli is an author and first generation Canadian South Asian woman. We got a chance to sit down with Sonya to talk about her recent book, "Serena Singh Flips The Script". This is a story of a young woman, Serena, who experiences all the "things" that most South Asian women go through in their adult years as a single woman; marriage pressure, …
 
As large parts of Australia came out of lockdown, we went back into the cinema, this time to watch the latest big screen offering from Marvel Studios about a month later than the rest of the world. The big questions this week include the following: Is Simu Liu completely overshadowed by Tony Leung? Despite the big spectacle on offer, does this movi…
 
We conclude our Harry Potter re-watch with the earth-shaking final entry in this series of films. For all the heroics of our intrepid titular character, is this really Severus Snape's movie? Is Narcissa Malfoy the secret MVP of the Harry Potter universe? Was it right that Neville Longbottom should be the final wielder of the sworn of Gryffindor? Di…
 
We're in the home stretch of our Harry Potter rewatch, folks, and we find ourselves asking whether this is the weirdest and weakest entry in the entire series. Does the movie suffer from a lack of any scenes at Hogwarts? Is the hint of a love triangle between Harry, Hermione and Ron at all believable? Does the ending land with the emotional punch t…
 
In the cinematic adaptation of the penultimate entry in the Harry Potter series of novels, Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy and Albus Dumbledore each get a moment to shine and to deliver an emotional wallop. But does this make up some of the weird disjointedness of this movie? Does the blossoming "romance" between Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley make any…
 
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" aka The One with Dolores Phoenix. Or at least that's how it seems, as this most memorably unpleasant of villains in the Harry Potter universe takes over Hogwarts, and with it, our screens, big and small. Is this the movie in the series with the least sense of mystery? Does Sirius Black display uncharacter…
 
This week we continue our Harry Potter rewatch with the fourth instalment in the series, aka The One with Robert Pattinson. As the franchise takes a turn from time heist to sports movie, we ponder whether this Mike Newell joint holds up well after the heights to which Alfonso Cuaron took us; whether the rest of the movie compares to its earth-shaki…
 
This is a big one, folks. "Prisoner of Azkaban" was, and remains, one of the most acclaimed entries in the Harry Potter film franchise, and in this episode, we ponder whether it still holds up, the importance of the movie as it foreshadowed a darker turn in the rest of the series, the introduction of Michael Gambon as Dumbledore 2.0, whether the ti…
 
The big questions are all pondered in this spoiler-heavy discussion about the second of the Harry Potter films. What did the film makers do to deepen and broaden the world-building that they had so successfully launched in "Philosopher's Stone"? Did this movie do the right amount of introducing us to the darker elements of the Harry Potter universe…
 
Sick of half-baked movies and Marvel TV shows that disappoint, we decided to go back to something that we knew we'd like – the Harry Potter franchise. So on the eve of its 20th anniversary, we ponder how well the first of Harry Potters films holds up. Does it charm and inspire wonder as it did when we first encountered the world of these movies? Co…
 
"F9: The Fast Saga" was not a good movie. It was, in fact, a very bad movie – worse than "Fast and Furious", worse even than "2 Fast 2 Furious". And the big question is why. Why, with Justin Lin back, with Han brought back to life, and without Dwayne Johnson around to piss Vin Diesel off, did this movie suck so hard? Was it the fact that when every…
 
Payal Patel, founder of Manu Counseling, is a South Asian Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her extensive experience working with sexual trauma clients has allowed for her to work with clients with a variety of issues such as marital conflict, infidelity, sexual abuse, childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief as well as …
 
We are gathered, in the shadow of a potentially Hollywood-shaking lawsuit by one Scarlett Johansson, to ponder the merits of the film that inspired said lawsuit, the first feature-length release by that small independent outfit, Marvel Studios. Listen as we discuss the tonal shifts, occasionally entertaining but also occasionally jarring, in this f…
 
Did "Loki" suck? Was it the latest example of a Marvel show starting strong and then losing its way? Did the show live up to its promise of showing us new sides of the God of Mischief? Did it give us enough of the guarantee of laid-back awesomeness that is Owen Wilson? And was anyone actually sold on the romance between Loki and himself AKA Sylvie?…
 
Aparna Sagaram, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Coach helps us break down having difficult conversations with immigrant parents, how to go about introducing interracial relationships, and understanding the immigrant parent experience while staying true to ourselves and our perception of love/relationships/dating.Aparnahttps://www.reflect…
 
Jalpa Dadhuk, a certified Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Nutritional Coach and Occupational Therapist sat down with us to further break down just a few of the pressures that South Asian women experience. Jalpa helps break down the process of releasing guilt, sexual shame, and understanding what generational womb healing looks like. Jalpa Dadhuk h…
 
We had the chance recently to watch the latest offering from Zack Snyder, an ambitious wannabe zombie heist film starring the surprisingly versatile Dave Bautista. What begins as a breezy chat about the many vices and few virtues of this movie turns into a meditation on Zack Snyder, his obsession with the aesthetics of gore, what he does and doesn'…
 
2021 has given us few films as moving, poetic and profoundly visionary as the latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise. Everything, from Rebecca Hall's committed performance as the stepmother to the Kong Whisperer to the mandatory Kyle Chandler cameo as a put-upon bureaucrat, scored a bull's eye in this masterpiece. Listen in as we don't show jus…
 
After much begging and pleading by fans, the powers that be at Warner Bros have finally let loose upon the world Zack Snyder's cut of "Justice League", a film that weighs in at 40 minutes longer than "The Godfather Part II". But is it any good? Can this film be judged separately from what we now know about the on-set conduct and demeanour of Joss W…
 
With so many new approaches to dating, it may never cross our minds to try working with a Dating Coach. The benefits? Give this episode a listen to get some great advice from Dating and Relationship Coach, Varsha Mathur, on the value of working with a coach while dabbling in the dating scene! Varsha's Website: www.coachingbyvarsha.com Varsha's Inst…
 
It's been three years since Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot (with an assist from Chris Pine) injected new life into the DC Extended Universe with "Wonder Woman". Now they're back with a neon- and pastel-coloured ode to the excesses of the 1980s, a decade of big shoulder pads, big hair and big dreams by restless conmen wanting to pass off their Ponzi sc…
 
Living as we are in the era of COVID-19, there is both too much and too little new content to review. Gone in 2020 are the tentpole movies that dominated US summers in years past. Instead, we've had a bunch of streaming releases, some good, some not so good. In this setting, we've had the chance to check out "Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm", revisit G…
 
Radha Patel, Founder of Single to Shaadi, began her matchmaking business in hopes to help people find love. She shared with us the realities of finding love, breaking down cultural norms, obstacles with matching, dating apps versus matchmaking services, and what her process is for helping folks find a partner! Tune in to Episode 3 to get some point…
 
Jay "The Gentleman" Vereen is the VP/Executive Producer of Wooder Ice, a local Media/News Agency based out of Philadelphia! Throughout his years of dating and lessons that he has learned along the way, he helps us break down some of the uncomfortable and frustrating topics of present day dating such as ghosting, communication style, dating during q…
 
In its latest cynical cash-grab masquerading as a nostalgia play, Disney has given us a live-action remake of "Mulan", minus Mushu, minus the songs, and quite possibly minus the fun, the soul and the heart of the animated original. We ponder the odd absence of any character arc for Mulan in this retelling of the 6th century story, ask whether this …
 
We had the opportunity to sit down with Aparna Shewakramani from the recent Netflix reality tv series, Indian Matchmaking. As we know, arranged marriages are a very typical form of marriage within the South Asian community. A traditional arranged marriage is a union of two people who are selected for one another other by their family members and fr…
 
"The Old Guard" is Netflix's latest foray into big-budget lockdown entertainment, featuring a big-name cast, a bold directorial hire and the highest of high concepts. But is it any good? The critics think so, and if so Rottentomatoes is to be believed, so do audiences. But is it possible that they've got it all wrong? Is it possible that with Holly…
 
This week, we perform an autopsy on the finale of Westworld's third season and the season as a whole. We ask whether there was a point to having William the MIB in the show; whether Maeve is still the endearing and compelling character that she was in the first two seasons; whether stealing the final shot of "Fight Club" works when you forget also …
 
This week, we find ourselves again contemplating one of the most egregious declines in quality in the history of television and ask what the creative legacy and reputation of all involved will be. Does the occasional great action scene in "Westworld" redeem a show that no longer has anything interesting to say about either the human condition or th…
 
Having been completely defeated by last week's "Genre", our intrepid double daters venture back into Westworld. Is it a case of "fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice, shame on us"? Or was this week's episode the start of a resurgence in the show's batting average? Along the way, we ask why Maeve is back in Warworld; why William, aka the Man in…
 
There's only one real question to ponder this week, folks, and it's this: With the third season of "Westworld", are we witnessing the most egregious example of a big-budget HBO show lighting itself on fire since the final season of "Game of Thrones"? We were hoping to have something interesting to say about the show's themes, but unfortunately, the…
 
There's plenty happening on "Westworld" these days, but does it mean anything? Has the show that began with aspirations of saying something about the nature of consciousness and free will turned into a retreat of the second and third instalments of the Matrix trilogy? Do the showrunners, who obviously think of themselves as telling a story about su…
 
With the benefit of one week since the airing of "The Absence of Field", we look back and ask ourselves whether it's time to start worrying about Westworld. Does the show still pass muster as interesting, let alone good, television? Has the show so relentlessly cribbed from other classics of science-fiction that it is now stale? Do we actually care…
 
This week's episode of "Westworld" sure seemed like it sucked. But was it because it was a bad episode? Or was it because the episode seemed like a step backwards after the soft reboot of the season premiere? Or maybe was it because of the blink-and-you-might-miss-it cameo by Benioff and Weiss, which reminded us all over again what a complete, utte…
 
So "Westworld" returned for its third season, with an episode that felt like something between a hard and a soft reboot for the show. After most of the hosts had been sent to robot heaven at the end of season 2, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy decided to expand the universe of the show, bringing us to a lightly touched-up Singapore that's now meant to …
 
“We’re not human doings. We’re human beings... You being here is enough.” Bets Charmelus, a Philly native, musician and teacher, shares with us the first generation male perspective around dating, culture, relationships, boundaries, mental health, and much more! Check out Bets on the Internet: https://www.instagram.com/palmtree_bets/ Check out The …
 
The premise was interesting: giving Elizabeth Banks and her pitch perfect (see what we did there?) eye for what's fun on screen a chance to helm a moribund franchise, while letting Kristen Stewart show us her well-hidden, never-before-seen talent for comedy. Did it work? Was the result a subversive action movie shot from a feminist point of view or…
 
Sonalee Rashatwar, also known as "The Fat Sex Therapist", shared with us their journey to becoming a Sex and Trauma Therapist. As a queer, bisexual, non-binary survivor of sexual trauma, Sonalee shared their experiences as a South Asian daughter and the pressures that came with it in their adolescent to adult years. Some of the topics we discussed …
 
Want to know the meaning of your Sun, Moon, and Rising sign…and everything else astrology? We had to pleasure of sitting down with Danielle Mercurio, a Comedian, Life Coach, Astrologer, and overall gypsy of all trades. We dove right in and chatted about what astrology is, if matching birth charts is significant (or insignificant), Eastern vs. Weste…
 
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