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  • Summary

  • Nazeem Hussain is a grown man whose Mum won't let him go to Sri Lanka. At least, not without her by his side. But he's just had a kid, and he's started thinking ahead to the questions his son might ask him one day, like, 'why are we brown?'

    So Naz flies to Sri Lanka with the echoes of his Mum's protests in his ears.

    Naz tours Sri Lanka at a pivotal time for the country, politically and culturally. A new government is elected while Naz is in the air, so he lands in a strange atmosphere of confusion and change. Under this government's previous reign, disappearances of minorities were rife, and as a minority Muslim in this country, Naz's Mum has good reason to be scared of what's coming for him. And in the face of a mountain climb, a battle with a lethal martial arts guru, the forces of black and white magic and a deathly curse, Naz should really be scared too.

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  • Aug 23 2020

    Spurred on by the arrival of his infant son, comedian Nazeem Hussain visits his ancestral home of Sri Lanka to find his origin story. There's just one hitch: Nazeem's mum has forbidden him from going to Sri Lanka, believing that if he travels alone in the country he’ll be kidnapped, or worse.

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  • Aug 23 2020

    Starting with a private gentlemen's club, Naz quickly discovers a discomfiting element Sri Lanka has in common with Australia: colonialism. Naz then decides to explore the colonial side of Sri Lanka, traveling to the tea fields and beyond to bear witness to the strange colonial artefacts left by the British on this island.

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  • Aug 23 2020

    Naz goes in search of the liberal, sexy Sri Lanka from the pre-colonial era (before the British made everyone wear ties and bras). He soon discovers the post-colonial sexual and cultural inhibition he's exploring is a very real obstacle to freedom for many in Sri Lanka's LGBTQI+ community.

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Very entertaining and Insightful

This podcast was fun to listen to and I enjoyed the insights and the topics chosen. Nazeem definitely knows how to make any story funny.

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great read

loved this series will listen to it again.

I loved the suspense from time to time. it was a really good read.

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Very interesting

Really enjoyed the Podcast. Funny but very thoughtful. Nazeem is hilarious. Recommended for anyone with an interest in travel and Sri Lanka.

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AWESOME

Awesome, as usual for Nazeem Hussain!!!!! The boy can find humour in any subject and is first and foremost funny and then brown lol 😆 sorry but I don't give a shit what colour you are when you can make me laugh. WTG!!!& again AWESOME!!!!

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A good cultural assessment of current Sri Lanka

I enjoyed listening to the entire series, at every pause impatient for the next section.
His coverage, presentation, and humor are great.
Happy to hear he visited the "Welding Doctor" but sad he missed an opportunity to talk to him.
One of the wrongly described things in Sri Lanka is commonly identifying purely Sri Lankan traditional medicine as Ayurvedic medicine - which comes from India. Sri Lanka has both Ayurvedic as well and traditional medicine that are made out of plants only. The "Welding Doctor" is also a Sinhala traditional medicine practitioner - not an Ayurvedic doctor. Unfortunately, even his Sri Lankan aunties were unable to make this fact correct.
Nazim's assessment of the political change is mostly accurate, so is his assessment of Sri Lanka's deep division that is unseen to foreigners.

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Loved it

This was a fascinating and fun series to listen to, loved going on the journey with Naz. The storyline with his Mum is hilarious too! So good.

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Awesome!

Fun, educational, confronting and interesting. Finally found something perfectly balanced and enjoyable to listen to.

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Loved it Nazeem! Thanks for sharing 😌

Love how natural and down to earth you are Nazeem. I'm new to podcasts so yours was a great intro - thanks xxxx

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Loved it.

Nazeem swings from informative to funny from interesting to funny from weird to funny. Funny!!

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Great listen!




Nazeem narrated perfectly.
Great story I hope he learns more about his country.

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  • 16-02-2022

well performed by the author. Much unlistenabl

I nearly stopped listening to these podcasts because of the frequently loud and jarring sound. My interest in the authors experiences and viewpoints kept me listening. I frequently turned the volume dow and then up. Up to hear the reader, down to stop hearing the noise. I fast forwarded when the podcast became noisy.

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  • GJ L
  • 04-09-2020

Differences and similarities

Really interesting. Learnt a lot about Sri Lanka, things I was only vaguely aware of. Made me think on how people who grow up away from their familial origin can feel alien in both places alongside as feeling from them (I'm like this). Also how it can be positive.

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  • Ali
  • 28-08-2020

brilliant

Nazeem was funny and interesting. you really feel like you're on the journey with him

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  • 29-08-2020

nice light hearted entertainment

a light hearted look at a 2nd generations journey of discovery in his homeland. enjoyable to listen to but not really anything too in depth here.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 14-11-2020

A pleasure to listen to

Very funny, very interesting, loved the background music and his mum is so cute!

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  • Cat14
  • 05-10-2020

A fun trip with a great guide

So sad that it's over. What a great trip. Some live bits some narrative and a great story kept me tuning in....

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