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My Thick Accent

Gurasis Singh

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My Thick Accent podcast aims to break the stereotypical moulds the immigrants are asked to fit in by introducing you to the fascinating world of existing and new immigrants from all walks of life. So, stay tuned and let's get to know each other Beneath The Accent!
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Embarking on a year-long odyssey of voices and tales, I, Gurasis Singh, found myself at the crossroads of instinct and wisdom on the latest instalment of My Thick Accent podcast. Every conversation, a mosaic of diverse immigrant chronicles, has etched into my core the affirmation that following my gut leads to the most resonant stories. As we gear …
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Discover a year's worth of wisdom distilled into one episode, as I reflect on the transformative lessons that have reshaped my understanding of life's journey. With no guests, just a heart-to-heart with you, our cherished listeners, I'll guide you through the pivotal choices that mold our happiness, the bravery needed to honor our intrinsic talents…
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When Urja Khosla embarked on a journey from Punjab to the halls of Humber College, she carried with her more than just dreams; she packed a resilience that resonates with the spirit of My Thick Accent. Our latest episode features Urja's transformative narrative, showcasing how the stories of tenacity she discovered through the podcast became her ar…
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Ever been puzzled by the courageous tales of immigrants? Or perhaps you wondered about the resilience it took to start life from scratch in a new country? We tackled the stereotypes, explored the beauty of accents, and shared inspiring stories of newcomers creating a niche for themselves in the Canadian landscape. From unlearning a life left behind…
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Who says the journey has to be solitary? Buckle up for a transformative conversation with our guest, Varun, an immigrant from India, emphasizes the transformative power of collaboration and shares his journey to North America - a journey filled with personal growth, and a constant balance between productivity and relaxation. He offers us a glimpse …
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Imagine the courage it takes to uproot your life, leave your homeland, and establish yourself anew in a foreign country. This is the journey of Karla Madina, a fearless Venezuelan journalist turned Canadian professional, who didn't hesitate to risk her life in the pursuit of truth. Today, Karla shares her riveting tale—a gripping narrative that pai…
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Our guest for this episode, Ali Malik, offers a candid perspective on his journey immigrating from Pakistan to Canada. In a gripping conversation, Ali shares the cultural and professional hurdles he encountered and the invaluable lessons he learned along the way. Navigating a new country can be challenging, but Ali’s experiences provide a fresh per…
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Have you ever wondered what it's like to move to a new country, adapt to a whole new culture and try to find your identity there? Our guest, Luna, takes us on her riveting journey of self-discovery and growth, as she navigates the complexities of relocating and adjusting to a new environment. It's a tale of courage, introspection, and resilience th…
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Shall we take a deep dive into the journey of a Nigerian immigrant in Canada? Meet Desire, a multi-faceted individual who joined us to share his extraordinary experiences. His recollections touch not just on cultural shock and acceptance, but also the future he envisions in his new home, the preservation of his Nigerian culture, and his upbringing …
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What if you were given the chance to completely change your life? To pack up everything and start anew halfway around the world? Meet Pratik, a brave soul who left his home in Gujarat, India, to start a new life in Canada. In this conversation, we journey with Pratik through his transition from a small city in Gujarat to the bustling metropolis of …
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Ever wonder how it feels to be a first-generation immigrant? Join us, as we sit down with Karen, a UK-born woman of Vietnamese descent, who takes us along on her journey of carving a unique identity amidst cultural diversity. Get ready to be swept away by her candid narrative; starting from her parent's voyage from Hong Kong to the UK, her own immi…
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Imagine if your cultural identity could be a form of resistance. Geetika Bhardwaj, a renowned media personality, is our guest today and she'll share how she's effortlessly preserved and cherished her Indian cultural heritage while living in Canada. This episode is a beautiful blend of shared stories, from cooking to language to festivals, that will…
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Have you ever considered the power of storytelling to inspire others and foster a sense of community? That's exactly what Parul has done. Join us as we explore his journey, from getting entry to a master's program on special admission to navigating the vibrant city of Montreal. With him, we delve into the intricate world of financial and educationa…
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Prepare to be captivated as we journey with Parul Khanna, a cybersecurity standout and the visionary behind the YouTube sensation, Parul TV. A man of remarkable resilience, Parul takes us from his humble beginnings in Jalandhar, Punjab to the pinnacle of cybersecurity, while also detailing his journey of self-discovery and personal growth. His stor…
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Ever been knocked down by adversity and wondered how you'll ever rise again? Let this episode serve as your roadmap to resilience. Our guest today, Hemaabh Khurana, is an inspiring figure who navigated his path from the humble beginnings in Delhi to the buzzing life of Canada, overcoming physical and mental struggles along the way. Hemaabh's life i…
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Meet Oscar Cecena – a man of creativity, resilience, and an undying spirit of exploration. He is a sagacious storyteller, a lifelong learner, and the former host of the acclaimed podcast, "Immigrants of Toronto." Come, join us on a journey that transcends borders as Oscar recounts his remarkable transition from the bustling cityscape of Mexico City…
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Ever grappled with the clashing of cultures? Ever wondered how geographical transitions can shape a person’s mental and emotional growth? Join us as we chat with our inspiring guest, Anne Sureshkumar, a registered social worker who has lived in Zambia, Nigeria, India, and now Canada. We delve into Anne's riveting journey as she navigates diverse cu…
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Imagine being a newcomer in a foreign country with all the potential and challenges that it brings. Meet Nick Norrani, an Indian immigrant to Canada who turned his journey into a beacon of light for countless other immigrants. We dive into his fascinating life, from his multicultural roots in Mumbai to his entrepreneurial ventures, including the gr…
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Who says birthdays away from home have to be lonely? Join me, Gurasis Singh, as I take you on an auditory journey through a birthday filled with surprises, laughter and a heartwarming sense of unity amidst diversity. Picture this: an exam day that quickly transitions into a celebration with an unexpected coffee-fetching incident and a magical birth…
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Join Gurasis and Rossbina as they venture into the past, immersing you in the true stories of Ugandan refugees. Experience the heartache of displacement, as we unravel the historical background of the Asian immigration to Uganda and the unsettling processes that unfolded. Listen to the poignant memories, laced with fear and uncertainty, but also th…
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Do you ever wonder what it takes to navigate a foreign culture, learn a new language, and adapt to a new way of life, all while pursuing a lofty dream? Meet Asifa, an Afghan native whose journey from her war-torn homeland through the vibrant streets of India, to the serene expanses of Canada, and eventually the US, is an inspiring testament to the …
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Join us in this episode as we explore the incredible journey of Prateek, who has fearlessly embraced change and charted his own path. We dive into the power of networking, the importance of embracing diversity, and the endless possibilities that lie before us. Discover the profound impact of understanding the culture of a new land as we unravel the…
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Coming up next is Prateek Bawa with whom we we will discover the power of networking, the importance of embracing diversity, and the endless possibilities that lie before us and how a little preparation before moving countries can make a huge difference. Stay tuned for the exciting new episode every Thursday and let's continue knowing each other Be…
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Join us for an insightful episode as we welcome a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with extensive experience across multiple Canadian cities. With a genuine commitment to helping individuals fulfill their dreams in Canada, Matthew provides personalized guidance on visas, permits, and citizenship. His deep intercultural understanding and ba…
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In this episode, we have the privilege of hosting an accomplished career expert who has made it her mission to help professionals excel in the competitive job market and discover fulfilling career paths. With over 15 years of experience, Daisy has been a trusted guide for executives, managers, and mid-career professionals, offering valuable insight…
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In this episode, we introduce an exceptional guest who defies stereotypes and embraces new challenges. With a trailblazing career in digital, cards, payments, and customer centricity, Shruti has become a thought leader in her field, consistently pushing boundaries and initiating groundbreaking initiatives. Her inspiring journey led her to make a li…
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In this episode, we explore the power of resilience and adapting to challenges. Our guest Sangeeta, an immigrant from India who arrived in Canada in 1992, overcame loneliness, financial struggles, and lack of recognition for her qualifications. Undeterred, she pursued education, acquired essential skills, and started her own businesses. Listen to h…
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Our guest, Sheeba has devoted her life to making a difference for the marginalized communities. She has tirelessly dedicated her efforts to developing toolkits and resources specifically tailored to ethnocultural communities. Moreover, she fearlessly speaks out against racial discrimination when necessary, advocating for equality and justice. All o…
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In this captivating episode, we explore the fascinating connection between migration, xenophobia, and evolutionary biology. Our guest Marielys is an expert in the field with a background in Industrial Microbiology and Law, shares insights from their research and upcoming book on the topic. Discover how our evolutionary history shapes migration patt…
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In this episode, we discuss the unique journey of immigrants and the challenges they face along the way. Our guest, Idan moved to Canada in 2016 from Israel as an international student to pursue human resources management from Thompson's River University in Camp Loom, British Columbia. He was a club president at the Thompson River University Toastm…
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Urvish moved to Canada in 2018 as an international student to study at George Brown college. 5 years later, he's now a professor at Centennial College and Chief Technology Officer at Orbit 5 where he instill in students that job search is not daunting, writing resume is not tedious and networking or job interviews are not intimidating at all. Liste…
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As we approach a milestone with 25 episodes under our belt, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look back at the top 5 most downloaded episodes of the show. Over the course of these episodes, we've had the pleasure of speaking with a diverse range of guests, each with their own unique perspectives and experiences as immigrants. So,…
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In this second special celebratory episode, we invited back Ramneet Brar to reflect on our podcast journey so far. We discussed various topics such as life as an international student, revisited old podcast episodes, and touched upon the topic of patriarchy. It was a joy to catch up with Ramneet and explore some of the more personal aspects of our …
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In this episode of My Thick Accent, we're reflecting on the journey so far as we mark the 25th episode milestone. Joining us today is a very special guest, who will be sharing their insights on the immigrant experience and turning the tables on the host by asking the questions. In a world where we're often encouraged to move on to the next big thin…
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Gursahib moved to Canada in 2018 to pursue his Post Graduation in Embedded systems from Confederation college in Thunder Bay. Understanding how full of struggle an immigrant's life is and how important it is to gain the practical information about what to expect when you arrive in Canada, he started his YouTube channel in 2021, who now has around 2…
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David moved to Canada 17 years ago from Columbia. Considering his trajectory of experiences from being a English as a Second Language Teacher in Columbia to being a Career Counsellor for the City of Toronto, to being a Professor at ILAC International College and now a Professor teaching Digital Skills for Life and Work at George Brown college. He d…
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Dakshima moved to Canada in 2016 from Sri Lanka. Before moving, She was a private legal practitioner for 8 years, often taking on pro-bono cases to aid underprivileged clients in the community. It wasn't until she immigrated to Canada that she felt there was another path to providing support. She's a board member in the Gender and Sexual Diversity …
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Shola move to Canada in 2019 from Nigeria. She has done comprehensive work with UNICEF as a Social Policy Consultant and other non-governmental organizations for the development of Nigeria. Her Canadian journey started as an Employment Counselor for World Skills Employment, subsequently Project Manager for Ontario Health Teams and now works with Ca…
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Wanzi moved to Canada from Sri Lanka along with her family in 2017 with a Permanent Residency who had a 4 page long resume and a 5 min long elevator pitch which didn't help her get her foot in the door. But she later overcame all challenges and now works as a Senior Manager Client Success & Operations Newcomer and Cultural Client Segment at RBC. Al…
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Soumya landed in Canada on the day of a snowstorm in February 2020 which was nothing compared to the storm that he had to face 15 days after landing when the Pandemic was declared. Even with years of experience as a human resource business partner in India, no response from hiring managers was looming, and he and his spouse were forced to work as a…
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Sidharth moved to Canada as a Permanent Resident. Before moving, he has worked as an editor, a reporter for Indiantelevision.com, also in corporate communication to international business development for Red Chillies which did give him the opportunity to travel around the world. And in 2017, he decided to leave his established career and start anew…
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Khushboo moved out of her house at the age of 21 after her bachelors. She lived in Singapore to complete her masters of Science in Applied Economics and later moved to Canada in 2019 with the permanent residency. And now she works for the Government of Yukon as a Fiscal Economist. She also loves running marathons and has won accolades in the same. …
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Ritika is the Founder & CEO of Re-Defined, a non-profit with the primary objective of fostering inclusivity and recognizing diversity. She has organized various Education Guidance & Career Development workshops all around the world. She calls herself a learner, an entrepreneur, a consultant, a content creator, a speaker, a mentor, a daughter and mu…
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Gurasis welcomes the new year by reflecting on the previous one and all set to learn more and step closer towards becoming the best version of himself in the year 2023. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Follow the host and the podcast on Social Media channels below: Official Instagram Page MyThickAccent.com Gurasis's Instagram Gurasis's LinkedIn Want to share your s…
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Rishin moved to Canada with his family in 2018. After a decade of experience in the alcohol marketing industry in India, he wasn't afraid to uproot himself and start his Canadian journey. He has worked with global companies such as Bacardi and SAB Miller, championed the marketing of the Sazerac portfolio of brands in British Columbia. He currently …
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Taranum moved from India to Canada in 2011. And in the past one decade, she has been a professor at Seneca college, co-founded Education Training Research Employment Consulting Firm. She's a Host at Linkedin Local - An initiative recognizing the need for human interactions. She's a Regional Ambassador (Greater Toronto Area) for Career Professionals…
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Kassem was born in Canada, spent initial years of his life in the US and later moved to Qatar. After 10 years he moved to Lebanon to pursue electrical engineering and after 2 decades he came back to Canada to complete his Masters in Neuroscience at McGill University. Listen to unfold his journey from living away from Canada when he was gone and dec…
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Azeezat moved from Nigeria to Canada in 2020. She has a decade of experience working in various industries including healthcare infrastructure, information technology, and non-for profit. She has worked with WHO and UNICEF and is also one of the Top 50 Project Management Leaders of 2022 and believes in 'Leaving an Impact.' Azeezat's LinkedIn Azeeza…
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Priyanshu (Pri) was born in Australia, completed high school in Delhi, India and then the scholarships gave her the opportunity to live in France, Italy, Spain and in the beginning of 2022, she moved to Canada for her research at University of Montreal. Listen to the episode to learn about the scholarships and her experience of living in various co…
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Idiamin moved from Bahamas to Canada in 2016 to do the pre-engineering course in British Columbia but his passion for art and design made him transfer into Naval Architecture in University of Newfoundland. He’s the Co-founder and CEO of Unbarred Fitness - A Fitness Equipment Company and is also the author of the book 'The Lemonade Recipe For Creati…
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