Pod Gems​​

A collection of short, thought-provoking reflections and observations of daily life, exploring various themes.

If you would like to contribute your own Pod Gems,
record and submit them here.
Pod Gems from children are also very welcome!

Museum of London Project Series

The Covid-19 pandemic 2020 was having a huge impact on many aspects of the daily lives of Londoners. The Museum of London thought it was important to record these experiences in order to share and learn from them in the future. One aspect they wanted to capture is the experience of families observing Ramadan during that time. They were interested in how this experience differed to the experience of families in previous years, and how families were adapting to observe Ramadan.

All four audio diary entries and the interview with Saami reflecting on lockdown Ramadan 2020 are now part of the Museum of London’s permanent collection, forming a part of British history! What an honour this has been!

Saami and I (and our family) cannot express how touched we have been by this whole experience. We hope you enjoy listening to these and do share with your friends and families.

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Week 1 diary: Lockdown loss (Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project)

Entering Ramadan 2020, I share my first diary entry where I reflect on the loss of a loved one in Corona times, and say a prayer for all as we live through unprecedented times. This diary entry was part of the Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project, documenting the lives of Muslims experiencing Ramadan in lockdown. 

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Week 2 diary: Creature comforts (Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project)

In my second diary entry of lockdown Ramadan 2020, I explore tangible and non-tangible items that brought us comfort, and helped us connect more – to our Creator as well as the wider world. This diary entry was part of the Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project, documenting the lives of Muslims experiencing Ramadan in lockdown.

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Week 3 diary: In search of laylatul sleep…err…qadr! The Night of Power (Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project)

In the third week of Ramadan, the last ten days hold extra value in worship. Here I reflect on the guilt, the shame and struggles that most mums experience this time, without fail, every year. I share my epiphany moment of what worship was for me. This diary entry was part of the Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project, documenting the lives of Muslims experiencing Ramadan in lockdown.

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Week 4 diary: Lockdown reflections (Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project)

At the end of the fourth and final week of Ramadan, I share a bird’s-eye-view of this holy month and the impact Covid-19 has had on the world and families in Lockdown. This diary entry was part of the Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project, documenting the lives of Muslims experiencing Ramadan in lockdown. 

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Week 5: Interview with 8 year-old Saami on lockdown Ramadan & Eid (Museum of London’s Ramadan Stories Project)

Here, I interview my 8 year-old son, Saami, giving a snapshot of how Ramadan in lockdown looked like for our family – what was different from last year and what was particularly challenging for us in these unprecedented times. This final pod gem brings the Ramadan Stories series to a close.

Museum of London: London Lives Podcast

These three-minute trilogy of podcasts discuss themes around pictures of collections from the Museum of London (Memories of London Programme) as well as their intergenerational London Lives Podcast. They were originally created in order to inspire a musical story which is accessible for people living with dementia and their families.

You can listen to a snippet (starts at 2m 39s) that is published on the London Lives podcast, a series inspired by the world of food and identity (Musuem of London Learning): 

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/memories/london-lives/august-2020

https://soundcloud.com/museum-of-london-learning/london-lives-episode-4-from-curry-to-carnival

For the full discussion (3m long), see below.

Theme 1: FOODS WE EAT

Here eight year-old Saami and I look at a picture of an old McDonalds take-away bag and reminisce about our favourite foods and the emotions around it.

Theme 2: FUN & GAMES

In this snapshot, we are presented with an old photo of children playing ‘hopscotch’, prompting us to talk about the advancement of games today compared to yesteryears and whether the latter fostered more creativity.

Theme 3: WINTER & SNOW

In this final trilogy, Saami and I have a photo of two children playing with snow. We discuss some fond memories of winter as well as share some fun facts about snow, ending with some reflections of emotions that are connected with our memories.

Join us here for short, insightful reflections on life as well as snippets from aspiring podders.