Positive Solace with Attika Choudhary

Positive Solace with Attika Choudhary

In March 2020, the UK went into lockdown as did most of the world. As people reached out to Attika, about feeling anxious and confused, she wanted to do something helpful and the “Positive Solace” podcasts were born. Mental health has been her concern for some years and this led to the creation of a team which would make it happen. Hosted by BBC’s Attika Choudhary, Positive Solace is a podcast that will empower your mind, spread positivity and wisdom. After finding success with Season 1 & 2, the podcast has found a new home on Podbean for season 3! The guests are from different backgrounds, cultures, experience and learning. In their own, unique way they are doing what they can to help their community overcome the challenges and lead people to a better place. The conversations are not scripted: they are raw and show vulnerability and create a place where these voices can empower us all. So come join us as we laugh, get emotional and travel the world!


May 9, 2023 75 mins

In this season finale of Positive Solace Attika opens the conversation to see how men see and view women.

Ever found yourself checking in to the Heartbreak Hotel? Maybe a past relationship has broken down, and you're still experiencing the pain long afterward?

Attika turns to Speaker, Author and Film Director, Ismael Gomez III, whose advice-type videos on relationships, dating and emotional intimacy have amassed millions of views o...

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In this, the penultimate episode of Season 3, Attika speaks with Mawarni Hassan, in what is an undoctored and revealing conversation about her experiences of love, pain and loss.

After suffering the pain of losing her first love, in 2022, Mawarni had even more poignant and powerful perspective from which to view her journey of love in all its different facets: the twists, turns and, in her case, the ultimate, unforeseeable, final r...

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In this thought-provoking and stirring episode, Attika gets to the bottom of overcoming trauma. Dr Mariel Buqué is a successful, black, psychologist originally from the Dominican Republic; she is also an author and world-renowned in the treatment of intergenerational trauma - the concept of generational challenges within families. Attika questions Dr Buqué about trauma and how to heal. 


Dr Buqué has integrated holistic methods in...

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In this funny and energising episode Attika reconnects with Eshaan Akbar, a British comedian, writer and actor of Bangladeshi-Pakistani heritage.   Eshaan's story is quite unique - working initially as a banker, he found his true calling in stand-up comedy after suddenly losing his mother, and has been steadily growing in stature from performing at open mic nights, leading to appearances on prime time BBC shows on QI and Mock The W...
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April 4, 2023 71 mins
This week, Attika explores freedom and fulfilment with two time Emmy nominated journalist Ahmer Khan.   Growing up in the region of Jammu and Kashmir, Ahmer has seen his paradisiacal homeland be the epicentre of a conflict between India and Pakistan, which has been ongoing since the partition of India in 1947.   Despite these troubles at home, and the lack of resources and contacts, Ahmer has become an award-winning journalist, tel...

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In this raw episode, Attika speaks with a married woman, divorcee and a mum and explores the judgements behind us women, as well as the healing process when faced with life’s challenges.


Attika catches up with close friend and fellow BBC broadcaster Nadia Ali who, through her own experiences, supports people through social enterprise. In this candid chat, Nadia opens up in about her past reflecting on the breakdown of her first m...

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March 21, 2023 66 mins

TW: This episode contains themes some may find upsetting.

Attika dives into an in-depth and raw conversation with Kevin Hines who has dedicated his life to suicide prevention. In 2000, Kevin's life changed forever, when he attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. He is only one of the few to have ever survived. Kevin has used his experience, to help provide education on brain heal...

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In Season 3 Episode 5 on Positive Solace, Attika speaks to Mo Jannah, BAFTA nominee and social philanthropist, who is also a life-coach. He is gearing up for his first TEDx talk in April 2023 on “Representation”.

Mo talks about his background, his father and his heritage and how it contributed to his progression in life, his experiences working with young offenders and his later work with the BBC in development and production. He s...

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A month ago, in the night of 6th February, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and north-west Syria, affecting the lives of millions of people. It was followed by a second quake of 7.5 magnitude. So far, the death toll has exceeded 50,000 with 116,000 injured and millions who have been made homeless.


Thousands of aftershocks and two more recent quakes have left many people fearing to go back inside buildings:...

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February 28, 2023 74 mins

After reading his insightful book of quotations, 'Hearticulations', Attika's exploration into the themes of love and healing have led to an enlightening talk with a popular Canadian author, 'grounded spiritualist,' and former criminal lawyer, Jeff Brown.



The two ponder the true meaning of life and the existence of 'sacred purpose': the voice inside you that acts as a spiritual guide. They talk about the culture that prevents pe...

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As we continue Season 3 of Positive Solace, in Episode 2, the discussion examines how important it is to involve love in the healing process: Attika speaks candidly with her close friend, actress Sarah Jane Dias, a yoga instructor and podcaster. Sarah Jane opens up in an unprecedented conversation about how she was abused as a child, and the impact this has had on her life: depression, anxiety, and grieving the loss of a loved one ...

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February 14, 2023 62 mins

Welcome back to Positive Solace! 

After a hiatus, we're back with Season 3.

In the next 12 episodes, Attika Choudhary will be exploring the themes of love and healing in an endeavour to discover more of what it means to be human. By hearing her guests' contributions on these subjects, we hope to learn the importance of healing, the things we need to...

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September 7, 2021 51 mins

Positive Solace: Women of Vision concludes with an interview with Mahira Khan, a multiple award winning actress and film producer.

Mahira has just finished an intense period of filming for her latest film Aik Hai Nigar based on the first female Lieutenant General in Pakistan.

Mahira achieved global fame when she portrayed the role of Khirad Ashar Hussain in the TV series Humsafar. Other than her TV work Mahira is passionate abo...

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In the penultimate Positive Solace: Women of Vision, Attika speaks to Mir Urfi, a Kashmiri lawyer and human rights activist, who faces a constant struggle for justice and freedom of movement, not just for her clients.

She is often stopped and made to identify herself by the Indian security forces in her own state: Jammu and Kashmir.

When Urfi began her work as a lawyer she was a woman in a man's world, and even today there are ...

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In the latest episode of Positive Solace: Women of Vision, Attika chats to Founé Diawara and Leïla Kellou, who are members of Les Hijabeuses, a collective of women who are campaigning against the French Football Federation (FFF)’s ban on the wearing of a hijab in official matches and international games.

Despite FIFA, the world governing body of football lifting their ban on hijabs in 2014, the FFF have stood fast, citing that the...

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In the latest instalment of Positive Solace: Women of Vision, Attika chats with Dr Paula Kahumbu, a multiple award-winning wildlife conservationist, well-known presenter of Kenya's Wildlife Warriors and Chief Executive Officer of WildlifeDirect, a conservation programme launched by Richard Leakey.

She is well known for spearheading the "Hands Off Our Elephants" campaign, which has been successful in reducing the poaching of elepha...

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In this week’s episode of Positive Solace: Women of Vision, Attika interviews Siobhan Baillie, the first ever woman MP for Stroud.

Becoming an MP for the first time already has its challenges, but for Siobhan, the challenges were complicated by the fact that she was pregnant at the time of the election. Three months later, the Coronavirus pandemic forced people into lockdown and MPs had to do business from home. But Siobhan is no ...

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July 6, 2021 62 mins

In this episode of Positive Solace: Women of Vision, Attika meets Jessica Hepburn, one of the UK's leading voices on fertility and family.

Jessica has one of the most remarkable and inspiring stories to tell - overcoming adversity and going on to swim the channel to climbing Mount Everest more recently.

While trying to become a mother, she went through 11 rounds of IVF treatment, and an ectopic pregnancy that almost proved fata...

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June 29, 2021 61 mins

In this episode of Positive Solace: Women of Vision, Attika talks to Roya Mahboob, the CEO of the Digital Citizen Fund that helps students through digital education. In fact Roya is championing the cause of education for girls and women, and works with the Afghan government to create STEM schools where Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are made available to all students.

Roya started the group of robotics specialist...

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June 22, 2021 53 mins

In this week’s episode of Positive Solace: Women of Vision – 'Women beyond War' - Attika speaks with Iman Humaydan, an award-winning Lebanese writer who says she uses words to alleviate her pain: her pain from the devastating civil war that ended in 1990: her pain for the disintegration of her beloved Lebanon; her pain for women trying to operate in a man's world where men write all the rules.

She puts into her fiction, which is c...

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