Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Unfaithfully Yours

Shampa Dhar-Kamath
How’s that for a Super Brand Baaja Baraat

The last time a brand got its cricketer endorser so right was probably in the eighties when Pustak Mahal chose Kapil Dev to endorse its Rapidex English Speaking Course.

16 Dec 2017

Rice-ing to the occasion, khichdi-style

Aah, so it’s not going to be mandated the national dish of India, after all.

05 Nov 2017

A very possible slip into faith

I make an annual pilgrimage to Odisha. I come for the Literary Festival that The New Indian Express (TNIE) organises in Bhubaneswar every October-November, but—while there—I never fail to ‘matha theko

29 Oct 2017

Recycling gets a festive twist

It was a quiet Diwali in Delhi, courtesy the Supreme Court order banning the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region.

22 Oct 2017

When death do us part

Scientists see the end of humanity looming in the distance. Google’s chief of engineering Ray Kurzweil says humanity will end in 2045, and robots will take over.

10 Sep 2017

Never say die to glamour

It will be 20 years on Tuesday since Mother Teresa died. August 31 was the 20th death anniversary of Princess Diana.

03 Sep 2017

Oh my god, he’s just a man

We Indians are a peculiar lot.

27 Aug 2017

Please don’t fasten your seatbelt

The sensitivity being shown both in Gujarat and Japan is commendable. But I guess, in both cases, people won’t mind if they miss the flight or their room reservation.

20 Aug 2017

Do you come with user instructions?

The most important thing in communication, they say, is hearing what isn’t said.

13 Aug 2017

The measure of a real man

Behind all great men is a woman, they say.

06 Aug 2017

A step forward or a step back?

There were two bits of good news for Indian men last week. First, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi asked the National Commission for Women (NCW) to create a ‘window’ in its online co

30 Jul 2017

Playing the old song on the Radio

Music doesn’t just make you go down memory lane, it makes you sprint down it.

23 Jul 2017

Turn the invisible into the visible

Urban India’s political majority serves its economic minority. The two may seem to live together peaceably, but the relationship is anything but peaceful, or equal.

16 Jul 2017

Reality doesn’t just bite, it smells

That does it. I’m taking Otrivin off my monthly shopping list.

09 Jul 2017

It’s darkest before an early dawn

Maybe this winter, Sara Elwin will be able to go out to play when she gets back from school.

25 Jun 2017

Do ‘appricate’ my resume. It rocks.

Hiring may be serious business but reading résumés has its light moments.

18 Jun 2017

Love means not saying sorry shoddily

Erich Segal couldn’t have been more wrong.

11 Jun 2017

Giving a leg up to the ladies

Why are women’s legs taboo in India? Why is baring your midriff all right in mixed company, but not your knees? Why is it ok to wear a saree even if it comes with a hanky masquerading as a blouse, but

04 Jun 2017

‘97%? Excellent. How did the others do?’

The CBSE and ICSE boards’ Class 10 and 12 results are being declared this weekend. So, I’m told, are some of the state boards’ results.

28 May 2017

If matter is in form, does form matter?

For the umpteenth time this year, The Guardian has published an exultant article on how books are back, trumping e-readers and cocking a snook at the latter’s technodazzled supporters.

21 May 2017

The good, the bad and the dirty harry

It’s the sixth anniversary of our Delhi weekend paper, The Sunday Standard. It’s also six years since I began writing this column.

16 Apr 2017