Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Unfaithfully Yours

Shampa Dhar-Kamath
Papa (& Mama) Don’t Preach

I wouldn’t write that if I were you… You must speak up more … You must talk less… For years, women have lived with know-it-all men who consider it their birthright to counsel us—unasked—on how we shou

05 Aug 2018

Creating treasure (and trust) out of trash

Crediting its success to its clients’ faith in it, the jeweller has launched many ads previously with trust woven into the storyline.

22 Jul 2018

Card-carrying members of a digital world

Economists like the idea of a cashless society and see payoffs in lower transaction costs and an end to tax evasion. Critics talk about the erosion of privacy and an increase in inequality.

01 Jul 2018

Four minutes between life and death

They call it a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I’m talking about suicide, which has become a deadly epidemic in India.

10 Jun 2018

Sacrificing your today for their tomorrow

The way we are pampering our kids and turning them into entitled creatures who know exactly what the world owes them but have not the faintest clue about what they owe society.

27 May 2018

Doing a deep dive into corporatespeak

If you have family or friends in the armed forces, you’re probably used to meetings and/or meals at X-hundred hours and locating people (surreptitiously) at 12 o’clock.

20 May 2018

An extramarital affair or two, anyone?

Upon learning that membership is free for women, I quizzed my girl pals on their possible interest in Gleeden—only to get the funniest responses.

13 May 2018

New India Awaits its Tryst with Triumph

Reading about New India in the dailies or watching the news channels, with their OTT stories of doom and gloom, can be enervating. Talking to citizens of new India, however, is always enlightening, ev

14 Apr 2018

Old age is just a number that no one dials

According to a study conducted by Agewell Foundation last year, 43 per cent of the elderly in India face psychological problems owing to loneliness.

31 Mar 2018

Keep quiet, strategically, to be heard

Have you been taking lessons on using silence as a communication tool,” I blurted out after watching a senior colleague defuse a difficult situation without saying a word.

24 Mar 2018

Feminism is no whining matter

At a recent event to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), Israeli Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis (filling in for a female colleague) put the cat among the pigeons when he accused wo

10 Mar 2018

Shock out, schadenfreude in

First came the shock—and awe, and social media was overrun with ra-ras and tributes.

03 Mar 2018

What happens on holi stays on holi

Durga puja, redolent with incense-infused rituals, appeals to my Bengali soul. Flying solo, you can enjoy the ceremonies from a distance and do some people-watching.

24 Feb 2018

The Sari is Six Yards Ahead of Time

Unlike many friends, I don’t claim to be a fan of Sabyasachi, the designer. I enjoy the detailing that goes into the campaigns that herald his new collections; I admire his larger-than-life presentati

17 Feb 2018

No Crunch Please, We are Women

Are you the kind of person who likes to noisily tear open a bag of chips and wolf down its contents, enthusiastically crunching each wafer and licking the leftover masala off your fingers and, sometim

10 Feb 2018

Tracking happiness no laughing matter

Morning breaks with WhatsApp greetings, seeking to spread love, wellness, and cheer.

03 Feb 2018

When it comes to memory, no pain, only gain

A stray comment that injures our pride leaves us fuming for weeks. We sob over a broken heart for months, even years.

27 Jan 2018

No Need to Swear Off From Swearing

Sexist, racial or caste-based slurs are not acceptable in anyone, no matter how intelligent or honest they are.

06 Jan 2018

Envy, like jealousy, knows no gender

If you’re successful in your field, you can expect to have some enemies.

23 Dec 2017

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

The measure of a real man

Behind all great men is a woman, they say.

06 Aug 2017

Asian Games 2018