Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Unfaithfully Yours

Shampa Dhar-Kamath
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

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

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