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

04 Aug 2018

Last guest of heartbreak hotel

The last member of the Burari Bhatias, who were found hanging at their home three weeks ago, dropped dead last weekend.

29 Jul 2018

Give all love the power to speak its name

The message of conformity is so pervasive, you have to hide your “difference” with the determination of a worker bee.

14 Jul 2018

Times They are A-changin’

Want to become a millionaire? Figure out a way to create time for others. You read that right. Time, not money, is the need of the hour. It’s always been. We just didn’t know it.

08 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.

30 Jun 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.

09 Jun 2018

When in doubt, tell the truth

As children, even as teenagers, we hide things from our parents to protect ourselves. Later, as adults, in our 40s and 50s, we are still hiding from them.

01 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.

26 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.

19 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.

12 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

12 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.

02 Apr 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.

30 Mar 2018

Shock out, schadenfreude in

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

30 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

30 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.

30 Mar 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

08 Feb 2018

Tracking happiness no laughing matter

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

04 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.

29 Jan 2018

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