Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Focus on fun, not happiness

Traditionally, self-help gurus tell you not to get stuck on having fun. Fun is not happiness, they point out.

15 Jan 2023

Baby-talking their way to language skills

It doesn't matter if our parents tried to do all the things we accuse them of not doing; they didn't try 'hard enough' is how we see it.

10 Dec 2022

Slam the door on disrespect

An isolated experience of incivility is bad enough. But a stream of slights and rudeness from a colleague can eat away at you and impact your self-confidence and performance at work...

07 Oct 2022

Do the right thing even if no one's looking

Psychologists say there are two parts to integrity: transparency and trustworthiness.

10 Sep 2022

Listening: Secret skill of good communicators 

As per psychologist Albert Mehrabian, only 7 per cent of meaning is communicated through a speaker’s words; 38 per cent is conveyed through tone of voice and 55 per cent through body language.

13 Aug 2022

Story of the other India

I finally get to speak. “Really? So you’re staying put in Delhi?” I ask, but I needn’t have bothered. The tirade continues.

02 Jul 2022

Is guilt-tripping hereditary?

These days, we’re not supposed to shame our kids or nag them. Our mothers part of the early Boomers generation didn’t know that.

04 Jun 2022

The coronavirus is mutating but we’re not

It’s Friday night at a Delhi club. Singer Nikk is performing his hit songs with the cool confidence of a man with 563k Insta followers.

01 May 2022

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

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

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

Needed: poll to find out what India wants

If any further proof was needed of India’s diversity, it came on Saturday.

12 Mar 2017

Off with the guillotine of guilt

Guilt has “quick ears” to accusation even when it’s not articulated, even if it emanates from deep within oneself.

19 Feb 2017

Just dyeing to look young

Torn is the right word. Because India’s beauty narrative has changed, leaving a lot of its women undecided about which route they want to take.

02 Oct 2016