Anuradha Varma

Profile

Varma is an editorial consultant and co-founder of The Goodwill Project. She tweets @anuvee

Diwali Special: It’s time for Kaikeyi’s redemption
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

In the epic Ramayana, was Kaikeyi really the meanest of them all or did she take the fall for the greater good? A revisting of the epic tells us that the latter may be the case.

Ishiguro, an inspired choice, no less than Dylan!
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

An immigrant writer, who arrived in Britain at the age of five, after his family migrated from Japan, Ishiguro’s story reminds us how the world is one, minus boundaries. Last year, all six of America’s Nobel laureates were immigrants, which says a lot in the current political environment.

Vijayadashami 2017: Nine things we can learn from goddess Durga
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Goddess Durga is perfectly in tune with her warrior as well as maternal instincts, with no desire to give up one for the other. It’s a lesson in fighting gender stereotypes and forging life on one’s own terms, without apologies.

Durga Puja 2017: Nine things we can learn from goddess Durga
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Durga Puja is the major festival for Bengalis across the world, and is an occasion marks the battle of good over evil. Spread across 10 days, it signifies the birth of Durga with the blessings of the gods, as a collective energy, to fight the demon king Mahishasura.

Kaun Banega Crorepati: Glued to the hot-seat!
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Amitabh Bachchan's Kaun Banega Crorepati aka KBC could easily be a vanity project for the veteran star, but it’s really the contestants and their stories that sparkle. We don’t know if Big B is just a good professional, but watching the star is a lesson in the forgotten etiquette of taking interest in knowing the person in front of us.

Aunty ki Ghanti: When trolls step out in the real world
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

It’s just sad, the desperate attempt to get attention, in whatever form. The Internet is a powerful medium, but with great power comes with great responsibility, and we must put it to good use. It’s also a bit scary that an unthinking mass of shrill folk can be summoned for just about anything.

Kangana Ranaut is showing the world her ego and we’re loving it!
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Kangana Ranaut is rocking her super-stardom, but inside, she’s still the same girl who came from a small town in Himachal Pradesh and faced the big bullies. Others have made it big before her, but unlike them, who succumb to insider status, she has thrived on being the outsider.

Why do we need a spiritual guru?
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

The Ram Rahim case has shown us how gurus have feet of clay, bound to fall apart at the slightest pressure. It’s also proved blind loyalty of some followers, which goes beyond any court of law. But, at the end of the day, isn’t a relationship with a guru-mentor simply transactional, in these modern times? […]

Would you like to be matched at work?
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

First off, hookups happen everywhere, whether it’s at work or elsewhere. It’s the same people, after all, whether you meet at a bar, through common friends or at work, with or without an app. Potential partners can’t grow a sincerity gene, just because you happen to be a ‘pro’ match.

Independence Day 2017: 70 things that only Indians do
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

On Independence Day today, here are 70 things that make us Indians stand out — Be it our love for food, our little quirks and annoying habits (like comparing our children to Sharma ji ka beta/beti) and even our common sense of patriotism during every India vs Pakistan match.

Women empowerment, one knot at a time!
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

With entrepreneurship reaching the doorsteps of some of India's women weavers, they can work their own hours, even feeding a baby as they work or singing folk songs as they knot the rows that result in beautiful rugs.

It’s Raksha Bandhan, reach out!
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

You own your siblings and are owned by them, whether they let on or not. They’ll continue to spy on you, rather lookout for you, whether you’re aware or not. Close or far, even when the distances creep in due to circumstances, it just takes a moment to decide to reconnect.

Nitish Kumar, and the guide to survival at work (office politics, et al)
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

In a lofty speech, as Nitish Kumar declared that his mandate was to serve the people of the state, not one particular family, he is being compared to the wily Chanakya and termed opportunist at the same time. Should he have stuck it out and become the beacon of hope as leader of a fragmented Opposition?

Nepotism doesn’t rock, Karan Johar and gang!
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

It’s become a trend to impose a majority mindset on everybody around and, in fact, even expect people to fall in line. As we saw at IIFA, where the class bully got his cronies to pull down somebody who wasn’t present in the audience.

Pehredaar Piya Ki: As bizarre as it gets!
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Pehredaar Piya Ki: There is so much that is wrong with the visuals aired as precursors to the show starring Tejwaswi Prakash Wayangankar, with a Karva Chauth scene involving the two and the little boy filling ‘sindoor’ in his older bride’s hair, prompting her to tear up.

Silly season for Indian politicians!
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

And one didn’t expect Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi to come up with this male-bashing statement—"Which men have committed suicide? I have not heard/read of a single case.” A very Pappu thing to do, we would think!

Break free this monsoon and take it all in!
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

Let’s not take the monsoons for granted this year, whether it visits in full force or comes in a trickle. Indulge the child within and make a paper boat, or just get wet in the rain and, if you’re stuck in traffic, it’s time to turn on some classic Bollywood monsoon melodies!

The problem with #NotInMyName
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Since all of us there shared similar values or thought processes, it was like preaching to the converted. And that’s the problem on every platform. We are not hearing the voices of those who differ.

#NotInMyName: Let’s reclaim India
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Who are these people, who protest against so-called beef-eaters, killing helpless human beings? There is not enough outrage, or rather none at all, when it comes to the powers that be. It’s like Junaid’s death and that of others in past lynchings, never happened.

Summer reading list: 10 kids’ books by Indian authors
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

There’s a lot of wonderful writing available in Indian literature for children (preteens and teens), including the evergreen Ruskin Bond, the delightful Anushka Ravishankar, Roopa Pai who informs as she entertains and several others. It's time this genre is explored.

Should we be worrying about the purpose of life?
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

“Don’t worry about your purpose in life. When you’re dead, you would have fulfilled it.”

A Death in the Gunj: A family portrait from behind the scenes
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

A Death in the Gunj has a new debutante and she’s director Konkona Sen Sharma’s sister. Promila (Lexa) Pradhan tells us how they came to be family!

Alt or not, Balaji you’re doing it again in Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Alt Balaji, the online platform owned by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Productions has brought together Television's favourite onscreen couple Sakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor of Bade Achhe Lagte Hain for a 15-episode long web series titled, Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat.

Goodbye, dream home: The struggles of a homebuyer in Delhi-NCR
Mon, May 29, 2017

What's to be done when you've emotionally invested in a house that never came to be.

From Baahubali to fairness creams, a dark matter
Mon, May 15, 2017

Black, overall, stands for negativity or, at best, creates an air of mystery. So, whether it’s a black or “evil” heart, black magic, Black Friday or just dark despair, black, defined as the absence of light, is rarely a harbinger of joy.

Mother’s Day: From the stepmom to the single mom, here’s a tribute to all the mothers we know and love
Sun, May 14, 2017

On Mother’s Day, here are some mothers who have captured our imagination.

World Dance Day: A dance that goes beyond gender
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Traditional Indian dance can safely be termed gender agnostic.

Meet Varsha Rajkhowa, India’s ocean ambassador you didn’t know about
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Miss Scuba International Varsha Rajkhowa, an environmentalist, choreographer and national-level swimmer, won her title last in November, beating 16 countries.

For Eman Ahmed’s doctors, it’s time to go high!
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Maybe it’s time for Eman Ahmed’s doctors to “go high”, since eventually, we’re only answerable to ourselves, after all!

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai to Khujli, web is inviting unique content. Does that mean television is dead?
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

More and more production houses are taking to digital medium to tell stories which might not be of choice on television.

Good Friday 2017: It’s Good Friday, but not a happy one!
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

It's a day of mourning as Jesus Christ died on the cross for the salvation of humankind.

The stress of being spiritual
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Isn’t spirituality and everything we do, geared towards achieving happiness?

World Mental Health Day: Depressed? Let’s talk, don’t pretend it’s all okay!
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

When is it really depression and when just being overwhelmed with life? And isn’t a little suffering a necessary part of the rigour of life?

Offended? Think again! The unnecessary noise of trial by social media
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

Next time we’re ready to scream ourselves hoarse, let’s check the facts and pick battles we are going to stick with in the long run. Otherwise, it’s all just noise.

With Romeos under fire, it’s time for Juliet to step up!
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

It’s time for us women to step off the pedestal and be dealt with on our terms.

Sane advice for Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover: Leave it to HR
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover are warring in full public view. Can it be the result of investing too much into relationships at work?