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Monday, November 29, 2021

Love Matters with Evelyn Sharma

Want to talk about sex openly? Are you figuring out how to be happily single? Or are you at odds with your family over your partner choice? Love Matters is here to help you navigate the ups and downs of love — with the help of celebrity guests and influencers! Each week, Bollywood actress, entrepreneur, mother and wife Evelyn Sharma hears from a listener with a relationship challenge and speaks to well-known Indians, who open up about their own experiences of love. The podcast provides a space to talk about the love and relationship topics that are important to Indians. So tune in and email us at lovematters@dw.com to have your relationship challenges featured!

Episode 04 October 20, 2021

Divorce isn’t a dirty word

In this episode, we hear from listener Kheyali, who is struggling with wearing the “divorcee” label as a young woman in India. The divorce rate may have doubled in the country over the past two decades but at around 1%, it’s still very low – and widely frowned upon. Women bear the brunt of society’s judgement. They’re most often blamed for marriage breakdowns and find themselves penalized for being without a husband even in seemingly simple things like trying to get their own apartment. Kheyali asks how she can overcome labels attached to being single and divorced at 30? How can she stand up to those who blame her for the end of her marriage? To help answer these questions, comedian and actor Kaneez Surka joins Evelyn to provide her insights into tackling the stigma and shame associated with being divorced India, the strength it takes to leave a marriage, and the joy and freedom one can find in learning to be on their own again.
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Show notes:
Evelyn Sharma’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyn_sharma/
Kaneez Surka’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaneezsurka/

Executive Producer: Melanie von Marschalck
Lead Producer: Jennifer Collins
Producer and Lead Researcher: Sana Rizvi
Assistant Producers: Nicolas Martin
DW Format and Product Development: Laura Döing
Sound Engineer: Thomas Schmidt
Editorial Support: Snigdha Sharma, Anant Nath Sharma, Shashank Bhargava

Divorce isn’t a dirty wordIn this episode, we hear from listener Kheyali, who is struggling with wearing the "divorcee" label as a young woman in India. The divorce rate may have doubled in the country over the past two decades but at around 1%, it's still very low – and widely frowned upon. Women bear the brunt of society's judgement. They're most often blamed for marriage breakdowns and find themselves penalized for being without a husband even in seemingly simple things like trying to get their own apartment. Kheyali asks how she can overcome labels attached to being single and divorced at 30? How can she stand up to those who blame her for the end of her marriage? To help answer these questions, comedian and actor Kaneez Surka joins Evelyn to provide her insights into tackling the stigma and shame associated with being divorced India, the strength it takes to leave a marriage, and the joy and freedom one can find in learning to be on their own again. Tune in! Show notes: Evelyn Sharma's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyn_sharma/ Kaneez Surka’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaneezsurka/ Executive Producer: Melanie von Marschalck Lead Producer: Jennifer Collins Producer and Lead Researcher: Sana Rizvi Assistant Producers: Nicolas Martin DW Format and Product Development: Laura Döing Sound Engineer: Thomas Schmidt Editorial Support: Snigdha Sharma, Anant Nath Sharma, Shashank Bhargava
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