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Anuradha Varma


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Janmashtami 2018: ‘Krishna is real, wholesome and lovable’
Mon, Sep 03, 2018

"Which modern tale can boast characters of the stature of mythological ones—the gods incarnate, the mighty kings, the learned sages, and the fearsome demons?"

‘Why don’t we gift kitchen sets to boys or cricket sets to girls?’
Thu, Aug 30, 2018

"When my son was about two years old, his favourite colours were pink and blue. Soon after he started play school, he came home and declared that he no longer wanted to use anything pink since it was a 'girl' colour."

Ahimsa is a tool for children to change the world: Supriya Kelkar
Wed, Aug 29, 2018

"I want young readers to question who is being included in narratives and who is being marginalised. And I want them to know they have a very powerful tool within them that they can use any time to change the world: Ahimsa."

Aparna Jain: It’s fine to talk about gender and violence with kids
Mon, Aug 20, 2018

If you believe you are someone who is inclusive, you make LGBTQIA stories part of a child’s normal. You can start as early as you want. Why not? Isn’t it the new normal? Shouldn’t it be?

Mom blogger Lakshmi Iyer on adopting and raising white twins
Wed, Jul 10, 2019

US-based blogger Lakshmi Iyer talks about being an adoptive mother to white twins, alongside her own biological child, and how the family deals with issue of race.

Income tax refund: It’s a slow, agonising process
Tue, Mar 27, 2018

The current government’s penchant for everything shiny and new, such as the Rs. 2000 currency notes is a nightmare when it comes to accessing your IT refund.

Sridevi: Get past the gossip, celebrate the magic
Wed, Feb 28, 2018

As we mourn the passing of Sridevi and celebrate her life by rewinding to songs like Hawa Hawai while in office, listening to other hits on the radio on the commute to work, there’s also the tantalising lure of gossip.

10 things Indians find weird about Hollywood movies
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

Hollywood, how many times are you going to blow up Los Angeles? Every time there’s an alien invasion or a threat from the skies, whether it’s Skyline, Independence Day or Alien, it’s usually Los Angeles.

Ryan murder case: It’s time to teach kids empathy
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Kids need nurturing, a feeling of connectedness and a safe zone where they can discuss their problems and, most importantly, feelings. But, for that, one needs to put away the mobile phone and learn to talk emotions with a child.

Here’s how Harvey Weinstein controversy has sparked off an important debate on sexual misconduct
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Sexist people exist everywhere and the incidents are so casual and commonplace that you learn to shrug and let them pass. Most women have figured out their own unique way of handling such passes, sometimes with a smile, at other times with a veiled threat.

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
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

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.