Relationship & Lifestyle

Relationship & Lifestyle

Why a Daughter get Complaints and Comparisons instead of Love?

Maya Khandelwal

Maya Khandelwal

Maya, happily married to writing, is a published author of three books- My favourite Mistake Ever, Just Zindagi and A Beautiful Mistake. She’s alsoco-authored I Am a Woman, a tribute to Kamala Das. She’s been a regular contributor at blogsand e- magazines like Womanatics, Bonbology, Learning and Creativity etc. A passionate lover of nature, she can commune with it for hours. Nature, in its various guises, enthrals her.
Maya Khandelwal

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The mother-daughter relationship is complex. In this fictionalised account, Maya shows how a mother-daughter duo, who danced and laughed like best of friends, suddenly became distant. Trisha, the daughter feels, that what she gets the most from her mother, Ritika, is finger pointing, pricking comments, hurting comparisons and mocking smiles at how incompetent she is. Maybe she isn’t as […]

Coffee, Friend and Conversation: A Deadly Concoction!

Sailasree Potay

Sailasree Potay

Sailasree Potay is an educationist. She loves travelling and adventure with friends. Loves to read and meet people to understand their struggles and successes, which she truly cherishes. It helps her to better herself. Above all blessed to be a woman, a mother of two loving children and a partner to a loving man, who dares to show her the mirror.
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Every person self-pities himself/herself for doing so and thinks that they are the only ones dealing with problems and the rest are enjoying life. They end up asking the common question ‘why me?’ You see the grass always looks greener on the other side! This wrong notion creates a sense of helplessness and gives one the liberty to […]

Your Siblings are the only People who Truly Qualify as Partners for Life

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

Siblings were our worst enemies when we were little but as we grow old, we realise that they are the only friends who have always stood beside us and will continue to love us despite what goes wrong. In the formative 1995 book, Sibling Relationships across the Life Span, psychologist Victor Cicirelli says, “the older sibling gains in […]

How to Move beyond Heartbreaks and Lost Love!

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

Most people would have experienced at least one breakup in their lives, which would have either changed them for the better or scarred them forever. Heartbreaks can happen to anyone, at all ages but when it seems to linger on your mind for a long time, it can lead to depression and feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem. […]

Volunteering and the Elderly: Seniors Helping Seniors

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
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Senior volunteerism isn’t just beneficial for those being helped – research shows that volunteering confers mental and physical health benefits for those doing the helping. It also fosters positive social and family relationships and contributes to a positive image of seniors as a healthy and vital part of our society. Senior volunteers are a great asset to their communities. […]

The Guilt Train Ride

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Beginning this Monday, we introduce a new column, ‘Mother Writes’. It’s a parenting column, from a mother’s perspective. You may be an expecting mother, a new mother, a seasoned mother or a mother who has adopted a child. Motherhood is not restricted to biological or adopted, it also includes grandmothers and aunts. Tell us about […]

Do Good without Fear! – I

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
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The path to goodness is strewn with thorns. Krishna presents a seven-part series on the Goodness Guide, beginning this week. It needs more strength to do good than to do bad work. Unfortunately, in our society, there are more people united with narrow self-interests. They form solid networks, they stand together to defend themselves and attack good doers. […]

Types of Caregivers for the Elderly

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
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The number of old age people have increased phenomenally, in India. Children and family members stay in different cities or countries, thousands of kilometres apart. It’s at such times that caregivers come into the picture. There are many types of caregivers that work with seniors. If you have an ageing parent, being aware of their roles and responsibilities […]

How Internet, the New Age Therapist, is making the World More Vocal!

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

Before the Internet made its impact, people were wary of communicating openly but for a few extroverts (as they were called). It was tough to get people to speak their minds with ease and comfort. The fear of speaking in the presence of people made communication all the more difficult. People would send greeting cards or probably […]

Why do Married Women have to Look Married?

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

Once you tie the knot, your wardrobe has to announce your marital status. A woman has to be a sari-clad, wearing sindoor and mangalsutra, but men can roam around the house in shorts and tees all their lives. There is no obligation for men to ‘look married’ and ‘sanskari’. Men can go on living their lives, nothing much […]

Are We Becoming More and More Isolated?

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

Why is it that the more we seem to connect through social network, the more is the distance growing between hearts? We have data that suggests people’s social networks have got smaller and families are not providing the same level of social context they may have done 50 years ago. People today are more connected to one another than […]

Caring for the Caregiver

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
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It’s easy to get burned out when you’re caring for a loved one, whether it’s a spouse with a chronic illness or a frail older relative. Taking time for yourself every day–even just a few minutes–is one way to help you recharge. You may try yoga before breakfast, slip out for a walk, go to the movies, or […]

Three is a Company: The Third Person who Steadies a Doomed Relationship

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

Marriage is another word for responsibility and is laden with stress and frictions. There is tussle between spouses as to who is contributing more and in what ways. As the tussles grow, the spouses become distant and that is when mild cracks appear in the marriage. This is the time when there is chance of a third (read […]

Wabi-Sabi: A Café and Lifestyle Boutique in Kolkata Embraces Holistic Approach

Subhajit Sanyal

Subhajit Sanyal

Born in October, Subhajit is an open minded soul of 19. A son of Bengal, Subhajit belongs to a small town, Purulia. He has completed his schooling in 2015, May, when he begun scribbling as a hobby, affected by all that is happening in his surroundings. He is fond of reading, writing, music and photography, solely dedicated to writing and learning. He began writing by chance but now, is a wanderer by choice.
Subhajit Sanyal

The hub of joy and ecstasy witnessed the inauguration of a place for the teenage where they could spend some quality time and hangout whenever free. Wabi-Sabi, a café and lifestyle boutique, is built upon the ruminants of old roots of bygone days and long lost handloom and other arts and crafts that made old Kundahar famous. Launched […]

Do you have a Good Relationship with Yourself?

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

The Biblical saying, ‘Love yourself!’ is apt. It’s important to have a good relationship with yourself. When another person is continually evaluating and denouncing you, there’s an option to walk away but when that person is yourself, there’s no way out. When we do not love ourselves complete, we chase people who do not love us either. The […]

The Politics of Love: Power Struggles in Matters of the Heart!

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

When two people meet and sparks fly, it is understood that something might come out of this interaction. Soon when the two profess and commit, a relationship is born. In the initial stages, one person says “I love you” over and over again, while the other partner basks in it and says it just a few times. […]

Why is our Generation Terrified of Falling in True Love?

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

Our generation wants to order love like food in a restaurant. We do not anymore believe in the golden words, true love happens only once in a lifetime, we can fall in and out of love as quickly as you can change channels on your television. We thrive on instant gratification and emotional connections are old school. We […]

Changing Moralities: Understanding Emotional Affairs or Cheating in the Post-Social Sites Era

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

  Cheating is not restricted to just physical intimacy. There is more to it. In the present day scenario, cheating has become way too complicated. Think of someone glued to his/her phone the whole day, a look of anxiety largely written on his/her face. Spending time on social media sites longing to connect with this new friend that […]

Returning to the Roots: A Slice of Life in Picture-perfect Chandigarh

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

Chandigarh was Nehru’s vision for a replacement for Lahore as the capital of the newly halved Punjab after partition. It is was carved out by joining 50 villages. It has the unique status of being the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. It belongs to neither but is a union territory, governed by the union government. Designed […]

A Saree called Suhasini: I smiled and draped it on Nuptial Night

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi is an Associate Professor of English teaching in Vaze college, and an occasional academic writer.
Nilakshi Roy

Suhasini is a Tangail cotton with mooga stripes across her, some paisleys carefully woven like an alpana across the threshold, when you welcome Goddess Lakshmi or a bride to the household. Suhasini means the one with a winsome smile, and she came to me from a neighbour. Dr. Noorjahan Adhikary, another smiling lady, dimpled, light-eyed, beautiful and loving. My […]

Do we live in a Better World than our Grandparents?

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

Life has given us material comforts. We have double income, but we lives in a small apartment, eats at fancy restaurants, dress impeccably and spend holidays at exotic places. We debate whether we can finance the upbringing of a second child. Our grandparents had simpler lives. They lived in decent houses (read bungalows in some cases), supported large […]

How I met my Hubby, Mr. Wet Lips!

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

Its twelve years that Sarika has been married. Their 12th wedding anniversary in on November 28, this year. She tells us how she met her hubby, who was teased as her ‘Wet Lips’ by her university friends, because of the caller tune assigned to his number, when she was in Pune University hostel. She tells us that despite […]

Why is Online Romance Trending on Cyber Space?

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

  The anonymity of the cyber space make us throw caution to the wind. It often bares the passions that one keeps in check in real lives. There have been cases of cheating with dangerous after effects in the worldwide web. There is an ugly side to social networking sites as well. Not all singles interact with the […]

Is Divorce better than an Unhappy Marriage?

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

There’s an increasing number of divorces in India, which was unheard of in the past centuries. Our parents and grandparents were united through arranged marriages and they still manage to be a happy couple. Unlike, our generation that chose their life partner, were head over heels in love with each other as they tied knots in marriage and […]

Temptations across the Forbidden Land: Married but in Love with Someone Else

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

Most people stuck in half and half relationships find their lives messier and unhappier than before and that’s when they may approach a marriage counsellor to set right things in their turbulent lives. What could have been for keeps is now up for sweeps. One falls out of “love” just as easily as they fell into it. This […]

Startling Facts about Child Abuse Outside of Home Uncovered-II

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

  Children are not safe at homes. They are not safe outside homes, in hostels, schools, school buses, in music classes or coaching classes. To think that only girls are unsafe needs a rethink in this age and time. Ragging can get really terrifying in boys hostels causing a lot of mental and physical distress to the inmates. […]

Wish I could get my Hair Cut a day before the New Currency Launch!

Ekta Shah

Ekta Shah is a stay at home mother (SAHM), by choice. She is an avid blogger. She has taken to writing for almost a year and contributes to several blogs and online sites. She stays in Bangalore.

The Modi government’s decision on Tuesday, November 9, made public at 8pm, created a panic of sorts. Two currency notes of 500 and 1000 were scrapped from midnight. While some appreciated the move, others were sceptic about its efficacy. Ekta tells us, how as a housewife, this currency change affected her. She opined that those who are old, […]

Why Women Strive to be Perfect and Men Don’t!

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

Men and women are differently wired. It’s perhaps because society has greater expectations from women. Whether, it’s the way they look, the way they perform at work, the way they handle their relationships, the way they act in public, there’s always something they wish they could change about themselves. They constantly think about improving themselves, their relationships and their […]

Beauty is Skin Deep: Have Teenagers Forgotten the Quest for Inner Beauty?

Subhajit Sanyal

Subhajit Sanyal

Born in October, Subhajit is an open minded soul of 19. A son of Bengal, Subhajit belongs to a small town, Purulia. He has completed his schooling in 2015, May, when he begun scribbling as a hobby, affected by all that is happening in his surroundings. He is fond of reading, writing, music and photography, solely dedicated to writing and learning. He began writing by chance but now, is a wanderer by choice.
Subhajit Sanyal

What teenagers essentially forget is to groom themselves. No, they don’t forget to groom their appearance but what they forget is to groom their inner selves. Beauty is not what one looks from outside, it is also what one is from the inside. Teens forget to beautify their innermost thoughts, their insights. When they realise, it is […]

Understanding the Truth behind Ogling Other Women

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel

Nikita Goel is a Texas-based writer. She is actively associated with Aagaman Literary and Cultural Society’s English Publications. She has worked as the managing editor for Purple Hues. She has co-authored three books. Her poems have been published in five anthologies. She has been featured online on Readomania, Aagaman -The Arrival, Writers e-zine, Writing Geeks, Literary and Creativity Magazine. Her blog, Enchantress, has been adjudged India’s best blog for three consecutive years.
Nikita Goel

A new survey confirms that women spend far more time checking out their own sex than lusting after passing hunks. Half of the 2,000 women polled confessed they enjoyed comparing themselves with women at work, their friends and women they pass in the street. Men barely got a look-in. It’s not just fashion details they’re looking for, but […]