Category Society

The Changing Face of Parenthood

Nuclear families and changing lifestyles have made parenting more challenging than ever. How is the present generation faring in comparison to the older generations?

The Tolerant Face of India

We need to share stories of harmony among communities to douse the communal flames being stoked by the media, politicians and celebrities. Believe me, there are thousands of them happening every minute in the country.

Elders: To care or not to care

In all the discussion on eldercare, let us not forget to spare a thought, a smile, a little time, for the lonely, destitute and abandoned elders – who make for a huge number in India, for we are the privileged who are caring and cared for.

Old Age Homes — Orphanages or Summer Camps?

There are as many solutions for elder care as there are families with elders and old age homes are not the only solution as being touted by an increasing number of people.

The global joint family

The Global Joint Families are not so joined, after all. They share their hearts and love, but not the roof. It works perfectly – well, most of the time.

Stop labelling elders, it sticks!

How does the word Elder sound? Isn’t it perfect to describe someone who is older in age, experienced and weathered in the nitty-gritty of the world?

The problems of a greying India

If the old are worried about getting older and becoming helpless without care, the young are equally concerned about taking care of their elders given that they might not be living close or other such constraints.

Opening that window and breaking free!

The churning of the defining decades of the 60s and 70s produced not just the economic classes but also created distinct groups of women in the middle and upper ends of the social spectrum. These groups were formed as a result of the lessons that the events and experiences threw up, from which they learnt, learnt wrongly or didn’t learn at all.

A society in flux and an emerging woman-power

There was a time when issues concerning women were near similar for all classes of women across the social spectrum. It was only later that class demarcations began tearing the social fabric asunder and the concerns began diverging too, so much so that the classes could have been populating different planets.

Feminism and the Gen X woman

The issues confronting women were and still are infinitely more serious and life-changing than making choices about the size one wants to be, go pubbing or have sex outside marriage.

Lessons in compassion on a train journey

A terrible migraine interspersed with the conversation of my fellow passengers taught me a lot of things and made me think — about the need for compassion and how dangerous the lack of it can be especially among wannabe social ‘reformers.’

WhatsApp to the world?

If I feel left out of ‘shares’ and forwards by friends and family, because I don’t use a smartphone, it is more than offset by my relief at not riding the tiger.

How about making an ‘investment’?

Giving is even more meaningful, when the recipient becomes a productive member of the society.