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Sonal Kalra edits the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplements, HT City/Cafe; writes the weekly column ‘A Calmer You’

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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Are you also tired of being angry on social media?

Unless your exam syllabus covers the latest topics on which social media warriors are outraging, give yourself a break.

In the past few days, ever since students became the focus of a lot of politics and debates over nationalism, a lot of bitterness and negativity seems to have crept into the common man’s life.
Updated on Feb 01, 2020 06:26 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: How to get even with odd people

There’s no need to tolerate irritating people when you can irritate them back!

We’ve all grown up on moral science lessons about patiently waiting for bad to turn good someday.
Updated on Jan 18, 2020 03:14 PM IST
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A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Are you under Shaadi ka Pressure?

The only thing worse than marrying is marrying for wrong reasons :)

The only thing worse than getting married is getting married for wrong reasons, under pressure.
Updated on Jan 11, 2020 02:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySonal Kalra:, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Sachcha pyaar, really?

It’s important to choose your life partner carefully. Run the person through these five tests to see if they fit the bill.

Most of us latch on to the first relationship that seems reasonably okay to us, and try to squeeze-fit it into the sachcha pyaar mould.
Updated on Jan 04, 2020 05:53 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Beware, being popular has unpopular pitfalls

I have decided to not invest even a teeny-weeny bit of my time, effort or energy in being a ‘People Pleaser’. The more we try and make it an ideal universe around us by going out of the way for everyone, the closer we get to slowly ruining the universe within us

Slowly you begin to realise that even those for whom you are crossing boundaries to be extra nice, consider it to be their right and take it for granted
Updated on Dec 28, 2019 01:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Quit the guilt and talk to your parents

‘You spend years wishing your parents would get off your back, only to realise they’re the only ones who ever really had your back’ — Anonymous.

You could be one among the many children, a son or a daughter, or you could be living with or away from them – at some point in life, the guilt of not doing enough for parents is bound to strike.
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 06:16 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Mind your movie manners

What are the things that can spoil your movie experience? Sonal Kalra talks about the manners one should show while watching a film

Some movie-watchers decide to leave their manners, rather than their brains, home.
Updated on Dec 14, 2019 03:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Say a big ‘thank you’ to all those jealous folks

No reason to hate people envious of you. I think they’re fabulous — you see, what they do is reaffirm all the good things about you, or happening to you, through their jealousy.

Someone being jealous of you is the biggest proof that there’s something right, and good, happening in your life.
Updated on Dec 07, 2019 07:31 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Meeting or date, better never than late!

And for those who joke that IST is ‘Indian Stretchable Time’, it’s not funny!

No matter what excuse we stammer and stutter, there’s actually nothing ‘valid’ about turning up late for something that’s scheduled for a specific time.
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 06:13 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Kill bitterness with small acts of joy

Go on and help someone who may not be able to return the favour. Or help people overcome their little fears, without showing any condescension. It will make them, and you, happier than you imagine!

You see, we Indians are beautiful at helping
Updated on Nov 16, 2019 08:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Till fights do us apart

Affection test: Lock your pet dog in one room and your spouse in another. After an hour, open the door and check who is happier to see you. Okay, just kidding!

So, I thought why not take a concrete step forward in improving your love life. No, I didn’t ask you to rush and get shaktivardhak (energising) capsules.
Updated on Nov 09, 2019 02:52 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: When Diwali gives life lessons

I think the concept of exchanging gifts during Diwali has a crazy theory behind it

I think this whole jingbang of exchanging gifts during the festival gives us some very important lessons in life
Updated on Oct 25, 2019 07:08 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: What to never say to your woman

Don’t even think of intruding into that territory. Well, that’s only if you want to stay alive

What exactly is it that men say to the female species that guarantees hell on earth
Updated on Oct 19, 2019 02:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Can I have a tissue, please?

A Calmer You disclaimer: Before I begin, let me inform you that I’m a clean person, lest this write-up gives you a wrong impression. I brush my teeth daily and try to take a bath on most days. However, I continue to suffer from a phobia of those who have a phobia of germs.

I continue to suffer from a phobia of those who have a phobia of germs.
Updated on Oct 12, 2019 03:39 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Is work working you up?

Take a break and go out for a walk instead. You’ll come back loving your job

Emotions are not meant for the workplace.
Updated on Oct 05, 2019 04:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sadhguru: What’s wrong with actors and celebrities supporting us?

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev defends the support extended to his environment campaign by celebs at home and abroad.

Spiritual leader and author Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.(Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/ HT)
Updated on Oct 01, 2019 04:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You by Sonal Kalra: Love is not ownership!

Calmness tips to deal with a helicopter partner who is constantly hovering over your head.

Here are some calmness tips for those dealing with ‘helicopter’ partners, always hovering overhead and raking up loads of noise.
Updated on Sep 28, 2019 05:04 PM IST
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A young woman who played an aging Kasturba

Rohini Hattangadi played the character of Kasturba Gandhi in Richard Attenborough’s legendary 1982 film, Gandhi. Hattangadi revisits her memories of working in this iconic cinematic adaptation of his life.

Veteran actor Rohini Hattangadi at her residence in Mumbai.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:06 PM IST
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Laughing away the pain, one STEP at a time

Does being in a hospital drain away your happiness ? Medical clowns are here to fill it up to the very brim

One of the few ‘medical clowns’ in India, the woman runs a volunteer group — the Clownselors to do distraction therapy for free at a government hospital for kids.
Updated on Sep 21, 2019 03:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: How to fake-flash your IQ!

You may have heard of name dropping. But have you heard of ‘knowledge dropping’?

I found myself standing between two gentlemen who were behaving as if they are in a race to win some imaginary episode of ‘India’s most intellectual’.
Updated on Sep 14, 2019 04:11 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Break up but don’t break down

A relationship not working out means only one thing — another will.

Those who are in a relationship are equally dukhi if not more than the one who aren’t.
Updated on Sep 07, 2019 05:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Damn, the pain of one sided love!

Let’s try to get over it in a non-filmy way, for once.

Unrequited love, or in simple words ‘one-sided love’ is a pain that perhaps ought not to be seen as just heartache that will go away with time.
Updated on Aug 31, 2019 05:50 PM IST
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A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: What’s your quick fix for rude people?

After today, think twice before asking someone a personal question that leaves them embarrassed

After today, think twice before asking someone a personal question that leaves them embarrassed
Updated on Aug 24, 2019 03:42 PM IST
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Our point of view creates our reality: Dr Dain Heer

By changing our outlook on life and things, we could change our life, says Dr Dain Heer, an author and co-creator of the self-help system Access Consciousness. He suggests using simple Access Tools, like asking questions, to create a life we desire.

Dr. Dain Heer is an author and co-creator of Access Consciousness(Sarang Gupta/HT)
Updated on Aug 23, 2019 04:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByMedha Shri Dahiya and Sonal Kalra

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Darn, these hunger games!

All those tortured by the online food apps, let’s gather and mourn.

We are touchy when it comes to food delivery vis-à-vis another e-commerce services.
Updated on Aug 17, 2019 04:52 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: We don’t know how to deal with loss

The loss of a loved one leaves most of us broken. Here’s some gyan on dealing with healing

Grief is an intrinsic part of our lives, just like happiness.
Updated on Aug 11, 2019 12:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Always in a rush. But why?

Of all the annoying species, the worst are those who impose their hyper behaviour on others, while travelling.

When it comes to acting weird, the lyrics of ‘We are the World’ song seem to stream into the subconscious of an American, a Chinese and an Indian alike.
Updated on Aug 04, 2019 02:09 PM IST
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Shahid Kapoor on Kabir Singh: No one should be allowed to tell adults which film to watch or not watch

Actor Shahid Kapoor comes out with his most candid critique of the critics who slammed his recent blockbuster Kabir Singh as misogynistic and toxic.

Actor Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh, a remake of Telugu hit Arjun Reddy, has earned Rs 275 crore so far.
Published on Jul 24, 2019 05:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Galti ho gayi... Ab Jaan loge kya?

I’m tired of people saying, ‘It’s okay. We understand’, when they don’t really mean it.

Introspect for a bit and try to see if you’re one such sulker or a ninja fighter in disguise. And if you are, here’s what I have to say to you.
Updated on Jul 20, 2019 05:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Ruined by the World Cup. You, too?

Let’s do some collective ritual to reclaim our torn lives

Post Tournament Depression — a condition well recognised by mental health practitioners over the world now.(Photo:Twitter)
Updated on Jul 13, 2019 03:54 PM IST
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