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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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Hrithik Roshan on Kangana Ranaut: I have learned that bullies have to be treated with patience, not engaged with | EXCLUSIVE

Actor Hrithik Roshan says ‘this circus [with Kangana Ranaut]’ has gone on for six years, and he’s really been patient through it.

Actor Hrithik Roshan opens up about the recent rough patch in his life.
Updated on May 29, 2020 08:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: No sense of humour? Well done, I say!

Why giggle away to glory when you can make an irritated, pathetic expression all the time? Here are five ways to cultivate airtight seriousness.

After leading an utterly useless life that involved baring my teeth and giggling away to glory at the slightest provocation, I have finally found a mission in life — to attain and help people around me attain a state of zero sense of humour.
Updated on Jul 06, 2019 04:08 PM IST
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A Calmer You by Sonal Kalra: The nation wants to know...

...the answer to these five questions from the World Cup

Why is ICC in love with monsoon?(Photo: Instagram/KP24)
Updated on Jun 29, 2019 07:20 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: All you irritating people out there, gotcha!

So you’ve been tolerating them patiently? Huh, no more! Here’s how you can deal with people who exasperate you on a daily basis.

Updated on Jun 15, 2019 04:20 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: How tasty is your meal, by the way?

Too much debate - over meals or about meals- can’t be good for the appetite.

Has there been a properly conducted research to support the argument that a majority of children dislike the taste of the mid-day meal being served to them?
Updated on Jun 08, 2019 03:29 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Mom, stop cursing my phone!

Dedicated to parents who want to set their teenagers’ phone on fire

Dedicated to parents who want to set their teenager’s phone on fire
Updated on Jun 01, 2019 03:45 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Badly Wanted-Election Detox

Kya aap analysis pe analysis karke thak chuke hain, pak chuke hain?

Some of us are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms of the massive cacophonic ride that we were on, for the past many months. Suddenly depression sa ho raha hai that it is all over.
Updated on May 25, 2019 05:54 PM IST

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: A tribute to mummy ke rishtedaar

This Mother's day, understand why your mom has a soft corner for her own relatives.

We all have rishtedaars of all kinds, shapes and sizes, in our lives. But there are none to beat mom’s relatives.
Updated on May 11, 2019 03:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Kya lagta hai... kaun aayega?

Have you, too, developed high blood pressure mulling over this question?

You can debate on and on, and still end up no wiser. It leaves you drained, and in that deficient state of brain activity, I decided to look at the various kinds of fatigues we are getting exposed to, these days. Which variety is killing you?
Updated on May 04, 2019 03:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Do people keep borrowing your pen?

Stop sulking, and join my mission to put an end to this shameless crime.

There is a special place reserved in hell for those who borrow your pen and do not return it.
Updated on Apr 27, 2019 04:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Exclusive: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wit left me stumped, says Akshay Kumar

In an exclusive chat about his conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actor Akshay Kumar describes the interaction as ‘surreal and heartwarming’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an interaction with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in New Delhi.(ANI)
Updated on May 05, 2020 07:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: To feed or not to feed a stray!

Enough of people fighting like dogs, over dogs.

What could be more stressful than seeing neighbours in so-called educated and posh residential areas fighting like dogs over… well, dogs.
Published on Apr 20, 2019 04:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: The Indian appraisal league

Here’s explaining appraisals in the language our nation understands- cricket!

There is something in the term itself that makes our blood pressure fluctuate.
Updated on Apr 13, 2019 06:15 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Are you doing your bit to give back?

If before donating you think ‘sab fraud hai’, you need to think less.

You want to help someone that your gut says needs help, go ahead and do it without dissecting it too much. You are doing your bit with the right intent, and that matters more than anything else when it comes to helping out.
Updated on Apr 06, 2019 04:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Take on the stare-o-maniacs

Just as the sun won’t stop rising from the east, some people won’t stop staring at others.

Do you have a habit to stare? Here’s what Sonal Kalra has to say.
Updated on Mar 30, 2019 04:03 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: It’s my birthday. I have no plans

Decoding the special day, till life comes a full circle.

Apparently ‘birthday stress’ is a medically recognised phenomenon and happens across the world — Matlab mujhe bimaari ho, toh koi desi type toh ho nahi sakti.
Updated on Mar 23, 2019 04:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Enough of the kiddy-talk!

If I could catch hold of the word ‘cute’, I would beat it up with a hammer.

Life’s not to be taken too seriously, but neither so non-seriously that you make a joke of yourself.
Published on Mar 16, 2019 06:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: I caught the random drops of joy

When two viral videos proved clutter-breakers amid all the bitterness.

In the maze of angry outbursts and aggressive political exchanges that one has got used to seeing (and admittedly even participating in) on social media, a random smile-inducing moment has shown the power to be a clutter- breaker.(Picture credit: memecenter.com)
Published on Mar 09, 2019 04:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: I love exams. Bring them on

Nothing unites our country as the stress of exams does.

The stress that exams give us is disproportionately higher than their contribution in deciding what we finally become in life.(Picture credit: Desifun)
Updated on Feb 23, 2019 03:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: No calmness about this one!

We’ve become frightfully used to feeling sad and outraged, one incident after the other.

Our Home Ministry runs a website: bharatkeveer.gov.in, that allows us, from anywhere in the world, to directly transfer money into the bank accounts of the next of kin of a slain paramilitary soldier.
Updated on Feb 16, 2019 06:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Un-Valentine a mean partner? Anyone?

If you’re stuck with an overly sarcastic lover, you are, well, stuck.

Dealing with an overly sarcastic lover
Updated on Feb 09, 2019 03:47 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: #IdiotAlert on a flight

Airlines don’t really need to spend on in-flight entertainment. Here’s why.

The thing is that you find several varietals of buffoonery during flights.
Published on Feb 02, 2019 05:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Whose grammar is it, anyway?

It never hurts to learn the right usage of words, and this is why.

Whether it is English or Hindi or any other language, it never hurts to learn a new word or the right usage of something.
Updated on Jan 27, 2019 11:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: No, your parents’ house is NOT your house

Own what you earned. Sell what you earned. Back off from the rest!

A survey, conducted in 23 cities in India, showed 60% of elderly people (60-69 years of age, of both genders) confirm that they felt abused at the hands of their children.
Updated on Jan 19, 2019 06:13 PM IST
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A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: I’m stuck with kanjoos friends

if your best friend magically vanishes to use the loo when it’s time to pay the bill, read on.

How many times have you lent money to a friend, either at the movies or in a group outing, never to see it again? If you are one of those genuinely generous people who love treating others, it’s a great thing and I would like you to mail me your mobile number for my secure future.
Published on Jan 12, 2019 05:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Did you remember to thank the doc?

Maybe it’s time to bring back our trust in the good ol’ medical practitioners!

Trust the doctors a little more. Your attitude will not only put them at ease, but will also help the confidence levels of the patient you care so much for.(iStock)
Updated on Jan 05, 2019 05:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: New Year resolutions? Make one with me this year

Yeah, yeah, you’ll risk being uncool, but trust me, it’ll be totally worth it.

This year, I have decided to not invest even a teeny-weeny bit of my time, effort or energy in being a ‘People-Pleaser’.
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 04:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Is that food on your plate?

We love debating about food, what if your food started debating back with you….

Half of us are watching TV while we eat. The other half have their phone in one hand, while they eat with the other. As I write this, I can see a toddler whose maid is putting a bite in his mouth, while the kid is transfixed to a YouTube video playing a rhyme.
Updated on Dec 15, 2018 05:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Know someone with an irritating habit?

No more tolerating them patiently! Here’s what you should do.

Here, I’m going to talk about four kinds of annoying people that irritate the hell out of those around them.
Updated on Dec 08, 2018 06:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Oh, how we love celebrity weddings!

They just don’t have the stress and tension of the ordinary nuptials

Celeb wedding don’t have to deal with these tensions…
Updated on Dec 01, 2018 06:14 PM IST
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