Mothers and Sons: Magical moments during the lockdown

This week we present two mothers, Vini and Dimple who share an interesting history. They are both alumnae of The Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies at the Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, which is also our alma mater. To add to that, they have sons who are around the same age. It […]

The Psychology of Global Crises: Announcement of an online conference

This week, we break our regular schedule to announce an online conference by the American University of Paris. Registration is open and it starts this morning (20th May, 2020). May 20–30, 2020#PGC2020 – Virtual Conference “The Psychology of Global Crises: State Surveillance, Solidarity and Everyday Life” discusses the impact of past and current, global and […]

Has the Pandemic Rekindled Family Ties?

The opportunity to reflect on pre-Covid days has provided important insight into the blind spots in contemporary social structures, both local and global. Aspects of existence that we had taken for granted have been challenged and we are now aware of how precarious our world can be. The greed and selfishness that guided our decisions […]

Has the Pandemic Shaken Up the Indian Middle-Class Household?

As I reflect on pending tasks like attending to unwashed dishes, a pile of sweaty clothes, or proposed projects, finding the mindspace for writing posts for Masala Chai has become a serious challenge. By the time there is some semblance of domestic order, the most productive hours have slipped past and the heavy heat of […]

The Lighter Side of the Lockdown

In this week’s essay, we bring you lighthearted stories about children under lockdown. The extended uncertainty of physical (hopefully not social) distancing from other people can set-off different reactions. Alongside, we are constantly being bombarded with information and opinions from which taking time off can prove beneficial. There is no doubt that we need to […]

A Golden Carpet and other (Covid) Conversations

“What the lockdown teaches us is that we have much less control over the external world than we realise, but much more control over our internal world than we suspect.” Pico Iyer, April, 2020 Times have changed A lot has happened since we last posted an essay on Masala Chai. It has taken us a […]