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I love my mother, but I don’t want to be like her

Prologue There is so much in the literature about how childhood experiences shape what we become as we get older and in particular, how we become like our parents. We are delighted with evidence of enduring resemblances between fathers and sons and mothers and daughters, attending mostly to these rather than the differences. Yet every […]

Cutting chai: “My sister is strong and she fights off bullies”

On Cutting chai today, we bring you a brief extract of an essay (for English class) by seven-year-old Trishita who writes about her little (three-year-old) sister, Kaashvi. I am sure you will agree that this is worth sharing! See image below for original essay. Thanks to Shashi Shukla for sharing this with us. We have […]

Kadak Chai: The science and ethics of intervention programmes

Chaudhary, N. (21st December, 2018). ‘The science and ethics of intervention’. Invited lecture at 28th conference of National Association of Psychology, University of Delhi, 18th – 19th December, 2018. Article followed by the PPT- NAOP2018-2 The Science and Ethics of Intervention Programmes in Family and Child Welfare: Towards Building an Inclusive Psychology for Social Justice […]

In your loving memory, Dr. Khalakdina

Dr. Khalakdina epitomised India’s plurality. She was born on New Year’s day 1930 in Hyderabad, to a Hindu father and a Jewish mother (who decided jointly to convert to Catholicism as a meeting point), her godmother (and well-known educationist and Director of Lady Irwin College, Dr. Durga Deulkar) was Hindu and her husband was a […]

Dabba days: “Thank you Mummy, this one’s for you”!

Memories of my mother Are you old enough to remember receiving hot, freshly cooked meals in snugly-fitting, multi-tiered containers at school? I still recall the thrill of rolling down the ringed edges to catch the first fragrance of a fresh roti and sabzi or rajmah-chawal, maybe aloo-ka-parathas and butter…….or whatever it was that my mother […]

Cutting chai: Diversity, sustainability and development, between dry deserts and the sea

Friends, At the outset, we would like to acknowledge the featured image that has been taken by the incredibly talented friend Sarfaraz Siddiqui during his travels to Leh featuring the Shanti Stupa. Thank you Sarfaraz for allowing us to use your images. (You can find more of his work [images and verses] on his facebook […]

Love in the time of family: A review of the film Badhai Ho (Congratulations)

Well, if you haven’t yet got around to watching Badhai Ho, please go! We think it is a well-done film about enduring love, affection, and family life. The story is built around the reticent romance of an elderly couple embedded in the dense routine of an Indian joint family living in a modest, middle-class government […]

Cutting Chai: Dreams, dreamers and the wonderful world of podcasts

‘Dreamers’ by Snigdha Poonam was recently recommended to me by one of our teammates as a ‘must-read’ and I dived into the book immediately. It is a fascinating account of young India, and we plan to do our own review of the book soon in a regular post. Meanwhile, if you do want a first-hand […]

‘Bal Diwas’ or ‘Children’s Day’

Today is the day we celebrate ‘little people’ in our lives.  In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on 14th day of November every year, the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru also called ‘Chacha Nehru’. Children’s day celebration in India dates back to 1959 while India was vigorously shaping its […]