Sonal Kalra

Sonal Kalra

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

Articles by Sonal Kalra
Jealous folk make you strive harder to hold on to your success
Jealous folk make you strive harder to hold on to your success

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

UPDATED ON APR 11, 2021 09:30 AM IST
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.
For all the loudspeaker people or LPs in their lives
For all the loudspeaker people or LPs in their lives

A Calmer You by Sonal Kalra: Some grown-ups just don’t seem to remember this simple ‘funda’

UPDATED ON APR 03, 2021 11:41 PM IST
This week, we talk about bosses, spouses, parents, teachers — ‘Loudspeaker people’ can come in any form or size. Their funda during an argument is simple and SO wrong — forget about the content, focus on the volume. Here’s how to deal with them
Don’t diss the disability
Don’t diss the disability

A Calmer You by Sonal Kalra: Don’t diss the disability. Here’s a true story, a good one

UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2021 10:36 PM IST
Don’t jump to conclusions already. I know you don’t make fun of anyone, but a lot of us do, knowingly or otherwise. Here’s a true story, a good one.
Manish Malhotra was 23 years old when he embraced fashion designing(Shivamm Paathak)
Manish Malhotra was 23 years old when he embraced fashion designing(Shivamm Paathak)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Million-Dollar style

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 08:01 AM IST
The inspiring story of fashion designer Manish Malhotra, 54, who completes 30 years in the business this year
It is never easy to be with partners or spouses who decide to use the relationship as a platform to unleash negative behavioural traits, the worst of which is sulking.
It is never easy to be with partners or spouses who decide to use the relationship as a platform to unleash negative behavioural traits, the worst of which is sulking.

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: So your girlfriend is upset, again?

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 04:43 PM IST
To all the anguished guys in the world, with all my sympathies..
If you make up your mind to, you can chase away loneliness whether you are 20 or 50 or 90 years old, whether you are male, female, transgender, whether you are extrovert or shy, straight or gay, rich or broke. Start today.
If you make up your mind to, you can chase away loneliness whether you are 20 or 50 or 90 years old, whether you are male, female, transgender, whether you are extrovert or shy, straight or gay, rich or broke. Start today.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Lonely, do you feel Mr or Ms Lonely sometimes? With no body, no more?

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 05:44 PM IST
Things may seem hopeless right now, but you still always have the wisdom to understand that the cause of your loneliness need not be permanent. Why feel lonely, when the world has such magic to offer.
In an age where dating apps practically mean that a mere swipe of finger on your phone screen could potentially get you a partner to make out with on the first date, the whole meaning of trying to meet someone eligible to explore a romantic relationship has gone for a royal flip.
In an age where dating apps practically mean that a mere swipe of finger on your phone screen could potentially get you a partner to make out with on the first date, the whole meaning of trying to meet someone eligible to explore a romantic relationship has gone for a royal flip.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra:If you know just the perfect way to approach someone you like, you’ve got to be kidding me!

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 05:25 PM IST
In the age of right and left swipes, what’s the appropriate way to approach someone for a date or errr... Find your soulmate?
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.
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.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Entitled much? Your parents’ home doesn’t become yours just because you were born to them.

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2020 05:03 PM IST
Own what you earned. Sell what you earned. Back off from the rest!
Even if you’re the one who borrows and forgets to return, I’m sure it somewhere sits heavy on your conscience.
Even if you’re the one who borrows and forgets to return, I’m sure it somewhere sits heavy on your conscience.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Money money money, always funny!

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 06:15 AM IST
While the borrower sits cool, the lender could become a trusting fool
Just take a good look around you. Is there anything you spot that’s been there forever without being of any use, but only because you were too lazy or stingy to throw it out
Just take a good look around you. Is there anything you spot that’s been there forever without being of any use, but only because you were too lazy or stingy to throw it out

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Throw away these 5 things. Right now!

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2020 04:39 PM IST
Hoarding every darn thing in the name of nostalgia is not silly. It’s downright foolish
I signed up three years back for something called a ‘Do not Disturb’ registry started by the government. Aaj tak neither have they understood the meaning of the phrase, nor has the polite girl who tries to sell me an insurance policy every Wednesday religiously for the past two years
I signed up three years back for something called a ‘Do not Disturb’ registry started by the government. Aaj tak neither have they understood the meaning of the phrase, nor has the polite girl who tries to sell me an insurance policy every Wednesday religiously for the past two years

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Want my mobile number? No way!

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 09:03 PM IST
All those who delete hundreds of promotional SMSs every week, forget calmness. Here’s presenting, mission: Do not disturb!
So, for myself, and for all of you who need growing up, here are tips to become permanently serious.
So, for myself, and for all of you who need growing up, here are tips to become permanently serious.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Here’s how you can permanently kill your sense of humour

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 07:02 PM IST
Even a flicker of laughter is henceforth banned on this column.
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.
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 06:08 PM IST
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
I don’t know if there’s a medical name for this disease, but I’ve been saying the same thing — in a polite, preaching, encouraging, threatening, pleading tone — to some people, for their own good, but they JUST DON’T LISTEN.
I don’t know if there’s a medical name for this disease, but I’ve been saying the same thing — in a polite, preaching, encouraging, threatening, pleading tone — to some people, for their own good, but they JUST DON’T LISTEN.

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Stubborn people around? Here’s how to retain your composure

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 07:05 PM IST
Since it’s difficult to budge the adamant, here are some valuable tips to deal with stiff-necked people
This week’s column is for all of you who get knots in the stomach when those around you flaunt knowledge about things that sound as familiar to you as the child protection laws in Sierra Leone.
This week’s column is for all of you who get knots in the stomach when those around you flaunt knowledge about things that sound as familiar to you as the child protection laws in Sierra Leone.

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Boast is the secret of my energy

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 07:43 PM IST
Don’t care about ‘name dropping’, it’s ‘knowledge dropping’ that gets my goat, writes Sonal Kalra.
Healthy interpersonal communication, be it with friends or colleagues or relatives, is all about it being both ways.
Healthy interpersonal communication, be it with friends or colleagues or relatives, is all about it being both ways.

A calmer you, by Sonal Kalra: Chalo beta, namaste karo!

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 06:10 PM IST
Are your parents giving you the stress of bonding with relatives?
Do you know that the formal dictionary has only one meaning of ‘cool’? And that is: moderately cold.
Do you know that the formal dictionary has only one meaning of ‘cool’? And that is: moderately cold.

A Calmer you, by Sonal Kalra: So you think you’re cool, huh?

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 09:22 AM IST
Read on if you think you are cool. Surely read, though, if you wish you were cooler.
Let’s talk about the stress you are facing on account of friends teasing you for speaking or behaving like the members of the other gender.
Let’s talk about the stress you are facing on account of friends teasing you for speaking or behaving like the members of the other gender.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: You got just one life and it’s short, so spend it your way

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 05:07 PM IST
Do your friends taunt and gender shame you because of how you dress or talk?
Did they shout at you because you couldn’t fluently frame sentences while you were still learning the alphabet? So, now that the roles stand reversed and you get to be the teacher, you better treat them with the same love and patience that they showed for you
Did they shout at you because you couldn’t fluently frame sentences while you were still learning the alphabet? So, now that the roles stand reversed and you get to be the teacher, you better treat them with the same love and patience that they showed for you

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: They Taught You ABC, Now Help Your Folks With Tech

Hindustan Tikmes | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 12:43 PM IST
Patiently teach your parents to use technology, you will find true joy
I toh anyway firmly come from the ‘shaadi is barbaadi public school’, but, I recently realised what a tension a wedding can be, for the bride or the groom’s single friends.
I toh anyway firmly come from the ‘shaadi is barbaadi public school’, but, I recently realised what a tension a wedding can be, for the bride or the groom’s single friends.

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Don’t buckle under the pressure to marry

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 06:49 PM IST
The wedding season is on in full glory. And it has brought along a truckload of stress, as always.
It is people who have the habit of repeating the same thing over and over again — and not junk food — that has to be the biggest cause of hypertension in the world.
It is people who have the habit of repeating the same thing over and over again — and not junk food — that has to be the biggest cause of hypertension in the world.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Stop repeating the same thing

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 02:30 PM IST
Here’s a trademark habit of annoying people. Are you one of them?
Some of the most common expressions we throw in so randomly into our day-to-day language don’t mean anything at all. Some are downright dumb.
Some of the most common expressions we throw in so randomly into our day-to-day language don’t mean anything at all. Some are downright dumb.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Messed up phrases mess up the mind

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2020 01:31 PM IST
Are you sure what you are saying is what you’re actually trying to say? Here are a few ways that language criminals have devised to play with logic
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.
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 06:26 PM IST
Unless your exam syllabus covers the latest topics on which social media warriors are outraging, give yourself a break.
We’ve all grown up on moral science lessons about patiently waiting for bad to turn good someday.
We’ve all grown up on moral science lessons about patiently waiting for bad to turn good someday.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: How to get even with odd people

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2020 03:14 PM IST
There’s no need to tolerate irritating people when you can irritate them back!
The only thing worse than getting married is getting married for wrong reasons, under pressure.
The only thing worse than getting married is getting married for wrong reasons, under pressure.

A Calmer You, By Sonal Kalra: Are you under Shaadi ka Pressure?

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra:
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2020 02:36 PM IST
The only thing worse than marrying is marrying for wrong reasons :)
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.
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2020 05:53 PM IST
It’s important to choose your life partner carefully. Run the person through these five tests to see if they fit the bill.
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
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

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Beware, being popular has unpopular pitfalls

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2019 01:23 PM IST
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
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.
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2019 06:16 PM IST
‘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.
Some movie-watchers decide to leave their manners, rather than their brains, home.
Some movie-watchers decide to leave their manners, rather than their brains, home.

A Calmer You, by Sonal Kalra: Mind your movie manners

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 03:45 PM IST
What are the things that can spoil your movie experience? Sonal Kalra talks about the manners one should show while watching a film
Someone being jealous of you is the biggest proof that there’s something right, and good, happening in your life.
Someone being jealous of you is the biggest proof that there’s something right, and good, happening in your life.

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

Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 07:31 PM IST
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.
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