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Aleena Udas Sharma

The contributor for Republica.

The show must go on

Published On: August 10, 2020 11:27 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered our perception about what is normal, and thus our 'needs' and 'wants' carry a new meaning.  As we wander amid an unprecedented crisis, many of us believe that it may perhaps change us as a species. Our priorities have changed, and so has our outlook towards life.  It has changed everything from the way we communicate to the overall functioning of each sector of the business environment.

There’s hope even when the mind says there’s none

Published On: June 26, 2020 01:50 PM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Sushant Singh Rajput, the Bollywood actor, is no more and the news of his suicide is unfortunate. His last Instagram post was a collage of his mother along with his picture, which he captioned it poetically, ‘Blurred past evaporating from teardrops, unending dreams carving an arc of smile and a fleeting life, negotiating between the two...Maa.’

Learnings from Covid-19

Published On: May 10, 2020 12:36 PM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Coronavirus outbreak is a global pandemic that has ravaged the world instilling anxiety, fear, and negativity in almost every one of us. It has forced us to confine ourselves to our homes suppressing our human impulses for connection and making social distancing the new normal. However, maintaining social distancing isn’t as easy as we thought it to be. Not because we don’t like staying at our homes but because humans are innately social and have always lived in groups. Therefore, when we are forced to physically stay away from others it disrupts our fundamental need for human connection.

This too shall pass

Published On: February 20, 2020 09:41 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

“Change is the only constant in life.” This is what Heraclitus, the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, had once said. Little did he know then that his words of wisdom would be an important life lesson for all generations to come.

Take my breath away

Published On: December 10, 2019 09:55 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

If we do not act now, we will be staring at a future populated by generations suffering from choked lungs, weak hearts and failing immune systems.

Digital dependency

Published On: October 17, 2019 01:27 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Technology is so woven into our lives that we cannot imagine life without it. The overall advancement of technology has changed not only the way we live our everyday lives, but also the way the world communicates. When we are so dependent on gadgets and devices to live, entertain, interact and work it is difficult for us to focus on the experiences that truly bring value into our lives.

When the bully is the boss

Published On: August 25, 2019 02:05 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

When I went to my friend’s house recently, I noticed a big fish tank with colorful, vibrant and active fish. It was breathtaking to see the bright colored plants along the unique assortment of fish swimming around. I then observed a fish relatively smaller in size sitting for quite some time near some bushy plants in the tank. Only when the food was dropped, the small fish would dart out to quickly get at the food and then quickly hurry its way back to hide behind the plant. I finally noticed what it was so afraid of—whenever the small fish came out for food one of the bigger fish would chase it away.

Say sorry

Published On: July 14, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

An apology doesn’t have the power to undo what has been done but does possess the power to help ease the pain giving hope to rebuild the relationship

Breaking period taboo

Published On: May 28, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Though half of the world’s population menstruate at some point in their lives, it is rarely discussed at home or schools because of entrenched stigma and taboos

Are you a boiling frog?

Published On: July 29, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Put a frog in a pot of water and start heating it and the frog adjusts its body temperature to the rise in water temperature

The parental trap

Published On: May 29, 2017 12:25 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

My son’s gesture made me feel special and loved; it was a gift, priceless and straight from the heart


Published On: March 25, 2017 12:25 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

The ease with which we can connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime fascinates us so much we cannot imagine life without the virtual world

Be your own valentine

Published On: February 11, 2017 12:25 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Our internal wiring of feeling redundant coupled with the feeling of being a victim of circumstances distorts the perception of self

To daddy, with love

Published On: January 28, 2017 12:25 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

While watching Aamir Khan’s Dangal recently, my heart raced and my eyes welled up several times

Living in constant fear

Published On: January 5, 2017 12:25 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Children learn from what they see at home and outside. No wonder they believe gender inequality is normal in society

The stereotypes

Published On: December 10, 2016 12:05 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Media embeds stereotypes in consumer minds. Gender stereotyping is blatant in most Indian and Nepali ads

Raising a narcissist?

Published On: November 26, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

After hearing one of the Trump’s speeches, the first thing my 10-year-old son uttered was ‘Wow, what an attitude!’

Our English obsession

Published On: November 12, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

It is sad that long after colonial masters have departed we still  classify people solely by their levels of English proficiency

Fifty shades of beauty

Published On: October 22, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Preference for lighter skin is not restricted to women anymore. Men are also smitten by this fairness bug

A practicing parent

Published On: October 1, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Aleena Udas Sharma

Parents don’t have time for their kids now. They are constantly moving, working and stressed