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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with workplace problems

    Copycat colleague I recently started an internship with one of the leading design studio in Mumbai. I am very passionate about my work and put in all my effort into getting appraised outcomes. There is another intern who works along with me and seems to keep copying/stealing my ideas, presenting them as her own. So…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with relationship problems

    Lack of expressiveness My parents’ family has always been a non-expressive family when it comes to emotions. They never verbaliased nor showed their feelings in the form of a hug or a smile or appreciation. I got married recently and my in-law’s family is just the opposite… they are boisterous, fun-loving and expressive, they hug and…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with reltionship problems

    A mother’s melancholy My 18-year-old son marched in the Mumbai Pride as an openly gay young man in an attire that was not usual in society. While I love him very much and would like to do my best to accept him, the stress on Indian society, my husband being a non-understanding “macho man”, the…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with workplace problems

    Standing for sexuality The MNC organisation that I work with has a pro-gay and lesbian policy. However, the people in the organisation who make up the organisation are not that understanding. My boss particularly makes homophobic jokes during team meetings often taking pot-shots at the single men in the team including me. I am gay…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with workplace problems

    Feeling insulted What should I do when my boss treats me like a peon rather than a management trainee? His secretary tells me that this has his been his behaviour with all management trainees and I should just quietly pass my time else my evaluation will be affected. This is not right. Ans: A lot…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with relationship problems

    Continuing bad childhood habits I never received love and attention as a child and in my growing up years from my parents. My father was too busy at work and my mother busy taking care of the joint family we lived in. I had to fend for myself in every possible way.  I think as…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with workplace problems

    The cubicle love I have become obsessed with this girl at work. She is in my team and we work on group projects together. I can’t stop thinking about her and looking at her. Recently in a team meeting, my boss caught me looking at her and rebuked me in front of all. The obsession…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with relationship problems

    Standing for oneself I am a 51 year old woman married for 27 years now with two daughters in their twenties. I have always been a meek person by nature, being dominated by my brother and parents in my childhood. Life, choices and decisions were always about what they said. This continued on to after…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with workplace problems

    Building own identity I have been playing with this idea of career change for past few months mainly after turning 40 this year. I have been following my father’s footsteps so far and really want to get out of his shadow but apprehensive at the same time. My current job is quite secure. Is it a wise choice? Ans: It is understandable…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with relationship problems

    Longing for family love I have been married for past 26 years and have 2 children. I have recently started to feel quite dejected as my husband got to establish relationship with the kids while they were growing up, as well as my in laws got to interact a lot with the kids as they helped in raising them….

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with workplace problems

    Filthy office politics I work with a NGO. While the money is not that great, I love the cause and the work that I do and all that I am able to contribute to in terms of the work to the social good sector that the NGO is involved in. However, it is the office…

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  • Agony Aunt helps you to deal with relationship problems

    A worried mother My son, aged 16 has started sneaking out at night with his friends without telling or letting me or his father know. His grades have been good at school with a minor fluctuation downward recently. We have also found porn on our family computer at home in his browsing history. His room…

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