Gouri Dange

Gouri Dange is a writer, book editor-coach and practicing family counsellor. Her features, articles, interviews, short stories – various works of fiction and non-fiction –appear regularly in her columns and features in leading Indian newspapers and magazines – The Hindu, Mint, Times of India, Mirror, Outlook, Open, Verve, MansWorld, etc.
She has a popular social-satire weekly column in the Pune Mirror, in its sixth year. ‘Learning Curve’, her much-read column in Hindustan Times paper Mint, is in its seventh year.
Her short stories have been published in Stories at the Coffee Table (Cafferati, 2006) and Being Single in India (Penguin, India, 2006), India Smiles (Penguin India 2007). She has also authored books like 3, Zakia Mansion, ABCs of Parenting, The Counsel of Strangers, More ABCs of Parenting, Three-dog Night and Always a Parent published by Penguin India, Harper Collins, Random House and FingerPrint Publishers. A screenplay that she has written, ‘Second Marriage’, is currently being looked at by two production houses.
  • The Maintenance Manual
    Gouri Dange | 24-May-2017
    ...go ahead and spring clean that relationship!                                                                                                - Gouri Dange Just about everyone spring cleans their homes, at least once a year. We do it, not as a chore, but as a chance to run our eye and our duster over all our possessions - cleaning, mending, discarding, replacing. It’s the same with our cars – servicing, regular fuel filling, maintaining tyre pressure, cleaning inside and out, listening out for any odd noises. However, it is the most important relationships in our lives - the ones that will outlive our homes and cars and careers and even our bodies – that we neglect thoroughly. We treat them as if they’re completely weather-proof, Teflon-coated, m
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  • A holiday from that holiday
    Gouri Dange | 24-May-2017
     ..."but you just came from a holiday!" - Gouri Dange “I need a holiday,” my neighbour said, as she put her bags down and opened her front door after cutting a path through 10 days of newspapers and milk packets that had accumulated outside. Something had gone wrong with the system; her message ‘Milk and newspaper only on 1 Jan’ had got ripped off her door. We noticed that they were piling up, but then being city-dwellers, we thought it was none of our business and maybe she wants to read them all later and maybe she plans to make a lot of paneer when she gets back. “But you just came from a holiday,” I said, observing the dark circles under her eyes. There were two stress-lines running along the sides of her mouth too. The kids were not with her. “I told the driver to drive them round and round the city for a while…anywhere, but not home,” she said, by way of explanation. She set her bags down and suddenly did a twirl around her tiny front room,
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