11 episodes

Want to talk about sex openly? Are you figuring out how to be happily single? Or are you at odds with your family over your partner choice? Love Matters is here to help you navigate the ups and downs of love — with the help of celebrity guests and influencers!

Each week, Bollywood actress, entrepreneur, mother and wife Evelyn Sharma hears from a listener with a relationship challenge and speaks to well-known Indians, who open up about their own experiences of love.

The podcast provides a space to talk about the love and relationship topics that are important to Indians. Tune in and email us at lovematters@dw.com to have your relationship challenges features!

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 27 Ratings

Want to talk about sex openly? Are you figuring out how to be happily single? Or are you at odds with your family over your partner choice? Love Matters is here to help you navigate the ups and downs of love — with the help of celebrity guests and influencers!

Each week, Bollywood actress, entrepreneur, mother and wife Evelyn Sharma hears from a listener with a relationship challenge and speaks to well-known Indians, who open up about their own experiences of love.

The podcast provides a space to talk about the love and relationship topics that are important to Indians. Tune in and email us at lovematters@dw.com to have your relationship challenges features!

    Love, Dating and Disability ft. Virali Modi

    Love, Dating and Disability ft. Virali Modi

    Dating, relationships and finding love can be tough. But people with disabilities (PWDs) have their own set of challenges when trying to couple up. A lack of accessible spaces, as well as judgement and stereotyping from potential partners, strangers and friends, are just some of the obstacles India's 26.8 million disabled people face. That includes our listener Shagunn Pathak. Shagunn wants to date and find love like her peers but finds herself being labelled as needy or desperate just because she uses an assistive walking device. Why should she be treated any differently, she asks? Evelyn speaks to disability rights activist, motivational speaker and model, Virali Modi, about her experiences of dating with a disability, being in love and exploring one's sexuality. Virali talks about the importance of being unapologetically yourself regardless of whether you have a disability or not – and showing up to make a change in society. Tune in!  

    Show notes:  

    Evelyn Sharma's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyn_sharma/
    Virali Modi’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/viralimodi_/ 

    Emergency Response Service System (Pan-India Crisis Hotline): 112 

    Suicide Helplines: https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/this-is-serious/list-of-suicide-helplines-in-india/ 

    Executive Producer: Melanie von Marschalck, DW Department Life & Style 
    Lead Producer: Jennifer Collins
    Producer and Lead Research: Sana Rizvi
    Assistant Producers: Nicolas Martin, Charli Shield
    DW Format and Product Development: Laura Döing
    Sound Engineer: Thomas Schmidt
    Editorial Support: Snigdha Sharma, Anant Nath Sharma, Shashank Bhargava 

    • 31 min
    Body positivity: Every body is beautiful ft. Natasha Noel

    Body positivity: Every body is beautiful ft. Natasha Noel

    Slim, hairless, flawlessly fair-skinned, cellulite and blemish-free — beauty standards upheld in the media are downright unrealistic. And harmful. Three in four women find the way the media portrays beauty promotes body shaming. At the same time, India's beauty and wellness markets are growing 18% year on year, around twice as fast as in the US and Europe.

    Tired of being made to feel unlovable because of their appearance, many people are embracing body positivity — the idea that all bodies are beautiful, no matter the size, shape, color, gender, or physical ability.

    In this episode, we hear from a listener who has come a long way to accept and love herself, but still feels she alienated in a society where anti-fat bias prevails. And Evelyn talks with yoga instructor and body positivity convert Natasha Noel about how she came to accept herself.



    Show notes:
    Emergency Response Service System (Pan-India Crisis Hotline) : 112
    Suicide Helplines : https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/this-is-serious/list-of-suicide-helplines-in-india/

    Evelyn Sharma's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyn_sharma/
    Natasha Noel's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natashanoel001/?hl=en

    Executive Producer: Melanie von Marschalck
    Lead Producer: Jennifer Collins
    Producer and Lead Research: Sana Rizvi
    Assistant Producers: Nicolas Martin, Charli Shield
    DW Format and Product Development: Laura Döing
    Sound Engineer: Thomas Schmidt
    Editorial Support: Snigdha Sharma, Anant Nath Sharma, Shashank Bhargava

    • 27 min
    Status single: Defying society's conventions ft. Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

    Status single: Defying society's conventions ft. Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

    More single women are living independently in India today than ever before. Many are choosing to be alone not because they cannot find a partner, but because they have found fulfillment outside a romantic partnership and marriage. They're prioritizing a relationship with themselves. In this episode, we hear from a listener who feels singlehood is the best choice for her well-being but she is still struggling with societal pressure to partner up. How can she accept herself and her decision if others around her can't? Journalist and author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu joins the show to answer these questions. Sreemoyee is single herself and has interviewed some 3,000 single women for her book Status Single: The Truth about Being a Single Woman in India. She joins Evelyn to talk about how to deal with the stigma single women in India face and how there is strength in independence.

    Show notes:

    Evelyn Sharma's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyn_sharma/
    Status Single Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/statussinglegroup
    Sreemoyee Piu Kundu on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sreemoyeekundu

    Executive Producer: Melanie von Marschalck
    Lead Producer: Jennifer Collins
    Producer and Lead Research: Sana Rizvi
    Assistant Producers: Nicolas Martin, Charli Shield
    DW Format and Product Development: Laura Döing
    Sound Engineer: Gerd Georgii
    Editorial Support: Snigdha Sharma, Anant Nath Sharma, Shashank Bhargava

    • 28 min
    Balancing a career and motherhood ft. Yasmin Karachiwala

    Balancing a career and motherhood ft. Yasmin Karachiwala

    Women face enormous pressure to not only raise their children to be the best they can be and run their homes smoothly, but also to stay on top of their careers as if they had never given birth. Between these demands, many grapple with feelings of guilt about going back to work post-pregnancy and find there’s a lack of workplace support. Some two thirds of working women in India struggle to resume their careers after starting a family.

    In this episode, we hear from Pooja, a mother of two trying to decide whether she can go back to work — but would that mean abandoning her children? And, if she doesn’t, will she give up her chances of ever returning to the workforce? Evelyn, who is a working mom-to-be, is joined in this episode by celebrity fitness trainer and mum Yasmin Karachiwala to talk about her journey balancing the two careers and to hear her tips for new parents.

    Have any thoughts on the episode? Or would you like your question or concern featured on the show? Write to us at lovematters@dw.com

    Show notes:

    Evelyn Sharma’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyn_sharma/

    Yasmin Karachiwala’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yasminkarachiwala/

    Executive Producer: Melanie von Marschalck
    Lead Producer: Jennifer Collins
    Producer and Lead Research: Sana Rizvi
    Assistant Producer: Nicolas Martin
    DW Format and Product Development: Laura Döing
    Sound Engineer: Thomas Schmidt
    Editorial Support: Snigdha Sharma, Anant Nath Sharma, Shashank Bhargava

    • 26 min
    Bonus Episode: The Making of Love Matters With Evelyn Sharma

    Bonus Episode: The Making of Love Matters With Evelyn Sharma

    In this episode, the Love Matters team tell you all about the making of this podcast series on love and relationships. From how the DW and Indian Express collaboration came to be and how we worked together to bridge the culture gap to how we handle sensitive issues, we discuss it all and everything in between.

    Tune in.

    • 27 min
    Celebrating love beyond religion ft. Niloufer Venkatraman

    Celebrating love beyond religion ft. Niloufer Venkatraman

    Although, the right to practice any religion is enshrined in the Indian constitution and the Special Marriage Act allows it, marriages between people of different faiths are rare and often shunned. In fact, less than 2% of marriages in India are interfaith. In this episode, we hear from Alina, born of an interfaith marriage herself, who is juggling the different expectations of her Muslim father and Hindu mother as she dates, while also dealing with judgement from wider society. For guidance and perspective, Evelyn is joined by journalist and co-founder of the India Love Project, Niloufer Venkatraman, to talk about the stories they've gathered of love that transcends religion, caste, ethnicity and gender.

    Show notes:

    Would you like your questions featured on Love Matters? If so, write to lovematters@dw.com

    Evelyn Sharma's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyn_sharma/
    Niloufer Venkartman’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/niloufervenk/?hl=en
    India Love Project Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indialoveproject/

    Executive Producer: Melanie von Marschalck
    Lead Producer: Jennifer Collins
    Producer and Lead Researcher: Sana Rizvi
    Assistant Producers: Nicolas Martin
    DW Format and Product Development: Laura Döing
    Sound Engineer: Thomas Schmidt
    Editorial Support: Snigdha Sharma, Anant Nath Sharma, Shashank Bhargava

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

anirbansaren ,

This is my favourite podcast ever!!!

I love these topics. These are really good topics and Evelyn makes the podcast very charming to listen to.

Rishi Baruah ,

A very good find!

Was honestly not expecting this podcast to be this good, but it is! Interesting guests, and insightful conversations. Keep up the good work guys..

dANy sharma ,

Awareness

Amazing work carry on guys

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