Ritu Hemnani

Ritu Hemnani

Ritu is an author, educator and TEDx presenter who promotes inclusiveness and diversity through her writing. Her articles have been published in the South China Morning Post, Asian Literary Review and Reader’s Digest. Ritu is a writing ambassador for the Home of Loving Faithfulness and her children’s book, Gope and Meera – A Migration Story, seeks to foster awareness and empathy for migrants in our communities.

Latest from Ritu Hemnani

TEDx talks: 10 women speakers in Hong Kong focus on health, families, mindfulness and more to answer the question ‘What matters now?’

TEDxTinHauWomen, on December 10, will cover topics including health, families and purpose. We talk to three speakers who will zoom in on infertility, screen time and intimacy.

TEDxTinHauWomen, on December 10, will cover topics including health, families and purpose. We talk to three speakers who will zoom in on infertility, screen time and intimacy.

2 Dec 2021 - 7:15AM
How anyone can build exceptional relationships: ‘touchy feely’ advice from Stanford professors

The most popular elective course at Stanford Graduate School of Business is Interpersonal Dynamics, also known as the ‘touchy freely course’.

The most popular elective course at Stanford Graduate School of Business is Interpersonal Dynamics, also known as the ‘touchy freely course’.

29 Jul 2021 - 6:20PM
Which personality type are you? Rebel, questioner, obliger or upholder? The answer could change your life

We all fit one of four personality types, says author Gretchen Rubin, and knowing which we are can make us happier and more successful. It can also help us harness our strengths and offset our weaknesses.

We all fit one of four personality types, says author Gretchen Rubin, and knowing which we are can make us happier and more successful. It can also help us harness our strengths and offset our weaknesses.

15 Jun 2021 - 8:16AM
The life-changing moment when doctor learned to stop applying Band-Aids to lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and insomnia and treat their underlying cause

Helpless in the face of his son’s illness, a doctor realised he knew too little about the roles of lifestyle and nutrition in health. Rangan Chatterjee has channelled his life-changing experience to treat ailments of modern life by changing the lives of others. 

Helpless in the face of his son’s illness, a doctor realised he knew too little about the roles of lifestyle and nutrition in health. Rangan Chatterjee has channelled his life-changing experience to treat ailments of modern life by changing the lives of others. 

17 Feb 2021 - 11:18AM
How incurable brain cancer brought a family closer together; one woman’s courageous battle continues as she credits her family’s love

Diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour last year, Amanda Schofield felt her world was falling apart. But the support of her husband and family kept her going, and now she is stable and living her life to the full.

Diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour last year, Amanda Schofield felt her world was falling apart. But the support of her husband and family kept her going, and now she is stable and living her life to the full.

29 Jan 2021 - 7:34AM
Why do you use your phone so much? How social media and games are like drug addiction and gambling, with companies having little incentive to change

Modern tech companies are preying on our capacity for ‘behavioural addiction’ with products that even their makers sometimes consider potentially dangerous.

Modern tech companies are preying on our capacity for ‘behavioural addiction’ with products that even their makers sometimes consider potentially dangerous.

19 Jan 2021 - 3:12AM
TikTok star Sheena Melwani’s ‘Interrupted’ series gives the singer a second shot at fame and the chance to raise money for charity

Singer-songwriter Sheena Melwani has become something of a global sensation online thanks to ‘The Real Indian Dad’ interrupting her singing on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.

Singer-songwriter Sheena Melwani has become something of a global sensation online thanks to ‘The Real Indian Dad’ interrupting her singing on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.

6 Nov 2020 - 12:03PM
Why 30 is not the new 20, and why you cannot put off big decisions without harming your career – psychologist

If you use your twenties to sit back, enjoy life and have fun, you are missing the point, says psychologist and TEDx speaker Dr Meg Jay – it’s really a crucial time to set important goals and put your life in motion.

If you use your twenties to sit back, enjoy life and have fun, you are missing the point, says psychologist and TEDx speaker Dr Meg Jay – it’s really a crucial time to set important goals and put your life in motion.

17 Sep 2020 - 9:53AM
Lessons in altruism and empathy from Hong Kong children who set up online second-hand books store, charity sale and ball

Bailey is 15 and runs an online store selling second-hand books to fund charities; Karisna is 17 and helped stage a fundraising dinner and ball for non-profits; preteen siblings sold toys to fund a family friend’s cancer treatment.

Bailey is 15 and runs an online store selling second-hand books to fund charities; Karisna is 17 and helped stage a fundraising dinner and ball for non-profits; preteen siblings sold toys to fund a family friend’s cancer treatment.

15 Aug 2020 - 5:58PM
What Indian Matchmaking cast members learned about marriage and themselves during the making of the Netflix series

Aparna Shewakramani relished the chance for growth the series about millennials who consult a matchmaker gave her. Pradhyuman Maloo, who rejected 150 women from their photos, understands better what he seeks in a partner.

Aparna Shewakramani relished the chance for growth the series about millennials who consult a matchmaker gave her. Pradhyuman Maloo, who rejected 150 women from their photos, understands better what he seeks in a partner.

3 Aug 2020 - 10:25AM
Online marketplace for skills and knowledge brings people together to learn and earn

Lessons in languages, song, dance, yoga, cooking – you name it, you’ll find someone offering to teach a skill on Konversai, an online knowledge sharing platform. It’s brought strangers together and helped them become friends.

Lessons in languages, song, dance, yoga, cooking – you name it, you’ll find someone offering to teach a skill on Konversai, an online knowledge sharing platform. It’s brought strangers together and helped them become friends.

6 Feb 2020 - 5:20AM
Breast cancer survivor on folly of ‘Asian way’ of hiding illnesses after aunts failed to share own diagnoses

Kim Li was furious none of her father’s sisters shared an important detail of her family’s medical history that could have spared her much suffering. Now she says the ‘Asian way’ of hiding illnesses must stop – especially between relatives.

Kim Li was furious none of her father’s sisters shared an important detail of her family’s medical history that could have spared her much suffering. Now she says the ‘Asian way’ of hiding illnesses must stop – especially between relatives.

23 Sep 2019 - 7:59AM
Hindus from Sindh who fled India for Hong Kong at Partition recall how they built a community

When India was partitioned in August 1947, Hindus and Sikhs fled newly created Pakistan. Some Hindus who fled from Sindh province ended up in Hong Kong, where they made a new life but never forgot their cultural heritage.

When India was partitioned in August 1947, Hindus and Sikhs fled newly created Pakistan. Some Hindus who fled from Sindh province ended up in Hong Kong, where they made a new life but never forgot their cultural heritage.

15 Aug 2019 - 8:30AM
Needy Hong Kong minority children miss out on scholarships to some of city’s top fee-paying schools

Almost 60 per cent of scholarships offered by city’s international and private schools go unclaimed, with many claiming they can’t find students eligible for the funding. Ethnic minority children would be ideal candidates, a report says.

Almost 60 per cent of scholarships offered by city’s international and private schools go unclaimed, with many claiming they can’t find students eligible for the funding. Ethnic minority children would be ideal candidates, a report says.

4 Jun 2019 - 4:40PM
IB diploma for university, jobs: is perfect exam score worth the stress? Four students with top marks discuss

Four Hong Kong IB diploma graduates discuss whether achieving the perfect 45 score benefited them at university or will prepare them better for jobs, and give tips on balancing study and life.

Four Hong Kong IB diploma graduates discuss whether achieving the perfect 45 score benefited them at university or will prepare them better for jobs, and give tips on balancing study and life.

23 Apr 2019 - 7:16AM
Materialism, sex addiction, defensiveness: how a men’s ministry creates space to open up

David was a sex addict, Andrew was a neglectful dad, Brendan was taught to bottle up emotions; each found the Men’s Fraternity, and a space to share their pain without judgment, and talk through issues around marriage, parenting, money or work.

David was a sex addict, Andrew was a neglectful dad, Brendan was taught to bottle up emotions; each found the Men’s Fraternity, and a space to share their pain without judgment, and talk through issues around marriage, parenting, money or work.

8 Apr 2019 - 7:46AM
With divorce rates rising, how to make your love last – seven tips from a therapist

Marital problems are made worse by a lack of understanding, and work and family pressures. Tips include premarital counselling, learning each other’s love language and making time for each other.

Marital problems are made worse by a lack of understanding, and work and family pressures. Tips include premarital counselling, learning each other’s love language and making time for each other.

28 Feb 2019 - 8:19AM
How to deal with back problems: an osteopath shares tips on keeping the pain away

Long working hours in a sedentary posture with limited down time for rest and exercise can lead to upper back and neck restrictions; osteopath Jonine Nash offers tips for how to ward off and combat such problems.

Long working hours in a sedentary posture with limited down time for rest and exercise can lead to upper back and neck restrictions; osteopath Jonine Nash offers tips for how to ward off and combat such problems.

26 Nov 2018 - 8:49PM
Diwali: how Indians in Hong Kong make festival special when they’re far away from families

With multi-faith Diwali balls and assemblies at schools, and homes filled with friends in place of family, Indian community celebrates differently; Indian firms’ Chinese staff take part in lucky coins ritual for the ‘Festival of Lights’.

With multi-faith Diwali balls and assemblies at schools, and homes filled with friends in place of family, Indian community celebrates differently; Indian firms’ Chinese staff take part in lucky coins ritual for the ‘Festival of Lights’.

4 Nov 2018 - 10:56AM
EQ vs IQ: why emotional intelligence is more important than intellect, and how to nurture it in your children

Studies show that emotional skills are a better predictor of success in life than intelligence, and psychologists says parents need to know how their children’s brains work to help them reach their full potential.

Studies show that emotional skills are a better predictor of success in life than intelligence, and psychologists says parents need to know how their children’s brains work to help them reach their full potential.

3 Oct 2018 - 7:10PM
A naturopath’s tips for health: eat, sleep, and exercise well, and do things that make you happy

Benita Perch cured her asthma and chronic fatigue after studying nutrition, homeopathy and naturopathy. She talks about how she treats patients by combining natural and conventional medicine.

Benita Perch cured her asthma and chronic fatigue after studying nutrition, homeopathy and naturopathy. She talks about how she treats patients by combining natural and conventional medicine.

10 Sep 2018 - 8:15PM
The Big Fat Indian Wedding and the Hong Kong professionals who make extravagant, extraordinary ceremonies happen

With Indian nuptials evolving from home to hotel and chai to champagne, four Hong Kong-based specialists find their professional skills in demand to help turn the fairy tale dreams of couples into reality.

With Indian nuptials evolving from home to hotel and chai to champagne, four Hong Kong-based specialists find their professional skills in demand to help turn the fairy tale dreams of couples into reality.

20 Aug 2018 - 10:48AM