Young Mental Health: Mindscape Series – A Book Review

Front cover of the book Young Mental Health
As I grapple with the unforeseen changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, I feel both elated and weighed down. Elated, because my creativity keeps me buoyant despite the gloom around me. Weighed down, because my inner reserves of patience do...

Depictions of Disability in Children’s Books: A View from India

Illustration from children's picture book 'Machher Jhol' showing the back view of a small boy in a red shirt with a stick in one hand facing a woman in a sari who is holding the hand of a toddler. The toddler's other hand is held by a young girl. The setting is a marketplace, with tea-drinkers seen in the background. A puppy is next to the boy.
What have you been reading during the lockdown imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic? I have kept myself occupied with children’s books because they seem to address the most complex issues with candour, warmth and simplicity. In my view, they do not...

‘I’ve Never Been (Un) Happier’ by Shaheen Bhatt: A Book Review

'I’ve Never Been (Un) Happier' is Shaheen Bhatt's first-person account of living with depression for almost twenty years. Shaheen Bhatt is a Mumbai-based screenwriter and was diagnosed with this mood disorder at the age of eighteen, five years after having already lived...

Side Effects of Living: An Anthology of Voices on Mental Health- A Book Review

Explicitly curated as a collection of “real stories by real people, not just creative writing or poetry about pain” (p. vii), Side Effects of Living brings together a range of 37 deeply personal experiences with madness. Edited by poet-activists Jhilmil Breckenridge and...

Male Suicide, Vulnerability & Grief: Book review of Anthology Eighty Four, a book of poetry on male suicide

84 men in the UK take their own lives every week. These numbers are similar all over the world. For instance, according to a Lancet report, in 2016, India accounts for 37 percent of all suicides reported globally for women and 26 percent...