‘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...

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...

Stoned, Shamed, Depressed by Jyotsna Mohan Bhargava: A Book Review

Never have two words changed a society, especially one like ours that resists change so intensely, as much as 'social media'. For young people (and many of their parents), their existence begins and ends with social media. From sexting to hacking,...

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...

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang: A Book Review

Book cover of 'The Collected Schizophrenias' Essays by Esme Waijung Wang
Esmé Weijun Wang The Collected Schizophrenias presents a body of essays by Taiwanese-American author Esmé Weijun Wang that take you through her experience of living with a chronic psychosocial disability. The book won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the Whiting...

Skin Stories: Essays on Sexuality, Disability and Gender: A Book Review

A brown-skinned, long-haired person sits on their bed, reading a book. They sit under a thicker pink and white comforter, followed by a blue sheet, on a mattress that is light blue. Their pillow (pink, similar to the quilt), is on the floor, next to a mug of coffee. A magazine is under the bed, peeking out. Behind them is a tall lamp with a red lampshade, against yellow walls. The sky outside appears through their window, a dark blue with stars.
In the first sentence that introduces this thoughtful compilation of essays, editor Shreya Ila Anasuya notes, "Stories make up the fabric of the world" (p. 8). Weaving together 46 essays across twelve sections - mind, body, romance, friendship, sex, work, violence,...