Noah – The Mind Reader

It’s been over four fuckin’ years of restlessness. Aching restlessness. But it’s also meant four years of a living, breathing, meaningful  existence.   Noah is the dog I adopted from a shelter, at a time when I was as broken as he was. He greets me the same way each day. Bushy tail swinging side to…

Meanderings of a ‘seemingly-normal-not-so-dark’ depression

It’s been more than a few weeks of being stuck in this limbo, this stupor of being unable to run, read, write, work, think. To think. Not the superficial way that will get me through the day. There’s tiredness too climbing up the flight of stairs, which was not apparent earlier. Stuffing myself with far…

No Sense of Place

(Re-post: This article first appeared in The Wire, 16 Jul 2017) Noah rides shotgun. Credit: Nisarg Prakash The city is slowly starting to stir. I jump the gate, climb up three floors, heaving my backpack clumsily despite my intentions to remain stealthy as a cat. But he has already been alerted. Maybe it was shutting…

The Mind’s River

(Re-post: This article first appeared in The Wire,15 Feb 2017) The Cauvery river is like any ordinary fern-lined stream in the upper reaches. Credit: Nisarg Prakash January 1, 2017. I have been running. Running hard all these years. Running on tarmac, on dirt, running from others – and even harder from myself. I was afraid…

Mental illness in TV: Ian from Shameless

May be some of you will get this – when I get access to a TV after a long time, I just listlessly change channels in the hope that something great will be on. Late one night, not very long ago, I had access to a TV, and so I started exploring channels. Whilst on…

Noah Knows No Empathy

25 May 2018 “Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see.” ― Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays I had…