Who Says Few People Cannot Change the World-“akhilvaani reviews the Book “The D-Word-A Survivor’s Guide to Depression” by Shubhrata Prakash

I am new to book review though writing both for publishing and not for publishing has long been my vocation. Also this is the first book review on the  "akhilvaani" platform devoted to "Opening-Up, Owning-Up and Talking Mental Illness in India". And when the promise of akhilvaani  is to "Give Hope, Love and Pride to … Continue reading Who Says Few People Cannot Change the World-“akhilvaani reviews the Book “The D-Word-A Survivor’s Guide to Depression” by Shubhrata Prakash

Who Says You Cannot Tame Bipolar Disorder-akhilvaani in Conversation with Vijay Nallawala-An Ordinary Indian with Extraordinary Achievement

i Mr. Vijay Nallawala , aptly describes himself as a "Pixel in the Magnificent Canvas called Life". To introduce Vijay briefly, he is an author par excellence, inspirational storyteller & personal branding coach based in Mumbai. He is also an Entrepreneur, Mental Wellness Catalyst and Compassionate Soul. More importantly, Vijay is what he is in … Continue reading Who Says You Cannot Tame Bipolar Disorder-akhilvaani in Conversation with Vijay Nallawala-An Ordinary Indian with Extraordinary Achievement

India @70-Mental Health Remains Orphan in National Budget

My interest in Mental Health is existential.  I have battled Bipolar Disorder for decades. Have been a Mental Health Advocate and Activist for a decade and I  have also served on the Government of India, Mental Health Policy Group for four years. Every year I have some wish list on Budget Day. This year wish … Continue reading India @70-Mental Health Remains Orphan in National Budget

akhilvaani in conversation with Sandeep Gautam, Life Coach and Bipolar Warrior

In the earlier blog, akhilvaani had a conversation with Shubhrata Prakash, IRS Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, and author of the latest best seller, The D-Word: A Survivors's Guide to Depression. akhilvaani is dedicated to "Own-up, Open-Up and Talk Mental illness and to spread "Hope, Love and Pride" to Mentally Ill. Needless to say, Stigma … Continue reading akhilvaani in conversation with Sandeep Gautam, Life Coach and Bipolar Warrior

Akhilvaani in conversation with Shubhrata Prakash, Author of “THE D-WORD: A SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO DEPRESSION

Question 1: Shubhrata Prakash, I picked up the book, "The D-WORD: A SURVIVOR's GUIDE TO DEPRESSION" recently at Delhi International Airport, where it was prominently displayed in the best sellers rack. Tell me in brief about the journey of making of the book. Answer: It was a book which just needed to be written. Ever … Continue reading Akhilvaani in conversation with Shubhrata Prakash, Author of “THE D-WORD: A SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO DEPRESSION

I am Mentally Ill-Should I Tell My Boss? You Must I Say? But do so carefully?

There is general consensus amongst scientists about two things- one, the curse of Mental Illness is spreading fast and second, as a general rule, severe mental illnesses like Depression, Bipolar Disorder or even Schizophrenia strike early in life. So if you suffer from Mental Illness and have already joined a job or are applying for … Continue reading I am Mentally Ill-Should I Tell My Boss? You Must I Say? But do so carefully?

What I Mean by: India Own-up, Open-up and Talk Mental Illness

It is early days for the campaign “India: Own-Up, Open-up and Talk Mental Illness. Also the year of “Hope, Love and Pride” for Mentally Ill in India has just begun. I am humbled b… Source: What I Mean by: India Own-up, Open-up and Talk Mental Illness

What I Mean by: India Own-up, Open-up and Talk Mental Illness

It is early days for the campaign "India: Own-Up, Open-up and Talk Mental Illness. Also the year of "Hope, Love and Pride" for Mentally Ill in India has just begun. I am humbled by the pouring up of messages of encouragement for the national festival and am also grateful to the brave hearts coming out … Continue reading What I Mean by: India Own-up, Open-up and Talk Mental Illness

India: Let Us make 2017 Year to “Own-Up, Open-Up and Talk Mental Illness”

Friends in earlier two blogs in "Of Madness and Sadness" series in akhilvaani,  I exhorted upon you to Own-Up, Open-Up and Talk Mental Illness" (yes Mental Illness of yours or your nears and dear ones) in the broader context of  celebrating 2017, as the big audacious Year of "Hope, Love and Pride" for Mentally Ill … Continue reading India: Let Us make 2017 Year to “Own-Up, Open-Up and Talk Mental Illness”

Let us make 2017 the Year of Change-“Time Now to Accept, Own-up, Open-up and talk Mental illness -and Celebrate 2017 as Year of “Hope & Pride for Mentally Ill in India”

Friends, 2017 has arrived in bridal makeover. Can we make it one of "Hope and Pride" for all "Mentally Ill" in India. It will help conquer age-old societal  stigma and discrimination against Mental Illness. Yes we can. -if all sufferers and care-givers (family and institutions) make a Collaborative Umbrella. And let the war start with … Continue reading Let us make 2017 the Year of Change-“Time Now to Accept, Own-up, Open-up and talk Mental illness -and Celebrate 2017 as Year of “Hope & Pride for Mentally Ill in India”