First Person

  • PsychiatricFacility Two Weeks in the Psych Ward

    In the common ward of the psychiatric facility, I was certain my condition was worsening because of the atmosphere. In that motley crew of recovering addicts and schizos, I found friendship and the will to go on.

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  • JaggaJasoos Life on Stutter Island

    When you’ve lived with a lifelong stutter, everyone around you seems to have immeasurable patience.

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  • “Beta, Gana Ga Ke Sunao!”

    There is a tribe of parents that subjects their guests to the talent of their kids, even when said guests have no desire to be subjected. My parents were the leaders of that tribe.

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  • Autism Lessons in Joy from My Autistic Son

    I’d hoped that my child, diagnosed with severe autism could be mainstreamed, could be like other children. We didn’t know it but this relentless hope was killing us.

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  • My Life as Sweaty Betty

    Hyperhidrosis is a weird kind of illness. It’s enough of a condition to have an important sounding name, but it isn’t debilitating enough for people to feel sorry for you.

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  • MyAbsentAbba My Absent Abba

    My Abba and I barely spoke. And while the lives of my friends’ fathers were not as complicated as my Abba’s, their memories of daddy-daughter conversations were limited too.

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  • MyBrothersKeeper-Bhaidooj My Brother’s Keeper

    I’m grateful for my younger siblings every day and have anointed them my guardians. We were raised to be a team anyway, responsible for each other’s care and protection.

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  • A Literary Guide to Surviving a Separation

    I started a book club while undergoing a painful split with my partner. But line by line, paragraph by paragraph, the books helped me put my life back together.

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  • MyLoveAffairwithUmaParmeshwari-WorldHeritageDay My Love Affair with Uma Parmeshwari

    Vijay’s fascination with an 11th-century Goddess drives his quest to recover India’s stolen antiques. After an eight-year struggle, he fulfils his promise to bring her home.

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