Sunday, February 2, 2020

Mental Health: Blogging with a Purpose #CauseAChatter

 I live in a society where "mad" is still abuse, "mentally challenged" is conveniently used for criminals, murderers and rapists and mental health thus stands stigmatized.

Being a survivor and an activist I have witnessed this invisibility of mental health in the social discourse around me and the resulting insensitivity about both the survivors and their caregivers is appalling.

I am also a Psychological First Aid practitioner and in my practice, have come across so many people completely unaware of even basics of mental health here.

I also wrote an e-book Mental Health: A Primer with the same purpose. 

Still, I feel a lot of people are unaware of so much about mental health around me that more and more needs to be written, so I will be writing about mental health all this year for this campaign and if time and energy allows also doing Hindi translations/paraphrase of the same on my Hindi blog too.

This post is in collaboration with Blogchatter's Blogging with a Purpose  . If you are a blogger and want to join your voice for a cause close to your heart, do lookup.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Diary of a Blog #DecadeHop

This post got a special mention here


Life is a toddler tantrum
she is a blog and a human new-mom
doesn't know the difference between a RAM and a ROM
I am worried how she will manage me @ dot com


Our poems now travel around the world
Displayed now in a cafe in Canada I am told
we are now confident and bold
the baby and I are school-age old


Now we are also the published word you see
There's fame and the rat-rice thingy
We are now sturdy three
Mom writes too much and doesn't let me be 


We begin getting prizes and awards
hard work has its own r-e-w-a-r-d-s
mom seems to get a hang of it seems
we have a HINDI sibling now for the record


We are now branching out to other addresses
feels very good to touch new bases
mom looks at the world now with new glasses
a blog is not just a diary and has more uses


A challenge in this journey, next milestone
we have come a long way on our own
sometimes the words don't easily come by
but we are ready for the unknown

We have become now revolutionary
we have extended every boundary
a voice strong and feisty
we move on with our lessons, wisely


Younger sibling is five now
Parshv Swar is her name!
We are now much more than hobbies
filling our mom's mantel with trophies!


5 years at AtoZ and now it becomes a book
Mummy is on some awesome lists
advocacy and activism our new tools
we are a voice you can't overlook

Pic courtesy: Women's Web


at the beginning of an end
or an end of a beginning 
Are we still new and fresh
or time for the second inning?

Image of A Night in the Hills


This year we begin a new decade and many of you have walked this journey with us if you think you really know us take this Quiz

Correct answers shall be revealed after this bloghop.

“This post is a part of ‘DECADE Blog Hop’ #DecadeHop organised by #RRxMM Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul. The Event is sponsored by Glo and co-sponsored by Beyond The BoxWedding ClapThe Colaba Store and Sanity Daily n association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjee”

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


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- Language is one of the most potent tools that the human race has. Use it judicially. Sometimes in dissidence, we tend to use the same language that the oppression has, for instance, sexist language in feminist protests or casteist/communal language in social protests.

- Practice as you preach. Those of us who have had the privilege of education and awareness must use our misery/discrimination if any to raise awareness. If you hide it under the garb of "happy pictures" you are feeding the monster called patriarchy.

-Stop fake news and information.Before you press that forward/share button introspect, ALWAYS INDICATE SOURCE.

-Understand terminology. Mental health terms must not be used to describe criminal behavior. Poverty or discrimination must not be glorified in even art or poetry.

-Write/speak against the grain responsibly. Argue responsibly. Having ideological differences is alright, using those to demean the other personally never is remember that.

-Do not perpetuate myths/cliches that are discriminatory- look at this misery(Pain pornography), Disability is bravery(Inspiration porn), hashtags like #couplegoals #momisgreat and #happilyeverafter that perpetuate gender stereotypes.

-Respect CONSENT both online and offline. Do not pester people to add you or interact with you. As much as it is your right to approach them once it is their right to say NO or not react at all.

-Don't follow herds, if in a large group be a well-informed crowd.

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The Human Bean Cafe, Ontario
my work on display there !!!!!