The Story of A Suicide by Sriam Ayer is not just a book, but an initiative to change perspectives in the society. It is a humble attempt at touching the less touched topics through a story represented by four characters – Sam, Hari, Charu and Mani.
I would consider the book as a novella, as the chapters are short in length. There are thirty one chapters altogether, backed with illustrations by Ghana.
Plot: Sam, Hari, Charu and Mani – all the four characters have challenges and aspirations of their own. Their stories battle the labels of the society, while each of them struggles with their floating minds and flickering tendencies. The story woven through the four young characters portrays the complexities of daily life. It traces the minute details of a suicide and paves way for the readers to interpret the message in the story
What I liked:
I liked the initiative and the idea. The book in the blog is tailored to help people in need. After reading the book, I toured the site and found a lot of useful stuff. For example:
The link acts like a handbook. This is not a FAQ, but a much needed FAQ. How many of us are open to an idea of discussing mental illness openly? This initiative gets all the marks for doing it in a creative way.
The line in the book offers food for thought:
“There are many deep secrets and demons within us that we do not have answers to. Some we might never find. It’s okay. Before we accept each other, it is important to accept ourselves. Accept our feelings, our past, our flaws, our situations. I am not saying this in a defeatist way, but once you begin to accept, you will start appreciating what you have now and be grateful. This way we can be less anxious about life, more secure, so that you can love more,” said Mani.
Some illustrations metaphorically conveyed the essence of the story, Kudos to Ghana for great artwork. One of my favorite illustrations is from the seventh chapter:
This particular chapter is about an imaginary rendezvous between Caesar and Draupadi. I love the idea very much!
What I disliked:
The use of tweets in the story seemed irrelevant at times, but negligible.
Cover, Blurb & the Idea: Full marks to the concept. The illustrations are rich, supporting the content very well. This is not just a book, it is an initiative that will encourage open-mindedness. It will encourage people to be less-judgmental and move towards acceptance.
Conclusion : Going by the flavor of the book, I will refrain from rating the book. This is a good read, conveying lessons on to-do’s, do-not’s, could-be-done’s in a unique way.
You can find about more about the book and the initiative here :
Before signing off, I will leave you with some tools that could help you in your journey:
1. Carry a personal totem with you. It could be anything. Could be your favorite pen, batch, sticker of a Buddha, God’s photo, anything! Let that be a reminder of all good there is !
2. Rendezvous: Meet yourself every day. Spend a few moments talking to yourself every day. It could be through a journal, could be an objective observation of thoughts or some healthy self talk.
3. Doodling: Doodling is a great way to heal yourself. You could check out some videos on how to Zen Doodle. It is a great stress buster and helps you in rejuvenating yourself!
4. Coloring: There is no age bar to coloring. Don’t shy away from doing what makes you happy!
5. Connect with the Nature: Walking can do wonders! Go out, walk a little. Embrace Nature. You could also start gardening. Start your own mini-garden, Plant a Tulsi and watch it grow. Water it every day, spend a few minutes with it.
6. Play the Question Game: Have a question in mind? Get hold of the book nearest to you. Think of question, flip to a random page and place your finger on the line. Read out the answer and be happy to have tried a little game of randomness.
7. Charlie Chaplin: Don’t forget to laugh at least once! Have a good laugh. It helps. Charlie Chaplin could help you do that. Watch his videos, spend some time laughing! It is healthy.
8. Listen to Om Mani Padme Hum: You could play this mantra while you are at work, or while you are about to start working. It works wonders! It is available on youtube:
Same goes for Gayatri Mantra too. It has a lot of positive vibrations.
9. Read biographies: Mandela’s Way by Richard Stengel is one of my favorites. I finished reading ‘A Biography of Rahul Dravid: The Nice Guy Who Finished First’ by Devendra Prabhudesai and learnt a lot. Reading stories of inspiring people fuels your soul to keep moving forward. It will help you keep distractions and depressions at bay.
10. Affirmations: Have a set of positive affirmation for yourself and chant them. It could be as simple as ‘I am the best’. Some codes like ‘I can’ could help you in your testing times.
11. H.O.P.E : No, it is not ‘Hold on, Pain Ends’. One of my friend sees it as ‘Help One Person Everyday’ and it is true! You could consider helping one person every day and that counts. Karma can never go wrong.
I hope the tools will serve you in channelizing your potential, All the best!
I thank Indiblogger for letting me know about the story and the wonderful initiative.