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A Book of Light: When a Loved One Has a Different Mind Hardcover – 7 Jul 2016
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‘AND YET THE LIFE WE LEAD, bringing up our child, a young man who hasn't spoken a clear full sentence to us in all the years since he was born, and then diagnosed with autism at nearly three - our precarious life together - is also supremely happy. I would not trade it for any other even if he is not and will never be like other children; in some ways, he will always be a child’. - Readers Digest
‘This book offers no moral lessons, but something of enduring emotional value for all of us. These stories are like that rare and precious friend who just comes and offers quiet companionship, “let you talk when you wanted to but let you be silent if that was what might make you heal’.— Deccan Herald
‘This handy little collection, compiled with deep concern and empathy, presents facets of a smouldering issue in easy-to-digest pieces’. —Deccan Herald‘You'll quit saying 'I'm so bipolar' after reading these accounts’.—Catch News ‘Author Jerry Pinto has put together a book which comprises narratives of ordinary people who live with 'disturbed' human beings. These may be of use to those who still face such traumas’.—Mumbai Mirror ‘A Book of Light is a collection of stories from people who recount their experiences of living with loved ones with a mental illness. In a society where the subject is rarely discussed openly, even among family, the book reminds us that we need many more such personal accounts’.—The Hindu ‘We don’t talk much about mental illness, but it’s time we began, says author Jerry Pinto, who has recently edited a collection of real-life accounts’.—The Hindu ‘A Book of Light is a small yet significant compendium of stories that allow us to explore a world of individuals so much like us, but distinct in a significant manner, insofar as they have a different mind’.— The Tribune ‘A Book of Light touches the heart, even as it inverts the world we inhabit. As I read it, I realise how much I don’t know, and how those who have a different mind illuminate lives, even as they pose challenges of various kinds. This book has thrown up shafts of light into unfamiliar nooks of our society, created shadows, even as it provided illumination into a world that is so familiar, yet different’.—The Tribune ‘This collection is a first of its kind consolation for the damaged soul neatly bound with a bright blue cover illustrated by Jerry Pinto. It assures the readers that they are not alone, that other people have suffered and that experiences can be shared’.— The Statesman ‘The book’s benevolent tropes launch an onslaught on the stigmas hitherto clouding the vision and damaging the social fabric of the country. It upholds the power of love and acknowledges the strength of prayers’. —The Pioneer.
About the Author
Jerry Pinto is the author of Em and the Big Hoom (winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Hindu Literary Prize and the Crossword Book Award for Fiction) and Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (winner of the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema). His other works include Asylum , a book of poems; and translations (from Marathi) of Daya Pawar’s autobiography Baluta , Sachin Kundalkar’s novel Cobalt Blue and Vandana Mishra’s memoir I, the Salt Doll . He has also edited several anthologies, including Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai (with Naresh Fernandes).
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The fact that all the stories are real and not mere fiction makes it easy to relate to, especially if you know someone who is going through similar situations either of coping or experiencing a mind that seems to have a mind of its own.
The common thread that weaves all the 13 stories together are the feelings of compassion, love, denial, anger, betrayal and guilt. And love triumphs in each and every story. How loved ones have offered support and gathered to deal with situations that often went out of control. How friends chipped in to diffuse tense moments.
'Some Questions for a Brother' is bound to resonate with the readers - we all have questions to which we have no answers and often wonder could things have been different if we had behaved differently? The guilt rarely vanishes you see.
'You didn't know her when she was normal' - this sentence is so full of love and compassion. It is the very reason a loved one is loved and held on to...good and loving memories gives one strength to continue to co-create a loving atmosphere at home even when it is not easy.
You don't need to purchase this book only if you know or have experience in dealing with someone who grapples with mental illness. It is a book for everyone. It is a profound book that stays with you for long after you have finished reading it. It is a book that reaffirms that unconditional love wins all the time. It is a book that lays bare the demons that reside in one's mind and the struggles of people who try to decipher those demons.
Go ahead, read it. Just ensure you have a strong heart.
This book is hardbound. It's one is a collection of real stories about people with mental illness. You would be glad you read it. Since, stories have been written by different, the writing style is not consistent and too up to the mark. Other than this, a fantastic attempt to highlight the much hushed topic of mental illness in our society.
Jerry’s book unleashed many such stories from people who have read and loved EM. At one of his book readings, a woman asked him to collect all these stories and create a book called ‘A book of light’. To create awareness about mental illness in our society. This book is a testament to the fact that, it often takes one person’s action to move and mobilize many towards the same goal.
The introduction piece of this book is written by Jerry himself. He has written it delicately, choosing each word carefully lest he hurts his readers. He has pointed out some hard-hitting truth a family faces while taking care of a loved one. The entire piece is honest and hits just right. It is powerful enough to keep you wondering for days.
The book contains 13 stories. All revolving around the same theme of ‘when a loved one has a different mind’. Some are written fondly, some in grief, others in guilt, betrayal, remorse, and even regret. One could feel the helplessness, confusion, sadness, and denial a family goes through at such times. Each story is special in its own way because each gives glimpses of something very personal and intimate.
If I had to pick my favorites of these stories, I would probably pick these five. ‘Papa, Elsewhere‘, ‘Daniella‘, ‘The Man under the staircase‘, ‘Anna‘, and ‘Some questions for a brother‘. First one was about a bipolar father, who then went missing, the family took a sigh of relief. The second was about a mother’s denial about her daughter’s depression. The third was about depression, and how it rears its ugly head. The last one was about regret and guilt for not reaching out when there was still time.
Only thumbs down with this book is that writing is not consistent throughout, which is quite obvious, as all writers are different. Few stories are well written, while some are weak in their narration and flow. If writing style is something you can ignore, then it’s definitely a good read. Because what matters here is the emotions with which each story was written.
A Book of Light: When a Loved One Has a Different Mind