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Poem

You’re Okay

Quite often we are very afraid to make mistakes, we second guess ourselves even before trying something. And sometimes we end up not doing what we are afraid of at all, because we wonder what society, other people, our friends or families will think, how they might judge us. This needs to stop.

July 27, 2017 • Arundhati Bhatia • 20 • Delhi

Poem

Lost Again

I usually don't talk much and prefer writing instead. This poem is for each of those alternative souls who are looking for sanity, love or compassion, a release in poetry, writings, novels, stories, theatre or art. We are in the end, humans, and there is nothing that can prevent us from over-thinking. Over-thinking isn't bad, over-thinkers aren't scary, it is an art that every one of us has developed in our own beautiful way. Embrace it, don't let it drain you away, write your thoughts down, feel them, don't dare you frown.
I am touched by anxiety and by depression, and my only getaway is writing, which was introduced to me by my father, who himself is a photographer/journalist by passion. Knowing that I wouldn't say much he asked me to write instead, and I wrote. I wrote what I'm feeling, the things that I'm going through, things that I over think about, things I don't want to see. I could write what I felt, imagine what I thought not caring about the real, perhaps that is what helped me go through depression though I'm still healing.

June 28, 2017 • Vairali Nagpal • 17 • New Delhi

Article

When my mind feels like a pressure cooker about to explode

I stopped hiding behind my fears and started asking for what I wanted and what I believed I deserved. And when I did, I felt alive—as if I’d just awaken from a year long coma.

April 4, 2017 • Ria Golecha • New Delhi

Article

Coming to terms with my reality

Today, I am able to open up to even a random stranger and own up to my story, because I know this is what makes me human. Acceptance is the biggest step to recovery, so vent, talk, share, scream, but just get it out.

April 4, 2017 • Anonymous • New Delhi