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Grief Is like an Ocean
grief
When I lost my 59-year-old father to suicide in 2019, I was forced to join what I call the 'dead parents society' and came to be introduced to the gargantuan force that is grief.
How I Transcended Internalized Fatphobia to Reconnect with My Body
Fatphobia
For as long as I can remember, I have been fat—first, a chubby kid and then, an overweight adult. Somehow, it never bothered me. No one spoke about dieting or achieving a target weight in my family. I was happy the way I was, or so I thought.
NEW EPISODE! Therapy Tuesday - Social Media & Mental Health
Podcast
In this episode, we look at the relationship between social media and mental health. While social media can be valuable for networking and enhancing connections with loved ones, it can also worsen mental health issues. Ruchita gives us some techniques for managing social media behaviour.
Five Films and Series That Portray the Reality of Mental Health Challenges
Culture
The entertainment industry has a long way to go when it comes to depicting mental illnesses in a manner that doesn’t perpetuate stigma. However, a recent spurt of shows and films seem to have kick-started some nuanced and healthy conversations.
Re-Reading Ambedkar’s Insistence on Inter-Caste Marriages
Opinion
Inter-caste marriages reinforce casteist principles in insidious ways when lower caste spouses are forced to curate their lifestyle, food habits, and demeanour to match those of the dominant caste culture.
Arranged Marriages Uphold the Same Tradition That Promoted Sati
Opinion
Caste endogamy is the defining feature of the hierarchical concept of caste and has stayed immutable through time immemorial. This perpetuation of caste supremacy via the concept of purity is primarily preserved today through the institution of marriage—especially arranged marriages.
4 min read
Vaccine Apartheid: What It Is and Why We Should Vigorously Oppose It
Vaccination
The politics of intellectual property around life-saving pharmaceutical drugs has been marked by Big Pharma's brazen disregard for human lives, a cavalier attitude to laws, and a cult-like devotion to ever burgeoning profits.
The Intertwined Realities of India’s Transgender Act 2019, Digitisation, and the COVID Vaccination Drive
Health
The disproportionate dependency on technology continues to further curb the access to COVID-19 vaccination for those on the wrong side of the digital divide in India. What does the trend towards digitizing identity mean for transgender persons, a historically marginalised population group?
The Curious Case of Cervical Cancer
Health
Cervical cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer. In India, it is one of the leading cancers affecting women. The irony is that it is also one of the two types of serious cancers that can be prevented with a vaccine—so why don't people know about this?
The Other Side of Cancel Culture
Social Media
The dependence of social media activism on virality creates a hierarchy of outrage. In this hierarchy, each cause is given weightage based on its value as a viral commodity. So who gets saved?
Borderline Personality Disorder: What Women’s Narratives Can Tell Us
mental health
Popular media has played a significant role in projecting women with borderline traits as manipulative, controlling, or socially inept.
4 min read
Break The Chain: What You Can Do to Stop the Virus from Spreading Even More
COVID-19
Slowing down the COVID-19 contagion requires physical distancing and masks. There is no other way to do this at any stage of the spread anywhere. The virus is deadly and it's hell-bent on spreading—it's designed to, as all viruses are.
NEW EPISODE! Therapy Tuesday- Men and Depression
Podcast
In this episode, we discuss men's depression- what the symptoms can look like, and how men need to develop safer spaces for themselves and unlearn the violence they have internalized towards themselves and the people around them.
Can Indian Communists Really Even Dream of a Revolution?
Opinion
Organizing the working class without addressing the caste issue is a shrewd way of the privileged caste Communists to pave a way to maintain their grasp over power in the name of proletariats while the marginalized and underprivileged continue to languish in the prison of caste.
4 min read
Smashboard Has Won the UNESCO-Netexplo Grand Prix. What Is It All About?
Award
We won the UNESCO-Netexplo Grand Prix. Many of you voted for us! So what's the prize all about?
How India's Brutal Lockdown Was a Calamity for Trans-Communities
Trans Rights
Plunged into crisis during the lockdown, deprived of the basic needs for survival, many trans people battled with mental health issues and deepened dysphoria.
4 min read
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NEW EPISODE! Therapy Tuesday- Bipolar Disorder
Podcast
This episode debunks some myths about bipolar disorder and looks at why it becomes difficult for people to accept and own the diagnosis.
NEW EPISODE! Therapy Tuesday- Addiction
Podcast
Addiction- that's our focus for this episode- the stigma attached to substance use and how we need to approach it with increased sensitivity.

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