Inside a Dark Box by Ritu Vaishnav

Inside a Dark Box by Ritu Vaishnav

How can one describe depression? We live in a world where there is fortunately a good level of awareness about depression. And yet, many a time we use the term quite casually and almost in a very superfluous and light manner. Thus, perhaps we really need to know about and understand the seriousness and relevance of some important questions. How does a depressed person feel? What is the condition of his or her mind? What does depression look like? And, how can one talk about depression with children? 

It does not require big words and complicated terms to describe this intense condition. Inside a Dark Box by Ritu Vaishnav, published by Penguin Books, paints a picture of what depression looks and feels like. The book has been written with a child readership in mind. The words work in perfect tandem with the perfectly executed Illustrations by Rujuta Thakurdesai. 

Inside a Dark Box paints a picture of what depression looks and feels like. By using the analogy of a Dark Box, the book portrays the mental landscape of a person who is undergoing depression.
This a fabulous book to spread awareness of the condition of depression and the fact that it is nothing to ashamed of. It provides hope that it can be tackled with empathy and with sensitivity. Schools and resource centres could also use this book in therapy with children.

With minimal words by Ritu Vaishnav and vivid illustrations by Rujuta Thakurdesai, the book presents a visceral image of depression. By using the analogy of a Dark Box, it portrays the mental landscape of a person who is struggling with depression. As we turn the pages we get a visual view of each struggle and each attempt to overcome the condition that a person makes. 

Unfortunately, it is a slippery path and Inside a Dark Box acknowledges the challenges that a person may face while battling this issue. However, it gently provides hope and this element comes across in a very empathetic manner.

Ultimately, the book ends with an inspiring and hopeful message. Because, as the author says, “There is light. Always”. 

I think this a fabulous book to spread awareness of the condition of depression and the fact that it is nothing to ashamed of. It provides hope that it can be tackled with empathy and with sensitivity. Schools and resource centres could also use this book in therapy with children. While Inside a Dark Box has been written with children in mind, I feel that its simplicity makes it equally applicable and useful for adults. It could explain the condition to the uninitiated and also provide a ray of hope for those who need it. And, a ray of hope is always a good thing! 

Further Reading: Darkless by Tanu Shree Singh also touches upon the issue of depression in children.

Dhanishta Shah
 

Dhanishta Shah

Dhanishta is a freelance writer, going strong on a quest to explore a variety of topics and avenues for generating purposeful content. A self-confessed bibliophile, she is the Founder of Bookedforlife.
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