Memoirs of Swadesh Deepak, popular Indian playwright and novelist Deepak has been active on the Hindi literary scene since the mid-1960s and is best known for Court Martial, a pathbreaking play that hits hard the roots of casteism in the Indian Army.
In the early 1990s, Deepak showed severe symptoms of bipolar disorder, a condition that was diagnosed only a couple of suicide attempts and many frightful months later. He was under medication for a long time, and took many years to recover. Around 2001, he began documenting those fateful years spent "in the darkroom of his mind". These memoirs were first serialized in Kathadesh, a leading Hindi monthly, and later published as a book, Oru Sakalitha Jeevitham ('Maine Mandu Nahin Dekha' in Hindi). Deepak's memoirs triggered widespread debate, both for their innovative form, and their depiction of the way in which mental illness is perceived in India. The book won Deepak as many admirers as foes, with many putting even the suffering behind the book under the scanner.
Despite the volley of sharp-edged comments that it ensued, Oru Sakalitha Jeevitham is a work unlike any other published in recent times. It is special because it is a grotesque first-hand account of how this disorder destroys logic in a systematic fashion. And it is Deepak's precise, bare-bones language—almost poetical in most portions—that lends authenticity to the text.
Malayalam Title: ഒരു ശകലിത ജീവിതം
Size: Demy 1/8
Edition: 2013 May
Oru Sakalitha Jeevitham
- Publisher: Mathrubhumi
- Category: Malayalam Memoirs
- Availability: In Stock