Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Book Review - A Bipolar's Journey by Vijay Nallawala

Title: A Bipolar's Journey
Author: Vijay Nallawala
Pages: 234
Price: INR 450.00
Publisher: Partridge India


I’m not much of a nonfiction reader, but when Mr. Nallawala approached me for reviewing his book, ‘A Bipolar’s Journey: From Torment to Fulfillment,’ I accepted without any second thoughts simply because I wanted to know more about bipolar disorder straight from the horse’s mouth.
Vijay Nallawala has bipolar disorder, a mental condition marked by alternating periods of elation and depression, which makes normal living strenuous. His book is a Bildungsroman, a coming of age story that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood in which character change is extremely important.
‘A Bipolar’s Journey’ is the autobiography of a man who has defied all odds to emerge victorious in spite of his affliction and still continues to do so. There’s a frank openness in the writer’s voice. He confides in the reader all about his private life—every emotion, success, frustration, and humiliation— very honestly and authentically. He tells us the story of his heroic battle against adversity, prejudice, stigmas, stereotypes, of his will to succeed and his search for an identity in a country that lacks greatly in understanding the workings of the human brain. In the process of self-realization, I’d say he has become a beacon of hope for those who ride the same boat as his.

What is absolutely worth reading in this book is how the writer has explained such a complex and varied disease as bipolar in simple yet effective language. There are no medical jargon that may confuse the reader. Even someone with no prior knowledge regarding the ailment can understand fully what the writer intends to share. The language is simple and there is no attempt to resort to euphemisms. There is never a dull moment and I couldn’t wait to complete the book. I’d recommend everyone to read the book and learn something from it. 




A must read for all those combating depression and even those who are not.

About the author

Vijay Nallawala is a personal branding coach, writer and blogger based in Mumbai. A deeply spiritual, vibrant, and creative person, he is happily married to Khyati and has a daughter, Diti. He is committed to the mental health awareness cause and compassionately engages with people living with bipolar disorder across the world through his website

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