Those of you who have read “Go Kiss The World” would remember the story of my father’s mental illness and how he and the family dealt with it. On February 1, I was invited to address the doctors, staff and students of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore on the occasion of their Foundation Day Celebrations. NIMHANS is deemed an institute of national importance by an act of Parliament. It is an internationally respected place of research and treatment in both neurosciences and mental health.
Going to NIMHANS was a pilgrimage for me. I was overcome with many emotions and remembered my father’s periodic treatment at a mental hospital. The occasion asked for thanksgiving and here is a copy of my speech for you. If you like, send it to someone whose family is dealing with a mental health issue.