The one with the shadows
Srividya Sivakumar is a reader, a teacher, and a...
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Dear Mynd aims to create and encourage conversations around mental health. We do this through stories and that simple fact that connects us all; our human experiences. We are, after all, our stories. And our stories are us.
This episode of Dear Mynd explores the theme of conforming to a norm, and the difficulty of being your own person. It uses a story- The Dance of Shadows by Sharath C George – to touch upon a range of themes such as the influence of teachers, the quiet strength of a child, the importance of the creative mind, the debate between science and arts, and what it means to be a person with a different point of view.
Details of the episode
- The pressure we place on children.
- There is no one way to look at anything.
- The damaging effect of resignation in a child’s life.
Meet the host
Srividya Sivakumar is a reader, a teacher, and a speaker. But what really occupies her mind are those strange things that come hardbound or within soft paperbacks or on a device. Books. Yes, she’s a self avowed bibliophile and a firm believer in the magic that 26 letters and a few punctuation marks can create. A critically acclaimed poet, TEDx Speaker and a Voiceover Artist, Srividya believes in using her voice as a vehicle – one that drives change, sparks conversations, inspires calm and encourages you – to slow down, one story at a time.
Sharath was diagnosed with ADHD at 35. Soon after, he quit his job, and found a new path as a freelance writer, marketing consultant and fledgling entrepreneur. His story, The Dance of the Shadows, placed second in the Write Away contest organized by MyndStories.
- A Book of Light: When a Loved One Has a Different Mind– Jerry Pinto
- Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. and John J. Ratey M.D.
- Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different – Ben Brooks
How do we encourage a person to be themself?
Write to Srividya – firstname.lastname@example.org