- Publisher : Notion Press; 1st edition (9 December 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 276 pages
Psychiatry is an interesting field of science that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. These disorders do not find healthy discussion in society. They invite whispers and mockery. They invite disgust and disdain. For once and for all, it is difficult to comprehend why don’t we pay enough attention to the cause of these disorders just the way we do for physical problems.
The Mad’eiloscope by Charu (pen name) is a dark and heavy hanging tale of Raj who suffers from the punitive attitude of the society toward those who lose their social power position. Raj bumps into a woman, Manorama, and together, they try to travel in the darker alleys of Raj’s life and mind. This journey brings forth highlights on suffering, grieving, psychiatry, and how does it feel to be trapped inside one’s mind.
Raj comes across a few women, love them unconditionally, and suffer heartbreaks in his journey. He experiences deep pain and a state of confusion. This renders him helpless and society shows little to no concern for his deteriorating mental health. He is suffering. His story is at times dark and frustrating to read. However, it also has some realistic incidents to open up the reader’s mind.
The conversations between Raj and Manorama unveils interesting facts on spirituality and psychology. These conversations also attempt to verify the spiritual altitude of some of the world’s great psychologists including Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Not to mention, this kept me hooked to this book because of my interest in both spirituality and psychology.
The storyline is gripping and the writing, fairly simple. However, at certain points, it becomes hard to absorb the chain of events. It might also get difficult to understand the depth of different concepts. It would be advisable to take it slow and read it patiently. Or maybe reread it to understand better.
In all, The Mad’eiloscope is a book that can be grim and moving at a snail’s pace. But reading it could also be eye-opening and rewarding.