Wisdom from the Young and the Disabled: In Conversation with Sanket Gala

In the second of the interview series, ‘Wisdom from the Young and the Disabled’, we are in conversation with Sanket Gala. As we bear witness to the rich know-hows from young people with disabilities of how the world should be, we hold on to the words and intentions of writer and community organizer for disability…

Children’s Picture Books as scaffolds to Re-author Stories of Disabilities

One of the powerful ideas that align narrative practices and disability justice is that people are not the problem, the problem is the problem. That the problems are not in our bodies, heads or hearts but in the social structures of injustice, in a world that’s industrialized, medicalized, ableist. In a conversation with Vikki Reynolds,…

‘हमारे जुगाड़’ – A collective document of mothers’ know-hows of taking care of themselves

हमारे जुगाड़/Our Jugaad is a collective document about different ways in which mothers take of themselves, their mental health. This Covid lockdown across India has been a particularly difficult time for caregivers of children with disabilities with restricted access to supportive spaces, everyday resources, medical and therapy services, change in everyday routine. The Mental Health…

Podcast: Therapists as Co-travellers on Caregivers’ Journey

The Mental Health Team at Ummeed Child Development Center, Mumbai has been facilitating a series of events in the month of June, as a way to advocate for the mental health of caregivers of children with disabilities. As a part of the series, the team is launching this podcast that is a conversation between the…

‘Collective Feeling’… Ananya on Artwork and Mental Health

Bruner once said, “Stories become transformative only in their performance” This week, we are in conversation with Ananya Broker Parekh who calls herself a “freelance illustrator, a picture-maker and a storyteller.” In this conversation, she lets us into some of her profound, yet accessible storytelling through her artwork around mental health and what moves her…

Jugaads, the ‘little’ doings

  A quaint and a colourful little book at a first glance, Jugaad is a storehouse of decolonized and unabashed knowledge about mental health by 14-young people between ages 14 – 19 years. It is a book carefully and collectively crafted by the young people that is rooted in their lived-experiences, and seeks to be…

Story-beings by Alfonso Diaz

In many ways, stories are similar to living beings: They seem to have their own interests. They compel us to share them and, once told, they begin to grow and change, often becoming longer, stronger and more elaborate.  Stories find each other, they intermingle, and multiply.  Stories need our attention to thrive in the world:…

Let’s Talk Narrative… with Jehanzeb Baldiwala

  Narrative Therapy India is resuming the interview series, as a way to bear witness to and archive the unfolding of Narrative Ideas and Practices in India. Our guest this week is Jehanzeb Baldiwala, a therapist, supervisor, trainer and part of Ummeed Child Development Center’s management team since 2004. She has aligned herself with narrative…