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Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

 | Book Awards 2022 | English Non-fiction

Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

The way you feel rarely follows the straight path between an event and its poor outcome. Instead, it follows a confusing zig-zag. ""Many books have been written about mental illness. Few adopt the introspective blend of self-examination, self-flagellation, and ultimate hope and achievement that marks Krithika's journey in her memoir Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice? These elements make for an exceptional read that deserves a place in any library collection strong in mental health autobiographies and stories of recovery." - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Full Title: Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

Author: Krithika Chandrasekar
Publisher: Krithika Chandrasekar

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

Read this book if you suffer from anxiety or depression and want some reassurance that you will be alright soon. "Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?" chronicles Krithika's struggle with depression, her attempts to commit suicide, her frustrating endeavors embracing all the wellness techniques prescribed on the Internet, and her rocky path to healing. "Do you know the clarity which comes from being able to parametrize how you feel? You begin to miss it dearly. You could feel guilty. You could feel sorry. You could feel exhausted. What if you felt all these emotions at once and could not separate one from the other?" Krithika writes when she grapples daily with an intruder, not knowing that she is clinically depressed. The story traverses between Santa Barbara and West Lafayette, where Krithika studied, and Bangalore, where she grew up. She feels continuously displaced. A cherished ambition collapses. Life, as she had envisioned, ceases to exist. Her mind relentlessly plays games with her and sells her on the narrative that her existence is worthless. She despairs that there may never be a way out. Witness her journey as she takes tentative steps in the pitch dark towards an elusive light. There are words aside from darkness to describe depression. There are ways of describing the horrors of a depressive episode without ambiguity. Krithika honestly narrates incidents from those painful three years when she was depressed to offer a vocabulary for anyone suffering in private. By the end of the book, Krithika convinces you that normalcy can be restored. She tells you how she controlled the voice that put her down, how she sought help, what helped her soothe her mind, and how she regained her bearings and overcame depression.

About the Author: 

Krithika received a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara and an undergraduate degree from Purdue. Her writing has appeared in the Hindu and the Times of India. "Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?" is her debut nonfiction memoir detailing her experiences with depression and suicide. It was written with the intention of handholding depressed students on college campuses.


I think I now understand why people sometimes cry unexpectedly, without reason. Sometimes, your brain can play games with you. It can tell you a story that you are no good. The first time you process the tale, you question it. Maybe, my brain is trying to fool me, you think. Now, let's repeat this story on loop. All this while. when you are being convinced that you will likely never make it, you remain physically inactive. Tiredness sets in as you wait for your mind to settle down. The futility of this exercise, this constant war to reclaim your mental faculties even as a predatory force stamps all over, is what causes you to cry.

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