Sunday, July 23, 2006

normal is SICK, i tank God i am not normal now


born in a strict catlik environment of the 50's
when God was to be feared

when the mission fathers preached hell fire and damnation
when to look at a woman with desire was to commit adultery

when success meant landing up with a job dat pays well
being happily married even when u r not

i said when i grew up to break free of normality

i re-discovered Jesus
i found Jesus was just a nice guy to joke with
a guy i began to love

i stopped going to church and lissening to padres
i lissened to Jesus instead

i started to look for love outside marriage
and found love in the arms of an older woman (one year older than me)

i rediscovered the world
when i became abnormal

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Amend lunacy law

NirmaJa Srinivasan

"Hey; I am normal but not recovered", yelled out Roni, running across the road. "I am lucky that I have a job, though not sure for how long", he added."But I am amused that my parents are on the look-out for a guardian for me;they also want me to get married.

Isn't it crazy? Why not two- in-one - a guardian and a wife thrown in one?" he laughed and said.

The observation of this 38year-old, under treatment for chronic mental disorder, raises questions about guardianship, normalcy and recovery that the law fails to recognise.

In response to one's search for a definition of recovery; Gayathri Ramprasad in Oregon, US, writes, "Recovery is a reality...Recovery enables me to revive lost dreams and restore broken bonds. Recovery paves the road to a life of love and fulfilment. Recovery makes me whole and human again. Recovery empowers me to make meaning out of madness, and transform trauma into triumph".

She was echoing Roni's optimism.For Roni's parents, however, these small victories bring no solace.Their search for that mythological two-in-one guardian angel is familiar to millions of family carers of mentally ill (MI) persons who stabilise after a decade of regimented medication and rehabilitation and fall in the normalbut-not-recovered category.

Guardianship for mentally ill wards is one of the most outstanding long-term concerns of parents and family members of MI persons, because time oscillates between recovery and normalcy; between the present and the future, between a guardian and a spouse. Unfortunately;neither is easy to get.

Guardianship for MI persons comes under the purview of Mental Health Act, 1987. Chapter VI from Section 50-77 provides for judicial inquisition, custody of the person and management of his property after the court is satisfied about the person's incapacity to undertake such financial responsibilities.

Known as 'divesting the MI person of his/her property due to incapacity to manage it', the Act does not make any provision for MI persons to get guardians just to look after their affairs and not divest them of their property.

Roni is capable of self-care and handles his finances and bank accounts, though one cannot say whether he will ever be able to earn a proper livelihood.His present being is no guarantee of his future improving in a progressively linear fashion. So his parents are keen to get him a guardian for looking after him now and after their demise.They also want to ensure that the family pension due to him as the dependent handicapped son of a government pensioner reaches him on time.

Once Roni's parents can decide on a guardian, would it not help him graduate from normalcy to recovery?
Unfortunately; the Mental Health Act does not recognise the legitimate authority of Roni's parents as natural guardians to appoint legal guardians.

The Act states under Section 53 and Section 54 (3) that the district court or district collector may appoint any suitable person to be the guardian and/ or manager of the property.Civil pension rules on family pension, also adopted by the ministry of defence, maintain that it is for the court and not parents to appoint legal guardians for persons with MI. So complicated is the legal situation that it becomes next to impossible to access pension for MIpersons.Worse still, Roni may have to be produced before the judge to prove his credentials as a mentally challenged person, although he is able to look after himself and his property - this is an inevitable part of the pension package.The law only recognises polarities, illness or the lack of it, but reality is a seesaw between recovery and normalcy; the oscillation being the very nature of mental illness."Recovery embodies the process of reclaiming hope, humanity; equity and dignity - birthrights that were stripped by mental illness and society at large", declares Gayathri in her write-up on recovery. Is it not time to amend the Mental Health Act so that we can support Roni's parents to help him recover?The writer is with Action for Mental Illness, Bangalore.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

one day on the couch wid my shrink ..

i remember vividly the day
i walked into her offiice for the first time
she wasnt pretty
but she was beautiful i realized when we gott talking

she was all covered up from rist to neck
and heels to way up
dat made me curious

so i tried to flirt
told her i cudnt talk freely until i new the person i was talking to
so she told me a lott
i asked her does she hate men (she was 40-ish un married)

she said she had wanted to marry but all men wanted to see the goodies first
i laffed
hey Rita i am beginning to like u already
i told her ur beaitiful
i can see dat widout looking at skin ..

and the flirting went on and on getting heavier by the minute
i asked her fav colour said pale pink

i had come prepared
i fished out 4 colours of latex and asked her to choose
she smiled and made her pick

My almost-lovers and I exchanged gifts last night. (You know about my almost-lovers, right? They are the fat, ugly people that I let hang around with me. You know--I flirt a little, I let them touch my flat abs, I make them think that I might sleep with them someday, although of course I never would. Having them around proves that I'm beautiful and desirable.)So anyway, I got an awesome sweater from Banana Republic that makes my shoulders look so hot, and four copies of the Ashlee Simpson CD. Do they know me or what?

"Please tell me you're not allergic to latex."
Flirting, by its very nature, will probably never get me that. But that's not what flirting is for.

Friday, July 29, 2005

CATCH 22 ...

A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.
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Commander: its all part of the deal
Yossarian : u made a deal wid the Germans to bomb our own base ??

Editorial Reviews

There was a time when reading Joseph Heller's classic satire on the murderous insanity of war was nothing less than a rite of passage.

Echoes of Yossarian, the wise-ass bombardier who was too smart to die but not smart enough to find a way out of his predicament, could be heard throughout the counterculture.

As a result, it's impossible not to consider Catch-22 to be something of a period piece. But 40 years on, the novel's undiminished strength is its looking-glass logic.

Again and again, Heller's characters demonstrate that what is commonly held to be good, is bad; what is sensible, is nonsense.

Yossarian says, "You're talking about winning the war, and I am talking about winning the war and keeping alive."
"Exactly," Clevinger snapped smugly. "And which do you think is more important?"
"To whom?" Yossarian shot back. "It doesn't make a damn bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead."

"I can't think of another attitude that could be depended upon to give greater comfort to the enemy."

"The enemy," retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, "is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on."

Mirabile dictu, the book holds up post-Reagan, post-Gulf War.
It's a good thing, too. As long as there's a military, that engine of lethal authority, Catch-22 will shine as a handbook for smart-alecky pacifists.

It's an utterly serious and sad, but damn funny book.

Inside This Book (learn more)First Sentence:It was love at first sight. Read the first pageStatistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs): (learn more) big fat mustache, bloated colonel, tighter bomb pattern, eggs for seven cents, intelligence tent, more combat missions, help the bombardier, sei pazzo, seventy missions, zinc pipe, railroad ditch, sixty missions, illegal tobacco, bomb line, forty missions, colored panties, group chaplain, flak suits, lead bombardier, medical tent, fifty missions, mess officer, combat status, covered cotton, more missionsCapitalized Phrases (CAPs): (learn more) Colonel Cathcart, Colonel Korn, Hungry Joe, Major Major, Doc Daneeka, General Dreedle, General Peckem, Captain Black, Chief White Halfoat, Nurse Duckett, Corporal Whitcomb, Washington Irving, Lieutenant Scheisskopf, Sergeant Towser, Nurse Cramer, Kid Sampson, Colonel Moodus, Major de Coverley, Colonel Cargill, Group Headquarters, Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters, Milo Minderbinder, Colonel Scheisskopf, The Saturday Evening Post, Sergeant Knight

blogg depression ....

a nonist public service pamphlet
there is a growing epidemic in the cyberworld. a scourge which causes more suffering with each passing day. as blogging has exploded and, under the stewardship of the veterans, the form has matured more and more bloggers are finding themselves disillusioned, dissatisfied, taking long breaks, and in many cases simply closing up shop. this debilitating scourge ebbs and flows but there is hardly a blogger among us who has not felt it’s dark touch. we’re speaking, of course, about blog depression.
we here at the nonist have spoken before about
the “blog life crisis" which is a natural part of any blog’s life-span. what we turn our attention to now, however, is the more insidious, prolonged strain of dissatisfaction which stays with a blogger, right below the surface, throughout a blog’s lifetime. the diligent and self aware blogger can resist this destructive undercurrent, make changes, adapt, rationalize, but for many, untreated, it can cause much needless suffering in the form of full fledged blog depression.
below you will find a 6 page pamphlet meant as a public service to help educate bloggers about this growing problem. feel free to
download the complete pdf and disseminate this work to those you know and love. otherwise click each to see the larger version. “the more you know...” the sooner bloggers realize they have options the better. us included.

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yess, its dat creep OPIE again
who posts such crap