Book Review: Gulabi: Pankaj Suneja

Gulabi by Pankaj Suneja is one of those books that profoundly affect by vibrating each string of emotions that we come into contact with a fictitious story told by the author, that traces all the anguish of a disease, Schizophrenia, yet incomprehensible in some respects to all who come into contact with it.

The schizophrenic, even when it is in a state of mental and psychic decay, remains in possession of a soul, intelligence, and has feelings sometimes very alive without being able to externalize. Even in periods of complete indifference remains impersonal lucidity that not only enables you to perceive what is happening around, but also to realize its affective states.

It is a text that marked the psychology and fiction that deals with psychological issues and mental. The author, recounts the experience of a young schizophrenic man named Monty who develops schizophrenia like mental attitude that separates his ego and his identity as a real person from the rest of the world telling with hindsight the course of his illness and the healing and his mental state is derived exclusively from psychological factors related to childhood and especially the relationship with his love Gulabi.

The book explains with detailed clarity everything he lived and how he passed the various stages of the disease and his innovative methods, while the non psychotic Virginia, having suffered from a personal loss sets out to chase her all-time desire to travel the planet. Through the path that the two characters share together, they are able to understand what are the obstacles that the mind cannot get over and decide to work on them and especially on what has stuck both the lack of affection from their partners.

The main feature of this disease is the lack of perception of one's body, one's own existence. Monty felt nothing, empty and completely non-existent. This does not mean that he would not hear what was happening around him. Often it is this same indifference to the extreme, prevents him from speaking or to answer questions that you make. And then that we discover in him throughout a life of struggle, of untold suffering and joys of trying; a love life that appearances were far from to assume and that is extremely rich in lessons.

What would seem to characterize the inner world of mental illness, psychosis, and specifically schizophrenia, is precisely its incomprehensibility to normal humans, the alienation, namely the fact that the patient becomes a being that it does not seem to belong more to the community of men in our society that thrives on appearances.

Even Monty was beyond the boundaries of humanity as communication or comprehensibility. But when it heals and goes, both the characters settle down in the beautiful reality, and it can also make communicable their experiences.

A book of two voices, which exposes the mental illness and specifically schizophrenia by two different but equal angles; on the one hand the description of the disease by itself of the invalid, self-observation, the characters, recalls in a simple and direct manner their own history as a dramatic spiritual experience.

Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 74 ♥ Publisher: CreateSpace ♥ Published: July 2014 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-1500394264