Shadows in the Sun – Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within

by Gayathri RamprasadShadows in the sun

With a preface from Vikram Patel, Public Health Foundation of India and Sangath

Published by Random House India on 13th October, Rs 399 paperback

As a young girl in Bangalore, Gayathri was surrounded by the fragrance of jasmineand flickering oil lamps, her family protected by gods and goddesses. But as shegrew older, demons came forth from dark corners of her idyllic kingdom—with thescariest creatures lurking within her tortured mind.

Shadows in the Sun traces Gayathri’s courageous battle with debilitating depressionthat consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a move to the UnitedStates. Her inspiring memoir provides a first-of-its-kind cross-cultural view ofmental illness—how it is regarded in India and in America, and how she drew onboth her rich Hindu heritage and Western medicine to find healing.

Gayathri Ramprasad is the founder and president of ASHA International, anonprofit organization promoting personal, organizational, and communitywellness. She received her first undergraduate degree in science from BangaloreUniversity in India, a second undergraduate degree in management and businessinformation systems, and a master’s in business administration from George FoxUniversity in Newberg, Oregon. She is a member of the Global Speakers Federationand the winner of the prestigious Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for LifetimeAchievement and the Voice Award for Consumer Leadership sponsored by theSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Gayathri Ramprasad is available for interview from the US. She will be in India during December 2014 and January 2015.