Stoned, Shamed, Depressed by Jyotsna Mohan Bhargava is an eye-opener. The book highlights how difficult it is for kids growing up today and how tough it is for parents to steer their kids through the pitfalls, temptations, and peer pressures. Published by HarperCollins the book hit the shelves on 3rd September 2020.
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In Stoned, Shamed, Depressed, journalist Jyotsna Mohan Bhargava investigates the secret lives of India’s urban teens and comes up with an eye-opening account – of struggles with addiction to substances, social media, and gaming, dealing with intense peer pressure, bullying, and body shaming, and the resultant physical and mental health issues.
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#Repost @_humansofdelhi_ with @make_repost ・・・ “I grew up in Jalandhar during the insurgency in Punjab, in a house that has seen three generations of journalists before me. My family started ‘Pratap’ one of the first newspapers in Lahore in 1919, the year of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. I knew I always wanted to do journalism, and grew up listening to conversations about politics. At the height of the insurgency, we had different challenges so issues like body shaming and depression never even felt like problems. But in the social media world of today, these are huge issues. My daughter tells me about 5th graders in her class being suspended for vaping! Issues like the bois locker room feature on news channels for a few days and then disappear. Most parents live in denial about sex, porn, consent and drug culture and refuse to adapt and accept the times that we’re in. My daughters are 11 and 8, and I haven’t let them get on to social media yet. I don’t want them to define themselves by the likes they get. It’s important to experience the world, meet new people, read, play sports and understand the repercussions of the decisions you make. “Stoned, Shamed and Depressed” is a way for me to show children and more importantly adults the bigger picture of what teenagers face today, and give them the knowledge to make informed choices. P.S. I worry that my 8 year old in her limited knowledge may lose some friends when she tells their parents proudly, “Mamma’s written a book on drugs!” ____ Join me for an AMA session on the 13th September on the HOD handle, leave your questions below and stand a chance to win a copy of the book! @harpercollinsin #HarperCollinsxHOD
This book chronicles the confused journey of Indian teens to adulthood – along a road that is full of temptation, where boundaries are easily blurred, and where the lure of easy adventure, often in the virtual world, can unleash events that have repercussions for years to come. The narrative interweaves accounts of teens, parents, teachers, and child psychologists to reveal a deeply disturbing picture of modern-day school life in urban India.
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