Borderline by Shabri Prasad Singh is a beautifully crafted story of a vulnerable young girl, Amrita Srivastava and the idea of human psyche and self-identification. It traces the journey of Amrita through various cities and continents and uncovers psychologically relevant challenges that she faces in her life.
Amrita Srivastava, the protagonist of Borderline, is seen to be very attached to her father. In fact, she can be truly called ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’, though her love for her mother must not be overlooked as well. Things came crumbling down when her parents took an extreme decision in their lives; and with her father’s untimely death ,the shock was too much to take in .
She started finding the same love and comfort that her father expressed towards her, in all the men she met. But each relationship ended up in a disaster crushing her inner strength a little more. The last straw to it all was when her friend in whom she confided her life’s struggles betrayed her in the worst possible way. This led her to the end of her endurance ability, ultimately leading her to being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. But Amrita was a strong girl and determined to not give up. Borderline focuses on her journey before and after being diagnosed and her actions and reactions to her condition and situations in life.
Borderline emphasizes on some of the very important contemporary issues which should be dealt with seriousness and spoken about in the society without inhibitions. Parents are an essential aspect and part of every child’s life. Their influence is primordial during the growing years. But when parents tend to drift apart, the sense of loss, belonging and allegiance starts interfering with the normal functioning of the heart and mind of a child. This can give birth to passive psychological issues which can manifest themselves to a great extent when triggered by a memory or a situation. Another facet of today’ harsh reality is finding true love. Every girl desires to be loved and be able to love the man of her dreams. But what happens when the man is only in search of a female body and the girl crosses all limits in trying to make him fall in love? It is of terrible consequences! Thus young adults are often warned about the paths they embark upon and the people on whom they place their trust.
Shabri Prasad Singh has been very bold to point out the need of psychiatric welfare for an individual; especially among the young adults. Discussing a visit to the counsellor has often been seen as a taboo in the society. People hesitate to talk about it openly and many do not voluntarily opt for counselling sessions. But it is a necessity in today’s world that one need not be ashamed of. It is equally important to take care of one’s emotional and psychological well-being besides physical well-being. One should remember that in the end hope always wins. There can be dark days in a person’s life; but the silver lining always awaits. Hence, one must cling onto hope till the last breath.
I would recommend all my friends to read Borderline, as it deals with a relevant story arranged and presented in a way that is bound to leave its desired impact on the readers. In fact, it is also a must read for those who are connected to the field of psychology in any way. Some of the gravest concerns like love, self-acceptance, suicide, loss of belonging; self –hate and others are well addressed through this book. It is an eye-opener to the world regarding the victims of Borderline Personality Disorder as it highlights the truth through a first person narrative. It also makes the audience realise the importance of physical and psychological well-being and that through acceptance, love and understanding every problem in the world has a solution.
*Disclaimer: I was sent a Review Copy by Communications Inc in exchange of an honest review.