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Bangalore-based Rashmi Vasudeva's journalism has appeared in many Indian and international publications over the past decade. A features writer with over nine years of experience heading a health and fitness supplement in a mainstream Indian newspaper, her niche areas include health, wellness, fitness, food, nutrition and Indian classical Arts.
Her articles have appeared in various publications including Mint-Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, Deccan Herald (mainstream South Indian newspaper), Smart Life (Health magazine from the Malayala Manorama Group of publications), YourStory (India's media technology platform for entrepreneurs), Avantika (a noir arts and theatre magazine), ZDF (a German public broadcasting company) and others.
In 2006, she was awarded the British Print-Chevening scholarship to pursue a short-term course in new-age journalism at the University of Westminster, U.K. With a double Masters in Globalisation and Media Studies from Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), University of Amsterdam and Swansea University in Wales, U.K., she has also dabbled in academics, travel writing and socio-cultural studies. Mother to a frisky toddler, she hums 'wheels on the bus' while working and keeps a beady eye on the aforementioned toddler's antics.
All In The Mind is a popular podcast series from the ABC stable. Like the title suggests, it focuses on brain behavior and the aspects of our mind that still remain largely mysterious. The podcast employs a format that incorporates both personal stories as well as professional opinions to explore how the human condition is, basically, all in the mind.
Their latest episode is on neurodiversity, an idea that is fast becoming a movement. You might well ask what neurodiversity is. It means many things to many people, but essentially it is a mental health approach that argues that neurological differences in human beings (such as ADHD and autism) are the result of normal and natural variations in the human genome. Just like we embrace the cultural diversity of the world we live in, it is possible to ‘take in’ what the podcast calls “the full range of ways of perceiving the world.”
Just like cultural diversity, neurodiversity too should be celebrated, its campaigners believe. The podcast gives these campaigners space to put forth their ideas that are challenging traditional notions of what is a mental health disorder and what is normal, all with the help of art and theater.
So you have Stephanie, who is a high-performing autistic, and Prof Jill Bennett, the founder–director of the Big Anxiety Festival (which brings together artists and scientists to promote acceptance of various mental states), explaining how entertainment can be tool to sustain diversity, develop empathy and promote engagement with people whose experiences we cannot share.
All in all, an enlightening feel-good-do-good podcast that can open your mind to thinking about mental disorders in a completely different light.