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Book Title: Praying To The Goddess Of Mercy: A Memoir Of Mood Swings|
The author of the book: Mahita Vas
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 471 KB
Edition: Monsoon Books
Date of issue: October 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9789814358910
Read full description of the books Praying To The Goddess Of Mercy: A Memoir Of Mood Swings:When Mahita was 15, her teacher at her Catholic school in Singapore said she could see the devil in her eyes. While growing up, then raising a family of her own, she constantly fought to understand and control this ‘devil’ inside her.
Born to Indian parents in Singapore and raised by a Chinese amah, Mahita Vas struggled to fit into a conservative society where exuberance is frowned upon and conformity is a tradition. She spent a significant part of life feeling different, being different. She led a volatile life – sometimes blissfully and enviably contented, at other times wishing she was dead.
Mahita started out as a flight stewardess with Singapore Airlines. She then went into advertising, first as an account executive at DMB&B, then moving on to Leo Burnett, followed by Ogilvy & Mather, handling key accounts along the way including Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s and BMW. Mahita enjoyed the roller-coaster world of advertising – an industry offering the perfect camouflage for psychosis. After leaving advertising for a more stable environment at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, she began to suspect the wild ride was in her head and the roller coaster would follow her everywhere. No one, least of all Mahita, suspected she was mentally ill … until the day her sister suggested she had ‘inherited Daddy’s illness’. This epiphanic revelation while working at McCann as Group Business Director, led to a bipolar disorder diagnosis at age 41, followed by a suicide attempt where she narrowly escaped death.
Praying to the Goddess of Mercy charts Mahita’s journey from chaos to stability. It offers insights into an illness for which there is no known cause, no cure and no immunity. It will inspire and enlighten people with mental disorders and the loved ones who suffer with them. Ultimately, it is about being true to oneself and having the courage to take charge in the pursuit of happiness.
Read information about the authorHailing from Singapore, Mahita Vas was raised like many other Singaporean children with working parents – with the help of domestic workers. She takes a keen interest in migrant worker issues and supports campaigns for better treatment of foreign workers in Singapore.
After nearly 30 years of working in advertising and the hospitality industry in Singapore, Mahita wrote a memoir, Praying to the Goddess of Mercy, A Memoir of Mood Swings. Published in 2012, the book has raised the level of awareness for mental illness in a country where people still believe mania is caused by demon possession.
Mahita now spends her time on mental health advocacy and pursuing personal interests including reading and writing. She is married and has twin daughters in their mid-twenties. Rain Tree is her first novel.
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