ADITYA MISRA

In­side a Dark Box is a peek into what de­pres­sion can feel like to an in­di­vid­ual

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has faced de­pres­sion first hand and is now try­ing to reach out to oth­ers. But it could just be her un­der­stand­ing of the sub­ject or the phras­ing of the com­ments that gives this im­pres­sion.

The char­coal-black-and-white il­lus­tra­tions add to the feel of the book to such an ex­tent that they be­come its most im­por­tant fea­ture. The use of the grey shade and the box mo­tif to de­pict feel­ings of be­ing sad and trapped is not lost on the reader. One can call the book a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of de­pres­sion.

The tone of the com­ments never be­comes preachy. Nei­ther does the book at­tain the char­ac­ter of a self-help guide. The only ad­vice

of­fers is that there is a need to keep look­ing for so­lu­tions. Even if they are not vis­i­ble at first in the dark box of de­pres­sion.

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