As my introduction to this episode the place I interview the CEO of a psychological healthcare startup displays, I’ve skilled the lack of a household good friend by suicide very not too long ago. He was the pro-Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur College in Kolkata, India and beloved by college students and colleagues alike. He additionally occurred to be my neighbor. If there was ever an individual whose persona radiated heat — with the broadest grin that broke right into a mischievous smile, which even his ample beard couldn’t disguise, and enormous twinkling eyes – it was Samantak Das.
I used to be reminded of two strains from a Bengali poem written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore that my mom discovered trigger to share with me over these a few years (right here’s my poor try at translation):
Bahirite jar hashir chhota/These with outward pleasure and cheer
Bheetore thake chokher jol/Disguise a tormented soul inside
I felt the identical means when Robin Williams took his personal life.
I hope that Kevin Dedner, CEO of Hurdle, and others in his sneakers who’re trying to carry hope to those who are totally bereft, are profitable. For, inaction on this matter can solely compound the tragedy. To anybody on the market feeling helpless, please dial 988 to get the help you want. You aren’t alone.