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There once lived a baker who made the tastiest gingerbread-person cookies that the town had ever known. One day, as they were pressing their cookie-cutter down on the batter, it broke into pieces, almost as if the dough disobeyed! It was Christmas eve and the whole town eagerly awaited their cookies. The skeptical baker, fully convinced it would not get sold, decided to bake without the mould. 

Some cookies turned out with elongated heads, three hands, some with way too little dough and some with extra choco chip cookies hidden inside.

They reluctantly opened the shop and noticed the long line of hungry customers, full of Christmas cheer, waiting outside. To their pleasant surprise, the cookies sold out in minutes and orders were placed for more! It soon dawned on them that it was never about the way the cookies looked, but what it was made of, that made it so sought after.

You Are Wonderful Just As You Are
A series by Adwaita Das that aims to provide compassionate and encouraging ways of speaking. Inspired by Mithra Trust's 'What To Say' Series
Our bodies, the vessels in which we reside and grow, are subject to critical judgement by us and those around us. It is important for us to consciously break the cookie-cutter, like the baker did, to understand that every body is made to look unique and fantastic in its own way. 
When we unlearn to look at others through a cut out mould, we start finding beauty in all bodies.
The words we choose to use to describe someone’s body must be spoken with a lot of care, without comparison to any standards of beauty or gender. This is a reminder that every body is worthy of appreciation.
Let's Talk About Trauma
Join us, as we navigate around and through the topic of Trauma, adopting
the lens of sensitivity and thoroughness with various trauma-informed practitioners. Each episode has been illustrated with evocative and vivid drawings by

Episode 2
Hena x Bhairavi
Hena is a trauma practitioner and psychotherapist from the Delhi team of Hank Nunn Institute and focuses their work on relationships, community mental health in disaster and post-trauma settings. Hena has also played the role of a social worker, apart from working as a mental health professional.
In this episode, Hena and Bhairavi try to change the narrative of trauma from "What's wrong with you?” to asking, “What happened to you?” by talking about approaching trauma-informed therapists, differences between PTSD and CPTSD, collective trauma and more. 

You can watch the episode here.

The conversation goes into detail about:

  • What trauma means and its subjective experience
  • When one needs to approach a trauma-informed therapist
  • Pre-existing mental health conditions and trauma
  • PTSD & CPTSD diagnosis and treatment in India
  • The role of marginalisation and trauma
  • Collective trauma and the pandemic

You can engage with the full set of illustrations on our website here.

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