More than half of India's population, some 600 million people, is under the age of twenty-five. It's a generation driven by one defining truth: that unless they seize the initiative and shape their own future, they will wait a long time for something good to happen in their lives. Young men and women across India are using their imagination to create new options -- economic, political, cultural -- in the unlikeliest of spaces. Thanks to the internet and social media they are the most connected generation ever; they are using that access to change many things, from how they see the world to how the world sees them. Their vision is of an India at the centre of the world -- with them at the apex, setting the rules. Over several years Snigdha Poonam tracked a disparate group of young Indians -- motivational speakers, radio DJs, models, internet entrepreneurs, event managers, and student politicians -- across small town India as they pursued success and influence, united by the common belief that they were born for bigger and better things. What do they want? How do they intend to get there? And how will their dreams change our lives -- and the world?
Clinical psychologist and author of The Defining Decade, Meg Jay takes us into the world of the supernormal: those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity.
Whether it is the loss of a parent to death or divorce; bullying; alcoholism or drug abuse in the home; mental illness in a parent or a sibling; neglect; emotional, physical or sexual abuse; having a parent in jail; or growing up alongside domestic violence, nearly 75% of us experience adversity by the age of 20. But these experiences are often kept secret, as are our courageous battles to overcome them.
Drawing on nearly two decades of work with clients and students, Jay tells the tale of ordinary people made extraordinary by these all-too-common experiences, everyday superheroes who have made a life out of dodging bullets and leaping over obstacles, even as they hide in plain sight as doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, parents, activists, teachers, students and readers. She gives a voice to the supernormals among us as they reveal not only "How do they do it?" but also "How does it feel?"
These powerful stories, and those of public figures from Andre Agassi to Jay Z, will show supernormals they are not alone but are, in fact, in good company.
Marvelously researched and compassionately written, this exceptional book narrates the continuing saga that is resilience as it challenges us to consider whether -- and how -- the good wins out in the end.