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Suicide, not a solution of any problem: Then why people go for it?
I was shaken and shocked to hear about today's suicide news, where a 31-year-old anchor with a private news channel in Noida allegedly attempted suicide on Sunday by consuming poison at the channel's office in Sector 85. The woman was immediately admitted in an ICU at Kailash Hospital and her condition is said to be stable.

According to the police, the anchor had joined the news channel only a few months ago. She is stable now, but is under observation in the ICU. According to some reports, she was denied entry into the premises of the channel. Having found herself fallen from grace, to swallow the insult, she attempted to commit suicide outside the gate of the channel by consuming poison.

According to the Noida Police, which recorded her statement: "She claimed in her statement that after a dispute with some people at India TV, She sent a text message to one of the staff members, saying she was resigning from the channel. She alleged that the text message was passed by the recipient to the Human Resource Department, which took it to be her formal resignation and removed her from the channel."

Sources in the channel, as quoted by media, said the woman had posted a suicide note on a social networking website, in which she had named senior channel officials for betrayal and hatching a conspiracy against her.

It seems to be a case of insults and hurt feelings. That reminds me to an old suicide incident of another budding writer from Bihar - Indrani Gyaltsen Aikath. She had grown up in a well-to-do family and received higher education in Columbia University. She started writing, after getting married to a Tea planter.

The novelist used to describe herself as being thoroughly bored by life of a tea-planter's wife. Her first novel "Daughters of the House" was published in 1991 and received critical acclaim. The problem cropped up when her second novel "Crane's Morning" came to light in 1993. A smart and vigilant reader discovered a lot of similarities between "Crane's Morning" and "The Rosemary Tree" by Elizabeth Gouge.

The unfortunate intent of plagiarism was exposed and the novel was withdrawn. As the adage goes - Calamities never fall alone. A property dispute in family followed after her father's death at the same time. One day, they found her collapsed on the bedroom floor. Next day she died. The famous writer Khushwant Singh had great admiration for her and vice-versa. Her last novel 'Hold my Hand' was published after her death.

These are two different suicide cases. That leads to a gnawing query – Why both the successful and unsuccessful people often commit suicide? Successful people who commit suicide look happy, well dressed and in their normal demeanour before the act. That challenges the concept that healthy, happy people do not kill themselves. Only people with mental illnesses like depression do. Famous psychiatrist Charles Raison said, "They do so because they are losing a battle against major depression."

We know that depression is an illness, which doesn't count how you look or how much popular or rich you are in life. A poor man may also be in the similar situations of depression as the rich man. His set of problems may be different but his/her attitude and reactions in life are same and common.

Well, I'm like many of my fellow human beings, also a victim of depression. However, like most of the people I do not see a worst situation as the end of the world. We fight, we win and often we lose. There is always a way OUT to a 'No Way Out' situation. Some need religion and some need Self-Confidence to face the dips and rise of life.

Given that one who commits suicide bears no intention to hurt his family or friends. What he/she lacks is the faculty of rational thinking. Suicide generally is never the result of pro-active and well-informed choice of a healthy mind. It's the symptom that mind has been already hijacked and no longer capable to make a reason with itself.

It has ceased to act linear. True that people who have never been through the strongest phase of depressions can't always understand the severity of the situation. They can't penetrate the sufferer's mind.  A potential suicidal individual is the person who is in the thought process of suicide. He is 'faking his existence.'

He is behaving normal but all inside him has already been broken. It happens to me even when some time I feel that every protective structure around me is collapsing. I feel myself beyond the reach of hope or repair. But the next moment I stand before the mirror and ask the man inside the mirror - Are you a coward? 

And the person inside the mirror smiles and tells me - No, you are stronger than the troubles around you. I just go for a cup of green tea and life comes back to the normal colorful garden of hope. 

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