Back in 2015, Deepika Padukone joined the list of celebrities who put a brave face and opened up about their battle with depression. With Deepika talking about her suffering in the public, stigmas attached to this subject vanished to some extent. In a way, the actress encouraged the ones suffering from depression to be not ashamed of themselves and be open about their illness. Her story was so inspirational that it has now been included in an upcoming children’s book, The Dot That Went For A Walk. Written by Lakshmi Nambiar, Reema Gupta, and Sarada Akkineni, the book tells tales of 51 accomplished Indian women, that will introduce the concept of Women Power to kids from an early stage.
Revealing why they decided to include Deepika Padukone’s story in the book, Lakshmi, the co-author, told Mid-Day, “From the acting community, Deepika emerged as a unanimous choice. When we dug deeper, we found that what inspired them about her is her honesty and willingness to talk about her vulnerabilities. By sharing her journey bravely with the world, she showed the younger generation that a healthy dialogue is needed as much on mental fitness as on physical fitness.” She also revealed that the actress knows about the book and will be present at the book launch as well.