Rhik Samadder is an actor and Guardian columnist.
This week Bobby sits down with writer Rhik Samadder to talk all things Depression. We also cover why men often don’t speak up and how mental illness influences creativity.Here we go! Mental is the brain-child of Bobby Temps, who lives and thrives while managing his own mental health. Each Thursday we delve into a factor or condition that affects the mind and how to better manage it.Petition to 'Get Mental Health Education on the School Curriculum' - Join us at bit.ly/MentalPetitionTry Rhik’s book on Audible without link bit.ly/MentalBooks Join the movement on: Facebook - facebook.com/bobbytemps Instagram - instagram.com/mentalpodcast  Twitter - twitter.com/mental_podcast
Today's guest is Rhik Samadder: a writer, actor and broadcaster. He has a regular column with The Guardian and created their cult ‘Inspect a Gadget ’ feature. He has written for The Observer, Men’s Health and Prospect magazine, as well as being a guest, presenter and host on various radio shows. Rhik studied acting at Drama Centre London and appeared on HBO, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 (credits including Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Doctors) as well as a lead role with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this episode we discuss his bestselling debut memoir I Never Said I Loved You which is out now. Please rate and review if you enjoyed it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Waking up in a Bangkok sex hotel with his mum on his 30th birthday, Christmas Day, with no money and nothing to do but talk, lead to an epiphany for writer, actor and broadcaster, Rhik Samadder. He writes about battling depression and much more in his wonderfurful new book I Never Said I Loved You and on the podcast we talk feeling like he didn’t belong when growing up with Indian parents in London, forgetting trips to New York, losing all his money on a Singapore buffet breakfast and how travel can, in some ways, help heal.   On this episode we cover: Lisa wants to give him a hug His new book I Never Said I Love You Exploring difficult territory in his life Living with depression Matt Haig’s books Mental health issues becoming more talked about Travel being integral to his book and his life Waking up in a Bangkok sex hotel with his mother on his 30th birthday (Christmas day!) Being depressed after the death of his father The big trip for his 30th birthday – Australia and Thailand Getting very sick abroad Being quite a bad traveller Trying to cover all of Australia in a couple of weeks Australian houses being BIG Losing all their money on a hotel buffet in Singapore Having a terrible memory – forgetting he’d been to New York! Having no money in Thailand, accommodation falling through How the disastrous birthday/Christmas day actually changed his life Travelling through Disney with his parents as a child The death of his father hitting him very hard “being in a country where he didn’t know whether he belonged’ How travel can only do so much healing ‘wherever you go, there you are’ Visiting his friend in Spain Ronda and Hemingway – a town always perched on the verge of disaster His mother’s stories about her childhood in India India being huge and overwhelming How the British were wankers historically Rhik not feeling British Lisa feeling British, English, from Spain, from the Wirral, from Brighton and from London (hashtag confused) Rhik feeling like he was letting down two teams rather than just one Experiencing racism growing up The mistrust grown from being made to feel he didn’t belong Wanting to be the little blonde girl F**k being a fairy Not playing fairies as an Asian boy in Lewisham (South East London) Lewisham now being more upmarket Living in Peckham Kentish Town bastards coming over to our side of the river Feeling out of place in India as a child - ‘adrift between continents’ Psychic ancestral roots in India India’s noise and attention and craziness Not liking being a ‘target’ when travelling Lisa’s Dad being stopped from going into a restaurant (when with her white mum and tour group in India) Long train journeys throughout India Realising that he will never have the same leeway as ‘the white traveller’ White beggars in Asia asking for money ‘for travel and weed’ How travellers get their ‘travel look’ at the Khao San Road in Bangkok and the great description of this in The Beach Lisa’s dancing on bar days Being able to identify all different nationalities when abroad Dutch tourists and ‘thigh time’ Do the Dutch not have curtains? If anyone can tell us what this issue with thighs and curtains with the Dutch do shout! Curtains in the hair not in the house Going to New York two weeks after 9/11 then forgetting he had been Disorientating or disorienting? How the trip came back to him when he saw his passport stamp! A dwarf punk band in Brooklyn Running into an old flatmate in the Spanish portrait wing in the Met gallery Re-contextualising relationships in a different environment Does documenting everything with photos flatten the experience of travel? Whether photo filters are good or bad for the world Lisa liking ‘things to look how they are’ with #nofilter The phenomenon of travelling to get the pictures Matt Haig talking about how travel helps depression Travelling for work being different to pleasure The healing power of connecting with people from different places How satisfaction is better to aim for than happiness Going on the same holiday every year to France Eating French cheese until they’re entirely spherical French hip hop about throwing your shirt off Being sent to LA to interview a man burying himself alive with snakes in the Mojave Desert Discovering the divine music of Fleetwood Mac Being on the threshold of an adventure in a plane Travelling and feeling full of possibility of being alive The music question – which has a great answer! And Lisa offers a great one too How the LA landing is a great landing
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Location
City of London, England, United Kingdom
Episode Count
3
Podcast Count
3
Total Airtime
1 hour, 46 minutes
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