My family colluded to have me put in a mental health facility. This is the story of how I survived.

This essay was originally published on Skin Stories here. He is advancing towards me with a huge injection. In my peripheral vision, I am aware of a cage in the corner of the room, painted dark green. It...

Obvious: A Personal Essay on Living with Schizophrenia

Editor’s Note: When Manishka first sent in her essay, our first response was to reject it as it mostly looks at her condition through the biomedical model. But as we engaged with her, we realised that all experiences matter. She is writing...

Climbing Through the Tunnel: My Journey in a Medical Coaching Institute

As coaching becomes a trend in India, thousands of students are getting themselves enrolled in coaching institutes. However, with that, comes a stream of psychosocial problems that have been consistently ignored. These institutes tend to handpick a few 'intelligent' students, create a...

Dear Mumma, I Am Not A Bad Girl!

Editors' Note: Namrata writes on her journey to healing from narcissistic parenting. Everyone is unique and her method of healing may not work for others. We would also like to issue a trigger warning for there may be some content here which...

Shouldering Scars — by Manjiri Indurkar

Sketchy image of seated woman in a sleeveless top in a mostly black frame. Doodles of foliage in red emerging from and around her shoulders.
This post was originally published on Firstpost as Shouldering Scars: PTSD can Manifest in Mysterious Ways as this Author Found __ The sadness, said Van Gogh on hisdeathbed to whoever was listening,will last forever.*On both...

Quarantine Diaries: Coping with Childhood Trauma

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Blessings — it’s important to acknowledge and remember the blessings that surround us. In these challenging times, in times of forced quarantine and self-isolation, it is important to regard the comfort of a home. Being able to protect ourselves from COVID-19 is...

Finding the Light Through Poetry

In 2015, I did an unusual thing — I signed up for an MA in Creative Writing. Middle aged women, especially Indian ones, don’t suddenly get up and go to England to do another degree, but on a whim, I sent off...

Resisting the Violence of Common Sense — Kiran Grewal

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This article is written by Kiran Grewal as part of a series titled 'Confronting the Household' and was originally published on Feminist Review here. As the lockdown began I was overwhelmed by two emotional responses. The first, as...

Patriarchal Honour & Mental Health

I have been on a life-long search to understand the true concept of ‘izzat’. Literally translated, ‘izzat’ is defined as honour; but this term doesn’t quite grasp the gravity of the concept as it traditionally lives on in South Asia. In Pakistan, izzat is...

At the worst time of my life, I found the warm embrace of an open book

This essay was originally published on Skin Stories here. Ever had moments in the past that, when you revisit today, make your muscles tighten and your heart race? Ones that feel heavy and overpowering even years later?