Dark semi-abstract mostly monochrome photograph that seems to show water against cracked rock with a blood red streak along the edge where they meet

The Silent Tree

Abstract drawing on a red background with a faint pattern that looks like trees; foreground has three dark vertical masses like lumps of clay, one of them bent. Fallen branches are suggested in dull yellow at the bottom of the illustration.
Aarav hadn't liked the art class with the elephant. Suman Ma'am had drawn one out on paper, then cut out its outline and traced it on a bar of soap. Even though Nani had said that the elephant was Ganesha — very...

Mercy Is A Poem

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Poet's note: ਸਤਿਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ ਜਪੁ ॥ ਆਦਿਸਚੁ ਜੁਗਾਦਿਸਚੁ ਹੈਭੀਸਚੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੋਸੀਭੀਸਚੁ॥੧॥Ik Onkar Satnam Karta Purakh Nirbhao Nirvair Akaal Moorat Ajooni Saibhang Gurprasad ॥ Jap ॥ Aadh sach Jugaadh sach Hai bhee sach Nanak...

Tending Tender Things: A Short Story

Dandelion. It comes several times in my dreams. Stretching dull and brown into the horizon. An olive green stem wavers uncertainly in the wind, then straightens, its crown flat and round. It is a bud. Its enclosing leaves thrust up, delicate and...

Good/byes: A Poem

Poet's note: This is in remembrance of an uncle who lived for 15 years with Alzheimer's and what it did to his wife, as a partner and a caregiver. some...

It’s Been a Decade: A Poem on Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Note from the author: ECT stands for Electroconvulsive Therapy; a form of medicalized intervention where a person is subjected to external electric stimulation on their adjacent temples/front-back of their brain. The electric waves (70 to 120 volts) pass directly through their...

Millennial-ing with Invisible Disabilities in a Neurotypical World: Is there no Escape?- A Poem

*Trigger Warning: Suicidal ideation, self-harm* When my best isn’t good enough,My love isn’t kind enough,My care isn’t considerate enough,My affection isn’t warm enough,My companionship isn’t amicable enough,My goodwill isn’t altruistic enough,My empathy isn’t compassionate enough,My endeavour isn’t...

The Public Prescription Series by Sonaksha Iyengar | (Part-II)

This is Part 2 of the Public Prescription Series, containing illustrations and typography by Sonaksha Iyengar, in which she looks at the advice that persons who exhibit emotional and/or mental distress are often subject to.

The Public Prescription Series by Sonaksha Iyengar | (Part I)

In the coming weeks, Mad in Asia Pacific will be running a Public Prescription series showcasing Sonaksha's important and timely work around highlighting the impact that people's unsolicited and uniformed advice can have on a person already having mental health issues.

Sophie Cheung: Transforming Worlds through Art & Writing

When Sophie was 13, she started hearing voices and received a diagnosis of having “schizophrenia”. This was around the same time that the British handed over Hong Kong to China after 150 years of rule. It was not a moment of celebration. Given the...