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...

You Swipe Right

There is no woman who looks like you on Bumble. All the women on Bumble have eyelashes, you convince yourself. You can't see profiles of women because you have opted to see only male profiles, but you know it! You know...

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...

world: a poem

Artwork of a person holding their face in their hands, with their head slightly tilted to the right. The face has a landscape painted on it, with the sky, rocky mountains and flowers in the backdrop of the image.
sometimes the world is madeof broken shards of kisses and screamsby dark, dusty roads of moon-less winds that swoop you up and make you feel non-existent.existence is a good feeling,not the epitome of limitless wrathover sparks and make-believe identities.

Anxiety: A Poem

Extreme unwanted energy blasting through the skin,heart the epicentre where all destruction unfolds,hands trembling, mind unsettled,eyes wandering in search of comfort. Cheeks flushed red like freshly plucked cherries,everything, everyone a source of danger,pricking you like the needle pricked Sleeping...

Clothes: A Poem

Photographic artwork of woman in red saree gazing out at water with the saree partly undone; glare in the background obscures her face
Poet's note: The poem is about someone I knew who had dementia. Dementia is not only about memory loss and cognition, there are a host of behavioural issues too. One of the things that someone who has dementia does often is looking/searching/...

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...

Psychiatric Overdose: A Poem

Photo of a beam of light falling across several translucent capsules, some clear, some yellow, on a black surface.
Earning a fast buck inThese vulnerable times… Psychoanalysis gives way toA faster remedial approach — Curative doses initiating chemicalReactions within. With upheavalsLeft to heal by time alone, Caregivers prescribe drugsThat...

Making Pharma Research Public, Creatively

Image showing pairs of capsules and pills of various colours arranged in a grid, each pair with a number below it. The bottom right corner of the grid has the words "Per os" instead of pills.
Editorial note: With the global mental health movement augmenting the reach of Big Pharma far beyond developed countries, there has been an increase in clinical diagnoses, prescriptions and treatments in low-resource and developing countries. In several countries in...