Phalguni Desai works as a writer and freelance art consultant based out of Bombay. She's worked with artists such as Tejal Shah and Shilpa Gupta and coordinates art projects for the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan. She has written for Time Out Mumbai, Elle, Scroll, Art Review Asia among other publications.
"You have not seen what happens after drinking, young lady! I have seen how these things ruin your life!" I sat across this thundering man, wondering how I could've offended him so. Next to me, my mum squeezed my hand in hers, caught my eye and smiled a bit. It was my first visit to a psychiatrist ever, and within 20 minutes of being there, we had established I was a bipolar, schizophrenic, alcoholic, drug-addled child who did not know what life was about.