Aleph Book Company 2013
I am considering both these together because they deal with the same genre: mental illness - and also because I read them back to back.
Rupa Publication 2008
Sepia Leaves by Amandeep Sandhu, once again considers the author's mother's mental illness - only this time it is schizophrenia. He presents the signs and symptoms of the condition through the descriptions of his mother's emotional upheavals and behaviour. Also brought out simultaneously is her strained relationship with her husband - the author's father - who, to ensure the upbringing of the author as a child, makes the cardinal error of bringing home a maid servant. This is when the signs of his mother's illness really burst forth, with her heaping verbal and physical abuses on both her husband as well as the maid. Suspicions, or paranoid-persecutory delusions, characteristic of schizophrenia are evident in these descriptions, as also odd mannerisms and catatonic postures.