The Masked Intruder: Pandemic and You
Anna Chandy and Dr. Farah Adam with Amandeep Sandhu
Amandeep Sandhu was born in Rourkela, Odisha, and studied at the University of Hyderabad. He works in the IT industry as a technical writer and lives in Bengaluru.
Aman is the author of two novels: ‘Sepia Leaves’ (2008, Rupa) is about a family living under the shadow of schizophrenia from a young boy’s point of view during the Emergency. ‘Roll of Honour’ (2012, Rupa) is about the split loyalties of a Sikh boy in a military boarding school in Panjab during the Khalistan movement, based on the events of the year 1984. The novel was nominated for The Hindu Prize 2013 and translated into Panjabi as ‘Gwah De Fanah Hon Ton Pehlan’.
In late 2019, Aman published his non-fiction ‘Panjab: Journeys Through Fault Lines’ (Westland/Amazon, 2019) which is part-reportage, part-memoir, part-contextual history. The book is longlisted for the NIF-Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Award 2020 and short-listed for the Atta Galatta-BLF Non Fiction Prize 2020. His recent short e-Book on India’s mental health in the times of corona virus outbreak is: ‘Bravado to Fear to Abandonment: Mental Health and COVID-19 Lockdown’ available on Amazon.
Aman’s essays and short stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and websites. He also writes for Caravan, Scroll, The Hindu, The Hindu Businessline and others. Amandeep was a Fellow Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart 2013-15. For some time he has been working on a novel ‘The Memory Maker’ and now a cat has adopted him.
Anna Chandy has been deeply involved in the mental health domain in India for more than 25 years.
She is the Founder of Anna Chandy & Associates. Her body of work encompasses counselling individuals from various walks of life including social influencers, entrepreneurs and business families; training and mentoring counsellors; and leading important strategic interventions aimed at driving systemic change in the country’s mental health ecosystem.
Drawing on her rich experience, Anna has pioneered changes in the counselling profession in India, advocating international standards of practice and an ethical and relational approach to counselling.
She is accredited to the prestigious International Transactional Analysis Association and runs advanced Personal Development Programs using Transactional Analysis (TA) as well as training groups to certify towards becoming Certified Transactional Analysts in Coaching, Counselling or Adult Education.
As a widely acknowledged thought leader in the mental health sector and philanthropist, she is now partnering with social influencers to create a community support model that addresses the mental health needs of a societal ecosystem.
She also serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF), a charitable trust which was founded in 2015 by actor Deepika Padukone, to give hope to every individual experiencing stress, anxiety and depression.
Anna is a columnist and author and her first book, “Battles in the Mind – Conquering and Winning Over Emotional Pain,” was published by Penguin Random House in June 2017. Anna believes difficult times provide a space for deep self-introspection, reflection and
learning. She has addressed a range of audiences in India and globally, including at TEDx.
Previously, Anna has also worked with survivors of the Gujarat Earthquake and the victims of the Tsunami in Sri Lanka and India in psycho-socio rehabilitation work.
Mind Your Mornings is Anna’s bimonthly podcast on Spotify. Anna’s social media handles
Dr. Farah Adam Mukadam
Dr Farah Adam Mukadam is a family physician at Narayana Hrudalaya, a mother of two and author of the book Newborns and New Moms.
The inspiration behind her book started from her own personal struggles with breastfeeding, newborn jaundice and her mental health after the birth of her first child. Her medical training did not prepare her for the reality of motherhood, she felt. And she wanted to empower other mothers with the stark reality of life after childbirth that no book prepares us with. 5 years of research and 3 years of writing this book later, her baby- Newborns and New Moms was published in this lockdown. Her book is empathetic, scientific and highly relatable for all moms. The quintessential guide for the millenial mom.
Her social media avatar, Momstein, is devoted to making mothers comfortable with their journeys and empowering them. She also will tickle your funny bone with her Bollywood parodies which come with a dose of a social message.
Social Media Handles
Youtube: Dr.Farah- Momstein