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Amandeep Sandhu
Writer And Journalist

Amandeep Sandhu is a Bangalore-based, novelist, writer, and journalist. Sandhu was born in a Sikh family in Rourkela, Odisha in 1973. He did a Masters's in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad and a diploma in Journalism from Asian School of Journalism, Chennai. He was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, from 2013-15. Sandhu who has had multiple jobs in his life including as a farm-hand, woolen-garment seller, shop assistant, tuition master, teacher and journalist, has published several novels and short stories collections including, Sepia Leaves (2008), Roll of Honour (2012), and Panjab: Journeys Through Fault lines (2019). His writings depict the lives of Punjabi and Sikh communities affected by the fraught politics of the 70s and 80s India, beginning from the emergency era to the Khalistan movement. In August 2020, Sandhu published 'Bravado to Fear to Abandonment: Mental Health and the COVID-19 Lockdown, an e-book that takes an intimate look at issues of mental health in covid and post-covid times. He regularly publishes in magazines like The Caravan, the Scroll, The Hindu and the Hindustan Times Businessline.