|Birth||Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
Sandhya Mendonca is an Indian writer, editor and publisher. Born in Bengaluru (Bangalore) in the state of Karnataka, India, she gained a BA in Economics, Political Science & Sociology from St. Joseph's College of Arts & Science and an MA in Political Science specialising in International Relations from Bangalore University. She has a Diploma in Public Relations from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. She currently lives in Bengaluru with her son.
Mendonca worked as a journalist for over sixteen years before co-founding a media company, Raintree Media, with her husband Allen Mendonca, a veteran journalist who died in 2009. Raintree Media is a valued partner of the Global Village Partnerships, which publishes the BEST OF series of business atlases in 40 countries. The BEST OF books showcase the economic and cultural dynamism of the regions and are regarded as brand ambassadors by corporate and civic institutions.
A native Kannadiga, Mendonca is a chronicler of the cultural history of the state of Karnataka through books published by Raintree Media such as Karnataka - A Cultural Odysseyand Raj Bhavan Bangalore - Through the Ages.
She is the co-author of Marvels of Mysore & More, published in 2012. This book has been hailed by author Shashi Deshpande and editor-in-chief of Outlook, Krishna Prasad. In 2015, she edited Marvels of Karnataka & More, and with popular demand, it was translated into Kannada as Karnatakada Vismayagalu (ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ವಿಸ್ಮಯಗಳು).
She co-authored the book on the Reva electric car Reva EV - India’s Green Gift to the World (with Dr. SK Maini), published by Random House in 2013.
Her autobiographical stories are published in the Chicken Soup for the Indian Couples' Soul & Chicken Soup for the Indian Singles' Soul series, both a part of the international Chicken Soup for the Soul series, published in India by Tata Westland in 2012.
Mendonca is an amateur actor and has acted in a thought provoking original play about child sexual abuse Shadows on the Wall written and directed by Vijay Nair and a comedy about golf Sliced Balls written by Poile Sengupta.
In 2009, Mendonca started an informal initiative in memory of her husband, and Under the Raintree hosts play readings, artistic interactions and concerts. Starting with the dramatised reading of Anita Nair's Nine faces of being when it was a work in progress to Hindustani concerts by Arshad Ali and tabla maestro Trilochan Kampli, this nonprofit initiative seeks to engage artistes and performers in small, intimate settings.
In 2015, Mendonca was inspired to form the SHE Collective, giving expression to the voices of women through poetry and art for social good. Sandhya, in sync with artists like Shan Re and Romicon Revola, poets Poile Sengupta & Kavita Rajshekar, among others, offers the forum of SHE Collective to the Casa Foundation, the House of Hope and the Dream India Network. The House of Hope provides 24-hour care to over a hundred AIDS affected orphans and their siblings. Dream India Network nurtures the most vulnerable and socially excluded children and provides them a safe haven.
A member of the Rotary Club of Bangalore, Mendonca is also a Paul Harris Fellow of the International Rotary fellowship. She frequently speaks at literary, industry and corporate events.
Awards and Recognitions
- Mendonca was conferred the Desa Snehi award from the India Development Foundation for qualitative journalism and humanitarian concern in November 2015.
- She received the Global Achievers Foundation award for outstanding contribution to national unity & economic growth in February 2016.
- The Institution of Engineers, Karnataka State Centre, felicitated Sandhya for yeoman service to society in March 2016.
- She received the SHRAMA SAADHANA Shining Star award for achieving success through professional excellence from the ISBR, ELCIA & PRCI in May 2016.
Mendonca is invited to speak at events such as:
- The release of A Lifetime in Choreography, the autobiography of Maya Rao in 2014
- The release of Lingayata Philosophy, authored by Basrur Subba Rao in 2016
- "U25 LT Fest", organised by the Under25 Club in 2016
- "Forging Links, Leveraging Networks - An International Business Convention for Entrepreneurial Women", organised by eMERGE in 2016
- "Celebrating International Women's Day", hosted by Accenture in 2015
- Narayan, Shoba (26 July 2014). "How Kathak breached the north-south divide".