Dr Urvashi Tandon is slowly emerging as a formidable name in children’s literature. After beginning her writing journey by drawing up short articles that were based on Professional Research Papers, she went on to write for travelogues and spiritual magazines. Her first major literary achievement was being declared as one of twenty five winners in a story writing competition for female writers of India that was organised by eShe Magazine.
Dr Tandon had worked extensively in the field of paediatric Anaesthesiology and her experiences there drew her close to children. She began writing stories for children and published her first book, ‘Potpourri, stories for children’. It was written with the primary goal of establishing moral values and to increase self awareness in children. Its objective is to address social and environmental issues that most pre- adolescent kids face while growing up. The stories in this book are written with a unique blend of fun and earnestness that will no doubt endear young readers to it. Dr Tandon’s recent book, ‘Anna: A Special Child’, brings to light the struggles of children who need a bit of special care.
The story revolves around Anna, a young girl- child who meets with a tragic accident and loses the ability to walk. She is bound to a wheelchair and home-schooled for a while until she is able to attend a regular school. It is here that she begins to face a series of challenges and ridicule. It is all very new to her and as she tries to adjust and adapt to the changes around her, she learns a lot of new things like how to make friends, how to forgive, how to tackle bullies, and how to take up responsibilities.
‘Anna: A Special Child’ is a touching tale that widens the reader’s understanding of the world of specially abled children. You can find a sense of connection and can relate to Anna as she grows to respect and develop a feeling of understanding with herself and those around her.
Besides being an excellent writer, Dr Tandon has also served in the Indian Navy for twenty nine years. She is a trained vocalist as well as a spiritual seeker. Her literary works are a source of inspiration and motivation for hundreds of children and young adults as they tackle some very important issues faced by these kids.