Published by Melbourne Books

  • Paperback RRP$23.95
  • ISBN 9781877096020
  • August release with launch at Byron Bay Writers Festival at the end of July.

The following is from the introduction to the book by author Di Morrissey:

Sandy Gandhi is an institution in Byron Bay.

As Australia’s most ‘Easterly Indian’ (she claims there was one other, but she shot him!), her verbal jousting, quick quips and wild humour have endeared her to stand-up comedy audiences in Byron and beyond.

Like good things that simply happen and evolve rather than are planned, Sandy stumbled into stand-up.

A slim, tiny woman, her alter ego has now become larger than life.

Her humourous column, ‘Enlighten Up’, appears every Thursday in Pulse, the arts and entertainment section of The Northern Star – she is their ‘Foreign Gossipondent Extraordinaire’ and her motto is, ‘If it hasn’t happened, I’ll make it up!’

But I know another Sandy, a caring, compassionate, passionate, fierce advocate for the underprivileged, the handicapped, the sick and the elderly.

She has worked as a devoted carer for nine years and goes above and beyond when it comes to helping others.

And, of course, she makes them laugh!

I’m sure this collection of Sandy Gandhi’s musings will make you smile too.”

About Sandy:

Sandy Gandhi is the alter ego of Sandy Aranha.

Born in New Delhi, India, her family immigrated to Australia when she was 12 years old.

At 21 she travelled to London as a fully-fledged travel agent and worked traversing the globe, spending much time in Egypt and Africa.

She eventually returned to Australia and settled in Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point, making her Australia’s most easterly Indian!

Sandy currently lives between Byron Bay and Bangalow. She has been a regular weekly columnist for The Northern Star newspaper for a number of years.

Sandy is in much demand for corporate performances and is a regular on the comedy circuit in northern NSW as well as recent feature performances in both Miss (you) Melbourne in 2007 and at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2008.

Comprising over 60 of her incisive columns for The Northern Star newspaper, Enlighten Up takes us on a comical, satirical journey from Bangalore, India to Bangalow, northern NSW.

The material in these columns is often the basis of Sandy’s stand-up comidy routine that is wowing audiences nationally, including a successful stint in Bangalore, India late last year.

  • Watch the birth of Sandy’s book.