Anirudh Kala is a psychiatrist by profession and Clinical Director of Mind Plus, Ludhiana in Punjab. The latter is an intermediate stay facility for treatment of psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders. He was a member of the expert group tasked by Government of India with writing Mental Health Policy for the country, which was released in 2014.He also writes fiction and has published several short stories. An anthology of interconnected stories, Unsafe Asylum: Stories of Partition and Madness was published in 2018 by Speaking Tiger books. Two and a Half Rivers is a novel based on a young Dalit couple caught in the vortex of terrorism in Punjab and is his second work of fiction. A non-fiction book Most of What You Know About Addiction is Not True with focus on addictions in Punjab will be released early next year.Anirudh Kala has been instrumental in forging cross border links between two sides of Punjab and is founder of Indo-Pak Punjab Psychiatric Society.He is fond of Urdu poetry, travelling and semi-classical music.