is an independent journalist, essayist, and fiction writer. She is an
immigration columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. She was the editor
of India Currents from 2012 to 2016. She has consistently won awards
for her editorials over the years: SF Press Club Awards: 2014 to 2017
and has won grants, fellowships and awards for feature reporting:
Tracking Hate, Environmental Health, Foreclosure crisis. Jaya has
degrees in psychology and computer science and prior to her journalism
career, she worked as a software engineer for many years in the Silicon
Valley. She is the author of the collection of short stories
"Transactions of Belonging".
"The minute the book reaches your hand you
think about the two eyes, wonder what secret might be lurking in them,
wonder what questions they are raising and wonder why half the face is
When you start reading and finish each story, you
realise why the face is not revealed. The face could be yours or mine,
the story could be his or hers. The 12 stories are very humane and some
of them very disturbing and hauntingly beautiful.”
"This book is a collection of 12 short stories of all
varieties. Though this is her debut, the author easily manages to
imprint in our minds her flair for evoking an epiphany at the end of
every story. With extreme attention to detail, she intricately describes
her scenes and characters that is a trademark of a good author.
Similarly, her acute insights into the workings of the human mind are
clearly evident in her characters and their development. The diversity
in her characters and her narration makes each character different from
one another. The best thing about author Jaya Padhmanabhan’s stories are
the way they end. Most of them are left open for the reader’s to
interpret, similar to her book’s title.
My favorites of these stories are: The Blue Arc that
tells the story of a young sex worker who seeks the path of liberation,
Neiappams – just the character Sankar made me love this story, His Curls
– A story of how a mom sees her son’s growth from innocence to
violence, helplessly, and Curtains Drawn – a somber story on how a
child’s innocence can be destroyed by the thoughtless actions and
ignorance of his parents.
One of the best books from Indian authors that I have
read recently, put this book on your To-Read list without fail.”
Hemant Kumar Jain:
"An interesting set of stories.
Intense, Unpredictable, even Strange at times.
Enjoyed reading them"
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