Jaya Padmanabhan 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".

Transactions of Belonging
The short stories in the collection blend emotion and introspection.

2017: Overall Excellence Award: Third Place - San Francisco Press Club

2017: Digital Media Columns Award: Third Place - San Francisco Press Club

- San Francisco Examiner

- India Currents

Goodreads reviews:


"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 hidden.

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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