Jaya Padmanabhan is a veteran journalist, essayist, and fiction writer. Her columns and articles can be found in the New York Times, PBS Next Avenue, India Currents,  San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Standard, Forbes, among others.
She has received 30 awards for journalism and 8 awards for fiction, most notably the San Francisco Press Club's Overall Excellence Award three times and the Lorian Hemingway Award for short fiction.
She serves as editor emeritus, contributing writer and board member of India Currents.
She is a contributing editor at Ethnic Media Services, working with journalists on critical issues that affect communities of color.
Jaya is the author of "Transactions of Belonging," a collection of short stories published in 2014.
She is a member of The Writers Grotto (

She was the convocation speaker addressing the graduating class of computer science graduates at San Jose State University in 2015.
Her speech was titled "Why a Software Engineer became a Writer.


Bilingualism May Stave Off Dementia, Study Suggests - People who spoke two languages daily in their youth tended to score higher on memory tests later in life, the researchers found.

Why I Chose An Assisted Living Facility In India For My Mother - It's a decision I can justify intellectually, but cannot rationalize emotionally.
Autumn Blues - How to cope with depression among older adult immigrants
For Aging Immigrants Food from their Homelands is Key to Happiness - How food from homeland is connected to mental health for aging immigrants
The American Dream - The foreclosure crisis of 2011
The Complicated Relationship Between Screen Time and Depression - Is it really the case that depression and screen time are correlated?

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

I would recommend this book to any short story lover. The stories are not straightforward thereby doesn't take the reader for granted. The reader is made to think. Imagine. Expand the story in his/her mind. One of the best short story collections that I have read recently. - Booxoul review - April 16, 2018

Goodreads reviews:


Now That I Care For Her, I Feel For Her Next Avenue Published on Dec 22, 2020
"Our relationship will always be an imperfect one, but it rests on the twin pedestals of her trust and my caring."

Historic debate highlights just how bad the Trump-Biden debacle really was The San Francisco Examiner Published on Oct 2, 2020 | News Columnists
James Baldwin and William F. Buckley thoughtful, eloquent in 1965 face-off over race

For Aging Immigrants, Food from Their Homelands Is Key to Happiness The Bold Italic Published on March 18, 2019
Stories from California's immigrant seniors clinging to the flavors of their past

The Audacity of My Secularism
Editorial, India Currents Published on June 2, 2016
At a dinner recently, the conversation drifted to the politics of religion in India.

Waiting to inhale: The curious incidence of tears and laughter at death The Hindu Published on January 19, 2018
Remembering the day my father died.

Podcast: @AtalantaDiaries. Here is the full recording on Spotify. Also available on Apple Podcast.

- Television to inspire
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India West writes about inDIALOG
by Lisa Tsering ( Dec 29, 2000)
"A new Indian American television show seeks to break the "Bollywood and more Bollywood" mold, with interviews with prominent Indian politicians and artists."
"Padmanabhan produces, directs and coanchors the show with classical dancer Vidhya Subramaniam. As they explain in a press release, the show "draws the spotlight on the singular achievements of individuals.....artists, musicians, authors, entrepreneurs and other captains of industry." "

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