Jaya Padmanabhan is a journalist, essayist, and fiction writer. She is the director of programs at Ethnic Media Services, an organization dedicating to vitalizing the ethnic media sector. She writes an immigration column for the San Francisco Examiner and contributes to The Bold Italic/Medium, Elemental and India Currents. Previously, she was the editor of India Currents. Jaya has consistently won awards for her editorials and essays: SF Press Club Awards: 2014 to 2017 and grants and fellowships for feature reporting: Tracking Hate, Environmental Health, Foreclosure crisis. She is the author of "Transactions of Belonging," a collection of short stories published in 2014. Jaya is a member of The Writers Grotto (


First Place - "Now and Then column: Memories, Immigration and Assimilation," India Currents (Digital Media, Columns-Features)

Second Place - "Dare to Speak Up?" India Currents (Digital Media, Columns-Features)

Third Place - "In Brown Type column: The politics of immigration and race," San Francisco Examiner (Newspapers-Daily, Columns-News/Political)


- San Francisco Examiner

- India Currents


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.

Transactions of Belonging (Buy)
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

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