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“These stories are filled with wisdom and compassion, bristling with dark occurrences and gleaming with quiet moments of joy: an enriching collection.” ~ Mahesh Rao, award-winning writer
“Pros & Cons offers up a complex portrait of our times. From caste-based violence to domestic power play, from yoga to the under-seam of real estate development, Bhatt uses a dozen devices to examine the lives of people around us, the choices that define them and, ultimately, our selves.” ~ Annie Zaidi, award-winning writer, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter
“Ambitious, sensitive, this collection locates some essential Indian truths, especially its hidden violences.” ~ Prayaag Akbar, acclaimed and multiple award-nominated writer and journalist
“. . . unforgettably unique stories . . . richly-layered scenes . . . diversely-assorted characters . . . finely-nuanced language . . .” ~ Advance reader reviews
“. . . three-time Pushcart-nominated . . .”
“. . . Best of the Net Anthology Finalist . . .”
“. . .Best American Short Stories Nominated . . .”
As we look ahead to the 2019 Indian elections and consider the biggest challenge of this current administration — jobs — this 12-story collection explores the working lives of more than a dozen individuals across India’s socio-cultural hierarchies and gives humanistic perspectives of their struggles. Set in present-day Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and the American Midwest, these stories follow the lives of Indian men and women trying to realize their dreams and aspirations through their jobs. Whether they’re chasing money, power, recognition, love, or simply trying to make a decent living, their hunger is as intense as any grand love affair. Straddling the fault lines of class, caste, gender, nationality, race, globalism, and more, they go against socio-cultural norms despite the challenges and indignities. Until singular moments of quiet devastation turn the worlds of these characters — auto-wallah, housemaid, street-vendor, journalist, architect, baker, engineer, sari shop employee, yoga instructor, bartender, and more — upside down.
Several of these stories have been published in respectable literary magazines (print and online) in the UK and the US — publication details are included below. One of these stories earned a Pushcart nomination, one was shortlisted for The Best of the Net Anthology (alongside other acclaimed short story writers like Lydia Davis, Allegra Hyde, Daisy Johnson, et al), and one was nominated for the Best American Short Stories 2017 Anthology.
Author bio: Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, and literary critic. She is a Contributing Editor (Books) at PopMatters. Her first literary translation of Dhumketu’s short stories will be out in 2019 with HarperCollins India. Her non-fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in various respectable journals in the US, UK, and India, including The Atlantic, BBC Culture, The Millions, Literary Hub, Longreads, Scroll.in, and others. Her fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and the 2017 Best American Short Stories. She was a finalist for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology alongside respected writers like Lydia Davis, Allegra Hyde, and Daisy Johnson. Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now splits her time between Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Find her at: https://indiatopia.com/about-2/
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