Loss and Laws and other Tamil Short Stories, a collection of Tamil short stories of Jayanthi Sankar and translated by Usha Nagasamy, is based on the observations and experiences of the author’s 26 years of life spent in fast-changing Singapore. The author has been writing for 20 years and has been hailed as a rapidly rising star with a very unique yet universal appeal in the Tamil literary space. There are 17 short stories in this collection–all chosen from the 99 short stories written by the author over a period of 17 years. Each one of the short stories differs so much from the other in theme, mature storytelling as well as format that it can create interest and inquisitiveness in any reader.
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Born and brought up in India, Jayanthi Sankar has been living in Singapore since 1990. She has been creatively active for the past twenty years in short stories, novels, transcreations and essays. Her short story ‘Read Singapore’ was widely recognized in the literary circles. She is writing more in English in the recent years. Having written primarily in Tamil, her short story collections have been short-listed three times for Singapore Literature Prize.
Usha Nagasamy, a Further Education college lecturer, has been doing a lot of interpreting and translating for the local Tamil community over the past decade. In 2009, she began translating the Tamil short stories of her elder sister who is a renowned Tamil writer from Singapore. She lives in Greater London.
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