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Jahnavi Barua
Writer

Jahnavi Barua is an Indian writer based in Bangalore. Although trained as a doctor at Gauhati Medical College she aspired to become a writer and studied creative writing in the United Kingdom. Her debut collection of short stories ‘Next Door’ (2008) was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her next work, a novel called ‘Rebirth’ (2010), was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. The book is about the unique bond that develops between the mother and child, when the mother carries the unborn child, expressed beautifully in her work. Her latest book ‘Undertow’ was published by Penguin Random House India (Viking Books) in February 2020. It is a novel with themes of migration, exile and loneliness, and struggles in a post-pandemic world. It received the  Auther Award 2021  and was longlisted for JCB Prize 2020. Her short fiction has been widely anthologized and her work is part of several university syllabi.