My Mother and Other Stories – a storybook for children

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My Mother and Other Stories. Author: Vinay Jalla

Here it is, just in time for Christmas…my new storybook for children!

My Mother and Other Stories – a collection of twelve children’s short stories set in modern India – is now officially released worldwide, both in print and digital editions.

Filled with moral values, imagination and downright humour, each story beautifully balances the ordinary with the extraordinary. As well as making young readers laugh, these stories also make them think.

The stories that make up this wonderful collection are: My Mother, Grandma and the crow, The brown puppy, The scout with a big heart, Pineapple of his eye, Our pot-bellied cook, Star tattoo, Ghosts do not exist, A Lovable ayah, The gift of sight, Dance like me, and The young artist.



Click here to buy My Mother and Other Stories (Kindle Edition)

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Worldwide (including USA, Australia and UAE) 

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About the Author
Vinay Jalla is a web content developer, creative writer and a graphic designer with over 18 years of experience in print, online and broadcast media, both in India and in the UK.



The Vaping Club – an eBook by Vinay Jalla

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Are e-cigarettes safer than real cigarettes? The burning debate continues about the safety of electronic cigarettes, popularly called e-cigarettes. But the big question is: are they a safer substitute to real cigarettes? Read on to find the answer.

Click on the links below to buy my eBook – The Vaping Club.

Amazon UKAmazon USAmazon IndiaAmazon Worldwide

Telugu novel ‘Narayaneeyam’ launched!

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My heartfelt thanks to Yandamoori Veerendranath – for blessing my book with an appealing foreword. Special thanks to Soma Sankar Kolluri – for translating my novel ‘Warp and Weft’ into Telugu; Srinivas Aitha and Jalla Venkatesh (my dad) – for their invaluable suggestions; Anil Atluri and Vijay – for their initial support. Lastly (but not the least) my grandmother – without her anecdotes I wouldn’t have had a story to tell you.
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Preview of the Telugu novel ‘Narayaneeyam’ book cover

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I would like you to have the first glimpse of the book cover of my novel ‘Narayaneeyam‘, which has been translated into Telugu from the original English version – ‘Warp and Weft’. The foreword is written by one of India’s most-loved and celebrated Telugu novelist Yandamoori Veerendranath.

We are planning to release ‘Narayaneeyam’ as an e-book first, followed by the paperback edition shortly. Watch this space for further updates.

The day I met the creator of Malgudi – R K Narayan (YouTube Video)

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It was the summer of 1999 when I met the great Indian novelist R K Narayan in his home in Chennai. The heat was unbearable but my heart fluttered with excitement; I was emotionally choked to meet my ‘literary god’. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.

BOOK REVIEW: Vinay Jalla’s novel ‘Warp and Weft’

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Vinay Jalla’s novel Warp and Weft was recently reviewed in a popular community newspaper published in the US.

Warp and Weft: Earthy, Reflective Tale
BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE – NRI Pulse newspaper

Book: Warp and Weft; Author: Vinay Jalla; Available on in paperback and digital edition.

“God made Man. Man made Money. Money made Man Mad” an elusive character Gagoopa sermons protagonist Narayana. The quote essentially embodies the essence of Warp and Weft.  Vinay Jalla weaves his novel with tender love and care, treading us through the rustic lanes of the fictitious Zarivaram, reconnoitering the life and times of its inhabitants, at its raw and rustic best.

Much reminiscent of R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi, Zarivaram houses many characters including protagonist Narayana. In fact, we get to learn about the unfortunate conditions under which Narayana comes into the world. Reflective of some of real life weaver’s conditions, which are nowhere near silky, Jalla’s characters are soaking in poverty barely making ends meet.  The stories and characters are familiar – liquor and its ugly repercussions on already deprived families, the oppressed wives Nagalamma and Gowramma who bear the burden with no opposition, the landlords and affluent who live on an aptly titled “” Street, separating them not just on a physical grounds, but something much deeper, all woven to silky –smooth perfection.

Jalla’s Narayana is raised by a neighbor after his mother dies at childbirth. His father, already a drunkard, way wards into self-destruction. Amidst utter dismay, Narayana manages to find his share of happiness with friends Iqbal and Ramu. They build a world of their own, be it playing marbles, knocking off tops or flying kites. But then nature strikes and Zarivaram is barren with no rain in sight. The drought’s fury consumes many including his own aunt who had adopted him. Narayana learns to barely survive, the hard way. But that is not what he wants. Humiliation, helplessness and the weather as harsh as people eventually followed by his meeting with the mysterious Gagoopa lead him to promise to himself that he will be the rich and he will do it the right way, by working earnestly. Narayana’s quest to overcome overwhelming conditions forms the rest of the narrative.

Even though we follow Narayana’s story throughout, credit goes to Jalla for intertwining many lives and their tales in a narrative so earthy, I could almost smell and feel the soil. Having spent most of my summer vacations in the village as a kid, I can relate to climbing of mango trees and relishing them with salt, or simply being part of nature at its organic best. Therein lies the strength of the novel – unassuming and unpretentious the story unfolds at a gradual pace, building Narayana’s character and the circumstances around him naturally.

Warp and Weft has a laid back narrative; Jalla is in no hurry to get to the conclusion, which truly makes it a good scrumptious read, delving into details, be it the nitty gritty of flying a kite or intrinsic art of weaving sarees. The approach to Jalla’s storytelling is simplistic yet substantial. Narayan’s character is also strong willed despite his depravity. He holds on to his morals, even when it would have been easy and justifiable to give in to temptation, as he does when he refuses to take tips from vendors as a loader of sarees in Bangalore. He wants to build good will, and not in the mood for instant gratification. In today’s times where everyone wants to get everywhere in a NY minute, Warp and Weft weaves a restrained, robust and reflective tale of what lies beneath those gorgeous sarees displayed at the showrooms. If you are in the mood for a fast paced thriller, this is certainly not your first choice. If you however want to get back to your roots, refresh your childhood memories, especially if you grew up in or around villages, this certainly makes for a silky read.

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My Twin Brother – children’s book is now available

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The revised edition of ‘My Twin Brother’ (children’s book) is now available worldwide.

Ravi and Balu are twin brothers living thousands of miles apart. Ravi lives with his father in Britain, and Balu is in India with his mother and his ever-caring grandmother. Balu has the love and comfort of his family and friends. Ravi, on the other hand, feels a bit lonely. Read how the twin brothers conjure up a plan to meet each other and unite their parents.


Amazon Kindle edition (digital)

Amazon Paperback Edition

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