Pavithra Srinivasan is a writer, journalist, artist, translator and editor – not necessarily in that order. She is fascinated with History, and writes children's fiction for adults. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and she is currently a historical-fiction columnist for Young World, The Hindu’s supplement for children. Her column is named Yester Tales. She’s also an organic farmer and lives in her farm, a tiny village in the Thiruvannamalai District where taps are still seen as luxury items. She writes about her farming adventures in The New Indian Express, under the column How I Met My Farm. She was movie and music critic for rediff.com, and is entertainment journalist with film magazines such as Southscope, Ritz and Inbox1305. She also wrote extensively for Chennai’s lifestyle magazine, Eves Touch, and worked as Fiction Editor with Katha India, a publishing house devoted to translations, where she edited full-length translations of authors such Jeyakanthan, Sundara Ramasamy, Damodar Mauzo, Imayam and others (one of which made it to the long-list of Crossword Awards).
She’s had a column in Culturama magazine, called Passage to India, where she wrote historical fiction for an adult audience. She’s written more than a hundred features/stories/interviews for The Hindu, The New Indian Express, The Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, Chandamama, Gokulam, Prodigy and other magazines.
She has to her credit a collection of historical short-stories for young adults, Little-Known Tales from Well-Known Times: Back to the BCs, (Helios Books, 2012) and the translation of Kalki’s epic historicals, Sivakamiyin Sabadham (Helios Books, 2012, Tranquebar Press, 2015) and Ponniyin Selvan, (Tranquebar Press, 2014) She has translated Jeffrey Archer’s short-story collection into Tamil, Mudivil oru Thiruppam (Westland, 2009) as also Amish Tripathi’s acclaimed Shiva Trilogy (Westland, 2014, 2015). Her Tamil translation of Amish’s Scion of Ikshvaku is soon to be published. One of her stories is a part of the collection, My Mom is My Hero, (Adams Media, 2010) edited by Susan Reynolds.
Pavithra is also a miniaturist – in other words, an artist who draws miniatures. She produces accurate representations of historic landmarks; her work on Chennai was featured in The Hindu: