Padma Shandas was born and raised in Kerala,
the southernmost state in India. She started her career as an
engineer. But she was also fascinated by human psychology and
literature. She wrote often in some of the prominent English
newspapers and magazines in India.
Padma immigrated to the U.S. in January 1980. While
working as an engineer, she welcomed the opportunities to sample
more knowledge in the areas of her interest. She acquired a graduate
degree in psychology and splurged some energy on writing.
Seeking more fulfillment, Padma counseled people
looking for career transitions. She wrote in some of the emerging
South Asian American news media. She has also been active in
the South Asian immigrant community, and became a cofounder-director
of Vanitha, a nonprofit organization of women. Recently she wrote
Spices in the Melting Pot: Life Stories of Exceptional South
Asian Immigrant Women.