From the time of her birth, Jayanti Tamm was declared the chosen disciple in the cult of Guru Sri Chinmoy. Jayanti grew up in the Guru's inner circle, shuttling between her family's home, Sri Chinmoy's Connecticut headquarters, and his ashram in Queens, New York. Among her many duties, Sri Chinmoy assigned Jayanti to court celebrities, infiltrate the United Nations, and find elephants for him to weight lift, all in an effort to transform the world. At the age of twenty-five, after multiple attempts to leave, she was permanently exiled from the cult. A graduate of Queens College and American University, Jayanti is currently an English Professor at Ocean County College where she teaches creative writing. She is also a fiction writer and playwright and lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
There are many writers that I admire. Contemporary fiction authors whom I read with the hopes of learning from are Lorrie Moore, Mark Salzman, Jhumpa Lahiri, Nathan Englander. The playwright who continues to astound me is Martin McDonaugh.
Adam Chromy from Artists and Artisans
Harmony Books, a division of Random House
I am addicted to travel and whenever I can, I like to go somewhere new. My other passions are the theatre and film.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Central Asian Institute
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