The Social and the Familial: Myriad Emotions
Shraddha A Singh
WHEN JAYA MET JAGGU AND OTHER STORIES by By Annapurna Sharma Hawakal Publishers, 2022, 187 pp., INR 400.00
June 2024, volume 48, No 6

After having dabbled in poetry, Annapurna Sharma experiments with the writing of short stories in her 2022 collection of nine stories. Recipient of the Distinguished Writer Award by Xpress Publications in 2018, Sharma is well-recognized for winning and being nominated for awards in several story writing and poetry competitions. She is also on the board of editors for Muse India, a literary e-journal.

Described as stories of love in the blurb of the book, When Jaya Met Jaggu and Other Stories explores various facets of love from romantic, platonic, familial, to even eternal love. The strength and weakness of a short story are both in the aspect of brevity—the currency of words.

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