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Junction Reads with Aparna Kaji Shah

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Junction Reads with Aparna Kaji Shah

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Join us for another fantastic conversation with Aparna Kaji Shah about her beautiful collection of short stories, The Scent of Mogra and other stories.

he Scent of Mogra and Other Storiesis a collection of four short stories about strong female characters dealing with difficult life-changing situations. The turmoil that they face is, often, the result of a social structure that discriminates against women. Through these powerful women characters, the stories reflect attitudes and ways of life in a village in India, and in modern day Mumbai; they highlight the values of an older generation, and the dreams of a new one. Beneath all their differences, The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories illuminate the quality of women’s lives, exposing the pain, the injustices, as well as the triumphs that make up their existence. More From Inanna Publications.

Aparna's debut collection, The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories, was published in September 2018 and her work was accepted by IFOA’s (International Festival of Authors) Toronto Lit Up, which spotlights Toronto’s authors. Her fiction and poetry have been published in anthologies. Before Aparna came to Canada from Mumbai in 1985, she was a professor of English at the University of Bombay. In Toronto, she has taught at George Brown College. Aparna was one of the founders and editors of an Indian arts magazine called KALA which was published in Toronto and she has written book reviews, many of which were for The Straits Times in Singapore. At present, she is working on a novel about the impact of dislocation on people’s lives, and at the bottom of her drawer she has a manuscript about a young woman who tries to run away with the gypsies, which she ponders over from time to time. Aparna has lived in London (UK), Singapore, Toronto and Mumbai and these continental shifts have greatly influenced her writing.

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