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About the Book
'Each evocative narrative is a peep into an interesting ambience peopled with vivacious characters.' - Sutapa Basu, Author of 'Padmavat'
‘Our daily life provides rich soil for a fertile imagination to sprout tales of mystery, delight, sorrow and awe.’ - Richa Gupta
The Jamun Tree and Other Stories is a collection of short stories dissects and analyses a cross section of society to decipher our complex existence, psychological truths, range of emotions, relationships and subjective morality. The stories in this collection are about an almost-human Jamun tree, an enticing woman on a mission, a family receiving news about their inheritance, a journalist looking for a scoop, a family on a cruise liner, a mother dealing with the tragic death of her child, youngsters affected by corruption and an investigator resolving a mysterious murder. The Jamun Tree and Other Stories will help navigate and open up vistas to understand our present-day life.
About the Author
With an MA in English from Delhi University, Richa Gupta has also been certified in Instructional Design and Editing by NETg of U.S.A. She has had a career over 31 years in the allied fields of English Language teaching, technical editing, instructional design and creative writing.
Asenior (PGT) teacher of English, she taught in Welhams Girls' High School, Dehradun from 1990 to 1992 and in Convent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi from 1992 to 1995 and from 1998 to 2012. She also conducted classes in Speech and Drama and guided literary activities.
As a freelance editor, Richa has executed a large volume of language reviews.An e-learning professional, she played a key role in the pioneering e-learning division of NIIT Ltd. from 1996 to 1998 and newer e-learning firms from 2012 to 2017.From 2014 to 2015, she worked as the Director of ELT Programs and Initiatives in Encyclopaedia Britannica (Asia).
Inspired by the plight of women in India who face discrimination after a failed marriage,Richa Gupta published her first novel titled ‘Phoenix’in 2017. In 2018, she published her second novel ‘Skeins,’ a light-hearted novel in a travel environment that explores serious issues. In June, 2020, she publishedan anthology of short stories titled ‘Slices of Life’, whichincludes vignettes in a mixed bag of genres ranging from bathos and futuristic Sci-Fi to a Whodunit. In July, 2021, she published ‘The Jamun Tree and Other Stories’, another anthology of short stories in the genre of realistic fictionthat includes various sub-genres such as psychological thriller, detective fiction, Sci-Fi and first-person narrative.