I am not sure exactly how I happened to stumble upon the idea behind this story. I do remember though, that I had been working on another piece of short fiction when the phrase ‘Personal Effects’ popped into my head. I knew right then that I wanted to use this.
I kept playing with it for a few days, unsure of the direction to take it in, until I read the December 2016 theme for Women’s Web Muse of the Month.
It was a line from the book, Shakuntala: The Play of Memory, written by Namita Gokhale – “There is love and understanding in this knowledge. There is sorrow.”
Suddenly, the story began to take shape and all the pieces fell into place.
Without a doubt, I am elated that ‘Personal Effects’ has been selected a winner for this month’s theme by Namita Gokhale, Founder director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and an author known for her adaptations of classical myths and literature.
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