First time author Smita pal Sinha’s first book “26 words” is a collection of short stories which takes a look at few of the serious social issues we face as a society. As a race, we still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, to make our society perfect. The only way to achieve this will be by bringing the change ourselves. These tales of fiction are just a look at some of the social problems that are entwined in our lives today. The stories deal with issues such as sexual abuse, sexual harassment, female infanticide, Dowry, domestic violence and the evils of a patriarchal society.