Sneha Jaiswal is an Indian author and a contemporary poet. Professionally, Jaiswal is a journalist with a degree in literature and journalism. She was associated with The Hindu as an intern. She later went on to work as a full-fledged reporter with the Times Network.

Jaiswal runs a website known as AbstractAF. In 2019, Jaiswal officially quit her job to pursue a full-time career in writing.


Little Notes of Anguish is Sneha Jaiswal’s second poetry collection. The book contains a total of forty-two poems, ranging from topics of self, society, the people around us, the hypocrisy about the rules that govern our world, and several other subjects that are sure to captivate many a reader.


Unlike most poetry collections, this truly is a book for readers of all tastes and age groups. It delves into day-to-day aspects of life, including heartbreak – both generally and in terms of the author’s own experience with love. Little Notes of Anguish is unapologetic. The author doesn’t mince her words as she bares her soul, anger, regret, and life.

The book is replete with unusual poems, which are quite enjoyable in that each word seems to flow naturally. For example, one of the poems is about a regular conversation the author has with her parents.

Another masterpiece speaks at length about the voice inside our heads. Everyone has it, making it an extremely relatable piece. The way all of us converse and argue within ourselves but in private, away from the society, is quite odd. Jaiswal has also explored many unconventional themes, such as preferring nature and intellect over physical intimacy. All in all, Little Notes of Anguish makes for a very refreshing, breezy read.


The poems have an element of familiarity about them, in a way that more often than not, they fail to provide the readers with a fresh perspective on subjects most poems already have a similar take on. A great poem is one that carries you with its flow and plunges you into the water in the blink of an eye. The reader resurfaces as a changed person. In this collection, it is always a case of so near yet so far; it comes close, but never quite hits the mark.

The poems become somewhat predictable in how the words are put together. To make matters worse, the verses are devoid of any punctuation whatsoever. As a result, readers may feel clueless about the cadence in which the poems are meant to be read. This crudeness makes the poems more abstruse than they needed to be.


Waters sweeping the land

But I remained barren

A lone grain of desert sand

Poem #8


There’s nothing to be amused about

If I seek not favours of the carnal kind

Because my wit is almost dried out

In thirst for a match for my mind

Poem #12


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All in all, Little Notes of Anguish is a timely reminder to the reader that they are not alone in whatever they are going through. Given the general nature of the subjects covered throughout the book, the poems are pretty relatable, dealing with emotions we all experience but seldom talk about. That being said, if you are looking for something that can shake you to the core and force you to introspect, this is probably not the right book for you.

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