What are you reading?

Hello blogger-friends!


How is everyone these days? If you ask me, I am fine but terribly busy in work and work – home, school and home! Awfully hectic! And that’s one reason why I am unable to share or write up anything for the blog!
I really miss the time I could spend reading words shared by you all. Just keep wishing I could get back the days when I was able to spend time on the blog. Anyway I am hopeful as I plan today onwards to spend a few minutes and leave something or share some words with you all.

So, let’s talk about reading. What are you all reading these days? I was reading Gone with the Wind, but that was last Sunday and just finished a quarter of the book only! How about you all? What are you reading and what’s happening at your side?

Do let me know!

Take care.

Love

Syeda

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The lesson he taught me! – Short Story

Greetings to everyone!

Today, I am not going to share a poem or a story by me. Neither am I going to share a book review. Today, I am using my blog to share a story by a young writer. This is the story by a grade 6 boy named Minaam Ali Akbara, of New Shams School, Bhatkal, Karnataka. Thank you Umri Sir for passing this to me! He’s an educationist and teacher trainer. I was lucky to be his student too. 😄

I hope you will find it apt to the world around us. Do share a word about it around or drop a comment so that I can pass it on to the boy and encourage him to keep writing!

Once upon a time there was a writer named Raghu.  Raghu used to walk to his office in the morning. Every day he noticed a young boy standing near the fence of the football court.

One day out of curiosity, Raghu walked towards the boy and asked him, “Why do you stand here every morning?” The boy replied, “I like the way these boys play and I love their shoes.” He quietly pointed at the boys playing in the court.

Raghu asked the boy, “What is your name? Which school do you go to?” Looking down at his uniform,  the boy said, “My name is Devraj and I go to Vidhya primary school. I live in Murdeshwar, near Basti.”

Raghu wanted to know more about him. Before he could ask any question, Devraj said, “I stay in a very small house. I have two sisters.” Raghu asked, “Do they go to school too?”

Devraj nodded affirming and said one of his sisters went to school.  Raghu asked him about his ambitions. Devraj smiled. “One day I want to play football and wear the shoes those boys are wearing,” he said softly, pointing at the boys in the court.

Raghu looked at the Nike and Adidas shoes worn by the boys who belonged to rich families.  Raghu looked at Devraj’s feet and was surprised. He said, “Your shoes are also nice and new!”

Devraj felt embarrassed and remained silent for sometime. Then he said, “These I got from garbage box near the road.” Raghu became confused.  As though noticing his expression, Devraj spoke up, “Today morning, a rich kid was annoyed at his father for he didn’t like the colour of his shoes.  I was looking at them. After sometime, the kid threw these shoes in the garbage angrily and walked away with his dad.”

Raghu felt extremely sad. Devraj seemed to be very guilty of what he did. Raghu was moved by the fact revealed by Devraj, and said, “I pray that one day you will get brand new shoes bought by the money you earn yourself.” Devraj smiled.

Next day in the newspaper, Devraj saw his name and read the article which was written by a man named Raghu. Devraj knew he was the same man whom he had spoken to, the previous day. The article in the newspaper was about how rich kids fail to value things they have, while poor kids crave for them.

Love,

Syeda

The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee – Book Review

Hello all,

To peace out my overexcited brain, after the release and elation of my book The Balloon Girl, I picked up a book to read. And often at such times, it’s a thriller which changes the mood for me. So here is the review of the same book.

The book is provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for a genuine review. The book is titled The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee.

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Blurb: 

Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen?

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Manav’s ex-fiancée; her father who was eyeing business through the alliance; an alcoholic male model, and a former Tollywood diva. When two more connected murders make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

Review:

The most intriguing thing about the book at first glance is its cover. It really catches the eye with the colours – red and orange. The knife lying across just makes you know which genre you are getting into.

The story begins from the crime scene and the reader is aware of who are the culprits and the victim. But as each page turns the story moves layer by layer and pulls you into the quagmire of questions and suspects. Everyone seems a suspect, everyone has a motive but you just can’t place the finger on the exact person. The fast pace of the story always leaves us at a roadblock and another addition to the list of suspects.

The plot is good and keeps your interest intact. It keeps rising and falling like the waves. Events keep happening unexpectedly. The characters are well crafted. The quick methods and approach of the investigator, ACP Agni Mitra makes you admire his character. And the writer deserves the praise for creating such a simple yet an amazing character.

By the time you reach the end of the page, you are not sure what’s really happening, but not to worry ’cause Agni knows what he’s doing and you got to trust him! The end was quite a surprise and somehow you feel no empathy or sadness for the manipulator. Because that’s what I actually felt he/she was. Manipulative and coward. (Well that’s my personal thought though 😉 )

The book is a wonderful read if you are looking for a thriller and enjoy reading murder mysteries. So it gets a 4 star rating from me!

Hope you like the review!

You can order the book on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!

Love and Best wishes for all,

Syeda

Download The Balloon Girl – Free – this weekend on Kindle!

Hello everyone!

My second book is now available on Amazon – amazon.com and amazon.in 

The surprise I have for you all here is that the eBook on Kindle is now available for free! Yes, today and tomorrow midnight (Indian Standard Time) my book The Balloon Girl is for $0.

https://www.amazon.com/Balloon-Girl-Syeda-Faiza-Rasheed-ebook/dp/B075LFZDHZ

Download and share about it. Please do remember to drop review on amazon, goodreads and your blog to show your support. 😄😄

I would appreciate the support. 
Lots of love. 

Best wishes for all!

Syeda FR

Love is in your arms! – Short story

Hello all…

I am in a reflective mode today…. Maybe you all could help me out.

I just had someone tell me that I should try to write Thrillers and not Romance.
I love reading Thrillers but writing one, I feel just may not be my cup of tea! So here I am, asking you if I should continue with Romance or think over this. What do you say?

Please drop in a message and share your views with me.

Thanks.
Lots of love,
Syeda

Syeda F.R.

I was heaving as I had run around the block looking for someone I knew, some face that would look known. In this city of unknown, I was filled with a strange fear. Every passing man seemed to be a demon lurking in the darkness, waiting to pounce on me. Waiting for the bait to fall in his clutch.

I had come miles away from home to meet him. I was not going to come so close and get lost in this labyrinth. He had told me that he would come to pick me up. The more he delayed coming, the more my heart thudded aloud in the cage of bones. I had come to tell him the truth. The little fact of my life. The fact that I had long hidden within my heart. I didn’t know what he was going to say, what his feelings and thoughts were…

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How excited I am!! :D

Greetings Bloggers-world!

As promised in the previous post, I am here to share with you all something really special.

Any guesses????

Well… I am too excited to wait for your answers dearies, so please let me share the news……..

My second book, The Balloon Girl, has been taken up by Woven Words Publishers and will soon hit the stores, mostly online though 😉

Here is a look at the cover……

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Do share and spread word!! 🙂

I will soon be sharing the links to order via Amazon.com and Amazon.in and any other platform for you to order it.

Super excited me! 😀

Thanks all for your love and best wishes. Without you all I wouldn’t have had the courage and confidence to fulfill my dreams! 🙂

Love,

Syeda F. R.