Category: Short Stories by Me

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

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Love is in your arms! – Short story

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, but I had to tell him. I just had to tell him!

A car screeched at the opposite side of the road. Instantly, I pulled the black jacket around my body tightly. I shut my eyes fearing a blood-splattered sidewalk. With a shriek I covered my ears with the cold palms. I stood there, afraid to move or even see or hear the things happening around. There was a eerie silence that prevailed. I didn’t want to witness a horrific accident while I was already struggling as a lost foreigner in one corner of the city. 

As silent moments passed I heard footsteps. They were getting closer and I felt they were approaching me. Someone was running towards me from across the road. When I opened my eyes, I saw him coming towards me!

There was worry across his face and a fear looming in his eyes. Seeing him my eyes were filled with tears. Finally he was here. He was always there at the right time, whenever I had needed him, at school, at college, on dates with some boy he disapproved of and even today! Even with the worry on his face, he looked all the more amazing. He was one handsome man I had ever met in my life. While I did date some really good looking men, I never saw him the way I did today. They say rightly, you value something or someone only when it moves away from you!

His black shirt stuck to his body, which he had paired with a pair of black jeans. He had a passionate love for that color. His eyes were filled with feelings of concern and apprehension. His nose had a tinge of pink, the colour tinted his nose and cheeks when he had cold or was trying hard not to cry. His square shaped face with his well trimmed stubble was illuminated under the moonlight. His broad shoulders moved as he rushed. Every nerve that emerged and hardened under that skin was visible to me today. Why had I been so blind! I thought removing the palms off my ears.

Reaching close to me, he stopped at an arm’s length. Breathing heavily he spoke, “Are…. you…. all…right?”

I nodded my head.

“What…are…you…doing…here? Why…didn’t… you…call…earlier?” he spoke one word at a time.

I just smiled at him. He stopped talking and looked at me. In a few moments of silence he had steadied his breath while I felt breathless standing so close to him. I was waiting for an opportunity to tell him that what I had come so far to tell.

Suddenly his arms rose and held my hands. Instantly, he pulled me closer. “I was afraid when you said you were here! You shouldn’t have stepped out of the airport.”

“I wanted to surprise you! But guess that was a bad idea!” I giggled. Trying to control my laughter, I pulled my right hand off his grip and tucked a loose strand behind my ear.

Just then his hands cupped my face. “This wasn’t a surprise, Amanda! This was horrible. A terrible idea! You have no idea how I managed to drive that damn car without running over someone and how I avoided getting hit! I don’t know how many traffic signals I broke. The moment you said you were here, I was so happy but when you said that you left the airport in the middle of the night and there was no one with you, it drove me mad. How could you be so irresponsible? My heart…. I…. You….. You have no idea, right?”

He stopped midway.

“I have no idea of? What Rick?” I asked him.

He took a deep breath and his grip on my face turned soft.

“I was scared. Scared of losing you. I can never think of existence on this earth without you Amanda. I just can’t….because….because….” A lone tear fell from his right eye.

“Because?” I looked at him. My heart was beating with a strange pain and blood gushed around frantically.

He looked into my eyes and said, “Because, I have always loved you! Always have and always will.”

As he said those beautiful words, he pulled away his hands and turned back. I saw his right hand rise and I knew he was wiping away that little tear. His shoulders rose and fell as he tried to control his breathing and the turbulent feelings. I knew he was trying to gain control on his emotions.

My body shook with a new joy, a new feeling of peace. Tears fell from my eyes and my heart skipped a beat. My lips split and stretched themselves involuntarily into a smile. I took a little step and got rid of the distance between us. I put my hand on his shoulder. He turned. His eyes red with new tears in them, his lips quivered as he struggled for words. Raising my right hand I wiped his tears, and softly stroked his cheek. He tried to look here and there, avoiding meeting my eyes. Finally his eyes met mine.

“And you never told me?”

He didn’t say anything. His head lowered down as though he had something wrong.

“Rick, you want to know what brought me here? You want to know what it was that I came here for?”

He wiped his pink nose and said,”Yeah! You had said you’d want to buy your wedding dress from Paris. So I guess that’s what you are here for!”

I smiled and realized how he remembered a little wish I had shared with him, years ago after watching some wedding gown catalogue.

“No! How can I buy a wedding dress when I haven’t got a bridegroom?”

He made a face. Confusion and innocence all plastered on it.

She took a breath and knew, she had to tell him, tell him now!

“Yeah! I broke up with Kevin and realized everything was just another mistake. When I announced my engagement with him six months ago I didn’t know I was being so naive. It just didn’t feel right. A few days later you left me there and came to Paris. That’s when I knew something was wrong. I was wrong. I was so foolish that I didn’t know what my heart wanted. There was no way, I could keep that engagement when my feelings were for someone else. And those feelings I realized after I saw him go. Those feelings I accepted when he had gotten away from me. That love I valued when I had been separated from it, from him! I came to tell that person, that man, that love of mine, that I love him. I love him a lot!”

His eyes questioned me, though I thought it was all clear for him.

“I came to tell you, Rick, that…. I…love… you!” I spoke each word slowly so that he would have no more doubts.

Never had I seen someone cry with ecstasy like I saw Rick that day. He pulled me into his arms and embraced me tightly. I could hear his heartbeat as he stroked my hair with one hand and held me by my waist with the other. I felt safe. I felt loved. I could feel the love in his heart. I could feel love in those strong arms of his. I had got my little heaven of love, right there, in the arms of the man I loved!
After a long time wrote a little story! Couldn’t come back with something other than love! 😅 Hope you guys liked it! 

Lots of love to all!

Syeda

You don’t mess with the Bride!

He: Thanks for coming Susan at such a short notice.

She: What’s wrong Hugh? Why did you call me here?

He: Susan, I need to tell you something now.

She: *raising an eyebrow* Now??!!

He: *serious tone and face* Yes! Extremely serious!

She: Are you having some of those pre- kind of jitters?

He: No, no! *shaking his head* It’s not that! Listen to me Susan, carefully!

She*worried face* Look at me. Tell me what it is!

He: *turning his face to her* I can’t do this!

She: *extremely shocked* What are you talking about Hugh?
           * stares at him and notices his expression* Oh! You’re really serious?

He: Yes Susan. I’m very sure! I don’t think I’m ready for it still!

She: Hmmmmmm! *a serious thoughtful face she makes*

Suddenly a devious smile spreads on her face.

She: *Thinking longer* Well what do I do now? I can’t let this dress and all arrangements go waste.

*fluttering eye lashes and pondering over* In that case, let me check on your best friend. What’s his name? Yeaaaaaah… Chris! I’m sure he’d be more than ready to take the vows with me.

He: *the suppressed smile escapes and a shock fills his face* What????

She: Yes, that’s perfect! I’ll ask him to marry me!

She collected the white laced folds of her bridal gown and ran on her heels! Shouting loudly…

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She: Catch me if you can, Hugh. Or Chris wins the bride! You don’t mess with me on my wedding day!

With a new found energy he ran behind her. His plan to get her backfired. That’s what he loved in her. She was unpredictable. He knew what trouble he was getting into, when he’d stand at the aisle and say, “I do”!

P.S. I had written this a long time ago….. Naaaah not years ago maybe a few months ago! Thought to share it again.. Might just bring some smiles!! 😂😂

Lots of love and best wishes!
Stay happy and blessed all.
S.F.R.

Ability on Wheels – Cover Launch – Artson Publishing House

Hello fellow bloggers!

Today I am here to do a post on the cover launch of a book soon to hit the market. The book is on disability and driving and is titled, “Ability on Wheels” to be published by Artson Publishing House. Here is the cover:

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Here is a little more from Soniya Kapoor, from Artson Publishing House about what made her pick this one.

Why this book?

After publishing poetry books and holding various writing competitions, I was looking for a story which would really make a difference in someone’s life.  Two months ago I happened to meet Harish Kumar. Harish was born with absence of right arm below the elbow, but that is not his story. I want to highlight the story of what Harish is doing, usually, we call it giving back to the society. Harish is the founder of the organisation “Ability On Wheels”.

ABILITY ON WHEELS is an effort to encourage the specially abled people to take a big leap towards leading a normal life by providing mobility and accessibility services and solutions. As a first step towards this direction, Harish has launched a first of its kind in the country driving school exclusively for the differently able people using customized cars in Ahmedabad.

This definitely was not an easy journey for Harish. And in the first meeting itself, I decided that we are going to publish the story of Harish’s efforts, about disability and driving. And today, I am so happy to see the book taking its final shape. We have named the book same as the name of his driving school.

This book covers stories of 6 brave-hearts, who did not let disability rule over their passion for driving. This book also provides insights on safe driving, which are applicable to all. Hence even people without disabilities can read this book and learn a lot of things about driving which they may have been ignorant of.

More about the author, Harish Kumar:

Holder of two National Records in Limca Book of Records, Harish was born with absence of right arm below the elbow. He did his schooling from a reputed school in Dehradun & went on to do his Masters in Science from IIT Roorkee & Masters in Technology from IIT Delhi. In 2012 he became the first physically challenged person in the country to successfully complete a Solo All India Driving Expedition thereby creating a new National Record in Limca Book of Records. As on date, he has on his name 2 National Records.

About Artson Publishing House:

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Artson Publishing House, based in India, is one of the fastest growing self-publishing platform. Founded with the aim of assisting authors and poets to come forward in their writing career. It was founded by Soniya Kapoor to help writers realize and breathe the calling of their soul.

The team at Artson Publishing House is determined to work with potential writers and guide them to success. It has been more than two long years that the team has been working with writers, promoters and publishers to help them come up in their writing career. We regularly hold writing contests and activities to touch base with the writers and create a platform for them that enables them to learn, grow and connect with the reader base.

Our motive in taking up this initiative is to help every writer who has the potential to do wonders with their words to get published and add many more books to the libraries.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artsonpublishing.com

Publisher bio:

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Soniya Kapoor is a career coach and an international recruitment professional. Soniya founded Artson Publishing House with an aim to work for potential writers and guide them to success. It has been almost two and a half years that she has been working with different publishers and authors/writers to help them shape their writing career. She is also the co-founder of CIERO Recruitment LLP.

Soniya writes on various emotions and shares her writing on Instagram with her brand name #SecretSoulDesires. She has contributed her work in several anthologies and has been an integral part of writing and book launch projects.

Read her words: www.Instagram.com/secretsouldesires

Read her Online:

Youth Stardom: https://www.facebook.com/youthstardom/posts/491583281014065

OO Womaniya: http://www.oowomaniya.com/voices/yes-i-am-a-suicide-survivor-and-i-am-not-ashamed-to-accept-it-says-soniya-kapoor

Few details and links for reference:

Pre-order link: http://www.amazon.in/dp/9385792342

Published by: Soniya KapoorArtson Publishing House
Branding Partner: Secret Soul Desires
Cover Design: Mileage Advertising
Book Page: Ability on Wheels Book

You can know more on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUKq39062hM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4lXsFplqGo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYWMG6uOd0c

So that’s all I have for now. I hope to be back when the book is released.
Best wishes to the author and the publishing team.

Thanks for reading my lovely friends. Love and blessings for all!

S.F.R.

Thank you!

A short story of mine on The Scribblers. Sometimes you need to stand firmly to make things work out. Sometimes you need to make a little effort, take that little step. Trust me, no feeling better than that! Hope you’ll like it! Thanks! –Syeda FR