I am delighted to announce that my book Treasury Of Bizarre Christmas Stories, placed in
the 2015 Halloween Book Festival. It was a named RUNNER-UP in the WILD CARD Category.
To tell you something about my book, I quote the book blurb:
This collection brings together a variety of bizarre Christmas stories never heard before. From creepy dark catacombs to a haunted winter wonderland, this treasury brings with it a mystical side to Christmas and the birth of a legendary baby. Whether deep in a forest of India or back in time in Bethlehem, ‘Treasury Of Bizarre Christmas Stories’ brings to its readers the holy, the Almighty, the haunted, the obsessed, the innocent, the magical and the reason to celebrate.
Copyright Fiza Pathan 2015
I am delighted to announce that my very first book S.O.S. Animals And Other Stories, placed in
the 2015 Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival. It was a named RUNNER-UP in the Spiritual Category.
To give you an insight into my book, I quote three reviews:
Father Joshan Rodriques, writing a review for the Examiner, Mumbai (November 3, 2012) wrote:
“SOS Animals and other Stories is a beautiful expression of faith through the eyes of a believer, in a manner both different and unique. The language is simple and lucid, yet enticing and appealing at the same time. The book can be used as a veritable resource book for catechesis and moral development. The stories in this book can also be used as a simple read for daily reflections.”
Author Margaret Virany, reviewing the book on Amazon (October 6, 2013) wrote:
“With a bare cast of animals and humans, primal settings and exquisite imagination, Fiza Pathan weaves 22 timeless fables of moral values. Each one is like a puzzle, with the author never failing to come through at the end with a neat, relevant aphorism. Sometimes references to the real world are Biblical; other times they recall the Titanic or Michael Jackson. The book is short, light, beautifully written, touching and original. A little mysticism is added as Pathan illuminates her own earnest, Christian journey to lead a more perfect life. At age 23, Pathan of Mumbai, India is an author to watch. I was delighted by this creation of intriguing tales, suitable for readers of all ages.”
But the review that brought a tear to my eye and a choke in my throat, was by a parent and appeared on
Amazon UK. To quote:
“I bought this book for my 10 year old son who struggles to keep a book in his hands. After he’d read a few of the stories, I asked him what it was like. He looked up, smiled and started, without prompting, to tell me about one of the stories. I then watched his face as he continued to read on; smiles came and went and now-and-again, I was asked the meaning of some words. This book had my son reading with enthusiasm!!! Thank you Fiza, that is a great achievement.
The stories are very well written, and encourage the young reader to comprehend what they are reading.
This book comes highly recommended!”
The book blurb is quoted below:
How did the animals aboard the Titanic save themselves? How did a lion save Christians in distress? Can dolphins pray for the dead and can a snake solve a riddle? Do last wishes come true and is there really a Santa Claus? Can animals lie like human beings? Why did barn animals enter a mall? All these and other questions, including a mystical story, are answered in the book S.O.S. Animals And Other Stories, in a manner never narrated before.
My book has won the following awards:
In the 2015 Holiday Book Festival, the book received Honorable Mention in the WILD CARD Category.
In the 2015 Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival, the book was declared RUNNER-UP in the Spiritual Category.
The revised version of the book (December 2014) was edited by Margaret Langstaff of MargaretLangstaffeditorial.com and the beautiful cover was designed by Laura Wright LaRoche of LLPix Photography and Design.
Copyright Fiza Pathan 2015
Review of my latest book “Amina: The Silent One”. Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views.
Originally posted on thoughtcrawlers:
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (11/15)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Amina: The Silent One’ by Fiza Pathan on Blogcritics.
“Amina: The Silent One” by Fiza Pathan tells a haunting tale of the degradation and inhumane treatment of women in India today. Though the story is fiction, the bitter realities behind the narrative cannot be ignored.
The story opens with Jaffar, who is lamenting over the fact that his wife just gave birth to their third daughter. With no thoughts of how to provide for yet another “ungainful” mouth, Jaffar and his wife take their yet unnamed daughter to see Jaffar’s mentor, Dr. Rahim Muhammad Sheikh, for advice. The doctor is incensed at the couple’s dehumanization of their daughter, and shames the new parents for their backwards attitude towards their girls. Dr. Sheikh’s adopted son, Jumman, names…
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Authors, A MUST READ. :)
Originally posted on Literary Wealth:
By Lauren Carr
The Internet has made it much easier for anyone yearning to voice their opinion about anything and everything to do so. Among those striving to be heard are readers anxious to release their inner book critics to heap praise or criticism upon the authors of those books they love or hate. Nowadays, any reader with a kindle simply has to hit a button at the end of the book to leave their ratings and thoughts—whatever they may be.
Thus, Grammar Nazis can now easily warn perspective readers of any book that does not meet their lofty standards by posting reviews citing the read as poorly written and badly edited.
This is not necessarily a good thing because nasty reviews from Grammar Nazis can potentially deter unwitting readers from purchasing and reading books that are actually very well written and finely edited.
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IR Verdict: AMINA: THE SILENT ONE is a beautiful and thought-provoking novel
that shines light on important issues facing women in India today.
A strong heroine uses her musical talents to escape a life filled with pain in India’s sordid slums.
Author Fiza Pathan’s AMINA: THE SILENT ONE effectively creates an environment that most are not familiar with – the harshest, most unlivable slums of India. Pathan’s use of her well-developed protagonist shines light on elements of misogyny, human trafficking, and abuse. This story follows the life of one family who are faced with financial ruin when they give birth to another daughter (which means another dowry to pay when she is married off and no additional money brought into the home because she will likely never work). The baby is named Amina, and the parents learn to treat her with respect after receiving sage advice from a trusted family friend – that girls are just as valuable in their families as boys. …..
Pathan’s strength is her ability to perfectly describe the slums Amina’s family lives in. Whether it’s the horrible odors of the neighborhood, the trash heaps lining the streets, or the cramped quarters of the shanty that the family lives in, it is easy to picture the setting where Amina spends her days. Pathan is also able to effectively cultivate a character that is natural to root for – Amina deserves to be appreciated for her musical gift and not denigrated simply for being a woman. In the novel, Pathan successfully shows the dichotomy of being a woman in this culture; they’re forced to undergo many tragedies but often do not receive any appreciation or even protection from dangerous outside forces.
– For the complete review see more at: http://indiereader.com/2015/10/a-heroines-musical-abilities-set-against-the-slums-of-india-in-amina-the-silent-one/#sthash.sdX892j5.dpuf
#AwardWinner #ReadersFavorite #Nirmala: The Mud Blossom by #FizaPathan
I am thrilled to announce, that my book Nirmala: The Mud Blossom, was placed in
the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest and received Honourable Mention
in the Fiction-Realistic category. I am honoured to have received such a prestigious award.
My book, Nirmala: The Mud Blossom, has so far received three international awards.
#NGIBA 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Finalist (Novella)
#ReadersFavorite 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards – Honourable Mention
#Pinnacle Book Achievement Award- 2014 Winner in the category of Novella
I feel truly honoured, and truly humbled that my book has received recognition/awards
at these prestigious international contests. #Grateful to the contest organisers, the judges,
the reviewers, and my readers.
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