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#Cover Reveal: Raman and Sunny: Middle School Blues by Fiza Pathan

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Middle School is the worst period in a child’s life. He or she has to undergo bullying, and an often painful transition from childhood to young adulthood. It is also a period most neglected at home and in school, for the child grows rebellious as he feels he is misunderstood and unjustly dealt with. Parents feel helpless to interfere. Imagine what then can be the plight of twins?

Set in teeming, exotic Mumbai, India, this is the story about Raman and Sunny who are twins. Their childhood period was full of companionship and love and healthy competition. But with their graduation to middle school their travails began. Raman and Sunny felt suffocated on being compared with each other. Each wanted to choose his own path, be it academics or sports. They drifted apart and the bullying began. Where before their togetherness was their strength, their separation resulted in their being isolated and bullied, especially the mild Raman. Resentment between the twins creeps in and the crevice in their relationship widens. The mild Raman allows resentment to feed him and he becomes irritable and destructive. This leads to him being thrust before the school counsellor, Mrs. Bulwa, who decides that the best way to deal with waywardness in children, is to deprive them of their comfort zone.

Raman’s only solace is his friend Imran. Imran is the son of a Doctor. He is weak in studies but has a literary bent of mind. He shares his passion with Raman. But as things turn out, even here Raman misreads the situation and resorts to a deed which lowers him in the estimation of his father.

Enter Sunil Sir. He is a reformer teacher who firmly believes that children should be encouraged to explore the different subjects taught by research and analysis methods to inculcate a love for learning and literature. Though sometimes prejudiced by past events, he does not allow this to cloud his judgement.

The book deals with parenting, the agony of middle school, the individuality of each child, the jealousy, resentment and fear of change faced by both children and teachers, each at their level. It deals with violence, resentment, bullying, and defiance in children. It explores new methods to get the child on the right path by introducing him to those less fortunate than himself. It explores a synthesis in learning and new and fun methods of teaching. And it deals with the inherent goodness in children and in man. It’s a family story, which shows that love, forgiveness and understanding in family life will help bring stability to a child’s life.


Teen & Young Adult


FAM016000:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Education


FIC045000:    FICTION / Family Life

ISBN-13: 978-1519473349 

ISBN-10: 1519473346 


Paperback: US$ 9.99

Kindle: US$ 4.99

Manuscript Edited by Margaret Langstaff,

Cover Art: Laura Wright LaRoche, LLPix Photography & Design

Book Design Templates © “Legend” Trim Sizes: 5.5 x 8.5″

Will soon be available for sale on Amazon, CreateSpace (a division of and its affiliates.

Copyright ©2015 by Fiza Pathan



#BookAward “Treasury Of Bizarre Christmas Stories” – 2015 Halloween Book Festival

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.

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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.

The revised version of the book (2015) was edited by Margaret Langstaff of and the beautiful cover was designed by Laura Wright LaRoche of LLPix Photography and Design.

Copyright Fiza Pathan 2015

#BookAward “S.O.S. Animals And Other Stories” – 2015 AAA Book Festival

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.

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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 and the beautiful cover was designed by Laura Wright LaRoche of LLPix Photography and Design.

Copyright Fiza Pathan 2015

Amina: The Silent One by Fiza Pathan


Review of my latest book “Amina: The Silent One”. Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views.

Originally posted on thoughtcrawlers:


Fiza Pathan
CreateSpace (2015)
ISBN 9781515148371
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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Why Grammar Nazis Need to Get a Grip


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.

What is a Grammar Nazi? According…

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#BookReview #IndieReader Amina: The Silent One by Fiza Pathan

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.

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#AwardWinner #ReadersFavorite Nirmala: The Mud Blossom by Fiza Pathan

#AwardWinner #ReadersFavorite #Nirmala: The Mud Blossom by #FizaPathan

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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.

With love,
Fiza Pathan

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