Interview with Nisha Sulthana

Interview with NS

1. Masha Allah wa Alhamdulillah, I am in love with your memoir. Could you please tell us a little about your journey as an author?
Well, it was a learning experience (in) that I was going to relate my personal experiences and views to an unknown audience, (was) a bit unnerving but I thought I had a powerful story to share. On and off I got bogged down in trying to couch some intimate details of my story with some artistry. As every author would feel, I am quite not happy with my work (as) it could have been better towards the end and could have brought a more sublime conclusions. Continue reading

In the Land of Strangers, by Zeneefa Zaneer

In the Land of Strangers by Zeneefa Zaneer

“These stories discuss different relationships in our life. And how we have become strangers to our beloved ones. We only start realizing it once we lose someone dearer to our life.”
In the Land of Strangers, Zeneefa Zaneer

In the Land of Strangers by Zeneefa Zaneer is a collection of the author’s best short stories that she has penned down, and self-published through her small-scale organization Think Publishers. Continue reading

Simple As That, by Nafla Salahudeen

Simple As That Book Review by Umm Afraz Muhammed

“Learning to be free of expectations and giving our best to the people in our lives will help build strong family ties and will also relieve our stress. Be your best, and do your best, and put the rest into the Hands of Allah Subhana wa ta’ala.”
Simple As That, by Nafla Salahudeen

Simple As That: The Muslimah’s Practical Guide To Building Strong Family Ties by Nafla Salahudeen is a non-fiction bilingual book self-published by the Sri Lankan author, in English and Tamil. I opted for doing a book review in exchange for a soft copy provided by the author, since the topic at hand – specifically the relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law – was directly in line with the fiction that I have authored, Here With You. I dived into the book as a reader, but as a reviewer, I am going to be brutally honest with you. Continue reading

Tight Rope, by Sahar Abdulaziz

Tight Rope by Sahar Abdulaziz

“But Nour knew that goodwill and acceptance would never reveal themselves by taking off their hijab because for her or any other person of color, the skin she lived in wasn’t removable and therefore, subsequently, neither were the seeds of hatred.”
Tight Rope, by Sahar Abdulaziz
Djarabi Kitabs Publishing had sent me a hard copy of Tight Rope by Sahar AbdulAziz for review, and masha Allah, it is one powerful book, relatable to Muslims living in the West who undergo bigotry and racist attacks.

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Interview with Papatia Feauxzar

Interview with Papatia Feauxzar

1. Tell us your journey from an accountant to an authorpreneur.
It has been intriguing! Rumi said, “What you seek is seeking you.” It was true in my case because Allah put a coworker on my path with whom I started at the same time with at my first accounting job. Her husband is a writer, publisher, teacher and many other things. When she told me that, I immediately realized that she and I met for that purpose. Alhamdullilah. I have always wanted to publish books since I was a teenager but the opportunity to do so didn’t get in my face in such a way until I met this particular co-worker. I capitalized right away on that in-your-face opportunity and sat off to get my work out there. It wasn’t cheap but I invested in my dreams and it has paid off. Overall, it was a blessing masha’Allah.

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The Blessed Bananas, by Tayyaba Syed

The Blessed Bananas by Tayyab Syed

“The monkey had everything he needed: great food, a perfect home with the best view, and a beautiful surrounding breeze. Yet, Rico felt like something was still missing.”
The Blessed Bananas, by Tayyaba Syed
The Blessed Bananas is a children’s book written by Tayyaba Syed, illustrated by Melani Putri, and published by Prolance, who provided me with the ebook for a review. The author had bagged the first place in a creative story contest held by the Islamic Writers Alliance in 2015.

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