Friday Focus: A PRAYER HEEDED

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By Samreen Ahsan

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I stay quiet and focus on my drink. I look around again and see many beautiful, sexually provocative women. I look up and see how tastefully the lights are illuminating the entire club. I look down at the floor, and am totally awed with its perfection. It’s made of transparent glass, with water and lights flowing under it, flawlessly. I don’t know how they have built something like this in the middle of the woods. They would have had to dig deep underground to install the water tank and the glass flooring.

From what I see, the club looks endless. Wherever my eyes wander, I can’t see any walls, or any end to it. I face the bar wall in front of me, and notice how neatly the drinks are displayed, beautiful hues of light shining from behind them.

“We have the finest women in our club also, Mr. Gibson.” His voice slits my mind.

I watch him keenly for a few seconds, and shake my head. “No, thank you. I’m not interested. I will be leaving shortly. Thank you for your hospitality.”

“Woman…” His voice trails off in the air. “A symbol of beauty, fantasy and sexuality.” He is moving his glass in a circular motion while talking. I don’t know if it’s a generic statement or if he’s talking to me.

“God created Eve from Adam’s rib, to give him peace, pleasure and tranquility. When Adam saw Eve for the very first time in Heaven, he was in love.” I look at him, wondering why he’s talking to me about Adam and Eve. “Do you know what it means to create a woman from a man’s rib, Mr. Gibson?” I steal a glance at him and then look back to my drink. “It means if you try to straighten it, it would break.” I feel an alarming message in his voice. He looks toward the bar. “A woman is not an instrument of the Devil, as you used to see her. A good woman is a fortress against Satan, preventing you from committing sins and helping you keep to the path of rectitude in your life.”

“I’m sorry. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I look at him, confused.

He laughs heartily. “A man like you doesn’t want a woman anymore? Why, Mr. Gibson?” I don’t like the way he’s questioning me, because I don’t think it’s any of his damn business. He says, “It’s none of my business; that’s what you are thinking, right?” I look at him in shock, wondering if he is able to read my mind.

“Let me guess…” He stands up and the bartender hands him a round across the bar. Then he stands behind me, so I can’t see his face. “Just like Adam in Heaven, you were given your Eve, who protected you from committing sins. Unlike Adam, who was not given the choice of going with other women, you, my friend, were given tremendous choices. But your Eve protected you from sins the moment you set your eyes on her.” I can feel his disapproving look.

“Let me tell you something about you.” He pauses. “You are madly in love with a woman of your fantasy, for whom you searched for one damn year. You found one, finding her beauty close to that woman of your dreams, and started begging her to trust you.” I turn around instantly to look at him. Shit. Who is he? “When she finally trusted you…you walked out of her life like a coward.” I put my drink down and stand up to see him clearly.

“You were an animal to all the women. You treated them like a commodity. You met your Eve one fine day and she changed you completely, from a predator to a passionate lover. Your Eve changed your idea of women. You no longer desire to hunt down any woman, other than your Eve. But…” He gives me jagged looks. “You tried to straighten your Eve, Mr. Gibson. It broke her.” I have no idea who this person is, and how he has in-depth knowledge of my personal life.

 About A PRAYER HEEDED

Book 2 of A PRAYER SERIES, A PRAYER HEEDED is a sequel to multiple award-winning A SILENT PRAYER .

Honorable Mention — 2014 New York Book Festival
Honorable Mention — 2014 The Great Midwest Book Festival

Find it on Amazon.

“An Arabian Night-style conclusion to an intriguing cross-cultural love story.” — KIRKUS

“Rarely have I seen such an artful blend of mysticism, magic, and realism in a story, especially a story that is essentially a love story.” — Readers’ Favorite

“Very different from any romance novel I had read, well researched and downright brilliant” — Raheel Raza (Freelance Journalist & Documentary Filmmaker)

“Readers are definitely in for an emotional and steamy journey as they follow these two.” — DelSheree Gladden (Author of Escaping Fate Series, The Date Shark Series)

“This book had you experiencing every emotion. Just when you thought nothing else could happen Samreen Ahsan took your breath away. The story had me glued to the pages from the very first page.” — Books and Beyond Fifty Shades Blog

About Samreen Ahsan

SAMREEN AHSANWINNER OF READERS’ FAVORITE 2014 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
WINNER OF 2014 LOS ANGELES BOOK FESTIVAL
WINNER OF 2014 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL
WINNER OF 2014 HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL
HONORABLE MENTIONS OF 2014 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL
History, art and literature are Samreen’s passions. She loves digging out information about prophecies, divine miracles and paranormal events that are mentioned in history and holy books, that don’t sound possible in today’s modern world.
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Wordless Wednesday: Colored and other Stories

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By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

 

Colored and otherShadedWhat’s it like being the ant in the ice cream? The characters in this short story collection will show you; experience life as they know it as transplants from across the world into American suburbia.

Adapted from real life anecdotes both her own and those of others, Mohana takes us into the world of the South Asian immigrant living the American Dream. Think of her as a cultural translator for those who you may not notice otherwise, living in the margins of our cities.

“What are a few inches when you know he will provide for you the rest of your life,” her mother would have said, smacking her in the cheek.

The sight of his feet, white, broad toes, and clean, short-clipped nails startled her. Americans normally wore their shoes everywhere; they had special shoes to wear inside their houses, shoes specifically for their bedrooms.

About Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Mohana.Family.July2014-LR-72Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Her work has been published in Variety Arabia, Brownbook Middle East, Isola Magazine, AudioFile Magazine, and Society Magazine, as well as Explore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, and Qatar Explorer.

She has been a guest on Expat Radio, and was the host for two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio. She was the Associate Editor of Vox, a fashion and lifestyle magazine. In addition to print titles, Mohana has published five e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace, which was a semi-finalist in the Literary category of the 2012 Kindle Review of Books. Qatar has been a source of inspiration for Mohana’s latest work including From Dunes to Dior, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later, her second novel, is a modern day multicultural romance set in Doha and London and was short listed for the New Talent award at the Festival of Romance. She is the creator and co-editor of five books in the Qatar Narratives series, as well as the Qatari Voices anthology which features essays by Qataris on modern life in Doha (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010). Her research has been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

Since she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plotlines. Mohana has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation project was published as Haram in the Harem (Peter Lang, 2009) a literary analysis of the works of three Muslim women authors in India, Algeria, and Pakistan. She was a winner of the She Writes We Love New Novelists competition. Currently she is working on a historical novel set in the East Asian country of Laos in the 1970s. She writes because words can help us understand ourselves and others.

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