Book: From the Cafe and Beyond - A Collection of Poems and Other Writings by Nadia Hasan
categories: Book, Abuse, Addiction, Life, Love, Family, Relationships, Poetry
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Nadia Hasan about this book: My book "From the Cafe and Beyond: A Collection of Poems and Other Writings" is about everything I've felt at one point or another in my life. Since the majority of the book is made up of poems, it is a reflection of deeply personal emotions and thoughts. My fiction pieces are a composite of situations I've faced and of others I know or complete works of fantasy. The book was inspired by the things I struggle with in life and the things I see others struggling with. To elaborate, I notice that there are many people that struggle with addiction, loving someone who has an addiction, being adopted, having absentee parents (emotionally, physically or both), struggling to be accepted by their family and the world at large. There is so much pain the world and there is no one who can tell you how to cope or what to do. So, my book is inspired by the hope that, in reading about my struggles, someone can recognize their own and be comforted by the fact that they aren't alone. Equally, I want to shed light on these issues and show how it can affect someone internally. I want it to move and inspire people.
The book took exactly two days to put together and published on a leap of faith. This is due to the fact that I had been writing material for years, writing a poem or a short story on a whim whenever I felt strongly about something. The hardest part for me about writing the book was deciding what to put in and leave out, what I was really trying to say and thinking about how it could be edited to say it better. I came up with the title from a website that I had first posted some of the poems on, so it literally came from "the cafe", but there was much that I kept to myself and wrote privately. I chose the cover because it seemed to fit best with the theme I was going for. What I learned most while writing the book was that I have changed as a person, I dealt with a lot of my problems and I believe I've grown into a more positive person. I've learned to move on and let go of the unimportant things.
What I really want to say to my readers is: it's true that what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. I'm proof of that. Realize that no matter how bad you feel life is, it can get better, if you let it. Some people have it better than you, but there will always be someone who has it worse so never judge a person because you don't know what they could be dealing with. Be thankful what you have. Most importantly, you are not alone. Don't give up because there is something you are meant to do. There is a purpose out there. You only truly fail when you don't try. My book isn't puppy dogs and rainbows, it is a mix of light and dark, it is real, it is life.
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