• Fiction
      June 2016

      I'm a Southall Girl

      by Shaida Mehrban

      "I’m a Southall Girl" is the story of an Indian immigrant family, who arrived in Heathrow, London seeking a new life and a fresh start on Beachcroft Avenue, Southall. These aspirations are common among immigrants but the tragedy that the Nath fam

    • Fiction
      February 2015

      Eyes of Osama

      by Shaida Mehrban

      This is the remarkable journey of a young girl with mental distress who remembers nothing of her past or how the twisted road forced her to flee. She is taken in by a family, but knows she is a burden as she cannot find her own identity. Her only

    • Anthologies (non-poetry)
      June 2006

      Tears of Silence

      by Shaida Mehrban

      My life was like running a hurdle race - every so often I had to jump over an obstacle.' This is the story of Kaashi's journey from her early childhood in Pakistan to married adult life in Britain. It is a story of courage and determination in a world

    • Biography: general
      July 2008

      Tears Behind the Veil

      A True Story

      by Shaida Mehrban

      Sania Craven is a normal thirteen-year-old girl. She does well at school, plays football with her classmates and lives in a happy home with two loving parents. She has no cares, no worries. However, this all changes the day her father dies. To cope wit

    • True stories

      Blossom and I

      Tears Behind Closed Doors

      by Shaida Mehrban

      Petal Afrid is a young woman in her twenties, the mother of twin baby girls and the wife of a loving husband, Sami. Yet as Petal recounts the story of her own childhood, we see how deeply she was affected by her own mother, who abused her eldest daught

    • Fiction
      May 2017

      In My Mind

      by Shaida Mehrban

      “In My Mind” is the story of a young man who is infatuated by a student named Gabriella who reminds him of delicate butterflies. It follows Steve from childhood to adulthood and the mental demons that play havoc in his mind. He is unable to

    • Fiction
      April 2013

      Remembering the Night Train

      by Shaida Mehrban

      This is the story of Lilly Roe whose life seems ordinary until she meets Anthony, a young boy at college. For the first time, she relates to the woman inside her and wants to kindle an emotional relationship with him, in the hope of bridging that emptiness within her. When she does go out with Anthony, she starts to think of life and the night train that her mother spoke about and yet she isn’t allowed to talk about it. Her father is a broken man, not wanting to address the departure of his wife. The London riots serve as a backdrop to the story and a stepping stone for both of them to try to face the past and move on with their lives.

    • Fiction
      February 2014

      Mother's Veil

      by Shaida Mehrban

      Meera Chaudry is an 18 year old Indian girl brought up in a family where politics and power are at the heart of the family. She witnessed the haunting and unmentionable suicide of her Mother and the pain of not being able to save her leaves her feeling

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