The Wager – Set in Granada, Spain, The Wager is an allegory. It deals with the innate nature of evil and how it perpetuates the guile in the human society by coexisting eternally. Disguised in many forms and shapes, evil is portrayed in the form of a traditional belief, in which people seek revenge through blood money. Tradition and evil seem to be revisited across generations.
Charade – Set in Brisbane, Australia, Charade is a hilarious story about three pretentious coffee mates, who construct a facade of lies to deceive one another. They continuously prod each other and it leads to undesirable consequences, revealing intrinsic predicaments such as fear, jealousy and egocentricity.
Eye-Opener – Set in Sydney, Australia, Eye-opener is a psychological drama of deception between two friends who fall out because of a bizarre chain of event, leading to a turning point in their relationship.
The Black Coat – Set in Paris, France, The Black Coat is a story of an artist’s vision. His relationship with this vision inspires him and holds him in a tight emotional knot. It reflects a total dedication for art and his subject to the point that the artist losses himself totally.
The Anomalous Duo – Set in a village in Dhaka, Bangladesh, The Anomalous Duo is a romance that shows religious clashes in society obstructing the union of two lovers. The story explores defiance and strength as the lovers endeavor to undo traditional beliefs.
Melodies Passé – Set in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Melodies Passé is a reflection of an era that witnesses economic transition. It marks a departure from an enchanted tradition as it moves into a cold world of money and materialism.
Of Note – Set in Canada, Of Note is a poignant story of a refugee on the coast of Nova Scotia. Separated from his sole family, his biological daughter, he is reunited with her years later only to be separated again by an awful twist of fate.
Queensland writer, Mehreen Ahmed has been publishing since 1987. Her first publications were journalistic in nature which appeared in the Sheaf, a campus newspaper for the university of Saskatchewan Canada. Later on she published fiction and academic non-fiction. Jacaranda Blues is her debut novella. A featured author for The Story Institute, she has published The Blotted Line, a collection of short stories. More recently, Snapshots, a book of travels was published by PostScript Editions.
Her academic publications include book reviews primarily and research article. They appeared in many notable, peer-reviewed journals of her area of study, such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Special Issue, Intelligent Call Systems, Lisse, Netherlands Vol 15 Issue 4, 2002. This was republished on Cambridge Journals, Language Teaching by Cambridge University Press, Vol 36 Issue 2,2003.http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0261444803221935 and Taylor and Francis, Routledge, Vol 15 Issue 4, 2002. Software reviews were also published in On-Call, Vol 1 No 2 Sept, 1999 and International Society for Technology in Education,Vol 28 No 4, 2000-2001; a book review on Teaching and Researching Language Learning Strategies by Rebecca L Oxford, was published in Language, Learning and Technology, Special Issue, Vol 15 No 3 Oct, 2011, followed by a reproduction, for Independence Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group, 2012, University of Canterbury, Kent U.K.
She has two MA degrees in English and Computer Assisted Language Learning (Applied Linguistics) from Dhaka university and the university of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.
The blotted line
Musing on peoples’ views and perceptions which they have shared with me, a stream of consciousness technique has been applied in presenting some segment in order to exhibit my internal monologue. With my rendering, these accounts have been compiled as chronicles of motley collection. On rare occasion, culinary descriptions have been noted.
Time is of essence. And on a timeline of this journey, specific dates have been drawn. As great distances have been covered, it has taken a long time for this book to be written. Snapshots started as a diary, but evolved over time into a book. Dynamic in its own right, at the end of each traverse, another begins anew and is recorded in the travelogue.
My journey begins in Europe, then to North America, Australia and ends in the sub-continent.