Where I am Standing is a thoughtful collection of short stories that provide subtle but potent commentary on life. What inspired you to write this collection of stories?
The book is about a hometown which, little by little, witnesses ruins in all aspects there. It is a narrative of valuable spiritual and worldly lives that are gradually destroyed and turned into ashes. The name of the book “Where I am standing” illustrates the place a human is born and stands on his root, hometown. This can be interpreted as every human being’s life status encompassing all sorrows, joys, struggles and desires.
Did you write these stories specifically for this book or did you write these stories over time?
I have written the stories over time since each story was an inspiration through gradual degradation of human’s life around me.
My favorite story from the collection is ‘Human Being’. Do you have a favorite story from this book?
As you know generally it is almost impossible to choose one of them, but I can tell you some of them are different; Scarecrow-The Alley- Titanic, War, Lost, and My Shadow.
What are some themes you wanted to explore in this book?
The themes mostly deal with the human values which are about to vanish as well as all symbols of life in every individual’s life span.
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Where I am Standing by Nooshin Mohajerin is an emotional collection of short stories that explore and illuminate many internal struggles. From anxiety, abuse, war, and loneliness, author Nooshin Mohajerin captures despair in several forms in this remarkable literary collection. I loved how Nooshin creatively described each feeling in the stories. This shows that internal battles are more complex than they seem. When you don’t suffer from experiencing negative thoughts, anxiety, depression, or abuse, it doesn’t seem as big as it really is. This collection is written from a perspective that shows a great depth of understanding in these matters.
There are so many stories to love, but my favorite is “Human Being”. This revealing emotionally charged and eloquent story is an overall expression of the many barriers in life. Some of us are more fortunate than others, but we don’t value it as much as others who dream to be in our position. These difficulties are a part of being human, yet we aren’t always looked at as a part of the human race. I admired the strength that it took to write these stories considering the sensitive content included.
Where I am Standing by Nooshin Mohajerin is a deeply thoughtful collection of short stories that provide subtle but potent commentary on life and the struggles we all face.
Pages: 128 | ASIN: B09244XVGR
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What do you do when life gets you down? Do you stay down and give up on trying to get up? Do you let yourself drown? No. You get up and you try again. Many times, you will fall right back down but then success is built on how many times you get up. The Art of Losing is a book of short stories about human suffering and failures. They are about everyday people with everyday issues just trying to get by. Trying to beat life before it beats them.
Nooshin Mohajerin has taken a look at common failures that humans go through. It is about the failures that are designed to keep you in a rut. At first glance, they just seem like regular entertaining stories to keep you busy, but much more deeply, they are stories to encourage you. Stories that lead you to triumph. They are stories meant to get you to look at your life and that of others with fresh eyes. This is a very motivational little book to have, especially with so many disappointments plaguing everyone on the daily.
The author seeks to speak to the regular person. The idea is to show that no one has a monopoly on failure. That suffering can be a good thing. Take for example the story of how shiny metals are shaped. They go through intense heat so that they can be molded into something beautiful. Everyone should consider themselves a precious metal that is simply being molded. This is the essence of the book. To show you that in the end, you will be a lustrous jewel.
This book is written in very simple language. It is written with a certain poignant and sad undertone that affects the reader. It gets you thinking about your own failures. This book will kickstart your second wind. The stories are short and deeply meaningful. It is a short book to bring with you on particularly grueling days. Like, say, that job interview after you have had numerous rejections. This book is a supportive companion. It is a sympathetic friend.
There are some errors but they are small issues here and there. They are barely noticeable considering the strong message of the book. The Art of Losing is thought-provoking. It can be entertaining to some degree especially the balloon story although it ends in tears.