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the pineapple trail sharifah

Recently, I published my novel The Pineapple Trail on Amazon. I feel pleased and grateful that I have achieved this long-held dream.

This blog has been an important part of the journey towards this goal. So thank you to all my blogger friends, fellow bloggers and readers for being part of that journey. ( Thanks also to Goodreads friends for sharing their reading recommendations and insights.)

Here’s a description of the novel:

Two sisters, Safia and Nora, grow up in a town in Malaysia where the pineapple is king, where the fruit’s factory and plantation provide livelihood for the residents. As young women, they start their adulthood at the factory.

Nora is happy to stay in her hometown with all that it offers. Charming and bubbly, Nora has many suitors. Will she make the right choice?

For Safia, the older sister, a chance encounter with a glamorous woman unveils a side of her that she never knew existed. She leaves home to follow the lure of a bigger dream. Alone in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, through her timidity, Safia loses the drive to seek her goal. Then she meets an ambitious young man who revives that dream. At a time when the city is brimming with new opportunities and new wealth, can they pool their yearnings and achieve all that they want?

The sisters tread life’s journey through expectations, unfulfilled dreams, joys and resolve. This is the story of their pineapple trail.

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antique cat collage

Today is National Cat Day. In celebration of the animal that is both lovable – babyish in its charm;  also mysterious – having preserved some of the instincts of its wild big cat ancestry.

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waterfall quote

“Young leaves, the sound of a waterfall, heard from far and near.”   

– Yosa Buson

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book quote

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birds kitchenware

Spring means birds: their beauty, the sounds they make, and the natural optimism effect that they bring with them.

A little collage of bird-inspired things from my kitchen.

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pink elephant

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xmas horses bellagio

Christmas decorations seen last year at The Bellagio Gardens in Las Vegas.

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rooster art

(Courtesy of WikiArt.)

 

This painting was created in 1928 by Chinese painter Xu Beihong.

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kindness quote

“You know someone is truly special when the most beautiful thing they have on is a kind soul.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

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romantic roses illustration

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