For F*ck Sake Write
This is a book on writing. A manifesto was written in short chapters about the wonders of life and the world and the wonders of writing. I noticed that a lot of us adults when we grow up lose the innocence we once had as children. I was one but writing brought me back on track to the curious child I once lost trying to find my way walking back home. I thought I’ll never find that child again. Writing brought me back to a lot of the things I thought I missed. It helped me deconstruct my current existence and reconstruct myself. The energy and the flow were back. The bliss of living and waking up every single day with something new. I really didn’t start writing to reach any position or earn titles or impress anyone. I did it because I felt good. Writing made me “me”. It rebalanced me. It felt like I was living a double life: One that didn’t care about anything, living a carefree life with joy. The other self was the primitive version of me: the ape version of me. The ape was just a creature trying to survive like everybody else. My other self “my writing self” unleashed my curiosity and generosity towards life and everything else. My hope is this: With every word you read you find inspiration. That with every word you read you find meaning. That with every word you find your other self – your truer self.
The Pigeon Whisperer
With war ravaging his home in Syria, Dabbour, an introverted, 25-year-old pigeon herder, flees to Berlin with Yasser, his childhood friend. Dabbour is trying to learn the ropes in this new country; while trying to learn German he’s fallen for his German teacher, Zara. One day in a Berlin train station, Dabbour sees a wayward, injured pigeon on the railway tracks; without thinking he jumps to save it, causing chaos and almost getting himself killed. For this, he is arrested by the police – and he realizes how much he misses home and his birds. Yasser asks Dabbour to use his talents as a “pigeon whisperer” to steal stray pigeons and train them to transport drugs. Dabbour agrees, then realizes it was a big mistake. Dabbour sinks further and further into the world of crime and drug-smuggling, jeopardizing his residency status in Germany. Dabbour is forced to choose between his loyalty to his new “family” – the drug ring – and doing the right thing. Will love be his ultimate salvation?
Al Barzakh: eleven planets, the sun and the moon
Nassr, in Arabic, means the “victorious one,” and Nassr, 30, an Egyptian actor, after years of struggling, has finally made it to Hollywood and has been nominated for an Academy Award, but he decided to end it all. When he leaps from the Brooklyn Bridge he lands in a space where he looks back on his life, the people that he’s loved and hurt, the regrets he never knew he should have, and stares at the door to the unknown. There, he visits the eleven planets, all the people he owed gratitude to but overlooked, the sun and the moon…Warning:This is not a book for those with faint hearts.This is not a religious text book.If you don’t have the courage to read on, and you’re not ready for the journey, then don’t turn the page.They say that when we die our spirit remains in between our world and the next in place called “Al Barzakh,” the Isthmus. They say our spirit resides there for 40 nights visiting locations we once knew, visiting our loved ones. So, what does it feel like in there? How do we feel and what do we feel? Do we hear? Are we aware of things surrounding us? What does the world look like and feel like? Can anyone in the Barzakh interact with the physical world? Could people in the Barzakh be observers? Witnesses? Maybe we feel nothing just like before we were born – and we continue to feel nothing till moment we are born again and brought back from our deaths.He thought of so many ways to end his life, borrowing a 9mm pistol or using rat poison, or maybe by slitting his own throat. But he thought jumping from the Brooklyn Bridge would be painless. He thought he was right, because when his body hit the water he didn’t feel anything, but then the pain started escalating and intensifying, a severe sharp pain of 10,000 knives, penetrating every cell of his body.“What was the purpose of life?” Nassr had asked so many millions of times, without ever finding an answer. His body was about to hit the surface of the water like an accelerating car crashing, transporting his body and spirit into the world of the forever – traveling into the world of the Barzakh and remaining there to say goodbye to it all – and starting anew.
Tunnel Twelve: Two walls that divide cities, hearts, and futures
Emma gave up her dream of being a successful photographer and is in a dead-end relationship when she decides to leave her world behind and move to Berlin where her grandma resides.
Andrea, Emma’s grandmother, knows that her days are numbered, so she decides to tell Emma, for the first time, the story of her youth in Germany when it was divided between the two global blocs into East and West. Emma experiences the story through the eyes of her grandma, who tells her the story of her fiancé ALBERT, a GDR officer who locks her up in a tailor shop.
In a twist of fate, and during her stay in Berlin, Emma meets a Palestinian photographer, ALI, who is currently residing in Berlin. Emma and Ali fall in love, and through their relationship Emma learns that Ali hasn’t yet recovered from the wounds of his past: A past that separated him from his mother, Zoubaida, since he was a child.
Emma and Ali fall in love, and after one year of marriage the relationship faces many troubles. The instability and fear of losing the relationship triggers Emma to head on a journey to learn about Ali’s past and his story with his mother. Emma decides to go to Palestine to meet with Ali’s mother to learn about his past. In her journey, Emma is struck by a 700-km wall in the occupied territories in Palestine, that separates people on both sides.
After learning about the two walls, one that went down, and another that still exists, Emma tries to redefine the meaning of walls in our lives not only on a physical level, but on a metaphysical and a personal one as well. She attempts to connect the world of her grandmother with the world of her mother-in-law, learning about the meaning of love, and the link between disconnection and connection. Emma bridges the stories of these two women together and reinvents the future that she wants to live in.