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Fiction Novel "NIRMALA: The Mud Blossom" Wins New Apple E-Book Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing

Dayton, OH, September 14, 2017 --( NIRMALA: The Mud Blossom by Fiza Pathan chosen as Medalist Winner in the General Fiction category of the 2016 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Book Synopsis
This story is about Nirmala the Mud Blossom, who had the misfortune to be born a female in Mumbai. Rejected and thrown into the dustbin when she was just two days old, the child was rescued and returned to her family by the NGOs. 
Nirmala is ill-treated by her mother, always subject to violence at her hands. She is allowed to continue her studies only because she can then coach her younger brothers, as the parents are illiterate. Each beating is accepted with forbearance, as she loves to go to school to get books to read from her library.
 Nirmala is forced to stop her studies after the twelfth grade so her parents can save enough money to send the boys to college. She is then married off, but while her married life begins smoothly, it is only the beginning of her next phase of hell. After giving birth to her first child, Nirmala is subjected to harassment, beatings, and forced into doing things contrary to her beliefs and dreams. Her life is shattered. 
What will happen to this little mud blossom? Will she fight back or succumb? How can she rid herself of harassment and rise above the stigma she endures?
 Nirmala: The Mud Blossom graphically depicts the travails, discrimination, and abuse faced by female children in India from the cradle to the grave.

About the Author
Fiza Pathan is a teacher and the award-winning author of nine books and a short story: S.O.S. Animals and Other Stories, Treasury of Bizarre Christmas Stories, Classics: Why We Should Encourage Children to Read Them, Flesh of Flesh (Short Story), So This Is Love - Collected Poems, NIRMALA: The Mud Blossom, Classics: How we can encourage children to read them, Raman and Sunny: Middle School Blues, The Flame Will Always Burn – Selected Poems, and Amina: The Silent One. She has won thirty-six prestigious awards/honors. To name a few: New Apple Literary Awards, Reader Views Literary Awards, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Beverly Hills International Book Awards, Forward Reviews Indie Fab Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Award, EPIC E-Book Awards, IAN Book of the Year Awards, Mom’s Choice Awards, and B.R.A.G. Medallion Awards. Besides this, her books have won rave reviews from Readers’ Favorite, IndieReader, Reader Views, US Review of Books, AuthorsTalkAboutIt, and Book Viral. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the IBPA. She hosts a blog at, where she shares her poetry, book reviews, and other issues close to her heart.

About the New Apple Book Awards
The New Apple Summer E-Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing was established to honor the creative achievements of the unsung books fighting for their place within the digital publishing world. Any English language e-book published within the last three years, currently available for sale by an independent author or small press that met the Awards' guidelines was eligible for entry. One book was chosen in each category as the solo Medalist Winner receiving the highest honors. In addition, the judges were permitted to choose up to three Official Selections for category distinction.

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NIRMALA: The Mud Blossom is available in E-Book format as well as Paperback on Amazon. To find out more about the New Apple Book Awards, visit

'NIRMALA: The Mud Blossom'
Author: Fiza Pathan
Publishing House: Self-Pub
Author website:
Twitter: @FizaPathan
Fiza Pathan is available for public appearances, signings, interviews and blog tours. Contact the author at

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