Is Fiction Important?

Fiction is just a lie. A made up world, with characters and timelines that aren’t real, true or factual. So why is it that some of us are so drawn to it? Why does it even exist when it sounds almost useless? For someone who only discovered the magical world of...

|Parallel| Universe

The wind blew mercilessly in the cold, dark night. Unbeknownst to him, a pair of brown eyes followed his every move through a small binoculars. Adjusting their position to get a full view of him, they watched as he got out of the truck, closing the creeky door with a...

Friday Fiction

While I weave through the busy streets of Cape Town, a calmness within me slowly drowns out the sounds from around. My mind wanders and a change of scene materialises in front of me. Like an exquisite garment over bareness, warm sunshine occupies the cold grey space,...

Conquered

In the hot sweltering sun, my little brother walks towards me from a far distance. His eyes squinting from the sun’s strong gaze, his small hands tightly grasped around multicoloured wrappers. Annoyance flares up inside of me as I realise I’ve been waiting...

Perfect Moments

As my bare feet sink into the rough beach sand with each heavy step, my heart drowns in memories of him. His tall, upright stature as he walked against the wind. The tired light brown eyes with thousands of secrets neatly settled deep behind. As the icy waters wet my...

Walk Alone

It was a little after 9. I could finally leave. I’ve packed the last few belongings of mine. They fit snugly in a single carrier bag. As I walk down the passage way for the last time, I bitterly take it all in: not a single thing I would miss. Setting foot on...

Think. Type. Enter.

Dahlia: Have you seen the news lately? There’s [something so bad] that happened this afternoon! Three middleaged men from Red Park were wounded. I think they’re still in hospital. Tulip: I’ve read it on [local trusted news site]! Can’t believe...

Straying off course… not.

Dearest You While a thick, hot tear squeezes itself out of my eye, I try to remind myself why am I here. All my reasons have perished into the darkness.┬áSearching blindly with urgency, I give up with a sigh. I blink. And there they all are – my reasons with...

A little close to the heart

While sipping strong 5 Roses tea in the warm Durban sun this morning, last minute errands flood my mind. Yet the still silence around me begs me to sit a little longer. Contemplate a little deeper. Time has not been a kind friend lately.. hours passing by like minutes...

Dark Fiction

I have taken quite a big step – A decision to share a piece of fiction I wrote. Written for a course I studied back in 2008, we were tasked with writing, in 100 words or so, an opening scene for a horror movie. What is below is a re-write with a few changes. I...

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Saajida Says is a lifestyle blog inspired by my life as a writer, mum and food-lover living in Cape Town.

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