Moscow has many faces

Moscow has many faces.Moscow has many faces: Yas

Proud and arrogant in the Red Square or Golden Mile streets, miserable and unhealthy in the suburbs, indifferent and strict in the districts of newly-wedded panel blocks without a green leaf or a piece of soft earth, sweet and defenseless in the districts of five-floored brick blocks drowned among trees and doomed already to destruction. Sometimes it is full of light and wind, often it suffocates, rarely it smells furthest seas, often it smells white-hot metal and dust.

Moscow has many faces: Bronnaya destroyed by Moscow governmentMoscow has many faces: Bronnaya Moscow destroyed historyMoscow is alive yet, although her lovely districts are disappearing eaten by greedy developers and even greedier mayor and all sorts of clerks and officials with their lead eyes and golden cards. Her hot breath and heart-beating tune the lives of millions but glistening black bonds of roads seem straps cut in the gigantic living body, and faceless skyscrapers pierce her heart. She, unprotected, injured, is still able to give you an old lovely house or an unexpected view.

Moscow has many faces: Tree and carsMoscow buries a lot of secrets but she cannot hide the bold truth: she likes pitiless winners who get all, she is divinely ruthless. Anyway, dreamers love her, love her cheating, teasing, false glimmer and severe smile because she gives an uncertain, almost transparent, weightless, and unreliable hope. There is no place for dreamers, and anyway there is no other place for dreamers.

Moscow has many faces: Sky evening
Moscow has many faces. No one saw them all. No one saw the real one.



Nella Vladi, from Moscow, Russia is a lone wolf, a passionate reader, an art amateur seeking an inspiration, dreaming of travels and miracles, tasting this life. Lives in Moscow. Has been trying to write a screenplay or a short story. Speaks Spanish, French and English. Interested in international relations and intercultural communications. Wrote some bad poetry. Loves autumn, rain, pies, black and white films, fine wines, and a good conversation.

In her story, Autumn Sketches, Nella writes about her impressions of autumn, painting a word picture of this beautiful season that inspired her to write a love letter once.

You can read Nellas story about autumn and her love letter in A Pocketful of Dreams vol. II Europe and Africa.

Buy (for a small fee) and read the amazing stories from the storytellers of The Magic Diary Project. All proceeds from a sale go to Room to Read, and you will support the education of girls in developing countries.

A Pocketful of Dreams vol. I America and Australia

A Pocketful of Dreams vol. II Europe and Africa

A Pocketful of Dreams vol. III South Asia and the Far East (to be launched soon)


“A nice little treat before I go to sleep at night.”

Vibeke Mouridsen, the author of One Thousand Followers, in a Pocketful of Dreams vol. II Europe and Africa has received this review from a reader, Liz Gaffreau, Director of Individualized Learning, Granite State College, University of New Hampshire, USA and a fiction and poetry writer herself: Continue reading ““A nice little treat before I go to sleep at night.””

Why Peter Chikoyi loves Bulgaria as much as Zambia


Zambia and Bulgaria are two completely different places with all kinds of differences from climate to social environment. Yet. when it comes to me, share a lot with these two wonderful nations – one where I was born, and the other where I am being nurturedNo matter where you are, love and respect are all you need to feel at home.

-Peter Chikoyi

Almost 30 years ago, when under difficult circumstances I had to leave my hometown in Zambia to live in Bulgaria, I was naturally scared. Initially, it did seem hard to live in a new cultural environment with a different climate and new people. Continue reading “Why Peter Chikoyi loves Bulgaria as much as Zambia”

Romania’s Cristina Costea talks about “Beyond the Night Sky”

You have already met Cristina Costea from Romania… Romanians are known for their vivid imagination and intense spirituality, which they have expressed through their architecture, music, crafts, and traditions. Cristina is from that breed, intense but soft-spoken. Let’s hear her talk about her story in the Magic Diary… Continue reading “Romania’s Cristina Costea talks about “Beyond the Night Sky””

Mane’s and Ani’s moving, heartfelt stories from Armenia

These two beautiful people, Mane Mehrabian and Ani Sargsyan, are from distant Armenia. Armenia is the smallest of the former Soviet republics. It is bounded by Georgia on the north, Azerbaijan on the east, Iran on the south, and Turkey on the west. Continue reading “Mane’s and Ani’s moving, heartfelt stories from Armenia”

Freya Watson on the richness that words carry in the languages

My background, and therefore my writing, is quite eclectic. Growing up in an Irish-speaking Baha’í family gave me a perspective on life that is sensitive to the minority view and I am fascinated by what creates individuality, both in terms of cultural difference and in terms of personality. Continue reading “Freya Watson on the richness that words carry in the languages”

What Vibeke Mouridsen learned that Denmark and Scotland share besides the old Vikings

Foto_sVibeke Mouridsen comes from the rainy but also very beautiful country Denmark at the bottom of Scandinavia in Northern Europe. You may never have heard of Denmark, but you might know some famous Danish writers and poets like Soren Kirkegaard and H.C. Andersen and his fairy tale The Little Mermaid. In fact, H.C. Andersen and fairy tales have been a big inspiration for Vibeke to become a writer. Continue reading “What Vibeke Mouridsen learned that Denmark and Scotland share besides the old Vikings”

How Ry Auscitte Wrote “Anemoia” (part 2): The Writing Journey

Everyone loves a good story. Once a vital tool of survival ensuring valuable experiences are shared and passed down to the future generations, storytelling has been wired into our brain reward circuitry. In that, as scientists hypothesize, it is similar to exploration, play, nurturing the youth, and other rewarding activities. We are lost in the lands of make-believe for hours on end – in books, movies, role playing computer games – and when we are not immersed into narrative crafted by others, our imagination is busy making stories of its own. “We are, as species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” (from “The Storytelling Animal” by Jonathan Gottcshal). Continue reading “How Ry Auscitte Wrote “Anemoia” (part 2): The Writing Journey”

Panama’s Lorena Pulido on cross-cultural experiences


One of the overreaching themes in our first volume is the value of cross-cultural experiences. Having moved from Colombia to Panama at a young age, Lorena Pulido not only describes her own cross-cultural experience in her short story “Heart of the Universe,” but also here where she elaborates on the impact of such connections.

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Why Jaya Sengupta from India was inspired to initiate the Magic Diary Project

jaya-senguptaIn July 2015,  a Coursera course I attended turned out to be transformational for me. A wonderful instructor, a lovely bunch of participants, and a creative, engaging environment of learning and sharing — it was an intense, inspiring association. I absorbed its multi-cultural experience with great delight, seeing things with a lens I never did before. So many people, so many ideas, and yet we were more similar than dissimilar really, I realized. That is when an idea struck me. Why not come together to create a book or a diary, give wings to our narratives across the globe, and forge a new wave of understanding?  And so, a desire was sown, which eventually blossomed into A Pocketful of Dreams…

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