BOOK REVIEW | Selumbar by Ikmal Ahmad

First up, let me explain the title. Selumbar is the Malay word for wood splinter and the novel is so called due to an analogy by one of the characters, likening his life to his feet being pierced deep with a Selumbar. If he pulls it out, he will suffer great pain, and yet leaving it in would only cause the wound to fester and hinder his walking forward. An innocent encounter between the main character, a much loved and respected modern day ustaz, Razin and a supposed stranger in Razin’s village, Sufi, kickstarts the drama. What unfolds will afflict...

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Of Toyols and eBay, Tunku Halim spills on Horror Stories 2

Renowned Malaysian horror stories writer Tunku Halim launches his eighth short story collection and a sequel to his best selling book, Horror Stories, today. Titled Horror Stories 2, the book launches at 3pm at Kedai Fixi, Petaling Jaya. Eksentrika’s sits down to speak to the man himself on what sets this book apart from the previous and if he uses black magic to get ideas for his stories.  What differentiates this book from all the previous spooky stuff you’ve written? What can readers look forward to? The book contains not only a retrospective, a selection of some of my earlier...

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Blooming into motherhood through Odissi

Seven-months pregnant and being a dancer does not cancel each other out. Clasically trained dancer, January Low is the undaunted mother resolute to illustrate this point with a rare Odissi performance together with choreographer, Rathimalar Govindarajoo. Eksentrika delves into the hearts and minds of the dance sisters, to discover the spirit behind their unique show. Once proteges of famed Ramli Ibrahim, January and Rathimalar have been active in the performing arts circuit, both local and abroad, long enough to earn a name in their own right. Both are adept in the Indian classical dances of Bharatanatyam and Odissi and each have...

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The Hustling Artist: Ruby Subramaniam

She quit her job, went on a solo travel through Europe and South America and left imprints of her art along the way. This might sound like a mere daydream for most people but for Ruby Subramaniam, it is part of her reality. Now a year after trading a promising career in digital media marketing for a living off paintbrushes and canvas, the 26-year-old is making headway at becoming her own definition of “artist”.  Her many current projects include planning her first solo exhibition, writing a modern day memoir and introducing international art events to the local scene. She...

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PENDAPAT | Penulis Paling Dibenci

Saya sering ditanya mengapa saya menulis esei, cerpen dan novel menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia, sedangkan kebanyakan hasil tulisan saya mengangkat nilai budaya dan kehidupan watak-watak kaum India. Pertanyaan ini datang daripada pelbagai pihak. Misalnya, seorang penolong editor sebuah majalah pernah membuat tuduhan kononnya saya sengaja menulis cerpen Bahasa Malaysia dalam usaha menyebarkan unsur agama Hindu kepada khalayak pembaca Melayu. Di sisi yang lain pula, pencinta dan “pejuang” Bahasa Tamil mempersoalkan keperluan saya menulis mengenai aspek budaya orang Tamil dalam “bahasa asing”. Kononnya, jika saya mahu mendidik pembaca kaum India mengenai budaya India, maka saya sepatutnya menulis dalam Bahasa Tamil. Selain...

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POETRY | Kizmet by Fa Abdul

Love Life Death What do they have in common? If love is nothing If life slips away into the next room And death…does not count What is left between the hazy sky And the rocky earth? If everything remains exactly as it was If you remained you, And I am me, Whatever I am to you We are still Would we live so fondly? If life is untouched Unchanged If we remain still Similar tone of sorrow Same old tune of joy Old familiar hope and dream Would there still be Laughter And smile? When life becomes absolute Nothing...

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Red sky at night, rocker’s delight

Local band, Skies Are Red recently added a new member to their pod. Bassist, Fabien Thomas, 31, joins the initial trio comprising vocalist, Danielle Williams, a 27-year-old quality analyst by day, 33-year-old technical writer cum guitarist, Dervin Frank, and chemistry student and drummer, Malcolm Ambrose, 22. In an exclusive with Eksentrika, they made known that they are not from this earth and displayed tremendous aptitude at answering interview questions. Naturally, we were quite blown away and therefore feel compelled to share their Q&A  in its uncensored entirety. Tell us three interesting things about each of you. We come from a nearby star system....

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A royal show of celebrities, ballet and durian

 On Wednesday, a group of adults will get on stage in Damansara to live out their childhood dreams of becoming a ballerina. The concert they will be performing is unlike any other, due to the fact that all 17 of the dancers have, at most, just a year’s worth of training in the highly technical dance. What’s more, each individual will be sharing personal stories of their journey as adult ballerinas. A photo posted by The Royal Durian Academy (@theroyaldurianacademy) on Sep 7, 2016 at 8:49pm PDT The concert marks one year of The Royal Durian Ballet Academy, which...

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The go getter of Malaysia’s literary scene

Since her breakthrough into the local literary scene a mere two years ago, Tina Isaacs has chalked up seven short story titles published in her name. Before the year is out, she will have another two short stories published, one of which is to be released this month under Fixi Novo‘s Chronicles of Kota Kinabalu. “I’m a go getter and whenever there are calls for submissions, I always try to send in a piece. Next thing I know, I’m suddenly a published author.” Tina’s writing journey only kickstarted after she felt disenchanted serving 12 years as a litigation lawyer....

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A terrorist in Penang armed with a paintbrush

You read that right. Armed with a paintbrush, Penang based Bibichun shares with Eksentrika why he terrorises the island’s street with art. At a carpark opposite Georgetown’s Prangin Mall, is a mural of a gleeful panda holding a long roller paintbrush and a bucket of white paint decorating a blue colonial styled building. The panda appears authoritative and pretty pleased with itself after “erasing” a tapir with white paint. Traces of the tapir’s four feet can be seen along with the tapir’s last words; – I guess I’m next to be erased – all of which are also erased...

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Eksentrika launches on Sept 30

Imagine a content website – devoid of censorship – showcasing, promoting and celebrating the plethora of Malaysian artistic talents. Now, picture a website, where the artist discusses his or her work, the challenges faced, the triumphs celebrated, the philosophies and disciplines practised to get from an empty canvas to a fully colored art piece. Infact, let’s take it one notch higher. Visualise a website with articles revealing the things that made the artist’s imagination tick. At this moment, right now, there is a Malaysian who is probably belting out a tune in a pub, strumming his guitar at a...

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6apr - 9apr 68:30 pmapr 9Don’t Let Children Know 《别让儿童知道的事》Play at Klpac

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