Vikramaditya – Bahagian 4 oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Baca bahagian-bahagian terdahulu di sini. Vikramaditya terus berjalan sambil memikul mayat yang dihuni Vetalam. Puntianak itu cuba berbual-bual tetapi raja berkenaan tetap tidak berkata apa-apa. Vikramaditya sedar bahawa sekiranya baginda bercakap, maka Vetalam akan terbang melayang dan tergantung semula pada dahan pokok besar di tanah perkuburan. “Perjalanan kita masih jauh sebelum sampai ke tapak upacara pemujaan. Bagi mengisi masa, apa kata kalau saya bercerita?” Raja berkenaan mendengar kata-kata Vetalam tetapi tidak menjawab. “Bijak! Bijak! Tuanku sudah tahu muslihat saya. Akan tetapi, perjalanan kita memang amat jauh. Jadi, biarlah saya berkongsi cerita. Tuanku hanya perlu mendengar cerita saya dengan penuh teliti.”...

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Vikramaditya – Bahagian 3 oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Baca bahagian-bahagian terdahulu di sini. Vikramaditya tiba di kawasan perkuburan seperti yang dijanjikan. Suasana amat gelap kerana bulan langsung tidak kelihatan pada malam itu. Angin bertiup dari pelbagai arah. Lelaki alim yang memberikan hadiah buah mangga telah meminta Vikramaditya mendapatkan Vetalam, iaitu puntianak yang bergayut pada dahan sebatang pokok di tanah perkuburan. “Upacara pemujaan apakah pula yang memerlukan puntianak?” Vikramaditya bertanya kepada lelaki alim itu, beberapa hari lalu. Akan tetapi, lelaki berkenaan tidak mahu mendedahkan butiran secara terperinci. Dia hanya memberitahu bahawa Vetalam diperlukan untuk menyempurnakan yaagam, iaitu suatu upacara pemujaan khas. “Apabila yaagam dapat disempurnakan, maka saya akan mendapat...

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Vikramaditya – Bahagian 2 oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Baca bahagian-bahagian terdahulu di sini. Kisah Vikramaditan Kadhaigal atau Vedhala Kadhaigal terdapat dalam pelbagai versi dan pelbagai bahasa di India. Memandangkan ia sebuah cerita berbingkai, maka terpulang kepada pencerita untuk menokok-tambah kisah-kisah yang mahu disajikan; khususnya kepada pendengar kanak-kanak. Identiti watak Vikramaditya sukar disahkan secara tepat. Raja itu sudah menjadi legenda dalam kalangan penduduk negara India. Maka, kisah mengenai pengembaraannya juga pasti telah diubahsuai untuk menampilkan keperwiraannya. Dalam cerita Sanskrit berjudul Baital Pachisi yang dikarang oleh Somadeva pada kurum ke-11, Vikramaditya adalah seorang raja di Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Baginda seorang pemerintah yang berkaliber, berani, berintegriti, dan berjiwa rakyat. Pada...

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Celebrating the trials and tribulations of fatherhood through comics

All artworks credit Megat Harris Being a parent is not an easy task. Just ask us as we try to juggle our full time jobs, Eksentrika and our mischievous two-year-old all at the same time. #we’resorryfornotbeingabletoupdateeksentrikacuzwesobusymovinghousehuhuhu So when I chanced upon Megat Harris Megat Hisham aka Harry Harco’s cute comic featuring himself, his daughter and his wife, the first thing that popped in my head was, “OMG! I’m not the only one!” This was followed with nervous giggles of relief. Such is the power of Harris’ comics that to us they’re a form of catharsis. Born and raised in...

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Vikramaditya – Bahagian 1 oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Saya mendengar cebisan kisah-kisah Vikramaditya pada usia kanak-kanak di Aulong Lama, Taiping. Cerita berbingkai dalam tradisi India ini memang panjang dan terdiri daripada 25 cerita asas yang bersambung-sambung. Apabila berkunjung ke rumah saudara-mara yang memiliki koleksi bahan bacaan, saya berpeluang membaca komik dalam siri Amar Chitra Katha, khususnya Vikramaditya (1972) dan Vikramaditya’s Throne (1975). Bagi generasi muda kaum India di Malaysia, filem Vikram Vedha (2017) lakonan Madhavan dan Vijay Sethupathi sedikit sebanyak menimbulkan minat untuk mengambil tahu kisah dongeng Baital Pachisi yang dipercayai ditulis oleh Somadeva pada kurun ke-11 menggunakan Bahasa Sanskrit. Kisah pengembaraan Vikramaditya dikenali sebagai Vikramaditan Kadhaigal...

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Malaysian band to perform at Europe’s biggest electronic music fest!

Image credit Farhan Syaza Seven-piece band The Venopian Solitude is set to become the first Malaysian band ever to perform at Sónar! For those who’re in the dark, Sónar is a three-day electronic and advanced music festival which was started in Barcelona, Spain in 1994 by music journalist Ricard Robles and musicians cum visual artists Enric Palau and Sergio Caballero. It’s a pretty HUGE festival when it comes to electronic music! Just check out the video below! And that’s not all! The Venopian Solitude, which prides itself for its experimenternative, electronic joget music (and they’re music is seriously funky!) will...

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Relive the Malaysian Tsunami of May 9 through these beautiful artworks!

Artwork by Ee Xuen Chong We’re done with Season 13 of Malaysian politics and by god, the finale episode on May 9 was… woahhh!! Malaysia’s hotly contested 14th General Elections went down in history for Malaysians who replaced Barisan Nasional, the former ruling coalition for the first time ever in the nation’s 61 years of independence! Malaysians of all shapes, sizes and colour began queuing up before the sun could even rise to end a six decade long rule of Barisan Nasional. The date marked the start of a new chapter under Pakatan Harapan led by a 93-year-old former prime...

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PENDAPAT | “Beri keutamaan kepada pelakon dan artis tempatan”

Foto: Penggambaran filem Sughamaai Subbulakshmi melibatkan pelakon dan krew tempatan sepenuhnya. Pengarah urusan M A Productions House Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Murugan Alimuthu, baru-baru ini mencadangkan supaya pelakon, karyawan dan artis tempatan diberi peluang muncul dalam iklan radio dan televisyen. “Belakangan ini, iklan barangan kegunaan majoriti kaum India khasnya didapati menggunakan khidmat pelakon dan artis dari negara India. “Perkara ini amat mendukacitakan kerana terdapat begitu ramai artis, pelakon dan pembikin filem iklan tempatan yang boleh diberikan peluang berkenaan,” katanya pada majlis pertemuan krew filem Sughamaai Subbulakshmi dengan wakil media, di Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Murugan selaku penerbit filem itu menggesa, menyeru...

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POETRY | Me, Half? by Anuradha Chelliah

Half Full/Half Empty by Tim White Me, half? I am half full, Or am I empty? Half full, half empty, Never really contented, Never? Why? Always not sure, Happy or sad; fat or thin, Rich or poor; near or far, So undetermined, Just like a glass of water, Half full? Half empty? Where am I to find the other half? To be satisfied? It’s just within you, Search and seek……….. Anuradha Chelliah works as a teacher in a primary school. She has ideas to write and has written articles to The Star. She is new to Eksentrika. Have poems...

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SHORT STORY | The Phoenix that Stains its Feathers by Peter Soh

Image sourced “The phoenix is believed to be seen in times of peace and serenity. Therefore, it is common to spot the phoenix in Peranakan ware because this mystical bird is full of auspicious connotations,” Baba Victor explained while showcasing his colourful collections of Peranakan ware to fellow amateur antique collectors. His antique teak wood cupboards housed a splendid array of Peranakan ware of different designs, sizes and colours and the auspicious bird could be spotted from the typical famille rose kamcheng to the rare lime green chupu. This Bird of Fire was seen flying around the Peranakan vessels,...

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A musical about people who work like zombies is in the works!

All images credit RaffleThazzle Photography What do you get if you combine a zombie flick with a musical piece? You’ll get ‘The Working Dead”, an original Malaysian musical piece about, well, people who work like zombies. In an office. From 9am to 6pm and take the train home and then.. *sigh* ..repeat. Unlike ‘The Walking Dead’, which the title of this production parodies, this musical explores various themes of a Malaysian contemporary life. Journalist Terence Toh who dabbles in script writing in his free time is one of the brainchild for this production and he gives me a cautionary warning; There...

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POETRY | Play On by Izza Khaleeda

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Maxfield Parrish Play on Mr. Piper, play the songs of your calling, the tempting lure, ensnaring from the most wicked to the innocent. Casualties mean nothing to the Piper, when his whistles bury the unfortunate, perishing amidst the earth dwellers that have long been abandoned, as he prances with his instrument to a wider audience. He dances, with enough grace and masculinity to mask the deceit, he reeks of it. His feet move to the hymns of solid promises, and trails of sugar sprinkle his steps. As our knees tremble, we taste the...

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