SHORT STORY | Angel In A Turban by Lo Sin Yee

Man with a White Turban by John Singer Sargent In the shade of some dripping palm fronds, I was sitting at the edge of a bench, waiting for my brother to pick me up. Many tall buildings of glass and steel adorned the area in the vicinity of KLCC, the busiest hub in the city. My eyes, fretful with impatience, were searching for the rust-biege colour of my brother’s car in the river of traffic. A spell seemed to have been cast upon everything, pulling them along the road in opposing directions. Suddenly, a strong singing broke my concentration....

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Having a hard time revising for SPM? Perhaps Maple Comics can help!

  A page from Maple Comics’ adaptation of Beb Sabariah’s Tirani. Artwork by Superdoofus Back in the 90’s, the idea of reading comics by school going kids were frowned upon. Fast forward 20 years later, comics are slowly being used as a medium for students to revise for their exams! Local graphic magazine publisher Maple Comics (pronounced Ma-Play) has been working closely with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) to produce comics that follow the literature syllabus of secondary schools. Through its imprint which was launched last year, Maple @ School, Bahasa Malaysia novel, Tirani by Sarawak based writer Beb Sabariah is...

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Nature and pop culture inspired artworks dominate March 2018!

And here we are, at the first quarter of 2018! *rubs eyes and stares at calendar* For March, we’ve had some solid artworks which were selected from two local art groups, the Doodle Malaysia – Do you doodle? Facebook group and EveryArt Is Facebook group. Some were submitted to us via email. Much of these artworks had floral elements and were nature inspired. There were a couple of pop culture inspired artworks thrown in as well. All in all, March did not disappoint! And it’s no surprise which artwork became Eksentrika’s Art of the Month for March 2018. Jeng!...

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POETRY | Why the Fuck? by Darien Nagle

Image credit muddycolors.com Darien has been a left-brainer all his life, until a spiritual awakening a few years ago activated his right-brain and changed his life forever. Still a left-brainer, Darien now spends his days combining the best of the old 3rd dimensional world that he knew so well, with his new multi-dimensional reality to the betterment of the human race generally. Darien takes every day as it comes and embraces the opportunities that literally fall into his lap, including the odd channelling of random poetry. Are you a writer or poet who wishes to share your work? Feel...

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SHORT STORY | Fairies and Magick by Mary Maguire

Image credit flowerfairy.co.uk *** This was a short story which was performed by Mary Maguire at PARI PARI DI klpac on February 24, 2018. It was so awesome that we decided to publish the entire story/script here! INTRO: Pot Head Pixies by Gong – fades out after 20 secs I am, you are, we are crazy… Enters performance space dancing to the music – notices audience. STARTS TO READ December 1951 Mean temperature 6.3 degrees Celsius Changeable Rainfall mostly light and plenty of sunshine On December 28th over 6mm of rain fell AND in the early hours of that same...

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Ivan Alexander, an artist, a performer and an arts teacher

All artworks credit Ivan Alexander Francis Gabriel One day, when Ivan Alexander Francis Gabriel was five-years-old, his parents brought him to an art shop. “It was at Georgetown, Penang,” Ivan says through an email interview. “I was like a kid who walked into a candy store for the first time. It was beyond incredible and I was out of words.” The 26-year-old who saw his artwork of the black rhino – an endangered species – voted as Eksentrika’s Art of the Year 2017 adds that his parents observed in amusement that that was the first time the little chatterbox was...

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Dina Zaman on the politicization of Islam in Malaysia and her latest book

Image credit Charles Chiam “Much has been said about the country and its tolerance for the many faiths practised by its people. Malaysia makes for a fantastic advertisement on multiculturalism… Note the word ‘tolerance’. Herein lies the root of all the problems the country faces.” This is the paragraph that first pushed me into deep thought after I started reading Dina Zaman’s latest book. From here, I began to understand that in some cases “tolerance” might not include “acceptance” or “understanding”. For those in the dark, Dina Zaman is a founding member of IMAN, a think tank focusing on society, religion, and perception,...

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More power to the arts through February 2018’s best artworks!

Yes, yes we know we’re a tad late but good art must still be celebrated! Last February’s treasure trove of art are timeless because a couple of them immortalised important events such as the release of Marvel’s Black Panther, Fahmi Reza’s defiance and Weinye Chen successfully schooling a corporate outfit on the dangers of plagiarising artists’ work. February 2018 was no doubt a memorable month for artists! (Apologies for the delay in posting this post, we’ve been busy with work, parenthood and more work!) And ofcourse, this post will not be complete without us introducing to February 2018’s art...

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Get to know the 7 Chakras through these intricate mandalas!

All mandalas in this piece are courtesy of Charissa Adeline aka Io When Charissa Adeline Pereira had a tattoo of her chakra done in 2013, little did she know that five-years-later she would embark on an esoteric cum artistic journey creating seven beautiful mandalas based on the primary chakras. Relax, by the time you finish reading this post, you’ll be acquainted with all seven! First introduced in ancient Vedic scriptures, chakras have now become a household name among meditation and Yoga practitioners when it comes to describing the manner in which the energy of life affects our physical body....

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POETRY | Ouroboros by Wan Rezal

Artwork by zarathus Ouroboros: Where it begins, Is also where it ends. Like a figure-eight, The place where you rise from bed Is also the place where You rest your head. Life is the snake that eats itself. As we fret over health: The time from before you were born Is the same time that comes after You’re weary and well-worn. With each passing Of the light of the moon And the ray of the sun: If death is an eternity, Then an eternity Is closing your eyes And counting to one. At least, That’s what some people say....

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SHORT STORY | Not All Men Are From Mars by Peter Soh

Screenshot from THE ARROW When Zahid first told me to meet him at Taipan station over the phone, I could not figure the word as it was not written in our chat box an hour before I reached Subang Jaya. “Daiban? Did he mean Saipan? That’s impossible. Taipei? Don’t be silly Ben, you are in Malaysia.” I tried to deduce the word from the two syllables that starts and ends in a consonant but I failed to comprehend the slur through Zahid’s breathy voice. “I am very sure the station is not named after Saipan or Da Ban (Osaka in Mandarin). So, what...

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Keeping the Malaysian Lolita culture going through dressmaking

“My favourite moment when I dress as a Lolita is when people call me a princess or a real-life doll.” Meet Azierah Mohd Anuar, a 26-year old Lolita enthusiast from Hulu Selangor. Currently working in Kelana Jaya, Azierah also takes commission on women’s clothing. Wait, what is Lolita culture? Lolita is a fashion subculture that originated in Japan during the early 1990s. It is based on the Victorian and Edwardian clothing with rococo influence, possibly branching off from Natural Kei (A Romantic Victorian inspired design in late 1960’s), and developed into an even more girly style adopted by younger...

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