POETRY | Indian Romance by Pleant Rovella Kapple

I see it in movies, I see it in real life I see the confessions of love, The beauty of it and I realised I want to wake up next to you, tomorrow maybe In Manali, the snowcapped mountains, maybe Or perhaps Shimla Strolling along aimlessly down a path laden with flowers To the poetic sound of a sitar Drop by Agra, they said To the city of love Visit the Taj Mahal, the godly cosmos of real love Exquisite, isn’t it? But I have different paths to cross Memories to erase and with you, I want it to...

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MEGHA DUTA – BAHAGIAN 5 OLEH: UTHAYA SANKAR SB

Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini.  Berikut makna kata-kata yaksa kepada gumpalan awan yang cuba dipujuk supaya menjadi duta (utusan). Paparan ini bukan terjemahan langsung daripada apa yang ditulis oleh Kalidasa dalam puisi klasik Megha Duta; sebaliknya penjelasan makna rangkap demi rangkap puisi berkenaan. Sloka 6 – Aku tahu bahawa engkau lahir dalam kumpulan awan Pushkaravartaka yang terkenal di seluruh dunia. Engkau merupakan pegawai kanan kepada Dewa Indra di kayangan. Salah satu kehebatan engkau adalah kemampuan untuk muncul dalam sebarang bentuk yang diingini. Aku yang terpisah daripada isteriku menyedari segala keistimewaan yang engkau miliki. Atas sebab itulah aku kini merayu...

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OPINION | Journalists are artists, not waiters or dogs

I feel I should and must relate our experience in light of what is taking place. This cartoon was among the many “controversial” ones I created as a metaphor in February this year following the decision by the Multimedia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to block The Malaysian Insider (TMI) – my wife, Ista’s former employer – over its report on the 1MDB scandal. The following harrowing weeks saw my then eight-month old pregnant journalist wife, pondering on her fate. The idea of suddenly seeing her only source of income rapidly diminishing was too absurd to even consider. But absurdities are the norm here...

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The Giants of Ubud

Image credit: Abdul Qayyum Jumadi Malaysian writer Abdul Qayyum Jumadi was recently selected by Fixi Novo to experience the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 at Bali, Indonesia from October 26 to October 30, 2016. The author of Deathwritten, a short story part of Fixi’s KL Noir: Yellow shares with Eksentrika his experience at the literary festival.  If Bali is the Island of the Gods, then Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is where the titans meet. On my third day here, my supir (chaffeur) told me something that ties the spirit of this island: “In Bali, we take care of three relationships:...

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Architect creates his own Pokemon evolution, includes Najib

With the next instalment in the well received Pokemon franchise is set to hit game stores on November 18, this year, it appears the Poke-virus has already infected some fans. The Pokemon series is famous for its cute and at times pretty cool creatures who undergo trans-formative evolution – typically in three stages. Following that spirit, Malaysian architect and artist Munif Abdul Malek, has been churning out his own Pokemon evolutions. Dora. Doraemon. Dorimau. If everyone’s fav cat robot was a Pokemon. 😆 #drawnosaur #draw #drawings #inktober #art #artoftheday #fanart #penart #artline #artist #artistmalaysia #artmalaysia #malaysia #japan #anime #manga #pokemon #doraemon #digitalart...

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Meet the Malaysian a capella group that did the AR Rahman medley for Deepavali

Image credit: Fauxtography by udjinn By now we’re pretty sure you guys have come across this video of a group of pretty a capella singers belting out tunes from AR Rahman’s famous hits from the 90’s. For those still living under a coconut shell, give the video below a listen (and make sure to share it because it is THAT good!) These ladies are not your calang-calang musicians kay! It took The Vochale Project only two rehearsals to record and release this video in time for this year’s Deepavali. The group’s music director, Ann Salina Peter says that the risk taking...

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Scare yourself silly with these creepy Halloween artworks!

Unable to head out Trick of Treating tonight? No fret, here are some spooky artworks to put you right in the Halloween mood. Created by Malaysian artists, these artworks were made using various art forms including, pencil, ink and digitally. Since it is October and that means it’s the month of Inktober, several of these artworks were created to celebrate Inktober. Pssssst! Here are some of the amazing Inktober artists to follow. And check out these Deepavali artworks too! Good luck sleeping tonight. By the way, there are tons more creepy artworks in the form of comics published by indie comic...

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Ubud’s PechaKucha presentation format – engaging or tricky?

Malaysian poet Melizarani T. Selva kicks off Ubud’s PechaKucha event. Image credit: Abdul Qayyum Jumadi Malaysian writer Abdul Qayyum Jumadi was recently selected by Fixi Novo to experience the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 at Bali, Indonesia from October 26 to October 30, 2016. The author of Deathwritten, a short story part of Fixi’s KL Noir: Yellow shares with Eksentrika his thoughts on the Pecha Kucha presentation format.  I arrived at about 12:30am in Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar. Thinking that Bali would still be alive in these hours, I made the mistake of booking a night flight (This is only...

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Celebrate Deepavali by enjoying these artworks created by Malaysians

Deepavali or Diwali is a Hindu festival symbolising the triumph of good over evil. Of light over darkness. Of wisdom over ignorance and in some cases, colors over achromatism. Here are a bunch of talented local artists from Doodle Malaysia who came up with Deepavali artworks of their own to usher in the festival in true Malaysian fashion! Owh! Eksentrika would love to take the opportunity to wish our readers a Happy Deepavali! Think we’ve missed out an artist? Drop us a comment below and we’ll add the artist in! Have a Deepavali inspired artwork to share? Send em over...

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MEGHA DUTA – BAHAGIAN 4 OLEH: UTHAYA SANKAR SB

Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini.  Sloka 3 – Apabila yaksa terpandang gumpalan awam berkenaan, dia menjadi amat sayu. Dia cuba mengawal air mata yang mahu gugur. Kalidasa mencatatkan dalam Megha Duta betapa orang yang sedang berasa gembira juga akan berasa sedikit terkesan apabila memandang awan yang berarak di langit. Menurut penyair, emosi seorang individu yang bersendirian pasti lebih terganggu kerana dia akan teringat akan kekasih atau isteri yang tiada di sisi. Demikianlah juga keadaan yaksa yang sudah lapan bulan tinggal sendirian di Bukit Ramagiri. Hatinya begitu rindu untuk menyentuh, memegang, memeluk dan berkasih dengan yaksi. Sloka 4 – Musim...

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POETRY | By Kevin Lau

Live for Today by artist Keat * For all that is was or will ever be now is all that you will ever see * For ever is in the now and now is in for-ever   Kevin Lau is a pseudo poet who delves into the art of what he calls ‘pseudo poetry’, almost-there-but-not-quite-there-yet poetry. Keat is a digital artist and designer who have been exploring computer graphics since 2005. Keat believes in the positive effects yoga and meditation can have towards oneself. Everything he does, from an idea, to action to creation, is just a reflection of his inner...

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The Morality Questionnaire

Image credit: The Spectator [A sociology student posted me these questions as a reaction to attempts by quasi-religious agencies like JAWI, the Federal Territory Religious Department, to enforce public morality by brute force.] 1. What are your views on the current morality of our Malaysian citizens and why do you think this is the case? Morality comes from the word “more” meaning “social custom.” As such, each society will have its own culturally specific, and ethno-specific, preferences and traditions. None of these traditional social customs is immutable, that is, social mores change with changing economic, educational, and technological conditions....

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