What the heck? Masjid Jamek LRT kena conteng!

It’s true! If you’re passing through the Masjid Jamek LRT tunnel to board a train home, work or college, don’t be surprised to be bombarded with tons of doodles! The exhibition titled “Doodle Malaysia’s Contenglah” was created by the talented artists and doodlers of Doodle Malaysia – a group of more than 8,900 Malaysian artists on Facebook! Funded and supported by ThinkCity and Prasarana, the entire exhibition was organised by Malaysian artist, Allie Hill. It runs from October 6 to Nov 30. Though most of the exhibitions consists of prepared artworks, there is a live-doodling exhibition where artist Sanuri Zulkefli will...

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POETRY | On My Block by Wan Rezal

There are stories everyday Laid on the pavement grey, The streets people wonder Tell tales of their sonders. Monsters and mobsters. A mother limps to the bank. She’s ragged and rank For her desperate fixation’s To pay for her child’s education. Meanwhile, Yellow shirts are gathered at a square To form a protest there Over a country gone sinister; With its servants and ministers. Hold up, let’s take a quick intermission As we bring you this breaking news transmission. The citizens are now actually interested In the sum’ and sum’ billion. Then again, how do you know the truth’s...

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Poets demand change at UCSI’s Poetry Slam Competition 2016

Can poetry deliver change? Thirteen budding poets explored the role of poetry in bringing change when they participated at UCSI University’s recently held Poetry Slam Competition 2016. Poetry slam is a live literary performance in a judged competition where poets take to the stage to express themselves through the recital of poems crafted on their own. Themed “Poetry for Change”, the competition saw the talented poets highlighting pressing issues concerning women, racism, patriotism and even mental health. Bagging the first prize for courageously performing poems based on personal experiences was Mok Jee Wen. The award was her first. “I’ve been...

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Gina Yap Lai Yoong the writer whisperer

For more than seven years now, Gina Yap Lai Yoong has been a mentor of sorts for local writers who intend to get published. But she is not your ordinary writing coach and depending on your commitment to your craft, she can be a miraculous guiding angel or a badgering nightmare. She is known to go to great lengths to help her mentees, taking on roles as counselor, organiser and even babysitter to solve problems at hand. “I’ve had people ignore my calls, switch off their phone and avoid me for months but I don’t let them back out...

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MUSIC REVIEW | ALENA MURANG SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH RELEASE OF DEBUT EP

On my first visit to the Land of Hornbills in 1998 I was convinced that it was dangerous to stay more than a week. Many of the native Sarawakians I met, both men and women, were so friendly, fun-loving and enchanting, one could only too easily become enamored, ensnared… end up marrying a local and becoming a permanent resident. Since James Brooke’s appointment as White Rajah of Sarawak in 1842, adventurers, explorers and fortune-hunters the world over have found themselves mesmerized by the exotic allure of Borneo. Unable to leave, they have fortuitously enriched its gene pool. Alena Murang...

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Malaysian artists you have to follow throughout Inktober 2016

With October comes Inktober and here is Eksentrika’s list of Malaysian artists and cartoonists that you should follow if you’re a sucker for the arts. But first, for those who are in the dark, Inktober is a 31-day challenge started off by artist Jake Parker to push artists and doodlers to create artworks via ink drawings for an entire month. Below are just some of the Malaysian artists who have taken on the challenge. Pssst! Click on the artist’s name to go to their page!  A photo posted by Dhiyanah H (@afraidofwords) on Oct 2, 2016 at 2:22am PDT  ...

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Redha for Malaysia at Oscars 2017

Redha, a film by newbie director Tunku Mona Riza has a chance to contend at next year’s Oscars, following its selection to represent Malaysia by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS). If shortlisted as among the five final nominees, it will compete in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The feature film is a first by Tunku Mona and centers around the lives of a family with an autistic child. In reacting to news of the selection, Tunku Mona took to her Facebook page to say that she was inspired to make the film...

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Ulasan buku | Selumbar Karya Ikmal Ahmad

Selumbar, tajuk buku kedua penulis amatur, Ikmal Ahmad, adalah analogi daripada salah seorang watak karya tersebut yang menggambarkan hidupnya seperti kaki ditikam selumbar, sakit jika ditarik keluar tetapi jika dibiarkan juga menghalang daripada maju ke hadapan. Pertembungan antara dua watak utama, iaitu Razin, seorang ustaz muda yang disayangi dan dihormati orang kampung dengan Sufi, seorang pelawat yang sampai ke surau Razin, menandakan permulaan cerita dan adegan yang akan mengolah persepsi hidup kedua-dua pemuda tersebut. Razin akan menyesali pertemuannya dengan Sufi dalam jalan cerita buku ini yang mendalami tema-tema berat seperti Islam dengan homofobia, hormat terhadap ibu bapa dan sayang sesama...

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Zen Cho not zen but writing sequel

Fresh from bagging the Best Newcomer Award at the recently held British Fantasy Award, London based Malaysian author Zen Cho reveals to Eksentrika that despite her name, she has been far from zen when it comes to writing, and yet she has already begun writing a sequel to her debut novel, ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’. “I have actually been working on the second book way before ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’ was released,” Zen says, adding that her debut novel, which was started in 2012, had taken nine-months to complete. She immediately began penning the sequel soon after sending her first manuscript to publishers, Ace and Macmillan. International acclaim has since...

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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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