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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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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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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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