Author: Sukhbir Cheema

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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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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A terrorist in Penang armed with a paintbrush

You read that right. Armed with a paintbrush, Penang based Bibichun shares with Eksentrika why he terrorises the island’s street with art. At a carpark opposite Georgetown’s Prangin Mall, is a mural of a gleeful panda holding a long roller paintbrush and a bucket of white paint decorating a blue colonial styled building. The panda appears authoritative and pretty pleased with itself after “erasing” a tapir with white paint. Traces of the tapir’s four feet can be seen along with the tapir’s last words; – I guess I’m next to be erased – all of which are also erased...

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Eksentrika launches on Sept 30

Imagine a content website – devoid of censorship – showcasing, promoting and celebrating the plethora of Malaysian artistic talents. Now, picture a website, where the artist discusses his or her work, the challenges faced, the triumphs celebrated, the philosophies and disciplines practised to get from an empty canvas to a fully colored art piece. Infact, let’s take it one notch higher. Visualise a website with articles revealing the things that made the artist’s imagination tick. At this moment, right now, there is a Malaysian who is probably belting out a tune in a pub, strumming his guitar at a...

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