Month: August 2019

ESEI | Memori Sekolah Rendah oleh M. Mahendran

Saya tidak pernah ke tadika seperti abang saya. Tidak tahu kenapa. Dan saya pun tidak pernah bertanya pada ibu bapa saya.  Saya masih tidak tahu apa kurangnya dengan mereka yang tidak pernah ke tadika dan apa  pula kelebihannya bagi mereka yang pernah ke situ. Walaupun saya tidak pernah ke tadika, itu bukan bermaksud saya berterbang bebas seperti burung di rumah. Mendiang ibu saya adalah seorang guru, jadi sebagaimana dia di sekolah, begitulah dia di rumah. Seawal umur saya yang ketiga atau empat saya sudah pun diajar untuk menulis dan membaca dalam  bahasa Tamil. Manakala bapa akan menyebut beberapa perkataan...

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“I’ve always struggled with self-esteem and self-worth,” Gareth Fernandez

Once in a while, we receive emails from creatives living across the sea who share with us some of the amazing stuff they’ve done. Recently, we received one such email from Gareth Fernandez, a Singaporean singer-songwriter who, despite his forays into the music scene for about five-years, he has garnered over 1.1 million streams on Spotify for his song, Bit of Your Love. Earlier this year, his debut R&B track, Drowning, was also featured on the cover of New Music Friday Singapore. The track has gotten a whopping 360,000 streams on Spotify in just three-months. Gareth, who is inspired by...

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 15

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Apabila kelompok Sasterawan Kavyan menghasilkan Sastera Kebangsaan seperti sajak, cerpen, novel, esei, dan kritikan, tentulah sokongan yang setimpal amat diharapkan. Sokongan yang diharapkan bukanlah dalam bentuk puji-pujian atau anugerah peringkat kebangsaan. Sebaliknya, sokongan daripada pihak penerbit dan masyarakat. Topik ini sempat dibincangkan baru-baru ini dengan beberapa penulis kaum India yang terlibat dalam menjayakan penerbitan antologi Busana Bahasa (2019). Sesungguhnya, Kumpulan Sasterawan Kavyan (Kavyan) yang diasaskan pada Ogos 1999 menerima sokongan berterusan daripada Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP). Sokongan dalam bentuk ruang dan peluang penyiaran turut diterima daripada media baharu seperti Cukaria dan...

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POETRY | What Is The Price of Your Soul by Reshma Clare Stanislaus

What is the price of your soul? Can it be measured in silver or gold? 100K, 1 million, 1 billion… SOLD? Or is it something no one can hold? Enough to buy… Silence, complicity, A deaf ear and a blind eye, Justification of duplicity… What is the price of your soul? Love, at its’ conditional best? The promise of respect or status? Being given importance above the rest? Does integrity not matter? Instead… a bought perspective, Villification of any detractor, Blind loyalty and obedience… What is the price of your soul? Tribal acceptance? A beautiful facade? Simply to be...

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ESSAY | The Artiste by Shobha Janardanan

She walked with gentle, dainty strides in a flowing white crepe saree, studded with red beads, into the hall of her home in Brickfields. Her face glowed with artistry and her eyes danced with anticipation of performing, as she sat cross-legged on the floor and placed the veena* on her lap. It was 5.30pm and the guests invited for a private recital were seated. They were all known faces; aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. Silence prevailed as the instrument was plucked and tuned by her nimble fingers. She twisted knobs on the stem of the veena, to get...

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