ESEI | Haiwan-haiwan Di Sepanjang Jalanku oleh Jauhar Senapi

Image by 【中文ID】愚木混株 【ins-ID】cdd20 from Pixabay Jalan Bangsar sarat dengan kenderaan ketika saya baru turun dari jejantas berhampiran Apartmen Putra Ria. Jam baru tujuh setengah pagi. Saya berhenti seketika di pondok bas, menunduk dan mengemaskan ikatan tali kasut. Rapid KL sampai. Pintu terbuka dan pekerja-pekerja yang setia menunggu pantas naik ke perut bas. Seekor kucing mengiau dan saya menoleh ke arahnya. Kucing berwarna oren dan putih. Berdasarkan rupanya dia sudah tua. Kucing itu menghampiri saya, menggesel-geselkan kepalanya ke kaki saya. Saya agak dia lapar. Ia kucing betina dengan wajah monyok, seakan Grumpy Cat yang terkenal tu. Kemudian saya terfikir...

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Theatresauce’s ‘dust’ aims to make viewers reflect and question death

All images courtesy of Theatresauce After two successful seasons of published plays, urban collective Theatresauce marks a pivotal turning point by presenting its first full-length devised production since the company’s inception in 2016. Conceptualized and helmed by Esther Liew from last year’s inaugural Emerging Directors Lab, this original venture will play in Five Arts Centre’s black box, KOTAK. dust is an inmate, multi-lingual exploration of mortality, and how different people deal with it. It is conceived through the stories, dreams and imaginations of five performers who have been deeply impacted by experiences and questions about death, grief, and ultimately,...

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How To Save Money Made Really Easy For Broke Artists

Photo by eric anada from Pexels    Raise your hand if you’re an artist and struggle financially. For many of us, an artwork by Salvador Dali makes way better sense than those boring complex charts with numbers and figures. Plus, Dali’s works are great to look at! However, we creative folks could use a little bit of financial literacy so that we don’t make bad money decisions or worst, get duped by greedy and cunning opportunists. Personal finance is actually really easy to understand if you know the basics. Luckily, you’re at the right place. I’ll share with you all I know...

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 4

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Sesungguhnya Joseph Selvam seorang penulis kaum India yang sering disebut dan diraikan berikutan sumbangannya kepada Sastera Kebangsaan sejak tahun 1970-an. Beliau menerima Anugerah Tokoh Penulis Bukan Melayu semasa majlis penyampaian Anugerah Sasterawan Negeri Melaka pada Januari 2010. Pengkaji sastera seperti Krishanan Maniam, Saravanan P. Veeramuthu, Muhamad Saleeh Rahamad dan Othman Puteh menyifatkan Joseph Selvam sebagai penyair yang bukan sahaja melakukan terjemahan karya Tamil, malah menghasilkan karya asli dalam Bahasa Malaysia. Kejayaan Joseph Selvam dalam bidang penulisan juga sering mendapat liputan akhbar pada tahun 1970-an dan 1980-an. Joseph Selvam lahir di Ladang Merlimau,...

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POETRY | Selfie Queen By Anuradha Chelliah

Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash Click, click, A selfie in the morning is a must It’s my commitment to a great day A great start for a fresh new day With just a selfie I don’t care what you say Selfie is for me, not for you Just for me the Selfie Queen Selfies after my make-up Builds my confidence Selfies at the café Improves my social status, Selfies in front of my buddies Shows I’m cool Selfies with my boss Calms me down Selfies with my kids Enhances my bond Selfies for you and me Anytime anywhere. A selfie cheers...

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SHORT STORY | The Home of a Heart by Syazwan Sharani

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash About three months ago, while I sat in my office chair typing a letter to finance, I felt a severe throbbing pain in my chest, then my surrounding shrivelled into a blur and the next thing I knew I was on the floor, unconscious. I woke up in the hospital bed to my sobbing mum, a few colleagues whom I’d exchanged files more than I did words, and Dr. Kumar telling me that my heart had failed and if I didn’t detect a donor by the end of January, it was going to be the end of...

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 3

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Dalam bidang Sastera Kebangsaan, G. Soosai dikenali sebagai “Sasterawan Tamil yang paling aktif”, “orang yang popular dalam bidang terjemahan” dan “penulis, penterjemah, budayawan dan ahli bahasa Tamil di Malaysia yang terkenal pada suatu masa dulu.” Beliau lahir di Kuala Kangsar, Perak pada tahun 1930 dan pernah menjadi guru bahasa dan menjadi penasihat di beberapa maktab perguruan. Pada tahun 1970-an, G. Soosai menerbitkan beberapa buku panduan pelajar di bawah syarikat Raybooks of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Beliau juga menulis siri “Learn Bahasa Malaysia” di akhbar The Star sepanjang tahun 1977, dan siri “Belajar Bahasa Inggeris” di akhbar Watan dari tahun 1981 hingga...

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POETRY | Tempest by Stephanie Lim

Photo by Enrapture Captivating Media on Unsplash storms, a catalyst our paths intersected as dark grey skies parted shedding acid tears when you said immortality meant nothing without me to gift you life our fate was sealed as winds raged from the four corners of the earth scattering our essence across dividing continents our end was predicted on paradise’s balcony we stood as the sun was eclipsed by gloom we looked as the first drops fell, realizing we had been pulled past the point of salvation our illusion of a reunion was destroyed by thunder’s raging heartbeat, pounding in protestation against the...

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CERPEN | Perempuan Yang Memakai Pelangi Di Wajahnya oleh Nur Amanina Jabar

Foto Haidee Sabbun dari Unsplash Tap, tap, tap. Jatuhan manik kristal dari awan-gemawan bercerau-cerau menimpa tanah. Manusia di luar bangunan berkejaran mencari atap untuk berteduh. Tetapi tidak Aira, si gadis cantik dengan payung berwarna pelangi. Dia berjalan lenggang di bawah tangisan langit sambil memegang gagang payung dengan kanopinya yang dikatup kemas. Hanya harapan menjadi bumbung kepada senyuman yang masih kering di bibirnya daripada lokos ditelan hujan. Terjongket-jongket dia melangkah dari satu lopak air ke satu lopak air yang terbentuk dek lubang-lubang di asfalt. Dan apabila ada mata-mata yang meneliti setiap perinci lenggoknya, dia menghadiahkan segaris senyuman dan sebaris ayat, “ semoga awak...

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 2

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Identiti sebenar Nagalingam yang menulis cerpen “Cerita Orang Yang Tidak Menerima Syukur” pada tahun 1932 tidak diketahui secara mendalam. Apa-apa pun, penulis kaum India yang muncul dan terlibat secara aktif dalam bidang penulisan dan penerbitan Bahasa Malaysia selepas itu hanya kelihatan pada tahun 1960-an. Pada tahun 1966, terdapat cadangan menubuhkan sebuah pertubuhan yang dinamakan Persatuan Pengarang-pengarang Antara Bangsa Malaysia. Berita bertajuk “Penulis-penulis Bahasa Kebangsaan Hendak Tubuhkan Badan Sendiri” di akhbar Berita Harian (20 April 1966) melaporkan bahawa persatuan itu khusus bagi penulis Bukan Melayu yang menulis karya Bahasa Kebangsaan. Ignatius Dev Anand dari Kuala Kangsar, Perak menerajui usaha penubuhan persatuan...

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POETRY | Depression By Any Other Name by Reshma Clare Stanislaus

Image by John Hain from Pixabay Irritable and highly anxious, On edge and easily bothered, Publicly calm but privately fractious, Dark humour, emotions well guarded. Always on the go, Unable to go slow, Weary… don’t let it show, Not even your loved ones know. Performing your job well, Wouldn’t want to set off an alarm bell, Life goes on, There’s work to be done. Over or under eating, Over or hardly sleeping, Smoking, drinking, Can’t escape from thinking. Crying when no one’s watching, Just carry on marching, Sucking up your tears, Denying your fears. Days go by, in fits...

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10 Amazing Ways To Support The Malaysian Music Industry

Image credit: All Is Amazing This is Part 3 and the final article in a series that looked into the factors influencing how Malaysian music gets selected for radio and the challenges musicians face in the process. You can read  more on that in Part 1 and Part 2 for further context. Getting more Malaysian music on radio, specifically English songs, is a feat that requires collaboration between multiple stakeholders. Some of the key people involved are local musicians, radio executives, the communications and multimedia ministry and local music fans; that’s you and me! How can we make this...

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