Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 14

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Sesi Penulisan Intensif Sasterawan Kavyan dianjurkan pada Disember 2018, Mac 2019, Jun 2019, dan Ogos 2019. Kelahiran antologi Busana Bahasa (2019) juga merupakan satu lagi kejayaan dalam menyaksikan kemunculan lebih ramai Sasterawan Kavyan yang menyumbang kepada Sastera Kebangsaan. V.K. Ezhilarasi Velautham mendapat pendidikan awal di Segamat sebelum melanjutkan pelajaran di Maktab Perguruan Raja Melewar, Negeri Sembilan, dan seterusnya mendapat ijazah sarjana muda pendidikan dari Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Pesara guru ini tinggal di Kuala Lumpur dan mengusahakan kelas bimbingan bagi murid-murid dan pelajar dari keluarga berpendapatan rendah. Rencana beliau tersiar di majalah...

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POETRY | Grateful Takalah Truly Am by Takalah Tan

Editor’s Note: I first came across the mighty Takalah Tan after coming across a viral tweet by a Singaporean. Turns out, Tan has a story that is so inspirational that I wrote about it on Mashable Southeast Asia. Long story short, Tan started out as a healthy, successful and handsome young man who had a bright future ahead of him. He was a top student, an award winning athlete and life was going great for him. But tragedy struck leading him to suffer from a severe brain injury. The amazing part about it, he bounced back. Here’s Takalah’s story. ...

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ESSAY | No Pain, No Gain In Physiotherapy by Jane Ng

Physiotherapy is a treatment injury, disease or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise. I suffered pain during the process of physiotherapy, and I was disappointed when I did not see any improvements after attending the sessions. I was born premature and have a condition called “Cerebral Palsy”. Cerebral palsy is a condition marked by limited muscle coordination and or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain at birth. As a result of the brain damage during brain development, my body muscle control and coordination greatly limited. For this reason, physiotherapy has become...

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How To Approach Literary Agents To Get Published Overseas?

This post first appeared in the Malaysian Writers Community Facebook Group and is written by Malaysian writer, Hanna Alkaf. A quick introduction: Hanna recently wrote her first Young Adult novel, The Weight of Our Sky, which was well received locally and internationally. Her book is about a girl who is diagnosed with OCD and is set during the racial riots of 1969. With the book published by New York based Simon & Schuster, Hanna is set to release her next book, The Girl & The Ghost, in 2020. It’ll be published by HarperCollins. This simply means that Hanna knows a thing or two...

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 13

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Selain daripada penulis kaum India yang muncul tetapi kemudian hilang, terdapat juga penulis yang secara relatif masih dianggap baharu tetapi terus menggilap nama dalam Sastera Kebangsaan. Pada tahun 2018, Ramakrishnan Ramasamy muncul dengan kumpulan sajak sulung berjudul Kurnia. Beliau mendapat pendidikan awal di Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Klang dan Sekolah Menengah Raja Mahadi, Klang, sebelum melanjutkan pengajian diploma dalam bidang senireka grafik komputer di Cosmopoint Institute of Technology, Klang. Ramakrishnan turut memperoleh Diploma Keusahawanan, Pengurusan dan Pentadbiran Perniagaan dari Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Sewaktu berada di Tingkatan 5, sajak berjudul “Kesenian Yang Tersorok”...

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SHORT STORY | A Pregnancy Test by Christine Chu

The bus ride back to campus was a quiet one. It was six in the evening, but the sky had already darkened, glowing deep red through the pregnant clouds, till it seemed to be almost nightfall. Yi Xin looked away from the window to the sleeping figure beside her. Ming Shern sat slouched in his seat, his head falling forward. His faint snore was barely audible over the grumbling overcast outside; it was only when she felt his tensed muscles relax that she knew he was asleep. After the suspenseful visit to his hometown with two long-haul bus trips,...

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Fa Abdul On Being Misrepresented And How Every Scar Tells A Story

Image by Sharpened Word and Fa Abdul Fa Abdul is no longer a stranger among Malaysians. The courageous writer, columnist and playwright is famous for speaking her mind – whether people like what they read or hear, that is besides the point. Fa Abdul exercises her freedom to express and she does it well. In February 2019, her production Sex in Georgetown City had to be called off. Those who were against the play said it was obscene, disrespectful and un-Islamic. This, despite the fact that they had not watched the play. The play had to be re-staged under a new...

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How To Submit Your Writings To The Right Publisher?

Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash. These are some crucial practises to know of in the event you’re thinking of submitting your short stories, poems, essays and other forms of write-ups to publishers. But before we begin, this post first appeared in the Malaysian Writers Community Facebook Group by Jaymee Goh.  It has also been re-posted on Tina Isaac’s website. Here’s a quick introduction on the writer: Jaymee is a Malaysian writer, reviewer, editor, and essayist of science fiction and fantasy who is currently based in the U.S. She is also the editor of Tachyon Publications. Her post was a response...

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 12

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Ada beberapa lagi penulis kaum India yang muncul dalam peta penulisan Bahasa Malaysia, tetapi kemudian hilang — sama ada tidak dapat dikesan, atau sudah tidak lagi menghasilkan karya. Kathirasan Doraisamy lahir di Batu Caves, Selangor pada tahun 1963. Beliau belajar di Jabatan Pengajian Melayu, Universiti Malaya sebelum menjadi guru di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Raja Mahadi, Klang dan Sekolah Menengah Lok Yuk, Kota Kinabalu. Beliau mula menulis pada tahun 1988, semasa berada di tahun akhir pengajian ijazah sarjana muda. Cerpen tunggal tulisannya yang berjudul “Kampung di Bandar” menang hadiah dalam Sayembara Cerpen Inter...

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POETRY | You Bake Me Crazy by Jane Ng

Image by Brooke Lark She put me in the oven to bake. I am feeling hot, and I start to bubble.  Looking at my friends, I know I am in trouble. She opens the door, and I begin my new life. Frosting me with a silver knife, Decorating me with candy jewels. The rest of my batch looking like fools. Lifting me, she takes off my wrapper. Feeling the breeze, I want to slap her. Open her mouth bite me with her shiny teeth.  Ouch! and I die. Enjoyed this poem? Here’s more.  POETRY | Cherish Passenger by Jane...

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SHORT STORY | Close To You by Vernon Daim

Photo by Laura Ockel on Unsplash There are people who can walk away unscathed from catastrophes of the heart. They let the daily ebb and flow of life wash away all the debris. They insist you should just walk on by so that you can live to tell many, many years after it happened. When the time comes, they retrace the steps without expecting a second chance; regard it as a cautionary tale for the young, eager and clueless. If you are going to give your heart away, they would tell you to give it instead to a medical school to benefit...

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A Fusion of East and West at Art Macao International Arts and Cultural Event

Across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, on the south coast of China lies the autonomous region of Macao. And this year, Macao lures art and culture lovers with a one of a kind five-month mega international arts and cultural event. Titled Art Macao, the event celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China as well as the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region. Art Macao offers exhibitions of many masterpieces, displaying remnants of the past and new creations of this century on the streets and inside museums...

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