POETRY | Birthday by Christine Chu

Balloons line the wall of a room dimly lit by a flickering light, under which a table stands. In the corner of the room rests a silent telephone; on the table, a feast is served: four fried eggs, a three-bean salad, two large fried fish fillets and a birthday cake a chocolate cake with twelve candles unlit. At the table, a girl sits with three other empty seats and the makings of a broken heart, awaiting guests who may never come. *** Header image by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash Hey guys, we’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve...

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ESEI | Kaki Wayang Bahagian 1 oleh M. Mahendran

Saya tidak tahu filem pertama apa yang saya tonton di pawagam.  Sudah pasti sejak bayi lagi saya telah ke pawagam dan pasti ia adalah sebuah filem Tamil sekitar tahun 1969. Mungkin sebuah filem warna ataupun hitam putih. Mungkin juga sebuah filem yang dibintangi oleh Sivaji Ganesan, sebab bapa saya adalah peminat setia Sivaji Ganesan. Saya sedar sejak awal tahun 70 an banyak filem, kami tonton sekeluarga  di pawagam Lido, Cathay dan Lyceum Bentong. Ada juga filem-filem yang ditonton bersama bapa sahaja. Setiap bulan sebanyak dua buah filem Tamil sahaja ditayangkan  di pawagam Lido dan Cathay.  Jarang-jarang sahaja filem Tamil...

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POETRY | An Ode To The Land of My Birth by Becky Ong

To my dearly beloved country, Soon you’ll be turning sixty two, Your children of all religions and races, Will come out to celebrate with you. We shall remember your struggles, And how you fought hard to be free, No more a colony of any kingdom, Your people’s unity was the key. In August, the year nineteen fifty seven, You surely stood tall and proud, From all across the ‘Padang’ The call of ‘Merdeka’ rang loud!   Decades have since rolled past, Leaders have come and gone, A rising, developing nation, Our allegiance, we have sworn. Malaysia, a beautiful gracious...

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CERPEN | Tuan Rumah yang Dikasihi oleh Murali Mohan

Sekarang aku dihalau oleh saudara-mara engkau. Saudara-mara yang tidak pernah muncul dalam kehidupan engkau. Baik atau buruk sebatang hidungpun tidak pernah muncul di rumah kita. Maaf, rumah engkau! Ya, rumah engkau. Walaupun saya pernah tinggal bersama engkau sehingga kini, ia pasti rumah engkau. Engkau seorang sahaja berhak untuk menghalau aku. Aku tidak tahu jalan ke mana aku boleh pergi sekarang. Aku juga tidak faham perasan aku sekarang. Adakah aku perlu risau tentang engkau atau masa depan aku? Aku masih ingat betapa baik engkau, dan bagaimana engkau menjaga aku. Zaman bujang aku tidak mudah untuk dilupakan. Begitu seronok zaman bujang...

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We Asked Malaysians For Their Origin Story. They Amazed Us.

Of late we’ve been served numerous hate fueled content either in the form of news articles, social media posts, videos, images that touch on race and religion in Malaysia. Majority of them left a bad taste in our mouth. We felt compelled to get involved. Initially, we thought we should be angry. Pissed off. Outraged. But would being angry really work? We realised we wanted to understand the situation better. And the simplest way to do that is by sharing stories. Our stories. Stories have the power to produce lightbulb moments. And we experienced that when we posted this question onto...

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POETRY | Autumn by Juliana Heng

When I was a kid, I was an oddball. Nobody wanna play with me, except Autumn. Autumn plays with me everyday Have meals with me during recess and went to the library with me to disappear into good books together. I cannot focus on my homework. Autumn coaxed me gently : “Finish your homework fast fast, then we can play together!” We finished our homework before school ended. Such maturity for a young child. Autumn is an enigma. The moment she landed her eyes on your phone number & IC number, she will call you on your birthday every...

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CERPEN | Darah dan Dana oleh K. Pragalath

Pertemuan Chitragupta Abhimanyu dengan pelabur Chesterfield D’ Souza di sebuah restoran lima bintang di hotel Sukhumvit Grande Hotel, Bangkok mesra sekali antara pemuda dari Malaysia dengan pemodal teroka dari Portugal. “Terdapat pola kebangkitan pemimpin berhaluan kanan di Asia. Ini jelas apabila kita melihat kemenangan Trump, Modi dan Duterte,” kata Chitragupta ketika membicarakan trend politik semasa sambil merujuk kepada pemimpin tertinggi Amerika Syarikat, India dan Filipina. “Saya setuju. Perkara ini juga berlaku di Hong Kong tetapi ia ditentang oleh rakyat, mengakibatkan protes selama berminggu-minggu,” kata D’ Souza yang sememangnya arif dengan perkembangan politik di rantau Asia. Kehadiran pelayan restoran menghentikan...

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8 Tips To Be A Stand-Up Comedian Based On Personal Experience

How does one become a stand-up comedian? Do you go up to the most popular comedian in your country and ‘apply’ for the job? Sadly, no. Below are a set of tips that I have come up with from personal experience. Tip 1: Write some jokes. Doesn’t matter what the jokes are, just write them down. Tip 2: Find an open mic show. These gigs are like a showcase for amateurs trying out stuff be it music, poetry or juggling. Get on their line up and wait. Try to hold back the nerves and when your time comes, go...

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CERPEN | Sayap Emas Isteri Ketiga oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Cathy memahami, menyedari, mengakui, serta memperakukan hakikat kelahirannya. Atma ditiupkan ke dalam tubuhnya untuk dia lahir di bumi sebagai manusia, semata-mata untuk menjadi isteri ketiga. Cathy hanya akan mencapai moksha atau nirwana apabila berjaya dilamar dan seterusnya menjadi isteri ketiga. Fakta dan hakikat itu sudah ditanam dalam minda sejak dia masih belum pandai merangkak. Setiap hari — pagi, petang, siang, malam — ibu membisikkan tuntutan budaya ke telinga. Kalau Cathy gagal menjadi isteri ketiga, maka ibu bapa akan masuk neraka. Demikian Cathy diajar oleh ibu. Oleh ayah yang hanya beristeri dua. Oleh guru-guru di sekolah. Oleh tok-tok sami di...

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POETRY | You Are My Chutney by Anuradha Chelliah

You are my chutney Hot and spicy, tangy and mild, Best with thosai and idly Sweet and sour of life.   You are my rice I am your sambal We make the best nasi lemak Fiery and zesty in life.   You are my mutton curry Juicy and savoury Delicious with biryani Sharing the secrets of life.   You are my coffee I am your toast We make the best breakfast Bitter sweet of life.   You are my sun Shining brightly You shine when I’m down You cheer-up my life.   You are the twinkling stars In the...

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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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