CERPEN | Trauma oleh M. Mahendran

More Saya membuka mata. Pening rasanya. Saya melihat tempat saya sedang berbaring dan melihat di sekeliling. Saya faham. Kini saya sedang berada di hospital. Kaki kanan saya berbalut, begitu juga kepala saya. Saya memandang ke atas. Kipas sedang berpusing dengan amat perlahan. Saya cuba untuk bangun dan duduk. Tidak boleh. Saya melihat katil di sebelah saya, kelihatan seorang wanita tua Cina sedang bercakap sendirian. Melihat keadaan cahaya dan  keadaan di dalam wad itu; pasti tengahari. Saya melihat katil-katil di depan saya, kesemua penghuni wad terbaring dalam keadaan sakit seperti saya. Mungkin bermacam-macam penyakit. Cuma saya seorang sahaja berbalut begini...

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Meet Rachel Morais. She Began Playing The Piano When She Was 3.

More Recently, we came across a the works of Rachel Morais, a pianist and composer based in Malaysia. Unlike other piano compositions we’ve heard, there was something uniquely different in Morais’ works. Her music, according to her social media’s description, reflects the fragility and realness of life. Her music is an eclectic blend between neo-classical sounds and has tinge of Phillip Glass’s minimalism fused with New-Age textures. You’ll be forgiven for mistaking her works to be that of Chopin or even Erik Satie, two pianists whom she has taken inspiration from. Rachel also tells us that she takes inspiration...

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SAJAK | Peluang oleh Nina Al Rashid

More Peluang itu ruang Untuk diri kita dan dirinya Membuang yang keruh Mengambil yang jernih   Peluang itu kesempatan Untuk melupakan Untuk memaafkan Untuk mewujudkan kembali satu kehilangan   Haruskah apa yang kita butuh Dibutuhkan terus Atau menerima apa adanya Dalam meladeni hidup   Peluang bukan selalu datang Maka mahu direbutkan atau dilepaskan?   *** Gambar ehsan Markus Winkler on Unsplash Ingin siarkan cerpen, puisi atau esei anda bersama kami? Hantarkan saja kepada editors@eksentrika.com. Baca yang ini pula. SAJAK | Kartel Dedak Dan Anjing Oleh Jaymani Sevanathan Ini adalah bacaan yang menyeronokkan. Saya mahu lebih banyak kandungan seperti ini dalam...

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CERPEN | Neraka oleh Xeva Spaite

More Bukaan kecil pada dinding sel dibuka. Cahaya menerjah masuk menyilaukan mata. Penderitaan bakal bermula. Aku tahu. Tubuh yang telanjang, lemah, dan cedera diheret bagaikan kain buruk lalu dicampak ke dinding. Aku melepaskan erangan perlahan. Mengeliat kerana kesakitan dibelakangku. Mata kubuka perlahan. Pada kali ini seorang sahaja pegawai dihantar untuk proses interogasi yang telah berlangsung sejak beberapa lama, yang sudah tidak dapat aku hitung lagi. Siang atau malam, tiada bezanya dalam sel kecil ini. Lelaki berpakaian tentera itu bertinggung di hadapanku. “Siapa kau?” Wajah lelaki itu kurenung tajam tanpa berkata-kata. Aku kira dia merasa tercabar dengan renungan itu lalu...

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How To Grow Your Money Made Really Easy For Enterprising Artists

More 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 through this simplified...

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POETRY | Dapple by Krishen Mohan

More And shadows cast in garden’s green, Belie shades of other selves, Broken in, Worn, like shedded skin. In the garden of the soul, There are flowers, that bloom, In the shadow of hands, Reaching out… Tender in their yearning, Careful not to bruise, These petals, in their prying. And they… The flowers… Open, in the dapple. *** Cover art by Ash from Modern Afflatus on Unsplash. We’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve got some and aren’t shy to share it with the world, please drop us an email at editors@eksentrika.com. Oh, do read our...

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SHORT STORY | Sweet Revenge by Jayati Roy

More You said that your baby died because of a snake. Yes, I did. Was it because of a snake bite? No! I don’t understand. How could this have been so? He died because of a snake in the house. A snake in the house! Oh, my goodness! Where was it hiding? In a rolled mat under the bed. How did you find out? When I found fresh snake skin in the house. Oh no! But I still don’t get it. Why did the baby die because of the snake? Because it brought bad luck? Bad luck? But how?...

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Lawyer Gives Birth To Triplets While Undertaking PhD. Publishes A Book About It.

More Imagine you’re in the middle of completing your PhD when you give birth to not one but triplets. Meet Haemala Thanasegaran, a trained lawyer by profession and a doting mother by experience. The 49-year-old recently released What Our Mothers Could Have Told Us – A Journey of Self-discovery through Motherhood published by MPH Publishing, chronicling her experience of raising triplets while undertaking a PhD. Ever since its November 2019 release, the book tugged the hearts of many mothers due to Haemala’s relatable experience. Peppered within the pages are illustrations done by Haemala herself, which many of her readers found...

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Malaysian Independent Publishers And Bookstores You MUST Support

More This is an updated version of a post written by our writer Suet Fun on August 3, 2017. We’ve updated this list with additional publishers and bookstores.   Feeling adventurous in your pursuit of reading? Our independent publishers and bookstores are here to deliver a varied range of literature to liven up your bookshelf. Independent (or more commonly known as ‘indie’) publishers and bookstores operate on a smaller capacity and are more receptive or even encouraging towards experimental writing, as opposed to large-scale, mass-producing commercial publishers that churn out popular mainstream titles. Notwithstanding their niche nature, independent publishers and...

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POETRY | Faded Memory by John Prabakaran Solomon

More In the morning where you lay between the sheets, Your soft touch lingers on my skin. Mesmerized by your captivating eyes, How can I deny the wonders they hold.   With you around, Everything else is background. Your smile. Your touch. Just like a symphony at play.   The entire world could turn into poems, Yet you’ll be the loveliest one. Your lips, as soft as silk, Sweet, like the flowers in spring.   You used to say how life is like a movie. Perhaps that is why you never loved them, But I can watch the world...

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SHORT STORY | Amma by Perevenia Shan

More “Beb! Twenty-seven missed calls? Are you dead?” asked Filah. “If I am dead, I wouldn’t be talking to you right now,” said Priya. “You know, sometimes you are smart.” There was no reply from Priya. “Hey! What happened? You don’t sound you.” “She’s talking,” “Who’s talking?” “My mum… she’s talking.” “Are you serious?” “Yes,” replied Priya with a broken voice, “I need you.” “Well, how can I come past the polices and armies guarding our area? You know they are everywhere!” There was a silence again. “I will call you later again to check on you beb. In...

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ESEI | Pengalaman Menonton Filem Oleh Walid Ali

More Desperado ialah antara filem yang saya akan ingat sampai bila-bila. Saya sangat suka melihat bagaimana gitar boleh menjadi satu alat muzik yang sangat menarik – boleh juga jadi senjata. Watak yang dimainkan oleh Antonio Banderas sedikit sebanyak mempengaruhi pemikiran saya. Pada waktu itu, saya masih lagi anak kecil. Apabila cerita ini ditayangkan, saya sentiasa membayangkan yang saya pada satu hari nanti akan jadi pemain gitar, penyanyi dan juga penembak tepat. Kau bayangkanlah. Apabila Banderas membuka tempat letak gitar, ada terdapat banyak pistol di dalamnya. Ada satu adegan di mana Banderas kelihatan sudah dapat dikepung dan hampir ditewaskan oleh...

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