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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REVIEW | Neo Disiden

Pengkhianatan ialah perkara paling hebat dan penting dalam kisah Brutus dan Julius Caesar. Mana tidaknya, Caesar dibunuh oleh Brutus; orang yang paling Caesar percaya! Ini yang menjadi asas dalam karya asal saduran Neo Disiden. Karya Neo Disiden bercakap tentang sifat dan pendirian Brutus yang cuba disampaikan sebagai seorang yang lembut hati dan pemaaf. Namun begitu, dalam masa yang sama dia juga perlu menghapuskan Caesar dengan alasan Caesar cuba untuk mengubah tradisi disiden dengan menjadi satu-satunya pemimpin ulung melalui sistem monarki dan akan terus menjadikan Brutus sebagai orang bawahannya. Karya ini dimulakan dengan narator yang menyampaikan cerita. Peranan narator ini...

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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 (affiliate link), 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...

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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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