SHORT STORY | With You (A Thousand Blessings) by Maula

More “Within a thousand blessings, soon enough, a thousand tears are shed; and we are left to either regret or be grateful of what we had. This is a story of a young man who saves a crane, and what his kindness came to be.“ In cold, cold winter, no life was around. No traces of voices to be heard, no traces of joy to be found. In cold, cold winter, people struggled. Days were frigid enough to cause one’s muscles to tense as nights howled with raging winds and heavy snow; loud enough to wake one from sleep. In...

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Here Are The Ads That Perfectly Captured The Spirit Of Deepavali

More Deepavali is coming soon, signaling a time to look out for heartwarming festive ads in Malaysia. It’s a unique national pastime, which almost qualifies as a tradition on its own; where every Malaysian seeks out the brand advertisements that evoke the most feels. Petronas ads have become synonymous with that special feeling and many like to attribute it to the late Yasmin Ahmad, who was known for the style of her quirky yet charming way of story-telling. These days, most of the big brands, from TNB to Touch N Go, have taken advantage of this Malaysian interest in ads...

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POETRY | Ghazal: Of Mangoes and Sunbirds by Christine Chu

More Children used to play pirates by the tree hunting sweet, golden treasures from the tree. In the heart of Eden, they willed to be like God and ate of the forbidden tree. With a worm in its beak for a hungry chick, a sunbird circles a silent tree. “Behave,” Grandpa would tell us, “or I’ll tie you up and hang you from the mango tree.” This year, Mummy leaves a gift—there used to be three, then two—under the Christmas tree. An empty nest hangs and quivers from a breaking branch as they chop down an old tree. “Behold,...

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SHORT STORY | The Walk With A Lover by CA Yin

More She stepped into the dark with a smile. The smell of jasmine lured her further into the park. Her footsteps were steady as she walked barefoot on the grass. As a child, she had never been afraid of the dark. In fact, she had enjoyed its embrace as twilight darkened the skies and nightfall beckoned her. The dark was so much kinder to her than the taunts of children at school, than the scolding of teachers when homework was left undone, than the anger of adults who were supposed to care for her. Now, herself an adult, she...

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Meet The Photographer Who Is Changing Fashion Narratives On Women

More Emmanuelle Khoo Fong Yi @ Emma Khoo is more than a photographer. The internationally published photographer is a woman with a mission. On weekdays you’ll find her poring through countless books, clicking and typing away on her laptop, researching and writing about postcolonialism, gender, architecture and its history, it’s during the weekends when you’ll see her weave stories through her trusted camera. To date, Emma has had her works published on numerous international magazines such as Elegant, 7Hues, Sheeba, L’affaire, Period, Gazelle, Gaya, Whim Online, and more, this Malaysian photographer is on a mission to change the fashion narratives on women:...

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POETRY | As The Heat Is Lost by Ismim Putera

More Outside the house, The sun is bright, It burns the house and dries the grass, and rains blessings to the rambutan tree, So it bears thousands of sweetness, For us to pluck and eat, And the ducks under the jambu tree, Sitting at the river bank, waiting for the tide, And we plant cangkuk on the hard ground, And it grows, leafy and lovely, Under the heat, as expected. Inside the house, The flame is bright, In the sooty kitchen, The air is painted with scented herbs, The dancing onions on the sparkling oil, Of the sweet curry with...

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Just How Did ‘The Working Dead’ Managed To Sell 9 Full Shows?

More In the months of July and August 2019, KuLT Production staged The Working Dead at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). The musical which was directed by Nicole-Ann Thomas with lyrics and dialogues penned by Terence Toh was not only well received but obtained positive reviews from local theatre practitioners. While many enjoyed the show for depicting actual corporate zombies, there was also a closer to home message: Overwork and stress at the workplace. What’s more, at the end of the show there were discussions pertaining to mental health for working professionals. In fact, one of the strengths...

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POETRY | The Road, The Riddle by Aad

More I have the mist of the dawn in my mind The things I see are few With my fingers, Through grey darkness I feel my long way through No clue about the route But the lighthouse which my conscience follows It burns right, a welcoming sun, a forever-telling sign I keep from the world my clumsiness Well hidden, just like me With that secret, My mask created, I came exactly to be What others want to see But the moonlight which pierces through my facade It justly paints my gracelessness To the world, it’s my worst I listen...

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ESEI | Pakaian Muslimah: Beriman Atau Munafik? oleh K. Pragalath

More Alunan mendayu kedengaran ketika umat Islam mengerjakan solat pada pagi Aidiladha sewaktu penulis menyertai Sesi Penulisan Intensif anjuran Kumpulan Sasterawan Kavyan, baru-baru ini.  Jutaan umat Islam menyambut Eid yang juga dikenali sebagai Hari Raya Korban dengan menjalankan ibadah korban haiwan. Dalam menjalankan ibadah ini, umat Islam juga wajar mengorbankan perkara yang membawa kepada dosa dan kemungkaran.  Perkara tersebut mungkin boleh menjadikan mereka munafik tetapi sudah tentu bukan kafir. Surah Al-Hajj ayat 37 bermaksud: “Daging unta dan darahnya itu sekali-kali tidak dapat mencapai (keredaan) Allah, tetapi ketakwaan dari kamulah yang dapat mencapainya.” Beberapa minggu yang lalu, pelakon Nurul Jannah...

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Malaysian Artists You Have To Follow Throughout Inktober 2019

More Inktober is here! For the uninitiated, Inktober is a 31-day challenge started off by artist Jake Parker to push artists and doodlers to create artworks via ink drawings for the entirety of October. It’s essentially an initiative to get artists to not only show off their artworks based on daily prompts but to also get their creativity flowing. Here’s a list of Malaysian artists and cartoonists that you should follow if you’re a sucker for the arts.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by adelshat.ideas (@adelshat_ideas) on Oct 1, 2019 at 8:05pm PDT   View this...

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SAJAK | Melankolik Hati oleh Nina Al Rashid

More Hati tetap hati Masih merah dan bergetar Selama aku hidup Hingga saat ini   Hati tetaplah hati Ada roh perasaan Untuk kita rasa kasih dan sayang Untuk kita rasa kehangatan cinta Dan kedinginannya   Hati masihlah hati Walau warnanya pudar Walau rasanya kurang Atau menghilang   Dalam hati ini sedang menghitung Apa yang lebih, apa yang kurang Semoga hati tidak mati Cinta tidak permisi Sebelum waktu   *** Gambar ehsan Alexandru Acea di Unsplash Ingin siarkan cerpen, puisi atau esei anda bersama kami? Hantarkan saja kepada editors@eksentrika.com. Baca yang ini pula. SAJAK | Arah oleh Ramakrishnan Ramasamy Ini adalah bacaan yang menyeronokkan....

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ESEI | Penulisan Sebagai Terapi oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

More Aktiviti penulisan kreatif bukan hanya membantu si penulis menyampaikan cerita, melihat karya tersiar, dan menjadi terkenal. Proses penulisan juga dikatakan boleh memberi manfaat dari sudut kesihatan fizikal dan mental, seperti dihuraikan di Writers Write. Sebenarnya, tidak ada syarat atau peraturan khusus untuk memastikan aktiviti penulisan menjadi bahan terapi kepada si penulis. Apa yang pasti, proses menulis membantu seseorang melakukan penilaian diri, berfikiran kritikal, bersikap empati, lebih kreatif, serta memiliki kesihatan mental yang lebih baik. Dalam catatan bertajuk “Fiction as Therapy”, Elaine Bousfield menghuraikan bagaimana karya fiksyen — penulisan dan pembacaan — boleh dijadikan wahana atau alat perubatan terapeutik...

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