SHORT STORY | Jathagam by Reshma Clare Stanislaus

More “Let me calculate it for you. I have an app for that.” She whipped out her phone immediately. “That’s okay. We don’t really follow those things…”, is what I said, letting the conversation trail off, not before I noticed the slight frown of annoyance on her face. The expression she usually gets when her plans are frustrated and things don’t go her way. What I wanted to say was, “Hell, NO. Why don’t you get a life, instead of being such a bossy busybody, always telling everybody else what to do and how to do it!” Oh, if...

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Malaysian Indian Culture In Bahasa Malaysia Short Stories: Analysing The Menara Anthologies — Part 3

More Read Part 1 here.  Srivali Seeridaram’s “Retak-retak Kebenaran” was awarded the first prize in Hadiah Cerpen Malayan Banking-DBP VII and published in Menara 7 (1998). The writer clearly did a good job in making sure Indian cultural elements become an important part of the story. Words like “appa” (father), “amma” (mother) and “ayya” (mister) not only show Indianess but also indicate that the characters are Tamils and their mother tongue is Tamil. As noted by Muzafar Desmond Tate (2008), K. Anbalakan (2008), and various researchers, more than 80% of Indians in Malaysia are Tamils (of Tamil Nadu origin). Cognitive...

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POETRY | Hidden Humans by Shaza Farid Khan

More To the hidden humans who love in silence, Here’s a toast to you, For your patience, For smiling to put a smile on another, For wanting more but you know, More is not possible, So you cherish despite imminent departure, As if this was going to last forever.   Thank you for being grateful, For accepting that some things, Are too epic not to experience, Even if in the end it’ll be painful to let go, But most of all thank you for just loving without expecting, Any of that loving to be returned to you. *** Header...

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BOOK EXCERPT | The Last Days by William Tham Wai Liang

More This is an excerpt from William Tham Wai Liang’s second novel, The Last Days. For context, we recommend reading the synopsis of the book first. 1981, Kuala Lumpur. An aging Communist revolutionary arrives in the hazy heart of the capital while the country lurches towards a political turning point; a time marked by protests, clandestine arrests and media suppression. A woman known only as H agrees to document the revolutionary’s story and her dangerous task is complicated by the fragmented memories of her family’s own complicity during the violent days of the Emergency. As a silent assassin closes in,...

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Malaysian Indian Culture In Bahasa Malaysia Short Stories: Analysing The Menara Anthologies — Part 2

More Read Part 1 here.  Mahendran @ Mahendran Mathavarayan’s “Karupaya” won consolation prize in Hadiah Cerpen Malayan Banking-DBP I and published in Menara (1988). The main character, Karupaya, is an old widower and has long retired from Public Works Department (JKR). He has five children but they decided to send the senile old man to the old folk’s home. Names such as Karupaya, Muniammah, Ravi, Kamala, Kumar, Vijayan, Janaki, and Jayanthi are clear signs of cultural elements. Data from the Department of Statistics (Jayanath Appudurai & G. A. David Dass, Malaysian Indians: Looking Forward, 2008) indicate that 84.1% of...

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POETRY | Meanders by Jayati Roy

More The meanders of my mind know not its banks, Transparent they are as my soul, Placid they may seem at times, The turbulence they withhold. They know not from whence they came, But the end they can foretell. Why these contours? Who can tell? Are these meanders an estuarine wonder? Or are they divinely vulgar? Whatever the perspective, negative or positive, Their bosom weighs heavy with worldly desires. Do the sun’s rays blacken your complexion? Do the rainwaters swell your gait? Does the cold harden your stance? Do you, like the master and his maid engage in a...

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ESEI | Asrama Methodist English School Dan Ted Miles Oleh M. Mahendran

More Perpindahan Seingat saya, kami sekeluarga telah berpindah rumah beberapa kali dalam kawasan Bentong, Pahang. Di Chammang Baharu sahaja kami berpindah dua buah rumah, kemudian kami berpindah ke M.E.S Hostel (asrama Methodist English School) yang terletak berhampiran bandar Bentong. Sebuah asrama lama sekolah persendirian Methodist disewakan sebagai rumah. Kemudian kami ke Kampung Baharu Perting selepas itu ke Chammang Baharu semula dan kini kami menetap di Jalan Tras. Ini tidak termasuk perpindahan yang dilakukan oleh ibu bapa saya sebelum saya dilahirkan. Kami sekeluarga meninggalkan rumah di Chammang Bahru dan berpindah ke M.E.S hostel, Jalan Kelab (kini Jalan Annuar) pada tahun...

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Just How Much Has Changed In The Malaysian Music Scene In 10 Years?

More Alt title: This Seasoned Musician Returns To The Scene After 6 Years. We Asked Him How Much Has Changed Since He Left. If you’ve been following the Malaysian indie music scene closely, chances are you’ve might have bumped into Tim Lim. Known as Timothy Lim Wern Liang according to his identification card, the 36-year-old can be considered an “old timer” in the local scene. However, if you’ve never seen him before, that’s because Tim had taken a more than a half decade long hiatus from the scene. But not before releasing two albums, The Day After and This Road. Six...

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Malaysian Indian Culture In Bahasa Malaysia Short Stories: Analysing The Menara Anthologies — Part 1

More Introduction The National Cultural Congress (Kongres Kebudayaan Kebangsaan) held in University of Malaya on 16-20 August 1971 discussed in detail the concept of “national literature” (sastera kebangsaan) in the Malaysian context. It was agreed that Sastera Kebangsaan (national literature) refers to literary pieces – poems, short stories, novels, drama scripts etc – written by Malaysians in Bahasa Malaysia. When the draft of the National Literature Policy (Dasar Sastera Kebangsaan) was discussed in Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) on the 23 April 2019, emphasis was made that the Sastera Kebangsaan pieces must not only be written in Bahasa Malaysia...

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POETRY | Careless Youth by Krishen Mohan

More That I spoke in careless youth, You pressed me, Suffering no fools. That I spoke in careless youth, Too much I had been, Foolish a brute. That I spoke in careless youth, This chasm I turned, Blind my good eye, That I spoke in careless youth, No more, I deplore, Ravenous for truth. *** Header image by Papaioannou Kostas on Unsplash  Hey guys, 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 Submission Guidelines first. Here’s another...

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SHORT STORY | My Father by Lo Sin Yee

More Papa used to be a moody, churlish person. He could not get over the pain of his bankruptcy in the late ’70s. Many of our friends and relatives treated him with scorn and contempt. To support our family, he learned how to make steamed Chinese buns and sold them at the night market. Whenever he returned home with a beaming face, I knew that his buns had sold well. If he returned home sombre-faced, my mother would warn my siblings and me not to make him angry. We would watch in silence as he morosely threw all the...

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This Formula To Get Your Music Noticed By Others Is A No Brainer

More The 3 Important Criteria To Get Your Music Noticed According To Meet Santosh Logandran. He’s a go getter and is highly passionate about what he does. Some of you probably know the sound engineer as the percussionist dude from Malaysia’s multiracial band, Nadir. But did you know that the 27-year-old is an amazing singer too? We recently spoke to the talented musician who released a single, collaborated in a short film with Gavin Yap and HUAWEI, and is set to release his solo album this year. For those who haven’t seen it, shame on you. It’s so good!...

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