SHORT STORY | Close To You by Vernon Daim

Photo by Laura Ockel on Unsplash There are people who can walk away unscathed from catastrophes of the heart. They let the daily ebb and flow of life wash away all the debris. They insist you should just walk on by so that you can live to tell many, many years after it happened. When the time comes, they retrace the steps without expecting a second chance; regard it as a cautionary tale for the young, eager and clueless. If you are going to give your heart away, they would tell you to give it instead to a medical school to benefit...

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A Fusion of East and West at Art Macao International Arts and Cultural Event

Across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, on the south coast of China lies the autonomous region of Macao. And this year, Macao lures art and culture lovers with a one of a kind five-month mega international arts and cultural event. Titled Art Macao, the event celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China as well as the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region. Art Macao offers exhibitions of many masterpieces, displaying remnants of the past and new creations of this century on the streets and inside museums...

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 11

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Seiring dan selepas Saroja Theavy Balakrishnan dan M. Mahendran, beberapa lagi penulis kaum India muncul dalam bidang penulisan Sastera Kebangsaan pada tahun 1980-an dan 1990-an, khususnya dalam penulisan cerpen. Amerjit Singh adalah nama yang muncul dan kemudian hilang begitu sahaja. Penulis keturunan Punjabi dan beragama Sikh ini menang hadiah khas kategori Bukan Melayu dalam Hadiah Sastera Utusan-Public Bank 1986 menerusi cerpen berjudul “Siswazah Majid”. Cerpen itu tersiar di akhbar Mingguan Malaysia (10 Ogos 1986) sebelum dimuatkan dalam antologi Penantian (1987). Sebuah lagi cerpen karya Amerjit Singh berjudul “Skandal di Menara Gading” dan...

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POETRY | Self Sabotage by Reshma Clare Stanislaus

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash Giving in to negative labels, Bad habits and all it enables, That which does not serve you better, Unconsciously feeling you don’t deserve greater. A self-fulfilling prophecy, appeasing the voices, Of the naysayers, party poopers, The shine-dimmers and energy vampires, The piss on your parade, joy and soul suckers. The ever consoling, who show they “care”, If things don’t go to plan, are always there, Schadenfreude-ing in private, platitudes aplenty, Secretly rejoicing, “I’m better”, with glee. Never happy for you, when there is good news to be shared, Downplaying, trivializing, focussing on what you “should” have instead,...

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BINGKISAN | Labis, Johor… Sebuah Kenangan Oleh M. Mahendran

Saya mula sedar yang saya sedang hidup di muka bumi ini pada awal tahun 70an. Walaupun saya dilahirkan pada tahun 1968, saya tidak dapat ingat kehidupan saya sejak dalam kandungan ibu atau saat-saat dilahirkan di muka bumi ini. Mungin kebanyakan orang pun begitu. Imbauan saya  hanya bermula daripada umur dua  sahaja Apa keistimewaan diri ini untuk dilahirkan pada era itu?  Jauh berbeza jika dibandingkan dengan zaman sekarang. Segala-galanya amat berlainan dengan apa yang kita sedang nikmati sekarang. Ibu  dan bapa saya berasal dari Segamat, Johor. Penghijrahan mereka ke Pahang adalah untuk mencari nafkah. Bapa saya bekerja di pejabat NUPW ...

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Who Is Yasmin Ahmad? Personal Stories By Malaysians Who Knew Her.

Image credit Yasmin at Kong Heng. In 2009, Malaysia lost a precious soul. Yasmin Ahmad was only 51 when she returned to the Maker. The filmmaker collapsed, unexpectedly, at a work meeting. She had been suffering from a brain hemorrhage. The news shocked a nation, who had felt her love through her work in television ads. Until today, her name is synonymous with that special way of storytelling, a mix of humour, love and unspoken realities that most Malaysians will easily relate with. She boldly treaded where others feared to go, touching on taboo themes such as interracial love and...

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OPINION | Moving From Prescriptive To Descriptive Treatment For Dance

Image credit Harian Metro. Disclaimer: The writer of this opinion piece has no formal training in the discipline of dance and sports, but those who write, write, and those who don’t, well. Of course the writer could assure you that he is no stranger (and also no expert) to both named disciplines and to the term ‘discipline’ itself. But he sure knows how to write faithfully. Please read with an open mind. The word dance in this article refers to Traditional Malay Dance – specifically Tarian Inang.  This piece was first published on Azam Arifin’s Facebook page.  The case of pisang goreng....

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 10

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Mahendran Mathavarayan @ M. Mahendran yang turut menggunakan nama pena M. Prabhu adalah antara sekelompok kecil penulis kaum India — iaitu Sasterawan Kavyan — yang aktif menghasilkan karya Bahasa Malaysia dan Tamil sejak tahun 1980-an. Mahendran merupakan anak jati Bentong, Pahang. Tempat ini juga merupakan tempat kelahiran Kamaludin Muhammad @ Keris Mas yang dinobatkan sebagai Sasterawan Negara pertama pada tahun 1981. Beliau lahir pada tahun 1968 serta mendapat pendidikan awal di Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Sulaiman, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ketari dan Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sulaiman, Bentong sebelum melanjutkan pelajaran di Akademi Semantan, Temerloh....

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SAJAK | Arah oleh Ramakrishnan Ramasamy

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash Apakah kehendak mata diturut kaki? apakah kehendak kaki diturut hati? apakah kehendak hati diturut insani? dan insani menurut kehendak hati? hingga bebas mungkiri janji demi nafsu manusia tergadai diperhamba dengki terjajah abadi. Suka sajak ini? Baca yang ini pula. SAJAK | Politikus oleh M. Mahendran Ada cerpen, esei, sajak atau puisi? Sila kongsi bersama kami...

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SHORT STORY | The Untold Story Of The Potato Peeler

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash To this day, the potato peeler is one of the best culinary inventions made. Sadly, I have lost countless of potato peelers in my household. Usually after peeling potatoes and carrots, I don’t realize it’s gone until the next cooking session. Today, I lost another one. Initially, I didn’t think it was a big deal to get a replacement as my husband happily purchases them for me. I suppose its affordability must be the reason. But since this happens frequently, I now do not dare letting him know that it’s missing. I quietly purchase it myself. Mostly...

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Nicolas C Grey On Society’s State Of Decay And Lust For Life

All visuals in this post are by Nicolas C Grey The first time I stumbled upon the name Nicolas C Grey was when Ben Liew, the editor for Juice Online, recommended the artist to me. Nicolas, I’m told, has been residing in Cambodia for over 15 years and has been an underground comic artist and the author of several indie graphic novels. What’s fascinating about Nicolas is his unique punk-like art style. However it was his choice of topics and art subject which really got me sitting up straight. His artworks, though focused on decay and flaws in society,...

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OPINION | Revolutionizing Dance Competitions By Looking At Sports

Cover image sourced from WOWmalaysia Disclaimer: The writer of this opinion piece has no formal training in the discipline of dance and sports, but those who write, write, and those who don’t, well. Of course the writer could assure you that he is no stranger (and also no expert) to both named disciplines and to the term ‘discipline’ itself. But he sure knows how to write faithfully. Please read with an open mind. This piece was first published on Azam Arifin’s Facebook page.  The intention of this piece is to create discussions among the practitioners of dance, specifically those...

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