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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Unsur Kristian Dalam Cerpen Dan Sastera Kebangsaan

More “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friend.” – John 15:13 (Bible, New King James Version) Konsep Sastera Kebangsaan yang dipelopori sejak tahun 1971 menekankan betapa perlu penulis pelbagai kaum, etnik, agama dan latar belakang menyampaikan pengalaman dan budaya komuniti mereka dalam karya Bahasa Malaysia. Dalam pandangan yang disiarkan di majalah Dewan Sastera (Jun 1982), Ketua I Gabungan Persatuan Penulis Nasional (GAPENA), Tan Sri Ismail Hussein mengharapkan supaya alam pemikiran komuniti Cina dan India, serta penganut agama Buddha, Hindu dan Kristian turut ditampilkan secara terbuka dalam Sastera Kebangsaan. Sesungguhnya, memang...

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POETRY | Sweat With Style by Charles Chiam

More I sweat With Style The heat Does not Bother me I harvest My vegetables My crops The fruits Of My labour These Glistening droplets On My skin Is Proof Of my efforts I am dirty Now But tonight Rewards and Feast *** Header image by BBH Singapore 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 poem you might enjoy.  POETRY | Music Box by Christine Chu Hey...

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7 Ways Alena Murang’s ‘Midang Midang’ Embodies The Spirit of Sarawak Beautifully

More Sarawakian songstress Alena Murang recently released a music video to her track, Midang Midang and boy we were blown away. From the music to the choreography to the creation of the 3 minute 27 second video, the work of art embodied the essence of Sarawak beautifully. The track, part of Alena’s debut EP Flight which was released in 2016 (here’s a review of it), is an old Kelabit song passed down to her by grandaunty Tepu’ Ira. The song is usually sung at match-making and courtships. The song is sung from the point of view of a young girl...

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CERPEN | Pulang Bersama Teman oleh Anuradha Chelliah

More Dia tahu kalau dia pulang, ibunya akan bertanya, “Bila nak kahwin? Umur dah semakin meningkat. Ibu ada beberapa orang calon. Cubalah tengok dan bagi persetujuaan. Kalau kamu berkenaan dengan sesiapa, boleh juga kamu bagi tahu ibu atau ayah. Lagipun, ibu sudah tua. Bolehlah menantu ibu membantu ibu di dapur bila dia senang.” Kahwin, kahwin, kahwin. “Kamu bukannya muda lagi. Sudah ada pekerjaan yang baik. Kereta dan rumah juga sudah dimiliki. Gaji kamu juga sudah cukup untuk kamu mendirikan rumah tangga. Boleh cuba fikirkan untuk mencari teman hidup dan settle in life,” sambung ayahnya pula. Semua itu tidak menghiraukan...

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Sasterawan Kavyan Yang Hilang – Bahagian 2

More Baca Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu. Berikut adalah sebahagian lagi penulis kaum India yang sudah tidak lagi menghasilkan karya kreatif Bahasa Malaysia. Jayanthi Mahalingam dilahirkan di Kuala Lumpur. Cerpen “Rantai Mutiara” tulisannya menang hadiah ketiga dalam Peraduan Menulis Puisi dan Cerpen Pelbagai Kaum I (2001) dan termuat dalam antologi Alangkah Indahnya Salju (2003). Save Lettah adalah penulis kaum India yang pertama sekali terpilih menyertai program Minggu Penulis Remaja (MPR) 1986. Cerpen berjudul “Antara Dua Pilihan” yang termuat dalam antologi Impian Murni (1986) adalah karya sulungnya. Nyanaambigai Rajanthran lahir di Kuantan, Pahang dan membesar di Kamunting, Perak. Kini mengajar di...

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POETRY | Music Box by Christine Chu

More revolving cylinder worn grey with honey gold stains plucking at loose tired tuned teeth on time-marinated steel comb making Pachelbel wobble at every wonky clang of Canon in D singing dust-coarsened melody that no longer glides but trudges and sinks only dainty little ballerina pink and poised     untouched by age still holds her perfect pose and spins on     tiptoe twirling to an unsung song of sacrifice     to the echoes of a mother’s muted heartbeat and a child’s first cry *** Header image by Daniel Tuttle on Unsplash. Hey guys, we’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve got...

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ESEI | Hiburan Di Rumah Bahagian 2 oleh M. Mahendran

More Televisyen diperkenalkan di Malaysia pada Disember tahun 1963. Pada masa itu orang berada sahaja yang mampu memiliki peti TV. TV hitam putih pada ketika itu membawa satu arus perubahan baharu di negara kita. Oleh kerana saya dilahirkan selepas lima tahun  TV berada di Malaysia dan di rumah kami pula tidak ada TV ketika itu, saya seperti  ketinggalan di era itu. Hiburan saya dan sekeluarga di rumah ketika itu adalah cuma radio dan pemain kaset sahaja. Saya amat sedih kerana rumah kami tidak ada TV. Saya tahu bapa tidak mampu membeli TV dengan gaji kecil daripada pendapatannya sebagai kerani...

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Making Music That Touched People’s Lives Led To Gentle Bones’ Success

More If you’ve been following the Southeast Asian music scene, you’ve probably heard of Joel Tan aka Gentle Bones. You’ve also probably heard some of his well known tracks such as “Until We Die”, “Settle Down”, “Geniuses & Thieves” and his most streamed EP to date with its title track “I Wouldn’t Know Any Better Than You”. Born and raised in Singapore, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter has gone on to produce three albums and has performed across Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Malaysia. He is also the youngest English music recording artist to boast two sold-out concerts. But that’s not all. Joel was...

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Review | BROHEMIA! A New Play

More BROHEMIA! A New Play was playing at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) from the 14th-24th of November. It’s a play by Kelvin Wong. It is the third and final new project of Theatresauce’s 2019 season. I was gifted tickets to go and watch it from Eksentrika’s ticket giveaway and was excited to go and see it. The play summary stated that BROHEMIA! “is a fictional utopia strictly for mature audiences founded on the ideals of brawn, beauty and brotherhood. As the city celebrates its 7th Annual City Parade, the Mayor launches Vitamin M, a controversial drug...

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Sasterawan Kavyan Yang Hilang – Bahagian 1

More Istilah “Sasterawan Kavyan” mula digunakan secara rasmi susulan Diskusi Sastera Kavyan anjuran Bahagian Teori dan Kritikan Sastera, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) pada 10 Julai 2004. Ia merujuk kepada golongan penulis kaum India yang menghasilkan karya kreatif seperti puisi, sajak, cerpen, novel, ulasan, dan esei dalam Bahasa Malaysia. Apabila bercakap mengenai Sasterawan Kavyan yang prolifik dan aktif mewarnai peta Sastera Kebangsaan sejak tahun 1990-an, dua nama yang sering disebut ialah Saroja Theavy Balakrishnan dan Uthaya Sankar SB. Bagi Mohamad Saleeh Rahamad (Dewan Sastera, Januari 2003), dua nama itu menjadi “mercu tanda” bagi kejayaan penulis kaum India di Malaysia....

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