“Music gave me a new lease of life” Nigesh Armon

More All images credit: Armon In 2009, after experiencing a terrible break up and dwindling into drug addiction, Nigesh Armon fell back into music. And that probably saved him. Prior to the dark days of his life, the 32-year-old had been in and out of several bands. His love for the stage drove him to form many different bands with kindred music lovers, but over the years, these alliances fell apart, leaving Armon, solo in his passion. In those intial years, he did not imagine music to be his full time gig. “It was all for fun. But the...

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Short stories | Micro-fictions by Uthaya Sankar SB

More Image credit: usercontent1   His Facebook wall was filled with birthday wishes since midnight. But none of the friends noticed his status on his mother’s passing away, a day earlier. *** Many handsome men were asking for her hand in marriage, but she has been saying ‘No’ to all the proposals. Business was booming, and even politicians were beginning to patronise. Thus, she has determined to stay a virgin and take care of the Nasi Kukus Anak Dara stall. *** He didn’t like being pushed around by his wife. She was fully aware of the gaze from the...

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Poetry | Red Patches

More image credit: Marcellina Oseghale I have a little secret, behind my facade smile, These unseen, incurable scars deeply rooted inside of me. It isn’t measles, it isn’t chickenpox, They look just the same, big, small, spotty little, Unwithered flakes, That can’t be shattered, only one small scratch, Then it wilts. Then again, Red, red, everywhere red, You can’t bare yourself, Or to see yourself, Or to show yourself, But to hide yourself. No matter how well-covered it is, No matter how well-aided it is, It resurfaced victoriously. That ample heartache, No matter how much I did, That could tranquil...

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Laughter, tears and more tears at Still Taming & S’kolah

More When the full dress rehearsal for Still Taming & S’kolah concluded, I silently walked out of Pentas 2, made my way to the entrance of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (Klpac) and after taking a few deep breaths, I lit a cigarette. My eyes were still teary and I had to pretend I was suffering from a bad case of the flu. It is extremely rare to find local theatre performances that tug your heart, let alone leave the audience speechless as Malaysians are typically  drawn to shows that are funny or light hearted. Mark Beau De...

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Megha Duta – Bahagian 8 oleh: Uthaya Sankar SB

More Image credit: Mystical Magical Herbs Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Kisah puisi klasik Megha Duta karya Kalidasa menampilkan kata-kata watak yaksa kepada gumpalan awan yang diminta menyampaikan pesanan kepada isterinya di Alaka. Sloka 20 – Selepas memuntahkan air dalam bentuk hujan, pergilah wahai awan, untuk mengambil air dari Sungai Reva. Baunya agak berbeza kerana sungai itu menjadi lubuk gajah untuk mandi. Wahai awan! Ketahuilah bahawa angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa tidak akan mampu mengangkat engkau ke langit jika tubuh engkau padat dan berisi. Sesiapa yang tidak memiliki atau menyimpan apa-apa selalunya amat ringan; manakala ketepuan menyumbang kepada tarikan graviti. Sloka...

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Love and Light Spoken with Sheena Baharudin

More Most of us who write poetry in high school, leave it at just that. But not Sheena Baharudin. Her words do not hide in pretty notebooks, sitting exiled on dusty shelves. No, her words have leapt off tattered pages onto the stage, where they scream, strut and dance around. She started off writing song lyrics and prose before dabbling in poetry as a teenager. And then, by a stroke of conscious decision, she entered the world of performance poetry and has since earned a name as a spoken word artist. Now, almost a decade after her first show...

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Charity for Rohingya kids through poems and haiku

More Specially created for Amir by Mimi Mashud of Kuala Terengganu in 7 Days fame. image credit: Mimi Mashud Most people expect to be showered with gifts on their birthday. But not Fixi’s Amir Muhammad. The independent filmmaker turned publisher recently ushered in his 44th birthday with a Facebook post requesting his friends to comment in poems and haikus. “Today is my birthday. For every person who writes an original poem/pantun/sajak/haiku about this happy occasion as a reply to this post, I will donate RM10 to a local charity of my choice. Deadline is the end of today. Begin!”...

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Teasing Hollywood with German Expressionism, or is it Batsheba expressionism?

More Is it necessary to be fluent in German, to get German Expressionist films? Or is the “German” in the title merely an expression? Well, according to our trusted, self-professed German Expressionist film-maker, Batsheba, if you’re asking that question, you’re over-analysing. “A few people have asked me this and I feel they are simply looking too much into it, trying too hard to be politically correct. “Takkan nak panggil Batsheba expressionism or Malay expressionism? I call it German expressionism because I borrowed a lot of style from a famous German expressionist film of the 1920s, The Cabinet of Dr....

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Zunar grants IGP wish, draws Donald de duck

More So, last week the Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar had suggested that cartoonist Zunar should stick to drawing Donald Duck instead of insulting leaders through his cartoons. Khalid was reported as saying; “He can draw McDonald or Donald Duck, anything, no one will care but don’t insult people,” when commenting on the political cartoonist’s arrest last week. Zunar is no stranger when it comes to simplifying national issues into cartoons – with majority of his cartoons poking fun at the scandalous Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak. Infact, his erm.. “relationship” with Khalid goes a long way back...

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This artist morphs Pokemon into Kaijin – names them Po-Kaijin

More What if Professor Oak turns evil and reengineers Pokemon with Kaijins – the creatures from Kamen Rider? Enter Po-Kaijin – a computer technician’s personal art project seeking to explore this quirky concept of Nintendo’s globally received game. What is a Kaijin you ask? Derived from the Japanese word “Kaiju” which translates to monster, Kaijin on the other hand means “strange person”. It typically refers to a humanoid monster! Gasp! To date, Chen Zhi Yong has created 36 Po-Kaijin. Each week, a brand new artwork is uploaded without fail after Zhi Yong painstakingly works on each art piece every...

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SHORT STORY | Not Just Yet by Axam Maumoon

More Image credit: kuaby.com  It was loud as the train rumbled away. She looked up, brows furrowed, “Either you missed yours or I missed mine,” she said with a smile. “Let’s find out, shall we?” he replied, stepping on the escalator. It was sunny upstairs on the platform. Eastbound and Westbound platforms were one and the same, with the trains stopping on either side. This meant they could both sit together one last time before they went their separate ways. He needed that. They found the bench in the very middle of the platform, crossectional so they weren’t facing...

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POETRY | Neither Dream Nor Fable by Yanna Hashri

More The silence fled like a thief in the night. In its place, the fire made the loudest and emptiest bed you’d ever seen. We all heard the gods and their crops screaming like animals as they burned until the town was nothing but ash. We were hungry and desperate, you see. So we dug up the old graves and sucked the pain from our grandmothers’ bones. Whatever we didn’t retch on, leeched deep into our skin till we turned white as ghosts. What do you know about it, child? You weren’t there to see how many people fell...

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