Redha for Malaysia at Oscars 2017

More Redha, a film by newbie director Tunku Mona Riza has a chance to contend at next year’s Oscars, following its selection to represent Malaysia by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS). If shortlisted as among the five final nominees, it will compete in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The feature film is a first by Tunku Mona and centers around the lives of a family with an autistic child. In reacting to news of the selection, Tunku Mona took to her Facebook page to say that she was inspired to make the...

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Ulasan buku | Selumbar Karya Ikmal Ahmad

More Selumbar, tajuk buku kedua penulis amatur, Ikmal Ahmad, adalah analogi daripada salah seorang watak karya tersebut yang menggambarkan hidupnya seperti kaki ditikam selumbar, sakit jika ditarik keluar tetapi jika dibiarkan juga menghalang daripada maju ke hadapan. Pertembungan antara dua watak utama, iaitu Razin, seorang ustaz muda yang disayangi dan dihormati orang kampung dengan Sufi, seorang pelawat yang sampai ke surau Razin, menandakan permulaan cerita dan adegan yang akan mengolah persepsi hidup kedua-dua pemuda tersebut. Razin akan menyesali pertemuannya dengan Sufi dalam jalan cerita buku ini yang mendalami tema-tema berat seperti Islam dengan homofobia, hormat terhadap ibu bapa dan sayang...

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Zen Cho On Being Inspired By Other Stories And Being Zen At Writing

More Fresh from bagging the Best Newcomer Award at the recently held British Fantasy Award, London based Malaysian author Zen Cho reveals to Eksentrika that despite her name, she has been far from zen when it comes to writing, and yet she has already begun writing a sequel to her debut novel, ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’. “I have actually been working on the second book way before ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’ was released,” Zen says, adding that her debut novel, which was started in 2012, had taken nine-months to complete. She immediately began penning the sequel soon after sending her first manuscript to publishers, Ace and Macmillan. International acclaim has...

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BOOK REVIEW | Selumbar by Ikmal Ahmad

More First up, let me explain the title. Selumbar is the Malay word for wood splinter and the novel is so called due to an analogy by one of the characters, likening his life to his feet being pierced deep with a Selumbar. If he pulls it out, he will suffer great pain, and yet leaving it in would only cause the wound to fester and hinder his walking forward. An innocent encounter between the main character, a much loved and respected modern day ustaz, Razin and a supposed stranger in Razin’s village, Sufi, kickstarts the drama. What unfolds will...

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Of Toyols and eBay, Tunku Halim spills on Horror Stories 2

More Renowned Malaysian horror stories writer Tunku Halim launches his eighth short story collection and a sequel to his best selling book, Horror Stories, today. Titled Horror Stories 2, the book launches at 3pm at Kedai Fixi, Petaling Jaya. Eksentrika’s sits down to speak to the man himself on what sets this book apart from the previous and if he uses black magic to get ideas for his stories.  What differentiates this book from all the previous spooky stuff you’ve written? What can readers look forward to? The book contains not only a retrospective, a selection of some of my...

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Blooming into motherhood through Odissi

More Seven-months pregnant and being a dancer does not cancel each other out. Clasically trained dancer, January Low is the undaunted mother resolute to illustrate this point with a rare Odissi performance together with choreographer, Rathimalar Govindarajoo. Eksentrika delves into the hearts and minds of the dance sisters, to discover the spirit behind their unique show. Once proteges of famed Ramli Ibrahim, January and Rathimalar have been active in the performing arts circuit, both local and abroad, long enough to earn a name in their own right. Both are adept in the Indian classical dances of Bharatanatyam and Odissi and each...

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The Hustling Artist: Ruby Subramaniam

More She quit her job, went on a solo travel through Europe and South America and left imprints of her art along the way. This might sound like a mere daydream for most people but for Ruby Subramaniam, it is part of her reality. Now a year after trading a promising career in digital media marketing for a living off paintbrushes and canvas, the 26-year-old is making headway at becoming her own definition of “artist”. Save  Her many current projects include planning her first solo exhibition, writing a modern day memoir and introducing international art events to the local...

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PENDAPAT | Penulis Paling Dibenci

More Saya sering ditanya mengapa saya menulis esei, cerpen dan novel menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia, sedangkan kebanyakan hasil tulisan saya mengangkat nilai budaya dan kehidupan watak-watak kaum India. Pertanyaan ini datang daripada pelbagai pihak. Misalnya, seorang penolong editor sebuah majalah pernah membuat tuduhan kononnya saya sengaja menulis cerpen Bahasa Malaysia dalam usaha menyebarkan unsur agama Hindu kepada khalayak pembaca Melayu. Di sisi yang lain pula, pencinta dan “pejuang” Bahasa Tamil mempersoalkan keperluan saya menulis mengenai aspek budaya orang Tamil dalam “bahasa asing”. Kononnya, jika saya mahu mendidik pembaca kaum India mengenai budaya India, maka saya sepatutnya menulis dalam Bahasa Tamil....

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POETRY | Kizmet by Fa Abdul

More Love Life Death What do they have in common? If love is nothing If life slips away into the next room And death…does not count What is left between the hazy sky And the rocky earth? If everything remains exactly as it was If you remained you, And I am me, Whatever I am to you We are still Would we live so fondly? If life is untouched Unchanged If we remain still Similar tone of sorrow Same old tune of joy Old familiar hope and dream Would there still be Laughter And smile? When life becomes absolute...

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Red Sky At Night, Rocker’s Delight

More Local band, Skies Are Red recently added a new member to their pod. Bassist, Fabien Thomas, 31, joins the initial trio comprising vocalist, Danielle Williams, a 27-year-old quality analyst by day, 33-year-old technical writer cum guitarist, Dervin Frank, and chemistry student and drummer, Malcolm Ambrose, 22. In an exclusive with Eksentrika, they made known that they are not from this earth and displayed tremendous aptitude at answering interview questions. Naturally, we were quite blown away and therefore feel compelled to share their Q&A  in its uncensored entirety. Tell us three interesting things about each of you. We come from a nearby star...

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A Royal Show Of Celebrities, Ballet And Durian

More On Wednesday, a group of adults will get on stage in Damansara to live out their childhood dreams of becoming a ballerina. The concert they will be performing is unlike any other, due to the fact that all 17 of the dancers have, at most, just a year’s worth of training in the highly technical dance. What’s more, each individual will be sharing personal stories of their journey as adult ballerinas. A photo posted by The Royal Durian Academy (@theroyaldurianacademy) on Sep 7, 2016 at 8:49pm PDT The concert marks one year of The Royal Durian Ballet Academy,...

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The Go Getter Of Malaysia’s Literary Scene, Tina Isaacs

More Since her breakthrough into the local literary scene a mere two years ago, Tina Isaacs has chalked up seven short story titles published in her name. Before the year is out, she will have another two short stories published, one of which is to be released this month under Fixi Novo‘s Chronicles of Kota Kinabalu. “I’m a go getter and whenever there are calls for submissions, I always try to send in a piece. Next thing I know, I’m suddenly a published author.” Tina’s writing journey only kickstarted after she felt disenchanted serving 12 years as a litigation...

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