How To Embrace A Foreign Culture And Remain True To Your Own?

More Born and raised in Penang, Lilian Li is a Malaysian author who recently published her debut novel, The House of Koi. The book, based on Lilian’s own personal life, concerns young Mila who is torn in choosing two identities. The plot of the book revolves around a central theme of Mila deciding between fitting into her American international school or choosing to be Malaysian. Lilian, who is currently majoring in Advertising and minoring in English at the Boston University, reveals that writing the novel has helped her process her childhood.   View this post on Instagram   #TerrierTuesdays:...

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POETRY | God’s Right Hand Man By Joe Chan

More Editor’s Note: This poem was first performed by Malaysian poet, Nuan Ning at the International University of Malaya-Wales Slam Off on October 16, 2019 where Joe Chan was awarded third place. It was such a delightful piece that we obtained Nuan Ning’s permission to post it here for you to enjoy. From the sambal chicken, To the pongteh pork. From the sambal petai, To the kunyit chicken. From the dried chilli, To the hot wok, Mother’s cooking, Oh my God. When she wakes up every morning, To sweep and mop the home, And to prepare breakfast, Mother’s cooking, Tops the servitude, Of...

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Making Melodies Out Of Pain And Heartache

More We all struggle in one way or another in our lives. Some of us believe in some form of higher power. Others, in a school of thought of their choice. For Malaysian singer-songwriter, Bihzhu, it goes deeper than that. The Penang born is well known in the Malaysian music scene for her rich, soulful vocals that have the magical prowess to uplift people’s spirit. Due to this, the award-winning musician has traveled the world to bring her brand of “heart music” to countries such as Australia, South Korea, China, Indonesia, and India. We recently spoke to Bihzhu on...

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How To Tell Stories That Live In People’s Memories?

More Storytelling is an art. From short stories, novels, comics, films, music, and even theatre, the question on many who dabble in storytelling has always been about: What makes a good story? To tackle this difficult question, we recently spoke to Malaysian novelist, playwright, and left-field theatremaker, Ridhwan Saidi. The 34-year-old is also the co-founder of indie publishing outfit, Moka Mocha Ink which publishes contemporary fiction and theatre scripts in the Malay language. Ridhwan also serves as a research member of LiteraCity, Kuala Lumpur’s literary mapping project. Throughout his journey as a storyteller, Ridhwan has produced several novels including...

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ESEI | Sains di Sebalik Ketuk Ketampi (Thoppukaranam) oleh Anuradha Chelliah

More Ketuk ketampi kerap kali dilihat sebagai satu isu penderaan dalam kalangan murid-murid sekolah. Media sosial juga memaparkan isu-isu ini. Ketuk ketampi merupakan denda yang paling mudah diberi oleh guru untuk mereka yang melakukan kesalahan atau kesilapan kecil di sekolah seperti tidak menyiapkan kerja rumah, tidak mendengar arahan dan tidak membawa barang yang disuruh untuk pembelajaran di dalam kelas. Apakah ketuk ketampi ini sesuatu yang tidak patut dilakukan? Bagaimanakah ia boleh dilakukan dengan betul? Apakah nikmat melakukan ketuk ketampi? Persoalan ini akan terjawab di dalam esei ini. Ketuk ketampi yang dilakukan sebagai satu hukuman sebenarnya mempunyai manfaat yang baik....

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POETRY | The Storm by Jayati Roy

More I see thunder,I see rain,I see heaven’s rage,Descend upon this mane. The sky blackens,And the wind is a riot,How do we containGod’s wrath? Dark clouds gather all around,As if it’s a shroud,The sun of a while ago,Is a golden rim up yonder. The rain it pelts,With mighty gusto,Turning this landInto a state of limbo. But life goes on,This is no wonder,For the rain will stop,And the clouds will disappear. The heavens will smile again,Clear the skies and save its name,For man has to plod along,And finish his task – just the same! *** Header image by O12 on Unsplash.   Hey...

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ESEI | Penghijrahan Ke Temerloh Oleh M. Mahendran – Bahagian 2

More Baca Bahagian 1 disini. Meninggalkan Bentong Selepas tamat tingkatan enam, saya kembali ke Bentong dari Temerloh dan bekerja di sebuah kilang papan di jalan Kuala Lumpur pada tahun 1988. Saya bekerja di situ selama enam bulan sahaja. Kawan sekelas saya semasa di tingkatan 5, Dickson Ching yang mendapatkan kerja itu untuk saya. Itulah pekerjaan pertama yang saya lakukan dalam hidup saya. Kerja saya bermula pada jam 8 pagi dan habis pada 5 petang. Ada tiga kali waktu rehat. Pagi 15 minit, tengah hari satu jam dan petang15 minit. Saya ke kerja dengan menaiki bas Kuala Lumpur, kadang-kadang menumpang...

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“I’m No Longer Chasing Recognition, I’m Chasing Stability,” Nadhira Says

More How does one keep thriving in the Malaysian music industry to last for close to two decades? With the release of her song, “Kau Selalu Ada feat. B-Heart”, in November 2019, we felt this question could be aptly answered by Nadhira. The singer-songwriter entered the limelight in 2010, when her debut album, “From Malaysia with Love” garnered acclaim. Since then she has released a pop album, “12 shades” and numerous chart toppers on Malaysian radio. The latest, “Kau Selalu Ada feat. B-Heart” is an homage to her Nusantara roots and a teaser to more similarly inspired tracks to come. “‘I...

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POETRY | HIT by Charles Chiam

More She took aim Under the pale moon Her poisoned arrow Ready for her victim The graceful beast Feasting, unaware She fired Fast, silent Deadly Right between The greed-filled eyes Of the arrogant poacher The goddess smiled Having slain Another cruel idiot Though more will come She will be ready For her arrows Always hit their marks *** Header image by Steve Harvey 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...

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ESEI | Penghijrahan Ke Temerloh Oleh M. Mahendran – Bahagian 1

More Saya tamat S.P.M pada tahun 1985. Dalam percutian atau lebih sesuai dikatakan semasa menunggu keputusan S.P.M, saya tidak membuat kerja sambilan seperti rakan-rakan saya yang lain. Saya lebih gemar duduk di rumah mendengar radio, menonton tv dan membaca novel-novel yang dipinjam dari perpustakaan daerah Bentong. Selama lima bulan itu adalah syurga bagi saya. Itu bukan bermaksud, sepanjang masa saya duduk goyang kaki di rumah. Segala urusan ke kedai, ke pasar, mencuci pinggan mangkuk dan memulakan dapur arang adalah tugas harian saya. Kadang-kadang saya juga perlu memasak nasi. Bapa saya bekerja di Temerloh dan abang pula belajar di Kuala...

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The Malaysian Performing Arts Scene Faces These 3 Challenges

More Born in Kota Tinggi, Johor, thespian Fasyali Fadzly has had a decade worth of experience in the process of writing a play to directing it. The 37-year-old is a recipient of the Boh Cameronian Arts Award in 2014 for Best Original Script, Best Director and Best Ensemble Performance for his play, Teater Juta-Juta. In the ten years since 2010, Fasyali has written and directed 10 plays with some of them even staged abroad in Canada, Tokyo, Jogyakarta, and Singapore. We recently got in touch with Fasyali via email to speak to him about his love for theatre, his anthology of scripts also titled Teater Juta-Juta and...

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POETRY | The Leaking House by Ismim Putera

More The house leaks As above, so below The rainwater tracks along the ceiling board Drenching all the dust And drips silently Onto my face At first I thought it was my tears From looking at The old house. The house leaks As above, so below Rainwater rushes through the cracked tiles Flooding all the sand And seeps softly Onto my feet At first I thought I was standing On a vast ocean surrounding The old house. The house leaks As above, so below But the love inside it, Never ran out, We swept the floor We dried the...

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