Author: Eksentrika

SHORT STORY | Against the Dark Skies by Elly Van Dalen

Silhouette of Cat Under Orange Sunset by Pixabay Against the dark skies, I sat on the floor at the lobby and waited for my owner to fetch me. It had been hours since I sat here. I meowed, purred, and dragged myself to a pool of water. I was dusty and dirty. Everyone seemed oblivious to my existence. They ignored me! I was starting to get hungry. What if my owner forgot about me? What if they left me to… No. That can’t be right. They love me. They said that I would always be their number one. My stomach...

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Celebrating Mahabharata’s unsung heroine through Bharatanatyam

All images by Nirmallo Chakravarty   If Helen of Troy was the face that launched a thousand ships in Homer’s Illiad, the insult brought upon Draupadi in Vyasa’s Mahabharata was the catalyst that brought death to thousands. The Mahabharata, one of greatest epics in the world, originates from India and has been retold in various times over hundreds of generations through poetry, literature, dance, art, films and even comics. However, the focus has largely been on the legendary Pandavas, instead of their shared queen, Draupadi.  Now, Neha Mondal Chakravarty seeks to shine the spotlight on this pre-feminist icon, to bring...

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POETRY | Catcalling by Delilah Ho

Image credit Got a Girl Crush Do not show fear because it only makes them stronger, my dear. They will turn you into dusts with their venomous tongue and sweep you under the rug and step on you like you are nothing. Do not show eye contact because it is the thing that they use to jerk off to in the middle of the night. Do not respond because your worth is not the degrading words that they spit at you. Fight back, but don’t fight back because you still love the sunshine on your face and not on...

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SHORT STORY | A Parable of The Sky and The Soil by Evelyn Philip

Photo by Ramin Khatibi on Unsplash In the land of Serotolia, the soil was crusted, brittle and fragile. The drought had done it. Disappointed and dejected, the soil hardened. Whenever anyone walked over it, it grumbled bitterly and lamented its fate. As the weeks passed, the grumblings turned into cynicism. The soil began to vent out frustration at its surroundings. There was only one thing the soil yearned for; the rain. The hardened the soil became bitter at the sky. Bitterness soon turned to rage. It began cursing at the sky. Hearing the terrible words, the sky began to feel gloomy. Instead...

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Malaysians among the world’s biggest spenders when it comes to books

The Big Bad Wolf Books sale by The National Looks like Malaysians have been spending their hard earned monies on the right stuff: Books. According to Polish e-commerce platform, Picodi, Malaysia is ranked sixth globally for being among the world’s top purchasers of books. Even more than Singapore! The below statistics you’re about to read does not reflect the reading habit among Malaysians, rather, their exercise in purchasing power online when it comes to books on Picodi’s website and the websites of their affiliates. Speaking of books, support these local indie publishers. There’s more here too.  ***Edited: These figures were derived after...

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