Author: Eksentrika

SHORT STORY | The Home of a Heart by Syazwan Sharani

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash About three months ago, while I sat in my office chair typing a letter to finance, I felt a severe throbbing pain in my chest, then my surrounding shrivelled into a blur and the next thing I knew I was on the floor, unconscious. I woke up in the hospital bed to my sobbing mum, a few colleagues whom I’d exchanged files more than I did words, and Dr. Kumar telling me that my heart had failed and if I didn’t detect a donor by the end of January, it was going to be the end of...

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POETRY | Tempest by Stephanie Lim

Photo by Enrapture Captivating Media on Unsplash storms, a catalyst our paths intersected as dark grey skies parted shedding acid tears when you said immortality meant nothing without me to gift you life our fate was sealed as winds raged from the four corners of the earth scattering our essence across dividing continents our end was predicted on paradise’s balcony we stood as the sun was eclipsed by gloom we looked as the first drops fell, realizing we had been pulled past the point of salvation our illusion of a reunion was destroyed by thunder’s raging heartbeat, pounding in protestation against the...

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CERPEN | Perempuan Yang Memakai Pelangi Di Wajahnya oleh Nur Amanina Jabar

Foto Haidee Sabbun dari Unsplash Tap, tap, tap. Jatuhan manik kristal dari awan-gemawan bercerau-cerau menimpa tanah. Manusia di luar bangunan berkejaran mencari atap untuk berteduh. Tetapi tidak Aira, si gadis cantik dengan payung berwarna pelangi. Dia berjalan lenggang di bawah tangisan langit sambil memegang gagang payung dengan kanopinya yang dikatup kemas. Hanya harapan menjadi bumbung kepada senyuman yang masih kering di bibirnya daripada lokos ditelan hujan. Terjongket-jongket dia melangkah dari satu lopak air ke satu lopak air yang terbentuk dek lubang-lubang di asfalt. Dan apabila ada mata-mata yang meneliti setiap perinci lenggoknya, dia menghadiahkan segaris senyuman dan sebaris ayat, “ semoga awak...

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POETRY | Depression By Any Other Name by Reshma Clare Stanislaus

Image by John Hain from Pixabay Irritable and highly anxious, On edge and easily bothered, Publicly calm but privately fractious, Dark humour, emotions well guarded. Always on the go, Unable to go slow, Weary… don’t let it show, Not even your loved ones know. Performing your job well, Wouldn’t want to set off an alarm bell, Life goes on, There’s work to be done. Over or under eating, Over or hardly sleeping, Smoking, drinking, Can’t escape from thinking. Crying when no one’s watching, Just carry on marching, Sucking up your tears, Denying your fears. Days go by, in fits...

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From money to connections, here’s why good Malaysian music is not on air

Malaysian band Nadir performs in China. Spotify didn’t kill the radio star…you did. Yes, you – the all powerful consumer with the buying power and limited attention span. Our behaviour as individuals may seem insignificant but when all of us act in similar fashion, as a collective, we call the shots. In this 2nd edition of a 3-part series, Eksentrika sheds light on the challenges faced by Malaysian musicians attempting at fame and fortune in the national arena. This picks up from our initial story, which explored some of the reasons and oft repeated folklore that may have contributed...

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