Author: Sukhbir Cheema

From the Nadir of Life Comes Rare Music

Hitting rock bottom would naturally make anyone shut down completely. But not for this bunch of eight talented young musicians who conceived a band two-years-ago and named it “Nadir”. “Nadir represents many things in different languages,” the band’s leader, Ashwin Gobinath tells Eksentrika. Ashwin, who is also the band’s spokesperson said in Arabic, the word means “dearly loved” or “rare”. And truth be told, with Ashwin on the drums, veteran Zaim Zaidee on bass, Stephanie Tham on keys, Lor Phaik Sim manning the synths, Adil Johan on the saxophone, Santosh Logandran providing sounds via his Tabla and Carnatic vocals,...

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What the heck? Masjid Jamek LRT kena conteng!

It’s true! If you’re passing through the Masjid Jamek LRT tunnel to board a train home, work or college, don’t be surprised to be bombarded with tons of doodles! The exhibition titled “Doodle Malaysia’s Contenglah” was created by the talented artists and doodlers of Doodle Malaysia – a group of more than 8,900 Malaysian artists on Facebook! Funded and supported by ThinkCity and Prasarana, the entire exhibition was organised by Malaysian artist, Allie Hill. It runs from October 6 to Nov 30. Though most of the exhibitions consists of prepared artworks, there is a live-doodling exhibition where artist Sanuri Zulkefli will...

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Malaysian artists you have to follow throughout Inktober 2016

With October comes Inktober and here is Eksentrika’s list of Malaysian artists and cartoonists that you should follow if you’re a sucker for the arts. But first, for those who are in the dark, Inktober is a 31-day challenge started off by artist Jake Parker to push artists and doodlers to create artworks via ink drawings for an entire month. Below are just some of the Malaysian artists who have taken on the challenge. Pssst! Click on the artist’s name to go to their page!  A photo posted by Dhiyanah H (@afraidofwords) on Oct 2, 2016 at 2:22am PDT  ...

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Zen Cho not zen but writing sequel

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 since...

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

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 earlier...

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