Author: Sukhbir Cheema

POETRY | Play On by Izza Khaleeda

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Maxfield Parrish Play on Mr. Piper, play the songs of your calling, the tempting lure, ensnaring from the most wicked to the innocent. Casualties mean nothing to the Piper, when his whistles bury the unfortunate, perishing amidst the earth dwellers that have long been abandoned, as he prances with his instrument to a wider audience. He dances, with enough grace and masculinity to mask the deceit, he reeks of it. His feet move to the hymns of solid promises, and trails of sugar sprinkle his steps. As our knees tremble, we taste the...

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Having a hard time revising for SPM? Perhaps Maple Comics can help!

  A page from Maple Comics’ adaptation of Beb Sabariah’s Tirani. Artwork by Superdoofus Back in the 90’s, the idea of reading comics by school going kids were frowned upon. Fast forward 20 years later, comics are slowly being used as a medium for students to revise for their exams! Local graphic magazine publisher Maple Comics (pronounced Ma-Play) has been working closely with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) to produce comics that follow the literature syllabus of secondary schools. Through its imprint which was launched last year, Maple @ School, Bahasa Malaysia novel, Tirani by Sarawak based writer Beb Sabariah is...

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Ivan Alexander, an artist, a performer and an arts teacher

All artworks credit Ivan Alexander Francis Gabriel One day, when Ivan Alexander Francis Gabriel was five-years-old, his parents brought him to an art shop. “It was at Georgetown, Penang,” Ivan says through an email interview. “I was like a kid who walked into a candy store for the first time. It was beyond incredible and I was out of words.” The 26-year-old who saw his artwork of the black rhino – an endangered species – voted as Eksentrika’s Art of the Year 2017 adds that his parents observed in amusement that that was the first time the little chatterbox was...

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Get to know the 7 Chakras through these intricate mandalas!

All mandalas in this piece are courtesy of Charissa Adeline aka Io When Charissa Adeline Pereira had a tattoo of her chakra done in 2013, little did she know that five-years-later she would embark on an esoteric cum artistic journey creating seven beautiful mandalas based on the primary chakras. Relax, by the time you finish reading this post, you’ll be acquainted with all seven! First introduced in ancient Vedic scriptures, chakras have now become a household name among meditation and Yoga practitioners when it comes to describing the manner in which the energy of life affects our physical body....

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“Destiny is bullshit,” Marco Ferrarese sheds some insight on his travels

All images in this feature are courtesy of Marco Ferrarese himself This feature and book review is long over due – or as Marco Ferrarese puts it eloquently “Almost as long as it took Chthulu to rise up from the outer space”. The freelance travel writer based in Asia for more than 11-years had released his latest book, “The Travels of Marco Yolo: Blazing Trails where Marco Polo Feared to Go” and asked me in August last year to write a review on it. He was kind enough to provide us a free copy which I took close to...

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