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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 2

Sila baca dari Bahagian 1 terlebih dahulu.  Identiti sebenar Nagalingam yang menulis cerpen “Cerita Orang Yang Tidak Menerima Syukur” pada tahun 1932 tidak diketahui secara mendalam. Apa-apa pun, penulis kaum India yang muncul dan terlibat secara aktif dalam bidang penulisan dan penerbitan Bahasa Malaysia selepas itu hanya kelihatan pada tahun 1960-an. Pada tahun 1966, terdapat cadangan menubuhkan sebuah pertubuhan yang dinamakan Persatuan Pengarang-pengarang Antara Bangsa Malaysia. Berita bertajuk “Penulis-penulis Bahasa Kebangsaan Hendak Tubuhkan Badan Sendiri” di akhbar Berita Harian (20 April 1966) melaporkan bahawa persatuan itu khusus bagi penulis Bukan Melayu yang menulis karya Bahasa Kebangsaan. Ignatius Dev Anand dari Kuala Kangsar, Perak menerajui usaha penubuhan persatuan...

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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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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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BOOK REVIEW | Coitus Interruptus and Other Stories

Author : Malachi Edwin Vethamani Genre : Short stories Novel Pages : 92 I did not quite expect to like Coitus Interruptus and Other Stories as much as I did. The not-very suggestive title denotes the interruption of a sexual act, and someone could be forgiven for mistaking the book for a collection of erotica. I’m glad that I gave this book a chance. Coitus Interruptus and Other Stories shows that Malachi Edwin Vethamani, already very well-received as a poet of two collections – Complicated Lives (2016) and Life Happens (2017) – is an adept and emphatic writer of short...

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Mekong Review, the accidental Southeast Asian literary journal

Image credit Saigoneer Good Southeast Asian literature and its related commentary can be hard to find for some of the people living in this region’s – however, it is possible. One such gem is the Mekong Review, a quarterly literary journal that aims to bring the region’s literary and intellectual life to a broader audience. Publishing fiction, essays, reviews and poetry from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the Mekong Review is an independent publication with no political, institutional or commercial affiliations. On January 28, thanks to organisers PUSAKA, Tintabudi and IBDE (Inisiatif Buku Darul Ehsan),...

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