Friday, August 17, 2007

As I Was Passing My World Journey.....

My eyes bumped into MPHOnline Bookstore while browsing Maybank2U.com recently. I ended-up with 3 books, which safely couried to me less than 5 days from the date I order them. I even received a free gift from MPH, a Bookmark made of wood in a shape of our traditional kite 'Wau Bulan', by Arch "A Momento for you in conjunction with MPH Bookstores Support Malaysian Authors Campaign 2007".

As I Wass Passing by Adibah Main

A Year in the World - Journey of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes, 2006.
"This book is vintage Frances Mayes - celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs." This book personally gives me an enormous amount of inspirations to write a quite similiar genre in future. I always dreamt of writing a Travelogue, and publish it, sold on every corner of the globe. Having a blog like Tepak Sireh is a wonderful journey in itself, as a platform for me to polish my skills and documented as much information as possible on my previous and future travellings. I have not started reading this book, but sure I will while doing my next vacation in 3 weeks time somewhere in East Coast of Malaysia (sigh....).
As I Was Passing & As I Was Passing II by Adibah Amin, 1970's.
"Adibah Amin's As I Was Passing celebrates the Malaysian way of life. In this delightful, inventive collage of anecdotal essays, she looks into the heart and soul of Malaysia, past and present, with rumour and through crisp prose. She dissects the Malaysian psyche and its quirks and idiosyncrasies with relish and abandonment."
"Adibah Amin writes about real people, people like the pak cik down the road, Yin, her teacher-friend, and Mano, the gardener's little boy. In her inimitable style, she weaves little stories around ordinary folk going through life's challenges, or as she would put it, their ups and downs. But a common thread binds them all. There is a message, a 'moral' if you like, in even the simplest of her tales. That's what makes her anecdotes so captivating, so enduring." Ng Poh Tip - Group Editorial, Star Publications (Malaysia).
I strongly recommend Malaysian, especially the young generations to read this masterpiece from Adibah Amin. She wrote them in a very simple essays but elegant and amusing. She wrote these sketches of Malaysian life and musings on various topics in the 1970's, in a local newspaper. Go and get this book, you will surely be entertained!

18 comments:

dirtypap the banci said...

adibah amin yang pakai spek besar jadi cikgu dalam citer adik manja tu kan?

Rush Murad said...

pap -yesss.... dia memang berbakat, but that her only appearance in silver screen. Watak dia sebagai Cikgu Bedah memang real dan menjadi, dan dia menang Best Supporting Female Actress dalam one of Asia's Film festival. She is a famous writer as well, menang SEA Writing Award etc..... and her mom is Ibu Zain! admire her so much... rumah dia kat Straits View tauuu....

Anonymous said...

Salam,

Nice blog....search for Umrah but then jump to your blog.
Selamat berkenalan.

Zaharah.

Rush Murad said...

Salam,

Zaharah, thanks for visiting my blog! Mudah2an u dapat serba sedikit tips dari my blog... :)

linda kch said...

baru je mendarat dari miri.. byk kali g miri tp tak jumpa ko pun.. sebab selesai je urusan rasmi aku pun cau cin cau la... malam ni free dan ingat nak menziarah blog ko n pnut yg dah lamaaaaaa tak buat kunjungan sosial dalam talian...heheheheh... buku adibah amin tu... dah berbulan(hampir 3 bulan aku tak balik kpg...arghhh) beli tapi tak baca lagi.. baca dlm belon jap terus zzz...sampai umah jadi perhiasan kat rak buku...amat bz dgn keje...

Rush Murad said...

lindot - ooooooooo.......... datang Miri tak habaq... aku macam nak pi kch la next week... ni aku pun tak tau ler bila nak start baca buku tu... ikut giliran coz ada beberapa buah lagi belum baca...

artisticklytouch said...

sometimes i envy those writers yg boleh ingat almost every details of their daily encounter and come up with a story to tell with it..yang kita ni terkial-kial nak cari idea..what's the meaning of cari idea anyway..

aku yang sudah beberapa kali berniat membeli buku ittew tapi tak beli2 jugaks!

SERIAL PLANT KILLER said...

I pun ada a few books yang masih belum start baca. Dah 'collect dust' kat bookshelf tu. Pantang pergi bookstore, ada aje buku baru yang dibeli. On the way to Turkey sempat habiskan a novel tajuk Ugly, siap nangis kat dalam flight baca buku tu. Suggest you read I Am Muslim by Dina Zaman.

linda kch said...

hahahah... elok ler tu..next wik ko gi kch..aku lak g miri lagi sekali.. kali ni sampai seminggu kot..sebab merdeka parade lagi.. aku tak masuk baris..aku urus yg tak setia je utk ofis aku nih...tak bes la outstesten lama2...susah nak lena...

Rush Murad said...

artistic - some people, especially writers keep or writes diary... i sued to write when i was in secondary school... and now, i jot it down in my blog... cari idea? cari idea utk menulis ler.... some people, they just sit down in crowded area, do observation... ada yg duduk tepi pantai... tengok laut, ombak, orang lalu-lalang... as for me, i need to read to get ideas.... most of the cases ler. i link urs k....

Nurul - i dah belek buku I Am Muslim tu... tapiiii.... tengok ler nanti, i memang suka biography, non-fiction...

lindot - tahun ni aku terlepas nak masuk parade, kalau kau mai sini, contact2 ler, nanti aku bawa pi makan best2 ek (best ker?)..... susah nak lena??? kuanggg...kuangg...kuang... ajak ler hubby tu mai sekali....

Iced Nyior said...

adibah amin...if im not mistaken one of her stories was using in english literature..cant rmbr which one. Used to read it lots back in school

Rush Murad said...

iced nyior - not sure abt that, i tak ambik local english literature. all her books are so interesting and entertaining.... thanks for dropping by

linda kch said...

makannn...bessnyee...aku baru je balik dari miri lagi.hehehe... 26hb ni pegi lagi..sampai la 31hb..malas nak stay sampai 1 sept...guna no lama lagi tak....

nak ajak ke mende...dia kat durban la.... 16hb hari tu dah berlepas... balik ujung bulan nih...

insaf jap baca cerita terbaru ko...

Rush Murad said...

lindot - nanti kalau datang Miri, call aku ek... 0167176550. laki kau pi Durban, South Africa???? wahhh... buat apa? setup library ker?

linda kch said...

bukan ler.... conf...
skang ni kan ifla...
dia dan bos dia ada buat paper..so g present ler.. paper diorang ada publish dlm website ifla..

jap tadi dia sms..on d way ke cape town...

Anonymous said...

The way Adibah Amin wrote her anecdotes really made me smile and chuckle to myself...being a kid in a rural area (when my teacher parents got posted there)...back to where life is simple and sweet.

Adibah Amin is also one of the ex-principles of my high school in Jln Kolam Ayer, KL...and I think she must had her hands on one of those rules...

and yes, she starred in Adik Manja as Cikgu Bedah and the school where the film was shot is my school..

I am Muslim is a good read...it covers on how ironic us Muslims can be

Comparing As I was Passing with Honk if you're Malaysian (Lydia Teh)...it is really somewhat sad to see how much Malaysians have changed...

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