These short stories fictionally captures some of the eccentricities that the author has found among overseas Indians. From Abdul Kader Ghoriawalla of Namdipur, who exorcises a ghost from a white residence in apartheid South Africa, thus presenting the authorities with an intractable conundrum, and Mukund, the Indian businessman who tries to bribe a petty immigration official in an imaginary African republic in the post-independence era to obtain a work permit, to Sam, the consultant on disporic reassignment who advises newcomers on how to survive in Canada, and to Farid, an effective networker, whose handwritten letters unwittingly open doors to people he had never met in Central Asia, we gain an insight into the Indian migrants' journey towards acculturation in their new countries in the 20th century.
A great storyteller. His characters speak to all segment of the Indian diaspora wherever they live today. A fun read!
-- Matthew Thomas, author of Anakara House, writer of disporic literature, and lawyer.
21 Immortals: Inspector Mislan and the Yee Sang Murders is an explosive debut from the quietly talented Rozlan Mohd Noor, a former police officer, who knew first-hand police work and the links between the force, organized crime and Malaysian politics.
Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham was an important figure in Southeast Asia at the turn of the century. First posted to Singapore in 1871, his prompt mastery of colloquial Malay served him well throughout his career. In 1896, he became the first Resident General of the Federated Malay States, followed by his appointment as Governor and Commander in Chief of the Straits Settlements. Drawing on twenty-five years experience in Malaya, Swettenhem presents a series of sketches of the lush landscape of Malaya, and observations of the lives, customs, beliefs and superstitions of the locals.MYR42.00
- Tanah Tujuh is what a large number of Orang Asli tribes call our planet. Tanah Tujuh Close Encounters with the Temuan Mythos chronicles Antares initiation into a fast vanishing aboriginal cosmo mythology that offers an alternative view of reality. Copiously illustrated with sketches and photographs, foreword by eminent anthropologist, Robert Knox Dentan.