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Maria-Syamsi

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Current issues, be it nationwide or worldwide. Or family-wide.

Military or Poverty

"I thought about the starving children in Indonesia, in India, Africa and many other places. In this continent, corns are left to rot, while at other places children are scouting for things to eat. Then I thought about Vietnam, the... Continue Reading →

Harapan Untuk Jakarta

Dear Jakarta, Saya telah ke Jakarta buat pertama kalinya pada tanggal 12 Maret 2017. Saya harus akui bahawa saya seolah-olah jatuh cinta pandang pertama dengan kota penuh bersejarah ini.  Sebelum mampir ke Jakarta, pastinya saya telah membaca buku-buku dan panduan... Continue Reading →

Mendalami Jiwa Seorang Gie

Malam ini aku dapat mendalami melankoli kehidupan seorang Soe Hok Gie. Penuh pengharapan bahawa pemimpin negara yang dilihat semakin menekan bangsanya sendiri agar digantikan dengan seorang pemimpin yang adil dan bertanggungjawab. Pergantian itu akhirnya berlaku tetapi keadilan yang diimpikan tidak... Continue Reading →

What’s With Love and Politics

"Saya senantiasa ikut Pemilu," he said."Kamu pilih siapa?" she responded. He smiled. A meaningful smile. She smiled back. "Kiranya kita memilih yang sama ya?" They still smiled at each other. "Kecewa?" he asked. For some reason, I feel that this... Continue Reading →

From Mecca to Jakarta (With Sweet Dreams and Poetry In Between)

"Dicari karya Chairil Anwar tapi gak ada. Langsung dibaca perjalanan hidupnya dulu." Since I had two cups of coffee today (and the latest was at 8pm 😰), I gave myself the rights to ramble. Hahah. (1) One of my few... Continue Reading →

Food and Greed – Because Every Single Tree Matters

More than a year ago, the East Coast experienced a disaster - a big flood which was bigger than it usually was. And recently our country went through a bad haze, a man-made disaster. Both events had people blaming one... Continue Reading →

Don’t Force Your Kids to be Doctors

Don't get me wrong. I'm a doctor. I love my job. But I have worked for almost ten years and have seen too many people who were forced to study medicine, or forced to become doctors. I have also seen... Continue Reading →

Heroes of Palestine and Messages of Hope

Before I started studying medicine, I had in mind that when everything else falls in a country, doctors would be amongst the last ones standing. More than a decade down the line, I managed to see the proof, through the... Continue Reading →

What Did the Arabs (Not) Do?

Recently Brother Nouman Ali Khan came over to this country. He told us, "When I take a ride in a taxi, I would ask the driver to switch on the radio. I wanted to hear what you guys listen to... Continue Reading →

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